Welcome To Dry Creek Valley


I survived my first day of work! I get paid to promote adult beverages….and then I get sent home with some more…what could be better?! 😉


Yes, now we operate a wine bar out of the house. Totally normal.

In all seriousness, my day went really really well. I feel right at home at Michel Schlumberger and everyone I work with is really nice. Today I tasted the entire collection of wines….it was awesome. I think I’m going to do a little bit of everything, including fun social media stuff, so that’s good. Tomorrow I get to experience my first event at the winery and this weekend I’m pouring wine at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. I can’t even believe that not even a week ago I had such a totally different life. Crazy!

I grabbed lunch with my boss at the most Jenna place ever!!


I LOVED this place!!!! It’s a really old general store with all sorts of fun foodie surprises inside. I spotted tea infused dark chocolate, kombucha, gourmet cheeses and the best sandwiches ever. I got a turkey sandwich with some sort of spicy spread, feta cheese and thick slices of tomatoes. It was delicious and I inhaled it!


SO GOOD! This place might be dangerous.

I left work around 5:30, wine in hand, and snacked on an apple on my way home. I got home, kicked off my heels, poured myself a glass of viognier and waited for the boys to get home.


We were going to cook tonight but everyone was too wiped out so we just headed downtown to Russian River Brewery for some PIZZA!


This had cheese, caramelized onions and black olives on it. It was deeeeelicious!

I’m one lucky girl with two dates:


I also got a half house salad:


I love how FRESH all the produce is here!!! Seriously, I’ve eaten the best tomatoes of my entire life since I moved to California. So, so sweet!

I’m totally wiped out!!! Ray Charles is still blasting on surround sound but I think I’m going to have to call it a night… of my coworkers is picking me up at 8am tomorrow and I really wanted to run first but honestly, exercise just isn’t my primary focus right now. Moving cross country, living out of a suitcase, relying on other people for rides and starting a new job is totally sapping all of my energy. I still have a long run planned for Sunday morning though!

The boys say they want me to film them having an Amazing Grass chugging contest in the morning. Get ready! 😉

You Might Also Like

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    what a fun job! free wine is probably the best job perk i’ve heard of!

  • Jolene (
    September 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Haha – silly boys! I can’t wait to see the video tomorrow! Oh, and your job sounds amazing!

  • aron
    September 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    sooo fun! i have eaten there before and its YUMMY! the healdsburg half runs right by it i think 🙂 glad you are loving cali so far!

  • Michelle
    September 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    You have amazing roommates for sure. Take every chugging contest a blessing.
    They crack me up. They knew you were a food blogger right…it’s always that akward..yes I take pictures of what I eat convo.
    Have fun Jenna. Keep living the dream.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    SO glad your first day went well!!! Looks like you’ll be taken care of there 🙂

  • Liz
    September 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I love the sound of that store you went to for lunch. Dangerous indeed! And getting sent home with wine?! Awesome. Sounds like you’re doing well, even with all the stress. Keep on keepin on!

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too)
    September 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Are you absolutely SURE you want an apartment of your own? You have two cool roomies and a butt load of wine- I say: STAY PUT SISTER!!

  • meagan
    September 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    hey jenna! i’m glad that you’re settling in. my husband and i -just- left sonoma/russian river valley today on our way to san francisco. we tried to make it to michel-schlumberger but ran out of time. i hope you have a blast there!

  • Fattie Fatterton
    September 30, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Yay for a great first day!!

  • maria
    September 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Seems like a heck of a gig if you ask me. Doing what you love is awesome!

