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Highlights of Prince Albert Foundation’s 2019 Gala for Global Ocean


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Publisher’s LETTER AS WE ARE ABOUT TO BID FAREWELL TO 2019, WE celebrate many of our favorite fall events in this issue: the San Francisco Fall Show, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show, the Monte-Carlo Gala for Global Ocean, the European Culture Prize. We also capture the highlights of San Francisco Opera Ball and San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala. This issue is also packed with cuisine, drinks, fashion, shopping, and travel. Enjoy the festive stories and beautiful images while curling up by a cozy fire at home. Our cover story this issue is Prince Albert Foundation’s MonteCarlo Gala For Global Ocean and the 2019 Honoree Robert Redford. We support this event particularly because San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by Bay and Ocean. The Ocean plays a critical role for our well-being, our quality of life, it affects the climatic and life balance of our planet. We must protect our ocean and stop behaviors that create pollution and bring attention to climate change that resulting in rising sea level and threatening our coastal properties. I also covered the Monaco Yacht Show where the focus this year was for the ship-building industry and yachting practices to be sustainable and “green”. We must shine a spot light on these important issues that our government doesn’t seem to believe their importance. We are looking forward to featuring a close-up story with Mr. Redford in our future issue on his life-long environmental protection efforts. I just returned from the European Culture Prize in Vienna. Among other recipients, our beloved San Francisco philanthropist and composer Gordon Getty was awarded for his musical accomplishments and iconic Sophia Loren was awarded for her legendary film career by her son Carlo Ponti Jr. who is founder/director/conductor of the non-profit Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra. We will feature a cover story in a future issue on Sophia as well as Carlo who will be performing at Festival Napa Valley’s 15th Anniversary in 2010. We will also feature a close-up story on Gordon Getty who will premier his new opera “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” at the Festival. For your holiday travel, we feature the beautiful down-under city of Sydney for you to escape to a faraway heaven on earth in a warm OLIVIA HSU DECKER OWNER/PUBLISHER 415.720.5915 Keep up with us digitally at Here you’ll find San Francisco Bay Area stories.

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CONTRIBUTORS Letter from the Editor Teresa Rodriguez

IT IS RARE TO DEVELOP A LONG-LASTING FRIENDSHIP LIKE THE ONE OLIVIA AND I HAVE. WE MET IN 2003, SHE AND JOEL GOODRICH attended the launch of TangoDiva, an online social network I started before Facebook existed. We have traveled the world together, laughing all the way. From partying with Vogue photographers and models at her château in Paris to almost getting locked in a garage in downtown San Francisco—our adventures are anything but dull. I never get tired of listening to her stories and fascinating history. I keep threating her that I’m going to write her book one day! It will be a hybrid action adventure with a bit of history, mystery, and luxury. So, when Olivia asked me to join her at Haute Living San Francisco, I was honored. All of us have “real” day jobs, but we come together after hours and on the weekends to capture the beauty of San Francisco and Northern California. Olivia’s goal is to create a magazine that gives readers a slice of something delicious, while showcasing the good deeds and charity work that happens in our town. It is a privilege to serve you, our amazing readers. None of this would be possible without the incredible dedication of our writers. This month, we have a stellar lineup of professionals who are going to knock your socks off with their prose. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to this issue’s sensational scribes:

Jennifer Raiser

Laurie Jo Miller Farr

egy and storytelling. She is the bestselling author of

marketing pro, Laurie is a US/UK dual citizen and

five books, including Burning Man: Art on Fire, In

dedicated urbanite who loves walkable cities. As a San

the Spirit of Napa Valley, and The Art of Being Bill

Francisco-based travel writer, she enjoys views from its

Murray. She works in marketing consulting and is

crazy signature hills following half-a-lifetime promot-

an avid nonprofit board junkie. Her BA in English

ing her two hometowns—a couple of oh-so-flat places:

Jennifer Raiser walks between the worlds of strat-

A career-long tourism, destination, hotel sales, and

literature and MBA, both from Harvard University, are her prerequisite for writing about swell parties.

New York City and London. Laurie’s byline is found in USA Today, CBS, Where Traveler, Haute Living, Epicure, Frommers, Fast Company, Napa Valley Life Magazine, Food & Travel Magazine, Eater, Google Touring

Stephanie Block

Bird, and other major media titles. She was awarded Yahoo Contributor of the

Stephanie Block is a third-generation family partner in RNDC and Young’s Market Company. She holds a WSET 3 certification in wine and spirits and is a recent graduate of an executive MBA pro-

Year and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Navid Armstrong

Navid Armstrong, a motivational speaker, comes

gram from both Brown University and IE Madrid.

from a background of retail and luxury goods, with

Previously, Stephanie ran St. Supéry Estate Vine-

20 years of experience in training and public rela-

yards & Winery’s social media and worked Napa

tions. She is a private consultant/stylist and has just

harvest 2016. Stephanie has championed gender equality as a national board

co-chaired the San Francisco ODC’s “Fall for Arts”

member of the US National Committee for UN Women and once traveled the

event again. She is also a committee member of the

globe as an award-winning travel writer. She has lived in six countries and

San Francisco Symphony. She is currently San Fran-

visited over 80. Elle adore parler français.

cisco Haute Living, San Francisco magazine’s Chief Social Officer, covering some of San Francisco’s major events.

Virginia Miller

Steph Keay

Since founding The Perfect Spot in 2007, Virginia Miller is the West North

Steph Keay is a Canadian freelance and technical

America Chair for World’s 50 Best, has been a Zagat SF editor, SF Guardian critic, and Table8 National Editor. Writing for

writer currently based in Silicon Valley. After com-

over 60 international publications, she regularly

pleting her Bachelor of Commerce in her hometown

covers dining, spirits, cocktails, and bars globally

of Calgary, Alberta, she spent a summer in Croatia

at, WhereTraveler, Haute Living, Time

assisting The Yacht Week with events management

Out, Google’s Touringbird, Distiller Magazine, Gin

on the islands of Hvar and Vis. Formerly in PR/

Magazine, Whisky Magazine, Food Republic, Bold

marketing, she has also placed stories for a variety

Italic, Oakland Magazine, and beyond. For over a

of clients—including tech leaders, international artists, and acclaimed ac-

decade, she has judged in numerous spirits, bars,

tors and musicians—with ABC, FOX, NBC, San Francisco Chronicle, The

and cocktail competitions and served on interna-

Mercury News, American Way, and others. In her spare time, she enjoys

tional awards panels, having now visited over 10,000 restaurants and 20,000

adventuring, photography, and travel—all of which she documents on her

bars around the world.

blog, The Keay.


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2019 Monte-Carlo Gala for Global Ocean.






Bugatti unveils the Centodieci at The Quail.


Butterfly Aviation offers a bird’s eye view of SF with luxury.



Wine Country inns pair superb wines with produce grown on-site and local meats.



Modern meets Art Deco at Gibson and pushes boundaries.



Stars shine at the 2019 Mill Valley Film Festival.


The Symphony’s Opening Night Gala pays tribute to MTT in his final season.


Arts, antiques, and design merge at the Fall Show at Fort Mason.


Dr. Lisa Kang offers enduring beauty.


Opening Night at the SF Opera brings Romeo & Juliet to life.

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Shop and stroll through the independent shops on Union Street.



Your guide to the holiday season’s best galas, parties, and fundraisers.


Haute Residence

Rediscover iconic Louis Vuitton.


Prince Albert II of Monaco leads a star-studded initiative to preserve the world’s oceans.

Travel Sidney

Claude Le Tohic’s xpansive talent occupies six floors at ONE65.



Explore culinary delights in the region surrounding Canada’s largest city, Toronto.


Two families, two countries, two iconic beverages, one goal: excellence.


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Profile: Claude Le Tohic.

San Francisco Symphony

Haute Seat

Monaco Yatch Show



El Cielo Winery & Resort offers luxury in the Guadalupe Valley, Mexico.



Rebuilt Belvedere mansion overlooks San Fransico Bay.


Kelly E. Carter explains how Napa’s gone upscale, courtesy of the Napa Valley Film Festival.


Lydia Graham discusses the issue of ovarian aging.


Stephanie Block suggests four titles for cozy holiday reading.

SCENE 90 The One&Only, Palmilla.

Did you miss autumn’s best parties?


110 The “Guru of Galas,” J. Riccardo Benevides, celebrates the

holidays in grand style.


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PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO S E-HYBRID I AM A POSITIVE PERSON, BUT LET’S START BY GETTING THIS OUT OF THE WAY—I wasn’t always a fan of the Panamera. I know, it ticked the right boxes and all, but it did not thrill me in the looks department (yes, I know, but I am a beholder). There, I’ve said it. It’s easier to admit now, because I love the look of the new generation Panamera. The car isn’t bulbous and it looks like the proper GT form, with a rocket as a role model. Although looks aren’t everything, they do count and, to me, those looks count a whole lot more now. It may be blasphemous to the Brits and Italians on the body. (I hope that I haven’t offended too many people in just the first paragraph.) So, now that there’s a great look—and it sure looks fast—is it writing checks that the engine, transmission, and suspension can cash? Abso-turbo-lutely! This baby is a 680HP twin-turbo racecar with room for four. With 626 pound-feet of torque, it can push every one of them into the backs of their seats. What helps is the 550HP V-8 gets tremendous oomph from the 136HP electric motor, and the torque curve on that motor is right now. As the e-motor is sandwiched in between the V8 and the 8-speed PDK transmission, the car didn’t need to be stretched. So seamless is the power transfer from the V-8 and electric motor that the transmission feels as though all three were developed as one. Would you believe that it can finish 0-60 faster than you can read this sentence? That’s under three seconds. (Okay, maybe you read faster than I



say this, but it’s like Porsche did the engineering (great job, guys) and then received input from

do.) Anyway, with a quarter-mile time of about eleven seconds and a terminal speed of 125MPH (top speed is a bit under 200MPH), you can look swell pulling up to the opera and, on your way home, blow off a supercar at the Stoplight Grand Prix. You did notice the word “hybrid” in its name, right? No, it’s not related to a Prius, as it’s only meant to move the fully-charged car about fourteen miles on all-electric driving. Once the battery is flat, you can plug in and charge it up in two hours or more, depending upon your home charger’s electron diet. However, the car does charge the battery while driving in gasoline mode. Beside, to me, all-electric driving isn’t what this car is about—it’s having the explosion of power that an electric motor can provide. The Panamera is spacious and plush, as is de rigueur in GT cars today, and it does not disappoint. The switchgear feels solid, the controls fall readily to hand, and of course, the ergonomics are amazing. It feels as though they’ve measured every possible driver for height, weight, arm length, etc. and created the car that adjusts to exactly what the driver wants. Just in case anyone asks, “So, what’s it cost?” I want you to be prepared.

In “Sapphire Blue Metallic” with “Agate Grey” leather interior, it was stunning.

The “base” model is $184,400 (the longer wheelbase “Executive” model

So, to recap, if you want to go really fast and get to speed very quick-

starts at about $10,000 more), but “mine” had some great options—real axle

ly—and if your neighbors have signed a petition for your early-morning

steering (surprisingly only $1,340 more), sports exhaust (you do have to

departure to your hedge-fund office to be quieter—plus, you appreciate

spring for that one), great sports seat (another important choice), and a

great looks, wonderful build quality, and comfort, then your car is ready.

few more upgrades, so it was just a great lunch for two short of $200,000.


So, you did notice the word “hybrid” in its name, right? No, it’s not related to a Prius as it’s only meant to move the fully-charged car about fourteen miles on all-electric driving.

A lifelong petrolholic, mechanic (cars, motorcycles, boats), and automotive journalist since penning a column for his high school newspaper, internationally recognized attorney Tim Lappen is a partner at a major Los Angeles-based law firm, where he chairs the firm’s Family Office Group and its Luxury Home Group and is, of course, a member of its Motor Vehicle Group. He can be reached at


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TheHAUTE LISTAuto So, it’s no surprise that the modern-day Bugattis, all of which are named after the company’s famous drivers from the past, have impressive stats. The initial Veyron had 1,001 horses, and the next iteration exceeded that with 1,250. The Chiron weighed in with 1,500 ponies; now, the Centodieci —unveiled at “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering” during August’s Monterey Peninsula / Pebble Beach Car Week — arrives with 1,600. (Rumor has it that, as of press time, the Chiron Super Sport will up the ante again. That seems likely, since, as I write this, a “pre-production vehicle of a Bugatti Chiron derivative” beat the world record for production cars by besting 300 MPH on a German test track.) Centodieci, as fans of the Romance languages can guess, means 110, which honors the company’s 110th anniversary. The August day when it was announced, the company said that only 10 of these cars would be made, that all 10 had been sold, and that one buyer had bought two of them. As of that date, the announced base price was 8 million euros (about $8.8 million each). What’s so special about this car? First, let’s look at the design. Thanks to Achim Ancheidt, Bugatti’s head designer from the company’s modern-day resurrection, its design stems from roots in the past (way back to the EB110, the first Bugatti built after the company’s long hiatus: Ettore died in 1947, and the company ceased operations in 1952) before the VW Group bought the company. Yet, the Centodieci benefits from Ancheidt’s strong eye toward the future and his knowing how things function. He can turn a wrench as well as brandish a design pen, as evidenced by the 1920s Type 35 Bugatti that he is restoring himself in his spare time.

BUGATTI CENTODIECI ETTORE BUGATTI WAS DESTINED TO BUILD CARS. FIRST, his name had that certain je ne sais quoi and it looked great on a radiator badge. No disrespect to Ford, for example, but Bugatti really sounded much faster. And the fact that Ettore was an Italian who built his company in France gave the company special cachet. Being from a family of artists was another plus, so perhaps you could say that the Bugatti vehicles were preordained. With a pedigree stretching back to the early 1900s, Bugatti was the brand to beat on the world’s race tracks, especially in the 1920s. The company’s Type 35B won the first-ever Monaco Grand Prix (1929 — and eight of the 16 cars in the race were Bugattis) Like most cars from that time, the brand was built on the back of racing accomplishments.


and Bugatti vehicles won many other competitions of that era.


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Following the recent Centodieci unveiling, I had the distinct pleasure of

a land-based vehicle through 300 MPH worth of air and live to tell about it, it

talking with Ancheidt. I must say it was one of the most-enjoyable conversa-

must be svelte enough to cut through the wind, yet have enough downforce

tions I’ve ever had. He’s an engaging man who exudes the passion befitting

to keep the rubber side down. In super-high-speed motoring, weight is the

the head designer of one of the world’s best-performing and most-storied


supercar brands. His design muses include his childhood fascination with

Ancheidt was tasked with designing the Veyron so that it would offer

cars and how the looks, the sounds, and even the fragrances were deeply

enough space for a W16 motor (and all the radiators and plumbing nec-

imprinted on his impressionable mind. He truly lives and breathes Bugattis.

essary to avoid self-immolation) in a package that reflected its ancestors’

Before the Veyron and its successors — and before the VW era — Bugatti

genes, looked good, and could hit the speed target (250 MPH for the initial

was resurrected in the early 1990s by an Italian entrepreneur Romano Ar-

Veyron, which it beat). What he learned from the Veyron he used for that

tioli. His 1991 debut of the modern-day Bugatti, labeled the EB110, was un-

model’s variants and then on the Chiron, the Divo, the La Voiture Noire, and,

veiled on the 110th anniversary of Etorre Bugatti’s birthday. It had a V12

most recently, the Centodieci.

motor and could top 220 MPH. To echo the design cues of the EB110 and to

The Bauhaus genetics and the form-follows-function mandate are obvi-

stuff it with a W16 motor presented “complex aerothermal requirements,”

ous in the gorgeous, new model. For example, the interesting “flying tail-

said Ancheidt.

lights” are comprised of a multitude of red plastic rectangles, each seeming

The Quail is known for a showcasing a surfeit of superb supercars on the

to float in 3D space. They provide both a visual treat to those behind the

lawn of Quail Lodge & Golf Club, so walking around a small group of EB110s

cars (which will be virtually everyone driving near one) and allow sufficient

gave Ancheidt the perfect opportunity to discuss and point out the design

space between them for an exit route for the copious amount of heat flow-

cues which he has incorporated in all the Bugattis since he commenced

ing off of the massive powerplant. Of course, there’s the horseshoe grill,

designing them: super-clean lines, linear shapes, and the like, clearly influ-

seen on virtually every Bugatti for over 100 years. Ancheidt incorporated the

enced by the minimalist Bauhaus-era designs of the 20th century. A rectan-

famous “Bugatti line” (which, when viewed on the driver’s side, looks like

gle here, a circle there, organized geometric designs comprise the vents and

a letter “D” and is often painted a different color from the side panels and

micro-ducts and other items which are the functional parts of the exterior.

doors around it) in the air inlets on the sides, on the pillars just behind the

Due to the engine and gearbox both being rearward of the cabin, the pas-

doors. As you can see from the photos, it’s at once a revolutionary design

senger compartment folds inward, with sloping-in side glass and a swept-

which also is instantly recognizable as a Bugatti.


back windshield, to better envelop the occupants.

