Interviews

What does Chef Cindy Pawlcyn keep stocked in her personal pantry?

Late last year we caught up with acclaimed chef Cindy Pawlcyn to talk about the dining scene here in the valley and her latest venture, CP’s. In the second part of our interview we got a bit more personal in an attempt to better understand the woman behind the success. Q: What do you imagine […]

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Interview: Cindy Pawlcyn on the Napa Valley dining scene, CP’s and more

Cindy Pawlcyn has spent some 30 years cultivating local gardens and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the Napa Valley a particular focus. Her iconic Mustards Grill, which opened in the early 1980s, is one of the most recognized restaurants in the valley and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen has long been a favorite of […]

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Winemaker Q&A: Anna Monticelli of Piña Napa Valley

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It’s been too long since our last local interview, which is why we were excited to recently have the chance to catch up with Anna Monticelli, winemaker at Piña Napa Valley. Read on for Monticelli’s thoughts on the Howell Mountain AVA and more… CB: Piña produces single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Talk to us a bit […]

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Interview: Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet owner Joel Gott on rebranding, plans for the future

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As we wrote earlier today, the days of the Taylor’s Automatic Refresher brand living here in the Napa Valley are done. We caught up with Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet owner Joel Gott over email a couple days back to get some further insights into the re-branding effort. CB: Given this is a family business and […]

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Interview: St. Supéry’s Josh Anstey on the art of vineyard pruning

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On any given day over the past several months you could pass by a local vineyard and find large crews out working amongst the seemingly dormant vines. Just what were they doing? Vineyard pruning, while not perhaps the sexiest of topics, is an important part of the process. We recently caught up with St. Supéry’s […]

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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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Chef Michael Chiarello on all things Bottega

In the final installment of our recent video interview with Chef Michael Chiarello we asked him for his thoughts on all-things Bottega. Check out the video below to see if he’d do anything differently in terms of opening the restaurant, what he’s found different about his experience at Bottega vs. his time at Tra Vigne […]

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