Wine Country Kitchens
A wine country kitchen is one that encourages gathering. The host should be able to continue preparing food while her guests hang out nearby.
Wine country kitchens are often larger than city kitchens. They should open directly to the outdoors. This provides an easy flow of movement of people and food.
I love islands because they separate the work area for the cook from the “chill out” area for guests. It’s hard to navigate around people perched in front the stove or leaning against the refrigerator.
My ideal kitchen also has a walk-in pantry, a beverage station with a small wine fridge, and a designated place for every utensil and tool.
These examples are exceedingly generous in terms of size — totally unrealistic for a smaller home. But a girl can dream, right?