The Centodieci will be available in whatever colors the buyers choose,

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus school, is

but the unveiled model was a deep glossy white which put it in great coun-

often credited with the “less is more” saying. (He didn’t originate it, but

terpoint to the luxurious, shiny black of the La Voiture Noir, like “yin and

that’s another story.) It’s hard to say the word “less” in conjunction with any

yang,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. With either of these

modern Bugatti, given their prodigious power; but, clearly the “form follows

models, you’ll get a tremendous car, but my favorite is the Centodieci, the

function,” a saying credited to Louis Sullivan, an architect who was Frank

beauty of the show and certainly worthy of the company’s 110th anniver-

Lloyd Wright’s early mentor, applies here. Simply put — if you want to shove


Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann was on hand to introduce the stunning new car. A lifelong petrolholic, mechanic (cars, motorcycles, boats), and automotive journalist since penning a column for his high school newspaper, internationally recognized attorney Tim Lappen is a partner at a major Los Angeles-based law firm, where he chairs the firm’s Family Office Group and its Luxury Home Group and is, of course, a member of its Motor Vehicle Group. He can be reached at


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clude in-room snacks, like Japan-worthy chilled soba noodles or decadent

Three Michelin-starred, Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ SingleThread is one of the most exquisite restaurants anywhere. This ultimate farm-

on Kyle’s years at The Fat Duck).

restaurant partnership was opened by husband-and-wife team Kyle and

In-room donabe pot service especially delights, utilizing their Japanese

Katina Connaughton in 2016. Kyle was chef at three Michelin restaurants

clay pot collection, with vegetable-tofu and American Waygu — shabu

and Katina worked on farms in both Japan and England before returning

shabu or pork meatball versions. It’s hard to resist the Hokkaido rendition,

home to California to launch their farm, restaurant, and inn.

featuring local seafood, seaweed, and vegetables from their garden and

SingleThread’s 5-room inn is just off Healdsburg’s town square, outfit-


breakfast spreads paying tribute to Japan, Sonoma, or England (calling

served in the style of Japan’s northern island where the Connaughtons

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There’s no shortage of award-winning restaurants dotting Wine Country — and for decades, it’s standard for many to source from their own garden. These three destination-worthy Mendocino and Sonoma County hotels take that combination to world-class levels. lived. Begin with appetizers in-room or in the rooftop garden, then return to your

by breathtaking views and the garden growing on cliffs leading down to the

room for pots and sides. The ultimate extravagance? Dine in pajamas and house

crashing sea. Mendocino seaweed, shellfish, and coastal glories dominate tasting

Sasawashi slippers.

menus, as do local wines and exceptional, grass-fed beef from 11 yearing cows

Heading north, Mendocino County moves from Anderson Valley’s farmland

at a nearby ranch.

and vineyards to miles of redwood forests before hitting the rocky Mendocino

Back in Anderson Valley, quirky, charming Boonville Hotel recently gained

Coast, where towering redwoods meet ocean waves crashing below. Elk’s sleepy

celebrated chef Perry Hoffman, who returns to his roots having grown up in laid-

stretch is home to Harbor House Inn, opened 2018 in a historic 1916 house. The

back Boonville where members of his extended family have long run the hotel

restaurant earned a Michelin star in less than a year, among accolades like Food

and nearby businesses. Whether staying in the main house or cottages, lush gar-

& Wine’s top 10 US chefs for chef Matthew Kammerer, who cooked in acclaimed

dens draw guests in for a soothing stroll or to sit with a glass of wine. Hoffman

kitchens like Tokyo’s RyuGin and Saison in San Francisco. His girlfriend, Amanda

grows every manner of produce and herbs used in his daily changing menus.

Nemec, is the inn’s gracious GM. The inn and cottages offer decks and ocean views, while the restaurant has only gotten better during its first year, enhanced

Farm-to-table exploded in the Bay Area five decades ago, alive and well in these ultimate overnight retreats.


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Harbor House Inn dishes Photo Credit Brendan McGuigan

SingleThread in-room chilled soba noodles Photo Credit Virginia Miller

SingleThread Farm Photo Credit Eric Wolfinger


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A variation on a classic Gibson cocktail with house-steeped pink peppercorn gin, pink peppercorn oil and pickled baby leek garnish. Photo Credit: Kane Andrade..


with Chapman’s unique vision.

BIJOU houses the modern-meets-Art-Deco Gibson. When it opened in 2017, Chef

Think cheese rinds steeped in Armagnac, paired with a cheese course for an

Robin Song (now at The Vault) put Gibson on the SF dining map. This August,

earthy, funky-elegant finish. Or a house white wine blend served in a wine glass

Louis Maldonado came on as executive chef, his resume including Bay Area

with drops of mezcal, tasting like a pitch-perfect white with intriguing grassy,

greats like The French Laundry and Mourad Lahlou’s Aziza.

slate notes. Blasphemy to wine purists? Maybe. But a mind-blowingly fresh take

Since day one, Adam Chapman has been pushing boundaries on the drink

for drink lovers.

side, quietly doing things you haven’t seen yet ... anywhere. As I’ve traveled to

He combines Santa Barbara Pinot Noir with an earthy whisper of Fidencio

literally thousands of the world’s best cocktail bars, I’m continually impressed

Pechuga mezcal and sotol (desert spoon plant spirit from Mexico). In these wine-


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HauteDRINKS spirit combinations, the wine’s structure gains spirit complexity. It’s a bold new category of drink pairing, one that only works in the hands of someone with a nuanced palate and impeccable sense of balance. Chapman obliges with drinks thoughtfully intended to pair with food. He has suffused sake with rare, shade-grown tea, steeped lamb skins in a rice whiskey hot toddy, or emboldened house cucumbershiso-lemongrass kombucha with shochu and koji yeast. Sourcing blueberries from the Maine farm where he picked them as a child, his blueberry sparkling wine has no sugars added, except for natural blueberry sugar. Mixed with fermented quince juice, Spirit Works vodka (from Sonoma County), and bergamot oil, it tastes like a dry red wine and pairs beautifully with Maldonado’s dill-apple-cucumber-horseradish beef tartare. Chapman riffs on a classic Bijou cocktail, mixing sweet white vermouth and gin infused with in house “chartreuse,” an herbaceous mix of toasted cardamom, bitter dandelion root/greens, and saffron, then dotted with orange oil. The Bijou sings with Maldonado’s duck confit saffron ravioli.

Chapman obliges with drinks thoughtfully intended to pair with food. He has suffused sake with rare, shade-grown tea, steeped lamb skins in a rice whiskey hot toddy, or emboldened house cucumber-shiso-lemongrass kombucha with shochu and koji yeast. Layered wonders continue: Fuji apples are freezer-distilled into

Gibson’s Adam Chapman. Photo Credit: Kane Andrade.

pure juice, mixed with 5-year Calvados (French apple brandy), juniper, grains of paradise, white Armagnac, and topped with extra dry brut cider for a brightly intense Gascon play on a French 75. Since Gibson PHoto Credits: Kane Andrade and Virginia Miller.

opened, Chapman’s signature clear Bloody Mary has evolved with the silkiest of Early Girl tomato juice married with a range of rare shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) in matsutaki mushroom, black garlic, cherry blossom, and barrel aged fish sauce versions. Drying fig leaves in the sun on the rooftop, he steeps them in Carpano Antica vermouth for a lovely bitter profile, then stirs vermouth with a blend of five rye and bourbon whiskies, giving it all a brown butter fat wash for a lush Manhattan variation. You won’t find a similar marriage of food, wine and spirits together anywhere else.


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Cherry Kola cocktail with Anejo rum, Brooks cherry extract, kola and bay nuts, roasted cherry pits, bitter almond, pretzel, seltzer and lime oil. Photo Credit: Kane Andrade.

Clear Bloody, a Bloody Mary variation with Early girl tomatos, vodka, shochu, shoyu (Japanese soy sauce in cherry blossom, matsutake mushroom, black garlic variations), fermented tomato ponzu sauce, serrano chilies and black pepper oil.. Photo Credit: Kane Andrade.

PHoto Credits: Kane Andrade and Virginia Miller.

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HauteSHOPPING LITTLE ELSE BUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S NAME REFLECTS THE FACT THAT COW Hollow was home to Gold Rush-era dairy farms supplying milk to residents of a young city. Known as Spring Valley during the mid-19th century, the forerunner of Union Street was an unpaved path from the Presidio, cutting across the tall grassland beside small creeks populated with wild ducks, quail, and rabbits. A century later, post-Gold Rush elegance blossomed in the ex-cow patch as innovative merchants, stylish antique shops, and home furnishing showrooms moved into converted carriage houses, stables, and barns. Elaborate, elegant Victorian residences followed. Because Cow Hollow survived the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, period architecture remains intact, much of it in use for dining and shopping, offering everything from caviar to lingerie. Take a closer look at independent Union Street shops with holiday gifts in mind: what’s delicious, what’s pretty, what’s handcrafted, what’s organic, and what’s sexy. The Caviar Co. is a sister act. Two Texas-bred siblings conceived a sophisticated upstairs shop as both a retail space and a tasting lounge for a range of sustainable caviar in attractive tins. The Emerald Caviar Tasting flight is available as a Christmas gift certificate. Perfect for navigating the streets of our seven-by-seven pedestrian peninsula, stylish footwear maker Birdies combines three elements: the style of a designer flat, the support of a sneaker, with the softness of a slipper. Choose sparkle flats, velvet slides, or The Starling, a comfy and classic smoking slipper, now available in leather. Lingerie and intimate accessories from Pink Bunny come with attentive, personalized service that’s missing from the department store experience. Step into Jo Malone London for a botanical scented candle or cologne to accompany a gift-boxed chemise and a bunch of roses from The Bud Stop, an all-season Union Street constant since 1984. For 70 years, makeup artists and performers have sworn by Kryolan, a Go subtle or bold with false eyelashes from their Union Street store, one of just three in the US. When it’s time to take a break from shopping, stop in at KAIYO for contemporary Peruvian and Japanese Nikkei flavors and watch passersby at a front patio table warmed by heat lamps. On a sunny afternoon in late fall, Cobb salad and wine served at a cheery, gingham-clothed table is reliably social at Perry’s, the venerable Union Street dining and drinking tradition that just turned 50.


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Madonna. Photo Credit: Steven Kline.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, including the 75th anniversary of San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Under the Big Top at Oracle Park through Jan. 12, 2020 at 74 Mission Rock St.

2, 4, and 5 Madonna Madame X Tour Fans have three opportunities to see Madonna live in concert on her Madame X international tour, with VIP packages available. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St.

2 A.C.T. 2019 Season Gala American Conservatory Theater’s gala features live entertainment by 5-time Grammy- and Emmy-nominated, San Francisco comedian Margaret Cho. Proceeds benefit artistic, acting, education and community programs. The Hibernia, 1 Jones St.

Ballet hosts a once-in-a-lifetime event with Professor

3 Amaluna Cirque du Soleil’s magical and mysterious production pays tribute to love and motherhood. Written and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show features a mostly female cast with an all-female band.

AMA Unicycle. Photo Credit: Markus Moellenberg.

3 Exploring Nutcracker To mark the 75th anniversary of the first American performance of The Nutcracker, San Francisco Jennifer Fisher, a noted expert; two of the original cast members; and a panel of former Clara dancers to share their experiences. 1 p.m. at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 8 Manon Lascaut His third opera, Puccini’s 4-act, 19th century work is performed through Nov. 26 by San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.




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13 Soirée on the Bay II Party aboard the Celebrity Eclipse, docked for a lively evening of champagne, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and dancing. Proceeds to benefit Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation. Pier 27, The Embarcadero.

29 The Velveteen Rabbit Now in its 33rd season, the poignant tale of a toy rabbit is a family holiday classic. ODC/Dance performances run through Dec. 8 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.

13 - 17 Napa Valley Film Festival A blend of art, film, food, and wine, this ninth annual event showcases independent filmmaking and attracts outstanding talent. Of the program’s 80-film line-up, 16 selected films compete for Narrative and Documentary Feature, sponsored by Meadowood Napa Valley.


14 Hansel & Gretel The classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale comes to life as two siblings outsmart a wicked witch. Through Dec. 7 at San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 27 Champions of Magic Marvel at the jaw-dropping family fun and masterful illusions at this hit magic show from London’s West End. Golden Gate Theatre through Dec. 1, seven performances only. 1 Taylor St. Champions of Magic. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

3-6 “It’s a Wonderful Life” The SF Symphony adds appeal to this 1939 holiday classic movie with live musical accompaniment. The Symphony Film Series features American cinematic greats on the big screen. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Franklin St. 4 An Evening on the Stage | San Francisco Opera Guild Honoring Carol and Dixon Doll in its seventh year, a spectacular evening unfolds. Cocktails served in the lobby are followed by an elegant dinner on the main stage, then dancing to a live band. Proceeds benefit the Opera’s education and community outreach programs. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 5 Andrea Bocelli The legendary tenor makes his San Francisco debut at the new Chase Center, joined by the San Francisco

Symphony and Chorus. 500 Terry A Francois Blvd. 5-8 Home for the Holidays | Michael Feinstein Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home with his band to perform holiday classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St. 11 - 29 Nutcracker On Christmas Eve in 1944, the American premiere of Nutcracker enchanted the audience and launched a national holiday tradition which we honor with each passing generation. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 10 - 23 A Chanticleer Christmas A capella and clear as a bell, this pitch perfect ensemble of 12 male voices presents a globally inspired holiday program of Gregorian chants to gospels. In its 42nd season, the group performs throughout the Bay Area; San Francisco dates are Dec. 14 and 22 at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker St. 11 - 13 Handel’s Messiah American Bach soloists deliver hallelujah glory in a full, 3-hour long performance of Handel’s timeless score in this breathtaking setting. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. 12 - 23 Smuin Contemporary Ballet Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Christmas Ballet offers a combination of classical and contemporary jazz, tap, and ballet accompanied by popular carols, seasonal pop favorites, and red-hot numbers. San Francisco shows at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.


14 and 15, 21 and 22 A Cathedral Christmas The voices of Grace Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys fill the space with classic carols and sacred masterpieces accompanied by a full orchestra and magnificent organ. A holiday tradition at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. 15 Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon In its fourth year, this magical “Land of Dreams” day delights the whole family and includes lunch, matinee, and a chance to dance under the snowflakes onstage with the troupe. Proceeds benefit SF Ballet’s School and Youth Programs and the SF Ballet School Scholarship Fund. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.


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Members of the Symphony Supper Host Committee gather at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2019 Opening Night Gala.


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MORE THAN 2,500 ENTHUSIASTIC GUESTS ATTENDED THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S OPENING Night Gala, in honor of Michael Tilson Thomas and his husband Joshua Robison, held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The Symphony celebrated the start of Thomas’ 25th season with a program that included Glinka’s overture to Ruslan and Ludmila and songs by Copeland, including Gordon Getty’s arrangement of “Shenandoah” and ending with the majestic finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode, “To Joy!” It was touching when Thomas asked for those patrons who had been to the Symphony’s Opening Night Gala 25 years ago, to stand up. At the end of the performance, Thomas and the orchestra were joined on stage by Joshua Robison and some of the most prominent figures in American politics, among them the Speaker of the House and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Paul F. Pelosi; California Governor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom; San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed; San Francisco Symphony President Sakurako Fisher; and, Gala co-chairs Nicole Lacob and Rachael Bowmam. Rick Welts and Joe Lacob were among some of those who presented Thomas with a rose or a jersey from each of the Bay Area’s sports teams—San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden Gates Warriors, and Oakland Athletics. Beach Blanket Babylon’s Jennifer Morrison sang “San Francisco” at the encore and brought the audience to their feet for a singalong, adding to the night’s excitement. The concert ended with celebratory confetti.


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FEATURE To pay tribute to Michael Tilson Thomas and his quarter-century tenure at the Symphony, many guests chose to wear blue, his favorite color, to the Opening Night Gala. San Francisco Symphony President Sako Fisher was a vision in blue; dressed to perfection in a Dior gown and an Alexander McQueen leather jacket. Others in various shades of blue included Social Media Chair Catherine Geeslin in Roland Mouret; Natasha Dolby in Monique Lhuillier; Mary Beth Shimmon in an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera; and Allison Speer in Andrew Gn. It was beautiful indeed, as a sea of blue walked into the Patrons Pavilion for a fabulous dinner prepared by McCalls Catering and Events. Carefully orchestrated lighting took patrons from a cerulean blue sunset to a twilight evening. Co-chairs Rachel Bowman (in show-stopping Elsa Schiaparelli haute couture) and Nicole Lacob (ever so elegant in an Oscar de la Renta gown) set the tone for a night of glamour. Vanessa Getty and Katie Traina looked equally dazzling in their Vionnet gowns, while Karen Richardson was ethereal in a romantic Carolina Herrera tea length gown, as was Jennifer Walske in a gold gown by Monique Lhuillier.


