Pontotoc Vineyard’s Weingarten

A historic respite in downtown Fredericksburg  Tucked away in the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas lies Pontotoc Vineyard’s Weingarten. Lights are strung from trees and the stone courtyard offers a quiet sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the famous Texas town. It’s modeled after the weingartens of Vienna and is both kid- and dog-friendly. I had the pleasure…

Folktale Winery

I could not possibly love Folktale Winery any more. The estate is situated on fifteen acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards just ten minutes outside of town in Carmel, California. The patio is beyond perfect to sip the day away. Imagine sipping the best rose you’ve ever had on comfortable couches in 70-degree weather, roses swaying in…

The Rose Table Turns Five

Today is The Rose Table’s fifth anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been five whole years since I first launched The Rose Table. Thank you all for reading and watching and being part of my kitchen! The highlight of my day is talking to all of you. It’s going to be a great next year!…

Kuhlman Cellars

I love how Kuhlman Cellars feels about wine. I recently toured the laid-back Stonewall vineyard on a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas and something on the tour stuck in my: “It takes a long time to make wine. You should spend a long time enjoying it.” That sums up my own feelings about wine! A true…

Visiting Grape Creek Vineyards

A stroll through Tuscany in the Texas hill country Even driving past Grape Creek Vineyards is impressive. The hills have rows and rows of impeccably manicured grapevines and it only gets more stunning from there. I visited Grape Creek last week on a media trip to Fredericksburg and Grape Creek was the first stop on…

Visiting Pedernales Cellars

This week I visited Pedernales Cellars in the Texas wine country on a media trip to Fredericksburg. This was my first time to visit Fredericksburg (despite being passionate about wine and fluent in German) and I absolutely loved the rolling hills, gorgeous scenery, and outstanding wine. Pedernales Cellars is located on the famous Hwy 290…

Domaine Henri Maire Tasting at Lavendou Bistro

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a six-course wine dinner hosted by winemaker Jacques Hauller of Domaine Henri Maire, a Boisset Collection wine label. Domaine Henri Maire is in the Jura, a wine region I wasn’t previously familiar with in eastern France between Burgundy and Switzerland. Isn’t it lovely? The dinner was held…

Pineapple Yogurt Bowl

Go on a backyard vacation with my easy pineapple yogurt bowls! I am missing my beloved Caribbean terribly today and was inspired to take a little vacation in my own backyard with a tropical breakfast: pineapple yogurt bowls. My dog Gabby was into it. My longtime readers know that I adore pineapple. It’s one of my…

Spinach Feta Pasta Salad

I wasn’t planning on photographing yesterday’s lunch but it was too delicious and I just had to share. I will be making this again and again and again. Full of veggies and crunchy almonds and tossed with a super light lemon zest dressing, this pasta salad won’t weigh you down! This takes minutes to prepare,…

Norwegian Gravlax (How to Cure Salmon)

I might never buy lox again. My world has been rocked by the simple act of curing my own salmon. I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of myself in the kitchen! Gravlax is a cured salmon dish that originated in Norway where they would bury fresh fish in the sand. The salt pulls…

Bagel Board

What, pray tell, is more fun than a bagel board for breakfast? I adore bagels. It’s a little known fact here on The Rose Table, although some of my die hard readers might have noticed my staunch love of bagels by the fact that I usually will order the lox and bagel at least once…

Why I Love Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees

Can’t decide what kind of tree to get? Read this! First of all, let me start by saying that I am a real Christmas tree advocate. Can one advocate for real Christmas trees? Because if so, that’s me. Once when I lived in Fort Worth, I stuffed a seven foot tree in my little four-door…