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Conversations with Hilary: Extreme Athlete, Speaker & Author Grant Korgan

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Over the last four years I have had the privilege of having friends, old and new, participate in my Conversations With Hilary. I enjoy learning more about these friends and appreciate when they share tidbits of their lives, as well as their honest, funny, and personal stories from their past. It has been a thrill and honor to share these conversations with all of you; however, the following Conversations with Grant Korgan is different.

On March 5, 2010, just months after he married his wife Shawna, the girl of his dreams, Grant suffered a life altering spinal cord injury while snowmobiling in the Sierra Nevada back country. Grant Korgan was told he would never walk again. Yet despite his prognosis, he and Shawna focused on the goal of 120% recovery and on January 17, 2012, along with two seasoned explorers, Grant attempted the insurmountable, and became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself ~nearly 100 miles (the final degree of latitude) to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the bottom of the glove, the geographic South Pole.

With all that is going on in the world today, Grant’s story of overcoming the impossible is uplifting, positive, and hopeful. His journey is now being made into a feature-length documentary film titled THE PUSH and it couldn’t be told at a more perfect time. The film is produced by my husband, Geoff Callan, and his partner Jeff Allard.They are currently in post production and they need our support – Please donate to the Kickstarter campaign which ends September 17th.

Grant_About_1What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment? Meeting my wife, Shawna. I am proud of many things, but none more than being conscious, aware and appreciative of my ever-growing connection to Shawna through all of life’s challenging chapters. With this angelic beacon of positivity, it would seem that when the going gets tough, the tough chooses love, connection and togetherness… All that said, I do not see my wife as an accomplishment; However, all the greatest things in my life stem from the heart and mind of the graceful, inspiring and overwhelmingly giving truth in which she stands, each and every day.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
If I had to guess what qualities others love about me, my response would probably come from the fact that I yearn to see people smile. More specifically, I get head-to-toe goosebumps when I see others standing in their greatness and rising up to give the world the highest versions of who they truly are. I am loyal (sometimes to a fault), I like a rad group dynamic, and I love cultivating and curating positive energy at all points.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would be a helicopter pilot. Since I was a young man, being an EMS Care Flight pilot has been my occupational dream. In early 2010, after being the President of Nanoscience firm, publishing research in dream publications such as Nature and establishing a strong IP portfolio of international patents, I was transitioning out of active operations with my company and into flight training to fulfill my life-long dream of helping others. Days later, I was the patient laying on the floor of an EMS helicopter looking up at the pilot, as I was being rescued from the worst day of my life. To this day, my eyes mist up when I see a medical helicopter up in the sky, helping others survive the unthinkable, giving lives the chance to go from shattered back to miraculous.

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What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?

The breakthroughs…As a professional speaker, my life revolves around helping individuals unlock the power of positivity in their lives, via turning attitude into action. I live to see others break the old bonds controlling them, to step into their authentic truth and live a truly unbreakable life.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stretch. Well…drink coffee, then stretch. After recovering from a spinal cord injury, I am living in a body that does not want to move. Being committed to my physical forward movement routine begins with a pre-workout stretch regimen. Truth be told, I wake up somewhere in my 90s. After stretching I’m in my 60s. Coffee (or a Hi-ball organic energy drink) gets me into my 40s, and after a workout and shower, I am back to my natural state (the age my mind thinks I am) in my early 30s.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Depends on the season…In the summer, my favorite Friday night would be an evening wake surfing session on Lake Tahoe, followed by dinner at Sunnyside via boat (for three decades, I’ve been sustaining a mild addiction to their zucchini sticks). In the winter, the ideal Friday night lands me at PlumpJack Cafe in Squaw Valley after an all-time day skiing on the mountain with a large group of friends. Lastly, in the spring and fall, the best Fridays consist of being on the road – speaking, traveling, working, exploring, and progressing.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
The movies Rad, Spaceballs, and Swiss Family Robinson; ski racing; nature; moving water; stand-up jet skiing; jeeping; camping, and BMX biking. Regarding the movie watching, this is not to say I was indoors glued to the screen all the time, but the magic contained within these three films shaped my youth as an adventurer growing up on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. As a kid, I was outside from sun up til way past dark. I had no curfew, I lived in Incline Village, Nevada, and the zest of life was daily around every corner. This freedom allowed me to ride my bike, ski, explore, socialize and live a life that was full to the rim with zest and appreciation.

