I’m off to California today. To Napa, for the Wine Writers’ Symposium, which is held at the rather grand Meadowood resort. There’s a dress code which I haven’t come across before: wine country casual (WCC). On the website, the organizers spell out what this entails:
Casual attire is appropriate during the Symposium, however, we would request that your choice of attire not be so relaxed as to include sporting or workout garments. Tuesday dinner attire is “wine country casual” with jackets for men optional. This may be translated as a slightly more polished version of traditional casual wear. Dark, well maintained denim paired with a nice sweater or crisp blouse and blazer; short knit skirt with a sweater, tights (in winter) and flats; khakis with a polo shirt and fleece/sweater vest. Thursday dinner is more formal with jackets suggested for men and “wine country elegant” attire for women. This may be translated as a casual version of traditional cocktail attire. Consider an outfit you’d typically choose for a cocktail party or dinner at a nice restaurant, then dress it down just a little, perhaps by skipping the stockings, stilettos and dangling earrings. The look is still elegant but comfortable.
It’s remarkably detailed advice, yet still not completely clear. I shall see how I fare. And I’m looking forward to experiencing Wine Country Elegant, too.
Pictured: Blunnies and Selvedge. Is this WCC?