Food & Wine

Victoria May - June 2015

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

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in this issue

1 min.
dear friends

The arrival of warmer weather heralds a flurry of activity for those of us who grew up with annual “spring-cleaning” as part of our mother’s routine. My nod to this old-fashioned custom is often limited to my closet. In anticipation of hot summer days, I relish packing away the sweaters, scarves, coats, and boots that seem tired after months of almost constant use. Moving lightweight dresses, short-sleeved garments, and sandals into my closet signals closing the door on winter and welcoming early summer. The days of May and June are filled with reasons to celebrate. We will attend graduation ceremonies and weddings; we will honor our mothers and fathers on their special Sundays; we will welcome newborn babies; we will treasure the first blushing roses of the year; and we will…

1 min.

Visit our website to read this issue’s online stories and to find more of the content you love. Take a closer look at some of our favorite May/June features: Kinnikinnick Farm’s Naturally Delicious Cuisine Sample simply prepared, flavorful recipes developed and served at this family-owned rustic retreat in rural Illinois. Life Among the Vines in Sonoma Wine Country More than forty years ago, Francophiles Tom and Sally Jordan opened an award-winning California winery inspired by the vineyards of Bordeaux. Dreaming of Avignon Rich in both history and beauty, this centuries-old city boasts majestic architecture, rare artwork and antiquities, and famed boutique hotel La Mirande. French Country Style Create your own Gallic-influenced haven by emulating the decorating tips espoused by Provence homeowner Sylvie Sommer. ON THE WEB Look for this symbol throughout the magazine for more online information. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram,…

5 min.
i thee wed

The most romantic wedding my husband and I ever attended took place half a world away, in a twelfth-century castle in Tuscany. The medieval Castello di Modanella, situated between Florence and Rome, was a fairy-tale location for two young people in love to seal their commitment to each other. Approximately fifty guests traveled from all across Canada to be there, and none were disappointed. We wined and dined on superb local produce, including wild boar. Encompassing a welcome night, a wine-and-cheese night, the rehearsal dinner, and the sumptuous wedding feast itself, the celebration continued for several days. The setting was magical, as though we had stepped back in time. Accommodations were provided on the castle grounds in converted outbuildings, houses, and newer apartments replicating fifteenth-century architecture—all replete with modern conveniences. Vistas…

6 min.
when mother ventured forth alone

Most of what passes for bravery consists of responding decently to indecent circumstances. Rarely do we put ourselves at true risk. Consider, for example, the way most people travel: in the safety of groups, with spouses or friends, or—at the very least—alone but with a fixed destination and someone waiting for them at the far end. Now consider my mother, who decided one summer to spend an indefinite period of time “somewhere in the South of France.” More specific than that she could not be. My mother, who was 68 at the time, had never set foot outside the United States; knew nobody in Europe, let alone in the Provence region; and, give or take a few trips East on the arm of my father, had spent her entire adult life…

2 min.
inspirations of sea and sky

Asky as pure as water ba_ed _e stars and brought _em out.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry…

2 min.
healdsburg, california: a rare vintage