Grant Surf Todos SantosWhat are you passionate about now?
I am passionate about my wife’s happiness, my dog’s health, speaking to crowds, plus adding value to lives via new mindsets, tactics, beliefs and achieving perspective-driven breakthroughs. I love sunsets, big-weather events, aviation, film making, skiing powder, Centurion wake boats, spending time on the water, spending time in the snow, Yosemite, nature, surfing ocean waves which are just a shade beyond my comfort zone, travel, reading with hot coffee in my hand, Hiball energy, island life, creating media, capturing memories, adventure vans, regaining feeling, stoking sponsors, and of course doing the work to achieve a full recovery from my 2010 spinal cord injury.

What’s your favorite season and why?

As a whitewater kayaker, my favorite season used to be Spring, due to my endless pursuit of the perfect waterfall – which the Sierra Mountains produce with each passing snow melt run-off cycle. Today, I am a summer lover! From surfing behind the boat on Lake Tahoe, to experiencing magical mini road trips which are close to home in our Sportsmobile camper van, the warm months in Tahoe are spectacular.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
A Hiball organic energy drink with Titos vodka, garnished with multiple fresh lime wedges, served in a chilled a pint glass with a positive message of personal forward movement etched into it (think Pinterest). If we are talking about a non-alchoholic drink, I am probably an Arbonne protein shake with all the nutritious supplements and enzyme-rich, plant-based proteins my wife packs into our Vitamix.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Ever since my injury in March of 2010, I have been feeling those island dubbin’ reggae vibes from artists like Stick Figure (set your Pandora to that channel and let the corners of your mouth rise), Rebelution, and others in that genre. When a high number of calories need to be burned in physical therapy, I drop into the empowering beats of The Glitch Mob. That said, I always have a soft spot in my heart for the melodies within my teenage years, which shaped my love and understanding of music – artists like Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and The Doors to name a few.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Listing to some of the legends that are no longer with us: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Tom Crean, Shane McConkey, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Steve Jobs, Jim Morrison, and Amelia Earhart.
If your life was made into a movie what would it be called?
The Push, a South Pole Adventure!! This film premiers this coming winter, 2018!! Check it out at thepushison.com

Do you have any regrets?
I have one regret in life. The moment I met my wife Shawna, I should have said, “Hi, I’m Grant, I love you, let’s spend our lives together.” Instead, I approached, took in a deep breath, and let out an awkward, “hiiiiiieeeeeeeyyyy.” And…all is well that ends well. She smiled, went in for the hug, and we were married a few short years later!

Define Freedom.
All lives devoid of paralysis – spiritually, emotionally, environmentally, geopolitically, humanitarianly and physically.

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Kindness, truthfulness, goodness, living with passion for progress, being conscious, considerate, contributing in every moment, harnessing personal volition, staying hungry, pushing for personal achievement, lifting others up, giving heartfelt energy, being present, dreaming, and living my authentic truth. In a nut shell, choosing Possibility Through Positivity each and every day!

What three things would you bring with you on a deserted Island? My wife, my surfboard, and a journey-capable helicopter to fly home when we run out of Champagne!

The Kickstarter campaign to help raise $30k for The Push is available HERE

 

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Deck the Halls with Wine & Spirits

Looking for the perfect wine for your holiday meal? Looking to stock your bar for your upcoming holiday party? Needing that perfect gift to send with no hassle? Our wineries in Napa, and our two wine and spirits retail locations will make this holiday season a breeze – purchase on-site or online.

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Purchase PlumpJack wines from Odette Estate, PlumpJack Winery, and CADE Estate Winery online, direct from the wineries, or at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in San Francisco.

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Holiday gifting, corporate gifting, wine and spirits for holiday parties, and more. Purchase online at PlumpJackWines.com or purchase in store at our Fillmore or Noe Valley location. Delivery availabe in San Francisco and shipping to all states that accept alcohol deliveries.
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Holiday Dining & Celebrating with PlumpJack

balboa-holiday-shoot-46It’s the most wonderful time of the year to spend with friends and family, whether for group dinners, intimate dining options, holiday Happy Hours with friends, and more. Our restaurants and bars are great locales for libations and dining, see below for details.

