Hamel Family Wines is a gorgeous, beautifully curated winery in Sonoma that opened its doors in 2014. Every inch of the space was meticulously designed for minimal environmental impact and for maximum visual interest. The main tasting room was originally conceived as a traditional chateau and at the last minute, the owners moved forward with a bold, streamlined design-- which both highlights and blends into its surrounding environment of rolling hills and valleys. The grape harvest is on its way to being drought resistant, too, meaning that it will live on whatever rain is supplied by nature. Hamel is a stunning place.
I was honored to host a Flowers, Fruit and Wine workshop with Daisy Rose Floral Design last May at Hamel Family Wines. Our workshop focused on welcoming the elements of summer-- the burgeoning flower and fruit harvest that is abundant in Sonoma, and the marking of hours and hours to be spent outdoors in the coming months.
Daisy and I sourced freshly bloomed product that week-- stemmed quince from her garden, nigella grown next door at Oak Hill and a mix of locally grown peonies and garden roses.