The Alexander Valley

June 10th, 2013

Just north of Healdsburg off of the 101 Highway is a unique wine growing region in Sonoma County known as the Alexander Valley. The Russian River runs through the heart of it where oak trees and vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, and thrive in the sunshine.

The heart of the Alexander Valley is 45 minutes from our front door and we hadn’t visited in a few years, so we invited some of our good friends along, Dino and Heidi who love to go tasting and exploring (we attended the famous Kendall Jackson Tomato Festival with them last year) and off we went to visit some old favorites and new wineries we’ve never been to before. 

alexander valley winery signs

 

The region is really beautiful time of year, the sun is warm but still mild, and the tasting rooms are less crowded before late summer and the harvest in the fall when the large crowds arrive. In June you can sit, sip, and stroll among the vineyards, watching the grapes forming on the vine.

grapes on vine alexander valley

 

We started our afternoon at Hawkes Winery, next door to the famous Jimtown Store where you’ll catch a scenic view of the adjacent vineyards and can grab a bite for lunch.

red chairs looking over vineyard

 

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BOTB 6.9.13

June 9th, 2013

Hello all, Amanda and I are back with another round of favorite picks from across the blogosphere. Enjoy this roundup of amazing spaces and ideas! 

This shared bedroom in sunny yellows and chic grays is home for three lucky girls with a full room tour over at Worthwhile Domicile. 

shared girls room worthwhiledomicile

 

Beautiful marble subway tiles and a porcelain hearth accentuate a new fireplace surround and built-ins at Marshall House Matters (don’t miss the ‘before’ !)

fireplace makeover and built ins marshallhousematters

 

This is one incredible kitchen transformation spied over at Design*Sponge, so light, bright, and modern compared to what it was before.

designsponge sarahs kitchen 5.30

 

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