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BottleRocked!!

WOW! That was too much fun! We loved meeting all of you and listening to amazing live music from our Free People-Lorenza den! Please check out our Facebook to see all the pics from BottleRock! Thanks to everyone who helped make it so much fun! More coverage to come!

xo

A local’s guide to Napa Valley

Bottle Rock is this week already! Here are some of our insider tips so you can have a fun and unique trip! image

-Let’s start with breakfast! My personal favorite is the english muffins from Model Bakery (in St. Helena and Oxbow in Napa). You can even get a breakfast sandwich made with one! Seriously insanely good. I’d also recommend the charming and recently re-opened Oakville Grocery. For a sit-down experience go to The Thomas or Solage for brunch!

-Shopping is always on the to-do list and Napa Valley has some amazing finds. If you’re in the mood to splurge on some bling, go to Palladium or Patina! Owned by the adorable Marcus and Wayne, these jewelry stores are world class and right across the street from each other in St. Helena. Martin Design is always full of incredible interior inspiration. A new addition, off the beaten path is Steed! Flats has some of the best (you guessed it) flats around! I’ve been wearing their ballerina slippers for over 10 years. You can’t leave Napa Valley without buying some fabulous wine to take home. The divine 750 Wines has you covered! Head up to Calistoga to the Man’s Store for authentic workwear. Oxbow Market in Napa combines shopping with dining and drinking so make sure to check it out!

-Now what else to do?? I love hiking the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Calistoga. Afterwards relax with a spa treatment from Indian Springs or Solage! Feel like wine tasting in a gorgeous setting? Frog’s Leap! Why not pick up the cult favorite fried chicken from Thomas Keller’s Addendum at Ad Hoc and sit in the sun for a picnic? Have a glass of Lorenza Rosé while you’re there. 

-Okay finally now… Dining! Napa is home to some of the best food EVER so have fun exploring and trying new things! I suggest a pizza face off between Ciccio and Redd Wood! Two great pizza spots and conveniently located across the street from each other! Gott’s Roadside (formerly known as Taylor’s Refresher) is a classic and a MUST. The ahi poke tacos are to die for. Visit the original in St. Helena or the Oxbow Market outpost in Napa. Stop by La Luna for the best burritos in town and possibly your life. Mustards Grill is a local institution. I literally grew up there and those onion rings just speak to my soul! Cindy Pawlcyn’s other restaurants Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Cindy’s Wood Grill are fantastic as well. Waterfront dining at the charming Angele in downtown Napa is pure magic! Cook in St. Helena is the go-to for locals lunch and dinner. I love their minestrone soup! The Thomas is also fabulous for drinks on the roof or for dinner! 

Now, make sure you come hang out at the Lorenza Rosé-Free People tent on the Citi Stage at the festival! Its going to be the hottest spot in town! Follow us @lorenzarose  @kissser @freepeople @bottlerocknapa on instagram and twitter for live updates. Much love and see you this week!!

xo Michele

WE CAN’T WAIT!! HANG WITH US ON THE MIDWAY FIELD FREE PEOPLE AND LORENZA STYLE!! GET YOUR TIX Y’ALL! DISCOUNT CODE: LORENZA

If you’ve been following our blog you might have noticed that we LOVE Free People! Over the past few years my friends there and I have been lucky to travel to faraway lands such as Vietnam and Brazil to shoot their amazing catalog. Our next adventure will be in my home town of Napa Valley for BOTTLE ROCKand you’re invited!! This brand new four-day music festival will be featuring a killer lineup right in the heart of food and wine country. It is no secret that Free People makes PERFECT festival-wear and as everyone knows May is the kick off to rosé season.  Add the Black Keys! Kings of Leon! Edward Sharpe! And you are in for a treat. We are pleased to announce that Lorenza and Free People will have a VIP Lounge Tent at Bottle Rock! This means that you’ll be able to chill out, enjoy the cool Free People Vibe and sip some rosé with me, Melinda and the FP crew! Its going to be a ball so mark your calenders for May 9-12!  Use our discount code (LORENZA) to sweeten the deal. Or better yet enter the Free People Giveaway and WIN two 4-day passes and a trip to Napa Valley! We love you and can’t WAIT for Bottle Rock!

