Arrowood Winery is located in Sonoma Valley, just a few miles from where I reside. It’s a beautiful winery that sits majestically on a hill overlooking a vineyard, nearby vegetable farm and lots of beautiful oak trees.

Photo Courtesy of Arrowood Winery

Emily Martin of The Jetsettting Fashionista and owner of Emily Martin Communications & Events collaborated with her client, Arrowood Winery, to host several San Francisco and Wine Country bloggers for a sit-down wine and food pairing.  I was delighted to be included and couldn’t wait to visit this well-known winery. This delicious and educational event included a panel discussion with Arrowood’s winemaker, Kristina Werner, and a three-course meal created by Chef John Toulze of the The Girl & The Fig. and designed to pair with a selection of Arrowood’s wine.

It was a wet and rainy January day, which is just what California needs after a long drought.

Arrowood Winery is always a stunning property, no matter what the weather or time of year.

When we arrived, we were greeted immediately by the warm and welcoming staff. We were offered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc to start off the afternoon.

The tasting room is warm and inviting!

I was curious about the view from the balcony so took my glass of Sauvignon Blanc outside to take a look around.

I loved the cozy and stylish seating areas and plan on returning another day with my husband to enjoy the patio and also the view.

Once we had a chance to explore the tasting room and the patio area, we 12 bloggers headed upstairs to their elegant dining room that overlooks their expansive vineyard. A gorgeous table had been prepared just for us.

We would be enjoying this educational food and wine pairing with two important members of the Arrowood team, winemaker Kristina and Guest Relations Supervisor Joe Label.

Kristina told us about her background including how she began her career as a winemaker in the Midwest before coming to California’s Wine Country. She also shared Arrowood Winery’s story, as well as, lots of interesting tidbits about grape growing, winemaking and more. Joe shared intriguing facts about Sonoma County AVAs (American Viticulture Area), their terrior and some fascinating wine history.

Our food and wine pairing began with a root vegetable dish, perfect for wintertime. Roasted carrots and honeyed almonds were lightly dressed in a saffron crema. I loved the addition of citrus to this lovely dish. This course was paired with the Arrowood Winery Viognier, which was crisp and light. It was one of my favorite wines of the day, though it was hard to pick favorites among such fantastic wines.

For the second wine and food pairing, we moved from white wines into reds. A braised oxtail dish that included house ground polenta, cocoa nibs, Delicata squash and sage pesto, was accompanied by Arrowood’s 2012 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Winter comfort food at its finest!

The third course was my very favorite of the three. That is really saying something since the first two were so delicious! This dish had one of those taste sensations you can’t stop thinking about days or even weeks later. Chef John made black truffle ravioli with triple cream mornay and black truffles and topped with micro greens. It was hard to resist licking the plate clean! This phenomenal dish was served with 2013 Arrowood Winery Proprietary Red Wine – a fantastic pairing!

Be sure to put Arrowood Winery on your wine tasting itinerary next time you head to Sonoma Valley.

Thank you to the staff at Arrowood Winery, The Girl and the Fig, and Emily Martin for a wonderfully delicious, fun and educational afternoon.

Arrowood is offering 15% off wines to The Rich Life readers. Just use code ARROWOOD15 for your online orders.




With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a group of talented and creative Sonoma women decided to put together Valentine’s Day looks and include fashion and beauty ideas. Kelly Dolata of A Savvy Lifestyle asked me to join in the styling fun and of course I said yes, please!

A Savvy Lifestyle is a Wine Country lifestyle site, chock full of beautiful styling ideas, recommendations for local food, DIY projects, wine and travel, an events calendar and much more. Be sure to visit this beautiful blog. You are sure to be inspired!

Once the date was set for the shoot, I went right to work, carefully picking out my Valentine’s Day outfits. I chose outfits that I would wear on a date – day or night – and that fit my Wine Country lifestyle.

The morning of the shoot, I packed up my clothes and headed to the studio of Sonoma makeup artist, Beautycounter consultant and hairstylist Jenna Maze, who did my hair and makeup for the shoot.

We started by going through my outfits so Jenna could strategize my makeup and hair styles. Our friend and professional photographer Sarah Deragon of Sarah Deragon Photography took photos of the day from start to finish.

