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New Happy Hour at Yountville’s Bardessono Hotel & Spa

Bardessono Hotel and Spa in Yountville has introduced a new Happy Hour that is sure to appeal to guests and locals alike. The hotel’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar, run by Executive Chef Victor Scargle, is featuring a happy hour from 4:30pm – 6:30pm Monday through Thursday. Among the specials are half priced bottled beers, half [...]

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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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Upcoming: annual tree lighting and holiday party at Robert Mondavi Winery

With harvest 2012 and Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s time for the madness of the holiday season to kick into full gear. This Saturday, December 1st, Robert Mondavi Winery will host a family friendly event, which is a rarity here in the valley. Mondavi’s 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration will take place [...]

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2012 Napa Valley harvest slideshow

The annual wine grape harvest started in mid-August here in the Napa Valley. Since that time, we’ve been collecting the photos, videos and status updates shared by local wineries from Carneros to Spring Mountain and everywhere in between. The slideshow below (best viewed in anything BUT Internet Explorer) provides a week-by-week recap of the 2012 [...]

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Eight Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2013 Michelin Guide

Last week the 2013 Michelin Guide bib gourmand picks for the San Francisco Bay Area were released and the Napa Valley was well represented. Today, Michelin shared details on its full 2013 guide for the Bay Area and once again, the Napa Valley was a shining star. Only two Bay Area restaurants earned the coveted [...]

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VIDEO: Oakville Grocery’s restoration

Earlier this year we told you about the temporary closing, remodeling and eventual re-opening of the ever-popular Oakville Grocery in Oakville. Now, for a little weekend fun we thought we’d share this slickly-produced video detailing the history and recent restoration of the iconic spot along Highway 29.

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Five Napa Valley restaurants on Michelin’s 2013 Bay Area Bib Gourmand list

It’s that time of year again–time for the annual Michelin Guide to the best Bay Area dining. Earlier this week Michelin released its 2013 Bib Gourmand picks, with the Napa Valley checking in with five restaurants (down from seven in 2012). According to a release, the 2013 Bib Gourmands “…were selected by Michelin’s esteemed and [...]

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