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Kendall Jackson in the Fall

Fall is a breathtaking time of year in Wine Country. And while I might be a little bit biased, I have to say: it is one the most beautiful sights to behold. Daytime hours throughout September and October are still warm, with temperatures often between the mid-seventies to high eighties. It's the evenings that are often cool, sometimes dropping into the forties.

Kendall - Jackson Winery is ones of my local favorites for several reasons: the first one being their extensive property. Sprawling with gorgeous vineyards, they also have lush gardens that fuel their in house kitchen. Fresh garden vegetables, herbs, and fruit are picked by the chefs as needed. There is an outdoor pizza oven, a bee keeper for honey, a hops garden, and several outdoor dining areas. In the back area they have multiple fire pits, perfect for lounging with friends while sipping wine.

The Crush began early this year in Sonoma County. The Crush, synonymous with the grape harvest season, usually kicks off a slew of local festivities: such as the grape stomping events where locals and tourists alike will crawl into large vats of grapes and jump around. It's all for fun of course, as those grapes won't be used for making wine. This year due to weather, the harvest was almost over just as soon as it began.

When I first found this dress, there were so many things that I immediately loved about it. What first caught my eye was the color. Sure it's the color of the season, but it is also the color of Sryah - one of the first wines to be produced in this area at the start of the season. With notes of blackberry, chocolate, smokey black pepper, and just a hint of vanilla, a good Sryah packs a lot of robust fruity flavor without being over powering or too dry. It's not overly sweet, and it pairs well with sheep cheese, or aged cow cheeses. The color of the dress in comparison to the wine is so exact, I'm quite confident that should I ever accidentally spill a sip on my dress, I'd have nothing to worry about!

pc: Stephanie Malilong Photography 

For a list of my favorite cheeses to pair with a Syrah wine, scroll to the end of this post.

Wearing: Dresses similar to the one I'm wearing // Purse: Banana Republic (now on sale!) // Watch: Leonard & Church // Necklace: Maps by A. JAFFE // Heels: vintage Miu Miu

Syrah Cheese Pairings
Additional pairings
  • Blackberries, blueberries, or apricots
  • Dark chocolate
  • Campagne bread
  • Currant bread
  • Honey

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