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Up Your Cool Quotient


Apple iPad

There’s nothing like a little technology to make your life easier and the cool factor doesn’t hurt either. Here are a few items we have our tech savvy eyeballs on that you may want to check out too:

1)  Electric Wine Opener – Because who wants to wrestle with a cork?

2) Portable Document and Photo Scanner – Say goodbye to the days of, “can I make a copy of that?”

3) Apple iPad – Think your iphone on steroids (minus the pesky interruption of phone calls)

4) Apple iPhone charger case – Don’t get caught without power for your iPhone again

5) Hot/Cold cup keeper for your Desk– No more cold coffee/tea or luke warm water thats supposed to be cold

6) Personal Movie Theater – Take this on your next international flight and you’ll be able to enjoy watching movies of your choice

7) Roomba – Vacuum your floors at the touch of a button without even breaking a sweat. Perfect for when you’re receiving “last minute” company and need to get ready quickly. Now you can simply start this puppy up and continue with your “get ready” routine all at the same time!

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Looking for a New Favorite Wine?


Are you looking for a new favorite wine? We are here to help. Below are some our faves, White House selections, and celebrity picks.

The Vyne’s Favorites

What’s Good for the White House, Is Good for Us
Want to try what Barack and Michelle served at the State Dinner in November?
Beckman Vineyards Grenache 2007, Santa Ynez, California
Celebrity Favorite Bubblies
Dom Pérignon (Marilyn Monroe)

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The Vyne’s Guide to Napa Valley


By Keesha Boyd

I recently took my first trip to Napa Valley, CA and I have to say…I am officially hooked. Besides the fact that I was traveling with a great group of people, it was as if the stars had all aligned to ensure a perfect weekend. The weather was picturesque and although I was only there for four days, two of which were spent in San Francisco, it was plenty of time to fall in love with the beautiful foliage, fantastic food and incredible wine. If you haven’t visited Napa (or San Fran) yet and are curious about where to go and what to do, then pack your bags, get on the next thing smoking and take this guide with you!

Wine, Wine and More Wine

Pine Ridge – Get your palette (and your wallet) ready for Fortis, their trademark Bordeaux blend. At $140 a bottle, you’ll want to savor every bit of its rich notes of currant, cherry and raspberry. Feel free to do so while sitting beneath their mysteriously romantic wine caves, set 130 ft below the vines and beautifully accented by the artwork of Dale Chihuly.

Grgich Hills Estate – The owner of this certified biodynamic winery, feisty 86 year old Mike Grgich, came all the way from Croatia with only a few dollars and a suitcase. Periodically he shows up to the winery to say hello and sign a few wine bottles. Look for a movie on his fascinating story to come out in the near future.

Lunch Fit for a Queen

Cuvee – They make a pinot noir sorbet that is to die for!

Brix – Love the lamb and argula pizza and the view of their very own organic produce growing outside

Lark Creek Steak (San Francisco) – I particularly enjoyed my pumpkin soup, savory and sweet.

Go for the View

Auberge du Soleil – Although the food and wine was good, when you see the view you won’t care what the food or wine tastes like!

Yountville, CA – Quaint little town center near Napa with great boutique shopping and lots of great restaurants.

Dinner for a True Foodie

Bottega – The braised short ribs fell off the bone, the beet salad was delectable and the service was impeccable. If you watch The Food Network then you’ll be excited to hear that this is Michael Chiarello’s restaurant.

The Slanted Door (San Francisco, CA) – Great place to “see and be seen” while at the same time partaking of a delicious meal. My personal favs were the yellow tail from the raw bar, and the vegetarian spring rolls. Trust me, you’ve never had a spring roll like this before!

Café Claude (San Francisco, CA) – Fantastic live music on Thursday night was the perfect backdrop to this fantastic French find nestled in an alleyway. Tasty beet salad and a yummy vegetarian Lasagne.

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