The season brings new and exciting cuisine, performances and shops to Silicon Valley.
One Mind Festival for Brain Health in Napa
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Shari and Garen Staglin, who founded the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa in 1985, have been stewards of the land (they farm organically) and producers of exceptional wines in an underground production facility. They’re also major philanthropists and founded the Music Festival for Brain Health, which has raised more than $1 billion to support charities and organizations like One Mind. This year, the festival is back in person with a lineup that includes a scientific symposium, wine-tasting reception and, of course, live music. This year’s musical performers are Joey Calderazzo and Branford Marsalis. Sept. 11, noon-5:30PM, 1570 Bella Oaks Lane, Rutherford, 707.963.4038
It’s all about an immersive, hands-on experience at the new Dyson Demo Store in Santa Clara at Westfield Valley Fair. Marking Dyson’s fifth boutique in the United States, the tech playground offers advice and support on everything from improving air quality at home to achieving salon styles on your own. Make a hairstyling appointment to learn about the brand’s supersonic hair dryer, airwrap styler or Corrale straightener; customers also can have their initials etched on the cases of select Dyson hair tools. 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
Rootstock Wine Bar recently opened a new location in Mountain View, and the space is perfect for those looking to unwind with a glass of world-renowned wine. The chic space with patio seating offers menu options like cheese spreads and flatbread paired with wines by the glass. For a more exclusive experience, patrons can join the Rootstock Wine Club, which grants access to a members-only ultrapremium wine list, complimentary tickets to wine club release parties and access to a VIP wine concierge program. 331 Castro St., Ste. 100, Mountain View
The Silicon Valley Opera presents Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera Madama Butterfly at the historic Hoover Theater. Sung in Italian with English narrations, the afternoon event is a mustsee performance for opera enthusiasts. Singer and choir director Keiko Kagawa stars in the soul-stirring production, with piano accompaniment by Kazuko Oishi, who is flying in from Japan for the event. “You’ll be moved by Puccini’s gorgeous music and the strength of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly)’s character,” says Kagawa. Oct. 3, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose
Telefèric Barcelona arrives in Los Gatos this fall.
This fall, Telefèric Barcelona brings the taste of Spain to Los Gatos “with no passport required,” as owner and founder Xavi Padrosa puts it. Gourmands can expect tapas and paellas at the new Old Town Center resto, which features a private dining room and a gourmet market specializing in exclusive Spanish products. For a truly authentic Spanish dining experience, reserve a spot on the Catalonia-inspired patio with tapas such as Iberico jamon, Galician octopus and croquetas. “The most exciting part about opening in Los Gatos is that most of the locals who live here and the surrounding neighborhoods love to travel the globe and have already been to Spain,” Padrosa says. “It feels great to bring a taste of Barcelona to their own town.” 50 University Ave., Los Gatos
Slated to open this fall, REI brings an expansive new store to Sunnyvale. A haven for those with a knack for the outdoors, the space will feature a wide range of gear for the unlimited outdoor activities that the South Bay has to offer. The 37,000-square-foot location is an adventure-seeker’s dream, with services like expanded professional bike, ski and snowboard shops, along with a new community space. 130 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO COURTESY OF: STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD; PHOTO COURTESY OF: DYSON; PHOTO: BY JEFF SIEPMAN/UNSPLASH; PHOTO: COURTESY OF TELEFÈRIC BARCELONA; PHOTO: BY TYLER NIX/UNSPLASH