This weekend we headed out East to attend one of my favorite Fall events – Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party. We had the opportunity to check out some of their new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider! We dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, suckling pig, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and gourmet desserts – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Pizza Luca – complete with a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven! It was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!
We had an absolutely amazing time in Bordeaux! From the gorgeous lands, to the plethora of wine tastings, to the wonderful people and delightful food; to say my expectations were met is a bit of an understatement!
Let’s rewind a bit – our wine tasting tour started on Monday, so Billy, my parents, sister, brother and I arrived a few days early to explore the city and do a little shopping – naturally! The port city of Bordeaux is absolutely gorgeous, filled with art, history and architecture dating back to Roman times – I could have spent a month in the city alone. After a few days on our own, we were whisked off to Château Coulon Laurensac, an exquisite 18th century Palladian Château nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, right in the middle of Bordeaux’s famous wine growing region. The Château itself was fairytale-breathtaking, with awe-inspiring gardens, a state-of-the-art kitchen (I was drooling over) and hundreds of years of meticulously maintained history between its walls – I’m still dreaming of all the ceiling beams and fireplaces! Our suites were located in the former chai à barriques (a building where wine used to age in oak barrels), which just added the overabundance of charm!
The unique part about our tour was that Château Coulon Laurensac is the year-round home of Wine Masters, Ronald and Margaret Rens, who graciously hosted and guided us throughout our stay. Our week was filled with visits to some of the premiere 1st growth vineyards on both the left and right banks of the Bordeaux region, cooking classes at the Château, an adventure to the local farmers market in Creon and more 5-course+ lunches & dinners than I care to admit to!
As always, my favorite places to eat and see are bookmarked here; and if you’re looking to visit Bordeaux, sample their wonderful wines and cuisine, I can’t recommend The Bordeaux Wine Experience enough!
After a rainy week, I was so happy to head out East to celebrate my mom’s birthday and for a quick client consult.
On Saturday we headed to Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, Topping Rose House, for a Pork and Beer Festival. With vases of bacon greeting us upon arrival, to say the pork-centric tasting menu left little to be desired is a bit of an understatement! And the line-up of local brewers was impeccable – I was particularly fond of Moustache Brewing Co. out of Riverhead!
We were in celebratory mode all weekend for my mom’s birthday, so the trip was made even more indulgent with visits to a few of our favorite restaurants, including: 1770 House, Nick & Toni’s and Cafe Max – check out a full (and ever-growing) list of my favorites here.
My mom and I took full advantage of being together all weekend, hitting up some of our favorite antique stores (how insane is that spatterware collection?!) and Serena & Lily, of course! Their gallery walls are what my dreams are made of – all of which is available in their online store (kinda dangerous!).
How was your weekend?
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Do you guys make New Years resolutions? I never have in the past thinking it was a silly sort of custom – but what’s so wrong with a little self reflection? I feel like life has been on fast forward lately, with a lot of “do, do, do”, and not enough contemplation over the bigger picture. Like so many of you, I always put my job, family and friends above what’s good for me. And while that sounds very noble, I’m not sure it actually benefits anyone in the end?
I used to work out and love it, considering it my “me time”. Now it just feels like another chore on my to-do list. I need to find a new routine that I enjoy and inspires me. I’ve heard really good things about The Gunnar Challenge 8 – have any of you tried it? And I received a few very generous Christmas gifts, including a Vitamix and gift card for a year of monthly massages, both of which perfectly complement my “mission”!
Do you guys have any tips on workouts, recipes or ways to relax – and most importantly how to maintain them? I would love to hear your thoughts!
I like looking on my Instagram pics to reflect on what I’ve done and where I’ve been – I must say October was a pretty stellar month! I baked “skinny” lemon-cranberry scones and arranged lots of pretty flowers #bloomsoftheweek. Traveled out east and spent lots of time outside drinking wine and visiting the farm stands with my Dad. Took advantage of what will probably be the last of my garden for the season and dried my lavender – I plan on turning the petals into pretty oil and linen water! And I even rectified the cobblers kids shoes dilemma in The Bungalow with a few Fall updates!
I’m really excited for what November has to bring – turkey, table settings, Christmas shopping and decorating – it’s the official start to the holiday season!
What are you looking forward to this month?
We had the opportunity to check out some of their amazing new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider!
We dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, lemon rosemary chicken, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and pulled pork – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Rolling in Dough (love the name!).Wouldn’t this be an incredible idea for a kids party, or a late night encore of snacks at a wedding?!
Speaking of kids, there were a ton of activities for little ones, including horse back riding, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin rolling and a petting zoo.It was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!
We also visited the Chuck Close exhibit at Guild Hall. The altered perceptions of the artist’s works in digital media over the span of his career was incredibly insightful and inspiring!
My mom and I took advantage of the holiday weekend sales, making sure to hit up one of our favorite stores in the Hamptons, Serena & Lily. I was completely obsessed with that coffee table, and how gorgeous is the Fall-inspired table setting?!
And finished off the weekend at one of my favorite new restaurants, Race Lane.
How was your weekend? Did you have the opportunity to spend any time outdoors?
*You can check out a list of my favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.
I was so honored when my friend Hanna of Gadabout asked me to participate in her Agenda series! I have admired Hanna’s graphic work for quite some time, and when I decided to launch DiCorcia Design’s website she was my first call. I could not be more pleased with the outcome! Hanna is one of the most talented and inspirational creatives I have had the pleasure of working with. Head over here to check it out my agenda.