Vine Tastings ripens appetites with a full menu of boutique Sonoma County wines and small appetizer plates for pairing and singular enjoyment. The friendly wine bar carries anywhere from eight to 10 different vino vintages from small local wineries, available by the flight, glass, or bottle. Guests can sip, swish, or slam dunk a variety of inebriating grape derivatives, such as the Branham 2007 chardonnay from Russian River Valley ($8 per glass), the Deux Amis 2007 pinot noir from Donnelly Creek Vineyards and Anderson Valley ($7 per glass), and the Et Cetera 2008 Sonoma County merlot ($6 per glass), or choose any three 2-ounce tastings for $10. Pair tipples with delicious charcuterie plates, or cheeses.
At Soleil Beauty Bar, a team of aestheticians keeps customers comfortably bronzed with custom spray tans from heated Evolv airbrushes. The brushes prep skin with streams of warm air, keeping bodies warm as they’re imbued with an even, custom tan that lasts for up to eight days.
At Devi Yoga Center, seasoned instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from the stress and flying monkeys waiting outside. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
The epicurean alchemists at Barley and Hops Tavern wield local, seasonal ingredients and an arsenal of brews as they concoct a menu of pub fare with Bavarian and vegan palate pleasers. Dining duos settle amid canary-yellow walls and nibble at a dozen organic brew wings smothered in honey ale or construct tableside lean-tos with cheddar-beer biscuits and herbed butter. A tuscan white-bean stew ladles over rosemary-infused polenta cake for a symphony of vegan flavors, and a brew of Belgian Chimay solidifies the bonds of friendship between chicken and pretzels with a blanket of mustard cream sauce. Sips of RC or Squirt wash down grilled bavarian brats plumper than an uncorsetted pillow.
The sustainable, organic farming at Long Meadow Ranch supplies chef Sheamus Feeley with a plethora of seasonal produce. Farmstead’s menu fluctuates with the unpredictable patterns of Earth’s seven seasons and consists of first and second courses. Start with meatballs lounging in a caramelized mirepoix and tomato marmalade ($12). Reviewers rave about the second-course cheeseburger, made with Long Meadow Ranch’s grass-fed beef and California cheddar ($15). Summon all 10,000 taste-bud buddies to help you escape the ranch and follow the brick-cooked chicken road to a technicolored land of flageolet beans, lacinato kale, and salsa verde ($23). A glass of Long Meadow Ranch’s own sauvignon blanc ($8) can be enjoyed with dinner in a smooth leather booth or all by itself at Farmstead’s granite-covered bar.
The Smart Wine Store appeals to oenophilic sensibilities with an selection of wines from local Napa Valley vineyards and a wine club for discriminating palates. Members can place email orders at anytime from the store's drinkable database of sauvignon blancs, merlots, and other varietals at a low price guaranteed for constituents and grape relatives. All orders dutifully wait at Smart Wine's real-world location in St. Helena, but customers may pay to have their bottles sent any doorstep in the continental United States (not included in this Groupon). Kick off the three-month-long membership with two bottles of Terroir Napa Valley’s finest fermentations. The 2007 cabernet sauvignon seduces the senses with dark berry flavors, whiffs of cedar, and sounds of bacchanal festivities at the bottom of the bottle. Crisp, sweet notes of pear sing in the 2009 chardonnay to complement fall dishes such as butternut-squash ravioli with lingering buttery flavors, like fingertips after a popcorn-making contest.