Nestled inside the Bonaventure Hotel, experienced masseuses maintain 10,000 square feet of pure serenity spread across 11 treatment rooms. Cordoned off into sections for men and women, the facility flaunts amenities such as hydro-jet showers with seven pulsing showerheads and saunas fogged with soothing vapor instead of fog machines stolen from middle-school dances. Bonaventure Club plucks massage techniques from all over the globe, including Thailand where therapists stretch frames with their hands, knees, and feet to amplify the client's flexibility and energy. Pre- or post-treament, clients can unwind in a relaxation lounge stocked with Perrier water, jasmine-rose tea, and snacks, while flipping through magazines or watching a big-screen TV.
Bernard's Wine Gallery, a wine store with thousands of old and rare fine wines for sale, welcomes both wine neophytes and grizzled oenophiles to sip from its fine vat of liquefied vinefruits. Bernard Rosenson, who owns Bernard's Wine Gallery with his wife Cynthia, also owns Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, the organically farmed vineyard featured in this tasting. Six Coquelicot wines preside in the elegant tasting room, including the 2006 Bordeaux Blend, which won a gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for its dark, complex taste. Guests will swirl and sip in luxury, blissfully whisking away memories of Twilight Zone episodes where clubs of giant wine bottles attended a human tasting. Tastings run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Eighty-one-thousand vines grow across Malibu Family Wines' 90-acre vineyard, producing eight varietals in total, including cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and malbec. Once bottled and corked, many of the vineyard's Semler and Saddlerock wines end up at the tasting room in Los Olivos, a homey space with indoor and outdoor seating, occasional live music, and a large wooden tasting bar where customers are free to smell, sample, and swirl away. Those who enjoy the wines can rejoice knowing there's more where that came from?the vineyard expects to increase its vine total to 100,000 in the near future.
The edible delights at Enoteca radiate rustic authenticity from the comprehensive menu. Antipasti anchor the easy vibes, so dive finger-first into platters of grilled polenta and wild mushrooms ($13), or beef carpaccio with foie gras ($15). The usual suspects done creatively are all present during subsequent courses, including napoletana pizza heavy with anchovies and garlic ($13), seafood and squid ink risotto ($17), veal scallopine ($27), and the meatless burrata salad with mozzarella, green lentils, roasted beets, and asparagus ($13). Complement the edibles with sippables comprising more than 250 bottles of wine from the 20 regions of Italy in glasses, flights, and quartinos.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer awesome wines in an elegant, yet relaxed setting; perfect for first dates, happy-hour wine tasting, or just catching up with friends.
Of the products you sell, which are your favorites? You can't beat our wines! We also offer cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as chocolate.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? We obviously have a lot of passion for wine. Showing people our different wines from the major grape-producing regions of California is very rewarding for us. We like to have a glass of wine and chat, so why not make that our career?
What do you love most about your job? We love meeting new people and teaching people about wine. Hearing the stories that people tell make no two days the same. Making people happy with good wine is also very rewarding.
At Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room, visitors sip vampire-themed pours such as the Chateau de Vampire Rouseanne and Dracula Syrah from the bar's namesake winery, Vampire Vineyards. Its moniker originated from its ties to Transylvania back in the '90s, but even now that its a purely Napa Valley operation, the name still fits. The Vampire Lounge menu also features imported sparkling wines from Je T'aime, as well as bittersweet chocolates, Vampire espresso, and fine teas.
For most people, the words “Beverly Hills” conjure up images of palm trees, expensive cars, and luxury shopping. Just one block from famed Rodeo Drive, however, sits a destination that has been called "Valhalla for cheese lovers": The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Though artisan cheeses, wines, and gourmet foods may not fit the city’s image, the store's high-quality stock does. Owner Norbert Wabnig and his staff take care to curate only the crème-de-la-crème of cheese and charcuterie for their shelves and for the catering trays that they arrange for large-scale events. They also run a cheese-of-the-month club, which grants participants with three unique cheeses delivered to their doorsteps, as well as a blurb that describes each cheese and its childhood spent standing alone during cruel children's songs. Customers can learn even more through the shop's regular cheese tastings and wine-and-cheese-pairing classes.