My youngest has been wanting to improve the little area she has outside her bedroom, and turn it into a small garden. Today was the 2nd day of her summer holiday and her dad had some time to spare. All day I have been enjoying their collaborative work and seen the project take form. This is only vol. 1 of her garden project, next is a bench with pillows, which I think will be a collaboration with me. Can't wait to be part of her creativity.
This Saturday I had the opportunity to go to Napa for a small private event. We met at Oxbow Market in downtown Napa. Oxbow District of Napa has become the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley. The goal is to create an atmosphere within the Oxbow Public Market to improve the local food culture through education, community outreach and support of local businesses and farms.
From Oxbow, we drove to our first destination Gemstone Vineyard. The vineyard farm 20 micro-blocks within their 16-acre estate to optimize the uniqueness of their diverse soils and numerous clonal selections. When Thomas Rivers Brown joined Gemstone in 2007, he immediately understood that the estate could support three stylistically distinct expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon.
While sitting outside under the trees, having a very delicious lunch, we were fortunate to taste wines they only had very few left of. And I understand why. To be honest, I'm not a wine person, I don't know much about wine, I'm the kind of person you would not pick to choose the wine. Okay, now you know - but I could tell that these wines are not something you get every day.
Sinegal Estate Winery
Sinegal Estate Winery is one of the oldest vineyards in Napa. It is historically know as The Inglewood Estate, with 30-acres with perfect soil, subtle microclimates and varied terrain.
The first vines was planted back in 1881, by Alton Williams, and 4 years later they harvested for the first time. 130 years later, Sinegal Estate will release its first wine. The Estate has a diverse selection of varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Masque, and Semilion.
The Estate is magnificent. It’s modern with a classic, warm European style. Everything is clean, from the design of the tasting room, the labels on the bottles, to the barrels. For me, and my self-diagnosed OCD, a true pleasure to the eye.
Beth welcomed us and showed us everything. How they sort the grapes, where the store the wine and for how long. The French oak barrels, and made sure we tasted a good selection of their wines. Sinegal produces 3000 cases a year. They mainly sell through their membership club, to a few restaurants, so not easy to get a hold of their wines. Again these wines were something more than every day wine.
I was so lucky to get invited to the pre-opening of Kantine on 1906 Market St in San Francisco. Kantine specializes in simple, delicious, wholesome Scandinavian food. They make everything from scratch using whole grains, seasonal ingredients, and Scandinavian methods.
Kantine is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch six days a week (closed Mondays). We had the brunch menu, with chef Nicole Accettola’s signature sprouted rye bread, and many delicious toppings. This is definitely not our family's last visit to Kantine.
If you follow along on my blog, you have noticed that this is not the first post from Steep Ravine Cabins. I believe it's the 3rd. We love going here for many reasons. It's only 40 minutes drive from our house, you are transported back in time because of the very simple living, you are close to nature, and close as a family. All of these things are important to our family, but my guess is, it's true for every family.
Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground is so private and relaxing. There is not a bad location or spot, the views from all the sites are overwhelmingly beautiful. I love the windy drive down (or walk) to get down to the campground. This is one of my most favorite places to camp and while a bit more challenging to book, considering a weeknight stay is totally worth it!
To mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic designer’s birth, Georg Jensen has announced a year-long celebration in his honor. Happy Birthday, grandpa!
I just returned from a few days in Copenhagen, to celebrate my no longer living grandpa, Henning Koppel’s 100 birthday, and his timeless designs for the world famous silver house Georg Jensen. If he had been alive he would have been very proud.
The day started out at Louisiana in northern Sealand, with the reveal of a new Koppel piece. I, unfortunately, can't show photos of it since it is still a secret for now. After the big reveal, there was a reception at my mother's house, with cake, music in the garden, and a place for the press to interview my mother and see where my grandpa had lived and worked.
Just north of San Francisco, there's a row of giant Monterey cypress trees that forms a “tree tunnel”. Loved by Bay Area locals, it's a tucked away spot in the Point Reyes National Seashore for photographers to capture early morning sun rays, or for anyone to get some moments of solitude.
Established in 1858, the renovated Pierce Point Ranch is one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula and was one of the most successful dairy ranches of its time. It is representative of the agricultural heritage of this area. Birgitte and I had such a fun time walking around this historical place, shooting each other in fun situations, the buildings and of cause the breathtaking nature surrounding the Ranch.