Great Grapes

August 6, 2010

A HUGE thank you to Kendall-Jackson and the wine family for the amazing wine adventure we enjoyed tonight!

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How often do you get to ride in a limo, in New York City!?

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Only if you’re Chuck Bass…or Kendall Jackson!

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Fun times with friends!

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That ended up at the Hilton for a cocktail party –

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I had a delicious small glass of red – the Summation – and the first taste anyone but the Jackson family has had of this vintage!

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New friends –

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Appetizers –

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Hair Do!

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I made a small plate of appetizers to munch on, but only had a few nibbles – just enough to kill my hunger

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We had the pleasure of being in the company of Barbara Banke tonight – owner of KJ Wines! Quite the celebrity!

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For the second half of the evening, we made our way to Capital Grill for an amazing dinner

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Many delicious wines were served from the Jackson Family brand

  • Cambria 2007 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
  • La Crema 2007 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros
  • Cambria 2007 Barbara’s Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley (My fav!)
  • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Hills 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

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I ate half of everything I was served (give or take) to save room

Crabcake with lobster was DELISH!

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Esp with lemon

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LOVED the Chard with it!! Buttery but not too oaky – perfection! All of the pairings were spot on –

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I’m so sorry Matt missed this

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Lamb (OK, sorry Matt missed this one too – he loves lamb! This one was rare and so succulent – only could fit a few bites on my palate though!)

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Despite all the delicious pours, they were just the right portion – I don’t feel too tipsy! (And didn’t drink everything)

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The steak main course was great too. I’m not a huge meat eater, but I had a few bites and really enjoyed them.

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The mushroom and sauce was SO dense and wonderful

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OMG the flourless chocolate torte!!! Smoky dark coffee chocolate, it was all I could have hoped for in a dessert. I only ate half – to be mindful – but half was everything.

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Uh oh…

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I had my photo taken with Barbara Banke and Katie Jackson, the family behind KJ, La Crema and Cambria Wines, founded by Barbara and the famous Jess Jackson!

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A night to remember!

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1 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

What a fun night! Kath I am living vicariously through you and your blog!

I bet your mom and sister had a blast too. For me, just the limo ride alone would have been a ball!

I love your hair curly! Very beautiful!


2 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

What a fun night!! I LOVE Le Crema Pinot :) Lots of fun wine you tasted. Have a great night’s sleep:)


3 Teri August 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

Kath you looked beautiful! The hair turned out super cute! Looks like a lot of fun! :)


4 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

I LOVE you hair Kath! The ringlets are perfect for a fancy night in a limo :)


5 Angela (the lady loves to eat) August 7, 2010 at 12:21 am

kath you look gorgeous!! Looks like you all had a fun night!


6 Artemis August 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

All you beautiful blondes look fab! Love your hair curly & glad you had a fun-filled night :)


7 Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

I have to ditto everyone on the curls! You look great!


8 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

Your hair is freaking ADORABLE curled!!

& I have your dress – yay, Target :)


9 Wei-Wei August 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

Wow, you look great with that hair! Looks like such a fun fun night. :)



10 jac August 7, 2010 at 1:25 am

kath, love the hair!!


11 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 7, 2010 at 1:56 am

What a great night and you looked stunning – love the hair!


12 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

i love your hair, kath!!!


13 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

What a night! The curls suit you so much, you should definetly do it more :)
Haha, seeing that Hilton background thing, I thought you were going to end uo saying you met Paris Hilton or something…a lucky escape for you, I’m sure!


14 erica August 7, 2010 at 2:55 am

love the hair!!!


15 maria @ Chasing the Now August 7, 2010 at 4:47 am

You look so different with your hair curled! :) Very cute and girly.

All of these BlogHer events look really fun and interesting. I’d love to attend next year.


16 Kaci Higgins August 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

WOW you looked fantastic!! The food and event also looked amazing!


17 Simply Life August 7, 2010 at 5:09 am

wow what a fun experience to be able to have!