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Balboa Cafe San Francisco
3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Open 365 days a year, Balboa Cafe is a popular spot to gather during the holidays, especially for the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Thanksgiving & Christmas VIEW MENU
12pm-2pm Limited menu including the Balboa Burger, sandwiches, salads & appetizers
2pm-8pm Reservation-only (415.921.3944) special holiday a la carte menu
Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Regular business hours (11:30-2am)

Book a large group for dining at Balboa Cafe San Francisco – please call 415.921.3944 or email

160215_hangar_steak_low_res_09_0a9a3001-copyBalboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) 38 MIller Drive, Mill Valley, CA
Located in the charming town of Mill Valley just a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, BCMV features creative holiday menus by Chef Howard Ko
Thanksgiving 2pm-8pm Reservations Strongly RecommendedVIEW MENU
Christmas Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
Christmas CLOSED
New Year’s Eve Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm*
New Year’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm*
*No Happy Hour


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PlumpJack Cafe at Squaw Valley Inn
The perfect location to celebrate the winter holidays with festive meals surrounded by family and friends. Celebrate the 10 Days of Christmas with a special holiday-themed menu offered around the holidays. Make reservations online or call 530-583-1578
Thanksgiving CLOSED
Christmas Eve
5pm – 9:30pm
Christmas
5:30 – 9:30pm
New Year’s Eve
5:00pm – 11pm
New Year’s Day
5:30 – 9:30pm

For private dining inquiries for large groups, go to plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com

Cheers it’s the Holidays!
For fanciful libations to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, pop into one of PlumpJack’s three bars MatrixFillmore, Forgery, Wildhawk.
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Thanksgiving & Day After CLOSED
December 23rd – 26th CLOSED
New Year’s Eve OPEN – Forgery & VERSO Nightclub
to operate as one venue (Entertainment and Offerings to be announced in November – go to VERSOSF.com to stay updated or follow on social media @verso_sf)
New Year’s Day CLOSED

Wildhawk Bar Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving CLOSED
December 25th – 27th CLOSED
New Year’s Day CLOSED

PlumpJack Group Expands to Vail, Colorado

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Tots and Caviar is on the menu at Pendulum

PlumpJack elevates Vail Valley’s dining scene with two new concepts,
just in time for ski season!

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Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt

PlumpJack Group is excited to announce its expansion into Colorado’s Vail Village in winter 2016. PlumpJack will introduce Vail Village’s first new-build restaurant to open in eight years, Pendulum, which is currently undergoing construction in the historical Gorsuch building, best known as Vail Village’s iconic clock tower. Additionally, a second restaurant called White Bison, a local favorite situated on Gore Creek, will be added to the group’s portfolio. White Bison is currently undergoing interior updates and will open with a new menu and cocktail program. Both are scheduled to open in December 2016. This is the first time the growing hospitality group with 18 properties including wineries, boutique hotels, retail, restaurants and bars will be adding to their collection outside of California.

“We are thrilled to join the Vail Valley community with two dynamic dining destinations to serve as gathering spots for locals and visitors alike and PlumpJack is honored to partner with Elevation Vail Partners, LLC,” says President & Partner, Hilary Newsom. “We want to embrace the warm culture and mountain ethos that Vail is known for, and have drawn upon Colorado’s culinary talent to help us execute this vision.”
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PlumpJack Group has developed the concepts for both properties through enlisting local luminary Jake Burkhardt, formerly of Aspen Kitchen, to oversee and execute all things culinary as Executive Chef. Seasoned bar veterans Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano, the duo behind celebrated San Francisco cocktail bars Wildhawk, Forgery and VERSO and dozens of Kimpton Property bar programs, will curate both cocktail programs.
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For media inquiries, please contact McKenzie Ward at mward@plumpjack.com

Spook-tacular Halloween Happenings in the Bay Area

Trick-or-treat! Halloween is upon us and we’re pumpkin carving, costume hunting and planning spooky parties. All Hallows’ Eve falls on a Monday this year which means we’re packing HalloWeekend with our naughtiest tricks and sweetest treats. Come out of your casket and get in the ghostly spirit!
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Start the weekend at VERSO, or shall we say City of Lost – the entire club will be transformed into a steampunk playland. Kicking off on Friday, October 28th, boo-gie down to the beats of Suara, a Barcelona-based dance music label and non-profit cat rescue. We won’t judge if you decide to dress up as a black cat.

Saturday, bring out your goriest gowns and sharpest fangs because VERSO will be offering a $1,000 grand prize costume contest. Howl all night long to the hip-hop sounds of Astronomar and Bot along with Bay area local, Grensta. Buy tickets today…before it’s too late.
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The Shed

Come for the pumpkins, stay for the for BBQ. If you’re searching for a family friendly activity look no further than The Shed in Napa Valley. Home of the Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch, kids can enjoy their famous hay pyramid, pumpkin carving and farm animals. Meanwhile, adults can post up at the wooden tables, sip on some brews and order barbeque favorites, fresh from the smoke pit.


