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October 2007

AmericanWinery.com launches ’2.0-ish’ direct-to-consumer marketplace

The folks at AmericanWinery.com, a wine marketing company, got in touch this afternoon to let us know about the launch of their Consumer Direct Marketplace (or CDM for short…ah, another acronym!) The marketplace, which is open to any U.S.-based winery, promises there is “no setup fee”, “no monthly fees”, “no hidden costs”, and “no transaction [...]

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Good eats: strong showing for Napa Valley restaurants in ’08 Michelin Guide

Any frequent diner is familiar with the Zagat Survey and Zagat-rated restaurants–it’s actually hard to avoid. Well, Zagat is beginning to get some serious competition from the company who brought us the Michelin Man. That’s right, on Wednesday The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 will go on sale ($16.95). This [...]

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Photos: Napa Valley vineyards in late October

Our staff photographer was busy this warm, sunny weekend in the Napa Valley–walking vineyards and snapping photos for all of you. We hope you enjoy these beautiful shots taken in late October 2007 in the heart of the Napa Valley as much as we did taking them! [techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, vineyards, harvest 2007, napa [...]

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How to taste wine, wiki-style

Thanks to our friends at Lifehacker for this one. If you’re a winetasting novice, or just looking to brush-up on your winetasting skills, wikiHow has step-by-step tips that’ll put you on the road to becoming a true oenophile in no time. Here’s tip number five: Take a sip of wine, but do not swallow yet. [...]

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Go Fish, Beaulieu Vineyards detail expansion plans

Two local Napa Valley businesses, one restaurant and a large winery, have detailed expansion plans this week. On Wednesday, Go Fish, the Napa Valley fish restaurant from restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen) announced the completion of its outdoor dining area and bar. Pawlcyn reportedly enlisted famed Napa Valley architect Howard Backen to [...]

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Friday light: a short harvest video

We told you before about Adopt a Grape, a website that aims to let you ‘own’ a small piece of the Napa Valley, following a particular vineyard block from bud-break through to harvest. Here’s a short video from the Adopt a Grape folks as they go through the final stages prior to harvest: [techtags: Napa, [...]

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A quick shot of what our drive home looks like

As we made our way home from work last night we were inspired to pull off to the side of the road and snap a picture. It’s somewhat hard to see here, but the view was amazing–the puffy grey clouds clinging just above the eastern Napa hills, the seemingly endless sea of orange, yellow, red [...]

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