Michael Tilson Thomas, Maria Manetti Shrem, and Joshua Robison

Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and his wife Nicole and Mike Krieger and his wife Kaitlyn (in Dries Van Noten) were also there to celebrate, as was Marissa Mayer, dressed in Carolina Herrera. Josh Olshansky (in Lanvin) and Laurie Olshansky (in Alexander McQueen) looked cameraready on the pink carpet! The “Blueprint Studios” decor evoked an immersive and magical starlit spectacle and highlighted Jarrod Baumann’s black and gold Dolce Gabbana brocade tuxedo. Todd Coyles in Paul Smith, along with his energetic team, represented Neiman Marcus, the night’s Signature Education Sponsor. Guest Artist Underwriters Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem were one of the most impressive couples of the night, while Dede Wilsey was ever so regal in her Andrew Gn gown. Among the ladies who wore stunning red gowns to the Symphony’s Opening Night Gala were Shannon Getty, Komal Shah, Holly Cuggino (Dolce and Gabbana), Ruchi Sanghvi (Valentino), Sara Steingart, Pia Cohler, and Nicole Systrom. Following the concert, the guests enjoyed an “All Out” after party on Grove Street and in the Tented Pavilion. The 12,000 square foot space looked magical with over 3,000 lighted gold pendants cascading from colossal, illuminated fringe structures. They danced to entertainment provided by Conjunto Karabali, Salsamania, DJL!, Motown on Mondays, and VibraSON and enjoyed complimentary drinks and food from various San Francisco establishments. Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefit the San Francisco Symphony’s myriad artistic, educational, and community programs, which serve over 100,000 students, teachers, and families in the Bay Area each year. Music enthusiasts enjoyed the undeniable power of the event’s music, confirming Nietzsche’s thought: “Without music, life would be a mistake.”


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Joe Lacob, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Charlotte Shultz, and Rick Welts.

Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi

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Opening night gala Co-Chair Rachel Bowman, Olivia Decker of Haute Living, and Co-Chair Nicole Lacob.

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Laura Dern answers audience questions after the screening.

Mill Valley




HE NIGHT SKIES TWINKLED EVEN BRIGHTER WHEN THE STARS CAME OUT TO celebrate the Mill Valley Film Festival. The beloved festival fuses Hollywood glamour with the laid-back enthusiasm of Marin County, resulting in an intimate, but electric, series of cinematic events. Now in its 42nd year, the MVFF offers extraordinary access to a chockablock schedule of insider premieres, exclusive screenings, industry tributes, and up-close encounters with red carpet stalwarts. This year’s festival opened with an appearance by Jamie Foxx and a screening of his powerhouse new film, Just Mercy, a true-life story about an aspiring young attorney, played by Michael B. Jordan, working to exonerate condemned prisoners on Alabama’s Death Row. Foxx’s performance as real-life prisoner Walter McMillan was lauded at the Opening Night Gala as one of his finest, raising definite buzz about a certain gold statue. The film’s subject — the challenges of navigating a highly biased legal system in pursuit of justice — felt especially relevant, and the crowd’s enthusiasm made Foxx’s appearance even more welcome. Actress Karan Kendrick, who offers a nuanced performance as McMillan’s wife, joined Foxx for the premiere. After the film’s screening, the open-air Opening Night party at Marin Country Mart was abuzz. With the addition of a live band for dancing, local restaurants offering delectable bites, and a starry, balmy night, the festival was off to a strong start. 35

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Kristen Stewart stars as Jean Seberg.

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Karen Kendrick and Jamie Foxx.

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The immersive festival offered a whirlwind of film-related events over 11 days.

The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words, Days of the

This year’s lineup included a tribute to powerhouse actress Alfre Woodard and a

Bagnold Summer, Inmate: The Rise of Danny Trejo, and Truth. The festival also of-

screening of her film Clemency, in which she plays a prison warden questioning the

fered a restoration of director Nancy Kelly’s 1990 Western feminist epic, Thousand

morality of death row. Dreamboat actor Robert Pattinson appeared before a show-

Pieces of Gold. Local director Philip Kaufman appeared with his star, Lena Olin, in

ing of The Lighthouse, a moody and intense period drama. Kristen Stewart’s por-

a special restoration of the 1988 classic The Unbearable Lightness of Being, based

trayal of actress Jean Seberg in the new biopic Seberg was another highlight. Local

on the book by Milan Kundera. These family-focused screenings played in a track

favorite, Olivia Wilde, was honored in her own spotlight evening where the crush of

supporting youth education, and a special Mind the Gap summit discussing wom-

admirers was palpable. Actress Barbara Rush was celebrated for her groundbreak-

en and diversity in the world of film. The program included a Spanish language and

ing film and television work from the 1950s to the 1980s. British director and pro-

Latin American film showcase, as well as master classes, panels, workshops, and

The immersive festival offered a whirlwind of film-related events over 11 days. This year’s lineup included a tribute to powerhouse actress Alfre Woodard and a screening of her film Clemency, in which she plays a prison warden questioning the morality of death row. ducer Michael David Apted, who conceived the landmark Up documentary series

even a music series at the live performances. Snoop Dogg spinning at the Sweet-

and directed Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Enigma,

water was an instant sell-out, but there were plenty of other musical events to take

was also honored with a screening of his latest, 63 Up. Laura Dern taught a master

in between screenings.

class. A tip-top panel of producers discussed the state of the industry. Even the most dedicated cineaste barely had time to catch their Breathless, as it were. A record 41 hotly anticipated films premiered at the festival, including Blackbird,

Film Festival Executive Director Mark Fishkin poses with Robert Pattinson for the premiew of The Lighthouse.

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For the avid film-goer, watching nearly four films a day for 11 days was very close to heaven. It was so close to heaven that the glow of the screen and the twinkle of stars encompassed the universe at the 42nd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival.

Laura Dern, Noah Baumbach, and Julie Hagerty

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FEW THINGS WERE DROPPED AT THE PREVIEW GALA FOR SAN FRANCISCO’S “swellegant” Fall Show at Fort Mason, formerly known as the Fall Antiques Show. Certainly, names were dropped. With India Hicks, Tony Duquette, and Bunny Mellon all jetting in, there were plenty of references to rakes and royals among the regulars. Hints were definitely dropped, too: the gilded luxe of jewelry booths plying their troves of Van Cleef and Belperron compelled more than a few anniversary and birthday reminders … ahem. And jaws were dropped at a number of pieces on display: a Gustave Caillebotte landscape for $1 million plus and a staggering hand-painted screen depicting Mexico City in the 1730s were some of the many treasures that elicited an impromptu dental exam. The organizers deliberately dropped the word “Antiques” from the event title to update the show to include precious wares more recent than antique, although of equal standard for quality. The show, now in its 38th year, wants to keep up with the tastes of San Francisco’s spendy set, whose modern sensibility includes mid-century and mid-90s (when some of these new buyers were born, mon dieu!). The San Francisco Fall Show: Art-Antiques-Design is now its name, and nobody dropped the ball on that one.

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Kay Evans, Suzanne Tucker, and Ariane Trimuschat

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Branca, Veere Grenney, SagreraBrazil Design, and Hutton Wilkinson. Each

tried-and-true formula of exclusive access, exquisite objects, effusive greeting,

created their own stylized version of a dreamy destination, backed by hand-

and exceptional food was in fine form. The throngs turned out in their best bib

painted De Gournay wallpaper, while Riccardo Benevides of iDeas Event De-

and Tucker (hello, show chair!) to see and be seen. McCall’s catering prepared

sign created an allée of clouds overhead. Indefatigable Show Chair Suzanne

racks and racks of lamb chops and filets to perfection. Tins of caviar were su-

Tucker joined forces with Designers and Artisans Circle Chair Ken Fulk to wel-

persized, and the desserts did not disappoint. Apparently, ice cream on top of

come an A-team of donors, whose arrival time corresponded with their level of

donuts is a thing. And the line was as long for the candy table at the end of the


evening as it was for the caviar station at the beginning. This is a party with its priorities in place.

This is one of the few events where everybody arrives on time as a matter of pride. Early arrivals met Honorary Chair India Hicks, a particular pleasure

Most importantly, the show’s beneficiary, Enterprise for Youth, remains

among the cognoscenti. She earned her design pedigree at her father David

resolutely at the center of the substantial effort it takes to conjure this 4-day

Hicks’ knee. The multifaceted author and designer also has a lifestyle brand

extravaganza with the opening party at the starting gate. Enterprise for Youth

of accessories and jewelry and a pedigree which includes her grandfather Lord

offers under-resourced San Francisco high school students the opportunity to

Mountbatten and her godfather Prince Charles. She has raised five children on

gain professional skills through paid internships and job training. Celebrating

a remote Bahamian island.

its 50th year of youth empowerment, the list of internship hosts includes many

And turn out they did. “Finally, a chance to wear the good jewelry,” quipped

show stalwarts, such as Tucker & Marks, Zeterre Landscape Architects, Jay

one bedecked patroness, running the phalanx of air kisses and enthusiasms on

Jeffers, de Gournay, Jonathan Rachman Design, Koeppel Design, and more.

her way to the bar. The party offers a chance to show off a bit of the new, too.

Enthusiastic Enterprise students passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the even-

Whether a new frock, rock, or beau, there was plenty of pretty to go around.

ing, a palpable reminder that the evening served a purpose, too.

Among the artistes and antiquaries: Denise Hale, Austin and Sara Hills,

This year’s show theme was “Wanderlust: Around the World with Art, An-

Nion McEvoy, Paul Pelosi, Frank Caufield, Robert Girard and Phoebe Cowles,

tiques & Design.” The quartet of vignettes in the grand entrance reflected far-

Navid Armstrong, an enceinte Samantha and proud Darren Bechtel, Court-

away destinations to the north, south, east, and west, created by Alessandra

ney Dallaire, Carl and Yurie Pascarella, Ricky Serbin and Mitchell Benjamin,


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Stephanie Ejabat, a resplendent Christine Suppes, Sally Fay, Joe Tobin, Mindy

rad, Joel Goodrich, Damion Matthews, Malin Giddings, Roman Gronkowski,

Henderson, Dr. Clara Shayevich, Michele Goss, Show Director-at-Large Ari-

Toby Rose, James Hormel and Michael Nguyen Hormel, Seth Matarasso, and

ane Maclean Trimuschat, Interim Show Director Kay Evans, Gala Commit-

plenty of new faces to acquaint.

tee members Barbara Brown, Alison

The show had something for every-

Gelb Pincus, Allison Speer, Dede

body, buyers and browsers alike: a rare

Wilsey, Volunteer stalwarts Jennifer

43-star American flag, a trove of Georg

Miller, Theresa Gupta, Suzanna Al-

Jensen silver, a one-of-a-kind Buccel-

len, Cornelia Y. de Schepper, Dan

lati bauble ‌ and on and on, each more

Zelen, Megan Francis, Jennifer Mill-

precious and perfect than the next. The

er, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Su-

vendors pulled out all the stops to make

zanna Allen, JoEllen Dutcher, Elaine

their booths distinctive and design-for-

Ng, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer,

ward. While the sensibilities of a majol-

Elisa Stevens, Enterprise President

ica collector and a photography patron

Michael Franzia, CEO Ninive Cale-

may differ, they could reliably count on

gari, Vetting Committee Chair Peter

quality in the show, which has a vetting

Fairbanks and Vice-Chairs Daniel

committee for every specialty field. The

Stein and Kathleen Taylor, David and

opening party is a preview to the show, so

Mary Beth Shimmon, Alison Carlson, Beth Townsend, Maria Quiros, Betsy

Mark Rhoades, Jorge Maumer, Mary Beth Shimmon, Jeff Schlarb

Linder, Lisa Zabelle, Kathy Geisler Best, David Isaac, Chip Zecher, Jorge Maumer, Kendall Wilkinson, Holly Hol-

determined collectors attend to gaze at the goods, while those on a more modest trajectory were quite happy to check out

one another.

lenbeck, Mark Rhodes, Jerome Molles, Gail Glasser, Jonathan Rachman, Caro-

As far as we know, the objects were all safe. No paintings, china, crystal, or

lyn Chang, Mary and Bill Poland, the great Glady Thacher, Fine Arts Museums

jewels were jostled. Nothing precious, save a few dollars, was dropped in the

CEO Thomas Campbell, Kathryn Lasater, Karen Caldwell, Gus and Bahya Mu-

making of the Fall Show: Art, Antiques & Design.

Mary and Bill Poland

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Barbara Brown and Ken Fulk

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The 2019




HE MONTE-CARLO GALA FOR THE GLOBAL OCEAN 2019 TOOK place during the Monaco Yacht Show on September 26 at the Terraces of the Opera Garnier. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco hosted the event along with Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and Simon de Pury conducted the auction with Patricia Arquette and Chris Tucker on stage to present unique, bespoke auction items. Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, and Andy Garcia served as Masters of Ceremony. Performances by Gwen Stefani, Andrea Bocelli, and Kool & the Gang with Robin Thicke singing enlivened the after-party.

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HSH Prince Albert (center) with the stars on the blue carpet .

Chris Tucker.


Andrea Bocelli.


Michael Covarrubias

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Actor, producer, and director Robert Redford was presented with

value of key ocean assets represents more than $24 trillion. Yet the

the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Special Award in recogni-

global ocean is threatened by the effects of climate change, plastic

tion of his lifelong efforts for environmental protection. HSH Prince

pollution, and overfishing. Only 4 percent of the global ocean enjoys

Albert said, “We are delighted to honor Robert Redford, who has high-

protected status. Besides, if current fishing rates continue, the world’s

ly contributed to raising awareness about the environmental challeng-

fisheries will collapse by 2048, and at current rates of temperature

es the world is facing. He is a long-time champion for climate change

rise, coral reefs will disappear by 2050. Emblematic marine species

action, and it is our privilege to celebrate his life’s work.” Accepting the

are also threatened with extinction, such as sharks with 100 million

prize, Mr. Redford said, “The information we’ve heard over the course

kills every year. Facing this global challenge of unprecedented mag-

of the last few days, coming out of the United Nations report on the

nitude, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is taking action to

health of our oceans, is yet another reminder that our window of op-

curb the trend and promote a sustainable ocean to create a new alli-

portunity to change course is sadly narrowing each and every day. If

ance between humanity and the ocean.

ever there was a time to raise awareness and inspire actions, it is right now. This is it. This is our only planet. This may be our last chance.”

rpet .

The Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 raised over $25 million and enabled the Foundation to provide multi-annual support

In his speech, HSH Prince Albert highlighted that the Monte-Carlo

to marine conservation projects worldwide. The 2019 Monte-Carlo

Gala for the Global Ocean was the closing event of a very special week

Gala focused on eight priority initiatives: fighting against plastic pol-

dedicated to the ocean with the launch of the IPCC Special Report

lution; developing the Mediterranean Trust Fund for Marine Protected

on the Ocean and Cryosphere and the UN Secretary-General’s Cli-

Areas; conserving marine species facing a risk of extinction; expand-

mate Action Summit. “This is the time for collective responsibility, a

ing marine protected areas in the polar regions; mitigating ocean’s

shared commitment, a joint undertaking. This is time for generosity.

acidification; supporting innovations to challenge marine threats; fa-

This is the stage we are at this evening, and it is why I am particularly

voring sustainable yachting practices; and promoting environmental

happy to welcome you all. [I am] particularly grateful to witness your


commitment once again this year, particularly proud of being able to

To spotlight global attention on the serious crisis of our oceans, the

continue with you, and, thanks to you, the wonderful work that was

Prince Albert Foundation’s 2019 ocean-saving events brought together

carried out after the last two galas,” declared HSH Prince Albert II of

global policymakers, philanthropists, business leaders, scientists, and


celebrities from around the world, uniting their forces to provide solu-

According to the Foundation’s report, the global ocean produces 50

tions to the crisis facing our ocean. The Monte Carlo Gala for Global

percent of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs 25 percent of the world’s

Ocean raised over $26 million this year. All proceeds from the Monte-

gas emissions. Today, based on the gross marine product, the ocean is

Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean and its auction support the Founda-

the seventh largest economy in the world, and the overall estimated

tion’s Ocean initiatives.


