Monday, July 31

Beauty Crush: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

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April Gargiulo—who, by the way, is not merely the daughter of a vintner, she actually runs the family winery—designed Active Botanical Serum to be “the one product you can’t live without.” We’re not the only ones who think she met the goal. Words like “miraculous,” incredible,” “skin-changing” and “fully lives up to the hype,” pepper reviews from Vanity Fair, W, Elle and Racked to the Man Repeller and Ms. GOOP herself, Gwyneth Paltrow.

The multi-correctional face oil packs in a spectrum of vitamins, fatty acids and wild-crafted, nutrient-dense botanicals. Equally important is what it leaves out: inactive fillers and widely used but questionable ingredients like parabens, phthalates, sulfates and PEFs. The scent is subtle and vaguely green, like fresh-cut flowers.

All of which makes Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum a daily go-to—and April one of our Rare Beauty heroes. Read on for her personal Napa Valley tip sheet.

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Meadowood This is a Napa Valley classic with the most beautiful grounds, pools, spa and hiking trails. We just did a staycation there recently and didn’t want to leave.

Auberge du Soleil Hidden in the hill above Rutherford, Auberge is the perfect romantic hideaway for couples looking for privacy and luxury.

Indian Springs A throwback to a bygone era when people would come to Calistoga to take the waters. The minerals-rich spring water is said to cure everything from eczema to asthma.

Calistoga Ranch Uber luxe and discreet. This is the ultimate Napa Valley destination retreat.

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Gargiulo Vineyards My family winery in the heart of Oakville. We make limited bottlings of single vineyard, estate Cabernet Sauvignon. By appointment only, so call ahead and drop my name.

Promontory Winery Harlan Estate’s newest property boasts Howard Backen architecture and beautiful Napa Valley wines.

Gemstone Close friends own and run this family winery in Yountville, just down the street from Forty Five Ten.

Vine Trail Napa Valley’s answer to NYC’s High Line, the Vine Trail is a 43-mile hiking and biking trail that winds its way through the valley.

Mondavi Concert Series During summer the Mondavi Winery hosts national acts on the lawn for a super intimate and fun summer night.

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Miminashi New Japanese izakaya in downtown Napa with great cocktails and even better soft-serve ice cream.

Acacia House Top Chef winner Chris Cosentino’s new restaurant—that no one can stop talking about.

Southside Café Hidden away in a nondescript strip mall, Southside is a super casual diner with some of the best food in the valley.

Kelly’s Filling Station & Wine Shop Don’t let the gas-station exterior fool you, Kelly’s makes a mean latte and scones that people line up for.

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Forty Five Ten Everyone I know has been counting down the days until the July 28 opening. Now we can finally shop!

Martin Design Interior designer and hometown girl Erin Martin’s shop offers the most beautiful edit of everything from homeware to custom-designed furniture. Fair warning: you will want it all.

Oxbow Public Market This is Napa’s version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and the place to buy the very freshest, locally sourced and grown goods.

Culinary Institute of America If you’re a cooking buff, this is the place to go. Housed in a historic winery, the CIA offers weekend classes and an incredible gift shop for the home chef.

 

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