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.

 

 

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The lovely people at Karen Klein recently sent me a beautiful, modern and versatile little black dress that is perfect for both my taste in fashion and my lifestyle.

Karen Klein’s fashions are wearable and comfortable without ever sacrificing style and beauty. And they’re made in the U.S.A.!

The Gathered Dress has 3/4 sleeves, a gathered waist on the left side, and an asymmetric hemline. I love the scoop neck which is not too deep and shows just enough of my décolletage.

The soft material, made with rayon and nylon and a touch of spandex, means I stay comfortable all day and it’s hand-washable. This dress can be worn casually or dressed up for a night on the town, as you’re about to see – I have styled the Karen Klein Gathered Dress six ways!

The first time I wore the dress was on a recent blogger trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country, which I’ll be telling you about in a future post.

I styled it with a leather choker, black tights and low-heeled black suede booties for our first dinner of the weekend.

For a more dressed up look, I styled the little black dress with black block-heel pumps with ankle straps and a Louis Vuitton clutch.

For a little sparkle, I wore my Wine Country necklace, modified by Kelley Hollis last year.

My casual look starts with the same outfit I wore in Santa Barbara Wine Country. I added a faded denim jacket, cuff bracelet and carried my black Adora bag.

I decided I wanted an outfit with a pop of color so I tied a new-to-me Hermès scarf, a gift from my thoughtful and kind Parisian friend, around my neck. I just adore the vibrant colors! I can’t wait to wear it more often once spring arrives. I also carried my Louis Vuitton Monogram Beverly GM, a 45th birthday gift from husband, purchased in Paris several years ago.

For a more dressed up daytime look, I topped my dress with a duster in a pretty green shade (same duster in khaki) and some tall black boots. A couple of long necklaces – layered – add interest and texture.

We are making up for our four-year drought here in Northern California, thankfully! I love rain and am thrilled to be making use of my umbrella collection.

For my rainy day look, I added Hunter boots and a Calvin Klein water-repellant trench coat to my little black dress and carried my Guy de Jean umbrella.

My versatile little black dress by Karen Klein is a garment I will reach for again and again for it’s fantastic quality and fit, comfort and modern cut. It also comes in a beautiful charcoal gray color.

Shop the Karen Klein collection on their website. They also have beautiful and wearable tunics, vests, pants, skirts and jackets.

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Today is the last day for How I Wear My: Blue submissions.

Send in a photo of you in an outfit featuring the color BLUE to howiwearmy@yahoo.com to join in the fashion fun for February!

Be sure to include a description of your look, which will be quoted in the posts. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.

Disclosure: I was given the Gathered Dress by Karen Klein to review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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