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5 Far Niente’s Quasquicentennial

40 Downtown Napa

7 Far Niente Winery - A Sweet Dream

Featuring the Table for Two

50 Downtown Yountville

9 How to Enjoy the Harvest Season

52 Downtown St. Helena

IN THIS ISSUE 12 Build a Better Burger 16 Friends and Family Seize the Day with New Napa Wine Bar 19 Night Life In Napa

Bouchaine Wine Experience

54 Downtown Calistoga 56 Napa Valley Appellations 58 Napa Valley Wineries

22 Art Meets Wine 26 Napa ARTwalk Lending an Artistic Air


34 The Home & Garden Tour

45 Napa Valley Dining

37 Spirited Napa Valley

60 Napa Valley Wineries

24 Bouchaine

48 In Yountville, Hotel Luca Conjures up the Spirit of Tuscany 41 Morimoto 55 Column: Pinot Grigio - The Hip Sip

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1) Amsterdam, The Netherlands Mona Marlow of Napa never leaves home without a copy of Inside Napa Valley.

2) Bol, Croatia Dan Alvarado can’t believe all the wine country fun he’s missing back in the U.S.A.

3) Omaha, Nebraska Krista Brown and Jill Sullivan wonder what street fairs are like in the Napa Valley.


Louisville, Kentucky

Kate and John Poggetto of Santa Rosa take a breather from the action at the Kentucky Derby to read up on news from Napa Valley.


Marin Headlands, California

Sarah Filippo and Carter Beard of San Rafael do research for their next trip to the wine country.


Far Niente Historic winery celebrates with wine, food and song - cont’d on next page

Photos by Jorgen Gulliksen


Far Niente’s Quasquicentennial By L. PIERCE CARSON Inside Napa Valley Writer


elebrating how far you’ve come is not always as much fun as looking ahead. Pleased with the path they’ve taken the past three decades and atwitter at the prospect of making even better wines, the partners at Far Niente had a lot to shout about and then some at a recent extravaganza. Building on the 19th-century construction of the valley’s first gravity flow winery, the partnership marked the facility’s 125th anniversary with a party that celebrated wine, food and the arts. “It was a very, very special day,” declared Dirk Hampson, Far Niente’s director of winemaking. “Often we get too busy with work and forget to enjoy the journey. The fact that Far Niente was built 125 years ago was a good excuse ... to get together with neighbors, friends, those who’ve helped us along the way. “We got to share our past wines and great friendships. It couldn’t have been better. (The anniversary party) was more about sharing and looking ahead to great things to come.” Beth Nickel shared with some 800 guests her thoughts about the property when she and her late husband, Gil, arrived in the valley more than three decades ago. “We took one look at the beautiful bones of this long-abandoned winery and knew we beheld a true treasure of the Napa Valley. We felt a tremendous responsibility to return Far Niente to its original grandeur.” Far Niente was founded by Massachusetts native John Benson, one of California’s 49ers who came west in search of gold. Built in 1885, the gravity flow winery was the first of its kind in the valley, categorized a marvel of winemaking technology at the time. The majestic stone


winery prospered, lauded not only for its wines but for packaging them in individual glass bottles. At the time, most wines were shipped in bulk containers. Today, the winery proudly displays a bottle of Far Niente sweet muscat from the 1886 harvest, complete with original label, cork and capsule, which according to winery information, is the oldest intact bottle of California wine on display in the country. The label contains an illustration believed drawn by American Impressionist Winslow Homer, nephew of founder Benson. With the onset of Prohibition in 1919, Far Niente ceased operations. The estate sat idle for 60 years until Oklahomans Gil and Beth Nickel arrived in the Bay Area with the dream of creating a Napa Valley wine estate. Bringing guests up to date, Beth Nickel reminded all that over a remarkable three year period “we restored the building and earned an appointment to the National Register of Historic Places, planted the vineyards, brought back winemaking after a 63-year absence, reintroduced wine caves to North America, developed the gardens — Gil and I even built our home here.” Beth noted that she and her partners “believe the true measure of a great wine estate is one that is dedicated to winemaking in its highest form, is socially responsible and endures for generations. That is our desire for Far Niente. It has inspired all of our decisions, from restoring and developing our property, to powering our historic winery with solar energy, farming our vineyards organically and continuing our search to synergistically pair tradition with technology.” She said the partnership was “so blessed to gather our friends and the people who made us successful — the restaurants, the

distributors, the retailers — and the (local) restaurants we love, the incredible guest artists, all who made it such a dazzling evening. It was the biggest night in Far Niente’s history.”

