New Year, New Experiences in Wine Country

Part of being a knowledgeable concierge is actually getting up from my desk and experiencing wine country. I had the privilege of doing that recently, and I wanted to share my experience with you!

Wine Country

The Donum Estate

For the ultimate pinot noir experience, Donum is the destination. A passion project of president and winegrower Anne Moller-Racke, Donum offers private appointments at their stunning property in the Carneros Region. They also grow grapes in Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley which are known for high scoring pinot noir. In 2015 they introduced a new visual element to the winery – art! Now you can see amazing sculptures by such artists as Ai Weiwei. Book your tour today to experience the magic first hand.

 

Grapeline Wine Tours

Beautiful Sonoma Valley

If you are looking for transportation to wineries, call Grapeline Wine Tours. It’s Sonoma Valley’s newest transportation company that offers both private and group wine tours. Your tour can include a lunch prepared to your liking from The Girl & The Fig – the salted chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!

 

Call or email me to set up your wine country itinerary!

 

Cheers,

Chelsea

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‘Tis the Season for Festivities!

A close-up on the detail in the Muscardini Cellars gingerbread house

A close-up on the detail in the Muscardini Cellars gingerbread house

The impressive gingerbread house at St. Jean Winery

The impressive gingerbread house at Chateau St. Jean Winery

This holiday season, Sonoma Valley is celebrating with a Valley-wide Gingerbread Contest. Visit some amazing wineries where you can sample their wine and view their amazing Gingerbread Houses. Cast your vote and each time you do, be entered to wine a case of extraordinary Sonoma Valley wine. If you need help with gift ideas for friends and family, there will be specials discounts on seasonal treats and wine sets for both the nice and naughty listers.

Stop by to see me on your way so we can set you up with tasting passes!

Wineries with Gingerbread Houses include (click here for a great map of locations):

BENZIGER FAMILY WINERY
1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen

B.R. COHN WINERY
15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen

BRYTER ESTATES
25 East Napa Street, Suite E, Sonoma Plaza

BUENA VISTA WINERY
18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma

CHATEAU ST. JEAN
8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood

HAMEL FAMILY WINES*
15401 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma
(by appointment only)

IMAGERY ESTATE WINERY
1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen

LARSON FAMILY WINERY
23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma

MADRONE VINEYARDS ESTATE
777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen

MUSCARDINI CELLARS
9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood

 

Cheers and happy holidays,

Chelsea

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Calling All Foodies!

While outstanding on its own, wine can be enhanced by combining its flavors with culinary treasures for a complete sensory experience!

The art of food and wine pairing is not as simple as it may sound. Sommeliers and chefs spend hours crafting these creations from their wealth of knowledge on the topic. As guests of wine country, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience these perfect pairings in our own backyard.

Each experience is different from the next. Here are my top picks for food and wine pairing in Sonoma Valley:

Mayo Reserve Room

Mayo Reserve Room

Mayo Reserve Room

9200 Sonoma Hwy

Kenwood, CA 95476

707.833.5504

Open: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Located right in the town of Kenwood, a minute from the Inn, you can indulge in a six-course food and wine pairing experience by Executive Chef Sam Frumkin.

Corner 103

103 W Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707.931.6141

Open: 11am – 7pm

A progressive wine and food tasting experience found on the Historic Sonoma Plaza. From bubbles, to rosé, to white and red – they have it all!

Zina Lounge

Zina Lounge

Zina Lounge at the Ledson Hotel

480 First Street East

Sonoma, CA 95476

707.996.9779

Open: Thursday – Monday, by appointment only

A six-course pairing meal prepared by renowned chef-sommelier Yoshiharu Sogi makes for a delightful dinner experience in downtown Sonoma.

Please let me assist you in confirming the perfect food pairing experience for you!

 

Cheers,

Chelsea

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