Haute Secrets: Where David Sinegal Wines and Dines


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

Occupation: Vintner

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.