Curious Epicurean

Archive for November 2010

For so many people who think of a destination wedding, wine country is a natural choice. I thought it was for me too. Aside from the fact that my fiancée and I both have a pretty healthy little wine habit, we also live in what is argued to be California’s oldest wine country and I work to promote the more than 50 area wineries.

Really, what could be more romantic than rolling hills of lush vines? What about the perfectly paired local varietals and wine country cuisine? What about the sheer variety of  hospitable venues to reflect any style or theme and accommodate a group of any size?

The size of the group certainly proved to be the issue. Before I could blink, the intimate late-summer winery wedding I had envisioned more than double in guest count. The price tag followed accordingly.

Inevitably, it was too much to deal with. I’m used to planning events. I’m comfortable with the ins and outs, deadlines, contracts and stress. But that’s when I’m paid to stress.

This was our wedding and I refused to stress. The solution: a destination wedding. Next August, as the suns sets on the North Shore of Oahu, we’re having our intimate wedding surrounded by close family and friends.

I’ve learned that a destination wedding can mean different things to different brides- and grooms-to-be. The location holds such value and is so meaningful. Wine country can be  the perfect, relaxing fit for many couples’ dream wedding. Wine country is our favorite go-to weekend escape, but I guess we just got spoiled having wine country at our fingertips whenever we choose. For us, we needed somewhere a little different with an oceanfront sunset and our toes in the sand.


As a PR professional, I’m embarrassingly late to the party when it comes to getting my personal blog up and running. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way new to the social media game.  With my trusty iPhone never far from my side, I’m always connected. Along with checking my e-mails before I even leave for work, I peruse through headlines and friends’ updates on Facebook and Twitter.

What started as a way to connect with my high school and college friends and share pictures from weekend festivities, has manifested into a necessary skill set for my profession. My first PR job after college was with a boutique agency specializing in gourmet food and high-end restaurants. The bulk of my duties included maintaining a visible social media presence for multiple clients.

My self-proclaimed Twitter addiction has served me well. I’ve become educated in my industry,  made connections with key journalists, other PR professionals, and was even approached about my current job due to my voracious Twitter habit. I’ve also won tickets to food & wine festivals, gift certificates, tickets to Wicked & Peter Pan and even my engagement photo session because of my Twitter habit.

I’ve routinely toyed with the idea of starting my blog, but I’ve just never been able to commit. Is anyone really that interested in my weekend excursions and my food & wine habit? Sure I can think of something witty to say in 140 characters.  But what about keeping it interesting for a couple hundred words? Here’s my attempt.