Gala dinner.

One of Prince’s ocean expeditions


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Uma Thurman.

Robin Thicke.

Gwen Stefani.

Andy Garcia.

Jane Seymour and her sons.


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Robert Redford.

Robert Redford said: “I am honored to be recog-

ing messages of responsibility and advocacy,

ford, established the Redford Center dedicated

nized by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his

whether for the truth itself or for the preservation

to harnessing the power of film, video, and new

foundation. The prince’s tireless leadership in the

of Earth and those who inhabit it.

media to engage people through inspiring sto-

fight to preserve and protect our oceans sets an

In 1981, Mr. Redford founded the Sundance

example we all should follow. It’s our responsi-

Institute and the annual Sundance Film Festi-

In December 2015, Mr. Redford delivered an

bility to work together to overcome the chal-

val, attracting a global audience to the works

inspiring message at the UN Assembly before

lenges before us in the fight to save our oceans

of emerging artists in independent films. Such

the Paris COP21 on behalf of the National Re-

— and, in turn, our planet.”

work “driven by individual, authentic voice

sources Defense Council of which he has been

Mr. Redford has devoted his career to spurring

ries that galvanize environmental action.

can awaken new ideas that have the power to

a trustee for over 40 years. Premiering at the

meaningful change through the power of media.

delight and entertain, push creative boundaries,

COP21 events was a short film illuminating the

In his films — including: All the President’s

spark new levels of empathy and understanding

decades-long environmental advocacy work of

Men, The Candidate, Quiz Show, Out of Africa,

and even lead to social change.”

Robert Redford and his core belief that “Art and

and Truth — there have always been underly-

In 2005, Mr. Redford and his son, James Red-

nature combined make the world a better place.”


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Record Breaking Year at Monaco


Samsung Building in San Jose


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THE MONACO YACHT SHOW IS RENOWned as the world’s most prestigious yacht show for luxury yachting. This annual event has showcased the finest superyacht lifestyle at Port Hercules in glamorous Monaco since 1991. This year, Monaco Yacht Show featured the most impressive fleet of superyachts in its history and attracted a record-breaking number of 600 companies from the leading superyacht builders, suppliers, designers, top brokers of yacht sales and charters, the most sought-after tenders and water toys, luxury cars, and helicopter and private jet manufacturers, each drawing their clients to the exhibits and contributing to the 31,565 visitors to the show. The 29th Monaco Yacht Show showcased 125 superyachts with an estimated total value of around 4 billion euros, the highest in the show’s history. The superyacht exhibition included 44 new models and 14 mega yachts over 70 meters in length, including two over 100 meters: the 111.5-meter TIS and 106.1-meter Amadea, both built by Lürssen. The 2019 MYS boasted yachts that were bigger and more amazing than ever, as well as a tendency towards “greener” yachts and enhanced performance in terms of technology, speed, and design. Each year, many newly delivered yachts launch at the show, many yachts for sale are unveiled at the event, and the world’s most respected shipyards display extraordinary one-off superyachts. For four days, yacht owners, yacht brokers, superyacht purchasers, or charterers — decision-makers in the yachting and luxury industries — mingled and networked at the Monaco Yacht Show on a global scale. This year, I visited TIS and Amadea, designed by Espen Oino, plus two elegant yachts for sale: Aurora Borealis (67.6 meters) and Sirona (56.4 meters).


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Mega yacht Amadea.

Fernando Pensato, Thomas Gurr, and Tiffany Pensato at the Yacht Club de Monaco . 208 Utah in San Francisco

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HSH Prince Albert with Olivia Decker and Haute Living Prince cover issue.

The sixth Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards ceremony

The Monaco Yacht Show is an event with the recognition and

awarded four prizes. The 64-meter Attila by San Lorenzo received

the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. In

the MYS/RINA Award for its design, which complies with the envi-

2010, the Monaco Yacht Show joined forces with the Prince Albert

ronmental standards established by RINA, the Italian company in

Foundation to support environmental initiatives like the Wood For-

charge of classifying superyachts.

ever Pact within the framework

The TIS, a brand new, 111.5-meter

of the action, “Monaco makes a

yacht built by Lürssen, received the

commitment against deforesta-

MYS Interior Design Award. The

tion.” In the last three years, Prince

80-meter Excellence by Abeking &

Albert Foundation’s Monte-Carlo

Rasmussen won the MYS Exterior

Gala for the Global Ocean has

Design Award and the MYS Finest

been positioned as the momentum

New Superyacht Award. Imme-

behind the Monaco Yacht Show

diately before the ceremony, the

program. The gala was hosted on

MYS hosted the fourth edition of

the Lürssen-built yacht Amadea,

the Monaco Yacht Summit, dur-

where Peter Lürssen revealed his

ing which a variety of yachtingrelated subjects were discussed by some 40 participants interested in

Living room of mega yacht Tis, winner of Best Interior Award 2019

purchasing or chartering a yacht

donation of 2 million euros to the Foundation. The Intergovernmental Panel on the Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report on the ocean

soon. Also, the MYS private concierge service invited 211 visitors,

and climate change was announced. The report brings attention to

linking them up with the show’s exhibitors and triggering over

the urgency of preserving our ocean.

50 yacht visits. The majority of these potential clients came from

The Monaco Yacht Show will celebrate its 30th anniversary on

the United States, Russia, England, China, and India. Exhibitors

September 23-26, 2020, where Prince Albert Foundation will host

noted a definite trend in visitor profile: a broader range of coun-

its fourth Monte-Carlo Gala for Global Ocean. For details, visit

tries, a wider age bracket, and serious intentions to buy or charter. and .

Peter LÜrssen, HSH Prince Albert, and the Blue Marine Foundation representatives.

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WHEN FIRST MEETING DR. KANG, ONE NOTICES SOMEthing delightfully charming about her, something almost angelic. She doesn’t have the air of a renowned general surgeon, nor does Dr. Kang come across as one of the most knowledgeable and wellrespected doctors in the Medspa space—but she is. Dr. Lisa Kang was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was only nine years old. She spoke no English, but she could play the piano. Her father was a neurosurgeon in Korea, and her mother had family in San Jose. So, they packed up the family and relocated to San Jose with her two older brothers and younger sister. Influenced by her father’s helping other people, Kang wanted to do the same. Being of service has been a part of her family’s ethos even before they arrived in the United States. Lisa grew up in a Christian family and seriously thought about becoming a missionary. Two of her uncles, one aunt, and a cousin were pastors. From the moment she arrived from Korea until she left for college, Kang played the piano at church every Sunday. Just months after being in elementary school, her music teacher asked her if she could play the cello. She spoke little English and responded, “Yes,” because she thought he had said, “piano.” He handed her a cello, and in weeks she mastered the instrument. English, on the other hand, took her a year to learn fluently.

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In college, Kang never considered any other path than medicine. She attended UC Berkeley with a double major in biochemistry and music. After graduating UC Berkeley, she went to medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC for another four years. While in medical school, she thought she wanted to become a pediatrician because she loved children so much. But, when Lisa started her surgical rotations, she fell in love with the fast pace and complexity of the work that the surgeons did. Because of her understanding of music, her brain and hands were well trained for the grueling work mastered by surgeons. Kang focused on general surgery and completed her residency in general surgery at an affiliated UC Davis campus back in California. She practiced general surgery for five years there. After Kang graduated as an MD in surgery, she became a practicing general surgeon for PHOTO BY HQUALITY / SHUTTERSTOCK

another seven years, specializing in abdominal surgery which included working on organs. She loved the quick recovery and improvement of her clients after she operated on them. In January of 2006, Dr. Kang received a flyer from a laser company exhibiting at a tradeshow near her. She attended the event in February and demonstrations of the incredible power of the different lasers impressed her. The immediate results from lasers and cosmetic treatments like Botox® and fillers attracted her interest. Dr. Lisa Kang

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So, in May of 2006, when she was two months pregnant, Dr. Kang found a med-

nologies and products for her clients. She says, “This is a vast, changing field. It

spa on Maiden Lane in San Francisco that was selling its practice and decided

is fun to see real results and to provide noticeable improvements to my patients.”

to buy it.

Dr. Lisa Kang has a beautiful combination of left and right brain coordina-

She never planned to give up general surgery, but passion for new technology

tion. She is both musically inclined and scientifically logical, which makes for a

and its instant results fascinated her and she wanted to pursue it. Her brother

perfectly balanced aesthetic eye enhanced by steady hands to perform delicate

David, also a surgeon, helped her with the medspa. Dr. Lisa Kang delivered her

surgeries on her patients. Dr. Kang expressed gratitude to have a profession

son Jonathon a few months after opening Serenity MedSpa. When he was only

that she is passionate about and the skills to deliver incredible results to her

a month old, she brought him to work and cared for him between patients. That

clients who rely on her to help them put their best faces forward.

only lasted a few weeks, and then she got a full-time nanny.

As well as being a respected surgeon, Dr. Kang is a mother of two wonder-

Dr. Kang is a passionate explorer and loves finding new ways to do things.

ful children: Jonathon, 12, and Chloe, 8. When not working, she enjoys simple

She had no reason to start a medspa; however, as a female general surgeon, her

pleasures with her family or gives back to her community by volunteering or

schedule would have been completely different if she had continued along that

donating her services. She has co-chaired nonprofit organizations like Rooms

career path. She would be on call and would have to be available for emergencies.

That Rock 4 Chemo and REAF which supports at-risk youth and the elderly.

That was no life for a mother.

We spoke to Dr. Kang about the solutions to many of our top problem areas

When she opened Serenity MedSpa in 2006, laser hair removal was very pop-

and aging issues and the options she provides. Following are her top three gifts

ular, as were Botox®, laser treatments, and fillers. Dr. Kang was so good at what

that everyone deserves this holiday season. These are great ways to start your

she did, she got her first clients via word of mouth.

New Year with the face and body you always wanted.

Over a decade later, Dr. Kang has opened up a Burlingame location. The main impetus for opening Burlingame was to offer more advanced technologies as


well as to better serve her fast-growing South Bay and Peninsula clients. In Burl-

Imagine literally lifting the years off your face in one easy office visit? In a thread

ingame, she continues to offer the ever-popular beauty treatments like Botox®

lift, threads inserted underneath the skin instantly and effectively lift sagging

and Juvederm® and has added many new devices like the Diva™ Laser Vaginal

skin. Mainly used on the face and the neck, threads can also be used to lift skin

Therapy, HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser, Agnes RF, and FaceTite.

on the body. The thread lifting procedure does not involve surgery. It is a mini-

As for Dr. Kang’s latest goals and dreams, she’s always looking for new tech-

The main impetus for opening Burlingame was to offer more advanced technologies as well as to better serve her fast-growing South Bay and Peninsula clients.

mally invasive, very safe, and effective in-office procedure with little downtime— especially when performed by an experienced surgeon. Serenity MedSpa is one of the nation’s leading providers of thread lifting. Dr. Lisa Kang, who exclusively performs this procedure at Serenity MedSpa, has trained extensively with top South Korean surgeons specializing in advanced Korean thread lifting techniques. Dr. Kang is very experienced with the thread lifting procedure and is well-versed with the various types of threads and techniques to achieve optimal results that not only last, but also look natural. EYE BAGS REMOVAL The only bags you should have are those packed for Europe. But many of us suffer from chronic baggage carried on our faces. Eye — and that’s the last thing you want to the world to think of you. Dr. Kang offers a clever solution and called Agnes RF. Agnes RF uses a patented micro-needle that emits radio-frequency energy with precision to effectively shrink eye bags as well as to tighten the loose skin around your eyes. Agnes RF is a quick, 15-minute procedure performed after the area has been numbed with a lidocaine injection. By reducing puffiness under the eyes and helping to smooth crow’s feet, these treatments will improve the overall appearance of your eyes.


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FACETITE AND BODYTITE Just the word “TITE” makes our bodies feel better. The thought of being able to tighten the skin on our face and bodies is a gift in itself! Dr. Kang shares, “The FaceTite and BodyTite are minimally invasive skin tightening procedures that are the best on the market It uses radiofrequency energy delivered between two probes — one underneath the skin and one on top of the skin. I explain to the patients that it’s like ironing out their wrinkly skin. This device is especially effective in treating that ‘turkey-neck’ we all dread. FaceTite is perfect for busy professionals and those who are not ready to go under the knife, as it gives a ‘surgical-like’ result without the big incision and the downtime.


It is the next best thing to a surgical facelift. Plus, the results can last up to five years. Since these devices can also melt fat, FaceTite and BodyTite can be combined with liposuction to get rid of a double chin and to sculpt the body.” With the holidays just around the corner, what better gift could you give yourself or someone you love than the gift of beauty? You can find Dr. Kang at Serenity MedSpa. They have two locations: 126 Post Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-781-9200 and 1720 El Camino Real, #160, Burlingame, CA 94010, 650-887-7777. Visit for more information.


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Artichoke burrata salad with haricots verts, fennel, and Marin greens, served at ONE65 Bistro & Grill.

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James Beard Award-winning, Michelin Star Chef Claude Le Tohic.

AS SAN FRANCISCANS WE ARE FORTUNATE — SPOILED, EVEN — TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY in a globally-recognized culinary arena. Home to nearly 880,000 people, stretching just under 47 square miles, The City is a veritable food mecca. In a word, San Franciscans are hungry: for culture, innovation, advancement, and, to fuel all this boundless ambition, food that is nothing short of exceptional. With more than 5,300 places to dine, San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the U.S. One could eat an entire day’s allotment of meals within a single city block. Our insatiable city boasts seemingly endless options. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a restauranteur, it takes drive to survive. So, who better than James Beard Award-winning Michelin Star Chef Claude Le Tohic — the only active U.S. chef honored with the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award —to head up ONE65, the city’s most ambitious restaurant project in recent memory? “It’s like Formula One,” says Le Tohic, of the highly revered, peer-juried designation for which contests


are held only every four years. Also known as MOF, the Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France features a grueling cuisine-gastronomie division evaluated by a panel of more than 30 chef-judges with unnervingly precise standards. Since its debut in the 1920s, only 200 candidates have walked away successful. Le Tohic has had his eye on the prize since realizing at a young age that he wanted to be a chef. “I wanted to try it one time ... and I guess I didn’t need to go a second time,” he chuckles with relief. “But I never would have imagined that I would be here, right now, in San Francisco.” Le Tohic moved to the Bay Area three years ago to begin developing ONE65, a multi-level culinary concept housing four distinct modern French culinary dining experiences under one roof. Seated across from me today, Le Tohic is outfitted in a heather gray t-shirt with “DETROIT” printed across the back. It’s a rare moment he isn’t in his chef ’s whites—but if he were, it would sport the famous blue-white-red collar bestowed on chefs who achieve MOF status. Though it may be less well-known than the Michelin rating system here in the U.S., it testifies to his unending passion for perpetuating the tradition of French cuisine.


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Passion, in fact, is something that comes up often as we tour the grand 1908

ease, greeting his team by name, tasting as he moves throughout the open-concept

French Beaux Arts building located at 165 O’Farrell Street. This six-story destina-

kitchen of ONE65 Bistro & Grill. On one side is a row of bar seats, where guests

tion in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square district is Le Tohic’s vision of “cel-

are encouraged to converse with the chefs while they dine—selecting from a menu

ebrating modern French cuisine without pretense, offering a full range of menus

that includes Pascal’s housemade charcuterie, half-smoked salmon, and melt-in-

for every taste, every hour, every occasion.” It is home to ONE65 Patisserie & Bou-

your-mouth sous vide porchetta finished in the kitchen’s Josper ovens from Spain.

tique on the first floor, ONE65 Bistro & Grill on the second and third, Elements

Known for its ability to reach temperatures as high as 300°C (572°F), the dual

at ONE65 on the fourth, and O’ by Claude Le Tohic on the fifth and sixth floors.

oven-grill allows foods to retain an incredible amount of moisture while also im-

“You have to put a lot of passion in what you do. I use a lot of this word — pas-

parting a brilliant smoky flavor. It’s charcoal fired. In fact, you’ll find no gas at all

sion — because it’s true. People say, ‘You don’t take any days off.’ I say, ‘No, I’m

in the bistro’s kitchen, which was designed around induction cooking for greater

here every day because I care about what I’m doing.’” This indomitable drive is ap-

safety and precision. “You do not see cooks’ burns ... they all look good!” Le Tohic

parent in every aspect of ONE65. Despite the varied concepts, each floor features

quips, gesturing to his forearms in reference to the battle wounds sported by most

the same level of hospitality, quality, and attention to detail. “All different, but the

chefs working in open-flame kitchens.

same spirit,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.

