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Cooking Light, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and 1200 miles

Posted Sep 04 2012 1:54am
sonoma wine country weekend 2012

Would you drive 1200 miles in a weekend to drink wine and sample local foodie creations for 5 hours of your time? You Betchya! And it was a lot of fun!

I was invited to attend Saturday’s event at the Sonoma Wine Country weekend sponsored by Cooking Light. Talk about jazzed. So to play up the long weekend, I decided to pair it with a trip to see family in the Lake Tahoe area. Hence the zillion of worthwhile miles. I’ve never been to the Sonoma area. This was quite a treat! Here’s how the event went…

classiest digs

I wore my classiest digs. Wine country casual. I might need a lesson in fashion for an event like this, but my reasoning – if the guys can wear them, so can I. Paired with some skinny jeans and a red, white & blue Chaps sleeveless shirt (as shown above).

sonoma wine country weekend 2012

Isn’t this a gorgeous bridge? I was in awe! There is a beautiful big river running underneath.

sonoma wine country weekend 2012

I imagine Sonoma is reminiscent of what Italy would look like. Just majestic!

sonoma wcw 2012

They gave us this awesome wine glass when we checked in. And I filled it a bunch of times! Num Num Num.

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sonoma wine country weekend

There were pairing classes, tours, classes on the ABCs of different types of wines, cooking classes (I missed the bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos – darn it), music, food…

costeaux french bakery - sonoma wine country weekend

Okay, speaking of food. This mini piece of almond pastry by the Costeaux Bakery  was by far the YUMMIEST thing going on. Paired with any one of the wines going on… was good!

Tim and I could have stood there and ate a tray of it in one standing (granted that our wine glasses were always filled). ;)

Third Street Aleworks

Is it faux pas to be sampling beer in our wine glasses? By Third Street Aleworks  - the brew was so good! Chilled perfectly. I wanted to buy some, but the marketplace was only for sampling local goods. I hope one day Third Street Aleworks sells outside the local vicinity. Definitely check them out if you are in the area!

Chef Competition, Food, and Marketplace
sonoma wine country weekend 2012

We caught the final round of the Sonoma Steel Chef Competition. Don’t worry – my glass was soon filled with Merlot after this picture was shot. The glass was never empty. :)

sonoma wine country weekend 2012

Final contestants were  Chef Steven Snook  (cute British boy with accent, chef of the Kenwood Inn, lots of tats and worked with Chef Gordon Ramsey) vs.  Carlo Cavallo  (chef of the Meritage Martinin Oyster Bar & Grille). Chef Carlo rightfully won. It was fun to watch because they were given 4 main ingredients to work with and only had a few minutes to whip up a delicious plate.

Made me hungry. Food – wine – food -wine. The day was maintained in that order in order to maintain composure on much wine.

sonoma wine country weekend 2012

This is the stout braised short ribs with garlic potatoes, summer squash and pickled shallots by the HopMonk Tavern .

sonoma organics

Sampled the local heirloom tomatoes from Sonoma Organics . Even got to take a delicious perfectly ripe tomato home.

revive kombucha

Tried some of this Revive Kombucha . I’ve never had Kombucha, but was told it was a taste to get accustomed to and can be on the vinegary side. This one – doesn’t taste vinegary at all. Quite refreshing. And I found out one of the benefits of Kombucha. Much like ACV?

make our own blend of chocolate bar

We also were given the opportunity to make our own blend of chocolate bar, as part of the Buick Enclave promotion. This is Tim’s mix on the screen.

I made a dark chocolate – cinnamon – coffee – sea salt – bacon. I should be getting it in a couple of weeks. Sweet!

sonoma wine country weekend 2012

A HUGE thank you to   Cooking Light staff for allowing Tim and I to attend this Awesome – Awesome event! Cheers!

Related: To see more pictures from this weekend’s road trip… Road Trip!

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