The dog days of summer are nearly upon us and things are getting busier here in the Napa Valley. Here are a few interesting tidbits that have recently come across our desk.

How to See Napa in One Day
The folks at Forbes Travel Guide created an insane one-day Napa itinerary. It certainly does not qualify for our idea of a relaxing day in wine country, but to each their own. Here’s an excerpt:

After having one too many fall-off-the-bone ribs, taking advantage of the Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card might be a good idea. For $30, you’ll have access to 12 tasting rooms all within walking distance from Bounty Hunter. Just present your card at places such as Naked Wines, Capp Heritage, Uncorked at Oxbow, Mason Cellars and, of course, at Bounty Hunter for exclusive vinos made by small-production winemakers that can’t be found outside of these tasting rooms.

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The 10 Best Small Cities in America
Conde Nast Traveler published a list of the ten best small cities in all the land and the City of Napa checked in at number three! Excerpt:

Barely an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the rolling hills, vineyards, and gorgeous inns of Napa Valley draw oenophiles, romantics, and anyone in search of a small slice of Europe in Northern California (with restaurant quality and prices to match).

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Veraison in full swing
Veraison, which signals the onset of ripening, has been spotted throughout vineyards across the valley. Here are a couple of our favorite images that indicate harvest is just around the corner.

Chef Sean O’Toole’s Torc launches a “secret” menu

Last November the downtown Napa dining scene got a jolt when Chef Sean O’Toole opened Torc. Now, the restaurant is making a play to entice locals (and those “in the know”) to visit and keep coming back. Image via Starting on July 9th, Torc will have a “secret” menu available daily between 5pm-6:30pm. The menu, […]

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Half of the top 20 “best wineries in America” are in Napa Valley

It’s no secret the Napa Valley is one of the premiere wine growing regions in the entire world. Despite more states producing more varieties of wine than ever before, our little valley continues hold its own according to a new report. The Daily Meal released a list of the “101 Best Wineries in America” and […]

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St. Helena’s new wine and food village has potential

We recently made a trip up-valley to visit a property that was once home to an outlet mall just north of the town of St. Helena. Today, the space is in the final stages of a complete transformation that will ultimately see it reopen as a destination wine and food “village.” Above: Inside the brand […]

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Where to enjoy live music in the Napa Valley

With the 2014 edition of Bottle Rock Napa Valley now in the rear view mirror, we’re excited to have even more live music coming soon to our little valley. Pictured: Colbie Caillat performs at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2011 Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series The Summer Concert Series at Robert Mondavi Winery returns this weekend […]

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15 spectacular Napa Valley photos that scream “summer”

The passing of the Summer solstice this past weekend got us thinking about all the wonderful things that come along with the season here in the Napa Valley. From major events to small town festivals and traditions, a Summer in Napa Valley can be magical. But don’t take our word for it–here are 15 spectacular […]

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Napa Valley’s most valuable winegrapes may surprise you

Last fall we chronicled the week-by-week happenings around harvest 2013. Earlier this month the County of Napa released its 2013 crop report, which provides details around the value of all those winegrapes. Overall, the value of winegrapes grown in Napa County was found to have dropped ever so slightly, from $656,236,100 in 2012 to $656,234,900 […]

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