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  • Stoke the fire and break out a bottle of your favorite Mendocino County wine. Read
  • Leef Organics Revive CBD Balm is a mini spa day in a jar. Read
  • When it comes to living your best life, life coaches are trained to help you find the answers that lie within. Read
  • Old-school parties become new again. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read

Winter Wines to Warm Mind & Body

The rain and fog have set in across the Emerald Triangle. Stoke the fire
and break out a bottle of your favorite Mendocino County wine.

Fel Winery started in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley as Breggo Cellars before relocating production facilities to Sonoma and rebranding. The Fel Anderson Valley 2017 Chardonnay ($32) is the winery’s crown jewel, packed with citrus, crisp apple, melon, pear, and herbal spice. It makes a fine complement to seasonal crab dishes.
Boonville Road Wines is an emerging small production effort from Ukiah barbecue specialist and Rhône wine lover Ed Donovan. The Boonville Road 2016 Syrah ($32) is sourced from the Broken Leg Vineyard, the only vineyard site planted to Syrah in the Anderson Valley. It exhibits a brooding, rustic French style with bright red fruit, wild mushrooms, leather, spice, and a delicate acidity that evolves as you sip and enjoy. Try pairing it with a slow-braised winter stew.

Zinfandel is a warming winter wine if ever there was one. The Lula Cellars Mendocino Ridge “Fashauer Vineyard” 2017 Zinfandel ($37) is Lula’s first release from Fashauer, a high elevation, coastal site that faces south for maximum sun exposure. Due to temperature inversion, warm nights create the necessary conditions for full ripening. In the bottle, vibrancy meets focused fruit-forward style, sweet oak, and a long, supple finish.

Leef Organics Revive CBD Balm

Packed with complementary botanicals like calendula, lavender, and peony, Leef Organics Revive CBD Balm is a mini spa day in a jar. Designed to penetrate the skin to deliver cannabinoids to sore muscles and achy joints, Revive CBD Balm is rendered by slowly simmering whole hemp flowers to maximize medicinal benefits. Without any detectable THC, the healing and aromatic balm can be purchased at stores, spas, and yoga studios throughout California.

The Lowdown on Life Coaching

When it comes to living your best life, life coaches are trained to help you find the answers that lie within.

“When I announced to friends that I was becoming a life coach, they laughed and said, ‘You’ve always been a life coach,’” remembers Sarah Trapkus. After a lifetime of helping others, Trapkus has transformed a winning personality trait into a profession. As a certified life coach based in Humboldt County, Trapkus focuses on supporting working moms (like herself) by consulting with clients and leading a free group series called “The Meaningful Life” at the Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Eureka (

While sitting down with a therapist might be a common play for those struggling with self-identity or anxiety, life coaches still largely exist on the margins of the wellness menu. This is something Trapkus would like to see shift. As a life coach, she helps clients identify self-limiting thoughts or beliefs that may be keeping them from reaching goals and living their best lives. “Goals aren’t just destinations to be mapped out and conquered,” explains Trapkus. “A huge part of reaching goals is realizing what you’re capable of achieving and working from the inside out.”

When Trapkus started her business, she focused on helping women transition from the illicit market into the legal cannabis industry. “I was that woman,” she says. She and her husband went through the compliance process in 2016, a stressful journey during which Trapkus often relied on life coaching principles to survive. Today, her husband runs their business while Trapkus focuses on coaching.

As a mother of three, Trapkus personally knows the struggles of juggling motherhood and a career, especially in the Emerald Triangle, where so many women are entrepreneurs and solo business owners. “It can be overwhelming,” Trapkus says. But she patiently reminds her clients that time, energy, and money are all created by the mind and everyone has the power to choose what’s most essential to them.

“My clients are high achieving, brilliant women who’re balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship,” Trapkus says. For days when it feels like the wheels are coming off, Trapkus educates her clients on tactical approaches to address the root of their problems and use their own abilities to get back on the road. This helps her clients “step more fully into the person they’ve always imagined being.”


Party Like It’s 1999

Old school becomes new again.

With the nostalgia of the ’90s revival including the comeback of scrunchies, old school hip-hop parties, cartoon reboots, grunge fashion, army pants, vinyl records, and the Friends craze ever present, why not celebrate like it’s Y2K?

The ’90s were the era when grunge was born; punk rock got a resurgence; indie music fests took off; personal style was nonconformist; music was insanely good, angsty, dance-worthy, and impactful (Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tupac, N.W.A., Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, and so many more); and the teens and twentysomethings finally felt like their voices were being heard.


By Stephanie Wilson, Editor in Chief

1. Primary Focus
A New Hampshire law requires the Granite State to be the first presidential primary in the nation. This election cycle, that goes down on February 11, after which my home state becomes irrelevant for another four years.

2. Leap of Faith
While the calendar year is 365 days, it takes the Earth 365.24 days to orbit the sun. Every four years, we add an extra day to the month of February because without it, the calendar would be misaligned with the seasons by 25 days after just 100 years.

3. Born This Way
The odds of being a “leapling”—a person born on a leap day—is 1 in 1,461.

4. Right On
On February 29, some places celebrate Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day—both a nod to the old Irish tradition that gave women the right to propose marriage to a man on leap day. If he declined, he was required by law to pay a penalty, often in the form of gloves so she could hide the shame of her bare ring finger.

5. Modern Love
Since we’re not all Irish, but we are all feminists (because we all believe in the equality of the sexes, of course), any of us can propose to whomever our heart desires whenever we want. Except Valentine’s Day. There’s no law prohibiting it but, sweetie, pay-as-you-go forced romance is anything but romantic.

6. PETA Violation
The origins of the canned-love holiday are as cruel as a red rose delivery in February is clichéd. According to NPR, V-day traces back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a brutal fete during which naked men sacrificed dogs and goats—and whipped women with the animal hides. Stop, in the name of love.

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