It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same.

There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead) on the damage and injuries sustained in downtown Napa and in countless neighborhoods throughout the valley. Evan Kilkus captured some amazingly sad footage via a drone:

For us, what stands out the most is how the community quickly mobilized and came together to help one another.

There are many things about the wee hours of Sunday morning that we’ll never forget–among them are the immediate calls out into the darkness from our neighbors asking if everyone was OK. After securing our own homes and families as much as possible, people took to the pitch dark streets with flashlights and lanterns to check on others around them.

We knew Napa Valley was a magical place to live before, and the response and behavior of the community, first responders, business and government leaders and beyond over the past few days has only confirmed that belief.

For those wondering how they can help, Napa is open for business and ready to welcome you.

Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

As we told you previously, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest kicked-off in late July. It turns out the start was earlier than we’ve seen around here in quite some time. On Tuesday the Napa Valley Grapegrowers issued a press release announcing the 2014 harvest had started earlier than all harvests dating back to […]

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Napa Valley wine grape harvest will start this week

Ready or not: the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is about to kick-off. Sparkling wine producer Mumm Napa, typically one of the first to bring in fruit each year, will begin the 2014 harvest at first light on Wednesday, July 30th at its Game Farm vineyard between Yountville and Oakville. Above: The crushpad at […]

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Veraison in full swing, Napa ranked among the “10 best small cities in America”

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 […]

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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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