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October 2008

Napa Valley harvest 2008: reds coming in, low yields overall due to Mother Nature

Over the weekend we checked-in with our friends at Spring Mountain Vineyard to see how the 2008 harvest was shaping up. Read on for an interesting update from winemaker Jac Cole, who talks about the general impact of the lack of rain this past winter, the early springtime frost and much more… We have stated [...]

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St. Helena’s AKA Bistro now open, other Napa Valley news

The weekend is nearly upon us–hurrah! Here are a couple Napa Valley news items that caught our eye this morning. a|k|a Bistro now open in St. Helena The Napa Register reports that a|k|a Bistro is now officially open in downtown St. Helena. The menu includes sandwiches and burgers (including the “sushi grade ahi tuna burger” [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

It’s that time of the week again and believe it or not, we’re already more than half-way through the month of October. Here are a few events taking place in the Napa Valley this weekend that you would do well to check-out. Saturday, October 18th Four local wineries have joined forces to host open houses [...]

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What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Napa Valley’?

Surely lots of things–for us, it’s words like “home”, “family” and of course “wine”, “winery”, etc. With the rise of social networking sites, tools like Twitter, blogs, internet forums and the like, there has been an increasing debate about who truly owns a brand. Traditionally, companies have spent thousands (some even millions) of dollars to [...]

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Which Napa Valley restaurants made the 2009 edition of the Michelin Guide?

[Note: WordPress seems to have eaten our original entry, so this is a re-post of what we originally published on October 13th] Details on the 2009 edition of the Bay Area and Wine Country Michelin Guide were released today and, once again, the Napa Valley is very well represented. Not surprisingly, Yountville’s The French Laundry [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

Today is a special day here at The Cork Board world headquarters–four years ago today we tied the knot in front of a big group of friends and family. It seems like just yesterday and a long time ago at the same time (if that’s even possible). To celebrate, we’ll be headed to the beautiful [...]

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Silver Oak Cellars opens new Oakville facility, more Chiarellove

Here were are–it’s mid-week, the sun is shining and the smell of fermenting grapes hung thickly throughout the valley as we cruised around this morning. Here are a couple Napa Valley-related items that caught our eye as we sipped our morning coffee. Silver Oak Cellars opens new Oakville winery Way back in the early days [...]

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