Lifestyle Blogger, Erika Altes takes a trip to our listing in Healdsburg



Erika Altes, creator of the popular lifestyle blog, Whiskey and Lace, took a trip with her friends to our amazing listing, 3710 West Soda Rock in Healdsburg. 

" A luxury Northern California real estate group (who Mark is apart of!), The Wine Country Colbert Group, invited myself and three other Bay Area influencers: Sarah from Sassy Red Lipstick, Amanda from Advice from a Twenty Something, and Ashley from Two Peas in a Prada to stay in a home in the heart of wine country. They not only hosted a beautiful dinner for us, but they also invited us to stay the night so we could really enjoy this stunning home.

It’s not every day that we get to take a break from our busy schedules, so we really made sure we maximized every minute of this trip. We spent our time lounging by the gorgeous pool, hung around the fire pit, ate the yummiest dinner (post on this coming soon), and sipped on coffee in the morning –  all while taking in the amazing beauty that this home had to offer. The trip was filled with laughter, fun, and of course, lots of girl time. I can’t wait to get together with these babes again!

This home is the epitome of modern comfort with sprawling views out every window! Situated on 12+ acres in Healdsburg CA, this 3 bedroom, 4 bath house is cozy, stylish, and perfect for families. The best part? It’s soon to be for sale!  If you or anyone you know is looking to relocate or are just on the hunt for the perfect vacation spot, reach out to The Wine Country Colbert Group today to learn more about this gorgeous home.
Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to snag it yourself, be sure to invite us all over so we can enjoy it again! We’ll bring the champagne!" - Erika Altes



March in Sonoma, the Best Vacation Destination from Money Magazine


Money Magazine names Sonoma as one of the best places to travel in March of 2017. Source: Money Magazine 

March: Sip and stroll in Sonoma, Calif.

Napa Valley may get more buzz, but Sonoma is just as beautiful—and hotels can be about 40% cheaper, even in this quiet shoulder season. Another plus: "You're more likely to chat with the winemaker in a tasting room and get prime reservations in popular restaurants" than during the summer, says Lauren Krause, owner of Beltane Ranch B&Band vineyard.

LOCAL'S TIP: Stop at the Dry Creek General Store, a local fixture in Healdsburg since 1881, for house-made pesto and fresh mozzarella panini ($10).

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Valentine's Day in Sonoma and Healdsburg

Romantic Restaurants in Sonoma and Healdsburg


The Girl & the Fig
"One of the best restaurants for fine dining on the Sonoma Plaza."

110 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
For Reservations :
707.933.3000 ext 10


Saddles Restaurant, at MacArthur Place
"The place to go when you want the very best steak you can get." - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

29 East MacArthur Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
For Reservations : 


Della Santina's Italian

"A quaint Italian restaurant on the Sonoma Plaza."

133 East Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
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The Depot Hotel and Restaurant
"Rustic Italian cuisine in a
historic Wine Country setting"

Offering a Special Valentine's Day Dinner

241 1st Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Madrona Manor
"Stylish, high-end cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting."

1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, California 95448
For Reservations : 


Romance is in the air at Valette on Valentine's Day, Chef Dustin Valette has created a 5-Course Tasting Menu in honor of this very special day.

Dinner is $85.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. An optional wine pairing menu will be offered for an additional $55.00 per person.

344 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA
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Dry Creek Kitchen
Spend a romantic evening with your special someone in Dry Creek Kitchen with picturesque views of Healdsburg’s town square. Executive Chef Scott Romano's menu highlights the best of local Sonoma County ingredients, featuring Short Rib and Sonoma Saveurs Foie Gras Raviolo and Liberty Farm Duck Breast. Six Courses | $105 per person | $75 optional wine pairing

317 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Seven Modern Kitchens for the Culinary Contemporist



Inspiring and minimalistic, modern kitchens have a subtle elegance that will never go out of style. From a refined design in Houston, featuring wooden panels and marble countertops, to a colorful one in the Hamptons, these seven kitchens are a study in contemporary elegance. Visit the Sotheby's Art of Living Blog . 


