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PlumpJack Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October, PlumpJack businesses are joining the cause to help raise awareness and raise funds for Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). CPIC’s mission is to prevent cancer and to reduce its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. For the past 18 years, PlumpJack has raised more than $3.5 million on behalf of CPIC, primarily through the annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic.

Approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. We’re proud to list our businesses that are making a difference and supporting the fight against cancer. See list of businesses below and their offering:

  • Participate in #RoséAllDay at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, BCMV and Wildhawk. A portion of Rosé sales will be donated throughout the month of October.
  • PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Noe Valley and Marina locations will feature Tessa’s Cuvée with 100% of the sale of this wine going to CPIC.
  • PlumpJack Cafe at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn features Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose for $10 a glass and $40 per bottle. Plus, a featured specialty cocktail for October – La Pantera Rosada, a blood orange margarita with Herradura Silver, blood orange puree, fresh lime juice, and Solerno blood orange liqueur for $12.
  • Odette Estate, PlumpJack Estate and CADE Estate Winery will donate a portion of their pink merchandise sales, including proceeds from pink Swell bottles sold in the tasting rooms. These amazing water bottles are a must have, keeping your water (or wine) cold for hours!
  • The Hideaway in Carmel will donate sales from homemade cookies and pink retail items.
  • Enjoy a Pink Negroni at Forgery – $2 of each Pink Negroni, made from Gin, Luxardo Bitter Blanco, and topped with a Rose Miraval Floater, will be donated to CPIC.
  • Dance the night away at MatrixFillmore, a portion of the door will be donated.

Every cent counts, so get shopping, sipping and dancing.

About CPIC
CPIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working solely to prevent cancer. Our research and education programs work in tandem to address the causes of cancer and provide resources to support cancer survivors. For more information visit

Conversations with Hilary: Sports Agent Doug Hendrickson


Geoff Callan, Hilary Newsom Callan, Ann Getty, Shyla Hendrickson, Doug Hendrickson

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Doug Hendrickson is one of my dearest friends. He’s a top sports agents who represents some of the biggest names in sports, and despite being surrounded by celebrity athletes in a perceived star-studded industry, he’s more concerned about making sure his clients are staying grounded and helping them actualize their personal and professional goals. He’s not just about the game that’s being played on the field, but what kind of impact these players are making off the field. I admire that he treats his players more like family and less like clients, and that he is fully engaged and supportive of their philanthropic efforts, as well as spearheading many of his own philanthropic endeavors. In this Conversations with Hilary, Doug shows his true colors as a regular guy doing extraordinary things.
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What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Fathering three great, healthy kids and finding an overachieving phenomenal wife. I still wonder why she married me and I think she still feels the same way.
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What qualities do you think others love about you?

I think they love that I am fun, that I don’t take life too seriously, and I am very generous (probably way too generous).

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would own a small, intimate boutique hotel in the Caribbean.
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What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I love the fact that I literally live the American dream where I can help mentor a young athlete who is very rough in many cases around the edges and watch them grow in their career over the years. I value seeing the impact that I have on their lives.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Take my three-year old son to the bathroom.
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What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Get together with some good friends, break some bread, have a cocktail and some good wine.
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What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Anything with a ball – basketball, baseball, football, golf – you name it, every sport possible from 6 am til 9 pm at night.

What are you passionate about now?
Giving back and trying to pave the right path for my three kids.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I love summer. I love sitting on a beach from sun up to sun down, or relaxing by the pool with a nice cold glass of CADE Sauvignon Blanc.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
I would be grey goose lemonade – crisp, light, and refreshing.

What three things would you bring with you on a deserted Island?
My gorgeous wife, booze and great music

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The Band – The Weight
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If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My dad. I was 17 when he died. I would love for him to meet my kids and wife.
Mick Jagger, because of the stories he must have.
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Geoff Callan, Josh Johnson of the 49ers, Doug Hendrickson

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

The Fortunate One, because I feel very blessed to have a job where I love what I do and to be married to a phenomenal wife with three wonderful kids.

Do you have any regrets?
The one regret was not playing basketball in Czechoslovakia after college – because as the scout told me you will drink beer morning, noon and night and there were beautiful women there.

Define Freedom.
Being able to do what I want to do and live the way I want to live.
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What are your personal core values?
Doing right by others, treating people with respect, and having integrity. Basically showing respect for other people no matter what they do, where they live, or what religion they practice.


