The Bay Area is stunning. There is so many things to do that is just a hop, skip and a jump away and I feel like I have barely touched the surface. There are gorgeous beaches, mountains, campsites, and cities but what has my heart the most is wine country! (Though a good beach day really makes me happy too!)
But there is nothing like the slow living and gorgeous views of wine country and of course, the craft of culture behind the art of creating world class wines. I love going up there and feel fully relaxed every time I return. Of course the wine doesn’t hurt but it’s so different from the city and I feel like I’ve gone an adventure every time I return.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing trip to Turnbull Wine Cellars with a group of wonderful, talented creative women and influencers from the area. We hopped in a bus, drank coffee and had AG Ferrari snacks (my absolute favorite!) and chatted on the way up, enjoying good conversation and gorgeous views of the golden grape leaves. The fall really is a wonderful time to go to Napa Valley. There is a homey, welcoming feeling there. It feels a little bit more cozy and country and the colors are to die for!
We were greeted by the amazing team at Turnbull- Zoe, Stephany, and Burroughs. They took us through a tour of the tasting rooms, barrel rooms, garden and gorgeous property. We even got to taste some vino straight from the tank! I learned about their processes, years that have been good and how they handled it when there were years that were less so. I can tell you from talking to the team and learning about the vineyard, they prioritize quality. What’s more, is they also prioritize your comfort at their winery. They want it to feel like home and very welcoming and I have to say, it absolutely was! To learn more about their wines, visit here and to learn more about a membership, visit here. I have been to quite a few wineries and they get top marks on friendly faces, great wines and ambiance – the trifecta!
As though that wasn’t enough, we were treated to a delicious lunch by Jessica Lasky of Jessica Lasky Catering (a recipe of one of the most delicious dishes can even be found below!) Her food was innovative and classic and she was absolutely a girl after my own heart with an Italian base to her cooking.
After an afternoon of chatting, drinking, learning about different wines and eating phenomenal food, we were given a gorgeous gift set (that honestly is the PERFECT holiday gift) of a beautiful bottle of wine and two beautiful glasses. You can order them here.
Below you can find all the pictures from this amazing day. I’ll include little tidbits I learned about the winery in each section. Enjoy!
The Tasting Room
The tasting room looks like a tidbit from dream home with its wooden details, white boarders, fresh country flowers, books, greenery, and black and white art collection that has been in the family who owns the winery for years. It was essentially a combination of my favorite inclusions in any interiors and pairing that with their rose was cream of the crop in my book!
The garden is a gorgeous area on the property just outside of the tasting room. They even host outside movie nights in this area in the summer and it feels like a stunning backyard where you can relax and enjoy yourself.
Tasting Room, Barrel Rooms, And Gifts
With Zoe’s impeccable taste and previous work experience, the decor and interiors are really mind blowing. They are so classic and pair so well with the country, rural vibes that wine country gives. I love the combo and cannot get enough of it!
Also, the barrel room smelled ammmaazzzing and I loved trying the wines from the tanks! They showed us the art and process and the science, engineering and chemistry in the process is really fascinating. The wine really is delicious and I am so thrilled and grateful to have been able to take some home to enjoy with my babe!
The property is gorgeous and rustic and marries classic and country. The flowers, detailing, landscaping, decor are all a part of this amazing ambiance and environment that is perfect for enjoying a quality glass of wine.
As I mentioned, I love wine country in the fall and it was such a wonderful time visit as it just embodied the beauty that can be found in this special part of California.
The strung lights, roses peaking from the roots, tractors, barn in the distance and woodsy finishings really were perfectly executed and gave such a welcoming vibe. Oh and bocce ball? Haaaay!
The meal was cream of the crop! Cooked by Jessica Lasky with a table decorated by Elsie Green, our meal and setting was inspired by nature and the gorgeous detailing and colors of fall. The gray ad oranges and greens just picked up well and are of course a combination of colors that both soothes you and amps up your appetite, particularly in these muted shades. And I was in LOVE with the pop of blue from the glassware! Hello gorgeous!
The appetizer consistent of oven toasted breads with turkey patte, grilled grapefruit, and fried brussel sprouts and tangerines. Yes, that’s right! I said tangerines and it was one of the most amazing, innovative treats I have ever tasted. It was perfectly sweet and savory and I could not stop!
Next we enjoyed a delicious tray of prosciutto, green beans, and persimmons. Afterwards we were served gorgeous sweet squash with bacon toppings, and finally a delicious polenta dish. The recipe is blow but it was hearty and comforting and simply good food. I was in heaven.
Dessert called for some Speculous s’mores and tasty fig treats. Is your mouth watering yet? I know! Pretty phenomenal! It really was as good as it sounds and such wonderful inspiration for our upcoming holidays.
For the recipe of the delicious polenta dish courtesy of the talented Jessica of Jessica Lasky Catering, please see below:
In Jessica’s words:
Make the arugula pesto. In a Cuisinart, place all the ingredients. Pulse until slightly chunky but not pureed. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, warm the broth over medium heat. Add the polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly. When all the polenta is added, season with alt and pepper. cook, stirring now and again, until soft and creamy, about 20 minutes. Add the butter, whole milk, and parmigiano. Season again with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Crisp the garlic and the chili flakes on low heat until soft and golden. Add the mushrooms and saute and stir constantly over medium heat until tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Add the baby kale, and chestnuts, turn off the heat and toss until the kale is slightly wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
On a rustic wood plank or large platter, smear the polenta like a large paint stroke. Arrange the sauteed vegetables on top. Drizzle the arugula pesto around and sprinkle parmigiano shavings on top. Serve immediately.
And back to my words… it was really outstanding! Polenta is one of those good-for-you, hearty foods and when you spruce it up right, it can really be a wonderful addition to any dinner table!