Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for £14m

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An 18th Century Chinese vase, left for decades in a shoebox in France, has sold for 16.2m euros (£14.2m).

The vase was auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris on Tuesday and sold for more than 20 times its estimated guide price - 500,000 to 700,000 euros.

It's the highest price ever reached for a single item sold by Sotheby's in France.

The vase formed part of a family inheritance and was recently discovered in an attic.

Sotheby's Asian arts expert, Olivier Valmier, said the seller "took the train, then the metro and walked on foot through the doors of Sotheby's and into my office with the vase in a shoebox protected by newspaper.

"When she put the box on my desk and we opened it, we were all stunned by the beauty of the piece.

"This is a major work of art," Valmier continued. "It is as if we had just discovered a Caravaggio."

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    Sonoma Valley Featured in Wine Spectator

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    Check out Sonoma Valley featured in Wine Spectator this month!
    Sonoma Valley is open for business, welcoming visitors with
    comfortable lodgings, artisanal eateries and historic wine estates. 

     

    Our Historic Napa Listing in the News!

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    2133 First St. | Napa, CA
     

    "Historic downtown Napa house gets rehab and resale"

    Magalli Yoho doesn’t mess around when it comes to flipping a house, even a historic downtown home that’s 126 years old.

    Yoho, who has previously lived in Napa, is a real estate investor and renovator.

    Back in October this house hunter bought the Ingalls house at 2133 First St., near the entrance to downtown Napa.

    The home was originally built in 1892 for one of Napa’s earliest business owners, Wilfred Ingalls. For the past 27 years it had been home to then-city council member Juliana Inman and her family.

    Yoho bought the home from Inman for $802,000. Today, after just 10 weeks of work, it’s listed for sale for $1.24 million.

    “I love everything about the house,” said Yoho. “It’s got a good floor plan, lots of great lighting. I love the high ceilings.”

    Yoho said the Queen Anne Tower House caught her eye when it was first listed for sale in 2017. 

    Yoho said she wasn’t sure if she could take it on. “The house needed a little more than a bit of love and tender care,” she said. But, “I saw the beauty of it and everything else could be fixed.”

    And fix she did.

    In less than three months, Yoho had the Ingalls house completely rehabbed, from top to bottom.

    To read more of the article featured in the Napa Valley Register click here 

     

    Tomatomania!

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    Mark your calendars, Tomatomania! returns to Cornerstone April 14 + 15, 2018. 

    Expect almost 150 varieties of tomatoes this year as we showcase over 30 varieties that we have never before brought up to Sonoma, including our Tomato of the Year, Madame Marmande.

    We’ll set up in the new outdoor kitchen space that Sunset Magazine custom designed since their arrival at Cornerstone a couple years ago. When you join us you’ll also get to see the progress in all the Sunset display gardens, as well as sample terrific Sonoma wines, grab a great lunch and shop some amazing specialty stores too.

    These classes will be scheduled during the event to offer garden inspiration & guide all your efforts this summer.

    SATURDAY | 10:00AM
    Author, Garden Designer and Tomatomania Producer Scott Daigre will discuss all the right moves that will ensure your summer is full of tomatoes. From planting and pinching to watering and fertilizing correctly, Scott will cover every aspect of a successful summer in the tomato garden!

    SATURDAY | 11:30AM
    Tomatomaniac and trend setting Northern California Tomato Hybridizer/Grower Brad Gates will discuss his newest tomato varieties, the “blue” brainstorming and the oh so important garden good fortune that have resulted in Berkeley Tie Dye, Black Beauty, Lucid Gem and so many striped and blue varieties that are setting the tomato world on fire.

    Both days we hope to offer guided tours of the Sunset Display and Test Gardens. Learn the designers tricks of the trade; ways to make the most of a space and showcase appropriate plants, ornament and structure to best effect!

    Don’t miss it! More details will be forthcoming and all classes are free!

     

    For more information, visit http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/events

    Napa Ice Skating

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    The Napa Ice Skating rink is open at the Napa Expo from November 17th through January 7th. 

