Ray Sliter is a California-born marine geologist, and Mats Hagstrom a Swedish-born physician, but they claim at least one common passion—wine. The duo began crafting wine when, one day in 1999, Mats arrived at Ray’s door with a half-ton of grapes, given to him by a patient, and a used barrel. They launched their wine-making pursuit nearly immediately and, in 2005, became fully bonded as Travieso Winery. Today, the duo hold close to their original principles—they purchase grapes by the acre to ensure control, stir in wild yeast, and limit suflites during production. They press each of their wines in new french-oak barrels, and age the concoctions for at least a year, even when they're really thirsty. The end result is a range of cheekily themed Spanish- and California-style wines, which their tasting room supplies by the bottle or introduces by the glass at Saturday tastings.
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
Alongside with her accomplishments as a dancer and choreographer, Oanh Tretter always wanted to lead her own dance company. Ariel Dance Productions lets her realize her long-held passion, where she can create a fun and non-competitive environment for dancers of all ages. The studio's broad swath of classes run the gamut from the precise steps of ballet and show choir to the more fluid undulations of belly dancing. The family-oriented studio also bring parents and students together for frequent recitals and seasonal talent shows.
The staff at Coach's Sports Bar & Grill aims to match the playful and energetic atmosphere of sporting events by showcasing UFC matches and football games on flat-screen TVs seven days a week. A menu of classic pub grub, such as chili-covered fries, burgers, fajitas, and hot sandwiches, pairs with beverages from the bar's selection of imported and domestic draft brews. Jack Daniels and Pinnacle Cake liquors form the base of cocktails, which guests clink over games of pool and heated discussions about what Troy Polamalu would look like with an updo.
If you’re ever going to make good on your New Year’s resolution to climb the outside of the Bank of America Corporate Center, you’re going to need some well-maintained nails. Today’s deal will cover you with a deluxe manicure and pedicure at My Nail Spa–Peninsula in Cornelius for $25 (a $58 value). Geographers agree that the spa is technically a promontory, but you won’t mind once the skilled nail technicians hand you your choice of beer or wine and start to work on your dainty digit-helmets.
At Let's Play in Spanish, children brush up on their Castilian communication skills through interactive, playful teaching methods. Each of the four weekly classes lasts for 50 minutes, which is enough time to master a few words and the first volume of Don Quixote. Kids ages 2–7 can matriculate with a trusted guardian, learning the language from native Spanish speakers. The program's nontraditional methods encompass singing, theater, games, and Peruvian toucan wrangling. Students can supplement lessons by purchasing educational CDs, DVDs, and books specifically designed for the curriculum. Check out the locations and schedules page to choose the same day, time, and instructor for each week's class.