"Ancient Chinese wisdom makes me realize my modern education and intellect, although excellent, [are] not enough to understand the mystery of life," Victor Cheng explains. Coming from a highly educated medical professional, it's an astonishingly humble statement, but Victor and his wife, Sewon Kim, pride themselves on delving deep for answers when treating their patients.
Striving to deliver comprehensive and personalized treatment plans, Victor and Sewon specialize in traditional Chinese medicine such as acupressure and acupuncture. They also turn to Chinese herbs to treat myriad problems, from digestive issues to growing pains caused by an abnormally large pair of wings.
Six Sigma Ranch publishes a catalog of hand-sorted, gently crushed, and award-winning wines. Imbibers can grace their glasses with the bright-eyed and silky-tailed 2008 Michael’s Vineyard sauvignon blanc (a $20 value), awarded 90 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and the spicily oaked 2006 cabernet sauvignon (a $42 value), which earned silver status at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition last year. These two wines, along with a Bordeaux-style 2007 cuvée pique-nique, exhibiting coquettish red fruit layered with earthbound cabernet franc notes (an $18 value), join forces to create the well-balanced assortment included in today’s Groupon. Shipping is available for an extra charge, but buyers are welcome to pick up their purchase and enjoy a free tasting at the Stage Coach Stop tasting room, where erudite oenologists and sometimes-sippers gather to practice glass harmonica ditties and show off their macramé goblet holsters.
The Sonoma Passport gives members discounted tours, tastings, and bottles at some of the region's most recognized wineries, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Viszlay Vineyards. The bounty of offers always changes, but every deal is good for two people. Pass holders can add a second member to their card, or leave it open and bring a guest or of-age Nutcracker doll to each excursion.
At J Vineyards and Winery, no reservations are required; simply walk into the modern, art-laden tasting room and taste the winery's vast variety of fine wines, many of which hail from the Russian River Valley, an area known for its lush, fully matured grape trees. The five-wine tasting allows sippers to traverse the wine spectrum, dancing from reds to whites straight on through to the sparkling conclusion. In the event that a particular varietal or sparkling beverage catches your tongue's attention, feel free to purchase a bottle to bring home and raise as your very own.
If you're going to open another place to drink wine in Sonoma County, you better have a unique idea. Luckily Jennifer Merletti Penrose did. Sure, she had experience managing a local winery, but her father was in the retail industry, globetrotting for products and fashions to present to Rodeo Drive boutiques and affordable pieces to resell at Los Angeles swap meets. So, she combined the two industries with Looking Glass, a designer boutique where shoppers can also sip on glasses or flights of champagne. The studio has included a diverse mix of designers that includes everyone from Tom Ford to Whetherly, and the rotating selection of champagnes is hand-picked by the owner of Traverso Fine Foods. You can drop by the boutique anytime to shop and sip, and even rent the space for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and lessons on what hangers look like.
The inspiration behind thumbprint cellars' namesake was a happy accident, albeit a messy one. In his college years, Scott Lindstrom-Dake would bottle his own vintages in his garage and sign them with a pen that his wife and business partner, Erica, bought him. The pen began to leak one night, and in his attempts to stem the flow of golden ink down a bottle, Scott left a thumbprint on its surface. Now more than 20 of the winery?s products showcase the print in a rainbow of colors, recalling the work of Andy Warhol during his short-lived career in criminal justice. At the downtown tasting bar, patrons sidle up to the sine-wave bar for pours of those vintages, pairing them with bites of local cheeses and meats.