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November 2007

Talkin’ turkey and wine with Martini House Wine Director Rob Renteria

One of our favorite local bars is the cozy downstairs wine bar at St. Helena’s Martini House. There’s just something about it–the look and feel of the room, the warm, brightly lit fire, everything that just seems to make the place call out for you to kick back with a nice glass (or bottle) of [...]

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A Thanksgiving Day dining guide for the Napa Valley

We know several of you have been wondering where you might go to grab a bite to eat on Thanksgiving Day in the Napa Valley. With that in mind, we’ve put together this far from exhaustive list for you to peruse if you’ll be in our neck of the woods for Gobble Day. Enjoy! Thanksgiving [...]

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Talking Thanksgiving wine with Clos du Val winemaker John Clews

So far we’ve heard from a world-class chef and a top-notch sommelier regarding Thanksgiving wine. Now, on this Friday morning we’re bringing you a super-quick interview with a local winemaker–it’s a bit brief due to the fact he was just getting set to jet off on a business trip to Japan, but still fun and [...]

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A note to James Laube: love the video, but please invest in image stabilization technology

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube pens a highly informative blog (“James Laube Unfined“) covering all aspects of the California wine industry from his home base in the Napa Valley. We love the blog, although we’ll never understand why Wine Spectator hides even its staff blogs behind that terrible pay wall, and have been long-time [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

Believe it or not, the last weekend before Thanksgiving is upon us. Here are a couple local events that may be worth checking out if you’ll be in town. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so get out there and enjoy! Saturday, November 17 This one’s for those of you who are into cooking. [...]

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Meadowood sommelier Rom Toulon shares his Thanksgiving wine thoughts

As many of you know we celebrated a recent special occasion with a nice dinner at The Restaurant at Meadowood, the newly minted two star Michelin Guide rated restaurant in the heart of the Napa Valley. What you probably don’t know is that we thoroughly enjoyed the wine pairings we had with our five course [...]

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Napa Valley on the verge of becoming one giant Constellation

The company that made the purchase of one of California’s most visible wine labels, Robert Mondavi, in 2004 is continuing to make in-roads in the Napa Valley wine industry. Continuing a trend that we’ve reported on several times in the past, Constellation Brands has reportedly agreed to buy several well-known premium labels from Fortune Brands [...]

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