While all winery-hopping events are not created equal, they do all mean VIP treatment including frills, discounts, and the opportunity to get to know the wines of a particular region. These passport-style weekends are your chance to explore a manageable territory, for a set price, while each winery showcases it's skills.
April 27-29 is Stags Leap District’s turn to show you what they've got. Just to the north of Napa, it will be a unique show because they're known as much for exclusivity and hospitality as they are for Cabernet and history.
Our first installation of Wine Myth Busters shed some light on a few misconceptions about our favorite fermented friend. But, that was just the tip of the iceberg, so we're bringing you more debunked myths straight from the industry experts and insiders.
Myth: Wine always gets better with age
Expert: John Anthony Truchard, John Anthony Vineyards
I've got three cures for the winter blues on this rainy day.
Strauss Free Raised dropped off some veal samples for me to try recently and I finally pulled some of them out of the freezer. I'll admit that rather hypocritically, I generally steer clear of veal, but will happily dig into a cute, little roast suckling pig. Maybe it's a pork thing. Give me pig or give me death.
Strauss (which sells its products at Whole Foods) is clearly trying to rid veal of its old stigma. You know that terrible poster child of a doe-eyed calf that's been chained and raised in a box? It's emblazened into my brain.
This Week in Fashion: Benefit Flash Sale, Sexy Fashion at Supperclub, Gilt's Juicy Event, WIRE Recycled Fashion + Big Sales at Carrots, Y&I and More!
1. Benefit's They're Real Flash Sale at Macy's (170 O'Farrell St.), Friday June 10, 10am-9pm.
Show off your real lashes with Benefit's new mascara, They're Real. The super sexy mascara features a custom brush that separates, while the unique formula sets a glossy finish. They're Real doesn't hit stores until July, but you can score it today only at Macy's Union Square (one of 6 US locations participating in the one-day preview!).
2. Caudalie Event at Sephora (2083 Union St.), Friday June 10, 4pm-7pm, Free.
Last week, we featured Caudalie's Beauty Elixir as one of our summer beauty must-haves. Today, Caudalie founder, Bertrand Thomas, will be in the Marina, talking on sun and skincare at Sephora. The French skincare line is full of sun-friendly products for achieving radiant summer skin. Don't be afraid to ask Bertrand which products are best if you like to tan, and which products work for the summer acne-prone.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a long, breezy summer. It's the ultimate holiday weekend for a getaway and, with so many options near SF (biking through Napa, road tripping to LA, lounging at Golden Gate Park), you'll need an outfit that can handle it all.
For a double-duty outfit, layer a wispy, sheer top and comfy black shorts over an architectural bikini. Pair that with chunky sunglasses, a woven fedora, and wedge espadrilles for the perfect, carefree-chic summer look. For an quick night switch, pack your favorite black mini and a clutch and take this outfit on the town.
Sometimes it seems like the only thing missing from a weekend getaway in Napa is killer live music to spice up the nights. That's why we love Live In The Vineyard, a bi-annual two-night music fest this April 9-10 that's sporting some of the biggest music acts on tour right now, like the perenially-cool Lenny Kravitz, Colbie Caillat, Hanson (be still our beating grade school hearts!) Parachute, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more, each performing at Napa's historic Uptown Theatre.
Wanna go? We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky soul, and all you have to do is email us at email@example.com by noon on Monday, April 4th.
When hunger strikes during a wine tasting jaunt to Napa, the area's delis are often your most low-maintenance option. Here are our picks for the best delis in the valley to grab a satisfying bite to stay or to go.
I grew up in and around San Francisco so when I moved up to Napa I thought I was giving up my beloved Bay Area nightlife. Turns out I was right… at first.
Things have changed because people like John Truchard, a long time grape grower turned winemaker and entrepreneur, asked: “Why should tasting and buying wine be restricted to the daylight hours?” He answered by opening the sleek and stylish, refined but hip John Anthony Tasting Room, which stays open until 2am every night.
Fashionistas rejoice! The ultimate summer indulgence is here and it's happening this weekend in Napa Valley. On Sunday, 8/22, Ma(i)sonry will be hosting two designer collections in an eco-luxury trunk show, featuring handmade and ethically sourced jewelry by Kirsten Muenster and upcycled leather bags by reMade USA.