  • Julia
    September 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    What a great first day!
    You have the best job ever!
    Does Michel Schlumberger hold tastings fairly regularly? I’d love to check them out in the next month or so!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    September 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm


  • JessJoy
    September 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Sounds like a great first day! Hooray! Mmm…tasty looking pizza! Yum!
    Can’t wait to see the chugging contest tomorrow!
    Oh … to have fun roomates…memories! Enjoy!
    Oh and you can tell Rocky (I saw his comment about no one noticing ice…) I noticed it! But was not sure what to say??… A little soothing refreshment admist the hot saltiness??? Mmm…wasn’t sure! 🙂

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous
    September 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Looks like you are having so much fun!!!
    I lived with guys when I first moved to England and it was such a blast. I didn’t have any quarrels whatsoever with them – like you do sometimes when living with girls!! Guys can just be a little messy but I learned to deal with it haha. Too funny that they are going to have a chugging contest in the morning. You are already a good influence!

  • Diana
    September 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I’m glad you had a great first day! 🙂
    I think it’s totally normal that running isn’t a priority right now. Once you get more settled things will get back to normal.

  • Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance
    September 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Glad you had a fab first day. It really sounds like a dream job!
    I would stay relaxed about the running. Run when you can but your priority is to get settled!

  • Ellen @ peaceinmotion
    October 1, 2009 at 1:31 am

    uhhh that sandwich AND pizza both look TDF!! You had some great eats today girll

  • simpledaisy
    October 1, 2009 at 3:00 am

    What a fun job:)
    Looks like you’re going to have a great time in Cali~

  • Kirsten
    October 1, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Work sounds great! I love visiting wineries – hoping to get out there someday soon!

  • angieinatlanta
    October 1, 2009 at 3:15 am

    That sandwich + pizza look to die for! Yay for a happy new West coast life!

  • christie, honoring health
    October 1, 2009 at 3:18 am

    I am glad you enjoyed your first day on the job!!

  • Emmanuelle
    October 1, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Wow work (and life!) sounds great, I almost feel like moving all the way to the US 😀
    Can’t wait for the chugging contest!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 1, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Your job sounds like such a blast! So great to get paid for doing something you love:)

    That sandwich looks great! I would have inhaled it,too!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 1, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Your job sounds so fun! Glad you are enjoying it! 🙂

  • Lizzy
    October 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Your job is wonderful! so happy that you enjoyed your day! 🙂 when you get settled in i know it’ll be better!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 1, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I’m so glad work went so well for you! It sounds like you truly found your fit here. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see that video!

  • Matt
    October 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Glad the first day went well!

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Your first day sounded amazing!!! What a dream job, you rock girl, keep up the awesome-ness 🙂

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Looks like your first day was amazing! You rock girl, keep up the fabulous-ness 🙂

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Looks like your first day was amazing! You rock girl, keep up the fabulous-ness 🙂

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Looks like your first day was amazing! You rock girl, keep up the fabulous-ness 🙂

  • leslie
    October 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

    congrats on your first day – i’m so happy that you’re happy there! also, can’t wait to see that video haha.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Sounds like you need some yoga to recharge your batteries!

  • Paige
    October 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Sounds like you’re adapting so well! I’m so glad your first day was awesome! That’s great you’ll be able to work on social media stuff, too.

  • Jenna
    October 1, 2009 at 5:19 am

    glad you are having a great time with the boys in cali 🙂

  • Lizzie
    October 1, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I was waiting for the fruit and veggie envy to kick in at my end 🙂 I love, love, love CA fruit and veg – everything is just so fresh and available! We went to these farmer’s markets in Santa Barbara and well, you can imagine . . I wanted to get a house asap to start finding ways to taste all of it! 🙂 Glad your first dat at work went well – sounds like they’re throwing you right into it!

  • brandi
    October 1, 2009 at 5:40 am

    that store looks so neat!

    I’m glad your first day went well 🙂

  • Jac
    October 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Glad you’re loving your job!! And what a great find-Dry Creek!

  • Robin
    October 1, 2009 at 5:57 am

    that pizza and turkey sandwich looks so delicious!

  • natalie
    October 1, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! That store looks so great!!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full
    October 1, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Wow, you have the most amazing life right now! I’ve been to the Dry Greek General store before for lunch and remember it being so good! I was in Healdsburg for a bachelorette party a while ago. I love it there!

