Vendors and French Fare: What to Expect at this Year’s Annual French Flea Market

We are so excited to bring to you our annual Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market this May 25th and 26th. Every year we do our best to recreate the ambiance and experience of shopping the best flea markets in France. In Avignon, Montpellier and Bezier there are a multitude of vendors from all over Europe who come together four times a year with an amazing collection of furniture, architectural elements and objet d’art. We have done our best over the past sixteen years to recreate this French antiquing experience and bring it home to you, right here in Sonoma.

Read More
A Mother's Day Tradition: Celebrating Moms Everywhere

One of my greatest joys is being a mother, so Mother’s Day is a special time for me to be reminded of how lucky I am to be a Mom. I struggled for a long time to have a child, and after 6 years I finally had a baby boy. He is nine now and the light of my life! Last year, I decided to start a new Mother’s Day tradition at the Chateau Sonoma Farm – an event where moms can come together with friends and family to do something creative, gather around a beautifully set table, eat fresh from the garden and toast one another with a glass of delicious champagne. We can hardly wait to continue the tradition this year on May 11th!

Read More
Fermob: Bringing A Little Piece of France To Your Backyard

Now that spring has finally arrived, we find ourselves taking every opportunity to breathe in all the fresh air, dine outside and relax in the garden. From simply sitting and soaking up the sunshine to hosting an outdoor dinner under the stars, time spent outside in the warmer months just wouldn't be complete without our favorite French patio furniture from Fermob. Chances are you’re likely already familiar with Fermob patio furniture – consisting of iconic designs that can be seen in gardens throughout Paris – and we are so glad to carry our favorite Fermob pieces in store so that you can bring a little bit of France to your backyard. 

Read More
Fresh From The Farm: Homegrown Jam

When it comes to spending time on the farm, there are plenty of activities that we really enjoy, but gardening is definitely our top favorite. From getting our hands dirty, to growing our own food, to watching our hard work come to life, it is always gratifying to plant a tiny seed that eventually grows into something nourishing and energizing to our bodies…

Read More
Dundee Butcher: Florist Extraordinaire

Meet Dundee Butcher of Russian River Flowers in Healdsburg, Ca. She started her floral design school four years ago and last week I had the good fortune of meeting her in person and visiting her beautifully and artistically appointed atelier and workshop. Everywhere I turned I witnessed the unexpected and delighted in her ability to take very ordinary objects and turn them into extraordinary displays…

Read More
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…

Read More
Sarah AndersonComment
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.

Read More
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.

Read More