David Sinegal has a hard time sitting still. The Costco heir was in charge of buying and merchandising all of Costco’s spirits before going on to work with Starbucks, Pepsi, and Frito. He’s lived in San Diego, Seattle, St. Helena, and now San Francisco. His side projects involve creating and marketing a line of nutritional food products and distributing essential medicines to third world countries. He also purchased a winery in 2013 and transformed it into his namesake vineyard, Sinegal Estate. Today Sinegal is making Cabernet Sauvignon and learning the ups and downs of the winemaking business. Since we’re huge fans of Sinegal’s lush reds—Haute Living recently hosted a dinner in Miami where he poured them—we decided to find out where the he likes to hang out. Here, Sinegal shares his Napa Valley and San Francisco haute spots.
Where were you born: San Diego
How long in the SF area: I moved to St. Helena three years ago and to Noe Valley two months ago.
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Favorite Restaurant: Current obsession is Mama Ji’s
Best Sushi: Sanu
Best Italian: Ciccio’s in Yountville
Best dessert: Panna Cotta at Cook St Helena
Best place for a romantic date: Meadowood: spend the day at the pool, visit the spa, and then have dinner at The Restaurant.
Best Sunday brunch: Zazie
Best place for a power business meeting: WeWork
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Cavallo Point Lodge
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Gene Hiller
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Crown and Caliber
Best Spa: Meadowood
Favorite Charity Event: Tipping Point
Favorite Cultural Event: San Francisco Antique Show
Favorite Cultural Institution: China Town
Best Steakhouse: Press
Best Pizza: Montesacro
Best Lunch: Hog Island Oysters
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Ritual Yoga
Best Massage: Imperial Korean Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber Black
Best Museum/Exhibit: Bay Area Discovery Museum
Describe your city in three words: Town and Country
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Presidio
All-around favorite spot in SF: Golden Gate Bridge
There is something for everybody.