October 2009

Happy Halloween

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The final day of October is upon us, Happy Halloween all! [techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Napa Halloween]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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The end of the week (and month) are nearly here. That can only mean one thing. Your weekly round-up of upcoming Napa Valley events, this one with a special Halloween focus, is here as well. Saturday, October 31st At 10am the 18th Annual AIDS Walk Napa Valley will take place on he grounds of the […]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: it’s a wrap

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Our mid-week harvest update is here. Things have calmed down dramatically in most of the vineyards, with the majority of fruit already picked (or being picked as we write) and in the winery. Here’s the latest (and likely the last) formal update of the season from Smith-Madrone, Piña Napa Valley and Swanson Vineyards… Smith-Madrone Managing […]

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Primal Napa Valley slated for November 7th in St. Helena

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The first full weekend in November will see the Napa Valley return to its primal roots. On November 7th an event called Primal Napa Valley, which will celebrate “Fire Cooking, Meat & the Art of Butchering”, is slated to take place at Hayne Vineyard (2252 Sulphur Springs) in St. Helena from 3pm – 7pm. Organized […]

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Napa Nibbles: a|k|a a Bistro names new exec chef, new seasonal menu items at Bouchon Bakery

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While most in these parts are focused on finishing up harvest, two local dining establishments made announcements today. David Frakes named Executive Chef at St. Helena’s a|k|a a Bistro The man who spent the past 13 years as executive chef at Beringer Vineyards has been named to the same post at St. Helena’s a|k|a a […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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Wow how time flies. Believe it or not, we’re rapidly nearing the end of October. If you happen to find yourself in the Napa Valley area this weekend, here are a couple events that should be worth your time. Saturday, October 24th Between 11am – 1pm none other than Gary Vaynerchuck, he of WineLibrary and […]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: ‘the worst Merlot crop ever’?

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This week’s harvest update comes following several days of wet, rainy, windy weather here in the Napa Valley. Read on to learn more about what has been taking place at Piña Napa Valley, Swanson Vineyards and Smith-Madrone. Piña Napa Valley Winemaker Anna Monticelli detailed how the recent rain has impacted the fruit left on the […]

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