• Heaven on Earth

    September 26, 2009

    Yesterday was such an amazing day. Probably one of the best in my lifetime! I spent it with friends among gorgeous scenery sipping wine and eating delicious food. What more could you ask for?

    From San Francisco, we drove to the Dry Creek region to visit Michel Schlumberger.

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    It was truly heaven on earth!

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    Jenna will be working for Michel Schlumberger! It’s such a dream job for her!

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    We were lucky to be able to try so many delicious wines. I had lots of sips!

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    Cheers! :mrgreen:

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    After chatting and sipping for a while, we received a tour of the vineyard. On our walk, we encountered a swarm of bees!

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    My initial reaction was to freak out and run away, but our tour guide was calm, yet excited about the swarm.

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    Soon, a number of Michel Schlumberger employees gathered around.

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    It was a cool sight to see, but I was still nervous!

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    After about 15 minutes, the bees swarmed together around the Queen bee.

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    Our tour continued through the MS estate. All of it was breathtaking!

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    There was an organic garden with all sorts of delicious foods that we were allowed to pick right off the plant.

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    We tried cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, and wonderfully ripe figs.

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    Then we headed up to see the vineyards.

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    I had never seen anything so beautiful!

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    Bloggers in wine country!

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    Next, we headed inside to the fermenting facility.

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    There, we samples the fresh grape juice before the fermentation process. It was sweet and delicious.

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    After our tour, we headed back to the winery to meet Jenna’s friends. We listened to live music, drink wine, and enjoy some fresh bread and cheese.

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    For me, it was heaven on earth!

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    Jenna’s friend, Rocky, gave us a photography lesson.

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    I still need to work on my photograph skills, but I now better understand how my camera operates!

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    For dinner, we headed to Zin in downtown Healdsburg.

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    The restaurant was so adorable!

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    We did a lot more wine drinking there!

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    Zin’s menu was outstanding! The appetizers, in particular, sounded delicious. We ordered one of each for the table.

    We started with fried green beans.

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    Kath and I shared a plate of them.

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    Next up were corn and ricotta ravioli. Loved these!

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    Then we had grilled shrimp and peppers with a lemony sauce.

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    And then “Figs in a Blanket,” which were my favorite appetizer of the bunch. They were figs wrapped in a puffed pastry with blue cheese and prosciutto.

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    And finally, we shared a plate of tomato brucchuetta. The tomatoes were SO fresh!

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    At this point I was pretty stuffed, so Kath and I shared a butternut squash with apple and bacon soup as our entree. It was delish!

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    After dinner, we went to the hotel and passed out.

    What a wonderful day! It’s one I will never forget!

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    { 19 comments… read them below or add one }

    Leianna September 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Wow a total amazing day for all 3 of you lovely women! Those are some great pictures that will be great memories some day!
    Enjoy more today!

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    Dori September 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Sounds perfect! I want to be there!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) September 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    wow – best day of your life – that’s an amazing awesome wonderful tremendous thing to experience!!! yay for wine country!

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    kay (eating machine) September 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    so fun! wineries are so pretty! and that dinner looks insane!

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    Leah @ Simply Fabulous September 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    What a fun day! Awesome that you got a little photography sesh to learn how your camera works. I would love to do that! I think the pics are great. Enjoy the rest of your time there Tina!

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    christie, honoring health September 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I am glad you are having such an amazing time!

    Enjoy Blogher today!

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    Leah September 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous opportunity you are enjoying! I hope you have the best time!

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel September 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Oh my god, figs in a blanket sound INCREDIBLE

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    Annamarina (Running Tails) September 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    What a beautiful place! And that dinner looks delicious! My best friend just moved to Napa to work in the wine industry and I can’t wait to visit her. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    FIGS in a blanket? Brilliant. I really want to re-create that

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    Lee September 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    It all looks so beautiful. I’ve never been to a winery before.

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    Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) September 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds amazing- and looks breathtaking!

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    angieinatlanta September 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I am so jealous! Looks like the perfect day with the perfect company!

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    Liz September 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I love the picture of you through the screen looking at your camera. Yummy food and wine! Can’t wait to hear more about BlogHer. Such a great learning experience!

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    Lizzy September 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    simple breathtaking! seriously, you girls are experiencing something i could never imagine! I love that we are ride beside you for this amazing opportunity! :) love the photos!!!

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    Caroline September 26, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    wow. I am so jealous that Jenna gets to work here, this truly sounds like a dream job for any food/wine lover. your pictures are so beautiful and I am sure don’t even do the beautiful scenery and foods justice. have a great trip and enjoy every minute!

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    Jenna September 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    wow tina! you are SO lucky! that definitely looks like heaven on earth :)
    jenna

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    melissa September 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    wow totally amazing! i am loving the recaps

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    maria September 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Those grapes look soooooo good! :)

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