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August 2009

Sights and sounds from Hill Family Estate’s Heirloom BLT and Wine party

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This past Saturday, as temperatures soared to nearly 110 degrees in the Napa Valley, we had the very difficult assignment of attending an Heirloom BLT and Wine party in Yountville. The event was held at Bardessono to celebrate the release of three wines from Hill Family Estate, each of which we were able to sample. [...]

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Pica Pica Bar ready to open, Folio Enoteca still out of commission

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A recent visit to Oxbow Public Market provided a couple interesting updates on two of the tenants at the south end of the market. Way back in May we first told you about Pica Pica Maize Kitchen’s plans for expansion. Now, the Pica Pica Bar is nearly a reality (as you can see from the [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: the coolest Spring and Summer anyone can remember on Spring Mountain

In checking in with our three local vintners to see how harvest was going we learned that in most cases, it isn’t. Aside from the crew at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville, our other vintners continue to play the waiting game–as most of their fruit has yet to reach optimal levels. Read on for this week’s [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

It’s certainly beginning to feel a lot like Fall around these parts, particularly in the early mornings, when the air is a bit crisp and the sun rises a bit later. If you happen to be in or around the Napa Valley this weekend, check out the following events. Saturday, August 29th While the free [...]

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Bacon, Lettuce, Heirloom Tomato and Wine Party on August 29th

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On Saturday, August 29th, Hill Family Estate will host a very fun (and yummy) event to celebrate the release of its 2008 “Tiara” Reserve Napa and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Given that we’re in the peak of tomato season, Hill Family Estate has decided to create an amazing Heirloom BLT bar in Yountville that should [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: large clusters, small berry size, compact veraison period

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As promised, our three local vintners have checked-in with their first round of updates on the 2009 Napa Valley harvest. As you’ll read below, things are just beginning to pick-up in the vineyards, particularly for those wineries working with mountain fruit. If all goes according to plan, by this time next week harvest will be [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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August is winding down and vineyard activity is ramping up in these parts. Here are a couple events taking place this weekend which will involve a good time and good wine. Can’t go wrong with that! Saturday, August 22nd From 4pm – 7pm Blackbird Vineyards‘ winemaker Aaron Pott and president Paul Leary will host an [...]

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