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Sonoma Wine Country: the perfect spot to hole up for a long weekend with a bottle of California’s finest and *drink* in the West Coast sunset.


Which is exactly how 20 editors and influencers spent their time when they attended our annual CBC Cooking Cottage from May 5-10, 2017.

Cooking Cottage is part of the CBC House Programs: experiential marketing activations where we connect great lifestyle journalists with unforgettable brands in idyllic, organic settings. Those invited to this year’s Cooking Cottage were booked dawn to dusk with various activities, dining experiences, and social opportunities – all of which featured brands and products handpicked by CBC. Traditional media attendees included representatives from publications like Women’s Health, The Oprah Magazine, and Martha Stewart. Keeping with the times, well-known digital influencers Broma Bakery and Joy the Baker participated in this year’s event.




The daily activities included a mix of the best to-do’s in Sonoma, California.

Day 1: The first taste of Wine Country

CBC gave editors a classic introduction to Sonoma – a plate full of food and a never-dry wine glass! Good Food Made Simple hosted a beautiful lunch, which was followed by a wine-tasting with Patz & Hall Winery.



The evening concluded with a Fondue Party with Folie à Deux to tease our taste buds and then a breathtaking wine cave dinner with Stonewall Kitchen.


Day 2: A gourmet day

Editors started the day with an endorphin kick and a view of the Redwoods. KeVita hosted a hike through Jack London State Park during Session One and a yoga class in Arrowood Vineyard during Session Two.


Of course, we couldn’t let our guests go hungry! Breakfast with ThermoMix kicked our metabolisms into high-gear, followed by a lunch hosted by . Attendees from session one were treated with a surprise guest chef – Charlie Palmer!


In true Sonoma fashion, daily wine-tasting began at 2 pm with Antica Winery and paved the way for the build-your-own sundae bar with Halo Top.

The evening feast consisted of a cocktail hour with Harvest Snaps, wine tasting with Conn Creek & Stag’s Leap Winery, and a cooking demonstration and pasta dinner made by Barilla.


Day 3: Sending them off in smooth style

Our motto is, there’s always time for one more adventure. Dole delivered by sending the editors off with a lesson in smoothie making.

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Sound too good to be true? Don’t just take our word for it. Check out all of the posts via the #CBCcottage hashtag. Interested in leveraging our experiential marketing programs for your brand? Email us!


Until next time, Sonoma.

There’s something to be said about a weekend getaway to America’s wine region, Sonoma County. Breathtaking countryside, endless vineyards, the finest farm-to-table cuisine, all tucked into the rolling hills of Northern California. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and unplug – or to simply indulge in amazing food and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

For 24 editors spanning a variety of lifestyle publications, this blissful vacation daydream became a reality during CBC’s Cooking Cottage experience from April 29-May 4.

The CBC Cooking Cottage is part of our House Program series and was born from the desire to provide editors and bloggers the opportunity to engage with a variety of brands in a tangible, meaningful way. Representatives from publications like Good Housekeeping, Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Women’s Health, and more attended the organized oasis and left with a weekend experience they won’t forget.

Each day featured a new set of socially-engaging activities, each hosted by a different brand. The agenda included events like a wine and cheese at Arrowood Vineyard with President Cheese, an exclusive poolside yoga class with Clif Bar, tours of two Jackson Family Wines vineyards, a Pinot and Potatoes Paint Night with Alexia, and many delicious meals in between.

The Cooking Cottage experience gave participants an enchanting taste of the rich Sonoma culture, as well as an insider’s look at highly-coveted brands like Omaha Steaks, Sambazon, Stonewall Kitchen, and Simply Organic.

But don’t just take our word for it. Scroll through the amazing photos posted by our guests on the hashtag #CBCcottage on Instagram.

Until next year, Cooking Cottage!