“The goal of XOJET is to give power to the passenger,” says Amit Saini, Consulting Partner for Noodle.ai. “We’re helping them do that by giving power to the XOJET pricing analyst.” He’s referring to a concept called enterprise artificial intelligence, the centerpiece for a groundbreaking new partnership with XOJET.
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)
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.
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.
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.
By Timothy Ng, XOJET Advisory Board Member
At XOJET, we don’t only fly fast above the clouds. Sometimes, we fly on the ground. That was certainly the case when XOJET advisory board member Timothy Ng recently tested out the new Ferrari FF at XOJET headquarters in Brisbane, Calif. We asked Tim, a Ferrari aficionado, to share a few thoughts about his experience.
There’s a saying among car companies: “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” which refers to the notion that racing improves the breed. But no car company has taken the notion…