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Recent scenes from the Napa Valley

by TrevR on February 23, 2014

It’s been quite a while since we’ve shared an update here, but rest assured, we’re still going strong. Just been very, very busy. Here are a few quick shots from some of our recent adventures.

After a small bit of rain the mustard is finally in bloom in late February!

The wine cellar at Hess Collection still in winter form.

The Napa Riverwalk in January when it felt like June.

A favorite for al fresco dining right along the river.


TORC, Chef Sean O’Toole’s latest venture, to open 11/25 in downtown Napa

The burgeoning downtown Napa dining scene is about to get another jolt. Chef and proprietor Sean O’Toole (formerly of Cotogna, Quince, Bardessono and Hopper Creek Kitchen) will serve up contemporary American fare at his new restaurant, TORC, for the first time on November 25th. TORC, which is located in the downtown Napa space that once [...]

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Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2014 Michelin Guide

Following last week’s release of its 2014 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. As was the case last year, only two restaurants in the entire Bay Area earned the coveted ‘three star’ rating and both are located here in the Napa [...]

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Five Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s 2014 Bib Gourmand list

It’s mid-October, which means it’s time for the annual Michelin awards for top local restaurants. To get things started, Michelin released its 2014 Bay Area Bib Gourmand list yesterday, which honors those establishments that “…serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, plus tax and tip.” 2014 #SF #BibGourmand [...]

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Gluten free bake shop coming to Oxbow Public Market mid-November

In December 2011 partners Joël Hoachuck, Barbara Schwartz Hoachuck and Fabrice Penet opened La Crepe in Oxbow Public Market. The three brought quite the pedigree to the business, which had a goal of bringing an authentic French crepe experience to the valley. When La Crepe closed at the end of September, it didn’t take long [...]

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11 stunning photos from the 2013 Napa Valley wine grape harvest

It’s only early September, but this year’s annual wine grape harvest is already in full swing. There’s a frenetic vibe across the Napa Valley as winemakers, vineyard managers and crews keep close tabs on Brix levels, current temperatures and weather forecasts, among many other things. Below are eleven stunningly gorgeous photos snapped by those on [...]

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Napa Valley harvest creates ‘the most exotic perfume in the world’

Anyone who’s ever spent time in wine country during the annual wine grape harvest will recognize a familiar scent in the air. As grapes come in across the valley and the fermentation process begins, the early morning and late evening air is often filled with an enchanting (at least for us wine lovers) aroma from [...]

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