The Romance of Ruins


The other night my fiancé and I watched “Bottle Shock,” a nice independent film about the infamous 1976 blind taste test where a California chardonnay beat its French counterpart.  The tasting originally took place in Paris, and the movie scene is set in the completely romantic shell of an old crumbling building.  It was the climax of the story, but all I could think about was how desperately I wanted to get married there.

Well, lucky California brides – you can!  The scene was actually filmed at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma Valley.  Known as the Dunfillan Ruins, the structure was originally built in the late 1800s by wine maker John Drummond.  California’s first Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled there, and it’s available today for ceremonies and receptions.



Amazingly, it’s very difficult to find images of this stunning place online, so head over to the winery’s site to see their photo album.

| Images – 1:100 Layer Cake 2: 3: 100 Layer Cake 4: ourcommon’s photostream|


One Response to “The Romance of Ruins”

  1. Emilia Says:

    this is gorgeous!

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