Oysters: A French and Sonoma Obsession

The French are very passionate about their oysters as we are here in California. They have been producing oysters since Roman times and France was the first country in all of Europe to start cultivating oysters on a large scale. It is called “L’ostriculture" and the production of oysters here is taken very seriously by growers, marine biologist and connoisseurs alike…

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Bon Appétit: Our Favorite French Cuisine in Wine Country

When it comes to French style dining in Wine Country there is no shortage of French restaurants. As in the French Countryside, wine and food take center stage as it does here. When we travel through france on buying trips, our most favorite thing to do in the afternoon is to sip on a glass of rose and explore new restaurants in whatever village we are in. Some of our favorite dining experiences have been in L’isle Sur La Sorgue, but we will save that for another day. Today we are focusing on the French culinary scene here in the Sonoma and Napa Valley.

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The Incredible Paintings of Eva Germani

A few years ago, as I was racing through the last building of the flea market in Montpellier, France, I stumbled upon an incredible Italian artist with her daughter packing up her paintings – her name was Eva Germani. I was able to make arrangements with her to have some pieces of her artwork shipped to Chateau Sonoma, and we have been carrying her artwork ever since. It’s such beautiful work and for obvious reasons, we can’t seem to keep it in store.

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Getting Started in Gardening & Growing Your Own Flower Garden

Gardening has always been a big part of my life. My parents grew a garden every year in the front of our house and insisted that all nine of us kids help with the planting and maintenance on weekends throughout the spring and summer months. Then, for many years, I lived in San Francisco and was not even near a garden. I didn’t think I missed it until I returned to the county.

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Alex Cole: The Art of Teaching, Creating & Living in a Small Town

In the year 2000 I moved to Sonoma with the hopes of starting a family and settling into a quieter life in the country. I didn't know anyone when I moved here so I immediately joined the Community Center in hopes of feeling a part of something greater than myself. I signed up for a painting class even though I had no experience whatsoever. When I wandered into the class, I was greeted with a friendly smile and a very kind person who immediately put all of us nervous students at ease. Her name…Alex Cole.

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A Look Back: Marrakech

I decided that it is time to start visiting places that I have been wanting to explore and at the top of my list was Marrakech.  I have always been intrigued by the history and the French connection in this part of the world. The French “Protectorate” in Morocco began with the Treaty of Fez in 1912 and lasted until 1955 so there is a very strong French influence…

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