A Few of My Favorite Christmas Treats in Sonoma

One of the things I love about the French is their extreme attention to detail, it seems as if nothing is left undone! They take pride in the simplest of tasks - like wrapping chocolates, or tying a bow. 

Rulli cookies in Larkspir | chateausonoma.com

When I discovered Emporio Rulli in Larkspur, I was immediately transported to a quintessential pastry shop in France. Needless to say, I felt right at home. Since then, Rulli cookies have become my go-to tradition for holiday parties and Christmas gatherings. 

Gary and Jeannie Rulli sell every cookie under the sun, and although Rulli is an Italian pastry shop, they offer a lot of french cookies, and pay close attention to detail every step of the way. I love the way they package their cookies as if they are the most valuable gift (which in a way, they are). If you ever find yourself in Larkspur, you must stop by for at least a bit of eye candy! 

Wine Country Chocolates in Sonoma | chateausonoma.com
Rulli cookies in Larkspir | chateausonoma.com

In addition to Rulli cookies and French Champagne, I also can't go without Wine Country Chocolates during the holiday season. The small mom-and-pop chocolate shop is in Glen Ellen;  everything in the shop is handmade, and their attention to the details is incredible!

If you were able to make it to the Coppi event, chances are you had the opportunity to taste their signature truffles. The moment you bite into one of their chocolates, you know that it was handmade with the utmost care. I continue to tell people that the flavor of Wine Country Chocolates is some of the best I've ever had. 

The shop is absolutely darling, so if you ever find yourself in Glen Ellen, be sure to stop in for a taste of their wonderful truffles, chocolates, and fruits & nuts. 

With just a few days left before Christmas, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of the shop. You, our customers, are an extension of our family, and I am so very grateful for you. From everyone at Chateau Sonoma, we wish you a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones! 

Rachael Hairston Photography


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Copperi Cuban Art Show at Chateau Sonoma

Many of you may know that my husband and I have a deep affection for Cuba. Our barn is full of Cuban art, and has become quite a fantastic collection. During a trip to Cienfuegos, we found ourselves exploring many artists’ studios in the area. We walked by a small studio that was set back from the street with a man painting inside, and decided to go in and strike up a conversation with him. We instantly fell in love with the work surrounding us! We came to find out that the artist is Luis Alberto Pérez Copperi. He uses mixed mediums to depict Cuban culture, and has become one of our favorite Cuban artists.

“Copperi’s monochromatic drawings narrate his Cienfuegos world, one that is limited by the geography of Cuba, but without psychological, political or spiritual limits.  His ideas are strong and sensual, yet presented with a gentleness that reflects his personality.”

We go back periodically to visit him and bring friends and travelers who have also fallen in love with his art over the years. He has quite a following here in California. A few years back, he was finally able to leave the island for a Sonoma visit. During his trip, he enjoyed perusing the antiquity and unusual objects at Chateau Sonoma.

Upon returning to the island, he did a series of paintings that incorporated mannequins, bird cages, and other objet d’art from Chateau Sonoma. We are so excited that he is coming back once again to share with us his creativity and give us inspiration for the holiday season.

Coppi, my husband, Darius, and a friend on a visit to Cuba.

Coppi, my husband, Darius, and a friend on a visit to Cuba.

Copperi will be visiting us at Chateau Sonoma on December 3rd from 1-5 pm for a show of his latest work. The show is open to the public, and we hope to welcome him to Sonoma with a packed house! My niece, who spent time living in Ecuador, will be performing at the event; she is using her creativity to come up with a series of songs that will be Cuban appropriate. Wine Country Chocolates will also be at the event serving tastings of their fabulous chocolates. We invite you to join us for chocolate, champagne, shopping, and most importantly, Cuban art!


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