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May 2009

A video interview with Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards

We recently caught up with Amelia Ceja, owner and president of Ceja Vineyards, at an event at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Amelia had just returned from a visit to Hong Kong (not coincidentally, the topic of the event we were at), where she told us she found amazing world cuisine, which is [...]

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Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc serves up new breakfast menu

Thomas Keller, the world renown chef behind The French Laundry, has made a few changes to the menu at his casual Napa Valley restaurant, Ad Hoc (photos). The restaurant his just launched a new breakfast menu that will be offered every Sunday from 10am – 1pm. Priced at $24 per person, the menu consists of [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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The clouds are gone and the sun should be shining for at least the next several days here in the Napa Valley–good news as there are several Mother’s Day-related events scheduled for this weekend… Saturday, May 9th From 11am – 3pm the team at Trefethen Family Vineyards will be offering a taste of the newest [...]

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Tuscany out, The Border in, Pica Pica to expand

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There are more changes afoot in the downtown Napa dining scene. First, there has been much talk about the closing of Tuscany, which was located at the corner of First and Main in downtown Napa. The space has now been taken over by a new Mexican restaurant, The Border, which is run by brothers Pablo [...]

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Bottega’s wine program–an update from Chef Michael Chiarello

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Anyone who’s had the pleasure of dining at Chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant in Yountville can attest to the fact that the wine is very reasonably priced. This is, of course, very much by design. A bottle of ’07 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc from Stag’s Leap? On the menu for $32. How about a bottle [...]

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Where will the next big growth opportunity for Napa Valley wine come from?

Many would argue the answer to this question lies in Asia. Hong Kong to be a bit more specific. Yesterday, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office of San Francisco held an event at The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. Hundreds of wine industry folks packed the [...]

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