    General Admission - $13 Includes unlimited skate time (no in and out privileges) and skate rental. 
    Same Day Re-Entry - $5 Must have dated wristband on wrist. 

    VIP Admission - $15 All day skating with in and out privileges. Must have wristbands on to return. 

    Military, Police, and Fire Discount - $10 General Admission and $13 VIP Admission. Must Show ID. 

    For more information, visit the Napa on Ice website here

     

    Cornerstone Holiday Skate Rink

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    This year Cornerstone is bringing the spirit of the holidays to Sonoma with a beautiful Skate Rink. The Ice rink profits are to benefit fire victims and relief efforts via Redwood Credit Union's North Bay Fire Relief Fund. 

    Adults (13 years or older) | $20 per 2-hour period, includes skate rentals
    Children (12 years or younger) | $10 per 2-hour period, includes skate rentals

    Open November 25th through January 2nd. 
    Monday - Thursday
    12pm-2pm + 2:30-4:30pm
    Friday
    12pm-2pm + 2:30pm-4:30pm + 5pm-7pm
    Saturday + Sunday
    10am-12pm + 12:30pm-2:30pm + 3pm-5pm + 5:30pm-7:30pm
    * Closed Christmas Day

    For more information, visit the Cornerstone website here
     

     

    Holidays in Sonoma

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    5TH ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE HISTORIC SONOMA PLAZA

    November 18, 2017
    1 Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma CA, 95476
    Starting: 5:00 PM

    Experience Sonoma Valley California as we celebrate the fifth annual Holidays in Sonoma. Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights, music and performances, holiday treats and more. On Saturday, November 18, Holidays in Sonoma kicks off with the Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza. The acclaimed Transcendence Theatre Company will be back for the fourth year, to perform a musical holiday tribute to the destination. Music starts at 5:00pm.

    The event will also include presentations by community leaders, and a live band performance on stage in front of City Hall. Hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies are complimentary. Guests are invited to bring beverages, including beer and wine, to the Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza event. The lights on the Historic Sonoma Plaza will be lit each night November 18 – December 31, 2017. 

    For more information, click here

    Source: SonomaValley.com

     

    Broadway under the stars

    From transcendencetheatre.org

    Join the thousands of people who have experienced the transformative thrill of Transcendence Theatre Company’s BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS IN JACK LONDON STATE PARK

    This award-winning series of four Broadway-inspired concerts in Sonoma’s Wine Country features incredible talent from the New York and Hollywood stages and screen. More than just a standard musical review, each concert weaves your favorite Broadway and popular songs into a spectacular evening unlike anything you have ever seen before. To top it off, the night begins with picnicking on the great lawn alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors, and pre-show music. With all this magic in one place, how could you possibly leave without what Before It’s News calls “…goosebumps all around?”

    For tickets and more information, click here

     

    U.S. News & World Report claims
    Sonoma is the best small town
    to visit in America

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    Shown: Buena Vista Winery near Sonoma.

    The Bay Area is already well-versed in the food-wine-outdoor activity trifecta that Sonoma has going for it, but the city's attributes are being recognized others: Sonoma has earned a top spot in one of U.S. News & World Report's newly released Best Vacation rankings for 2017-2018.

    The news site selected the Northern California city as the "Best Small Town to Visit in the USA," suggesting Sonoma is a better wine destination than Napa. U.S. News & World Report described Sonoma in glowing terms, calling it a county known for "its bucolic charms and array of wineries" but also "Napa's rustic, less-refined and more-relaxed sister."

    (Okay, that last part reads like a slight towards Sonoma, but whatever.)

    U.S. News & World Report looked at cities with populations of 100,000 people or less that offer a number of restaurants and attractions to make them worthy destinations for the vacation-taking public.

    Colorado is the state that had the strongest showing on the list, taking up four of the 15 slots on the list. California followed that with three cities named as the best small town to visit; along with Sonoma, both Lake Tahoe and Monterey earned a mention.

    The "best small town to visit" category is a new one for for the news and rankings publication, which annually releases its list of vacation destinations to the public. Another new category among the U.S. News & World Report vacation rankings is the Best National Parks in the USA.

