Rutherford Ranch Winery's team of vintners transforms grapes into wines that showcase the abilities of California's terroir. As a testament to their efforts and three generations of family ownership, the winery garnered the 2012 Family-Owned Winery of the Year award at the New York International Wine Competition. Several of their varietals were winners as well, including the cabernet sauvignon, a blend that bewilders palates with notes of french vanilla, blackberry, and cocoa powder.
Tastings take place in Rutherford Ranch's Cabernet Room, where guests sink into overstuffed sofas to sip wine in comfort before striking out to explore the property. When weather permits, tasters can tour the winery's vineyard, gaze up through the branches of century-old olive trees, or view a live cork tree tasked with keeping fresh the millions of gallons of wine just beneath the earth's crust. Guests who look closely enough may spot owl boxes, indigenous plants, and photovoltaic cells used to keep the winery sustainable and ensure that wine is produced with respect for the land and the environment.
Alex Leader’s namesake glass-blowing outfit aims to equip curious artists with the tools and guidance to craft their own handmade glass art pieces. Alex relies on thousand-year-old techniques and skills learned during his two decades of experience to assist students as they create their own blown vases, ornaments, and bowls. Prior to starting on a masterpiece, students can glean inspiration inside the master craftsman’s showroom, where he displays his own collection of artisanal bowls and lighting fixtures.
Wine takes its flavors from soil, barrels, grapes, and even the air. But according to Michael Benziger and Danny Fay, it also borrows notes from the company it keeps. The three childhood friends discovered a passion for wine-making relatively early in life, and set out to create a series of varietals using organic and biodynamic practices that celebrate the joy of drinking with friends. They called their venture Envolve Winery.
In the midst of their sustainably farmed vineyards stands their elegant tasting room. With beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards, the tasting room provides an ideal venue for spending time with some favorite people and sampling the winery's products. Available pours include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and a Bordeaux blend.
Carneros Marketplace aims to make home-cooked cuisine even better. The online boutique stocks a savory selection of olive oils, vinegars, hot sauces, and cooking wines from brands such as Artisan Valley and Breckenridge to enhance the flavor of dishes and dips. Carneros ships their wares directly to doorsteps, saving customers trips to the store or lengthy quests for a geyser that shoots out sherry.
At Hill Wine Company, guests can gaze out over an olive orchard or a well-manicured garden before settling into a tasting room ornamented with wooden pieces handcrafted by the winery owner's father. Tours and tastings introduce visitors to the estate's wines, from merlot to sauvignon blanc, and allow them to make in-depth comparisons of winemaking techniques.
At Cheveux Salon, a team of highly trained stylists rents chairs and trades inspiration while clipping, coloring, and styling locks. The team includes owner Sharna Haver, a stylist with over 20 years of experience, as well as graduates of academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Redken Exchange, Paul Mitchell, and Unite. They stock their stations with favorite products, including sprays, shampoos, gels, and clown-wig glue by Redken, Agadir Argan Oil, and Wella Professional.