XOJET’s Guide to the 2016 Napa Valley Harvest

September 23, 2016  |  2016 Harvest, Events, Gary Walther, Luxury

On any given day, XOJET, which has the nation’s largest floating fleet of Challenger 300 and Citation X super mid-size jets, flies as many as 60 flights a day around the country.

But at this time of year, one destination starts popping up conspicuously: Napa County Airport, the closest one to the Napa Valley wine region. It’s the harvest and there’s nothing like being in the heart of wine country while it’s in full swing.

To that end, we interviewed the people on the ground, winemakers and winery owners at top Napa properties, to get a firsthand report on the 2016 vintage and to get their advice on where you should stay and dine if you decide to make a visit—the places where they relax during the harvest and where they send their friends.

As for the vintage, the answers were surprisingly uniform: balance, structure, classic flavor, all created by a growing season that was remarkably uniform (no weather ambushes). And as Kristof Anderson, the winemaker at Gargiulo Vineyards said, “finally a vintage not based on drought,” as there was good rainfall in the winter.
That left the perennial challenge: logistics. All of the winemakers cited the need to line up the picking crews in advance, yet having to pull the trigger on the harvest on relatively short notice.

“Thank God for cell phones,” said Doug Shafer, head of Shafer Vineyards, who recalled the days of tearing around the Valley in his pick-up trying to meet up with a crew foreman in order to book him. “Tech has allowed me to get more sleep.”

Gargiulo Vineyards: Jeff Gargiulo (owner) and Kristof Anderson (winemaker)

Gargiulo Vineyards Harvest Season Winemaker
Located in Oakville and a producer of four Cabernets: Money Road Ranch (100% Cabernet, 900 cases annually), Aprile Super Oakville (96% Sangiovese, 900 cases), G Major 7 (Bordeaux blend, 900 cases, named for a classic jazz chord), and 575 OVX (100% Cabernet, 200 cases). The OVX is Gargiulo’s top wine, from the only vineyard in Napa Valley that borders the cult Cabernet property Screaming Eagle.

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XOJET and JetSmarter Announce Strategic Digital Alliance to Create Unparalleled Suite of Private Jet Solutions

At XOJET we aim to provide clients with the best in private jet solutions, and it is that core value that led us to JetSmarter, the world’s largest mobile marketplace for private jets and a company that shares our mission.

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with JetSmarter, which strategically combines XOJET’s fleet of super mid-size jets and exceptional service with JetSmarter’s digital distribution channel to provide an unmatched suite of private jet solutions.

Man Walking Towards XOJET airplane - JetSmarter Partnership

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Announcing XOJET as the Official Private Aviation Partner of Pebble Beach Resorts

September 15, 2016  |  Golf, Ron Kroichick, XOJET Partnerships

There are two compelling ways to convey why Pebble Beach annually ranks as one of the world’s most desirable golf destinations.

One, take a walk onto No. 18 – or any of the other eight holes bordering the Pacific Ocean – and check out the sweeping panorama. The contrast of emerald green grass and shimmering blue water really never gets old.

Two, consider Pebble’s rich golf history. The course has hosted five U.S. Opens, with another on tap in 2019, and counts some of the game’s most decorated players among its Open champions (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods). Plus, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am annually blends the worlds of sports and entertainment in the spirit of tournament founder Bing Crosby.

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Eight Things You May Not Know About Flying Private

September 8, 2016  |  Private Aviation, Travel Booking and Tips

From flexible flight routes to overall travel convenience, the premise of private aviation is as simple as it is obvious. Now let’s look at some of its lesser-known private flying essentials—all great reminders before your next flight with XOJET.

1. Ten times more airports than commercial.

San Francisco Private Flying Airport Map

One reason private jets are seldom delayed is because they have over 5,000 private airports to choose from in the U.S., compared to just 500 for commercial flights. (Plus, private airports and airfields don’t have to account for as many air traffic delays.)

