Although many of you may think of me just as a blogger, outside of the blog I own a Communications & Events Company, Emily Martin Communications & Events. Last weekend I collaborated with a client, Arrowood Winery to invite 11 fabulous San Francisco & Wine Country bloggers to Arrowood Winery to learn more about their wines, their winemaker Kristina Werner and experience an incredible Wine & Food pairing with Arrowood Winery Wines and The Girl & The Fig food. It was truly spectacular. See more event coverage below.
En route to Sonoma quick stop at the lookout point over looking San Francisco
Even on a rainy day I still adore this view. One of my favorite in San Francisco.
The lush green color was incredible so of course with 10+ lifestyle and fashion bloggers we did a quick photoshoot. My rainy wine country day look, Hunter Books, a pleated leather skirt and a leopard sweater. Fashionista essentials!
Hunters were the essential gear to battle the rainy vineyards and still look cute. I’ve got the black ones but think I may need to get the pink Sarah of Sassy Red Lipstick was wearing. I love them!
The cozy fireplace in the charming Arrowood Winery tasting room
Upon arriving we were welcomed with this delicious Sauvignon Blanc. I could not resist enjoying this beautiful vineyard view. Even on a gloomy rainy day this place is spectacular.
The beautiful set up we enjoyed upstairs in the tasting room. The table was so perfectly set I was hesitant to eat I just loved seeing all the glasses with the vineyard as a back drop. Amazing, the Arrowood team really left no detail un touched.
The first course we enjoyed which was roasted carrots, saffron crema and honeyed almonds. This was paired with the Arrowood Winery Viognier which I found super light, fresh and crispy. It had nice mineralogy to it and was a perfect complement to the food.
Fabulous winemaker Kristina Werner sharing background about Arrowood Winery and her experience which is a lot, she’s made wine throughout the world. What a treat getting to hear first hand how the wines were made, where the grapes were sourced…..
The second course which was house ground polenta, braised oxtail, cocoa nibs, winter squash and sage pesto. As a gal who loves meat this was incredible. I also thought the cocoa nib created a lovely rich flavor which paired perfectly with the 2012 Arrowood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Arrowood Winery Guest Relations Supervisor Joe Label who is probably one of the most knowledgeable members of the Arrowood Team (from all the amazing historical information he knows). Him and Kristina presented together on the panel which was so informative.
Our 3rd course of black truffle ravioli with triple cream mornay and black truffles. This was hands down my favorite course, I probably could have eaten 2 maybe 3 of this amazing dish. Once again Chef John nailed the pairing which went back to a 2013 Arrowood Winery Proprietary Red Wine.
The group enthralled in the presentation, getting all their blogger shots and enjoying the afternoon of wine, food & fun!!
Talented Arrowood Winemaker Kristina Werner. I have been lucky enough to spend another few hours wine tasting with Kristina after this event and she’s amazing. So experienced, down to earth and approachable. Yet, clearly so talented from the various wines she’s making at such a high quality.
A tour of their estate library. I could really have so much fun tasting the historical wines in here. I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
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Thanks to Arrowood Winery for collaborating with Emily Martin Communications & Events on hosting this incredible afternoon at your winery. Lucky for me as a co-host and guest I was able to really enjoy myself and share this awesome Glen Ellen destination with my readers.