18 Hannah August 7, 2010 at 6:03 am

Your hair looks gorgeous! And what a cake – phwoar!


19 Luna August 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

I LOVE your hair do!You look really gorgeous, since you have such beautiful hair you should “play” with them more often!!


20 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

Your hair looks so good like that, you should do it more often! So fun :) Looks like a wonderful evening, I hope you have a great day today at BlogHer!


21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

Wow, that is a night to remember! Your hair looks so good! Your sister did a great job! I hope today goes well too!


22 Jen August 7, 2010 at 6:50 am

That hair do is so flattering on you! Glad you’re having a good time :)


23 Kristin (Salty Tooth) August 7, 2010 at 7:08 am

Jealous with a capital J!


24 Chelsey August 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

love love LOOOOOVE your hair!!!!! it looks so pretty!


25 Jessica August 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

Good idea to only eat half of each dish…that dinner was huge!

Love the curls! So pretty!

Happy Saturday!


26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

Love your curly hair! All of those dishes look delicious!


27 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

What a glamorous evening! your dress is so cute and the curls suit you so well :)


28 Meagan August 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

Kath I love the curls! What a fun night out :) That chocolate torte looks amazing, augh!


29 Jenna August 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

Omg kath! Loveeee the curls- they are beautiful!


30 yourbestadvice August 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

what a great night, glad your family could enjoy also


31 Krystina August 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

Your hair looks great curly!


32 Lisa August 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

While I’m not usually much of a wine drinker, I think it’d be fun to eat a meal with wine pairings like that. Just a few tastes is just enough.

Super cute hair too , Kathy!


33 Nina August 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

Aw Kath you looked GORGEOUS! And I’m envious of your self-control..I would NOT have been able to only eat half of some of the dishes shown 😉


34 Heather August 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

wow that’s a lot of wine glasses lol! The cake looks delish!


35 Camille August 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

What an awesome experience!
You look lovely! Your hair is gorgeous!


36 Sarah R August 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

Wow! What an amazing evening! Love the blip about Chuck Bass 😉


37 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’m usually really picky about Chardonnay (most from California are WAY too oaky for my tastes) but La Crema is really good. Another I like is Cakebread!


38 Kaley August 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

Your photos are great! It looks like so much fun.


39 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

You look so beautiful! I love your hair!


40 Stephanie August 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

All that food looks so good! I may be able to meet up for some power walking and green juice? Any ideas on where?


41 Kath August 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

Probably at the Sheraton Lobby at 5PM? I don’t know where the green juice is, but I’m willing to walk a few miles to get it (and some exercise too)


42 Kristie S August 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

Your hair turned out great! Your sister did a good job. Everything look wonderful.


43 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

Celeb living! Looks like so much fun. And hopefully the bears wont see this back home and get jealous of the twins you dines with. 😛


44 Lindsay August 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

Looks like a fun night!! And your hair looked gorgeous!


45 kirsten August 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

LOVE your hair! it looks amazing!


46 angierunner August 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

I love your hair-do its so cute! I wish I could get mine to look like that! I love all the pics that you put on your blog! Looks like you are having a blast!


47 Lisa August 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

I love your hair, it looks so cute! The evening looks like it was a ton of fun with delicious food. Enjoy the rest of your trip.


48 Emilyeatsclean August 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

What a night!! WOW!!


49 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

RINGLETS!!! love the hairstyle! you look so beautiful and i can only imagine how amazing the food is!


50 jessica August 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Your hair looks FABULOUS!!


51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

You guys look so glamorous in the limo! 😉 It looks like it was a great night!


52 Bridget August 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

You are gorgeous!!


53 Stefanie August 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you, but you did a great job documenting the evening. I got caught up in the fabulous food and wine and didn’t take any pictures!


54 Shannon August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Kath – I really enjoyed sharing a table with your mother and sister. You have a fabulous family. Thanks so much for attending Wine in the City!


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