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Forgery

Fangs, freaks and ding-dong ditch. Dress up as a devil or just bring out your devilish side because Forgery has a cocktail for all of your trickery. No Halloween is complete without a sultry vampire. El Vampiro is concocted with Amaras Mezcal, Manzanillo Sherry, Crème de Cassis and a dash of salt. Sip on this blood red cocktail and spook the undead!
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Get freaky with a Freak Show! Made with Hibiscus infused Absolut Elyx, Pimm’s, Madeira, Grapefruit and Bitter Lemon soda, this sweet-and-sour cocktail is a guaranteed freaking good time.

Growing up you’d give the neighbors a scare with a game of ding-dong ditch. The adult version is much better. Order a Ring-a-Ding with Coriander Singhani, Smith & Cross Rum, Cantaloupe Lemongrass Shrub and Egg Whites…this is one drink you won’t want to run away from.
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Zombie Run
Ever wondered how you’d react in a Zombie Apocalypse? Sign up for the 6th annual ZombieRunner Halloween Marathon on October 29th in Walnut Creek. Dress up in your Halloween finest because the only thing better than winning a race is receiving gold for a costume contest as well!

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Whether you’re going all out and committing to an entire weekend of shenanigans or just planning on sipping some dangerously good cocktails, we’ve got the tricks and the treats. Have a spook-tacular Halloween!

 

Top Spots to Experience Views & Food in San Francisco

Fall may mean apple picking, pumpkin patches and breezy air across the country; however, in Northern California the turn from September to October symbolizes a few weeks of sunshine, warm temperatures and the opportunity to go outside and explore without fear of Karl the Fog. Take advantage of the sunshine and work up an appetite with one of San Francisco’s many city hikes and then check-out nearby restaurants and watering holes. Lace up your hiking shoes and charge your phone because you’re about to get some Insta-worthy views and food in San Francisco.
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It’s classic for a reason. One of the most beloved hikes in the city, Twin Peaks is favored amongst tourists and locals. It’s sweeping views and relatively easy climb means it can get pretty crowded. However, follow an insiders tip and skip the Christmas Tree Point entrance and climb up Eureka Peak to take in stunning views without the fanny pack clad tourists.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Head to the tiny Pomelo Restaurant in the Inner Sunset on Judah St. featuring an eclectic menu of Asian and European dishes. Try the Koh Samui – a spicy coconut curry with long beans and chicken over Jasmin rice, it’s especially comforting on a foggy evening. If you’re looking for an award-winning Bloody Mary and a nice table outside, head to Finnegan’s Wake in Cole Valley.
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Bayside Trail
From the Batteries to the Bluffs, the Bayside Trail is less than a mile but you’ll still get your sweat on since it’s jammed pack with tons of stairs. Not to worry, roundtrip this hike offers countless views from the Golden Gate Bridge to sea lions hanging around the coast. We’d be remiss not to mention the history of the Bayside Trail. The hike kicks off at an old lighthouse that used to be a searchlight shelter during World War I and II. Keep your eyes open for rabbits, hummingbirds and the occasional gray fox!
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Louis’ Restaurant is a classic diner that has great views of the ocean and a good breakfast and burger option, the fish n’ chips are also pretty tasty. It’s not flashy like the Cliff House next door, but the views are just as nice and price tag is a little easier on the wallet. If you’re looking to enjoy your post hike on the lawn with a cold beer and some snacks, go to Park Chalet adjacent to the Windmill at Golden Gate Park.
Views of San Francisco from Kirby Cove
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As we swing into fall, http://acheterdufrance.com/ we must mention Kirby Cove. Best known for its swing above the bay, Kirby Cove remains one of the ultimate hiking destinations just north of the city. Autumn is the ideal time to visit Kirby Cove, take a look up and scan the skies for migrating hawks, falcons and other birds. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, trek the steep trail directly to the cove and explore a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine trees. The views of San Francisco from the swing are gorgeous.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (BCMV) is the next town over just a short distance from Sausalito located in the bucolic town of Mill Valley at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. Chef Howard Ko brings the fresh flavors of California to its modern American Bistro menu. BCMV offers the most exciting wine and cocktail experience in Mill Valley with unrivaled selections of premium spirits and an extensive collection of wine that is selected to complement Chef Howard Ko’s menu. View Menu

