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August 2008

Wineries tap Facebook for a good cause, Bottle Shock ‘hard to swallow’

It’s Friday, we’re ready for some rest and relaxation and have just caught up on our Napa Valley reading. What caught our eye? Here goes… Four wineries, including Girard from Napa, team to launch Facebook application We’ve written before here about how most local wineries are missing the boat when it comes to online marketing–particularly [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

It’s that time of the week again–time to start daydreaming about the weekend. The 2008 harvest (aka Crush) is nearly upon us and that’s when things really get crazy around here. In the meantime, here are a few activities you might want to check out this weekend. Saturday, August 9th The folks at Clos Pegase [...]

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The wine program at Yountville’s Bottega restaurant detailed

In part two of our three part video interview with Chef Michael Chiarello we discuss the wine program being planned for his new Yountville restaurant, Bottega. While the program is not totally set in stone just yet, it is very encouraging as a consumer to hear Chiarello talk about a top-tier restaurant that doesn’t plan [...]

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Harvest 2008 still one week away for Napa Valley?

Our friend Tom over at Fermentation has a post today about harvest 2008 already being underway in the Sonoma Valley (in fact, they picked on August 1st! Quite early for sure). As is always the case, the first grapes off the vine are those that will be used to make the sparkling wines–this is due [...]

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The Uncork29 interview with Michael Chiarello

Last week the Uncork29 team paid a visit to NapaStyle in Yountville for a meeting with none other than Michael Chiarello. In addition to answering our questions about how he originally came to the Napa Valley, NapaStyle and of course his to-be-launched Bottega Ristorante in Yountville, Chiarello also answered a few fun questions for us. [...]

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More changes in the local vineyards

We told you before about some of the change happening in the local vineyards. There are more changes going on, only this time we’re not talking about what’s going on with the vines specifically. If you look closely enough, you’ll notice some of the vineyard fans have been removed and are being replaced with outhouses [...]

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