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Dinner under the olive trees at Niner Wine Estates paired with Doen’s market wrap dress.

Partial, yes, but perfection, no? A glimpse of the dinners to come at my family’s winery in Paso Robles, California—Niner Wine Estates. The new landscaping schema frames the vineyard’s iconic heart-shaped grove of blue oaks with an allée of old-growth olive trees, a design that sets a stunning stage for outdoor events. The 50-year-old olive trees lend craggy elegance, especially when illuminated by bulbs angled under each trunk or laced above the sandy esplanade. Rising to the occasion, the menu mirrors the magic by featuring ingredients grown or known—elements harvested onsite (olive oil, chicken, eggs, seasonal veggies) or sourced from local producers and purveyors considered friends and partners. And of course, there’s wine; each course paired with one of our estate-grown varietals. If only I could attend an upcoming Harvest happening (in this dress from nearby Dôen) and toast the job well done. Bravo to all involved (Arcadia Studio, Fortini Landscapes, WRJ Design, Andy, Pam, etc.). Bravo bias.

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