Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 8th, 2018

                       New Year, Motivational Evening with an Executive & Career Coach

This evening was under discussion for months, all it took was three ladies visiting the Tasting Room to make it happen.

On a quiet Sunday in late January, three women visited the Tasting Room on their way home from  an Annual New Year Motivational weekend in Bodega. They tasted and talked about the wonderful weekend they had, showing me pictures of their Vision Boards. The inspiration was instant.

The next day I contacted Marianne Wilman, a friend and Career Coach. We discussed the idea that had been mulled about for years between the two of us. And now we were set - we booked the date within a few minutes and the invitation went out. Within an hour we had attendees.
We were on the right track.

The evening began for 10 women excited to see their 2018 vision on paper. A little group ice breaker and a little wine before we sat at the 12 x 6 foot table in our dining room, barely enough room for all of us. Spreading out papers, scissors, glue, pens and magazines, LOTS of magazines.
The first hour turned fairly quiet as everyone concentrated on their personal vision. A lot of sharing took place of what some were looking for, dollar bills, bicycles, beaches and tigers. Just some of the chatter.
Slowly as people were completing their project, Marianne took the reins to go into a debriefing, reflecting and moving us into action towards our new vision.
Each of us showed and shared what had transpired from a blank canvas.




A great night, highly recommend. I believe we all came together with less of a plan of 2018 and walked away with more inspiration and a sense of community.
This will happen again
If you'd like to book your own group with Marianne and our space. Contact Paul Mathew Vineyards.

February Tradition - Mushroom Foray

For the past decade we have been spending the beginning of the year focusing on our local Mushroom foraging opportunities. And the first Saturday of February is our Annual Wine Club Foray Event.
Driving into Caz sets the tone.

This year, like many, was beautiful. There were record temperatures of 78 and sunny. Pic from the top of Caz taken by one of our foragers.

The day started with our sold out crowd anxious to learn and score the fungi treats of nature.

Back at the Lodge, Mat is busy prepping lunch and Rich is stoking the fire. Crazy at this time of year, it is often warmer outside than in, if you're in the sun!

Our lunch of Beet Salad and Entrée of warm Bread Pudding loaded with Liberty Duck and Wild Mushrooms. Enough to rejuvenate the foragers from a healthy steep hill hike.

And a little Paul Mathew wine. We poured our brand new 2017 Gewurz upon arrival back from hiking and the old and new Pinot's for lunch.

Not a lot found but some lucky hunters went home with a small stash. The idea to come together, enjoy a beautiful winter day, good company and a meal with great wine is our perfect day!

Our spectacular Mushroom specialist, David Campbell gives a debriefing of what was found and what to look for. The edible mushrooms are the most important to understand.

This year with all the incredible warm sunny days, I think the foraging season is coming to a close. We were lucky to squeeze the event in with the lack of rain. Next up, Spring.