Laurel Street Blog

A Few San Francisco Details

Posted on: May 31, 2009

It was a wonderful trip. Too much to write today (I have lots of laundry to do!) so I’ll just share with you a few photo highlights!

Amanda from Gloria Ferrer is giving us royal treatment. She was generous with her time telling about each of the sparkling wines & still wines they make.

We started Sunday with VIP vineyards tours in Sonoma and Carneros Valley. Amanda from Gloria Ferrer is giving us royal treatment. She was generous with her time telling about each of the sparkling wines and still wines they make. Left to right: Sean, Amanda, Shawn, Joel and Richard.

And Amanda provided a fantastic spread to go along with our wines. Delish.

And Amanda provided a fantastic spread to go along with our wines. Delish.

A truck safari into the Bouchaine vineyards!

A truck safari into the Bouchaine vineyards!

A terraced vineyard (very rare)

A terraced vineyard (very rare)

Bouchaine aging room

Bouchaine aging room

Shawn sampling a chardonnay that is just coming around

Shawn sampling a chardonnay that is just coming around

My friend who took this picture tagged me on facebook in it. His caption was "Yes, Nathan & Richard, you could eventually drink it all..."

My friend Sean who took this picture tagged me on facebook in it. His caption was "Yes, Richard & Nathan, you could eventually drink it all..." (Ha Ha Sean!) Actually, this was a real highlight of Bouchaine. Our host opened up at least seven different barrels to let us sample all the wines as they were maturing, explaining the nuances of each. Not your typical visit to a vineyard at all.

View from the Iron Horse Vineyard - I was really captured by this landscape...

View from the Iron Horse Vineyard - I was really captured by this landscape...

One more beautiful view from Iron Horse Vineyard

One more beautiful view from Iron Horse Vineyard

Perfect sparkling wines from Iron Horse. Richard bought a magnum for us to enjoy at Gary Danko. Iron Horse was a totally fun stop - it's hilltop location is the perfect place to watch the sun set.

Perfect sparkling wines from Iron Horse. Richard bought a magnum for us to enjoy at Gary Danko. Iron Horse was a totally fun stop - it's hilltop location is the perfect place to watch the sun set. Left to right: Joel, Richard, (Me), Shawn and Sean.

Memorial Day Picnic at Delores Park. What a perfect weather on this side of the hill... and fun crowds abound.

Memorial Day picnic at Delores Park. What a perfect weather on this side of the hill... and fun crowds abound. A perfect excuse to relax and try out some of the wine we bought the day before!

Sean created a delicious charcuterie plate for us to take to the park. Look at this spread. The man knows what he is doing when it comes to food and wine!

Sean created a delicious charcuterie plate for us to take to the park. Look at this spread. This man knows what he is doing when it comes to food and wine!

Joel & Shawn are trying a pinot noir.

Joel & Shawn are trying out a Bouchaine pinot noir.

Serious snacking is going on.

Serious snacking is going on.

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Richard is enjoying the weather, food, wine and friends... and just relaxing. That's what vacations are for, right?

A few Victorian houses that caught my attention as I walked up to Sacramento Street. Very cute trio.

A few Victorian houses that caught my attention as I walked up to Sacramento Street. Very cute trio.

And this little number stopped my in my tracks. Click to enlarge this to see how gold gilt has been incorporated into all the architectural detailing. The gold highlights pair perfectly with this buttercream exterior color. What a gem.

And this little number stopped my in my tracks. It's amazing how gold gilt has been incorporated into all the architectural detailing. The gold highlights pair perfectly with this buttercream exterior color. It may be a little showy - but as the song goes: "If you got it, flaunt it!"

A few more architectural details I fancied...

A few more architectural details I fancied...

P.S. A special thanks to Tartanscot (of Adventures of Tartanscot  Fame), Melissa (from Fancy and Folly) and Amy at Inspiration for Everyday Living.  Your tips for getting out & about on my free day in San Francisco were spot on! Great suggestions – I had so much fun. More on this later!!!

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5 Responses to "A Few San Francisco Details"

Thanks for letting us come along on this fab Wine Tour Nate! You & Richard look so relaxed. And yes, I also know someone who’d have no trouble drinking the contents of all those barrels at Bouchaine & his name rhymes with ROTH!
Millie ^_^

YAY ! I’m so glad I could offer a few suggestions. Hope you had a great time in the city – it sure looks like you did . . . lol.

looks like a fabulous trip!

What a great excursion! Looks like you know how to enjoy the good life. Are you more garden or interior design oriented?
Shirley

i happen to step into this blog, i just had to say i really like it !
u got yourself a reader !
thank you:)

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Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime LaurelStreetNola@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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