Hilary Newsom: What Breast Cancer Awareness Means to Me

The PlumpJack Group is part of a variety of philanthropic causes – we proudly continue to give to communities in need and those less fortunate. Much of our philanthropic contributions are driven by our President Hilary Newsom’s passion in raising awareness around cancer prevention and education. Our annual PlumpJack/LINK golf tournament, in honor of Hilary’s mother Tessa Newsom, benefits the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and has raised more than $3 million dollars.
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How has your life been affected by breast cancer on a personal level?
I lost my mom, who was my best friend, to breast cancer. This was after loosing several other beloved family members to other types of cancers. I was devastated and promised my mother she would never be forgotten.
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How are you involved with Breast Cancer Awareness month?
For me, there is no real breast cancer awareness month, it is ongoing, everyday that I want to bring awareness to this terrible disease. I am grateful; however, I think it’s important that there is a month that highlights awareness and the importance of raising funds and looking after your breast health.
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What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment, in your efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer?
I hope that I am just getting started. I am very proud of the PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic that my husband Geoff Callan and I started more than 15 years ago. The continued success of the event is owed entirely to our friends, family and co-workers who make it possible every year. We have raised more than $3.3 million dollars for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), where I have held a board seat for the last 16 years.

What is your favorite philanthropic effort that PlumpJack supports?
The Golf Tournament stands out because it is such a big undertaking; however, our organization is giving back to the community throughout the year, for which I am grateful.
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What, in your mind, contributes to your success in fundraising?
Three words, generosity of friends!
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What do you see as your main obstacles in fulfilling your mission? 

There are so many important and wonderful causes out there. I am passionate about many, but I try and stay true to my commitment to the select few I have identified as making a huge impact on people’s lives. I don’t expect everyone to have the same passions as me, but of course I like to encourage them to…
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What philanthropic organizations do you admire for their work?
Anyone willing to give their time to making the world a better place is someone that I admire. There are too many to name, but it starts with the lemonade stand on the corner of your street, teaching the next generation that earning money to share with others can change the course of someone’s life. Wow, how empowering is that!

A Big Thank You: 15th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic


15th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Hilary Newsom Callan, Barbara Callan,
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I am filled with gratitude after this year’s 15th Annual PlumpJack LINK Golf Classic at Lake Merced Golf Course. I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the attendees, sponsors, donors and the many volunteers who gave their time to help us throughout the day and evening. This event is all about putting an end to cancer, and to inform others about the importance of this cause. My husband Geoff and I started this event 15 years ago in honor of our mothers: Barbara Callan, a 26-year breast cancer survivor, and my mom, Tessa Newsom, who lost her battle with the disease 12 years ago. Looking back, we never could have imagined the robust and compassionate community of support you have helped us build. Since we started this journey, we have raised more than $3.2 million to support the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, and this year alone we raised close to $240k. We thank each and every one of you for your support and your positive contribution to the lives of cancer patients and their families. To see what your contributions are doing, please visit the CPIC website.

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Champagne Sponsor:
Mrs. Donald Fisher

Cabernet Sponsor:
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
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Aramark Uniform Services
, Stephen Prough and Marina Berti
Davies Charitable Foundation
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Forward Investing
Silicon Valley Bank
SF Craft Brand Champion

Chardonnay Sponsor:
Bank of the West
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CPMC-Sutter Health
Todd and Lizzie Marinchak
San Francisco Giants
Union Bank of California
Crosspoint Capital Management
Primitive Logic

Merlot Sponsor:
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Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers
Grassi & Associates, Inc.
Jones, Schiller, & Company, LLP
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Special thanks to:
Brooks Brothers
Greg Flynn and Esperanza
Justin Tuck, Oakland Raiders
Doug Hendrickson, Relativity Sports
The Carneros Inn
Tory Burch
Southern Wine and Spirits
Soul Cycle
Penguin Clothing
Balboa Cafe
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And a VERY special thank you to Myrna Marquez from CPIC!

Here are some photos from this year’s event, and you can see more here. We had an amazing time supporting a cause so close to our hearts.

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Clint Wall and Lily Pineda, Spa Director and HR Coordinator at The Carneros Inn, help out at an auction table in the morning
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The Carneros Inn’s VP of Operations Philip Kendall serve chicken tamales on the 14th hole 

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Siena Newsom Callan and grandpa Bob Callan at the live auction dinner; Kathleen Solmssen dons her fabulously handmade outfit. groupGeoff, Hilary, Tom Hsieh, and Ashley Morgan jewelry designer Ashley Berman
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geoffandgalsSee you next year! 

