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The Founder of Vintner’s Daughter Shares Her Favorite Places in California

From her family winery in Napa to her favorite beach in Marin, April Gargiulo’s guide to The Golden State

As told to ANUSH J. BENLIYAN

 

Where do you live?
San Francisco. It’s filled with dreamers working to make their marks.

Favorite hike?
Tennessee Valley Trail. It’s very close to the city but feels like a world away.

Favorite beach?
Western Marin’s Kehoe Beach because of its dramatic sand dunes, high cliffs and remoteness.

Favorite getaway?
Napa Valley when we need family time or just some sunshine. But if we really want to get away, Lake Tahoe is our place, no matter what time of year it is.

Go-to restaurant?
The bar at The Progress. I dream about their green bean kimchi tempura.

Favorite drink?
The cascara chai latte from Lady Falcon Coffee Club. The flavors of cascara are incredible and it has five times the antioxidants as coffee.

Favorite museum?
The de Young and Legion of Honor. They are smaller and more manageable, but the art is world-class. The new kids’ space, de Youngsters Studio, is really good, too.

Last show that impressed you?
Desert X. It lived up to every expectation. The artworks were thought-provoking, exhilarating and beautiful.

Favorite vineyard?
My family’s winery, Gargiulo Vineyards, in Oakville, Napa Valley. We produce limited-release, single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon.

What do you wear by day?
A midi dress (Stine Goya, Tibi, Co) with boots (Brother Vellies, Celine) or sneakers (Puma, Nike) most days, and a lot of vintage (A Current Affair).

Favorite boutiques?
McMullen in Oakland — the edit is both fashion-forward and wearable. Metier in Hayes Valley for the most covetable vintage jewelry.

Favorite Napa spa and treatment?
Auberge du Soleil and its signature Vintner’s Daughter facial.

Where do you get your hair done?
Veer & Wander. The owner, Connie, is amazing and there’s always something fun to discover in the boutique.

Favorite beauty products?
Our Active Botanical Serum and new Active Treatment Essence, of course; Kjaer Weis mascara; Rye Beauty brow gel; Rodin lip oil.

Favorite drive?
S.F. to Inverness. Once you get off 101, you are driving through small towns on winding country roads in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world. It’s magical.

This story originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of C magazine.

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