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August 2011

2011 Napa Valley wine grape harvest expected to kick-off Monday

The wet, wild and mild 2011 growing season is nearing its final stage. Despite veraison coming along a week or two behind schedule in some places, the annual wine grape harvest is just about to kick-off here in the Napa Valley. Mumm Napa, the sparkling wine producer that is generally one of the valley’s first [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

The weekend is nearly here and we’ve got a great line-up of events on the docket. It’s going to be a busy one–enjoy it everyone! Saturday, August 27th From 12pm – 4pm Goosecross Cellars in Yountville will host an ‘all about Chardonnay’ event. For $10 per person (free for wine club members), you’ll be able [...]

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Views from Napa Valley in August 2011

The sun is starting to set noticeably earlier, veraison is in full swing and the air already feels a bit crisper than usual. Here are a couple photos we snapped this weekend showing the beginning of the end of Summer here in the Napa Valley. [techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, veraison]

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Downtown Napa to host monthly ‘culinary crawl’

We’ve repeatedly covered the emergence of downtown Napa as a viable, attractive area for tourists and locals alike. In fact, don’t miss our killer itinerary for Napa’s West End. For those looking for even more reason to explore the city of Napa, read on… Starting next week a monthly ‘Culinary Crawl’ will take place in [...]

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Itinerary: wining and dining your way through Rutherford

The town of Rutherford is located smack dab in the middle of the Napa Valley and if you blink, you’ll drive right through without ever knowing you were there. Despite its small size, the soil in Rutherford is world renown for being some of the best anywhere for growing wine grapes. If you’re interested in [...]

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Report: Alex Italian Restaurant coming to Rutherford, Nick Ritchie to be chef

Back in June we told you about some activity in Rutherford at the former home of La Toque. Back then, we speculated that a new Italian restaurant, headed by Alessandro Sbrendola, was in the works and noted that it might even give Michael Chiarello’s Bottega a run for its money. Fast-forward to today and it [...]

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Veraison breaking out all over Napa Valley [REPORTS]

It’s been an unseasonably cool Summer with foggy mornings followed by very mild, sunny afternoons. The lack of heat has pushed the annual wine grape ripening process back a bit, but not to worry, various reports from vintners across the valley indicate that véraison is finally underway. [View the story "Napa Valley Veraison 2011" on [...]

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