“You have to create good ambiance when people walk in. We don’t yell in the

Le Tohic was born in Brittany, France, where he grew up working in his family’s

kitchen, everything is Zen.” Le Tohic takes a similarly minimalist approach to food.

crêperie. He attended culinary school in Vannes,

“I don’t want to get more than three flavors on

accepting an apprenticeship at the Michelin-

a dish. Simple flavor, but well done, is the most

starred Les Hortensias upon graduation. He later

difficult thing to do. The more simple, the more

joined the kitchen of Chef Ghislaine Arabian at Le

you have to be precise.”

Restaurant, a two-Michelin star eatery in Lille, fol-

Trevin Hutchins, Bar Director of Elements at

lowed by the honor of being named chef de cuisine

ONE65, glides into the kitchen, sharply dressed

at Jamin, working alongside Chef Joël Robuchon

in a waistcoat with papillons (butterflies) print-

at the Michelin 3-star restaurant in Paris. In 2005,

ed on the back. It’s fitting, as the talented mixol-

Le Tohic was personally selected by Chef Robu-

ogist from Portland, Maine, flits back and forth

chon to open Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël

between floors throughout the evening. We are

Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

introduced under the bright lights of the bistro

Le Tohic incorporates bits and pieces of this in-

no more than 30 seconds before Chef Le Tohic

credible journey into ONE65, which he calls “the

and I make our way up one floor, entering Ele-

project of my life.” Cider, a staple in Brittany, is

ments only to be greeted immediately by Hutch-

imported from Normandy, and Bordier butter is

ins, again—this time behind a dimly-lit, black

flown in weekly from his hometown. However, Le

and gold quartz bar, Parisian shaker at the ready.

Tohic also likes to tie in modernity with tradition.

The interconnectedness of ONE65 lends a

For one, he is thrilled by San Francisco’s abundance

unique whimsy, with dumbwaiters and back

of fresh ingredients. Le Tohic spent a decade in the arid desert, where “you have to do with what you

Chef Le Tohic at work.

receive.” Despite the logistical challenges, his work

stairwells allowing for seamless transit behind the scenes of this behemoth of a building. Cocktails go down, plates come up, bar directors exist

earned Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand the only 3-star Michelin rating in Las

in two places at once—well, almost. This Wonderland-esque encounter is an ap-

Vegas. ”[In San Francisco], you can go to the market. You have so many farmers.

propriate introduction to Elements, where drinks from one’s wildest dreams are a

Just this morning, I got an email that spiny lobster is coming in, so boom—I want

reality. Accompanied by esoteric names like “All Bark & No Bite” and “Fortune Fa-

to get spiny lobster on the menu!”

vors the Bold,” these bohemian cocktails by Hutchins are designed around the four

They say that life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going

ancient elements: air, water, earth, and fire. The air-inspired “Light as a Feather,

to get. But if you’re at ONE65, every chocolate is made in-house using all-natural

Stiff as a Board” features two and a half inches of elevated foam flush with the sides

ingredients, a bite-sized work of art akin to a gleaming cabochon. They are made

of the glassware, topped with a sleek pandan leaf. As for the other libations? Think

in a temperature-controlled room on ONE65’s second floor where, today, a choco-

gunpowder, tree branches, and hollowed-out books. Elements’ cocktail menu is a

latier is carefully hand-dipping sumptuous pumpkin-shaped chocolates the size of

trove of delights to be discovered, along with its extensive selection of fine wines

grapefruits into a rich, orange-hued cocoa butter. These will be used for an upcom-

and whiskies.

ing seasonal cocktail to be served two floors above at Elements at ONE65.

On the fifth and sixth level of ONE65 is O’ by Claude Tohic. Taken from its ad-

Most recently, he has been spending time at ONE65 Bistro & Grill with his

dress on O’Farrell, O’ is also partially inspired by “eau”—French for “water.” Perfect

team’s newest addition: Pascal Kamin, a charcutier hailing from Besançon, France,

for a city of discerning tastes, O’ offers a complete vegetarian tasting menu in ad-

a city northeast of Lyon known for its outstanding comté. “I’m very interested in

dition to its regular tasting menu, plus à la carte options. The level of attentiveness

the way we work with charcuterie from France, so I spend a lot of time with him.

when it comes to customer satisfaction at ONE65 is extraordinary. For repeat guests

So [my work] is never finished.”

at O’, Le Tohic creates custom tasting menus so they can try different dishes. The

Le Tohic is surprisingly approachable for a chef of his stature. He leads with

day prior, he is asked by a bistro guest for the truffle pasta from dinner service at


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Caviar served with carabineros shrimp tartare and strawberry gazpacho—one of three caviar compositions on O’ by Claude Le Tohic’s tasting menu.

A dish of steamed scampi, ossetra caviar, shellfish gelée, and coral mayonnaise from the a la carte menu at O’ by Claude Le Tohic.

The tasting menu at O’ by Claude Le Tohic opens with a beautifullyplated amuse-bouche. Seen here: A seasonal vegetable tartlet.

The half-smoked salmon, served with wasabi beurre blanc, bell peppers, and roe from ONE65 Bistro & Grill.

ONE65 Bistro & Grill’s soju-cured salmon served with beet and a curry cauliflower remoulade.


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Chef Le Tohic creating a masterpiece

pasta for her. “We have to make people happy. So, when-

Fruit tartine with mascarpone, ricotta, and seasonal jam from ONE65 Bistro &

over. It’s an Instagram post of a quote: A chef must think like a scientist. Organize like an accountant. Inspire like a war-

ever they ask, we never say no. We say yes. We make it

rior. Move like a dancer. Paint like an artist. And cook like


a grandma. When ONE65 opened, he told chefs: “When

The sixth floor of ONE65 offers a variety of private

you cook, you cook like [you do] for your girlfriend. Your

dining spaces, including an 8-seat chef ’s table with a

mom. Your love.” His lilting accent drives home the senti-

window peering into O’s state-of-the-art kitchen. A bot-

ment. “The plate and everything you put on the plate will

tle of Dom Pérignon gifted to Le Tohic by Thomas Keller

be different. So, think about that. Because you’re not just

is displayed on the wall. Opposite are framed accolades

cooking for guests, for people—you’re cooking for someone

and photos, including an image of the opening team. “I

that you like.”

told everyone, ‘The opening is the most difficult part,

When asked about the best part of his job, what he looks

so let’s put a picture in this kitchen. We’ll stay here for-

forward to most, one might think it would be tasting (“On

ever.’ I think it’s important.” It’s touches like these that

Friday, they made me try seven different desserts!”) or per-

give ONE65 its character. This could have easily been

haps the possibility of a Michelin star rating (“I would be

another purely profit-driven, large-scale development, but with Le Tohic at the helm, the project comes straight from the heart. He is pensive a moment. “Let me show you something that I like very much,” he says, putting on his black rimmed glasses. After a few seconds, he slides his phone

happy to get it, for me and for the team. It’s a hard effort everyone put into this project.”) But in fact, it is this: “When I see guests leaving the restaurant with a big smile. At the end of the day, we are here for that—to make the guests happy.”


O’, unavailable on the brunch menu. He made the truffle


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A row of chocolate raspberry fingers, one of many tempting desserts from ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique.

Chocolate lollipops line the counter of ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique alongside other delights, all made in-house.


Matcha cake, rhum baba with passionfruit and vanilla whipped cream, and opera cake are featured in the pastry counter of ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique.

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Tenor Pene Pati, starring as Romeo and Soprano Nadine Sierra as Juliet in San Francisco Opera’s opening night.



THIS YEAR, THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD’S OPENING NIGHT ball magically transported guests from the streets of San Francisco to the ro-

Sonya Molodetskaya, Willie Brown, Victor Makras, and Farah Makras.

mantic scenes captured in the lush gardens of Verona, Italy, where Romeo spoke words of love to Juliet upon a balcony. J. Riccardo Benavides beautifully reproduced the moment with the extravagant table settings and opulent décor created for the patrons’ dinner served before Gounod’s opera. Patrons, too, personified the passion and artistry with their gowns and glittering masks. CoChair Elizabeth Birka-White wore an enchanting Givenchy gown, and Co-Chair Jane Mudge was stunning in Marchesa. Mary Poland, the beloved Opera Guild president, was a showstopper in Rubin Singer. Along with the classic gowns and merriment, the event raised funds to support the many opera education programs that support the students of San Francisco. 70

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Jack Calhoun, Dede Wilsey, and Thomas Campbell.

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock, Opera Ball 2019 co-chairs Elizabeth Birka-White (in Givenchy) and Jane Mudge (in Marchesa), and Kate Shilvock (in Karen Caldwell).

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

Jorge Maumer and Carolyn Chandler.

Roselyne Swig and Susan Swig

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Haute Living Owner/ Publisher Olivia Hsu Decker.

Bill Poland and Mary Poland

John Gunn, Cynthia Fry Gunn, and Matthew Shilvock


Opera Ball tent décor inspired by the Italian gardens of Verona. Designed by event

couture gowns were among the plentiful and creative costumes at the sold-out

extraordinaire J. Riccardo Benavides, attendees dined among real foliage, water

Opera Ball 2019: The Capulets’ Masked Ball, San Francisco Opera Guild’s opening

fountains, and trees lit with blossom-shaped lights. Following dinner, guests re-

night celebration. Opera Guild President Mary Poland and gala co-chairs Eliza-

turned to the Opera House for the opening night performance of Romeo and Ju-

beth Birka-White and Jane Mudge welcomed 750 attendees on a red carpet at the

liet, Gounod’s romantic masterpiece returning to the repertory of San Francisco

War Memorial Opera House. Guests included civic leaders, philanthropists, cap-

Opera after a 32-year hiatus in the acclaimed staging by Opéra de Monte-Carlo

tains of industry, and a long list of distinguished individuals such as San Francisco

Director Jean-Louis Grinda. French-Canadian conductor Yves Abel led the San

Mayor London Breed, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and former Sec-

Francisco Opera Orchestra, with a cast headed by tenor Pene Pati and soprano Na-

retary of State George Shultz and his wife who is Chief of Protocol for the State of

dine Sierra as the titular lovers. The evening continued with a lively afterparty, in

California Charlotte Shultz, among others.

which Opera Ball attendees and BRAVO! Club members came together to dance

In honor of the event, City Hall was lit in green, white, and red to celebrate the

the night away.


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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT IN MEXICO El Cielo Winery & Resort blends luxury, warmth, and fine wine for a celestial experience

The Villa.


Grape stomping.

seamlessly blends with nature, El Cielo Winery & Resort is an innovative and exclusive enological experience in the center of Mexico’s coveted wine country. The resort, situated on 79 acres of rolling vineyards, is surrounded by lush gardens, two lakes, bountiful orchards and sweeping mountain views that effortlessly fuse its Tuscan and Californian architecture with the region’s natural landscape. ACCOMMODATIONS The property’s boutique-style accommodations offer 56 elegant suites located within expansive, villa boasts one master suite and two junior suites that can be booked separately or connecting. Warm, contemporary interiors boast palettes that accentuate the natural surroundings, and stunning scenic views with flourishing gardens encircle the perimeter. For complete privacy, groups can stay in one of the resort’s two breathtaking presidential villas. They are spacious, 2,777-square-foot, 2-bedroom residences, each showcasing elegant wood-beamed ceilings, a fully equipped kitchen, wine fridge, lounge room with oversized jacuzzi, and a balustrade-lined terrace overlooking views of the valley. THE WINERY The winery at El Cielo features 79 acres of vineyards producing 15 unique grape varietals, including the traditional Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, and Fairmont Orchid Brown’s Beach House Sunset Dining

Grenache. Newer varietals produced on the property allow for modern mixes such as Malbec, Syrah,


2,350-square-foot villas and two Presidential Villas for intimate groups of up to eight guests. Each


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Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. El Cielo grows four specialty brands of high-quality wines, which vary in age and style: Astros, Astrónomos, Constelaciones, and Estrellas — The Reserved Collection. Taking a holistic approach in the fine wine-making process, El Cielo serves as the first winery in Mexico to use solar panels, earning the title of 1st Eco-Responsible Company by the Ensenada government. With the use of new concepts and varietals, the wines at El Cielo tell the story of the Guadalupe Valley’s fertile lands, passionate people, and dedication to producing the best wines in Baja California. CULINARY The pairing of sumptuous gastronomic creations at the resort’s two gourmet restaurants, Latitud32 and Restaurant Polaris, underscores El Cielo’s collection of wines. Relying on fresh, locally sourced ingredients from an on-site organic garden and throughout the surrounding region, Executive Chef Marco Marín creates menus to beautifully complement the wines grown on-property. Open all day, the restaurants offer an array of seasonal cuisine that reflects a blend of traditional

Presidential Villa Living Room.

Baja and Yucatán dishes, such as certified Angus cuts of meat, freshly caught fish from the Pacific Ocean, and distinct flavors of the Guadalupe region. GUADALUPE VALLEY El Cielo visitors may partake in guided vineyard tours with the resort’s world-renowned enologists and sommeliers or reserve the elegant tasting room surrounded by rustic wine barrels for an intimate experience with a 3-course dinner menu and wine pairings. The resort is the quintessential destination for couples, groups, and celebrations of all varieties — including a picturesque setting for weddings amid the lush vineyards. Other activities on property include a quaint trolley adventure tour through the vineyards, an adrenaline-filled ATV ride throughout the region’s landscape, and traditional grape stomping, among others. LOCATION Located in the Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada, Baja California on the northern part of the peninsula, El Cielo is just two hours south of San Diego and an hour and a half from Tijuana International Airport. Endowed with miles of rolling hills and sprawling farmlands, the valley is one of the world’s most untapped wine regions, a perfect fit for gastronomic enthusiasts seeking an authentic Mexican escape.

Presidential Villa - jacuzzi.


Patio overlooking the lake.

Trolley Wine Tasting.


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HauteTRAVEL View of The Rocks and Harbour

KALEIDOSCOPIC SYDNEY, NSW When “Vivid Sydney” Lights Up Down Under IT’S ALMOST NOT FAIR HOW PRETTY SYDNEY IS. ENVIABLY SITUATED ON THE WORLD’S Ballerina light installation by Campbells Cove, The Rocks, during Vivid Sydney.

largest (and oh-so-blue) natural harbor set off by that stunning Sydney Opera House silhouette, Australia’s largest metro area is arguably one of the best-looking cities on Earth. It may seem like gilding the lily to further enhance such uncommon beauty. Yet, that’s pulsing canvases for outdoor digital light shows that defy imagination. At the Opera House, a series of gleaming, white, sail-shaped shells as the roof stars as a backdrop carving of artistic elegance reflected on the water. In 2019, the international competitive process resulted in Andrew Thomas Huang’s hypnotic fusion of contemporary dance by native botanical wonders in “Austral Flora Ballet” as an urgent reminder of our natural world. One year earlier, the bold and dynamic “Metamathemagical” by Australian artist Jonathan Zawada delivered a mesmerizing display of kinetic digital sculptures. Vivid Sydney is staged for 23 days and nights before the start of winter (of course, that’s late May through mid-June in the Northern Hemisphere), the world’s largest citywide festival of creativity expressed in fantastic illuminations, larger-than-life sculptures, cutting-edge art installations, electric music, and thought-provoking symposiums for ideas.


precisely what happens every year when dozens of Sydney landmarks become multi-colored


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PREPPING FOR THE MOMENT Over in Darling Harbour where the Sofitel is readying their top floor champagne bar for the festival, hotel staff show up for work in formal wear to mark the occasion. In the hours before dusk with palpable excitement in the air well beyond what any New Year’s Eve can deliver, everybody makes their way to an observation post for the “aha moment” when the lights on switch is thrown at 6 p.m. Arguably, the best spot in town is The Guest House at Park Hyatt, right on the water’s edge with a private outdoor terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows for uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point promontory. At this opening party, champagne pops and even the passed canapes are shaped like little opera houses. WHY VIVID SYDNEY? Year after year since its inception in 2009, Vivid Sydney has continued its steady growth from the germ of an idea aimed at filling hotel rooms during a valley period. Today, thousands of noted thinkers, musicians, designers, and artists compete for the

Turkish dishes from Anason Restaurant, Bangaroo.

Kangaroo at Cyprus Lakes Golf Course, Pokolbin.

opportunity to make their own expression of interest come to life. Going into its 12th year, the event is owned, managed, and produced by Des-

tors who pump an estimated $173 million into the local economy (and another

tination NSW, the government’s tourism and major events agency for New South

$13 million in nearby regions) at a time of year when tourism previously slumped.

