Sterling Vineyard Event in NYC

Courtney+Dial+Sterling+Vineyards+Padma+Lakshmi+CGpgn0pDp1GlA short note to say hello from NYC where I judged the Sterling Vineyard’s 1st annual Ultimate Host Challenge along with 3 other fabulous writers/bloggers + Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi! It was an amazing event with four fabulously decorated wine parties that all deserved to win. We could only choose one however, and congratulations to Julie Hesson for her WINNING tablescape/party and $40,000! We are so excited about Julie’s upcoming trip to Napa.

I’m a bit under the weather but powering through my trip to NYC with lots of meetings, so if I owe you an email – hold tight! Thanks! For urgent issues, please email my editorial assistant Kelly Roach, thanks!

Sterling “Ultimate Host” Challenge #2

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View information about the Sterling Ultimate Host Challenge CHALLENGE 2: WINE + FOODIE MOVIE  Our second challenge is all about pairing wine with a foodie movie. Your mission: Invite your friends over for an evening at home and design your gathering around the Sterling Napa Valley Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc, and its ideal foodie movie pairing. Take inspiration from your foodie movie and … { read more }

The Ultimate Host: Challenge #1

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Challenge 1: Entertaining On a Dime The first of the four challenges for the Sterling Ultimate Host contest is here! Click here if you missed the big announcement on The Ultimate Host Challenge earlier today! Your mission: You have six guests coming over, a $75 budget and Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet or Chardonnay. How do you put on a gathering for six on a shoestring budget? … { read more }

Are You The Ultimate Host?

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BE THE ULTIMATE HOST CHALLENGE #1 is LIVE - Entertaining on a Dime! "We’re on a search to find the host who can tackle any occasion with ease while maintaining a flare for creativity! Think you have what it takes? Check out the challenge below (there will be four total, posted every couple of weeks) and put your hosting know-how to the test. Winners from each challenge will win a gift … { read more }

Wine Bottle Centerpiece + Hostess Gift Ideas

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CHEERS! I'm typing away from the most gorgeous vineyard in Napa! I'm partnering with Sterling Wines this fall, and I'm so excited to share some fun opportunities for you to get in on the action too so stay tuned. Meanwhile, since wine is the theme for any Napa trip, I thought I'd share some fun + creative wine centerpiece idea plus some creative gifts for the wine lovers in your life.  Put a … { read more }