February 2010

Belated: The Cork Board Turns Three

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My how time flies! Believe it or not, we completely missed a very important date here at The Cork Board. You see, back on February 20th this here blog turned three years old! Granted three years doesn’t sound like a long time, but in blog years that’s gotta make us 25 or so. We’ve learned […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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A short month means the final weekend of February is nearly here. The hillsides are green and the trees and flowers are starting to show signs of life in these parts. Here are three events taking place this weekend (and a special one taking place tonight) that should be worth a look. Thursday, February 25th […]

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Experts predict loads of value wine from 2009 vintage, Farmstead Restaurant open in St. Helena, more

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Another wet and busy week is in full swing here in the Napa Valley. Luckily, we’ve got a few items we’ve been meaning to share… Large 2009 wine grape crop leads to predictions of loads of ‘value’ wine Last week the The California Department of Food and Agriculture issued its preliminary crush report that indicated […]

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Back to the future: downtown Napa’s The Border changes back to Tuscany

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As we took a stroll downtown this weekend we noticed the space on First Street that was once occupied by Tuscany restaurant and had since been changed over to The Border had undergone yet another change. Turns out, Tuscany is back. At some point this past Friday crews came in and removed The Border signage […]

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Friday Fun: a quick analysis of the recent #CaliCabs Twitter tasting event

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Late last week an interesting online wine tasting event took place using Twitter. The event was driven by Rick Bakas of Napa Valley’s St. Supéry Winery and was intended to, among other things, raise awareness of California Cabernet amongst wine drinkers on Twitter. If you’re not super familiar with Twitter or didn’t participate, watch this […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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This is a big week here in the Napa Valley as many local vintners are gearing up for Premiere Napa Valley, the ‘mid-winter barrel auction’ that takes place the 19th and 20th. If you’re not ‘in the trade’ as they say, here are a few events you may want to check out this weekend. Enjoy! […]

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State of the Napa Valley wine industry, trouble at Ubuntu and more

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It’s Wednesday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it certainly feels like Spring in these parts. It’s also a super busy time of year, with no shortage of news coming from our small valley. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the major items making headlines… The State of the Napa Valley […]

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