Views of San Francisco from Coit Tower

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You can’t talk about views in San Francisco without featuring the iconic Coit Tower perched above North Beach/Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Some may it’s a tourist trap but if you avoid the actual tower and find a perch along the edge of the hill, you’ll get to experience some of the most scenic views of the Bay and the Financial District.
Where to eat and drink nearby:
Grab a square slice at Golden Boy Pizza (the clam and the combo are favorites) on Green St. between Columbus and Grant and take it to go for a nice picnic while you enjoy the view at Coit Tower or saddle up to the bar and get a glimpse of old San Francisco with a dash of punk.  If you’re looking to rest your aching feet after a day of walking, pop into Orginal Joe’s for a full Italian-American meal featuring reasonably priced cocktails, wines on tap and big comfy booths. We recommend sitting in the bar to experience some local flavor.

 

Conversations with Hilary: Academy-Award Winner, Blye Faust

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Blye Faust with husband Aaron Faust at the Golden Globe Awards 2016

Blye Faust, Award-Winning Film Producer & Interior Designer
After a brief hiatus from Conversations with Hilary (lots of fun projects to be announced), I am back, and excited to feature my friend, the talented and dynamic, Blye Faust. Blye is not only the mother of two young boys and the wife of my friend Aaron Faust; she is a former entertainment lawyer, an accomplished interior designer, and maybe most impressive of all, is her role as Executive Producer of the award winning film, Spotlight (2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture). This powerful film is not to be missed, if you have not seen it, please put it on your list of films to watch.

Blye is gracious and funny, and as always, I so enjoy getting to know the people that I admire even better through Conversations with Hilary. I hope you love this “Conversations” as much as I loved the interview. Blye’s true spirit really shines in these simple and straightforward answers.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment? 
My dudes (otherwise known as my family).

What qualities do you think others love about you? 
Reliable and steady to a fault; you will find no drama here!

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
An author with something to say.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career? 
I get to pursue my passion and tell stories about people who inspire me on a daily basis.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? 
Check my email (I wish it wasn’t so, but it’s true).

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Blye Faust’s husband Aaron with their two boys

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Hang out with my family after a long week.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Horses & books.

What are you passionate about now?
Telling stories.

What’s your favorite season and why? 
Summer and all its possibilities; there is a freedom and carefree nature to it all that doesn’t come with the others.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Classic martini.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? 
Hamilton soundtrack.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? 
Queen Elizabeth I.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Good To Be Here

Do you have any regrets? 
Never having officially lived in New York City for a period of time.

Define Freedom. 
The ability to share the truth without fear of repercussion.

What are your personal core values? 
Have fun, be kind, work hard, and think outside the box.

What three things would you bring with you on a desert Island? 
My two boys and my husband – surely the four of us together can figure out a way off…and have a few laughs in the process!

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Blye & Aaron Faust with their son.

Keep up with Blye on her blog ispybyblye.com

September Is California Wine Month

September marks season’s change. Crisp air, crunchy leaves and, best of all, California Wine Month. For the twelfth year, we celebrate California’s vintners and growers while sampling the finest wines and culinary pleasures. Napa Valley is recognized for its world-famous wines, producing 4% of California’s wine and serving as home to over 600 wineries. We will be dedicating the month to some of our favorite vineyards across the northern region of California.

Odette Winery

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm,

daily

Address: 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa Valley CA

This is where a vineyard becomes a fairytale. Experience the magic of California at Odette Winery, classic wines have a modern twist – they’re bold, unique and flavorful. Begin the month on a magical journey, with sprawling mountains and luxurious vineyards, Odette Winery is one with the land. Sample Chardonnay, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to understand the purest expression of Napa Valley wines.

PlumpJack Winery

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily

Address: 620 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville CA

Kick off your celebration of CA Wine Month with some of the finest quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The key to developing a quality Cabernet is perfecting the delicate balance between science and art. PlumpJack Winery’s head winemaker, Aaron Miller, prides the vineyard on its ability to produce a wine that “is strong enough to stand on its own, yet elegant enough to be enjoyed with food.” Placed in the heart and soul of wine country, our 42-acre estate in Oakville has been the site of wine production since the 1800s.

