Wine in January

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of being in the company of thirteen amazing and dynamic women (and one gorgeously tacky purse named Pursey Galore) who gathered with me for a day of wine tasting and lunching in the Napa Valley.

We began our day at the gorgeous Whitehall Lane Vineyards, where we were treated with a lovely tour and tasting. We were scheduled to sample four delicious wines, but before our tour was over, we were surprised with a fabulous fifth wine to taste.


Though we had some beautiful white wines, if I’m completely honest, I only have eyes for reds.


Just like back in school…the ones in the front were paying attention, while the kids in the back were goofing off (okay, fine, they were tweeting about the event). ;)


We were guided through the first part of our tour by our knowledgeable host, Douglas, who made us all smile with his dry wit.


As our tour was wrapping up, Doug came by to check on us and charmed us with his knowledge of the family’s history and the gorgeous glass corks that Whitehall uses for a couple of their wines.


I kept trying to figure out how I could sneak one of these into my trunk…or swim in it. Either would have been acceptable.


After our amazing experience at Whitehall Lane, we moved on to Brix Restaurant and Gardens where we were escorted to the private Cottage Room.


Pursey Galore was the first one in and she liked what she saw.


The lovely Lori, of In Pursuit of Martha Points, dreamed up and spearheaded Project Purse and Boots. She kicked off our luncheon with a bit of information about what we’re trying to accomplish and then sang for her supper. Okay, not really, but she did delight us all with her lively rendition of Hey Big Spender as we passed the purse around for donations. (Thank you so very much, Lori! )

Cheryl and Nichole

The lovely Cheryl (L), from Mommy Pants, was our guest of honor for the day. Look at that beautiful smile!


To my left, you see that the gorgeously pregnant Amy (far R), from Diary of a Madwoman, is either napping or seriously considering stealing my bread.


We were thrilled to have Courtney (L) from Cupcakes and Wine and Kristy from She Just Walks Around With It, Promtacular, and partner at Clever Girls Collective, who really isn’t playing charades, even though it looks as though she is signaling for a touchdown.


What more could we have asked for but to be greeted with more wine?


Brix didn’t miss a detail…notice the customized menus.


Though my first inclination was to grab a spoon to eat this butter, I resisted the urge.


Grilled salmon with creamed spinach and green lentil vinaigrette.


Chicken breast with creamy farro and chanterelle mushrooms.


The most amazing, little details.


Irene (L) from Creative Ways and Playful Days and Stephanie (R) from Mommy vs. Madness.


Courtney, with a happy, wine-induced smile.


Amy, the spokeswoman for beautiful pregnancies.


Kristy (L) and Helen Jane (R), from her blog of the same name.

Amy, Flat Amy and Eileen

Eileen (R), from Bringing up Bronwyn, with Amy (L) (and flat Amy from Baby Baby Lemon).


Tara (L) from Bite the Bedbugs and Melissa (R) from Confessions of a Dr. Mom.


Cheryl, Lori, and me.


From left to right, me, Amy, Paige, from Slightly Off-Balance, and Jennifer, from Today According to Me.

And since a girls’ get together wouldn’t be complete with a discussion about shoes, I give you…


…pregnant (!) Amy’s red smokin’ hot boots…


…my bejewelled shoes…


…and Courtney’s super cute, Pursey Galore-inspired flats.

If I thought I could have gotten away with it, I would have never parted with Pursey. She was so happy with me. We had something special. But alas, I had to send her on because she has a far busier social calendar than I ever will.

Project Purse and Boots is dear to my heart, as Craig’s mother passed away this past summer from a series of small strokes. Please, if you have a moment, pop over and see the amazing and selfless work that Lori is doing for the American Stroke Association.

I would also like to send a huge thank you to Doug, from Whitehall Lane Vineyards, and Matt, from Brix, who were truly lovely to work with on this project. I couldn’t have pulled this whole event together without their guidance and partnership.

