Accardi Vineyards produces all of the wines on its five-acre grounds— including its 2010 Rolling Hills California Red, which is a blend of cabernet, syrah, and merlot—without added sulfites. But the low-sulfite yields aren’t only used to make wine: they’re also incorporated into the vineyard’s line of bath-and-body products, Green Visions. Ingredients such as grape-seed oil and grape-skin extract contribute antioxidant power and a subtle scent bouquet to handmade creams, moisturizers, and scrubs.
Paintball Jungle has pitted trigger-happy Technicolor troopers against each other in simulated combat for more than 20 years. The semi-auto basic package treats two warriors to a tour of paint-slinging duty, equipping each with a rapid-fire paint gun, protective facemask and goggles, two CO2 refills, and 500 nontoxic paintballs. Peppered with forts, bunkers, and a teepee village, the battlefield sprawls across 50 acres of flat, lush eucalyptus grove like a duvet spread over a sleepy general after a long night of salsa dancing. The park opens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and after a short orientation at 9 a.m., games last until 4 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break for ingesting rations and talking strategy. Teams are evenly matched, preventing merciless mercenaries from outgunning the fun out of first-time players.
Mike Bee and Jim Peterson first teamed up in the early 90s, working side by side to resolve legal cases at their firm in Charleston, West Virginia. At the end of the workday, the two would often uncork a bottle of wine, discussing the characteristics of their favorite bottles in between sips. While attending a law convention in 1994, they toured the wineries of Napa Valley, and the experience proved inspirational. They enlisted the help of veteran winemaker Ray Coursen, and Falcor Winery was born.
In order to achieve an exceptionally balanced taste, the Falcor team selects grapes harvested at peak ripeness, well before the expiration dates spelled out by their vines. This fastidiousness has paid off. Their 2005 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon earned a spot on Wine & Spirits’ Year’s Best Cabernet & Blends list in 2010. This wine and others can be enjoyed in the winery's tasting salon, where award-winning chef Chay Woerz prepares menus and tastings that incorporate smoked meats and cheeses and wine-infused chocolate.
The open wine tasting salon Taste at Oxbow aims to expand palates with an eclectic menu of wines chosen to accompany artisanal cheeses and gourmet food items. Energy-efficient fixtures illuminate the salon's olive and merlot-toned walls, which owe their hues to chemical-free paints.