Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wine Sisterhood- Opening Night Speakeasy

Way back in June, on a total whim, I entered a "Pin It to Win It" contest sponsored by The Wine Sisterhood- an online community and wine company (you may have seen their super cute Middle Sister wines at your local Target). I figured it was a long shot, but I literally had nothing to lose. So I entered and promptly forgot about it. The week after Thanksgiving, I received an email from Chelsea at The Wine Sisterhood telling me that I was the grand prize winner!

I couldn't remember what the grand prize was, but I remember yelling to Curtis, "Holy crap! I just won a contest and I don't remember what the prize was, but I think it's really friggin' big!" Boy, was I right! We won an all-expenses paid trip to Napa, California to attend the 2nd annual Wine Sisterhood Gathering. The Gathering is a  "three-day conference featuring interactive workshops, winery visits, stellar dining experiences, and time to mingle with influential women from a variety of industries and backgrounds."  I'm going to be talking about how inspirational this trip was throughout these posts, so bear with me!

So after our whirlwind visit to San Francisco, Megan drove us out to our hotel in Napa Valley, the Andaz Napa. We checked in and immediately started getting ready for the Welcoming Reception at Raymond Vineyards. No rest for the weary (or my blistered feet- from walking all over San Francisco!). The party had a 1920s, Speakeasy vibe, and we were encouraged to wear outfits befitting the occasion.

Beautiful Hotel- I hope I get to come
back one day!

I had purchased this gorgeous beaded dress from Simply Be, almost immediately after hearing about the reception's theme, so it's been hanging out in my closet for months, just teasing me. Needless to say, I was so excited to finally be wearing it!

Accessories- Charming Charlie's
Shoes: Target (Old)

Sadly, we didn't take many photos of the actual party- to be honest I think it was a combination of free-flowing Champagne and absolute shock at the party and venue itself. I have NO experience at all with wineries, wine tasting, wine tours, etc., so I don't think I was prepared for what would greet me. But after speaking with several of my fellow wine sisters, I don't think any of us were prepared for this! Imagine part Alice in Wonderland, part Willy Wonka, part Bacchanal debauchery and you have the party I attended.

The storied Red Room, owner and host Jean-Charles Boisset, and me- taking it all in!

From the Wine Sisterhood website:

" Named the 2012 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast for both their exquisite wines as well the spectacularly designed winery, Raymond is the perfect host for the Gathering’s Welcome Reception and Wine Dinner.  From the Red Room, the members-only private club, to the Crystal Cellar, laced with fine Baccarat crystal throughout, to the quietly hidden Library Room, Raymond offers many corners to explore. Bring your flapper attire and get ready to toast in style!"

The Crystal Cellar- Everything was backlit with red, sexy mannequins, delicious food, and barrel room

Our host, and president of Boisset Family  Estates, was Jean-Charles Boisset, and I was immediately enamored with him. He was so kind and charming (and French!). Walking through the winery, I felt like it was an extension of his personality and preferences. By the end of the night, I was pretty certain I wanted to marry him and move into the Red Room forever!

Stainless steel wine "barrels" and a small selection of wine offerings

Until this reception, I really had no idea what I was in for, but Raymond Wineries really set the tone for the evening and the rest of the trip! To Be Continued...


ashleigh said...

Lucky girl! That is so very awesome. LOVE your dress Katie!

Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen said...

Omigoodness I didn't realize you won this trip. I loved all the pics on Instagram and wow, this post makes me mega excited (and yes a tad jealous) that you had such a fabulous time! Can't wait for more recaps and I wouldn't expect otherwise but you looked AMAZING at the reception!!

Sharon S said...

That is so amazing that you won the trip out to CA! Your dress was perfect for the theme and I love your bejeweled headband!

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Feathers & Freckles said...

That party looks amazing!! (Next time you're totally bringing me, sorry Curtis). And the outfit you wore was PERFECT!! I bet you were so excited to finally put it on and go to the event after so many months of waiting.

Miranda said...

Wow, that is so cool! That party sounds like so much fun! And you look gorgeous in that dress!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Seriously, words cannot describe how totally amazing it was. I recommend it highly!

Melissa said...

Found you from Putting Me Together. :-) Love your blog and LOVE your style! That party dress is fah-bu-lous!

Brynn said...

Ah! That's amazing! Your reception outfit is AWESOME. Seriously, how do you look that good all the freaking time?! I am so excited to read even more about your trip!!!

Catie said...

Loved your pix with Megan! How exciting that you finally got to meet. And that dress, WOW! You look amazing! What a fun trip. Can't wait to hear more about it. =)

~ Catie

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Omg omg omg everything looks so coooooooool! That hotel is divine! And GIRL, you look freaking fantastic! What a perfect outfit for that event!

Brendecia Burgess said...

I love your blogstyle. You have a great style of clothes

Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

I love your flapper dress! It's just modern enough that you'll be able to wear it for non 20s themed stuff:)

tori said...

Shut Up! That dress is AMAZING!! it is perfect for the occasion and I loved watching your travels via facebook/IG :) said...

That is one absolutely FANTASTIC dress. Wow! I absolutely love your beaded accessories too. Your writing really appeals to me - let's face it, anyone who is blogging about Baccanal debauchery is clearly a long-lost friend of mine. Found your blog when you commented on mine and so glad I did. :D

grownandcurvywoman said...

I want to go to San Francisco so much! You look ADORABLE in your flapper outfit!

AJ said...

That hotel looks beautiful (and I should know because I'm in hotels ALL the time!) and your flapper outfit is SO awesome!!


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