  • Kim
    October 1, 2009 at 6:08 am

    jennaral store. hee hee.

  • jenna
    October 1, 2009 at 6:13 am

    omgosh!!! that pizza and salad looks amazing!! NOt to mention the sandwhich you ate for lunch MMMMMMMM you are in foodie heaven!!!!!! I’m glad to hear your first day was so awesome!

  • Danielle
    October 1, 2009 at 6:13 am

    What a fun place for lunch, and I’m really jealous of your pizza, the toppings sound great.
    Can’t wait to see the Amazing Grass chug off!

  • Fancy
    October 1, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Hey Jenna!

    How do you know Adam and Rocky? Is this the Adam that you met when you were out in California for Murphy Goode this summer? I think I’m confused!

    So glad you are doing well and having so much fun with your new job 🙂

    • jenna
      October 1, 2009 at 6:26 am


      Yes! We all met this summer at Murphy-Goode! Life is funny, huh!?

  • Fancy
    October 1, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Hey Jenna!

    I don’t think my comment posted? I will try again…

    How do you know Adam and Rocky? Is this the same Adam that you met when you were out in California for Murphy Goode this summer? I think I’m confused!

    So glad to hear that you are having fun with your new job 🙂

  • Courtney
    October 1, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Hee hee, can’t wait to see the chugging!
    Sounds like you are doing a pretty good job at balancing everything you have going on…it will take a while to get into a good new routine, so take it easy on yourself!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 1, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Glad to hear your first day went well!!

  • Samantha
    October 1, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Even though I am a taken woman, I admit that Rocky is completely adorable! I am a little jealous that you have boys to drink wine with, the BF definitely won’t drink with me. Congrats on your awesome first day!

  • WendyF
    October 1, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Sounds like a nice first day of work. Thats my favorite brewpub! They have great pizzas and huge salads. I am a big fan of the ‘Blind Pig’ beer they pour. Once you have a good ole garden tomotes, you will never go back to those greenhouse ones in the supermarket . 🙂

  • Kris
    October 1, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I am so jealous of the fresh fruits and tomatoes that you can get out there in CA. I live in NY and we only get that stuff in the summer when the farmers’ markets are going on. Winter is long and boring in the produce dept for us. Plus your job sounds like a dream come true. I know that you are going to love it and am thinking of planning a trip out to Heraldsburg right now to visit all the great winieries that you have mentioned! So awesome!

    Good Luck!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Little Places like that have the best food. So fresh and yummy with interesting not mass produced flavors.

    Sounds like you are in love with your new life already 🙂

  • Mellissa
    October 1, 2009 at 7:21 am

    All of that wine looks amazing! I would want wine with every meal though 😉

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    October 1, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Your job sounds fabulous! What a life! 🙂 Enjoy

  • skinnyrunner
    October 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    that sandwich looks amazing and that pizza, not half bad either!
    glad your first day went so well, sounds like such a fun job!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    October 1, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Congrats on your first day! Isn’t it funny how life works… all of those twists and turns lead you to somewhere WONDERFUL!!!! I bet the boys are going to miss you cooking them dinner when you get your own place! I hope Day #2 is as successful as yesterday!
    (PS- I’ve been reading for a while… I am just now starting to post comments… so HIIII! 🙂 )

  • Leah @ L4L
    October 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Wheee! I am excited to see the boys chug grass!

  • Sarah
    October 1, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Can’t wait to see the chugging contest! Glad you’re enjoying your new job and the wine country.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Congrats on the first day! That pizza looks delicious!

  • amanda
    October 1, 2009 at 8:03 am

    russian river is on of my all time favorite snack spots in santa rosa! you have to get over to flavor in courthouse square though….yummy stuff!!! hope you’re enjoying this sonoma county weather!!! it is perfect for morning runs…but wear some arm warmers.