Wales. It has achieved success beyond all measures, attracting 2.25 million visiKANGAROO PIZZA AND A BRIDGECLIMB Wander beyond the central business district to explore The Rocks, the site of Sydney’s first European settlement. With its village feel, The Rocks has restored sandstone buildings from Sydney’s early days as a colonial town set among a maze of original cobblestone lanes lined with boutiques, an open air market, cafes, and more than its share of fine dining (Saké, Quay, Pony Dining The Rocks). There’s also authentically local pub grub at watering holes like The Australian Hotel where the “Coat of Arms” specialty pizza features kangaroo and emu meat. The Rocks backs up to the pillars at the base of Harbour Bridge, the 1932 steel arch construction fondly known by Sydneysiders as “the coathanger.” Second only to Sydney Opera House as an iconic symbol, it tugs at the heart more than ever since BridgeClimb turned it into a one-of-a-kind experience.


Since 1998, some four million people have scaled to the summit for the ultimate panoramic view, tackling hundreds of stairs and low beams on the ascent and descent while tethered at the waist by a harness connected to a system of cables. Strap on a headlamp to conquer fears of a night climb and kick up your heels despite having legs like jelly when Vivid Sydney provides a celebratory bonus—a disco floor installed at the tippy top, 440 feet above Sydney Harbour. BEYOND SYDNEY Leave behind the awesome illuminations and Sydney’s considerable charms, because the countryside is a must, with great appeal and easy access. Plus, the sight Couple arriving for a sunrise hot air balloon ride in the Hunter Valley.

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Couple enjoying Sofitel Sydney’s rooftop pool with views across Darling Harbour.

of kangaroos romping through vineyards is just too good to miss.

diving into a full day of three or four tastings at vineyards where the best regional

Those with left side of the road driving know-how may opt to rent a car; oth-

varietals are paired with local sausages, mushrooms, or handmade chocolates. The

ers may feel more comfortable with a driver, because kangaroo crossings are to

newly expanded, contemporary Brokenwood Winery, named top winery in 2019,

be taken seriously, especially at twilight. Head 75 miles north of Sydney to reach

offers an outstanding lunch on the terrace.

Hunter Valley, Australia’s most historic, premier wine region especially known for Semillon and Shiraz.


Not unlike Northern California, weekend retreats to Australia’s wine country are

A mile down the road in Pokolbin, settle in at Spicers Guest House and Vineyards

a popular diversion for urban dwellers who come for outdoor pursuits, concerts,

Estate. At the classic luxury country house with spacious grounds, breakfast on

dining, and wine tasting among the 150 cellar doors, as the wine tasting rooms are

the veranda competes with an outdoor swimming pool for your morning attention.

called down under.

In the evening, step away from one of the secluded fire pits to find Executive Chef

New caption here

Cameron Matthews preparing marvelous Italian cuisine at Eremo Restaurant.

Let Me Down light projection on the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Start the day at dawn, soaring over the glorious valley in a hot air balloon before


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WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY Book a suite on a high floor at the swish Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, because service comes with a French accent and the freestanding bathtubs have unobstructed, jaw-dropping skyline views and Hermès bath amenities. Chill out at the infinity pool (more million-dollar vistas) and ditto for the rooftop cocktail lounge and modern gym. It’s a short walk over Pyrmont Bridge to the Barangaroo precinct and enjoy a car-free evening. Sydney’s newest haven of cosmopolitan waterfront dining comes with the option of indoor or outdoor dining. Try Cirrus, an elegant seafood restaurant in the space that Copenhagen’s NOMA selected for their popup Sydney sojourn. Anason’s kitchen talent shines with casual, authentic Turkish cuisine like the charcoal octopus leg with mastic and couscous. GETTING TO SYDNEY IN STYLE Unavoidably, one loses a day up in the clouds when crossing the International Date Line. So, spend the time indulging yourself on good Kiwi food, “Kia Ora” hospitality, and the carefully curated wines selected for in-flight palates. To stretch out in a proper bed that transforms itself from a roomy leather seat at the touch of a button, Air New Zealand via Auckland to Sydney is just the trick, right from SFO. An insider’s tip for those planning a meeting on arrival in Sydney: Have a bite, relax, and shower at the Air New Zealand Auckland International Lounge and touch down in Sydney ready to roll into the day.

Botanica Spicers vineyards estate, Hunter Valley.


Vivid Cruise passing Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2019.

The bar at Bull & Bear restaurant

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By Virginia Miller Photos by Virginina Miller


The Happy Pig Farm from Backhouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake..


Why the Region Surrounding Canada’s Biggest City is a Culinary Destination TORONTO IS AN OBVIOUS DINING TRAVEL DESTINATION. BUT ASK ABOUT THE surrounding province of Ontario and many of its treasures aren’t widely known. Venturing out to Ontario’s farmland, vineyards and grand lakes yields a well-rounded country-city visit. Find the most stunning meal — worthy of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Michelin stars — at the idyllic Langdon Hall, easily one of the region’s best hotels and spas. Chef Jason Bangerter, who worked at Paris’ Pierre Gagnaire and London’s La Tante Claire, brings a global view to locally grown glories just over 100km (62.1 miles) outside Toronto.


Ricky & Olivia’s “big mac” beef tartare at Westcott Vineyards dinner.



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Begin your Langdon meal through a Secret Gar-

farm-fresh dishes utilize these ingredients, paired

grounds or from neighboring farms like Happy Pig.

den-esque door to an enchanting garden where all

with local wines, like vintages from Ravine Vine-

They might roast duck shwarma on a spit or serve

manner of herbs, fruit, and vegetables grow. Green

yard Winery from farm partner Paul Harber.

“Big Mac” beef tartare scooped up with fried sal-

juice is served in vintage cocktail glasses, bites em-

While tasting wines at rustic-sleek Westcott

ploy marigolds and leaves, while honey and bees-

Vineyards (try the balanced 2018 Pinot Noir

Local wine producers shine beyond the region’s

wax fudge butter come from their apiary.

rosé), check out summer dinners from Ricky +

famed icewine. Pearl Morissette Niagara Vineyards

Venturing out to Ontario’s farmland, vineyards and grand lakes yields a well-rounded country-city visit.

produces Old World-meets-new wines like Niagara

launched The Happy Pig Farm, growing produce

Olivia, a young chef couple who moved from T

chefs. Young chef Jeff Kang keeps it real at Canis

for their restaurant, Backhouse, housed in a nearby

oronto, bringing big city ease to Westcott’s lovely

with experimental jars of the likes of fermented xo

Niagara-on-the-Lake strip mall. Ryan Crawford’s

outdoor kitchen with ingredients grown on the

garum sauce and dishes like sablefish and brocco-

Move to the stately main house where the garden shines in vibrant watercress picked from an estate stream and served in a stone planter doused in liquid nitrogen, mimicking morning mist on the grounds. Conventional pairings of pork and corn puree gain depth from chickweed, anise, and silky pork belly from nearby Murray’s Farm, with its humanely raised pigs, cows, and chickens. Down the hall, sip a pre- or post-dinner tipple at Wilks Bar for quality, garden-sourced cocktails and bites. A group of winemakers, chefs and farmers


Peninsula Chardonnay. Mix things up with destination-worthy, dry, sparkling wine and cider combinations on the welcoming grounds of West Avenue Cider. All these chefs and producers are part of FeastOn, an Ontario culinary alliance and nonprofit with a strict certification process for its members who source locally and thus promote sustainable tourism. Heading back to Toronto, FeastOn-certified members are among the city’s most interesting


Bar Raval Toronto


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lini in whey sauce. Dailo is one of Toronto’s most lively restaurants, combining Asian flavors from China to Thailand in chef Nick Liu’s playful dishes. Fried watermelon is accented with bean sprouts, basil, pickled melon rind, and pork floss, while “Big Mac” bao (a local trend) uses dry aged ground beef. Singapore chili crab in almond crumble, garlic, and soy is fantastic. Bar Ravel is a Toronto great for Spanish tapas, sherry, sophisticated cocktails, and dramatic wood carved interior. Sip local beer with food, sourced from ingredients grown on the rooftop garden at Avling

Langdon Hall garden green juices.

Kitchen & Brewery. Cocktails at experimental new Mother are a bit uneven, but standouts include variations on a classic Gibson using Old Tom Gin, grapeseed gentian, and smoked pickles. Famous Last Words is one of the city’s best neighborhood bars, with a Scrabble bartop, literary book theme, vinyl selection, and balanced cocktails. From city to countryside, one thing is certain: in Ontario, you won’t go hungry.

Langdon Hall Garden.

Ricky & Olivia’s edamame hummus and vegetables at Westcott Vineyards.

Langdon Hall Main House


Langdon Hall garden with Chef Jason Bangeter.



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Lambay Island Lambay family guest house.

Spa pool at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.


The Ties Between an Irish Whiskey, a Private Island, Cognac Vineyards, and a Multi-Generational Irish and Cognac Family IMAGINE TWO EQUALLY IDYLLIC EUROPEAN

Camus Le Plesiss family chateau exterior, Cognac.

settings. One, a small island off the coast of Dublin: windswept, rocky, green. The island is centered by a walled castle where one family has lived for three generations. You visit the island for day trips, gaze at its views of mainland Ireland, and cavort with the island’s preponderance of wallabies (yes, wallabies). Here, in musty casks rich with character, rest aging Irish whiskies. The other is a historic vineyard in the center of the most coveted land in Cognac, Borderies, which only makes up 5% of the region. A turreted chateau gazing over a green valley houses a family that has been producing Cognac brandies (aka eaux-de-vie) for five generations. The connection between the two? Lambay Irish Whiskey is finished in aromatic Camus Cognac casks on the magical island of Lambay. These two multigenerational families find themselves connected by a passion for quality spirits.

Alexander Baring & Cyril Camus. Photo courtesy of Lambay Irish Whiskey. Water sports are easily accessible from Lake Club.



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HauteTRAVEL Langdon Hall guest house, Ireland. Photo courtesy of Lambay Irish Whiskey.

A romantic story, to be sure. But it’s not a marketing gimmick. Visiting both locales, I dined in these families’ homes, heard about their history firsthand, looked through photos of the generations, and gained a profound sense of place that infiltrates both spirits. Cyrul Camus and Alexander Baring, of the fascinating Bearing family (in the 1950s, Rupert Bearing brought wallabies to the island from the Dublin Zoo), wanted an affordable Irish whiskey with character. He created Lambay, which is distilled by an independent distillery in West Cork, although the plan is to also eventually build a small distillery on the island. Cyril, who comes from one of Cognac’s greatest independent brandy houses since 1863, wanted to award-winning whiskies, marrying complexity with an accessible price ($35-50 per bottle). Finishing in Camus’ casks enhances the whiskey’s stone fruit, malty, floral notes and Inside Le Plessis family chateau. Photo courtesy of Camus Cognac.

soaks up briny Atlantic sea air. Waves gently lap on Lambay’s shores, glowing with phosphorescence at night, as whiskey ages under the watchful care of the Bearing family


create a Cognac-finished whiskey. The result is Lambay’s



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residents. Across the sea in France, Camus is the largest, independent, family-owned Cognac house retaining the biggest Borderies plot in Cognac. With its chalky clay and limestone soil, Borderies offers Cognac’s most delicate terroir, growing grapes that express fresh, floral minerality and refined fruit. But you’ll find very little Borderies, if any, in most Cognac brands. It’s one of Camus’ rare qualities: even

If you make your way to Ireland, sail, lunch, or hike the isle of Lambay with a flask of the spirit in hand.

Lambay Irish Whiskey.

their most affordable VS (Very Special) Cognac has Borderies grapes in its blend, while VSOP Single Estate Borderies (a real value around $45) and XO Borderies are a distillation of 100% Borderies grapes. If you make your way to Ireland, sail, lunch, or hike the isle of Lambay with a flask of the spirit in hand. In France, visit Camus’ welcoming visitors center in the town of Cognac, with blending classes allowing you to

Camus La Gite family chateau, Cognac.

blend your own Borderies cognac straight from casks. You might catch an infusion of the soulful music, communal depth, and free spirit of Ireland’s island life, or the bucolic landscape, familial roots, and refinement of Cognac’s rarest grape-growing region. Lambay Island coctails on the island.

Lambay Island Lambay family guest house at night. Blue water, green mountains



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Wine Country

Napa Valley Film Festival marquee

SHOWTIME IN DOWNTOWN NAPA New wine tasting rooms and restaurants are ready for their close-up.

WHEN I TRAVELED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO STAY IN downtown Napa for the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, downtown Napa was a lackluster destination, despite a handful of amazing restaurants. Look at downtown Napa now! Chic hotels, swank tasting rooms, upscale rooftop bars, new, delectable eateries, and a vibrant night scene have revitalized this once-sleepy area which was rarely noticed by visitors heading up valley to Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. With the ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival, a cultural celebration immersed in the art of film, food, and wine, presented by the non-profit organization Cinema Napa Valley, taking center stage throughout Napa Valley from Nov. 13-17, I’d like to share with you my playlist for downtown Napa. Stay at the Archer Hotel Napa on bustling First Street, where you can relax in front of a firepit at the fashionable Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar on a chilly, fall night and dine at Charlie Palmer Steak on the lobby level. Book a wine tasting experience at Alpha Omega Collective Downtown

Alpha Omega Collective, just across the street from the hotel. One of a handful of new tasting salons to open in downtown


Kelly E. Carter is the director of communications at Alpha Omega winery on Napa Valley’s Rutherford Bench. The former editor of “Haute Living San Francisco” previously enjoyed a lengthy, award-winning career in journalism writing about sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyles for various media outlets. Kelly co-authored New York Times bestseller “Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession” with Venus Williams and penned “The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel” for National Geographic Books. She has traveled to more than 40 countries and territories on six continents and called Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Italy home. Visit Kelly at: www.


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Napa this year, it’s where you can sip Bordeaux-

have been popular for nearly a decade. In 2016, something truly unique, Le Petit Chef: 3D Dining

inspired releases from Alpha Omega in Napa Valley; Miminashi debuted as Napa Valley’s first izakaya, Burgundian varietals Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays


followed by Michelin-starred Kenzo Napa where ogy


pairs fine







from Tolosa in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley; and, seasonal, Japanese Kaiseki cuisine created with sive, 2-hour, 6-course dinner at CIA at CoMediterranean reds from Perinet in Spain’s Prio- ingredients flown in daily from Japan are paired


rat. The timeless tasting lounge also offers culinary with sakes and wines from around the world.

to downtown Napa. The intimate setting at Blue

creations whipped up by Chef Brent Pennington of This month, Master Chef Hal Yamashita officially

Note Napa, wine country’s version of the quintes-

Pennington Provisions. His scrumptious, gourmet-






opens his eponymous restaurant featuring robata sential Greenwich Village jazz club, makes this

to-go dishes can be ordered from Dutch Door Napa cuisine on Main Street. on the Randolph Street side of the Alpha Omega


3-year-old spot, which also serves gourmet food,

On the same Main Street block as Hal is Gran my favorite live music venue in downtown Napa.

Collective. Other 2019 additions to the downtown Eléctrica, the Napa spinoff of the buzzy Brooklyn

There are so many choices of things to do in

Napa wine tasting map include Mayacamas Down- Mexican spot presenting regional street eats, wine,

downtown Napa: check out Feast It Forward and

town, WALT Napa Oxbow, and Housley Napa Val- and cocktails as pretty as they are tasty. It’s no

Napa Art Walk, take a gondola ride on the Napa

ley, the last owned by Napa native and former jour-

wonder this haute spot made Michelin’s 2019 Bib River, and power walk off calories along the

nalist Adam Housley and his actress wife, Tamera Gourmands list. Further south on Main Street is Darvette Mowry-Housley.

Downtown Napa now overflows with Japanese- restaurant, lounge, and bar serving delicious bar influenced eateries. Morimoto Napa and Eiko’s


picturesque Napa Riverfront promenade. Napa

the 4-month-old AVOW, an ultra-cool, tri-level Valley Film Festival-goers may now have to squeeze bites until midnight. For foodies on the hunt for

Alpha Omega Collective Downtown single vineyard wines

Archer Hotel Napa

in time to watch the phenomenal films scheduled. I hope to see you at the festival. Cheers!

Hal Yamashita Napa

Downtown Napa Riverfront


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Health & Wellness

Left to Right: Buck BOT Lydia Graham, Nicole Shanahan, and President & CEO Buck Institute, Eric Verdin at launch event.


will have direct implications for understanding aging in the rest of the

was Balance for Better. We came one step closer to achieving that re-

female body. It’s the first tissue in a woman’s body to show aging. This is

ality when the Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equal-

an important step forward for women as well as for all those who love

ity (CFRLE), formally launched in Marin this October at the Buck

women (so yes, men, you should listen up, too).

