The Champagne Edit :: The Perfect Day

This week FLEW BY – I’m still in shock it’s already May.

Last weekend, we went to wine country and had really, what Erik & I keep calling, the perfect day.

It was a bit impromptu and we checked out two different wineries from our usual suspects… well, kinda.

First, we had a pickup party at Twomey to attend! We got our shipment of wines and enjoyed some brick oven pizza. My favourite was the pancetta, pea, & gaarlic creme fraiche one. YUM.

Afterwards, we went to the brand new Silver Oak in Healdsburg / Alexander Valley and it was just stunning! We go to the one in Napa quite often but it was our first time to visit the new one. You have to go – in fact, when I lived in Healdsburg, I’m KICKING myself for never making it out to the Alexander Valley.

There are SO MANY good wineries out there that I truly missed out by having in my backyard.

{ the iconic Silver Oak water tower }

{ such a gorgeous setting – Silver Oak Winery in Healdsburg } 

After we went to Silver Oak, we went to Stonestreet right across the street. I have been a fan of their Chardonnay for a while, so it was super cool to taste their cabs & others. In fact, one that rocked my socks off was the Sauvignon Blanc – it was VERY complex and easy to drink at the same time. My favourite was the Upper Barn Chardonnay – so killer & complex… each sip left me wanting more, more, more.

We took home a bottle of good cabernet with the sole purpose of drinking that evening – ha! We went to Whole Foods, picked up a porterhouse, dumplings, & fries {FUN combo, right?!} & Erik cooked me dinner while we enjoyed our new wine discovery.

{ me at twomey! }

All in all, it was the perfect day from start to finish and one that I will remember with Erik for a long time. It’s funny how some days just completely stand out… well that was one of them.

Going to Stonestreet was special because when I came here in 2013, I met up with a friend in the wine industry and he gave me a bottle of {really special, limited reserve} Stonestreet Chardonnay to enjoy in San Francisco. That was the first bottle of wine Erik & I shared together in California in the VERY beginning stages of things. Kind of fun to revisit that memory – each sip took me back to his old apartment!

{ tasting at Stonestreet – love the outdoor tables! }

{ the cab we brought home – sadly i didnt take any photos at dinner!! }

{ my favourite view – feels like home always } 

In fact, one thing I ALWAYS think about with wine is the vintages. I always wonder where I was at that point of time. For that very same reason, 2013 vintages are SO special to me. 2014 was cool because it was my first one to see from start to finish but 2013 will always have a special place in my heart.

How about you? Have you ever had “the perfect day” – if so, spill! we have big shoes to fill now lol

PS – have you entered my giveaway yet?

{ erik & me at silver oak }

WHAT I’M DIGGING

Eat me

Deconstructed Mexican Corn by Sivan Ayla :: I love Sivan’s blog! She’s an influencer who’s so refreshing and real and legit all of her content I find SO valuable. I especially love her recipes, they are EASY, healthy, & full of flavour. This is a dish Erik would LOVE & she makes it so easy. Def making this weekend!

Drink me

Sparking Ginger + Lime Margaritas :: if you are making some margs this weekend, add some ginger to them! I love this recipe by Annie Garcia. Hers are healthy & hella refreshing!

Read me

Confessions of a Millennial Writer :: This was a great read from Katey at the Violet Fog. She keeps it real, and I can totally relate to the insane pressure of your worth & work being reduced down to numbers as it’s something that gives me anxiety by the second, and I wish I was exaggerating. A must read!

Buy me

Puma x Diamond Pastel Jacket & Pants  :: I am obsessed – OBSESSED – with this 80’s inspired pastel tracksuit. It’s for men but who cares when it’s so cute!? Not to mention, I love the baggier fit. I want the whole set.

