New Wing & Barrel Ranch clubhouse brings a fusion of food, wine, and sporting club action to the valley.
Discerning nature, food, and wine enthusiasts are flocking to Sonoma’s Wing & Barrel Ranch, a member’s-only sporting club overlooking Sonoma Creek and wine country’s agricultural lands. First founded in 2013, Wing & Barrel just completed its signature clubhouse with modern-rustic interior design and an expansive outdoor deck. Home to The Trap Bar, a cigar lounge, a stunning dining room, a pro shop, locker rooms, and an outdoor deck adjacent to the bocce ball courts, the clubhouse is the ranch’s social and culinary center. While indoor dining is on hold, farm-to-table patio fare and curated craft cocktails overseen by James Beard award-winning Chef Charlie Palmer are available on the deck.
Around the 1000-acre property, Wing & Barrel offers a luxurious take on outdoor adventures: world-class sporting clay shooting, fly fishing, upland bird hunting, and a planned archery range. Outdoor activities open to the public on select weekdays but are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. While sporting clubs have long been male-dominated, Wing & Barrel Ranch strives to welcome a diverse populace with programs for women, kids, and families.
Wing & Barrel Ranch / wingandbarrelranch.com
Try this CBD bath bomb for a soothing soak.
Want to have a steamy stay-at-home date night? Put Barry White on the sound system, light a few rosewood candles, draw a hot bath, and drop in this bath bomb from Life Elements. Named after the Goddess of Love and crafted with 300 mg of organic CBD, the Venus bath bomb will set the mood. Natural ingredients such as sweet orange and sandalwood are blended in to promote intimacy and relaxation.
Once you’ve toweled off, play back-rub club with the brand’s small-batch Plant-Based Body Oil. It blends 600 mg of full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD and shea butter with ancient, nature-based ingredients like Tepezcohuite, a bark extract used by the Mayan culture in the 10th century to treat skin ailments. Beyond serving as a massage aid, the Body Oil can go undercover in the bedroom as a lubricant.
Venus Bath Bomb, $28; Body Oil, $58 / lifeelements.com
Popular California cheese festival goes online for 2021.
From gouda to cheddar, enjoy the California Artisan Cheese Festival’s flavors at home with a virtual grand cheese tasting. This cheese and treat party pack ships anywhere within the contiguous United States and includes a ticket to the virtual Grand Tasting on Friday, March 26. During this one-hour event, you’ll learn how to build an Instragrammable cheese board, go behind the scenes at California farms and creameries, and get a crash course in pairing cheese and wine from Gloria Ferrer’s pros.
Each tasting kit is $150 and includes at least 10 cheeses along with crackers, preserves, and chocolate for pairing. Tasting kits ship out the week of March 22, and 10 percent of kit sales support the nonprofit California Artisan Cheese Guild.
California Artisan Cheese Festival / artisancheesefestival.com
“Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, author
Spritz for relief with this water-based cannabis mouth spray.
When you need a discrete dose of cannabis, skip the edibles and try Click Spray, a water-based cannabis mouth spray. The use of advanced nanotechnology and a water-based emulsion gives Click sprays a higher bioavailability—allowing you to feel the full effects in as little as five minutes.
Made in Southern California and available throughout California, Click is sold in Go, Restore, Chill, and Dream varieties to suit every mood. Each spritz contains 2.5 mgs of cannabinoids with 80 clicks in every bottle. Spritz under your tongue to enjoy calorie-free Lemon Gingergrass, Tropicali, and Midnight Mint flavors. Recycling partnerships allow you to recycle used devices at select cannabis shops.
Click Spray / clickspray.com
Sweet CBD Treats
San Francisco company brings gourmet caramel to California’s edible market.
Sweeten your CBD consumption with Clover Caramels: a newish CBD treat made in San Francisco. Clover uses a lab-tested, hemp-based CBD isolate that’s ultra-pure and contains no THC. Caramels are handcrafted in small batches with 20 mg CBD, clover honey, heavy cream, unsalted butter, and Maldon sea salt but contain no corn syrup or artificial ingredients. It’s a perfect edible alternative when you’re seeking calm without a high.
Clover Caramels, $35 for 10 / clovercaramels.com
“Whether they’re for good or bad, all trends in the United States start in California.”
—Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist
Bay Area Brews
Pocket pour-overs for craft coffee lovers.
Whether you’re camping or traveling, don’t let your location keep you from a quality cup of joe. Kuju Coffee launched in the Bay Area after brothers Jeff and Justin Wiguna discovered their campground coffee didn’t live up to the inspiring landscapes of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Using ingenuity and engineering skills, the brothers acquired equipment and adapted it to make single-serve, pour-over style coffee filters that anchor to any mug.
