A Kenwood Thanksgiving


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Hotel exterior

Thanksgiving at the Kenwood Inn and Spa was filled with romance and a celebration of the season.  Surrounded by stunning fall foliage and striking colors coming from the vineyards, our guests enjoyed a special prix-fixe dinner presented by Chef John Schaefer.



First, Chef presented a warm salad of Brussels sprouts, toasted local walnuts, Granny Smith apples, and fresh lemon, drizzled with Figone’s 20 year aged Balsamic vinegar which was followed by an indulgent risotto with a golden raisin verjus.


Warm Brussels sprouts Salad with toasted local walnuts, Granny Smith apples, fresh lemon, and drizzled with Figone’s 20 year aged Balsamic vinegar

with Black Truffle, Wild Chanterelle and Hen of the Woods mushrooms and a golden raisin verjus

Risotto with Black Truffle, Wild Chanterelle and Hen of the Woods mushrooms and a golden raisin verjus

The main course of “Turkey Two Ways” featured garlic, herb and lemon roasted turkey breast as well as a leg of turkey stuffed with pancetta, figs and chestnuts served with house made blood orange cranberry sauce, Japanese sweet potato purée, herb glazed sautéed KIS garden greens, and rich turkey gravy.

Turkey Two Ways

Turkey Two Ways

The meal closed with guests savoring pecan pie with Bulleit bourbon and Comice pear glaze, and pumpkin pie with vanilla bean Chantilly cream.

Pecan pie and pumpkin pie

Pecan pie and pumpkin pie


With Christmas less than a month away, it’s the perfect time to book your holiday getaway at  Kenwood Inn and Spa where Chef will once again delight your palate with Sonoma’s finest flavors of the season. We can’t wait! Follow this link for more info and to RSVP: http://www.kenwoodinn.com/dining_events.php.

Fireside dining

Fireside dining

In the kitchen

In the kitchen

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Beyond The Art of the Vine

Wine Country Beauty

Each morning in Wine Country has a certain splendor to it, with steam drifting off the hills and morning dew glistening wherever you look. At times it looks as if the entire land is glowing with promise of abundance and beauty. It is only natural then that, those of us who inhabit our dear Wine Country, would be inspired to produce art. As poet Amy Lowell once said:

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.”

Wine itself can be considered (and is considered by many) to be a form of art, though if we look beyond the vine for a few moments we will find ourselves in a land that is absolutely brimming with beauty created by (or brought to Wine Country by) our residents. In fact, art can b-

Hold on.


Don’t you think “residents” is too bland… We have all these terms to enhance the sound of wine growing regions, but we don’t have a better term for locals? No wonder we have a faux rivalry with Napa, if we view ourselves as Sonoma Countians (that’s a technical term and we are professionals) and everyone else as competitors… We need a new identity, something that unites us in our love for wine and the culture it creates. When it comes down to it, aren’t we all part of that very same Wine Country culture? Rivalry makes about as much sense, in this case, as the Greek city states fighting one another despite so many cultural similarities… From now on, let’s ignore the territorial borders drawn by the bureaucrats. Our borders are the vines, where they stop growing and we stop viticultural-izing (again, a very technical term) is where our borders are.

We’re also going to include the Redwoods, because they are pretty.

Let us instead call ourselves “Citizens of Wine Country.”

Therefore, Wine Country is brimming with beauty created and brought to the region by the Citizens of Wine Country (infinitely better!). These can be seen in many places, many forms, and at times can even be quite shocking! Elegant hillsides are accentuated by water features, intimate gardens, and every now and then a massive iron sculpture of a coyote or horse. If you dig a little deeper, you may even find a few hidden gems (Did you know there is a 1920 copy of Romeo & Juliet hiding away in the Hotel Les Mars lobby?)… So, when you visit, as you sip on your wine, don’t forget to savor the natural and not-so-natural beauty of Wine Country.


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Down the Glen

In the year of 1859 a gentleman by the name of Charles Stuart purchased a hefty chunk of land in the Sonoma Valley. Almost immediately he began construction of his house, and eventually he came to establish a 1,000 acre vineyard. This was the start of the town of Glen Ellen (named after Mr. Stuart’s wife). As time went on the town grew and evolved, it is now becoming a destination in its own right within the world of Wine Country.

Glen Ellen

This beautiful small town has now grown to possess a half dozen premier tasting salons, a handful of amazing restaurants, and of course some adorable boutique shopping options. Glen Ellen is now a premier location for a day of relaxation and amazing experiences. We recently went to investigate a new favorite tasting salon, Laurel Glen.

Laurel Glen offers a very special treat, Sonoma Mountain Cabernet. A very rare treat due to how few Cabernet vineyards are located on this side of the mountain. The result is a unique and rare taste that truly deserves to be highlighted.

Laurel Glen wine bottles

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