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It's about Wine O'Clock...

Rain, sun, clouds, lather, rinse, repeat…The weather today, like yesterday, was classic Bay Area schizophrenia: a little bit Book of Revelations, and altogether mercurial. In consideration of the fact that you won’t be able to to bank on one particular weather pattern for more than 30 minutes today (it’s even too windy to surf!) I suggest you head over to SF Vintners Market at Fort Mason: the see and be seen community party/wine tasting/buy it-try it summit.

Yesterday’s event was epic, with spectacular wines from all over the Bay Area and wine country. Cameron Hughes was representing a great group of reds and one lovely Chardonnay.

My good buddies from Somerston Winery were in the house with their High Flyer and Priest Ranch picks, always good….

The Swanson Vineyard ladies, (stand out glamazon, Heidi Godoff) are always impossibly chic with delicious wine (and chocolates to boot). My favorite wines of the day were: high priestess of the vine, Heidi Barrett’s 2007 La Sirena Cabernet Sauvignon, and Knights Bridge Winery West Block Chardonnay: complex, and memorable (nothing tasted as good after I tried it – and they even let me try it 2 more times!) Great chatting with Knights Bridge Managing Director Timothy F. Carl, PhD, (I’m just going to call him ‘Dr. Bacchus’) – and will find some kind of excuse to get up to St. Helena to see my Somerston Winery friends, and new friends from Knights Bridge Winery for a proper vineyard visit….

SF Vintners was rockin and rolling yesterday, and although I spent a significant amount of time in the Reserve Area, there were dozens of great winemakers in the football-field-sized Fort Mason hall. It’s a fun event, and one to be shared with good friends, with new ones  at every corner. The wine deals and wine club memberships were staggering, and if you were ever to get a crash course in:

1. Your dream wine cellar
2. Your model  wedding wine list
3. Under the radar wine offerings and small batch vineyards you might never know about…

…this is a must attend event. Part of the reason I love living in the SF Bay Area is because of the sense of community and creativity that these people bring to the table. Cornelius Geary and Jeff Playter are stand outs: curators and thought leaders in the wine/lifestyle world, creators and aggregators of the Wine 2.0 movement, and SF Vintners Market, and super heroes for small and large vineyards, bringing them to a wildly appreciative audience.

Thank you to all the vineyards, and founders of SF Vintners Market, and those of you who haven’t been, don’t wait til Spring, get yourself over there and let them bring the tasting room to you!

Photography:  Cornelius Geary

 

Hey Anti-Brides:
So in response to a few friends of mine who lovingly say ‘I use social media as if I were in a witness protection program,’ or: ‘Babe, you aren’t tweeting enough!’ (not ‘tweeting enough???) but ultimately:

‘You just put an app in the iTunes store, aren’t you going to blog about  it??’

Yup, I think it’s about that time, but I decided to wait until everyone was at happy hour to pop this little nugget up:

Tiny drum roll please: We officially launched the Anti-Bride App yesterday in the iTunes Store, and we are stoked!

Admittedly, I’m not entirely comfortable with self-aggrandizing, (I’ll tweet about anyone else before our app – chalk it up to Catholic school), but I am really happy that:

1. It’s finally finished
2. Apple let it in the store, even though it had too many categories
3. It’s Friday and almost wine-o-clock….

Basically, our app is the blog, downloaded to your iPhone: and it’s free!

Originally, the blog supported the Anti-Bride book series, but over time, I realized that there’s a whole lot of territory to cover outside of W-day (but is still tangential to the wedding world world). As Sr. Editor for Destination I Do Magazine, I love to write about things I think our readers would like to do, from an eat, stay and play perspective, so they can vet the best experiences for themselves. Money’s tight these days, so if someone else can test-drive your overseas adventure for you, all the better!

We love to cover vibrant people: designers, authors, bloggers, chefs, winemakers, musicians, and rabble-rousers. We are interested in trends, movements, and people who stand for something that matters: Katie Martin of Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Jennifer Stein at Destination I Do, Emily Anderson at Good with Style, or Brett Snyder at Cranky Flyer. They fly their flags in different sectors of the Blogosphere, but have distinct and engaging voices that we love…They are influencers and thought leaders because they believe in what they do, and have great ideas on how to do it.

From lifestyle, entertaining, ingenious inventions, sparkly brooches, killer shoes, to twangy guitar bands: its all here, and more…Maybe our blog/ app is not strictly all-wedding, all the time, but it’s a celebration of what we love, channeling our “lust for life,” (to quote Iggy…).

Running a blog is a blast: it’s your thumbprint – a snapshot of your point of view. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded compatriots who share your philosophy, and if you are lucky, sense of humor. It’s also a content beast that needs to be fed every day. Without our team of bloggers (world class experts with wildly successful social communities of their own) I’d be a mad woman. I love them, I rely on them, and I’d be lost at sea without them:

Jennifer Stein: Desto Diva

Brett Snyder: The Cranky Flier

Brandy Gomez Duplessis: Glamogram

Stacy Jill Calvert and Melissa Johns: Two Brides

Autumn Millhouse: Love Vines

Dorothy Polka: Polka Dot Bride

Melissa Comito Aakre: Heavy Petal

Daniel Yaffe: Drink Me

Fleur Bailey: Fleur Adores

Katie Martin: Eco Bride

Ryan Hupfer: Groom with a View

Dr. Mark Savant: Med Wed

Kimberly Aker: Retro Bride

Jan: Astrogrrl

And there would be nothing to download if not for my dear friends, developers and co-pilots at Synappsis.

So if you are so inclined, you can download the app here.

Drop us a line and let us know what you think: bouquets, or brickbats, we’ll take it all! It’s our goal to improve it – we think of it as a grand experiment and adventure, warts and all.

But at the end of the day, we’re damned glad it’s out the door!

Happy Friday!

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