Enjoy these pour-over brews wherever you wander, each one filled with fair trade, organic coffee that discerning java drinkers will love. Choose from coffee blends in light, medium, and dark roasts, or single-origin varieties ethically sourced from Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, and West Sumatra.
Kuju Coffee, $22–$30 for 10 / kujucoffee.com
Below is the playlist I had on repeat while making Sensi’s first-ever music edition.
1 REBELS by Call Me Karizma
2 MOTOR MOUTH by Kai Straw
3 GRATEFUL by Spencer Sutherland
4 GUILLOTINE by Mansionair x NoMBe
5 MYSTERY LADY by Masego and Don Toliver
6 TOPDOWN by Channel Tres
7 PURPLE HAT by So Tukker
8 PUMP THE BREAK by morgxn
9 ALL THAT by Emotional Oranges
10 BROKEN PEOPLE by almost monday
11 WHO’S GOT THE WEED by G. Love & Special Sauce
12 CAN’T BE HAPPIER by SJ & Sugar Jesus feat. Goldford
How much you enjoy your music depends on how you hear it. These are Sensi’s picks for the best speakers and headphones we’ve tested in 2021.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
With so many options on the market, it’s tough to say that one single set of head-phones rises above the rest—until you try these. Sleek and comfortable on your skull, they deliver sound that’s so full it’s almost tangible. Eleven settings (Nigel Tufnel be praised!) let you dial in the amount of noise canceling you want, from none at all (smart for when you’re walking on city streets) to full-on (perfect for tuning out all the drama of being stuck at home).
$380 / bose.com
These easy-to-wear in-ear headphones are truly in your head—they adapt to your hearing. Say what? That’s right. They actually send sound into your eardrum that then informs the system about the best way to play for your individual hearing. The result is bass that hits the back of your brain and sharp clarity on every note.
$199 / nuraphone.com
JBL Party Box 300
This sturdy, portable Bluetooth speaker turns any space into a mini-rave thanks to a light system that synchronizes colors to the beat—and three settings mean you can pick up or slow down the tempo. Beyond the optics, it pumps out clean sound and runs on a rechargeable battery that keeps the party going for up to 18 hours.
$400 / jbl.com
Crosley Switch II Entertainment System
A throwback to the days when a record player was the center of the musical experience, Crosley’s practical system oozes retro cool and still cranks out pleasant sound. A belt drive keeps those 45s and LPs spinning, and this set will add a groovy feel to any room—even when it’s not playing.
$170 / crosleyradio.com
Logitech Z313 Speaker System with Subwoofer
This compact speaker and subwoofer set delivers deep, crisp sound and hooks up to a wide range of devices—from your laptop to your smartphone to your TV—as long as they have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It’s the ideal music system for a workstation if you want to share tunes with your office mates, or, as things go in the days of COVID-19, if you just want to have your own private dance party in between deadlines.
$50 / logitech.com
An outdoor brand goes all in with CBD products meant to soothe hikers’ aches and pains.
Outdoor activities cause sore muscles. CBD is said to relieve pain. Even though the outdoor industry has dabbled in the cannabidiol market for a few years, it wasn’t until this year that a dedicated outdoor brand contributed its own formulations to the billion-dollar category.
In January, Kelty launched a collection of pain-relief salves, after-sun lotions, and antibacterial and itch-relief sprays for outdoorists. The longtime Colorado-based maker of tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear sees the new CBD offerings as a natural brand progression.
“At Kelty, we’re all about spontaneous adventures, getting outside, goofing around, and having fun. But playing outside often comes with its own set of challenges in the form of aches and pains,” says Russell Rowell Kelty senior vice president and general manager. “Thanks to our new CBD products, we now offer another tool to help you go farther, higher, and faster—and to bounce back more quickly when you do.”
To create research-based formulas, Kelty consulted Arizona-based pharmaceutical producer e2e Pharma to formulate the new line of THC-free products. The collection is available at keltycom/CBD.
Financially, it’s a strategic move. The CBD market is currently valued at approximately $4billion. Market researchers like Grandview Research and BDS Analytics predict it will surpass $20 billion by 2025. Skeptics have been troubled by the lack of regulation of cannabidiol, but a new bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives in February would allow hemp-derived CBD to be marketed and sold as a dietary supplement. If passed, it could also lead the US Food and Drug Administration to establish a regulatory framework.
CBD made its debut on a large scale to the outdoor industry—a nearly $800 billion business—in 2018, when manufacturers exhibited at Outdoor Retailer, the industry’s largest trade show and now numerous athletes, from ultrarunners to surfers, are sponsored by CBD brands.
Specialty outdoor retailers stock topicals and capsules. And Kelty has set a direct-to-consumer precedent. Which outdoor brands will enter the market next?