The Blackthorn Cocktail Recipe & St. Patrick’s Day: A Perfect Pair

Josh Thinnes, our spirits expert and general manager of PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in Noe Valley sent over this classic cocktail in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Blackthorn Cocktail is a rare cocktail choice that was once made with slow gin when

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politics and wars made it difficult for the English to get their hands on Irish Whiskey. So, if you find you’d rather order it than make it, make sure and specify you’d like the Irish Whiskey version. Here is Josh’s rendition with his favorite spirits:

The Blackthorn Cocktail

2oz Irish Whiskey we prefer Tullamore Dew
1oz Sweet Vermouth we suggest Carpano Antica Formula
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Rinse the glass with Absinthe

Garnish with a lemon twist, and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass

Bring the luck of the Irish to your home with this festive drink or try something new at the bar by ordering an old standby, the Blackthorn. Cheers!

About PlumpJack Wine & Spirits – Noe Valley
Established in May of 2001, PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Store in Noe Valley is a neighborhood institution. General Manager and buyer Josh Thinnes takes great pride in sourcing an exciting assortment of wines, spirits and craft beers. You’ll find the largest selection of Belgian Ales and microbrews on the shelves and in the cooler, along with vintage Ports and Madeiras dating back to the early 1900s, unusual artisan spirits and liqueurs from small producers around the world including an American Whiskey collection that rivals any wine and spirits store in San Francisco and beyond, plus more than 80 Single

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Conversations with Hilary: Jennifer Montana


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I am thrilled to spotlight my lovely friend, who also happens to be a very talented artist, Jennifer Montana. Now that her four beautiful children are young adults and out of the house, Jennifer is filling her days with her passion of creating beautiful (and meaningful) jewelry via her newly launched company, Jennifer Montana Design (website under construction). The best part, a majority of the proceeds go directly to the Montana Family Four Rings Foundation.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Raising four loving, compassionate, respectful, giving children.

Do you have a prized possession? What?
I do, In fact I have many. In our bedroom is a beautiful Italian table that holds all the ceramic art work our children have made through the years. With out a doubt these are my most prized possessions.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I think it would be my sense humor and my joie de vivre, to look at life through joyful eyes. As far as others, I hope it’s transparent enough to leave them with a feeling, “I like to spend more time with her.”

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
An artist, in the sense of a Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci. They were geniuses, and seemed to have no limits to their imagination.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Express my gratitude to God through prayer.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Be with friends and family; cook together, then play word, card or board games.

key1What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
At this stage in my life, with all our children grown, I am in a position to help others. I’m launching a casual jewelry line, Jennifer Montana Design, that not only is meant to spread a positive message but also employ people who are economically disadvantaged and at the same time offer them a sense of community. We are working hand-in-hand with The Harbor House, a non-profit organization. And what I am most pleased about is the majority of proceeds will be put right back into the community via Four Rings Foundation.

What were you passionate about when you were a young child?
In middle school, I loved my drama class and teacher, Ms. Zuliger. She was so creative. We would put on plays, lip sync, make movies (well super eight), edit, and build sets. She was the single reason I would wake up and want to go to school.

What are you passionate about now?
Giving back through making jewelry for Jennifer Montana Design.

What’s your favorite season? Why?
Spring. With new growth, budding trees, wild flowers, bright green grasses, the pungent fragrance of spring – all makes me look through new eyes. Seeing the beauty, is another opportunity to give thanks and be grateful for these gifts.

If you were a cocktail or drink what would it be?
I’d like to say some exotic mix, but truth be told, I’d rather be (on everybody’s lip’s) or in the company of lot of people, so a

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If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Books, oil Paints (can that count as one), and a good bed!

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Be on a space shuttle orbiting the earth.

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That’s difficult to say. I suppose “If I Were A Boy”

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If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
It’s never too late

Do you have any regrets?
Only in the sense of the time it took me

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to realize my passion and my creativity.
I ignored for years the fact that I loved expressing myself in this way.

Define Freedom.
We have so much freedom in this country it’s sometimes easily taken for granted. But worldwide, to me, it would be to worship openly, the ability to educate ones self no matter your gender or social status or equality as it relates to opportunity.

