August 2009

What do Smith-Madrone, Swanson Vineyards and Piña Napa Valley have in common?

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The answer is simple. Today we’re very excited to announce that St. Helena’s Smith-Madrone, Oakville’s Swanson Vineyards and Rutherford’s Piña Napa Valley have all gracefully agreed to share details of their 2009 harvest with us on a weekly basis. Given the regional variations among these three wineries, not to mention their differing strategies and approaches, […]

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The lights are flashing at us!

Today is a special day for The Cork Board Team. You see, two years ago today our son was born–a life changing event that has been everything we ever hoped it would be and a whole lot more. This past weekend, as we were driving through the valley, we heard a loud, excited “the lights […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

A warm and sunny Thursday is here, which can only mean one thing–the weekend is within sight! Check out these two wallet-friendly Napa Valley events if you’re in town this weekend. Friday, August 14th From 5pm – 8pm downtown Napa’s Back Room Wines will be pouring eight different wines, all of which will be on […]

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2009 Napa Valley wine grape harvest likely to start before the end of the week

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It’s that time of year again. The weather is heating up, the grapes are ripening and harvest is nearly upon us. Mumm Napa, the sparkling wine producer in Rutherford, is typically one of the first to begin bringing its fruit in each year (sparkling wine grapes are picked before still wine grapes) and this year […]

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Top Chef Masters participants Keller, Pawlcyn, Falkner and Chiarello put on a Napa Valley party

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending a Zin n’ Ribs party in Yountville. The event, which was hosted by Chef Michael Chiarello, also featured local chefs/restaurateurs and fellow Top Chef Masters participants Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys Restaurant, Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard’s (and others), and Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake and […]

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Is another Food Network star set to open up shop along downtown Napa’s river front?

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Fresh on the heels of Masaharu Morimoto’s decision to open a restaurant in downtown Napa, rumors are swirling that another Food Network star will open up shop along Napa’s river font. If you can believe the buzz on Twitter (which we well know can be a slippery slope), then chef and television personality Tyler Florence, […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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Yet another weekend is nearly here (hurry!). As is typical this time of year, there are no shortage of happenings in the Napa Valley. Here are a few that should be well worth the time (and money). Saturday, August 8th Between 10:30am – 5pm Flora Springs Winery will celebrate the one year birthday of its […]

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