Updated: Jan 12
I must admit.
When an unknown winery landed in my email inbox and invited me to a media event,
I almost decided not to attend.
My weekends are sacred….did I really want to give up a Saturday afternoon?!?!?
The event seemed to focus around a new rosé wine release. I like rosé but it’s not my favorite.
For whatever reason I felt an urge to RSVP ‘YES’ even though I wasn’t too sure.
THANK GOODNESS my intuition led me in the right direction.
Thank goodness I attended!
I am now BRICOLEUR VINEYARDS OBSESSED.
If you ask me for a Sonoma County winery rec, be prepared.
EVERYONE gets an earful when I start singing Bricoleur’s praises!
I was so utterly smitten with Bricoleur that I became a Founding Wine Club Member.
That says a lot!
Currently Bricoleur is my only wine club.
Let’s get into the meat of this blogpost!
In no particular order,
Here is a roundup of everything I love or find fascinating about Bricoleur Vineyards.
Definition of Bricoleur | bri · co · leur | French — One who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.
That’s exactly how Bricoleur Vineyards came to be…hence the perfect name.
The owners fell in love with the property.
A vision took shape of hosting corporate retreats/dinners and charity events.
Quickly this vision expanded into winemaking.
Naturally, it made sense to turn the barn into an event space/tasting room.
Their philosophy appears to be one of…
Let’s see where this goes and let’s create a place where people escape and enjoy.
My entire afternoon at Bricoleur captured this essence.
Food was harvested from the garden.
Sarah, the founder, Chris, the hospitality director, and Isabella, head of marketing, prepared a delicious lunch feast.
Flowers, for the table, were picked and arranged by the owner’s Aunt.
The day flowed and time stood still.
A leisurely lunch and then a stroll around the property.
The day ended with wine tasting and pleasant chatting.
Very casual. Very lovely. Very BRICOLEUR!
Jaw Dropping Property
Photos and video do not capture the park-like tranquility of Bricoleur Vineyards.
Visiting in person is a must.
How is it possible that this property is just minutes from my house?!?!
Friday yoga in the pavilion that overlooks the vineyards.
Two ponds/gardens. Floating lily pads. Ducks. Koi fish. A paddle boat AND row boat.
I wanted a picture sipping wine in the row boat.
I nearly fell into the pond!
Many picnic tables near the garden are for gathering with friends and family.
Two full sized Bocce Ball courts.
A rose garden with 85 varieties of roses!
300 Olive Trees that produce the smoothest olive oil.
A bountiful vegetable and herb garden.
FINALLY!!!! A 3 Bottle Wine Club!!!
I always resist wine clubs because I don’t want a 6 bottle shipment commitment.
My wine cellar is filled, and I just don’t drink wine fast enough.
Praise be to Bricoleur’s 3 Bottle Club!
All the member perks WITHOUT wine bottle overload.
Variety is the spice of my life; Bricoleur has LOTS of wine variety which means shipments are interesting:
Rosé of Pinot Noir, Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir from estate-grown grapes in the heart of Russian River Valley, Rosé of Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Fountaingrove District and our Zinfandel from Alexander Valley.
Who is Sarah?
Sarah is the daughter of Mark (CEO) and Elizabeth Hanson (CFO).
Upon arriving at the media event, a woman approached wearing a flowing white dress.
Who is this goddess?
She walked with a very calm, confident and welcoming energy.
Founder & Vice President of Marketing.
To start, let me say that I love a great view and delicious wine of course…
In this day and age I’m also looking for a little more.
I want fresh, aesthetically pleasing, and a flair for the chic and stylish.
I’m a sucker for fonts, branding, innovation and pleasing color schemes.
Sarah worked as an international digital marketer, e-commerce manager, and site merchandiser for fashion houses such as Tory Burch, Helmut Lang, and Theory in New York City.
It’s exhilarating to see how she brings her New York marketing expertise and dusts off any stuffy wine industry ways of doing things.
The branding of Bricoleur’s ‘Flying By The Seat Of Our Pants’ rosé of Grenache is gorgeous!
I can’t wait to attend my first Bricoleur event.
I know Sarah will dazzle us with a wine country fantasy.
Peruse the website and you’ll see Sarah’s flair everywhere.
DiY Tutorials for bedazzled wine bottles, flower crowns, crowd pleasing cheese boards, and favorite family recipes.
When I left the event, I gave Sarah a BIG HUG!
She is authentic and genuine.
She has a way of welcoming anyone on property like they are an old friend.
I could go on and on.
This winery has utterly enchanted me.
I see myself taking my best girlfriends, Gillian and Joy, here when they visit from San Jose.
A little picnic and watercolor painting by the rose garden perhaps.
Maybe when I get married my rehearsal dinner will be at Bricoleur?!?!?
As a Founding Member, I can’t wait to see all that Bricoleur becomes.
How their unique vision invigorates Sonoma County with exciting new winery possibilities!