On the other side of San Francisco's bustling tech industry is a scene dedicated to taking life slow. Here are five new experiences helping cultivate everyday tranquility.
The Sleeping Lady Vineyard
Brion Wise, owner of B. Wise Vineyards, believes great wine is a result of the vintner’s intimate connection with the land he or she is cultivating. Wise brings this mentality to BRION, his new flagship winery in Napa Valley that focuses on the production of cabernet sauvignon from four carefully selected single-vineyard sites. Chosen for their high quality soil and ability to produce flavorful wines, each of these vineyards located in the Napa and Sonoma valleys—including the Sleeping Lady Vineyard and the Caldwell Vineyard—falls under the direction and expertise of a seasoned winemaker. Now, BRION patrons can test the terroir-driven cabernets in the new tasting room, one of California’s two restored bank barns dating back to 1876. Among the latest releases are the BRION Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and the BRION Oakville Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, each one embodying the distinct characteristics of its home terrain. 5537 Solano Ave., Napa
Guests of the redesigned Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection in Napa Valley can now indulge in a host of new amenities. The outdoor expansion of dining spot Solbar allows for leisurely socializing over craft cocktails and meals prepared with local produce. The resort’s notable pool has also undergone a transformation with the addition of PicoBar, a free-standing poolside eatery, as well as an extended deck with cabanas and lounge seating. An outdoor function lawn and indoor event space complete the recreation-based additions. Solage offers 11 new rooms and suites, including redesigned studios and two recently added two-bedroom suites. Despite the resort’s modern renovation, it maintains the easygoing nature and beautiful landscape of Napa Valley, capturing the hearts of visitors in need of some wine and relaxation. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga
Pure Culture Beauty utilizes clean, active ingredients
An effective skincare regimen must be tailored to the unique needs of its wearer. This sentiment lies at the heart of Pure Culture Beauty, a customized skincare solution that provides personalized, clean skincare products. Launched last September, Pure Culture Beauty is the San Franciscobased brainchild of two established industry veterans: former H2O+ Beauty CEO Joy Chen and Cover FX founder Victor Casale. The pair forged a team of employees who worked remotely to get the business off the ground. Casale, who previously held the title of MAC Cosmetics’ chief chemist, even built a lab in his basement to continue testing product formulas during lockdown. Amid the many challenges that 2020 presented, the staff worked hard so clients can enjoy an easy, convenient experience. After completing a skin profile analysis, at-home skin test and skin microbiome kit, customers will receive a fully customized skincare set at their doors. From there, simply follow the products’ application instructions and appreciate the transformative results.
At San Francisco’s new Redmint urban wellness sanctuary, clients are greeted by towering, linen-draped beams, charred wood ceilings and healing crystals. Redmint offers treatments that help with stress, hormone imbalances, anxiety, aging skin and more. Gua sha facials increase circulation and detoxify the skin; deep-tissue therapy helps eradicate muscle soreness. Founder Helina Fan is a Chinese native and has firsthand experience with the healing capabilities of her homeland’s ancient wellness rituals. “By creating a results-driven line of skincare and herbal extracts and offering wellness remedies and restorative health treatments that focus on inner balance and outer glow,” Fan says, “Redmint will transform the wellness and holistic medical industry through the practice and education of traditional Chinese medicine.” 1958 Union St., San Francisco
A new San Francisco-based dating app, heybaby, helps its users tackle an important question that’s bound to arise in any relationship. Created for single and aspiring parents, the platform serves as a safe and easy meeting tool for couples who want children. Hopefuls are now able to bypass the stigma of hookup culture that permeates many dating apps and ideally find like-minded partners. The app was developed by three dads, Diko Daghlian, Chas McFeely and Rene Van De Zande, after McFeely failed to find success on existing online dating platforms. He started a website named Hook Chas Up, where he wrote what he was looking for in a partner and offered $10,000 to whomever set him up with someone he ended up marrying. A Facebook post of the website went viral, and although McFeely didn’t find a wife through the endeavor, the experience catalyzed the idea for what would become heybaby. At a time when meeting one’s significant other online is basically the norm, the app couldn’t have arrived at a better moment.
Photography by: VINEYARD PHOTO BY OLAF BECKMANN/COURTESY OF BRION; ALL PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS; REDMINT PHOTO BY STEVE KUZMINSKI/COURTESY OF REDMINT