Holiday Events and Attractions in the Wine Country


Dec. 17
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

on December 17th from 6-8:30pm.  Watch a magical parade of beautifully decorated boats stream into the Petaluma Turning Basin.

The Napa Valley Wine Train celebrates the return of the Santa Train.

Guests will embark on an all new musical and interactive journey to Santa's Workshop accompanied by some of Santa's best friends. Magical wristbands will transform the experience, while guests enjoy hot chocolate, and a cookie.

Santa Train Fare starting at $55.00

For more information, visit

The Nutcracker in Yountville

Performance Dates:

Sat, Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

Seating and tickets:


Farm & Ranch | In a Modern Space


This is a good read about connecting modern home design with rural settings from the Sotheby's International Realty Extraordinary Living Blog. 

While most Farm & Ranch properties share defining categorical features, architectural style is something that can group homes into their own subset. In our first installment of Farm & Ranch, let’s take a look at the sleek, striking and modern spaces that have come to redefine the rural, Farm & Ranch lifestyle. Read the complete article here


Thanksgiving's Best Wine Pairings


Article source: the Food Network, written by
Stevie Stacionis, Wine Blogger

Thanksgiving: Ohh, sweet, delectable Turkey Day. I'm obsessed with this ultimate feast and the ever-swelling gathering of family and friends crammed into a too-tiny, hectic and utterly delicious-smelling kitchen. I adore the sight of hands everywhere eager to help prepare, stories being shared and everyone sitting down together to a veritable smorgasbord. And while this uniquely American holiday's history has given us a fairly good idea of what to eat, the question of what to drink is perhaps not so easily answered.

To start, let's get one thing out of the way: There's not a "right" or a "wrong" wine to slug with your stuffing — but there are wines that just might be more likely send you to sensory elation. So, where to start?

One of the most relied-upon "rules" of wine and food pairing is "If it grows together, it goes together." The idea is that wines and foods naturally evolved together as a whole regional cuisine. For example, you'd be more likely to find lots of fresh, crisp whites in a warmer-climate area adjacent to the sea than you'd be to find huge, dark, spicy reds (the former wines pair better with seafood than the latter). The concept isn't as easy to apply in modern-day America, but you can still relish the uniquely American spirit of Thanksgiving by drinking American wines. And my, oh my, do we have some good ones to choose from!

If it's a red you're after, I'd bet most heavily on a Pinot Noir. Lighter in body and softer on the palate than something like a Cabernet or a Merlot, California Pinot Noir's plush, easy berry fruit is just the right match for poultry and all your T-Day fixins. Pinot Noir from Oregon is also stellar — I find it has a touch more earthiness and a little less forward, juicy fruit than its sisters further south.

For whites, a fuller-bodied wine will stand up nicely to the rich dishes on your dining room table. A great California Chardonnay with a bit of toasty oak in it definitely fits the bill with its round mouthfeel and slight creaminess, which just begs for some buttery mashed potatoes and gravy. If you’re not a die-hard fan and usually dislike Chardonnay, ask your wine merchant for one that's un-oaked, which will allow more bright, appley and citrusy fruit to shine through while the grape's full body will still satisfy.

Alternatively, a wonderfully aromatic, lighter-bodied white with pronounced notes of fruit and flowers can act as an excellent contrast to the many savory, substantial foods of Thanksgiving. Washington state produces some excellent Rieslings (both dry and sweet, though I'd vote for dry and save sweet for pairing with pie), and the grape's naturally high acidity cuts nicely through the richness of the food. Gewurztraminer is another favorite: Highly aromatic with a touch of warm spice, the best ones are coming out of cooler-weather areas like Washington and Oregon. On the East Coast, look for any of the aforementioned grapes coming out of the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the end, Thanksgiving is about celebrating our blessings. So whatever beverage ends up on your table, raise your glass and toast to the good things!

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