Will Wander for Wine

A Glamorous Night

A Glamorous Night

We adore the Academy Awards ceremony. Who doesn’t? Luckily, while Napa Valley may seem like a long way from L.A., it has a strong tie to movies from the annual Napa Valley Film Festival to the parties thrown for the industry’s biggest night. Here’s a list of our favorite ways to celebrate the stars.

  1. Champagne! It goes with everything from oysters to french fries. This is a night to splurge so consider a bottle from a producer like Moet or go small and sample a grower’s prized bubbly from Napa’s legendary Back Room Wines inventory. backroomwines.com
  2. Get out before the big event. Auberge du Soliel, one of the prettiest resorts in Napa Valley, is the place to sip some sparkling before the red carpet is rolled out. Go dressed up and take a selfie on the back deck, where vineyards and mountains make a picturesque background. aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com
  3. Even your glassware can be glamourous! We have a set of coupe glasses that add a retro twist to bubbles or rosé. We found ours at CB2 but many vintage stores have mixed sets that add to their charm.  cb2.com/marie-coupe-cocktail-glass/s465018
  4. A sparkling Negroni. We can’t drink enough Campari. We love it over ice, mixed into a Negroni and in this version of the Italian classic cocktail elevated up a notch with a splash of sparkling rosé. chandon.com/recipes/sparkling-negroni
  5. Red, red wine. In honor of the red carpet, we recommend a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to be sipped at Raymond Vineyards’ Oscar Celebration. Raymond owner, Jean Charles Boisset knows how to throw a party and will surely make Oscar night a memorable one. raymondvineyards.com/

Photos courtesy of Auberge du Soliel, Raymond Vineyards, Domaine Chandon and Olive and Poppy.

 

FRENCH FINDS

FRENCH FINDS

BONJOUR!!! We just returned from a sun-soaked holiday and much needed rest in Provence. The trip was double duty: research for next year’s collections mixed with a whole lot of rosé "sampling." We brought our husbands along, who we jokingly call “Employee 3 and 4,” since they have been breaking down barrels and moving boxes of bracelets since the first day we opened up shop.  

There were far too many favorite finds to list on our blog, so we picked a few (mostly wine) since our days were spent tasting, eating and shopping…and more tasting.

1. French Picnic Basket from Le Voyage en Panier. We picked this tote up in Cassis and haven’t let it out of our sight since. It’s not only handy for taking to the beach and stuffing with towels and sunscreen, but it doubled as an excellent market tote for picking up our daily baguette and bottle(s) of rosé.

2. Les Tropéziennes Sandals. We bought a pair of these on our first day in Cassis and went back for two more. We felt like a bronzed, French jetsetter running around the cobbled streets in our chic little sandals. We may have to import them for O&P to support our new addiction.

3. Château d’Estoublon Olive Oil.  We were served this olive oil at dinner one night and knew we needed to visit in person. They take their olive oils seriously, even packaging them in what looked like elegant perfume bottles. Just spritz on your delicate lettuce greens and voila, instant YUM.

4. Domaine Tempier Rosé. A rosé pilgrimage of sorts. For anyone that knows their Bandol wines, this spot has been a hard-to-find treasure for many years. We popped by unannounced and they were more than happy to pour us a taste of their three excellent wines.

5. Chateau de la Noblesse..  This was an unexpected and “follow your nose” moment when the gal at Domaine Tempier sent us to her mom’s winery down the road. The red carpet was rolled out at her simple but historic winery. We were taken into the cellar and tasted all their memorable reds, white and rosé! This was the moment in the trip when we realized we would have to play Sophie’s Choice with the wines coming home with us. We wanted them all!

6. Domaine de la Mordorée Rosé. Tavel…known for their rich, balanced rose’s that can stand up to any spicy, or salty dish they are served with. We bought these from the source in Tavel, after having tasted them at dinner the night before. Rich, full-bodied and paired well with my steak!

7. Domain Hauvette. A wine that will rarely be found outside of the little town of St Remy de Provence because the winemaker is not only elusive, but reportedly not very friendly. We tried to visit, but were told it was much better to taste this exquisite wine at the local wine shop. We ended up having it with dinner, and the homemade gnocchi with truffles was a transformative pairing experience. 

Father's Day is June 19th!

Father's Day is June 19th!

We've picked a few of our faves from wine country for all the dads out there:

1. Black Pepper Cocktail Tincture from Napa Valley Distillery. Perfect for spicing up a Bloody Mary or Dirty Martini. 
2. Olive and Poppy Recycled Wine Barrel Tie Bar. Our brand new Tie Bar has a hexagon inlay of reclaimed barrel wood that still shows the red wine stain. A stylish way for Dad to remember memories made in wine country.
3. Pliny the Elder Baseball Hat from Russian River Brewery. It's not always possible to get your hands on this coveted Sonoma County beer that Dad loves so much, but he can rock the baseball hat everyday.
4. "In the Charcuterie" cookbook from the founders of Napa's Fatted CalfReplicate Fatted Calf's mouthwatering salumi and sausages at home? Yes, please!
5. Olive and Poppy Wine Barrel Cufflinks. Pair our Barrel Cufflinks made from reclaimed barrel wood with the Tie Bar, and you have a gift for Dad that can't be found anywhere else!
6. Always a favorite with the fellas, the Cab from Silver Oak is lush and complex. A steak and a bottle of this beauty, and Dad will be happy for sure!
7. The Bacon Tasting from Press Restaurant in St. Helena. Grab a gift certificate and plan a trip to this iconic wine country restaurant. Think Dad may like wild boar bacon, or perhaps candied bacon? He can try them all with he Bacon tasting!