xo Michele

@minzey and Lorenza rocking Joe’s Stone Crab!! (at Miami Beach)
Check out our interview in the new 7x7 Magazine!  Written by Allison McCarthy -August 29 2012
Doing dirty vineyard work may not top the bucket lists of most fashion models, but St. Helena native Michèle Ouellet is no ordinary glamazon. The bicoastal 24-year-old has posed for the pages of Nylon, Vanity Fair, and Glamour and starred in campaigns for Madewell and Michael Kors, but she says she’s still a “diehard Napa girl” who grew up in a family of wine industry pros. Now Ouellet is blending her high fashion career and her homegrown Napa roots to produce a singularly stylish wine.
Launched in 2008, Lorenza Rosé is the passion project of Ouellet and her mom, Melinda Kearney. What was originally devised as a scheme to keep mother and daughter close while Ouellet was busy working in New York, the wine became a labor of love. “I fly back to be here from harvest to bottling,” she says. Lorenza (also the model’s middle name) was styled after the dry, blush wines of Southern France. The Bandol-style rosé, blended from Rhone varietals sourced from farms in Lodi, is a trendsetter in a region saturated with Cabernet. The wine is already getting top billing on lists at restaurants such as Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in L.A. and Fleur de Lys in SF. In the December 2009 issue of Food & Wine, it was selected as a staff favorite. This past February, Lorenza made its Vogue magazine editorial debut.
If being backed by a beautiful model weren’t story enough, Lorenza Rosé’s label is also an exhibit for chic photography and art. “I work with a lot of different photographers, and this was an opportunity to showcase that [collaboration],” she says. Ouellet and her mother commission a fresh photo for each vintage—the 2011 label, depicting Ouellet in a vintage hat and motorcycle jacket, was a joint effort between L.A. artist Van Alpert (Ouellet’s boyfriend) and London-based photographer Viktor Vauthier. Ouellet says the limited-edition artwork inspires drinkers to keep the bottles long after the wine is gone.
Grapes are currently being harvested for Lorenza Rosé’s 2012 vintage. “It’s exciting but also nerve-wracking,” she says. “Unlike in fashion, there is no retouching in winemaking.” Look for it in April 2013.

Check out our interview in the new 7x7 Magazine!

Written by Allison McCarthy -August 29 2012

Doing dirty vineyard work may not top the bucket lists of most fashion models, but St. Helena native Michèle Ouellet is no ordinary glamazon. The bicoastal 24-year-old has posed for the pages of Nylon, Vanity Fair, and Glamour and starred in campaigns for Madewell and Michael Kors, but she says she’s still a “diehard Napa girl” who grew up in a family of wine industry pros. Now Ouellet is blending her high fashion career and her homegrown Napa roots to produce a singularly stylish wine.

Launched in 2008, Lorenza Rosé is the passion project of Ouellet and her mom, Melinda Kearney. What was originally devised as a scheme to keep mother and daughter close while Ouellet was busy working in New York, the wine became a labor of love. “I fly back to be here from harvest to bottling,” she says. Lorenza (also the model’s middle name) was styled after the dry, blush wines of Southern France. The Bandol-style rosé, blended from Rhone varietals sourced from farms in Lodi, is a trendsetter in a region saturated with Cabernet. The wine is already getting top billing on lists at restaurants such as Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in L.A. and Fleur de Lys in SF. In the December 2009 issue of Food & Wine, it was selected as a staff favorite. This past February, Lorenza made its Vogue magazine editorial debut.

If being backed by a beautiful model weren’t story enough, Lorenza Rosé’s label is also an exhibit for chic photography and art. “I work with a lot of different photographers, and this was an opportunity to showcase that [collaboration],” she says. Ouellet and her mother commission a fresh photo for each vintage—the 2011 label, depicting Ouellet in a vintage hat and motorcycle jacket, was a joint effort between L.A. artist Van Alpert (Ouellet’s boyfriend) and London-based photographer Viktor Vauthier. Ouellet says the limited-edition artwork inspires drinkers to keep the bottles long after the wine is gone.

Grapes are currently being harvested for Lorenza Rosé’s 2012 vintage. “It’s exciting but also nerve-wracking,” she says. “Unlike in fashion, there is no retouching in winemaking.” Look for it in April 2013.

Starting our night off right! @kissser and @soulrebelsista at Madame Geneva (Taken with Instagram at Madame Geneva)
Hangin’ with the @lorenzarose Gals @kissser @minzey @porsche @fandw #nmwffestival - @anthonygiglio- #webstagram

CLAIBORNE ON KORS! What an awesome collaboration between one of our favorite designers and the Napa-raised photographer, Claiborne Swanson Frank! It was amazing to be part of this campaign which features some of CSF’s friends that represent American Beauty in a fresh way. The party at Michael Kors flagship store was fabulous! We listened to Jessi Adele AKA Lone Valkyrie and sipped Lorenza Rosé! Thank you Michael and thank you Claiborne for including us in this marvelous event! Check out the entire Claiborne on Kors book at destinationkors.com and more photos from the event on vogue.com!

Celebrate a great NY Fashion Week with a delicious meal at Dumont in Williamsburg! Pictured above is an ahi tuna melt… Get one to pair with your Lorenza Rosé!

Celebrate a great NY Fashion Week with a delicious meal at Dumont in Williamsburg! Pictured above is an ahi tuna melt… Get one to pair with your Lorenza Rosé!