Our first day of the Wine Sisterhood Gathering began with breakfast and an inspiring welcome by Wine Sisterhood Founder, Terry Wheatley. I was immediately drawn to Terry's warm personality. Several times when speaking about the Sisterhood she became emotional, and it was easy to tell that this community is something she feels strongly about. The Gathering was a celebration of women and girl power- female wine makers, female business owners, female divas from all walks of life.
Founder Terry Wheatley welcoming us to the Gathering
I'll admit, it was hard to not get pumped up when Terry shared some of her favorite inspirational quotes, particularly, "If you can dream it, you can do it." I left this conference feeling amazing- uplifted, inspired, and ready to take on the world!
Terry was so inspiring!
After Terry finished Aliza Sherman (Follow Aliza on Facebook and Twitter), the epitome of girl power- author, CEO, blogger, etc., etc. conducted a hands-on "download these great apps and try them now" workshop. She introduced me to SOOOOOO many awesome apps- like, Trover, Corkbin, Foodspotting, Happy and Viddy! I'm still playing around with them, but soon I will write a post and give you my own recommendations!
Then the wine started flowing! Media Personality & Today Show contributor Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco led a tasting workshop on the merits and differences between sparkling wine and Champagne. I learned so much about the process of making sparkling wines and the differences. I knew the basics: Brut means dry and Champagne only comes from the Champagne region in France, but Leslie taught us so much more. For example- Did you knowthat to properly saber a bottle of sparkling wine, you want to make sure it's super cold?? Watch Leslie show you how to do it here (thanks, Girlfriendology for the video clip!) Follow Leslie Sbrocco on Facebook and Twitter.
Welcome to Bubbly University! Not only did I sit in he front of the room- what can
I say, I'm a teacher's pet- I also finished my wine, so I'm pretty sure I graduated
with honors ;)
Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco gives the thumbs up for mid-morning drinking!
For lunch, my group visited Domaine Carneros. Eileen Crane heads the winemaking team, and she and wine educator Mike toured us through the beautiful chateau before we settled in for a delicious lunch. I can't decide which was better: the wine, the food, or the amazing views! Follow Domaine Carneros on Facebook and Twitter.
Left Top: Winemaker Eileen, Right Top: Signature wine La Reve
Middle Left: Sparkling wines in waiting, Middle Right: Domaine Carneros map
Bottom: Tons and tons of corks- Lots of bubbly around this place!
Once we finished lunch, we hopped back on the bus and headed over to Palmaz Vineyard. Equally beautiful, but stunningly different, Palmaz is a multi-terraced affair with mountainside vineyards, and a deep underground building. We had a wine tasting paired with some of the most delicious little bites of food I'e ever had. The duck morsel was to die for, seriously! Follow Palmaz on Facebook and Twitter.
Palmaz Wine Tasting- an unforgettable experience!
Left: Barrels of Cabernet Right: Barrels of Chardonay
Bottom: Look at that view!
For the day's traveling and touring, I borrowed this fresh nautical-inspired dress from Gwynnie Bee and wore my trusty Old Navy boots, perfect for walking around vineyards! My Gwynnie Bee subscription was great for this trip because the morning I left, I just packed all my borrowed pieces in the prepaid shipping envelope and left it with the front desk at the Andaz Napa to ship. This was perfect packing because then I had room in my carry-on for my souvenirs!
Left: Ignore my lazy eye- I had been drinking since 10:00AM!
Lovely Eloquii dress c/o Gwynnie Bee