Restaurant Spotlight: Bird and The Bottle Hosts Second Wine Country Blogger Brunch

Restaurant Spotlight: Bird and The Bottle Hosts Second Wine Country Blogger Brunch

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This past summer an amazing gal named Katie (@katiemcrenshaw) moved to Napa, she figured we should all get together and break bread and I am so glad she did. We are now celebrating our second event with a third in the works and countless friendships formed from our group Wine Country Blogger Gals. We are a group of bloggers, influencers, writers, photographers and stylists. Just wanted to catch anyone up who's visiting me for the first time!

We started our 2nd Blogger brunch by being beautified by the awesome stylists at Ritual Salon + Style Bar. We were treated like queens and gifted a blow out or make up, or in my case, both ! I absolutely loved working with both gals: Lindsey who did my hair and then Shayna who did my make up ! The Salon is gorgeous and brand new. Make sure to book an appointment if you're in the area, you’ll love them! 

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All the gals enjoying complimentary Rose at Ritual Salon... miss Malia from @StylebyMalia, Cat @petitedeoctor (writes for Wine Country Moms Blog), Randi @winecountgrymomsblog (the head lady in charge), Katie @katiemcrenshaw and Adrienne of @thericchlifeinwinecountry ....  

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Bird & The Bottle

Whenever we start thinking about our next Wine Country Blogger adventure it always starts with a conversation surrounding food! Where to eat, what side of wine country should we focus on? This particular brunch being our second and our first having been hosted in Napa, it was only fitting to scout out spots in Sonoma. In comes the Stark Restaurant group to the rescue ! They happened to be unveiling a brand new Brunch menu at Bird & The Bottle, one of their restaurants in downtown Santa Rosa (Starks Steakhouse is nearby too). Boy was it a treat! The menu is inspired by traditional Jewish foods and the brunch menu imparticular has a Korean twist. For example; tuna poke, buttered rice and kimcee w/ eggs and my dish a more traditional Jewish style with cheese grits, Kielbasa sausage, stewed tomato’s and poached eggs ! It was Devine!

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If you're in the area around dinner time, I would definitely check out Stark's Steak and Seafood too! They are a traditional style steakhouse, with a wonderful menu, with many seafood and steak options. They serve this wonderful garlic and butter drenched bread, sure to send anyone running straight to the gym afterwards. They offer all the classics: Wedge Salad, Caesar Salad, Oysters on the half shell and then really fun inventive items: crab tater tots with a spicy aioli....delicious! The steaks were cooked perfectly and we enjoyed all the sides, creamed spinach and creme fraiche mashed potatoes! Thank you Bird and Bottle for a wonderful brunch.  

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After our delicious brunch we drove a short distance to Paradise Ridge Winery located on a few hundred acres, this winery playground is a hedonists dream. They are famous for their sculpture garden that sits at the base of the property. Stop in and take pictures with the LOVE sign, or the praying women/man (items available for sale or not? from Burning Man Festival)...they also have a neat room with great paintings and drawings, I personally picked up two that I am going to frame and hang in my house. I will share in my stories when I do. I love buying art from a day where it has a story behind it, I will never forget the day or where I got the art! This art will be memorialized on my walls to pay homage to Paradise Ridge.

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Paradise Ridge is family owned and operated. We were walked around their gorgeous property by the Owner Rene, he was so generous with his time and knowledge. It was a treat to sit and talk with him and his staff. They make a variety of wines, focusing on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a delicious Rose of Pinot Noir. While you can’t visit their Russian River Valley Estate at the moment, you can absolutely purchase online or at their Kenwood tasting room. 

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Disclosure: Paradise Ridge was tragically destroyed in the wine country wild fires that struck on 10/8/17, we visited on 9/17/17. I feel with all the negative news out there, we can read something positive in rememberance of this amazing winery and family. We had the best time there and It is horrible to think what occurred, their property was priceless.  AFTER PHOTOS/ proceed with caution. Above we were walking into the deck/event center and below a photo after the deadly wild fires 10/9/17. 

Disclosure: Paradise Ridge was tragically destroyed in the wine country wild fires that struck on 10/8/17, we visited on 9/17/17. I feel with all the negative news out there, we can read something positive in rememberance of this amazing winery and family. We had the best time there and It is horrible to think what occurred, their property was priceless. 

AFTER PHOTOS/ proceed with caution. Above we were walking into the deck/event center and below a photo after the deadly wild fires 10/9/17. 

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The Stark group’s Willie’s Wine Bar was tragically lost to the wild fires. It’s hard to express the sadness I fieel from all of the loss that surrounds our community, but slowly I’ll start to write about it, for now I want to focus on the amazing experiences we had at our Blogger brunch, now that my shock has warn off and I can even type...if you’re considering a vacation, don’t hesitate to visit Wine Country, we are open and ready for you to visit ! 

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Their downstairs tasting room where we learned about to their deep history in Santa Rosa. Sadly destroyed by the wild fire. I show you these pictures so you can understand, but they are not to scare you from visiting us or supporting us. It’s just what happened and it’s a horrible tragedy I still don’t know how to put into words how I feel. I didn’t lose my house but dealing with family who sustained a lot of damage to their home and I just can’t even imagine the alternative. My heart goes out to all that suffered loss, especially those who lost a loved one. I can’t even fathom. It really has been a very trying time but we are Wine Country Strong !! If you would like to support Paradise Ridge, you can do so HERE.

Support these great charities as well HERE and HERE.  

If you read this far I truly appreciate it. This post was really hard to write. I had it mostly complete before the fires and wanted to keep it as positive as possible but still reflect on the fires... it’s hard not to reflect and not relate everything to “the fires”... but just like other tragic events in our lives, we have to be examples of strength and lead by example. The only way I can is by knowing that my purpose now and before was always to support the businesses around me in my community. I hope you will take my advice and support Wine Country and BUY SOME WINE! Xox

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