Institute for Research on Aging. This is the first-ever scientific facility

The Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality was

worldwide devoted solely to ovarian aging, often viewed as the “canary

made possible thanks to the vision and generous $6 million gift from

in the coal mine” for various age-related conditions in women. As Buck

attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan. “Repro-

President and CEO Eric Verdin explains, “while menopause and ovar-

ductive equality is an issue near and dear to my heart,” says Shanahan.

ian aging set off a cascade of negative health effects in women’s bodies

“On a societal level, reproductive equality impacts women’s health,

that impact bone, cognitive, cardiovascular and immune function, the

family planning, infertility and career development.” This type of ine-

field has been significantly understudied.”

quality has indeed existed throughout human history: men can repro-

In fact, scientists have yet to discover why human females even expe-

duce throughout their lifespan, but women’s fertility begins to decline

rience menopause. While most mammals continue to reproduce until

in their early 30’s. Quiet aging in women happens between 30 and 60.

old age, humans are one of only four species to experience menopause.

Disease is the end result of these slow but steady declines. Examining

Although mostly associated with mid-life, ovarian aging begins dec-

ovarian aging within the lens of longevity research is a completely new

ades earlier. Understanding how and why this happens prematurely



Lydia is a passionate advocate of healthy living. She has launched and positioned many health and wellnessrelated companies, products, technologies and organizations receiving more than 100 awards nationally and internationally. Her focus in the health sector is specifically on life sciences, aging and longevity. She is a partner and investor in several recognized national brands. She sits on the board of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging whose mission is to eliminate the threat of agerelated disease for today’s and future generations. It is the only independent research organization globally dedicated to extending the healthy years of life. Like the scientists at the Buck, Graham envisions it will be possible for people to enjoy life at 95 as much as at 25. To support Buck’s mission, please visit


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ess Tackling ovarian aging is critical because early menopause correlates with early

This is a big step forward in building a new field of study. “Let’s face it, we’ve

morbidity. Women who have later menopause have enhanced abilities to repair

had the fertility narrative wrong for way too long now,” says Shanahan. “Person-

damaged DNA. “This presents an opportunity to exploit this advantage to benefit

ally, I find it crazy that my reproductive organs are considered geriatric long be-

all women,” notes Buck professor and National Academy of Sciences member,

fore any other organ even begins to show the slightest sign of decline. I find it

Judy Campisi, PhD. When the Buck began the process of searching for faculty

even crazier that we have conceded to this narrative for over 50 percent of the

for the new Center last year, surprisingly it discovered few researchers working


in this space. Since then, it has successfully recruited some of these top research scientists.

This important work is about much more than just reproduction. A woman’s quality of health as she ages impacts the quality of life of all those around her at

Shanahan’s Bia Echo Foundation, (a private foundation founded by Nicole Shan-

home and professionally. Interestingly, the age at which a woman goes through

ahan) in partnership with the Buck’s Center for Female Reproductive Longevity

menopause can even be a predictor of her brother’s lifespan—now who would have

This important work is about much more than just reproduction. A woman’s quality of health as she ages impacts the quality of life of all those around her at home and professionally. and Equality will seek to strengthen, broaden and build a network of researchers

guessed that? This is just one of the many mysteries to tackle ahead.

worldwide by establishing the Global Consortium for Female Reproductive Lon-

Ultimately, this effort is about extending the healthspan of women and that mis-

gevity and Equality. The Consortium, anchored at the Buck, will provide an addi-

sion aligns perfectly with The Buck. Assistant Professor Shiying Jin, PhD good-

tional $7.4 million over the next two years in the form of research funding through

naturedly remarked at the launch when asked how he felt about being the only

grants, the first ever ovarian biology core facility, and networking opportunities to

male scientist on the team, “If the ladies are happy, then everyone is happy.” That

scientists at the postdoctoral, junior, and senior faculty levels to pursue innovative

sounds like a big contribution to society to me as well as a pretty smart man! Stay

research on reproductive aging. It will also create a framework to support women

tuned for big news now and into the future.

scientists in the field.



Buck CFRLE Faculty panel on challenges and opportunities in ovarian aging research. Pictured from left to right: Moderator Jui Chakravorty, Jennifer Garrison, PhD, Shiying Jin, PhD, Lei Lei, PhD, and Francesca Duncan, PhD.


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Literary Reviews

WORDS FOR WINTER: BEST BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON WELCOME TO HAUTE LIVING’S LITERARY CORNER, JUST IN TIME FOR THOSE cozy winter moments curled up by the fire. Whether you are searching for interesting gift ideas, a titillating tome for the plane, or a revisit of the classics, our curated winter list of what to read is truly storied. Captivating for the Coffee Table: Be Bold: Bespoke Modern Interiors by Jay Jeffers Stephanie Block acquired her company N-of-One, a leading molecular decision support firm. She previously served executive positions at Lightbridge Inc. and Lotus Development and was the chief information officer of IBM’s software group. Chris was named one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Business Week. Meet Chris at: www.n-of-one. com

Searching for the perfect inspiration for your pied-à-terre redo? Internationally renowned San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers recently released his second book celebrating some of his favorite and most risk-taking projects. If you are on the fence about texture and pattern, or harmonizing contemporary and vintage, Be Bold might just convince you to enjoy the rewards of daring, luxurious design. Literary for the Library: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott A literary agent friend in New York reminded us that the newest Little Women movie has a Christmas release date, so the publishing industry is awash in renewed interest in Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel of four sisters. Starring Emma Watson as Meg, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March, there is still nothing little about these beloved characters. What could be cozier than curling up with the Marches and trying to decide if your mind’s eye


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s sees Mrs. March as Laura Dern, Susan Sarandon, Mary Astor, or your own creation entirely? Quick and Quixotic: New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction Collection A recent movement in literary circles is flash and micro fiction. Does it reflect our shortening attention spans? Size absolutely matters in this hot genre. This seminal collection of the best 300-word-or-less stories should be stuffed in every stocking, read aloud at every holiday party, and brought along on every sailing excursion. You will be astounded at how full and gripping these tiny tales can be. Written by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and 100 Word Story co-founder Grant Faulkner, and edited by James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro, New Micro helps to both define and solidify

the mightiness of micro. Romance for Winter Getaways: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory Oakland-based writer Jasmine Guillory is the belle of the bibliophile ball lately, particularly with a major announcement from Reese Witherspoon’s book club choosing Guillory’s The Proposal as the first romance ever included. As you know, an innocent trip to “Merrie Olde England” can always take an indelicate turn. Royal Holiday tells the story of an unattached mother traveling across the pond with her daughter. Will mum (inspired by Meghan Markle’s mother) say pip-pip to an affair with a palace private secretary? Find out as you turn the pages somewhere over the Seychelles and thank us later.

A literary agent friend in New York reminded us that the newest Little Women movie has a Christmas release date, so the publishing industry is awash in renewed interest in Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel of four sisters.


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The Mayan sailing team.

Zander Gladish. Teresa Rodriguez and Karen Fraser.

Emily Holt and Sandra Shorenstein.

Thomas Bolen, Eliza Bolen, Fernando Garcia, Laura Kim, and Alex Bolen

Perfect day on the bay.


Considered to be one of the most respected regattas in California, the Rolex Big Boat Series hosted its 55th sailing competition in the San Francisco Bay. Saint Francis Yacht Club hosted the event, treating members and esteemed guests to epic views of the race and after-race festivities, which included live music and rum cocktails. The races were held on September 11 to 15. Mary Beth Rockwell and LaurenGoodman.

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Christian Squires.


From left: Rianna Stefanakis, Justin Erlich, Karen Bixby, Jessica Bixby, and Bazi Banda.

Dede Felton, Jay Jeffers

FALL FOR ART ODC AT MCEVOY RANCH Fall for Art, ODC’s annual outdoor fundraiser, co-chaired by Navid Armstrong and Anna Boyer, took place at McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma on Sunday, September 29th. The intimate event, with its 160 inspired attendees, raised $302,000 to support the choreography of ODC’s professional company and its extensive community work, as well as essential funds for scholarships that make it possible to open the doors to the ODC School for all. Sako and Bill Fisher, Jack Calhoun and Trent Norris, Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Gregory Malin, Timothy Schroeder, and Eleanor Coppola were among the guests who raised a glass by the lake, wandered the gardens, watched performances by ODC’s dancers, and enjoyed an al fresco lunch catered by Oak Avenue while overlooking the grape arbors and olive grove. McEvoy Ranch Wines From left: Leah Garchik, Ditty Deamer, Bart Deamer, and Henry Erlich

Oscar De LaFord Renta model Winery provided wines for the event. and Francis Coppola Performance.



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From left: Pamela Wright, Anna Boyer, and Navid Armstrong


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Roman Gronkowski, Carolyn Chandler, Navid Armstrong.



From left: Dulo Batsuh, Chris Meza, Jeff Atlas, Mary Jo Tiser, and Carolyn Chandler.

Julie Ambrose, Joshua Robison, and Paula Blank.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER... CHRIS MEZA’S 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH One hundred eight (108) of Chris Meza’s friends gathered at the University Club on October 8th to celebrate his 50th birthday! They enjoyed a delicious, 3-course dinner while facing a view of San Francisco’s many night-lit buildings. Guests included Carolyn Chandler, Joel Goodrich, Gioi Tran and Vern Applegate, Derek Barnes and Ted Hiscox, Jim Brown, Josh Morgan, Paul Woolford, and Rick Freeman. All raised a glass to Chris and some delivered emoClaire Kostic, Chris Meza, Roman Gronkowski.


Teresa Rodriguez and Chris Meza.

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tional, humorous, and fun-loving speeches!

Gary Siffron and Brett Andrews.

From left: Don Spradlin, Ted Hiscock, Derrick, Mike, and Charles Scott.


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Chair Sharon Seto in Colleen Quen Couture, with some of the Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash committee members in the Palace Ballroom. Left to right bottom: Sam Leftwich, Deborah Rocha, Teddy Reich, Sharon Seto, Venus Taillant, Misty Reistad, and Orkut Buyyukkokten. Left to right top: Irena Matias,Suzanne Taves, , Issac Nelson, Jane Wachiradejkul,Mary Casserly Keil, and V’Anne Singleton.

Bone Bash committee member Deborah Rocha with Sabrina Spensen and Pamella Sommerville enjoying festivities at the Palace Hotel.

“The Boys”: Greg Malin, David Seto, and Joel Goodrich.

BONE BASH 2019 AN EVENING IN DISGUISE The night was a spectacular, sell-out success! The who’s who of San Francisco filled this spectacular and fabulous event, led by returning Chair Sharon Seto. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening reminiscent of centuries-old masquerade balls, donning their Venetian masks to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, and honoree presentations at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco on Saturday, October 19. After the main program, revelers were invited to Casino Mystique where the party continued with casino games and dancing until the clock struck midnight. Dr. John Imboden from SF General Hospital received the 2019 Medical Award of Excellence in recognition of the incalculable impact Dr. Imboden’s care, research, and teaching have had in the fight against arthritis. Local Vocalist Paula West and David Grabstald.

Assistant Golden State Warriors Coach Mike Brown and Rochelle Ledesma.

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Left to right: Kristy Taves, Katie Taves, Christopher Lee ( former Arthritis Foundation President), Suzanne Taves ( Director of Development), Olivia Purser, and Sam Leftwich ( Decor Chair).

Thomas Barrett and Belinda Berry.


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BY JENNIFER BODEN PHOTOS BY BOB M C CLENAHAN & SHEILA GARVEY Jean-Charles Boisset, Karen MacNeil, LinJacuzzi Family Vineyards Piazza . sey Gallagher, Linda Reiff, and Bill Dodd


SONOMA COUNTY WINE AUCTION BREAKS RECORD The 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction featured once-in-a-lifetime lots and united the region’s most renowned vintners, winemakers, chefs, and generous bidders to raise a record-breaking $6.1 million for local charities. Christopher Jackson, of Jackson Family Wines, and Gina Gallo, of E. & J. Gallo Winery, co-chaired this year’s exclusive, 3-day event. Festivities kicked off Thursday, September 19th, with the best party ever, hosted with the Cline Family at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Friday meant sumptuous vintner dinners sprinkled throughout the region, including a bespoke, 4-course experience at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco. Each course was paired with Jackson Family and Hamel Family wines. On Saturday, more than 400 guests gathered in the warm sunshine for the main event at Saralee’s Vineyard on the La Crema Estate. Following a beautiful food and wine reception, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Mariachi Ensemble serenaded guests on their way to the auction tent. There, they bid on 40 lots comprising world travel, musical experiences, and exceptional food and wine. One lot – lucky #13 – featured a 378-bottle Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals collection that went for an historic $520,000. A new pour for tasting.

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Honorary Chef John Ash.

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2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction.

Reception at La Crema Estate.

George Hamel, Jr and Christopher Jackson at Saint Jospeh’s Arts Society.

Gina Gallo honors winemaker Merry Edwards.

Lot No. 13 made auction history, fetching $520,000.

Elegant Tablescape at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society.

Congressman Mike Thompson and Janet Thompson at La Crema Estate 95 Reception.

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JCB’s 5oth Birthday



BOISSET BOND BIRTHDAY BASH Jean-Charles Boisset’s 50th birthday shook and stirred Napa Valley with a James Bond-themed bash at Raymond Vineyards. Longtime friends and wine industry colleagues arrived attired as heroes and villains, with Boisset self-styled in the role of Agent 69, the year of his birth. The ebullient Boisset poured bottles of bubbly while swinging from a trapeze, glammed as a bewigged burlesque in a giant champagne coupe, and dazzled in an action-adventure skyfall defeating a succession of gamines, gunslingers, and Goldfingers. Experiences on overload included caviar and oysters, sushi served atop a nude sylph, and delicacies from Brazil, India, and France. Boisset’s branded wines flowed as the succession of showgirls, fan danc-

Ashton & Daru Hinch Kawalkowski.

Left to right in back: Greg Lopez from Gary Danko, Craig Card, and Alex Chase. In front: Jan Schrem, Maria Manetti-Shrem, and Agent 69.

ers, and Casino Royale card sharks surveyed the scene. Boisset may only live once, but at the half-century mark, he knows how to delight the living daylights out of the spies—and friends—who love him. JCB with Haute Living Publisher Olivia Hsu-Decker

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Sushi in the JCB lounge.

The birthday boy and host with his twin daughters, Honore-Josephine & GraceAntoinette.

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducting SF Symphony

James Hetfield performed with SF Symphony

CHASE CENTER GRAND OPENING CONCERT On September 6, history was made as the Chase Center opened its door with a concert of San Francisco Symphony’s heart pounding collaboration with heavy metal rock band Metallica that stunned, pulsated and roused the 18,000 crowd in the brand new Warriers arena. Stemming from their 1999 joint concert, these two powerhouses performed a electrifying show on the revolving circular stage for the adoring fans. Guest conductor Edwin Outwater led the 75-person symphony orchestra alongside Metallica’s guitarists James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, bassist Robert Trujillio and drummer Lars Ulrich. SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas graced the stage and received roaring applauses. This Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich thanked the fans

surmounting high-energy evening left Chase Center well oiled to welMichael Tilson Thomas with Lars Ulrich

come the Golden State Warriors into their new home in San Francisco.

Kirk Hammett


18,000 fans filled the Chase Center arena

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Michael Tilson Thomas with James Hetfield


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A STATE-OF-ART QUALITY HOME ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY Custom Designed for Doug and Susan Norby

IN 2010, DOUG NORBY AND HIS WIFE SUSAN PURCHASED THE BELVEDERE HOME OF SAN FRANCISCO’S renowned chef and restaurant owner Cecelia Chiang. They tried to preserve part of the home when renovating it, but mixing the new with the old proved challenging. In the end, they decided to tear it down and construct a brand-new home. The contemporary design focused on bringing the beautiful vistas into the home with pocket doors disappearing into the walls to bring indoors and outdoors together. This Belvedere waterfront home was custom designed for the owner and built by Red Horse Construction, known for their top luxury homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Completed in 2014, this state-of-the-art, extremely high-quality residence features four bedrooms, three full baths, two half-baths, five fireplaces, a new boat dock, open floor plan of living and dining areas, and gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. A spacious entertainment deck overlooks San Francisco Bay. The front courtyard entry boasts a water feature, fruit trees, lush landscaping, and fully fenced garden for privacy. All the main rooms open to panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, city skyline, Sausalito, Strawberry Shores, and Mt. Tamalpais. The home has radiant floor heating, tankless hot water heaters, solar, a Sound Vision sound system, and remote controlled window shades in all rooms, and a spacious 2-car garage with access door and half-bath for the gardener. Located on the flat and wide West Shore Road, residents have easy access to Tiburon Boulevard, downtown, the ferry, and Highway 101. Located within the award-winning Tiburon School District, this property is truly a masterpiece in a magnificent location.


