We have a wonderful restaurant here in Paso, Thomas Hill Organics. I was recently invited to a private pairing. Wines from four different wineries were paired with food that the chef made. Each one of us also had the opportunity to talk to the journalist that were visiting the area. The other wineries had their wine makers there, and I was the only one that was an owner. Everyone was so engaging and it was an excellent atmosphere for the journalist and all of us. The seating arrangement was intimate, and the exchange wasn’t just about us, but about the pairing of the food. How food changes the taste of the wine, and how all the different aspects of the dish change the taste of the wine. I was the first one there, so here is what the seating arrangement looked like before everyone got there…
Our first course was paired with an Albarino. It truly is a seafood lover wine.
Salmon, jalapeno peppers, olive, tomatoes, and wafer slice of watermelon. It was so delicious!
This was paired with our Zinfandel. This is a prime cut of grass fed beef, topped with a clove of garlic. Polenta is the side dish for this course. I usually don’t eat beef, but I was surprised how well it paired with the Zin.
“Branding is the process of connecting good strategy with good creativity” Marty Neumeier
One of the biggest aspects of branding is making sure that people are aware that you exist. This has been an issue for a long time, but we are working hard to change all that by getting out there, and engaging with people that enjoy wine.
Recently, I was at our 2nd annual charity dinner. All of us on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, host a dinner at Hartley Farms. We hired Trumpet Vine Catering, and we were very pleased with their food. We pair the foods with the wine, and sell tickets for people to join us “Under the Estella Sky”. We then gave our money to the Pleasant Valley School, so they could have computer equipment. Here are some photos of our shenanigans after the party…
Then, I was off to Petaluma for a Polo Match, and pouring wine…
Pouring wine in Pismo…
Pouring wine in Fresno for Wine and Wishes…
This next month, is full of pouring at more events, and meeting more people. We love being out there and engaging with an audience that enjoys wines!
“Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.” Ahmad Alaadeen
Just a few weeks ago I attended the San Jose Jazz Festival, and it rocked! I was pouring wine in the “Blues” section, and other were pouring our wine in the VIP section. Here is my booth…
I was just so excited to be a part of the festival, and the city was just buzzing with energy. Since I was a vendor, I got to go behind the scenes, you could feel the city waking up…
This was the longest amount of time that I had ever spent in San Jose, and I loved it. Additionally, I visited the San Jose Museum of Art, St. Joseph Basilica, and did some people watching at a cafe.
One of the most exciting aspects of the whole trip was going to the Mayor’s Brunch, and he even thanked us at the brunch. A view from the rooftop at Scott’s Seafood, and the crowd coming in that day.
We donated 25 cases to San Jose Jazz Festival, and all the pours that were sold went to the festival, so we were happy to help.
“I’m not really scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of possums. And I’m scared of raccoons sometimes, it depends on how big it is – I’m scared of the smaller raccoons because the bigger ones are slower.” Vince Staples
Last week, I needed to find something to do before I picked up my daughter from her trip with the school. So, I thought, I will just go to the Mission, and say a prayer for all my family, friends, and those that have touched my life.
I pulled out my phone, and I see a possum. I take a photo, and then..
He or she, saw me, and continued to come down the stairs to me. It was daylight, and all I could think about was “rabies”. A nocturnal animal that is out durning the day, and trying to interact with a human? I made a weird sound, then both of us took off in opposite directions
After I said my prayers, I saw it again as I was leaving. This time, it headed under the bushes. Spooked me out a little bit.
“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau
One reason why I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog is because I haven’t been able to keep up with my own life.
Honestly, I need a vacation!
Recently, I have been gone just about every weekend. A few weekends past, Sunni and I went to Los Angles. OMG! So, in Los Angles double yellow lines are only suggestions to the people that reside in the area. If you are a visitor in the area of Los Angles make sure that you remember that it is like driving in the wild, wild, west. If you’re in the fast lane, you better being doing at least 70 MPH. AT LEAST…wink, wink.
When I am done working at a venue, I like to take a little side trip to learn something. This particular time, it was going to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Sunni and I rented the head sets, and were off on our adventure through the Mission. It was so beautiful and informative. Here are some photos of our adventure…
We had our first on site wedding, and reception. We got some photos of how the reception area looked, so we are pretty excited to share with you all. The lovely couple are school teachers, and they decorated the reception hall themselves.
This is our outside area, my husband just got the lights working that same day. The island features two matching fountains. There are several tables and chairs, and usually we have the umbrellas up, but they didn’t need them for the evening. The patio area is 3500 square feet of space.
The interior space is 1700 square feet of space. They did an excellent job on decorating the space for their reception.
We have another one on the calendar. So, we are ecstatic to help others on their way to a bliss filled life!
“You do not sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement. You aim at peoples hearts, not their minds.” Dorthy Draper
We have opened our bed and breakfast at San Marcos Creek, we have opened the villa on the hill, we opened our hall, and now we have revamped the tasting room.
Seating area for guests that want to lounge. Copper topped boxes that were repurposed as little tables for drinks and magazines to look through while relaxing in the beautiful tasting room.
This reception area will be replaced by a fridge that showcases scrumptious cheeses from our area, and homemade salami made by an Italian chef.
Our beautiful Wine Goddess is a new addition, which was done by Anne Meyrick She is a local artist that does some of the most magnificent works of art. The mural was preexisting, and we really like it. The furniture is new, as we wanted to add more of a classic look rather than a country look. We are pretty happy with the outcome. We are just finishing our outdoor lighting project, and the island is all done. The gardens area is next, and then our SMC Members Lounge. We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our members of San Marcos Creek.
“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination” Michael Phelps
We have been giving everything we have to the winery. San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery has not even been known to the people of the county of San Luis Obispo. We have attended events, entered contests, given blood sweat and tears to every single day.
We finally got a little pay off from this journey when we entered the Los Angles International Wine Competition. We got 2 gold medals!! We scored a 95 out of 100 points, and Best in Class. Our Cabernet Sauvignon has been described as velvety smooth, fruit forward with dusty tannins.
Here is our bottle wearing her hardware…
This is one of my favorite paintings in our family room. Bill execution of the painting shows he is heavy handed with the brush, and you really need to get close to the painting to see all the details that Bill wants to show you. The light and shadow playing on the walls of Sienna. You can almost make out the license number on the Fiat 500. The decorative iron hanger that a sign hangs from, on the forefront of the right hand side. A light on top of the sign is beautiful too.
The warmth from the color palate make it perfect for a wall space that is admired, you can stare at it instead of the window. The tower touching the perfect blue sky conjures up a warm spring day with the illusion of nothing going wrong. Just look into the painting and imagine the warm sun hitting your face, and taking in that moment of content.