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April 2008

Sunday sights

The little man didn’t let mom and dad get much sleep this weekend. So, here’s a glimpse into what we saw as we literally circled the entire valley on Sunday morning before (and just after) sunrise. [techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, napa valley hot air balloons, napa wine]

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Best Napa Valley Cabernets under $50

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle includes a round-up of the paper’s best Napa Valley Cabernet’s for under $50. Overall, 120 Napa Cabs were rated by a panel and some 19 received a high enough rating to be recommended. Among those with two stars (meaning “good”) were the 2005 Chiarello Vineyards Bambino Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

The weather is supposed to be absolutely amazing this weekend, with temps in the mid-to-upper 80′s. With that in mind, here are a couple activities that’ll get you out and about to enjoy Spring! Saturday, April 12 Clark-Claudon Vineyards is hosting the 2nd Annual Wildflowers & Wine Bike Ride, where you can experience the best [...]

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A new spa for Napa Valley–Spa Villagio now open in Yountville

Everyone knows the Napa Valley for its amazing wine and the hundreds of wineries that can be visited for tastings and tours. If you’re not into wine, but find yourself in the valley anyway, chances are there is something else that’ll strike your fancy–maybe you’re a foodie, or maybe you enjoy biking or hiking. Speaking [...]

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New releases from Raymond Vineyards, Goosecross Cellars, Rutherford Hill Winery

In just the past few days we’ve received notifications about several new releases from local wineries. Here they are for your perusal. Raymond Vineyards 2006 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay Winery description: 100% Chardonnay, this wine opens with delicate floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom followed by ripe pear, golden delicious apple, lemon and quince [...]

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Five questions with Neil Aldoroty of 55 Degrees

There are a wide variety of businesses in the Napa Valley, many of which relate to the wine industry, just like you’d expect. We’ve interviewed winemakers, sommeliers, chefs, people running custom crush facilities and more. Today, we’re bringing you an interview with Neil Aldoroty, proprietor of 55 Degrees. 55 Degrees is a wine storage and [...]

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Meadowood Napa Valley launches blog

Slowly, but surely, various Napa Valley businesses are dipping their toes into the blogosphere. Last year we lost it a bit and called out all Napa Valley wineries who didn’t yet have blogs–at the time, probably 99% of them. Since then, we’ve told you about The Hess Collection’s blog as well as a new blog [...]

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