Page Mill Winery's proprietor, Dane Stark, produces handcrafted wines out of high-quality grapes culled from local vineyards. During the tasting, a quartet of oenophiles can sing the praises of six of Page Mill's current releases, including white wines such as sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, and red wines including pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah. Afterward, pick up a case of glorious fermented grape juice at a 25% discount (or single bottles at a 15% discount) to congratulate a pal on successfully joining the circus (bottles start at $18 before discount). A corresponding 10% discount applies throughout the winery's gift shop on items ranging from custom-roasted coffee to blended olive oils.
C.J. Easter understands the value of physical fitness. As a former defensive back who faced some of college football's most fearsome offenses during a four-year stint with the Stanford Cardinal, he could only be as effective as he was lean. With visions of sleek physiques in mind, Easter earned his personal-training certification from the American Council on Exercise, founded Performance Science Training Institute, and set to work devising a fitness system of his own.
The gym's exclusive Cardio Resistance Core (CRC) System is the result of all that hard work. Designed to torch calories and tone up muscles, the system combines the most effective aspects of three different training styles. Cardio sessions hikes heart rates and boosts stamina, strength training increases balance and posture, and resistance work builds muscles with the help of dumbbells, bands, and clients' own body weight.
The institute's team of instructors also augment CRC exercises with counseling on how to make responsible nutritional decisions and set goals that are both challenging and achievable. This all-over approach doesn't simply help people get fitter; it helps them remake their entire lives in a healthier, happier image.
At Tamas Estates, sippers swish the vineyard's award-winning varietals fermented with sustainably grown grapes. Epicureans sit at the bar swirling four vintages in one of two different tasting flights. Bouquets range from the pinot grigio's citrus hints and the zinfandel's berry hints to the Double Decker red's plum-and-crossword-puzzle hints. Visitors are encouraged to pair their vino with a picnic lunch, brought from home and savored on a scenic outdoor patio. Tasting duos come away with a bottle of Tamas Estates' 2008 barbera, whose crisp fruity finish and vanilla hints stimulate taste buds and distract the mind while the heart goes on an emotional rampage.
Vinifying for more than 125 years, Wente Vineyards is one of the oldest continuously operated wineries in the United States, currently operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. During public wine flights, seasoned oenophiles and tenderfooted sippers alike can taste a rotating selection of five wines. Samples could include tonsil-ticklers such as the crisp and fruity Louis Mel sauvignon blanc or the dark and rich Southern Hills cabernet sauvignon, which is smoother and more alluring than a dolphin at a masked ball.
Boasting a bevy of organic wines within its solar-powered vineyard, The Lucas Winery welcomes wine enthusiasts to train their palates with taste-toning sips of chardonnay, zinfandel, cabernet, and rosé. Over the course of the 45-minute tasting, guests will swirl glasses, waft wine, and elegantly tipple a minimum of five sippables (a $10 value per person).