Jenna got right to work with my first look, which included a bright red tunic. Jenna decided this first makeup look would be my lightest. She would build from there, eventually ending up with a smokey eye and dark lip by the time we got to the final outfit.

Jenna used products from Beautycounter. This was my first experience with this well-known brand. I was excited to try it as I have heard so many great things about this makeup and skincare line, namely that it is verified by EWG which means I can feel good about using it.

For foundation, Jenna used two different shades of Tint Skin Foundation to match my skin tone: Linen and Sand. For my brown spots and under-eye circles, she applied the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium – 1. This concealer has a click brush, making application a breeze. I love the coverage both products gave me.

Jenna used the new Desert Sunrise Palatte on my cheeks and eyes, along with a navy blue liner and medium Brow Pencil. For my first outfit, she went with a red lip and applied Lip Sheer in Scarlet and Lip Gloss in Ruby. I loved my makeup look!

Once my hair and makeup were photo ready, we headed to Cornerstone Sonoma. We had a little cottage where I could change outfits, Jenna could freshen up and re-style my hair and makeup, and we could style gorgeous jewelry from BLACK & BROMSTAD to go with my looks. Lucky me!

BLACK & BROMSTAD, a personal jewelry concierge offering a high-level of customer service for luxury jewelry from high-end designers, brought a selection of pieces I could use to style my outfits. Kirsty Black and Nicole Bromstad have many years in the luxury jewelry and styling businesses. They teamed up to provide a specialized jewelry buying experience for their customers, offering personal consultations to help you find the pieces perfect for you or someone you love. To schedule an appointment, email Nicole at [email protected]. All the jewelry I am wearing is from BLACK & BROMSTAD.

Now for my Valentine’s Day outfits!

For my first look, I wore the most popular Valentine’s Day color, red!

I made my red high-low tunic the star of the show and styled it simply with black ponte leggings.

I wore black suede block-heel pumps with two delicate ankle straps (same shoe but in patent leather for spring) and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Kirsty and Nicole suggested I wear a long gold necklace with a variety of gold, rose gold and diamond pendants along with some gorgeous diamond and gold earrings.

For my second look, we stopped by Chateau Sonoma at Cornerstone for a few photos. Chateau Sonoma is one of my very favorite Wine Country boutiques and has the most beautiful home decor, furniture, French antiques, home accessories and more. It’s my go-to when shopping for a special gift.

In this Valentine’s Day look, I bared a little bit of shoulder in a navy blue dress with shoulder cut-outs. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because it’s an easy way to feel daring and playful without showing too much skin.

My Ralph Lauren Cold Shoulder dress is no longer available but I found one similar.

BLACK & BROMSTAD styled me with a Tahitian pearl necklace with a diamond-crusted closure. Such a gorgeous necklace!

For my third look, we stopped by Prohibition Spirits, a hip and fun distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, to take some photos. I chose lace this time. Incorporating lace into your look for Valentine’s Day – for a casual daytime look or for a night time outfit – will add romance and femininity. I wore a black Lace top with bell sleeves with wide-legged jeans and black pumps.

BLACK & BROMSTAD chose large diamond hoops for me to wear so Jenna gave me a loose up-do to show them off. I also wore a delicate single diamond pendant necklace.

Jenna darkened my eye makeup a bit and added Lip Sheer in Twig, Lip Gloss in Fig.

My last look works for a romantic Valentine’s day picnic or a day spent exploring with my sweetheart. I wore a white Easy Going Sweater with a white camisole underneath and girlfriend jeans. For footwear, I went for flat and comfortable, yet stylish in a pair of gray suede booties. A playful ponytail styled by Jenna made my look fun and flirty.

My sweater had a swath of silver on it so I wore smaller diamond and platinum hoops with this final look.

Valentine’s Day is in winter after all, so a little extra layering is a must in Wine Country this time of year. This luxurious Peruvian Alpaca wool coat, with a shorter inside jacket and high neck, was just what I needed to stay warm.

With the high neck, Jenna thought a bun would be the best look. And who doesn’t love a good bun?

What a fun and fashionable day!

Thank you to Kelly and Emily of A Savvy Lifestyle, Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People, Jenna Maze and Kirsty and Nicole of BLACK & BROMSTAD.

What a treat and an honor to collaborate with all of you!

What will you be wearing on Valentine’s Day?