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October 2009

News from Yountville: Keller’s Bouchon rolls out new France tasting menu

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Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s news that it had received yet another Michelin star, Yountville’s Bouchon has rolled out a new France tasting menu. Starting today and running through October 25th, you’ll be able to enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe menu option ($60 per person) that is focused on the classic dishes of the Gascony [...]

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How did Napa Valley fare in the newly released 2010 Michelin Guide for Bay Area Restaurants?

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Another week, another release of a local dining guide. Following the announcement of the latest Zagat Guide for the Bay Area, today saw the release of the 2010 Michelin Guide for Bay Area and Wine Country restaurants. As usual, we’ve got the rundown on how the Napa Valley fared this time around… For background, the [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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With the first significant storm of the Fall behind us we can start to look forward to the upcoming weekend, which promises to be bright and mild. Here are a few Napa Valley events to check out… Saturday, October 17th From 10am – 4pm the first-ever Carneros Harvest Passport Experience will take place in, you [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: some Cabernet Sauvignon left to weather the storm

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This week’s installment of harvest updates is, predictably, very much focused on Mother Nature. Read-on to learn how Rutherford’s Piña Napa Valley and Spring Mountain’s Smith-Madrone prepared for and are now dealing with the first big winter storm to hit the area. Piña Napa Valley Winemaker Anna Monticelli explained the impact of the recent rainfall [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: an interview with Swanson Vineyards’ winemaker Chris Phelps

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With harvest in full swing and rain pouring from the skies, we were able to track down Chris Phelps, Swanson Vineyards’ winemaker, for a quick interview on a variety of harvest-related topics. Phelps shared details on overall volumes, Swanson’s process for handling the fruit once it’s brought in from the vineyard and what today’s torrential [...]

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Upcoming: Bardessono to host unique food and wine event on 10/19

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In the Napa Valley, winemaker dinners are a dime a dozen. So when we come across a unique food and wine opportunity, we feel compelled to share it with you. One week from today (on Monday, October 19th) Executive Chef Sean O’Toole (Bardessono, Yountville), Chef Sylvain Portay (formerly the Executive Chef of The Dining Room [...]

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Photos: October in the Napa Valley

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Everyone associates the Napa Valley with wine, vineyards and wineries–and for good reason. That’s why we’re happy to share a few photos from this weekend that have nothing to do with any of those things. If you enjoyed these, go here for more Napa Valley snapshots. [techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Napa October, fall [...]

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