I want to take you on a road trip today. A trip just about 10 minutes from our Maison, very fortunate for us here in our little town.
This started as a story for Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine, but I wanted to elaborate on the article I did for Angela for my readers.
So, without further adieu, we're off to visit Lambert Bridge Winery in Sonoma County. Believe it or not, all the photos were taken in February in 70 degree weather. We really lucked out on the weather and the extremely nice people and animals met on our adventure.
One of the Winery's beautiful vintage trucks
filled with wooden wine barrels (above).
View from afar: Winery and ridge
of magnificent trees.
At times, it amazes me,
we live in this back yard of beauty, filled with
huge pines all around us, mountain scenes as far
as the eye can view; and to be honest, when the trees
end, the ocean begins... A place of real beauty.
The entrance to dual Mugnaini pizza ovens,
outdoor kitchen at Lambert Bridge Winery
Alright, I knew I was going to take a few photos
for the blog, but upon entering: A huge "sign"
for myself and my husband...
floor and quickly jumped up (and checked us out to make sure he approved) upon our entering the winery. Thank you, Wiley for welcoming us... meant more than you know - kind dog.
To us, there is no other dog that steals our hearts faster or better than a Great Pyr will, our Zeke made sure of that.
We were also greeted by Bernadette. This Saint Bernard is amazing. The Great Pyrenees and St. Bernard were perfect together. We would love to own both of these big-hearted dogs at the same time, but My Petite Maison is petite (but we do have three yards... think, think, think?!).
Look at all the wines in gorgeous wood treasure troves (below):
We also met a beautiful lab, so kind and put up with our chatting while on our visit and how much we loved ALL dogs and wine, too.
So, how good is this? Beautiful dogs and delicious wines beneath the ridge of trees.
Tasting wines for our French picnic:
We tasted Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
They were all amazing wines. Delicious, fresh and bright - we couldn't wait to try our herbed cheese from France with
one of them. Wish it could have been all, but we chose
the Sauvignon Blanc. They were ALL excellent.
|Beautiful Riedel Crystal Glasses and Lambert Bridge Sauvignon Blanc|
Massive fireplace and sparkling chandelier (see reflection in mirror above). We truly feel it takes many visits to take the beauty of the Winery in and see/notice all the elements of style, taste and nature.
We entered the picnic grounds through the gazebo covered by vines, surrounded by fleurs and lots of gravel. (You know from my garden posts, I feel you can never have enough gravel.)
Old (30 year-old) Wisteria vines surround the gazebo and winery.
Through the gazebo, you see lavender and herbs that await our picnic adventures. We are amazed since it's February and yet, every plant is well manicured and loved. We truly cannot wait to go back in a few weeks and see everything in full bloom.
A closer look:
The outdoor kitchen where pizza & gourmet food
classes are held at Lambert Bridge Winery.
I took loads of my antique French
Terre de Fer faience plates and bowls
with us to the winery.
We wanted to enjoy our picnic in style as the
French do with superb plates, glasses and utensils too.
We didn't use our glasses, as the winery was
kind to loan us beautiful crystal glasses
for our picnic on the grounds.
Notice my vintage forks given to me by
my grandmother? A little scratched with time,
but well-loved by our family. Each scratch
means a lot to me, it's all in love of style.
Again, the dual Mugnaini ovens
The view from our pique-nique table.
A little bit of delicious food, wine
and sparkling water for all.
Baguettes et Macarons
from our town's small French Bakery
Pressed figues and French black olives,
The smaller olives are from
our trees at My Petite Maison.
We are truly blessed to have a friend
that cures them for us... our five little trees.
A beautiful French patisserie box filled with Princess Cake from Costeaux a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and an orzo dish I made for the picnic.
We purchased two bottles of wine. One for our picnic
and another for a special occasion to come soon.
Hope you enjoyed our visit to the winery in Healdsburg, California. Here's a link to the website ~
Also, I promised to share a recipe with you this week. I decided to share the recipe from one of my favorite sites & the dish I made in the right hand corner of the photo (above). It's Lemon Dill Baked Orzo with Gruyere. Once you try it, you'll want to include it in all your picnics. Let me know if you try it, I'd love to hear from you!
Our view on the drive home... just 2 snaps from the window.
Beautiful drive too (And no worries, always a designated driver on our trips if there's wine involved).
Wanted to mention: You may have noticed, I've had to take a break from listing new items in my store. My business here for local customers has taken off in the last couple months. I hope to be able to list items again soon for my cherished friends and on-line clients. Please be patient with me. Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful weekend. I have lots to do in the next couple weeks in my own garden too. I've bought loads of plants and can't wait to share.
Oh, I've joined Instagram recently, look me up if you'd like... I'm TracieMyPetiteMaison !
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