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Sonoma .. Napa Holiday

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Lovely weather in December stirred a desire to spend the Christmas holiday in Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. I never cease to wonder at the beauty of the landscape, where eye-catching vignettes emerge along roadways. Certainly the notion of enjoying fabulous food and wine made the brief getaway a very special holiday, indeed. Christmas Eve lunch at Bouchon .. quite simply a feast! To start: Endives au Roquefort salad with fuji apples, toasted walnuts & walnut vinagrette. T. and I shared satisfying Hors d’Oeuvres: a heaping serving of Rillettes aux Deux Saumons – prepared with fresh and smoked salmon, along with delectable cod beignets!

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Andy Cao: Red Lantern at Cornerstone Sonoma

Red Lantern Crystals © Alice Joyce

Andy Cao of Cao Perrot Studio adds a new installation, soon to be unveiled at Cornerstone Sonoma: In the installation, Red Lantern – the lantern element features a crackle glaze with an eggshell-lacquer finish. A gravel surround outlines a pond where a reflection of the lantern’s form is captured along with the sparkle of red crystals and floral filigree of wirework. As in all of Cao’s site-specific works, personal reminiscences meld with the cultural to evoke multi-layered references and sensory responses.

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