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Up-and-Coming Designers to Know at NYFW

September 6, 2016  |  Events, Hayley Phelan, Luxury

There are few things more satisfying than being the first to know about a new talent. While New York Fashion Week always brings fresh tidings from American icons like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, there are a number of exciting new names on the calendar that deserve a closer look. So as you descend on the Big Apple aboard one of 50 XOJET New York-bound aircraft in the coming week, here is a list of the designers you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.

Visitors flying with XOJET to NYFW can land at a wide variety of New York airports, including Teterboro, White Plains, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.

Adam Selman

Adam Selman New York Fashion Week Designs

Photo: Adam Selman

When you can already count Rihanna as a fan, the rest of the world can’t be too far behind. After styling the pop star for a few years, 33-year-old Adam Selman launched his eponymous line to rave reviews. Since then, his cheeky and feminine designs have been seen on celebrities, fashion editors, and, of course, Bad Girl RiRi. This summer, the designer got the official stamp of approval from the industry, when the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) named him as a 2016 finalist for the organization’s Fashion Fund.

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Golfing with a Challenger 300

August 30, 2016  |  Golf, Ron Kroichick

If there’s a common thread to the destinations on this list – ten great golf courses only accessible (or more easily accessible) by private jet – it’s probably this: An inviting, middle-of-nowhere flavor, safely removed from civilization as we know it.

I’ve covered nearly 40 major championships over the years, and countless other big events, and idle chatter among tour pros and writers often veers toward tantalizing golf escapes. The design of the course matters – it takes a deft touch to seamlessly carve a challenging layout into the land – and so does the environment, ideally a mix of invigorating scenery and welcome tranquility.

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XOJET’s Guide to the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open offers a distinctive blend of sporting urgency and big-city entertainment. It’s the season’s final Grand Slam event, so the world’s top players are eager to make one last splash and etch their name into tennis lore.

And really, there’s no better place to make a memorable splash than the Big Apple, with its uniquely bustling, eclectic aura. The crowds invariably include all manner of fans, from the dignified to the, uh, loud. A friend who has covered many Opens calls them a “great conglomeration of humanity,” in which conventional boundaries take a holiday.

US-open-stadium

This was most evident in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, when John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors practically traded the men’s title (they combined to win seven straight, from 1978 through ’84) and spectators occasionally shouted in the middle of a player’s serve. That’s certainly excessive, but it speaks to the passionate and boisterous setting in the United States’ largest, sports-crazed metropolis.

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Meet Our First Health & Wellness Partner: Summus

August 2, 2016  |  XOJET Partnerships

At our core, XOJET is in the business of taking care of people. From the health of our clients to employees, our collective team shares a commitment to ensuring a life well lived.

As we looked to expand our portfolio of luxury partners and services, we focused our immediate efforts on finding a like-minded health brand that understands our values. Lucky for us, we did. Today, we are pleased to introduce our inaugural wellness partner Summus – a company that specializes in providing unparalleled access to top-tier physicians across the spectrum of specialty medicine.

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XOJET Now Official Partner of Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort

July 19, 2016  |  Gary Walther, XOJET Partnerships

Today, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort, the luxury collection of Vail Resorts, as the official private aviation partner.

Our best-in-class partnership pertains specifically to Signature Club Guests of Vail and Beaver Creek Resort and XOJET’s Preferred Access™ and Elite Access™ clients. For the former, the partnership will make the getting there an experience in itself—”the jet as a living room,” as Gregg Slow, Executive Vice President of XOJET Sales and Client Services, puts it—and for the latter, it will up the luxury quotient of being there.

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Landing In Tortola

April 22, 2016  |  Aviation

Ask any XOJET pilot and they will gladly tell you about all the wonderful places they fly to, which typically sounds like this: Aspen, St. Maarten, Kona, Teterboro, Van Nuys. For our pilots, no two days are alike which makes flying a real treat.

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