Dance with me

Falling in Love by Vario Volinski  :: this song transports me back to 2014. Since this post was all about the perfect day in wine country, I couldn’t help but reminisce on my first Spring & Summer there. This is a fun chill tropical house jam that’s just a feel good. I hope you enjoy! x

 

follow

PINTEREST • INSTAGRAM • BLOGLOVIN • SPOTIFY • SOUNDCLOUD • YOUTUBE

FOLLOW @SHANNONSILVER ON INSTAGRAM

  • XLB me, please 🥢🥟✨ #momentswithsunday #slseat #slssf
  • more than ever, this Texan is so thankful to call California home 💘 #slssf
-
My heart goes out to all those affected by the fires. I’ve been trying to find ways to help from SF & here’s what I could find. Anything else, please let me know:
⚜️ donations for hygiene kits for firefighters via @simplythebasics
⚜️ @rocketdogrescue is accepting respirator masks & looking for foster families
⚜️ @reedandgreenough in the Marina is donating 15% of sales tomm 11/17 from 4-7 to the Red Cross
⚜️ @hitopssf in the castro is donating all sales tomorrow 11/17 to benefit victims of Camp Fire
⚜️ #MaskOakland is giving n95 masks to the homeless and need volunteers to help distribute
⚜️ @overheardmarinasf is posting what local bars are giving  back and they have a link to donate in their bio
⚜️ @kellymoorepaint is giving away masks while supplies last
⚜️ @sf_octavia in pac heights is donating $1 per cover to California Community Foundation
⚜️ @wckitchen is accepting donations to feed first responders and evacuees
⚜️ @halohalocollective is hosting a clothing drive in SOMA on Sunday from 12-3 to help fire victims - contact @msnerriss for more info
⚜️ text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the @americanredcross
⚜️ @sanfranciscospca is accepting donations for emergency shelter and vet care & trying to help owners find their pets
⚜️ @livermorevalleywinecountry is donating 10% of all proceeds this weekend to benefit fire victims
⚜️ @watchmesip started a donation page to raise funds for victims
⚜️ @sierranevada has a camp fire relief fund and donating clothing to those who need
⚜️ @airbnb is helping displaced residents and relief workers find a place to stay for free
⚜️ @sudwerkbrew is hosting an event tomorrow at Davis Senior Center to help all affected. Entry = a gift card of any amount to a store that sells groceries, housewares, or clothing {like target, cvs, safeway, etc}
⚜️ 100% of funds donated to @northvalleycf will go directly to victims
.... any others, please share 🙏🏻 stay safe y’all x
-
{ 📸: @lilywolfephotography ✨ one of my favs from our shoot last month }

#sanfrancisco #bayarea #campfire
  • OMG OK IF YOU GO ANYWHERE IN AUSTIN FOR A GLASS GO HERE {ESP THIS MONTH}: @junesallday 💘
🌸
Here’s why: For November, they are celebrating Japan and it’s so dope. The drink menu is styled like a manga comic, & they have some of the coolest sakes I’ve ever had. Even though I’m just drinking wine here {@royaltokaji the oddity dry furmint if we’re being a specific, #hipster I know - dope winelist, you will love, get something craycray}, but after this glass I had this one sake that blew me away... you might have seen it in my stories: basically “rosé sake” and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever drank... and I’ve drank lots of things in this life of mine lol 😇
🌸
Anyways, it was called AMABUKI GIN NO KIRENAI JUNMAI • @amabukishuzo_official. In the glass, it was PINK, and tasted slightly sweet & fruity. It got its colour from using ancient black rice. If you see this, you have to get it and shoot me a DM while you’re at it so I can have some sake fomo 😅🍶✨
🌸
#slsatx #sake #austintexas #visittexas
  • so many decades in one Instagram lol 📟 ps if you go to Austin, you HAVE to shop at @prototypevintage - easily one of the best vintage shops I’ve ever been to & where this FAB dress straight outta the 90s is from. Kinda half clueless half gossip girl, right? ⚜️ #slsatx #90sstyle #retrovintage #thedriskill #austintexas
  • just a Texas girl in a Texas world 🐎 #slsatx #thedriskill
  • got the goods 💰 also this Texan kinda confused why kolaches aren’t a thing in California? The sausage + cheese + jalapeño ones are my favvvv 👅✨ #slsatx #czechstop #kolaches
  • when roadtripping from DTX to ATX, loading up on kolaches at the Czech Stop is a must! If you know, you know 🛣⛽️✨ #slsdtx #slsatx #czechstop

Follow & say what's up!