Mighty Life List
Oct 19 2009

Broad Summit Details, Day 2

If you’re looking for it, Day 1 is here.

dahlias1

The afternoon before everyone arrived, we arranged posies of Dahlias, orange tea roses, and green hypericum berries. We used pint-sized Mason jars as vases, and made a few dozen small arrangements so we could move them around to decorate various event spaces.

tastingtables

I love working with Dahlias because they’re pretty tough, easy to arrange, and stay fresh for quite awhile — even if you’re transporting them from place to place. We had a full day of wine tasting planned on Saturday, so we kicked off right after breakfast with a tasting class at 10:30 a.m., which was… ambitious.

tastingglasses

Our team rose to the challenge.

The Wine Sisterhood brought in Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide to walk us through some food pairings and offer some wine education. My favorite tip was to freeze leftover sparkling wine to use as ice cubes in orange juice. Insta-mimosa.

lunch

Moshin Vineyards helped us set up lunch and a tasting in the cask room, which was the most romantic lunch I’ve ever had with thirty other women.

lunchchips

Boon’s restaurant catered our lunch, including their signature homemade parmesan potato chips, which haunt my dreams.

arista

At Arista Winery, we tasted outside with a view of the vineyards.

cheesewhizzes

Finally, we headed over to Hop Kiln, where Helen Jane set up a Cheese Whizzes tasting for us. Word to the wise, Rogue River Blue Cheese from Oregon. Holy holy.

prints

We wanted to leave the Broad Summit prints on the ladies pillows, but realized belatedly that guests would need a way to get them home safely. Guerneville doesn’t exactly have an Office Max, so we clipped some prints to boards and left others in pretty office folders on guests pillows. I especially loved how the clipboards looked.

8 Responses to “Broad Summit Details, Day 2”

  • whoorl Says:

    Do you think Holly and I might have been a tad smitten with our host at Arista?

  • Meg Says:

    I loved the idea about freezing the sparkling wine. And then I thought “Wait, do people really have leftover sparkling wine? I mean, really, they don’t finish the bottle?”

    This looks like such a beautiful event!

  • Toni Says:

    Holy awesomeness. So I thought I would just throw out the reminder that Pomegranate Pear Guacamole season is coming… probably next week some time. Thanks for sharing that with the internet last year! Every time I make it I think “Thank Goodness for that woman and her internet prowess”

  • Ink & Button Says:

    very cool! I am loving dahlias too, ever since I discovered them blooming in my backyard.
    Love your blog!

  • Nothing But Bonfires Says:

    Seriously, are we gazing in adoration at Our Dreamy Bachelor or what? Probably trying to get the first impression rose.

  • hubs Says:

    Ha! There is no such thing as leftover sparkling wine!

  • Kathy Says:

    Wow – this retreat sounds better with every post! Also, I’m in love with Rogue Creamery’s blue cheeses. We stopped there on a whim on a road trip and have been mail ordering their cheese ever since! Unfortunatley, they’ve ruined all other blue cheese for me…

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