Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Would You Like a Little Cheese with Your Wine? Day 2

One thing Leslie shared with us all during her presentation on day one was the old French supersition surrounding sex and toasting. She said unless you wanted to have bad sex for SEVEN years. you must always make eye contact with ALL the people you are toasting. As you can imagine, Curtis took this to heart, and nearly bore holes through the eyes of every women within toasting distance. 

Since we had already been introduced as a married couple, and he was the only male guest at the Gathering (a wine mister, they called him), Leslie kinda embarrassed us, and good-naturedly commented of Curt's toasting skills that he was going to have great sex. Well, we were so exhausted from drinking and touring that we promptly fell asleep at 9:00 PM and woke just in time for breakfast one day 2. C'est la vie!

Luckily we were well-rested for Day Two of the Gathering which started with a tribute to Leila Janah for her amazing work supporting women. Samasource, a nonprofit she founded four years ago, connects people, especially women, living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. The same concept inspired her to co-found Samahope, a new site to crowdfund surgeries in poor countries. Leila was beautiful and well-spoken and truly takes “Helping a Sister Out” to a global level.

Leila Janah being honored for her work with Samasource! Such an inspiration!

Afterwards, the stunningly beautiful Danielle Smith hosted an interactive workshop entitled  ”You On Camera: Getting Comfortable with Video.” Danielle is the mastermind behind Extraordinary Mommy and she shared tons of tips for vlogging beginners. Being comfortable in front of the camera is essential in this day and age of visual and video media, so Danielle had volunteers from the audience practice vlogging. I was too scared to do that, but I am definitely participating in her 7-Day Video Challenge, where she encourages you to film video for 7 straight days to get comfortable being in front of the camera. I am super excited to start getting some vlogs out on Hems for Her after hearing Danielle's tips. Follow Danielle on Facebook and Twitter.

Curtis and I LOVE cheese so we were super excited for the Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop hosted by Cabot Cheese. We tried five different cheeses paired with five different wines and it was such a fun (and delicious) experience. I can't wait till it warms up and I can host my own wine and cheese party on the back porch! Yummy!

Cheese and Wine- It doesn't get better than this, trust me!

As if we weren't full enough, we then headed out to local favorite Don Giovanni for a traditional Italian meal complete with amazing garlic bread and lasagna with homemade pasta noodles! Immediately after lunch we toured the intimate and rustically charming  Chappellet Vineyard & WinerySince 1967, the Chappellet family has been hand-crafting critically acclaimed wines on the rocky slopes of Pritchard Hill. Chappellet was one of the first Napa Valley wineries to plant cover crops and adopt no-till farming practices, and today the entire vineyard is farmed organically. We walked through the property and vineyards and tried several delicious wines. I loved our hosts at Chappellet, Candace and Jessica, and even owner and winemaker Cyril Chappellet showed up to answer questions and show us around. 

Lunch at Don Giovanni- more wine, garlic bread, beet salad and a decadent dessert.

We spent most of our tour at Chappellet on the hillside.
It was truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!
Tired yet? After leaving Chappellet we traveled to Quintessa for MORE wine and cheese! Quintessa produces one singular estate wine in the highly acclaimed Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. Each year, the red meritage wine is a blend including some or all of the five varietals grown on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.  The property itself was absolutely breath-taking, definitely my favorite, and the tour was laid-back and relaxed. By this point in the day we were all very "relaxed" and chatty, and I had some of my best conversations while inhaling cheese here at Quintessa.

We were outside a lot on Day Two, so I paired my trusty boots with another Eloquii dress from Gwynnie Bee. I threw on an old, cozy sweater  to help keep the hillside winds from chilling me to the bone! Again, I saved a ton of space and time by shipping my Gwynnie Bee clothes back the day I checked out of the hotel. I came home with a suitcase filled with souvenirs, instead of dirty clothes! That's the best kind of vacation, right?

And check out this AWESOME and INTERACTIVE Instagram collage! I'm in love with it :)


ashleigh said...

You look so cute! I'm glad you had fun. What an awesome experience! I kind of want to have aine and cheese party too.What was your favorite combo?

Feathers & Freckles said...

Quintessa is gorgeous, and I love that photo of you and Curtis - so cute! I'm craving wine and cheese now.. I think I know what's for dinner :)

Sarah Welsch said...

Looks like a fun time for all! I am definitely craving cheese now!


Tara_St said...

A wine and cheese party sounds pretty awesome. You always look amazing and I love seeing pictures of you and Curtis looking amazing together. I've been perusing the Gwynnie Bee Spring arrivals and I think I will be reactivating my account...hehe.

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Sharon S said...

Yum, all that wine and cheese sounds heavenly! That is so funny that Curtis took the toasting superstition so seriously :)

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Danielle Smith said...

You are delightful! It was so much fun to get to spend some time with you. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the trip so much - and even happier you were able to bring Curtis with you. You are both wonderful. I can't wait to hear how you do with the challenge!

Lisa @ The Garden of Books said...

I can't wait for summer and cheese and wine picnics in the park. My besties and I love going to the summer concerts where we can sit on a blanket and sip wine, eat some cheese and just enjoy our surroundings.

Emily Levine said...

I've been looking for a sweater just like this one! Do you remember where it's from?

Chappellet Vineyard said...

Great photos! Nicely done. We very much enjoyed having all of you visit us at Chappellet. Please come back soon!

Hailey said...

This all sounds like a such a fun and amazing time!! And all the photos are wonderful!

Crystal said...

The last picture of you is so amazing! It looks like something out of a magazine!
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