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    October 1, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I love stores like that! Congrats on the successful first day!

  • Ang
    October 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Sounds like a great job! Congratulations! The food pics are making me consider a trip west!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    October 1, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like an awesome job!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I’m so glad your first day of work was great!!! Everything looks so beautiful…and the goodies you get to bring home aren’t too shabby either =)

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Well your new job sounds AWESOME!! So glad you are enjoying yourself :O)

  • Lindsay
    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Your job sounds pretty perfect! Any job that comes with free wine sounds pretty great to me!

  • Brooke
    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’m so jealous! Your job sounds like so much fun. Who doesn’t want free wine as a perk. haha!!

  • Jenna
    October 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Does Michel Schlumberger want to employ all the food bloggers!?!? Seriously, your job sounds so fun!

    And to get all of that great wine too!?!? You are a lucky girl!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Jenna – you are living the LIFE! Sounds so amazing.

    Nothing beats a pizza after a long day too, huh?!

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2009 at 10:47 am

    That sandwich makes me think of the Eggplant Spread at Trader Joe’s – a must try now that you are in California. If you do buy it, pick up some crimini mushrooms. I stuff the crimini mushrooms with the spread and top with some breadcrumbs and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shana Ray
    October 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Welcome to my life Jenna! I know I will be seeing you in about 45 minutes at the winery, I wanted to take a moment to say hello and welcome you to the area. Let me know if you ever have any questions about restaurants, wineries, farms, people, etc.

    And, yes, Northern California has some of the best tomatoes ever!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    October 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

    So happy to hear you had a wonderful first day of work! I totally understand about exercise- when I am stressed and have a lot going on, it just can’t take precedence. I do what I can, when I can :).

  • Katie
    October 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

    pssshhhhh who needs an apartment of your own when you can live with two fun guys?!?!?! that place where you got your sandwich looks so neat!!

  • Rachel
    October 1, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I love reading your blog. Welcome to the Bay area – I have lived here for a little over 3 years now (I can’t believe it’s been that long.) I moved here from the east coast too. You’re right about the tomatoes – produce in general here is just fresh and amazing. It’s one of my favorite things about living here.

    Michel Schlumberger’s looks great, I will have to check it out sometime.

    Anyhow, welcome to the area. Whenever you are settled if you have some free time, I would love to meet you – we could get coffee or go for a run 🙂 Let me know if you would be interested!

  • Alicia
    October 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    So glad your first day was amazing!! You look like you are having a ton of fun. You will be a California girl in no time at all!

  • Jessica
    October 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    haha you go girl!
    yummy looking eats!

  • Carissa @ Starving Artist
    October 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, it sounds like you have such an amazing job! Have so much fun with it 🙂 I’ve never been to California, but am thinking more and more that I need to make the trip!

  • kirsten
    October 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    sounds like you are having a great time!! can’t wait to watch the amazing grass chugging contest! 🙂

  • Alison
    October 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I recently returned home from my first trip to California – we had a running joke that the trip was “Alison’s Salad Experiement” because ALL I ordered was salad – you’re so right about the produce! The AVACADOS! Oh my gosh! Try a California Seafood Cobb salad if you ever see it on the menu:-)

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    October 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    This job sounds like a dream. I’m not gonna lie – I’m totally jealous!! Hope you have time to settle in soon.

  • Cyndi
    October 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I enjoy the chronicle of your life – it’s very entertaining and I look forward to the next episode haha!

  • Cyndi
    October 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I enjoy the chronicle of your life – it’s very entertaining and I look forward to the next episode haha!

  • Ann-Margaret
    October 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    We visited Sonoma Valley and San Fran two years ago and I must agree that the fresh produce out there is AMAZING!! Definitely a perk to being on the West Coast!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Getting paid to taste wine and take wine home sounds like the best job ever! I am so proud of you Jenna, you really went for your dreams and you have done so much in a short amount of time. Good for you!