CADE

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Tasting Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily

Address: 360 Howell Mountain South, Angwin CA

California is all about healthy living and here at CADE our motto is, “think green, drink green.” Healthier soil develops a more natural wine. Founded in 2005 and inspired by Shakespeare’s reference to wine cades, CADE crafts powerful yet approachable flavors. Our winery is the first LEED Gold Certified estate winery within Napa Valley. Our renowned architecture is not only aesthetically pleasing but ecologically sound. The panoramic views and intriguing architecture make us the ultimate destination during your time in Napa. Throughout your celebration of wine month, make sure to sample our estate’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Honoring winemakers, tasters and creators, visit some of our favorite vineyards to get a taste – and sip – of all that Northern California has to offer. Hop in your car and explore, from lush fields to sprawling mountaintops – every vineyard offers something unique.

Marina PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

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Store Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Address: 3201 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA

In 1992 PlumpJack’s first business, Marina PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, was officially opened providing San Francisco locals with an unique wine buying experience. Now twenty-four years later the shop continues to offer its patrons with a welcoming, educational and overall fun experience.

Stop in and discover a diverse collection of wines from around the world, carefully chosen by wine and spirits buyer, Paul Birman. The Fillmore location sells an enticing collection of very rare library wines for the discerning buyer and collector.

Noe Valley PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

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Store Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Address: 4011 24th Street, San Francisco CA

Recognized as one of Noe Valley’s neighborhood institutions, locals are invited to Noe Valley PlumpJack Wine & Spirts for their wine, spirits and craft beer purchases.

General Manager and buyer Josh Thinnes has created a place of unique value and you’re sure to find something special in our shop. From vintage Ports and Madeiras dating back to the early 1900s to unusual small production bottles our team can help in selecting no matter the occasion.

Insider Tips: Best Hikes in Marin County

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If you want a break from the hustle and bustle, we have insider tips on the best hikes in Marin County with breathtaking views of the city and the dozens of hiking trails that get you there. While the list of hikes in Marin has virtually no end, we’ve rounded up our top three picks based on insider tips. Grab those hiking boots!

Cataract Loop Trail Best Hikes in Marin County

Cataract Loop Trail on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County California

#1 Cataract Trail Loop on Mount Tamalpais
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.7 miles / 12.4 km
Duration: Half day
Mount Tamalpais State Park is the symbolic peak at the heart of Marin County and a beautiful change of scenery from the city to the woods. The loop offers panoramic views of the entire bay stretching to the Pacific Ocean. The most popular attraction is Cataract Falls; however, popularity comes with little secrecy, making the trail relatively packed during summer months. Our tip, and the best way to avoid crowds and ensure you can find a parking spot is to go on a weekday.
Click here for more tips and directions to the trail head.

Angel Island, Best Hikes in Marin County

Angel Island Fire Road Hike in Marin County California

#2 Angel Island Perimeter Fire Road
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.7 miles
Duration: Half day
If you’re looking for a more leisurely hike without skimping on the 360 degree view of the bay, Angel Island is your best bet. This loop is more than just a hike, you will encounter historic sites, beaches and picnic spots so pack some snacks and enjoy the view. Our insider tips are to A) check the weather. San Francisco Bay, especially at sea level, is prone to fog which would inhibit visibility of the main attraction! B) Check the Angel Island Ferry Schedule and plan your day ahead of time and don’t get stuck on the island overnight! Fun fact: you can take your bike to Angel via the ferry.

Point Bonita, Best Hikes in Marin County

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#3 Point Bonita Marin Headlands
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 miles

/ 6.6 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
When you see pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the
background odds are they were probably taken in the Marin Headlands. The headlands offer
many long and short loops and trails, but this short hike leads to a beautiful historical sight
and a local favorite vista point. Point Bonita Lighthouse is a fully operational lighthouse with
fascinating history to be learned and experienced at the site. Don’t let the short distance lead you to believe this will be a boring walk; the hike is steep at points and requires crossing 2 suspension bridges. Insider tip: the tunnel to the lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, so plan accordingly so you don’t miss out on the beautiful
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After you experience the local nature and vistas Marin has to offer, enjoy brunch (weekends), lunch or dinner at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, a local favorite in historic Mill Valley. The restaurant is a short 10-to-15 minute drive from all of the hikes listed above!

Your nature experience doesn’t have to end with the hike; alfresco dining is available during the summer months! A day trip to Marin is a must during your visit to San Francisco for a local experience full of beautiful hikes and delicious cuisine.