All photo credit goes to Eileen and Lori.


  1. Wow! It looked like you guys had an absolute blast! Everyone looks so gorgeous to boot!

  2. Looks like you all had a lot of fun! And great pictures (not to mention FABULOUS boots!). Wine, friends and good food is always a great time.

  3. babybabylemon

    I am so happy (and very jealous) that you guys had such a fantastic time. I wish I could have been there to hug you all!!

  4. Courtney

    Great post! Had such a great time with all the ladies and it was a pleasure meeting you!

    Eileen and Lori did an amazing job with the photos.

    Can’t wait for Napa In June!

  5. Mandyland

    Looks like everyone had an amazing time!

  6. Tracie

    It looks like a lovely (and VERY fun!) event.

    Now I'm hungry!

  7. Sherri

    I am so happy to see all of these pics together in one great post! I will SO be there next time….promise! You guys look awesome, and now I have some new Nor Cal chickies to check out!

    Hugs to you, Cheryl, and Lori for a job well done!

  8. Mad Woman behind the Blog

    Well since you were so complimentary, I won't whine about you not photoshopping out the wrinkles out of my neck.
    Thank you for a wonderful time and for bringing us all together.

  9. 30ish Mama

    Looks like it was a wonderful event!

  10. dadstreet

    Pics were awesome!!! You ladies picked a great winery and a great restaurant! Looked like a lot of fun! I have no problem being the token Daddy Blogger at the next event in June!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. CDG

    Oh, my god! I want to get gorgeous and wear fabulous shoes and live in NorCal so I can play with all of you!

  12. Alicia

    Looks like you all had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Kris

    Looks like I missed a really fun day. I hope I can make it next time!!!

  14. Jules

    What a FUN day! And I love all of your shoes! Seriously!

  15. Alexandra174

    Ack!! My heart, from seeing Pursey galore out on the town while we watch Purseylette here.

    That's OK, mama 's gotta have some fun.

    Wonderful to see you here, so many bloggers!! I'd love to have been there. I'm so glad you got time away, Nichole…it's good to see.

    Thanks for this lovely post, I have some new blogs to follow now, those women look so cute.

  16. Jen

    Next time, I'm sooo there. Looks like a great time!

  17. Oh, you and your fretting!

    What a perfect post. I think Eileen WAY outdid me in the photography department.

    I was too busy yakking. ;)

    Can't wait till the next one!

  18. Oh Nichole, what a lovely post and beautiful pictures to remind us of such a wonderful day!

    I love all the great pictures and I love the picture of you, Cheryl, and Lori. You three really made all of us feel so welcome and so comfortable. We all had a wonderful time and I loved meeting all of these fabulous women! Thanks again :)

  19. andygirl

    so awesome! everyone looked happy and gorgeous!

    also: I must say how much I lurve that first photo. well done!!

  20. Hutch

    Looks like a great time, so sad I couldn't make it! I love, love LOVE Brix! Next time :)

  21. All I have to say is that I am totally jealous!

  22. TamingInsanity

    Well, now I am insanely jealous that I don't have PPNB inspired flats. Any chance she'll tell me where she got them? I also want your shoes BTW. And those boots.


  23. amazing! wish i was there!

  24. Tonya

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. I love the pictures of everyone, but the ones of the wine, shoes, food and Pursey stole my heart. :)

    P.S. You have the bluest eyes!

  25. And once again I am SO UPSET that I missed all of you lovies!!! Hot damn! You guys look like you had a blast! Next time I hope to have healthy children!!!

  26. Laura

    Amazing! I'm usually really glad I live in SoCal, but how much fun did you ladies have?! Good company, good food and good wine. The perfect trifecta!

  27. Megan-Best of Fates


    Oh, how do I miss that purse? Let me count the ways… oh, no, it's too painful.

    Instead I'll just sit here and weep.

    And I'm not a pretty crier.

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