SF LIFE: Shop, BLM, TheatreWorks, Wine Tasting
We are opening up day by day, and it may be time for a trip to the wine country with outdoor tastings and delicious food and wine – yum. TheatreWorks is streaming Hershey Felder live as a fundraiser. BLM is not just a one-time hashtag, we need to continually support black owned business, so here are a few more local spots. And you still watch my panel, Aging Backwards at The Renewal Summit.
Are you curious what your number is? And by number, we are talking about your Enneagram type and number. Listen in to this fascinating interview with Suzanne Dion, an Enneagram teacher and coach. Learn about all 9 types in this personality assessment and how to use it as a professional and personal development tool. LISTEN IN.
Black Designers to Support
Oakland designer Aliya Wanek has a simple mission: create sustainable and ethically sourced styles that allow a woman’s individuality to shine through. Everything in her eponymous label is handmade in the Bay Area from natural fibers. Most of the tightly edited line is crafted of hemp and organic cotton. We’re huge fans of Wanek’s vibrant colors (fuchsia, marine blue, and pine), clean silhouettes, and cool detailing. Aliyawanek.com
To say that San Francisco–based jewelry designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey has a Midas touch is an understatement: She works 18-karat gold, precious gemstones, and vibrant enamel to brilliant effect. The handcrafted and eye-catching pieces (rings, earrings, medallions, and necklaces) take inspiration from ancient cultures, textiles, and motifs. Jewelry is made to order and often features delicate hand engraving on the back. Godfrey recently created the Black Onyx Heart—with 100 percent of the profits going to the NAACP. Harwellgodfrey.com
From ridiculously moisturizing organic hemp honey cream to glow-enhancing Agave Aloe Polisher and nourishing Body + Hair Honey, Beija Flor Naturals products are chockfull of organic and nutrient-rich botanical ingredients from Brazil. Oaklander Stevonne Ratliff founded her natural skincare and haircare biz in 2013, after being inspired by the healing properties of many of the vitamin-packed botanicals she encountered while living in Rio de Janeiro. Beijaflornaturals.com
NOW PLAYING: Aging Backward
I was thrilled to moderate this high energy panel of experts who talk about how to actually reverse the aging process. CLICK ABOVE AND WATCH NOW.
TheatreWorks at home is their virtual stage and our opportunity to support this amazing theatre company as we experience exclusive content from the artists, staff and supporters. Coming up on July 12th is a live-streamed event with the well-known artist Hershey Felder as he brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of the Viennese Doctor Breuning who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works, Felder’s Beethoven is an intense, illuminating, unforgettable journey through time. 50% of the proceeds of each ticket purchased through TheatreWorks goes directly to supporting the theatre. 7/12 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. $55 https://www.theatreworks.org/hersheybeethoven
Leave those virtual wine tastings behind because Napa now joins Sonoma county in opening up, with modifications of course. All wine tastings are now by appointment only, so make a reservation before you go. The good news is that the Napa wine tasting experience will now feel more intimate and exclusive without the usual crowds. Here are a few wineries offering unique experiences in the Covid era.
Drive high up into the hills of the famous Oakville AVA—home to cult brands like Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle—for a totally private experience at the stunning Oakville Ranch. Embark on a tour of their 330 acres of organically farmed vineyards aboard an open-air utility vehicle taking in panoramic views of Napa Valley from 1,000 ft. After your ride, you’ll settle down for a leisurely wine tasting of the winery’s lineup ($55 per person) on the pool deck.oakvilleranch.com
This sparkling wine house offers Instagramable picnics on their expansive lawn ($85 per person), featuring a take-home basket packed with artisan cheeses, salads, and sandwiches to pair with mini bottles of bubbly. Or, you can reserve a ridiculously chic private cabana ($95 per person) to sip Chandon’s Etoile Brut and Rosé, paired with a spread of cheeses, salads, skewers, and dessert. chandon.com
Round Pond Estate
The only Napa Valley winery with its own olive mill, Round Pond Estate has brought back a one-of-a-kind experience that takes place among 100-year-old olive trees. For $40, you’ll get to sample four estate olive oils and red wine vinegar, with the option to add a glass of wine to sip afterward. Another classic Round Pond offering is the Il Pranzo food and wine pairing It kicks off with a tour of the winery garden and olive grove and then moves to the winery terrace for seasonal pairings prepared by the estate chef. https://www.roundpond.com/