What are your personal core values?
Kindness, compassion, generosity, loyalty

Conversations with Hilary: Eoin Harrington, Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter

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What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Nothing is jumping out at me so I guess I’m still waiting for it to happen.

Do you have a prized possession?
The theme for a Halloween bash back in Ireland in 1995 was 70’s disco (at that point an era still pretty fresh being only two decades old).

Lacking a “costume,” my friend donated his father’s brown leather jacket that was about 30 years old. I still cherish it to this day.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
1. Hilary! Don’t you know I’m Irish. We’re not allowed to give ourselves compliments.
2. When I stop talking.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
I would like to be a professional hurler. Hurling is actually an ancient Irish sport that is 3,000 years old. I played up to the age of 17 or so, and had a short stint playing for the underage Dublin team. I love the game.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Kiss Kate (my girlfriend).

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Dinner at Sushi Ran in Sausalito.

What do you like most about what you do for a career?
I get to help the careers of incredible musicians at a time when making a living just playing music is a difficult thing to do.

What were you passionate about when you were a kid up until today?
When I was…
Four – Music
Eight – Music / hurling / Our family farm in Cork
15 – Music / applied math.. would you believe?/ Farm in Cork
18 – Cancer and a cure / Music / My family (5000 miles away)
25 –  Finding a cure for Cancer at Genentech / Still Music
33 – Starting my own business
36 – Launching the careers of incredible musicians
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What are you passionate about now?
Striving to make a real, credible difference in the world – I have not figure that out, yet, but will not stop trying.

What’s your number one most played song on your iPod/iPhone?
Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

If you were a cocktail or drink, what would it be?
An Old Fashion

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
A Guitar
A handy knife
Every episode of 24 (with the necessary equipment, please)

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Pop into the Oval Office and see what really goes on.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Saint Patrick…I am curious what he thinks about how we celebrate his memory.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Is This Thing On?

Do you have any regrets?
Not writing my bucket list, yet.

Define Freedom.
The ability to be with the people you love and pursue the dreams that drive you. If you get to do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life.

What are your personal core values?
Be respectful, fair, honest and give 110% of yourself 150% of the time.

Conversations with Hilary: Marshawn Lynch, Star Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

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Marshawn Lynch celebrates with Hilary and Geoff at last year’s 13th Annual PlumpJack LINK Golf Tournament

This is my sixth submission for Conversations with Hilary. I am so grateful to all of my friends who have agreed to participate in such a fun journey. Not only have I had the chance to learn some interesting things about these people, but I have been able to share with our growing blog audience.

I am honored that Marshawn and the many others (Lori Puccinelli, Ken Fulk, Andy Wirth, Lee Woodruff) have been part of Conversations with Hilary. And thank you to all of our readers who give positive feedback and leave comments that I get to read.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Making  it to 18 years old, considering I had a lot of people tell me I would not make it –they said I would either be dead or in jail.

Do you have a prized possession?
I have a little league football tape from my second year when I played Pop Warner football that my grandfather just gave me.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I can adapt  to any situation.  Other people love my personality – (Hilary: “I can vouch for that, Marshawn is very FUNNY!”)

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
I would be the biggest CEO of a non-profit organization that helps inner city kids around the world.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I say a little prayer to myself : “Thanks for giving me another opportunity at Life”

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I love to go to a little kick-back spot and shoot some pool.

Mashawn_playingWhat do you like most about what you do for a career?
Besides Sundays, and occasional Monday and Thursday’s for that matter, it’s the different people I get to meet.

What were you passionate about when you were a kid?
I was not always passionate about football – more than anything it was being able to got outside and hang out with my friends.

What are you passionate about now?
My organization, Fam 1st Family Foundation, and seeing how many kids I can help steer in the right direction – same thing as when I was as a kid.

If you were a cocktail or drink, what would it be?
I would be a Petrenessy – Hennesy and Patrone.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
My iPod full of my favorite music, my 415 speakers, and spaghetti with meat sauce and black olives.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would rob the rich and give to the poor.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The Town by GQ

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Martin Luther King Jr.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Ice City Day and Night

Do you have any regrets?
Hell NO!! Everything I have been through in my life has made me into who I am today.

Define Freedom.
Freedom is a mind-set, not being trapped in any system.

What are your personal core values?
Live the life that you choose to live because you can only live for yourself – somebody else cannot live your life.

Bonus Marshawn Question – What would say to your 9 year old self?
Take more chances.