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HauteRESIDENCE The guest bedroom

The Norbys decided to sell this home as they are spending more time in their homes in Sonoma and other locations. Mr. Norby has extensive career experience in technology industries which he applied to the technology in this home. He is a retired chief financial officer and senior vice president at Tessera, Inc., a public semiconductor intellectual property company. Prior to that, Mr. Norby served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Zambeel, Inc.; as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Novalux, Inc.; as executive vice president and chief financial officer of LSI Logic Corporation; and as president of Lucasfilm Ltd. from 1985 to 1992. He currently serves on the boards of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., STATSChipPAC Ltd., Intellon Corporation, NEXX Systems Inc., and Neterion Inc., and is a board advisor to Nanosolar, Inc. Mr. Norby received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1957, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1959. Susan Anderson Norby is a Board member of San Francisco Opera and a non-singing charactor actor Supernumerary (SUPER) in her 39th season at the SF Opera and worked as extra in films too. Visit for additional photos.

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BY OLIVIA HSU DECKER Jean-Charles Boisset, Karen MacNeil, Linsey Gallagher, Linda Reiff, and Bill Dodd


Vienna Opera house

2019 EUROPEAN CULTURAL PRIZE THE EUROPEAN CULTURAL PRIZE IS ONE OF THE MOST important awards in Europe. The event took place on October 20 on the 150th anniversary of the opera house of the Vienna State Opera. Carlo Ponti Jr., Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker, and Sophia Loren

Honorees this year included composer and opera patron Gordon Getty, film icon Sophia Loren, British designer Vivienne Westwood, opera singers Nina Stemme, Olga Peretyatko, Thomas Hampson and Rene Pape, conductor Christian Thielemann, and the environmental initiative R20 Austrian World Summit co-founder Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Young Talent Award went to 14-year-old composer/violinst/pianist Alma Deutscher. The evening started with a cocktail reception, followed by the award ceremony and a concert at the opulent Vienna Opera House. A lavish gala dinner after the award ceremony was held in the magnificent Gustav Mahler-Saal. Legendary film star Sophia Loren was introduced and presented the award by her son Carlo Ponti, Jr., an accomplished artist in his own right. He founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra in 2013 as a non-profit organization. All net income from their performances fund music education programs in Los Angeles Schools. Violinist Daniel Hope presented the award to composer Gordon Getty. The Vienna State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Australian conductor Simone Young, performed Getty’s “The Fiddler of Ballykeel” at the award ceremony. Getty’s compositions have been performed in other venues, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Vienna’s Brahmssaal, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and Bolshoi Theatre, as well as at the Aspen, Spoleto, and Bad Kissingen Festivals.

Hooshang & Maryam Pak, Karen & Rick Walker, Lydia Graham and Olivia Decker

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Alma Deutscher receiving award from Thomas Hampson

Director of Vienna Opera Dominique Meyer and Sophia Loren

Simone Young conducting Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Vivienne Westwood

Gordon Getty receiving the award from violinst Daniel Hope

Gordon Getty with Olivia Hsu Decker

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California Lifestyle Collection Belvedere Grand View Elegance

4 Beds | 3 Baths | 1 Half-Baths | 3,141± sq. ft.


This immaculately maintained and private custom-built estate is

floors throughout, highly insulated construction, and generous usage of

prominently perched on the southern side of Belvedere Island. It is

interior and exterior natural cedar wood. This property is one of the few

graced by wall-to-wall windows for enjoying the panoramic bay views of

private Belvedere parcels that are inset and have amazing wind

San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Mt. Tamalpais.

protection. This is 3,141± sq. ft. of modern elegance on a very private,

This sophisticated and luxurious estate is a masterpiece of modern

custom landscaped, large down-sloped parcel. The home boasts five off-

design and craftsmanship featuring custom onyx walls, whitewashed

street parking spaces and an additional oversized 722± sq. ft. 2.5 car

walnut cabinets, hand-carved fireplace surrounds, Turkish travertine

garage with custom floors and wood insulated doors.

marble floors, green slate decks, stairs, walkways, and Brazilian rain forest marble throughout. Every detail was carefully selected and quality

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California Lifestyle Collection A Contemporary Masterpiece of Epic Proportions

Silicon Valley Aztec Estate

views beyond. The gourmet chef’s kitchen, with large center island and top-of-the-line appliances, features large butler’s pantry, full size indoor grill, and over-sized custom glass windows.

Offered at $15,950,000 Towering above Silicon Valley and Los Gatos hills, the 52± acre Aztec Estate offers 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, appx. 10,309 sq. ft. in the main house and 1,800± sq. ft. in the 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest house, a pool with spa, a tennis court, ridge-top 360-degree panoramic views, incredible scale and unrivaled quality, all in one of the most exceptional settings in Northern California. The breathtaking panoramic views span the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Secluded in a private enclave at the end of a gated drive, the residence features soaring ceiling atrium, modern open floor plan, sweeping entertainment decks and sliding glass walls that bring phenomenal views to the forefront of the living experience. The main residence features superior quality and resort-like amenities throughout the extraordinary living space, linear designs, and prominent contemporary styling. Engineering and utilitarian elements play into the timeless design of George Foy, with materials like glass, stone, and steel used liberally in construction to showcase the natural beauty of this estate and the finest selection of materials and finishes, exquisite interior design and exterior landscape.

Secluded in its own private wing, the luxurious master suite is surrounded by sweeping panoramic views. An opulent marble bathroom boasts amazing ceiling heights and custom walk-in closets. With an office space, oversized fireplace and sitting area, sliding doors lead to a sprawling outdoor lounge overlooking the pool below and sunset on the horizon. This gated estate offers total privacy, steel frame construction, wine cellar, billiards room with wet bar, two custom offices, and state-of-the-art technology. The estate’s resort-like grounds are as impressive as the residence, offering the versatility to retreat in serenity or entertain with lavish events. Features include an infinity pool, spa, tennis/basketball court, outdoor bar and grill, fire pit, manicured gardens, various terraces and seating areas, fountains, waterfall, and wrap-around decks with endless views. As seen on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, Forbes magazine and DuPont Registry, this stunning private enclave, just minutes from the heart of energetically charged Silicon Valley, maintains a retreat from the bustling lights below while sharing the neighbourhood with several of Silicon Valley’s elites. Aztec Estate is truly a unique combination of privacy, serenity, panoramic views, and luxury amenities all in this one-ofa-kind modern masterpiece.

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California Lifestyle Collection Waterfront Living on San Francisco Bay


4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2 Half-Baths | 4,000Âą sq. ft. State-of-the-art extremely high-quality home built by Red Horse

Mt. Tamalpais. 2-car garage with access door and half-bath for gardener.

Construction in 2014. Waterfront with boat dock. Contemporary open

Radiant floor heating, tankless hot water heaters, solar, and Sound Vision

floor plan features living, dining and kitchen combo, 5 fireplaces, gourmet

sound system. Located on flat and wide West Shore Road, easy access to

kitchen with top of the line appliances. Spacious entertainment deck over

Tiburon Boulevard, downtown, ferry and Highway 101. Award winning

San Francisco Bay. Front courtyard entry with water feature, fruit trees

Tiburon School District. This property is not a land lease.

and lush landscaping, fully fenced garden for privacy. Pocket doors in all main rooms opening to panoramic views of San Francisco Bay including

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J. RICCARDO BENAVIDES HOW TO HOLIDAY WITH THE GURU OF GALAS You know J. Riccardo Benavides and his company Ideas Events & Rentals from spectacular social events like the San Francisco Opera Guild’s holiday dinner and Mary Poland’s themed extravaganzas, and even In-N-Out Burger’s holiday party. His work is also prized in the tech world, as showcased in Dropbox’s festive lobby. Here the event impresario tells us how to live our best entertaining lives. Hint: Riccardo’s company rents everything to bring your ideas to life. 110

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HauteSEAT What tips do you have for holiday decorating? Tricks? Pitfalls?

What simple detail is so important and yet no one thinks of it?

I’m a big flea market guy — mismatched tableware is fabulous. Also, I always say

The bathroom! Buy beautiful soaps and put them in an elegant dish. Get mono-

the more balls the better! Fill giant, clear cylinders with different sized ornaments

grammed towels. Have a tray with mints, floss, perfume, cologne! And don’t forget

or glass balls, and sprinkle in some greenery. I like to bring the outside in. DIY pi-

scent: big sprigs of rosemary tied with a bow or even a rosemary tree.

necones with festive paints. Wrap them in ribbon — 4 inch, not 2 inch — to pop. Get a fresh magnolia wreath or branches. ’Tis the season to sparkle: spread inexpensive

What inspires you right now? A place? A color? A time period?

mercury glass around for shimmer. To jazz up your lighting, add ribbon, faux ber-

Europe this time of year. Strings of lights across the streets in London, the soft glow

ries, and greenery for that extra touch.

of statues illuminated.

Pitfalls include plastic wreaths. It’s not much more expensive to buy fresh, and there’s no need to store them. I’m also not a fan of animatronics: there are enough

Your events benefit communities around the world. Why is the holiday season the

Santas out there. The same goes for red and green. You can focus on tradition while

perfect time to give back?

being open to other colors and neutrals.

Life often moves too fast the rest of the year. The holidays give us a moment to reflect on how lucky we are. It’s really the only time of year we can put our differences

What are a couple secrets to throwing a memorable holiday event?

aside and embrace the holiday spirit. We need that now.

The arrival is everything. This is what people know me for. Guests should be transported the instant they enter. I am working with Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

What is one festive, fun way that you celebrate the holidays?

on their holiday décor. We are focused on the entrance wow factor with a modern,

I take a road trip. I am often inside buildings for my work, so I take the opportunity

European look and feel starting on Market Street and continuing throughout.

to get out on the open road with my pups. I put on Adele and go forever. I rest in

Mistletoe! Make a huge ball and encourage guests to linger underneath to make

Sedona, where peace for my mind, body, and soul vibrates through me, then Santa

memories. You know who taught me that? The great Edith Tobin. I love learning

Fe, a center of art and cuisine. I can breathe there. The drive is beautiful, and it’s a

from clients. Also, candles, candles. Nothing is more warm (literally) or chic than

special place for me and my dogs.

a silver tray covered with 30 dripping candles. Fresh flowers are a must. Events

J. Riccardo Benavides and Ideas Events & Rentals can be found online at

should evoke all the senses., and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram @ideaseventsandrentals, and Pinterest.

In-N-Out Burger holiday party. Photo Credit: Ideas Events & Rentals.


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SF Opera Guild Holiday Dinner on Stage 2018.

Light walkway inspiration photo for Four Seasons. Stock image..

Home of Mary & Bill Poland. Photo Credit: Peter da Silva.

Photo of J. Riccardo Benavides. Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography.

Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, interiors from above


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California Lifestyle Collection Magnificent San Francisco Masterpiece


7 Beds | 8 Baths | 3 Half Baths | 16,000Âą sq. ft. This stunning Italianate mansion enjoys views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Fort Mason, Russian Hill, Coit Tower, City and the East Bay hills. Exquisite architectural detailing is found throughout, with seven en-suite bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, formal living room, formal dining room, reception hall, grand foyer, mezzanine, library, seven fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, media room, family room, wine room, au-pair quarters with kitchen, gym, five marble terraces, six cast bronze balconies, garden with irrigation, gated driveway with parking plus four car garage, elevator, security system with cameras, two laundry facilities, and is wired for Wi-Fi, automatic drapery, and Lutron lighting throughout. Close to Union Street

shopping district, prestigious schools, transportation and easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. This immaculate Italianate villa of approximately 16,000 square feet has been completely renovated using the finest materials and craftsmanship to create the ultimate modern amenities and luxury living, and still retains the elegance and beauty of the classic era. It was the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in 2008. For more detailed information, please visit:

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California Lifestyle Collection Grand Country Club Estate


4 Beds | 4.5 Baths | ¹2 acres This magnificent two-acre gated estate is the former clubhouse of the Marin Golf and Country Club originally built in 1906. Remodeled in recent years, this home features grand spaces for indoor and outdoor entertaining on a grand scale. Sited on a promontory that is perhaps the best location in the Country Club neighborhood, the main residence enjoys vast open spaces and views of the surrounding hills, Mt. Tam, San Francisco Bay, the Richmond Bridge, and one span of the Bay Bridge. San Rafael’s temperate climate can be enjoyed year-round, enhanced by access to marinas, hiking and outdoor activities in nearby China Camp State Park and beyond. The residence is surrounded by extensive gardens which can be enjoyed through the large picture widows. The open-truss living room and grand ballroom both feature large wood-burning fireplaces with ample space for sitting areas, billiard & game tables and grand pianos. The spacious club

bar and library provide unique places for indoor entertaining while the shaded archways and terrace in front of the home provide the same for outdoor living. The gourmet kitchen features a skylight, adjacent outdoor barbeque, and space for a large harvest table. This two-parcel compound is approached by either of two gated street entries, one with circular motor court, 2-car garage plus ample parking inside the gate, and the other entry opening into the orchard of fruit trees, pool and pool house with full bath and kitchen/bar, BBQ area, hot-tub and tennis court. The property can be purchased separately for 75 Margarita at $3,950,000 and 85 Margarita at $2,950,000. For more detailed information, please visit:

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Grand Home on 67± Acres with Panoramic Views 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 7,400± sq. ft. | 67.36± Acres | $6,388,000 Luxuriate in the world-renowned indoor-outdoor Napa Valley lifestyle at this newly constructed fabulous private gated ridgetop estate! Enjoy majestic panoramic views of vineyards and lush greeneries from this 7,400± sq. ft. contemporary open floor plan home boasting grand spaces in all the rooms. Entertainer’s dream kitchen opening to a broad lawn and infinity edge pool, spa, and in-pool lounge chairs. There are six spacious bedrooms with six and onehalf baths, grand living room, dining room, and kitchen with 18-foot high ceilings, family room with fireplace, home theater/media room,

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bocce ball court, separate guest quarters, and a small vineyard with potential for another 30 acres. Complete privacy on approximately 67.36 acres and yet just 15–20 minutes to the convenience of St. Helena’s many charming shops and gourmet restaurants! For more detailed information, please visit:

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Napa Valley Prime New Home on 70± Acres 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 6,350± sq. ft. | 70± Acres | $5,850,000 Located in the exclusive St. Helena Reserve, this 6,350± square foot newly completed six bedroom, six and one-half bath home on 70± acres overlooks beautiful panoramic views of vineyards. Featuring high ceilings, bright/airy open floor plans and high quality materials throughout. The amenities include a generous living room/kitchen/family room designed for hosting intimate or large gatherings, seamlessly connecting the interior to the exterior landscape. This is further reinforced by the large pergola featuring second floor balconies, expansive decks and firepit table on the first floor.

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The extensively landscaped level lawn leads to an infinity edge pool, heated spa and bocce court. Commanding views of Napa Valley vineyards and mountains complete the serenity of this gracious estate. Two additional structures could be built, subject to approval. A perfect home for gracious entertaining with total privacy and yet less than 20 minutes to lively Downtown St. Helena and the prestigious Auberge du Soleil Resort. For more detailed information, please visit:

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St. Helena Reserve 5 Lots | Price Upon Request Lot 1: Exceptional 50-acre view parcel within the gates at St. Helena Reserve. This parcel has its own well and offers breathtaking panoramic views to valley floor and Mayacamas Range. Soil and aspect report identify 10 plantable acres for vineyards plus winery potential. Underground power services this site. Lot 2: Unique 39-acre parcel offering 360 degree views including local vineyards and the Chiles Valley. This parcel is within the St. Helena Reserve gates and has its own well producing 12 gallons per minute. Soil and aspect report shows 12.5 acres of plantable land with underground power. Lot 4: Expansive 161-acre parcel offering numerous potential building sites allowing for complete privacy and myriad view opportunities. This site has a potential for 33 acres of plantable land with the site served by underground power.

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Lot 5: Beautiful 43-acre parcel featuring Chiles Valley/easterly views of numerous vineyards and mountains. This site has the potential for 11 plantable acres according to soil and aspect report. Lot #7: Located in the exclusive gated St. Helena Reserve, this prime 176 acres lot overlooks panoramic views of Pritchard Hill, Kuleto Vineyards, Napa Valley, Chiles Valley and Lake Hennessey. This is a spectacular ridgetop homesite to build a Wine Country compound with main house and two annex buildings, all with commanding vineyard views and total privacy and yet only 20-25 minutes from the vibrant downtown St. Helena where you will find fine restaurants, wineries, boutiques, quaint stores and all the services you need. Also, the nearby Lake Hennessey provides jogging, hiking and water sports. Power and well are available and 13+ acres are plantable for vineyards according to slope cropcare report and soil report subject to County approval. Priced at $12,800 per acre it is an amazing value for this rare large size lot at this price point.

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