    Ten places were selected among the country's 59 national parks, with the site using both park visitor and travel expert opinions to come up with the list. Yosemite National Park managed to snag a spot, although some would argue it should have gotten a higher ranking.

    Read the entire article here

     

    The Sonoma International Film Festival

    It's almost the time of year again when the Sonoma Plaza rolls out the red carpet for the Sonoma International Film Festival! Be sure to check the event calendar here and purchase your tickets in advance. For more information, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org. 

    Now in its 20th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (March 29 - April 2, 2017) takes place in the heart of Northern California's Wine Country and will feature more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema,  and short films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma's historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.

    This unique 5-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, the beloved Robin Williams and Danny Glover have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.

     

    THE grand opening of CIA at Copia

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    500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

    With a vibrant restaurant and countless tasting and hands-on experiences, the CIA at Copia is an awe-inspiring playground for food and wine lovers. 

    FOOD & WINE

    Food, wine, and family fun. The CIA at Copia has it all! With cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, wine tasting classes and more, there is always something new to learn.

    THE RESTAURANT

    The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers an uncommon experience. Chefs—inspired by global flavors and fresh ingredients—bring their creations directly from the kitchen to your table to choose from and share. Come eat, drink, and enjoy time with friends!

     

    Enjoy the wine country with these great deals!

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    Sonoma Sneakaway Travel Ideas

    It’s time to book your Sonoma Sneakaway today — fantastic travel deals are blooming in Sonoma Wine Country. You’ll find hot travel deals for lodging, wine tasting, dining and more. Throw in a spa treatment, a ride on a wine trolley, or even a cooking class and you have the makings for an amazing getaway. Sonoma County offers more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific Ocean coastline, towering redwood trees, an abundance of nature parks, and amazing local restaurants.

    In addition to the special offers, Sonoma Sneakaway includes a chance to win a trip to Sonoma County. Looking for flights to Sonoma County? Find information on how to get to Sonoma County. Get a free Visitors Guide and Wineries Map here.

    For more Sonoma travel ideas and to read the full article, click here

     

    The Annual Harvest Barbeque

    We invite you to enjoy local barbeque and enjoy our "backyard" at the winery. The Olive Grove will carry you from side to side with bluegrass and lawn games. Reserved seating is guaranteed for the first 50 guests to purchase tickets, additional seating may be available on a first come first served basis. Join us for the whole day or just come and relax while you enjoy some delicious BBQ!

     Option 1: Harvest BBQ

    Sip on your favorite Rutherford Ranch Wines and enjoy delicious BBQ!

     Option 2:  Wine Club Day! 

    Start the day off with an in-depth look at some of Rutherford Ranch Winery’s newest wines. This release tasting will feature 4 wines each paired with 2 culinary bites. After enjoying a release tasting, join in the fun at our Harvest BBQ! Sip on your favorite Rutherford Ranch Wines and enjoy delicious BBQ! 

    WHEN

    Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    WHERE

    Rutherford Ranch Winery - 1680 Silverado Trail South, Saint Helena, CA 94574

    For more information, click here

     

    The Field to Vase Dinner Tour

    Sonoma, CA October 16, 2016

    The Dinner Tour

    is a series of private, intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer, and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef. Each artisan-style dinner will be held at a unique venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming.

    The Experience

    is like none other.  You will make a personal connection between flowers and agriculture as part of our country’s farm landscape.  Along with lively conversation between dining companions new and old, guests will share platters of delicious, seasonal and local food. They’ll meet others who are passionate about preserving American grown flowers, farmland, and our country’s floriculture roots.  While enjoying this seasonal meal, the focus is drawn to the botanical beauty of petals, stems, foliage, vines, buds and berries — artistically arranged to bring sensory pleasure to the experience. The attention is on our flowers, our farmers and their farms, and on the floral designs they inspire.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase

     

    Increase your home's curb appeal

    Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.

     

    Sell your home fast!

    If you are planning to put your house on the market this summer, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast. -