How do you properly thank someone for coordinating a trip of a lifetime? How do you memorialize a unique getaway or vacation without buying an overpriced mass produced generic souvenir in gift shop or airport terminal? We recently asked ourselves these questions while wine tasting in the gorgeous cities of Napa and Sonoma, CA with a group of friends. One very generous and extraordinary host was responsible for our incredible experience and we wanted to find a unique way to thank him.
It didn’t take long for creative juices to start flowing (we were drinking wine after all!) and we decided a picture frame adorned wine corks and other mementos from the places we visited would do the trick. We weren’t quite sure exactly how we were going to use the corks, but that didn’t matter, we knew inspiration would come. Besides, collecting corks was fun! It was like an adult version of a scavenger hunt to see who got the first cork or who could seize the most.
Our trip was kicked off with an amazing dining experience at The French Laundry where every detail, no matter how minute, was executed to perfection. Enough cannot be said about this restaurant; in fact we are still raving about it! We were not only able to collect the wine corks from the international wines we enjoyed at dinner, but also a couple of The French Laundry signature clothes pins as well. Shh, we’re not sure this was legal, but at the cost per person, what’s a clothes pin or two?
Our first official wine tasting day began at an unexpected, but warm and welcoming, Tulocay Wines, where you literally wine taste in the owner, Bill’s, front yard. He is hilarious by the way! He was gracious enough to let us snag a number of corks from him to add to our now growing collection.
Our long weekend took us to a wide variety of wineries, including the small boutique winery Pallidian, as well as the larger more well known wineries like Michael Mondavi, and everything in between. Every winery we stopped at generously gave us a cork or two or ten (thanks Merryvale!) and by the end of the trip our purses were overflowing with stinky, inky corks – it was not the best smell after 3 days of wine tasting, but that is neither here nor there. Several days after our return, Christine had found herself giving those corks the evil eye! If you’ve spent days touring the wine country, you’d understand why!!!
Once home, we jumped on the Internet in search of ideas for the wine cork picture frame. We were inspired by a beautiful chevron patterned frame and we knew with a few twists it would be the perfect way to say thank you and create a unique souvenir! We hope our gracious host loves it as much we do!
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