April 2009

Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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The weekend is within reach and it is expected to be a bit of a wet one in these parts. Regardless, there are several interesting events that will take place rain or shine, here are a few that should be worth your time… Saturday, May 2nd From 11am – 3pm the Sense Yountville event will […]

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Markham Vineyards to put up $50,000 in grant money as part of second annual ‘Mark of Distinction’ program

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The folks at St. Helena’s Markham Vineyards are currently offering two $25,000 grants to individuals across America who are committed to making a “Mark of Distinction” in their neighborhood. Now in its second year, the ‘Mark of Distinction’ program seeks to spark positive change across America. Here’s how it works. If you’ve got an idea […]

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Chef Michael Chiarello dishes on his future television endeavours

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We recently dined at Chef Michael Chiarello’s newest restaurant, Bottega, and were lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with him for a few minutes following our meal. Given the recent buzz around his participation in the upcoming Bravo TV series “Top Chef Masters” , we asked Chiarello to share a few […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

After an extremely hot, summer-like week we’re expecting a slightly cooler, but still very nice weekend here in the Napa Valley. We’ve got quite a few events of note this week, check them out and enjoy! Saturday, April 25th The 12th annual Kitchens in the Vineyards home tour will take place between 9:30am – 4:30pm. […]

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A review and photos of the Neela’s dining experience

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One recent, rainy Friday afternoon, we decided to have lunch at Neela’s. Located in downtown Napa, Neela’s offers traditional Indian Cuisine prepared in an approachable, contemporary style. Having opened on March 31st, Neela’s adds to the growing dining options (including a few of our favorites such as Ubuntu, ZuZu, Uva and others) in downtown Napa […]

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A review and photos of the Bottega Ristorante dining experience

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Last week we (finally) made our way to Chef Michael Chiarello’s newest restaurant, Bottega, in Yountville to actually grab a bite to eat. We went for a late lunch, which enabled us to get a good overall sense for the look-and-feel of the restaurant, and we weren’t disappointed. After waiting for about 10-15 minutes for […]

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Tasting through St. Supéry’s ‘winery exclusive’ wines

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A couple weekends back we were invited to an event at St. Supéry Vineyards and Winery in Rutherford–you can find our previous coverage here and here. Among other things, we tasted a boat-load of wine that day. In particular, we were treated to a sit-down tasting of St. Supéry’s winery exclusive wines, which are those […]

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