I thought this Wine Wednesday post more appropriate today, as it being the last day of the year and lots of celebrating will take place in the next 24 hours. I also thought an homage to my beloved Veuve would be fitting to end the year. That it is Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, makes it even better. This is one seriously special vintage bottle of wine. The one we will enjoy this eve is 2004, but any vintage year is going to be sublime. We had our first bottle of La Grande Dame in France many years ago when we went to Reims for my birthday, a cherished memory that made a life-long fan out of me.
Veuve Clicquot’s Prestige Cuvée, La Grande Dame, is a very great wine which pays homage to a very “grande dame de la Champagne,” Madame Clicquot. The incomparable finesse of this cuvée results from a blend of eight of the House’s traditional Grands Crus.
This wine has a fine, complex fragrance, blending sweetness and nobility. It is smooth and silky in the mouth, with considerable substance and structure. A remarkable balance, with a fresh, harmonious finish, and a unique aromatic aftertaste.
However you choose to celebrate this eve–whether with wine or water, a large party or solo, I wish you the very best. Thank you so much for following along on our adventures of life. My hope for all of us in this new year is that it be filled with experiences that make us learn, love & grow. To take time each day to give thanks, to laugh. To be all we hope to be.
This one jumped out at me as I was scrolling through my list of quotes & thoughts that have caught my eye. It so often just comes down to the basics.
I was given Paris in Winter for Christmas by our friend Heather. It has been at the top of my list for a read this week out at WestWard. We arrived yesterday and I headed straight for it and have been completely charmed. David Coggins is an artist who lives in Minneapolis. For the past 30 years, he and his family have been going to Paris at exactly this time of year, and are there to ring in the new year. What an amazing tradition! The book includes his drawings over the years he has done while on those stays, as well as random thoughts on life and the time spent wandering the streets, shops, museums and restaurants. Art & food play a huge part of the book, so you know it is right up my alley. You feel like you are right there with them. We will be ordering this for the shops this week and I will be speaking with David about getting signed book plates to add to each copy. As I said, it is just utterly charming and an ode to a city near to my heart. His drawings capture the essence of Parisian life, adding so much to the book to make you feel like you are part of Paris at this magical time of year.
I promise day three will conclude our flower tour of the year. It has been such a treat choosing the images for this re-cap. It makes me so appreciative of all the places I find blooms–the Market, the grocery store, our yard, floral shops, farmers markets. I am always on the hunt for what looks the freshest and most interesting. As I mentioned the other day, the joy they bring is immeasurable.
There you have it! A year full of flowers and stems and leaves. I look forward to sharing many more along the way in the new year.
The flower love continues with more, more, more of the sumptuous blooms that filled the year. Whether massed together in a big bunch or solo running down a table, they bring so much added life to our life.
That 20 did not even get us to the end of Summaaaa. More tomorrow. Hope your Sunday is just lovely…
It is that time of year when we start looking back as we begin to look ahead at a new year. Flowers play such a large part in my day to day and bring me such immense happiness. I love sharing the blooms and stalks and leaves with you all. Whether it be a big bunch of tulips, a bundle of kale, a vase full of radish leaves, or a single dahlia stem–there is so much natural beauty around us each day, I just like taking a moment to take it all in. Here are a few of those moments from this year.
Oh my gosh, choosing is not easy, and I am still in Spring! The flower love will continue tomorrow with more blooms, and maybe even the day after that…
Happy Saturday all! If you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was all just grand. I am out the door to work the Market shop today, so if you are in the hood, stop by and say hi. Our ‘After Christmas Holiday Sale’ begins today in both shops. 50% off all holiday related goods such as–ornaments, cards, holiday candles, wrap & ribbon.
It is our yearly tradition to wake up Christmas morning at the Inn at the Market. To feel the stillness of quiet in a place we hold so near and dear, which is normally bustling with so much activity. To look out the window and see the stalls empty, knowing everyone is home enjoying a day of rest, after the busyness of the season. I know many of you are doing the same. Enjoying the day with friends or family or both. We just received word that our niece Caitlin, who is the chef I have written about in the past, had her baby this morning in New York. So it is a happy day indeed in the Watson Sive household. It will be a relaxing day and then off to dinner at friends, another tradition of many years. I think that is what I love most about the season, the traditions we all enjoy from year to year.
From my family to yours, a very Merry Christmas!
Wow. Just wow. The marathon is nearing the finish line, and it has been just a superb season. We have had some stellar record beating days along with some really nasty weather days that kept shoppers at bay. We have shipped goods around the globe as well as had customers in from around the world. I don’t know how many thousands of cello bags and boxes we have wrapped, but the WK elves have once again done their magic. All in all, it has been just a ton of fun. But we are not done quite yet! Below is our shop schedule to finish out the year.
Both shops are open today, the 24th. Beginning at 10 this morning. The First & Spring shop will close at 5. Mister Sive & I will be up at the Market shop (the 18th year of our tradition on this day) and will stay open until 6 for any last minute gifting needs. Both shops will be closed tomorrow, the 25th, Christmas Day. We will re-open at 10 on the 26th, Saturday, closing at 6. We will resume our regular shop hours through the week, closing at 5 on the 31st. Both locations will be closed on New Year’s Day.
I hope you all are having just the nicest season, in whatever way you celebrate.
As we head into the Holiday stretch, entertaining a crowd might be on your list. We are always looking for what I like to call ‘party’ wine. This is something I learned early on from a friend who was one of the best and most prolific entertainers we have ever known, Peter Donnelly. While Peter is no longer with us, the things we learned from him about being a gracious host have and always will stay with us. He would find a well-priced wine and that would become the ‘party’ wine of the season. This Wine Wednesday post is a nod to a truly tasty Sauvignon Blanc from Joel Gott. Quite lovely with food and equally fab solo while standing having a conversation with someone at a gathering.
From the maker:
The 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of pineapple, ripe stone fruit and citrus. The wine fills the palate with bright fruit flavors and a round fullness, finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity.
Throughout California, the 2014 growing season produced one of the best vintages to date. A dry winter followed by light spring rains and a warm, temperate summer caused fruit to mature slightly faster than normal resulting in optimal ripeness with a good balance of sugar and acidity in time for harvest. The warmer tropical aromatics are characteristic of our favorite vineyard in Monterey, while Napa Valley vineyards offer stone fruit flavors, and fruit from Lake County brings citrus qualities to our Sauvignon Blanc blend. Combining fruit from throughout the state creates a balanced, food-friendly wine.
Just In, the lovely house paintings by artist, Loretta Trevino. I was so taken with these when Loretta first showed me images of her work, so am thrilled to have a good grouping of them gracing the shop walls at the Home store. Vivid colors set the tone for her sublime works. Art speaks to the soul. What I love most about original works is you get to see the brush strokes and feel the energy put forth in the piece. We hope to have a revolving grouping of houses, filling them in with more as they sell. Keeping the neighborhood ever evolving.