Last weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to combine some of my very favorite things – friends, La Crema wine, travel, entertaining, and Instagrammable moments – into one magical day. Kristan, Megan, and I teamed up with La Crema again to host an event at their just opened estate, La Crema at Saralee’s Vineyard.
The space itself is absolutely stunning – a historic barn (once a hop barn!) acquired from Richard and Saralee Kunde. It’s warm and inviting, full of history, and obviously quite picturesque.
The guests arrived and were greeted with rosé (which our tour guide Ben informed us totally counts as breakfast – I like him!) and walked upstairs to the room where we hosted lunch. Megan, Kristan, and I went with a moodier color scheme – roses and maroons for fall – and the table was so beautiful! We chatted over rosé and then headed out for a full tour of the vineyards. (Side note: in writing this, every time I wrote about a part of the day, I wanted to say it was my favorite part. It was all that good.)
Our tour guide, Ben, was 1) so informative 2) so funny. I loved his commentary on everything, but I also learned a lot. It was really neat to see and taste the grapes that made the wine we were drinking! After a full vineyard and property tour, we headed back for lunch prepared by Chef Tracey Shepos.
Standouts of the meal included wasabi caviar on top of the oysters (a little taste of home!), ice lettuce (you need to see this), and of course allllll of the wine. I came home with a bottle of the Fog Veil Pinot Noir – one of my all-time favorites! Another highlight of the day was that my friend Jen was in attendance! Jen and I lived in Charleston for about the same amount of time before she moved back to San Fran. It was so fun to see each other (in such a fun place!).
After lunch, we wandered downstairs to the chef’s table to enjoy even more wine and cheese pairings. I especially enjoyed this part of the day, because Chef Tracey really explained how the flavors of the wine change and evolve with different pairings. It was so interesting!
After lots of fun conversation about wine and food and social media and all things in between, the guests headed home with a super fun goody bag. We were able to gift them some fun things including really cool kitchen gadgets AND a Rewined candle (which of course made me very happy!).
It was a total pinch-me type of day. Working with Megan, Kristan, Kristan’s husband John, and our photographer Ozzie is so much fun that it’s really hard to call it work. I’m truly grateful for such an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to work with this team again. (Each of us did a recap if you want to see more: La Crema, Megan, Kristan)
While I was out there, several people inquired via Instagram, email, etc. if they could visit the La Crema Estate themselves, and the answer is YES! The Estate is open to the public as of August of this year, and I highly recommend checking it out. Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