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March 2008

Wine Enthusiast launches new blog–Winston’s Wisdoms

Say what you like, but we got the idea for this blog post from our Twitter feed. That’s right, we said Twitter. As we checked our Twitter feed this afternoon, we came across an entry from the WineEnthusiast about the launch of a new blog, so we decided to check it out. The blog, called [...]

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Sights, sounds and smells from a Sunday sunrise ride around the Napa Valley

This morning we were up bright and early–Aidan decided he was done sleeping well before Mom and Dad were. After getting things together and having a quick bite, we set out on a sunrise ride around the Napa Valley. There’s something quite peaceful about the valley just before the sun breaks over the eastern hills. [...]

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Executive shake-up at COPIA: president, chief marketing and development officers are out

Big changes are afoot at COPIA, downtown Napa’s ‘American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts’, according to a press release issued by the organization today. The release is framed around key messages such as creating a new ‘foundation for growth’, but what becomes clear from a closer read is that the organization’s president (Arthur [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green and drinking some reds and whites! Here are some events for this coming weekend. Saturday, March 15th Bell Wine Cellars is hosting a cabernet blending session with Anthony Bell, founder and winemaker of 30 years. Anthony will guide you through the basics of wine blending and you’ll have [...]

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2008 growing season begins: bud break in Napa!

In yet another sign that winter is behind us, we found the first shoots of growth on some local vines yesterday. As we drove through the Carneros region of the valley, we pulled in for a quick stop at Folio Winemakers Studio. We weren’t there to try any wine, mind you, we were there to [...]

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Hess Collection March 2008 ‘Rare Reds’ club shipment

This past weekend we made our monthly trek up Mount Veeder to The Hess Collection, but this time, we had a dual purpose. First, we had to take advantage of it being a Cellar Door Red Weekend and get a refill of our half-gallon jug. Secondly, we were there to pick up our March ‘Rare [...]

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A review of the Ad Hoc dining experience

A few weekends ago, we dined at Thomas Keller’s third restaurant installment, Ad Hoc. The restaurant was originally going to be open temporarily and then replaced by a low key burger joint. Fortunately for us, as of September 2007 Ad Hoc became a permanent fixture in Yountville’s “restaurant row”. Described as “home-style American” cuisine, the [...]

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