More bloom for your buck

⎹  By Courtney Paige, Editor-in-Chief⎹  🌸 🌿 🌺 🪴 Spring blooms aren’t always about budding flowers. Get the best bang for your buck by cultivating indigenous drought-resistant plants that offer vibrant color year-round. My clients often ask, “How do you plan your garden; where should I start?” Planning a garden can be a daunting task. It was for …

Spa season

⎹  By Courtney Paige, Editor-in-Chief⎹  🍇 🍷  🍽  🏞  🌆 Is there such a thing as ‘spa season’? In Northern California there is. Many Wine Country hotels and resorts feature on-site luxury spas that offer calm, cool and serene settings. There’s definitely something special about ‘spa-ing’ in spring and summer, but remember, spa rendezvous in Wine …

A Wine Country humblebrag

⎹  By Courtney Paige, Editor-in-Chief⎹  🍇 🍷  🍽  🏞 I’m bursting at the seams to share two annual Sonoma County events that will not only fill your belly and wet your whistle, they'll also give you humblebragging rights for years to come. You’ll want to permanently place both events on your calendar. Barrel Tasting and …

Hidden Gems

Looking for hidden treasure? Explore Sonoma County's jewels in the rough. A trove of boutique wineries, Dry Creek Valley is a geographical gem. Discovering quaint wineries in the valley evoke nostalgia like beholding the unique brilliance of your favorite gemstone. These small lot spots offer intimacy immense wineries can’t emulate, so spend some quality time …

Farmer in the dell

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk …

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple …

Adjusting to sheltering in place

Adjusting to Shelter in Place

By Yvonne Ahearn - What Does Home Mean To You? Like most people, I’m at home, adjusting to sheltering in place, and thinking about what is going on in the rest of the world. A lot has changed quickly during this Pandemic, and I suspect some things will never be the same. Many questions and …

Best Sommelier Courses

The successful sommelier

The successful Somm  - By Christina Brooks - I Love Wine The wine industry - along with beer & spirits - is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The demand for professionally educated staff is rapidly increasing. The wine industry is formed by a group of diverse, educated, and highly devoted people. It is …

Winc & a smile

-WINC Wine Club Review- Goodbye, too much choice… Hello, personalized wine subscription! - by Samantha Bos, January 16, 2019  - Blog, Food & Wine, Wine Club Reviews - You love wine. You like trying different types of wine. Floral notes, chalky tannins and hints of sweet spice all sound poetically complex. But, when faced with choosing …