Current releases

Currently in release are the 2008 Far Niente Napa Valley chardonnay and 2007 Far Niente Oakville cabernet sauvignon. With an average harvest, Far Niente produces between 20,000 and 25,000 cases of chardonnay. A typical cabernet sauvignon harvest results in 8,000 to 10,000 cases of wine. “We are the same size today we were in 1990,” noted Maguire. “We never wanted to get bigger, only better. Everything we do is with the expectation that Far Niente will be here at least another 125 years. “We thank our dedicated staff, friends and colleagues who have enabled us to reach this incredible milestone, and to position Far Niente for generations of achievement.” In addition to distribution across the United States, Far Niente wines are also sold and consumed in Canada, and throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Australia. Today Far Niente remains in the hands of Beth Nickel, Erik Nickel and Jeremy Nickel, with longtime partners Dirk Hampson, director of winemaking and chairman, and Larry Maguire, president and CEO. Together, the owners manage Far Niente and its successful sister wineries: Dolce, dedicated to the production of a single, late harvest wine; Nickel & Nickel, devoted exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines; and EnRoute, producer of Russian River Valley pinot noir.


Far Niente Winery — A sweet dream


By REBECCA YERGER Inside Napa Valley Correspondent

esting on prime Napa Valley soil, Far Niente winery is a place far more than the idyllic dream inspired by the meaning of its name — “sweet doing nothing,” “sweet nothing,” or “without a care.” Its 125-year history proves Far Niente’s incarnation and success are grounded in the vision, hard work and dedication of its past and present owners. The Far Niente site was once part of Rancho Caymus, the land grant received by George Yount in 1836. Nearly a half century would pass before the Far Niente viticultural legacy would began with the purchase of 306 acres of the former land grant in 1871 by John Benson, Far Niente’s original owner and visionary. On his new property located south and west of Oakville, Benson planted 80 acres in hay and grain as well as another 40 acres in muscat of Alexandria grapes. According to “California’s Napa Valley — 160 Years of Wine Making” author William Heintz, this variety was “primarily a raisin grape.” However he added, “Most grapes grown at that time were used for several different purposes.” These grapes may have been used to produce wine. According to Charles Sullivan in his book, “Napa Wine — A History,” in 1876 Benson made 15,000 gallons of wine. These wines were produced at Benson’s ranch located about a mile-and-a-half south of the future Far Niente site. On this ranch was his country home and a small wood-frame winery. In the early 1880s, Benson started to realize his vision of a modern, state-of-theart winery. He hired Hamden W. McIntyre, an expert in gravity-flow winery design. McIntyre designed several local gravityflow wineries, including: Eschol (now Trefethen), the Seneca Ewer (Beaulieu), Greystone and Inglenook (Rubicon). Regarding the design of the Far Niente winery, an article in the Napa Register reported, “It seems he (McIntyre) put more of his original ideas into Far Niente winery than the others.” The native stone, three-story winery

had concrete floors, a new concept. Frequently and up to that time, wineries had dirt floors. Another cutting-edge feature was an even more important new design concept. Its roofing system solved an industry-wide problem of dripping condensation caused by the iron roofs required by insurance companies. McIntyre’s successful solution was a double roof comprising an interior wood sub-roof built underneath the exterior metal roof. The key to the success was the space added between the two roofs, which provided air circulation and insulation. With the plans completed, the Far Niente winery construction began as San Francisco stonemasons Ranson and Hill laid the first stones of the 60 by 100-foot building. However, they had completed only a small section of the building before a dispute between Benson and the masons stopped the project. The next spring, Benson hired J. Delucchi, Mixon and son of St. Helena to finish the job. When entirely completed in 1885, Far Niente winery had a capacity of 175,000 gallons of wine and cost $8,000 to build. With the completion of his winery, Benson officially named it “In Dolce Far Niente,” meaning “sweet doing nothing,” “sweet nothing,” or “without a care.” Far Niente was managed by Thomas Williams, Benson’s ranch and winery foreman. Regarding its wine production, the local newspapers carried occasional reports on wine production, and on Oct. 4, 1889 the Napa Register ran an article about its wine sales. It said, “He (Benson) does not sell in quantities, but only bottles, and disposes of (his wines) to clubs.” The article added, “(Far Niente) makes wines only of the first quality.” One of Benson’s favorite establishments was the Pacific Union Club in San Francisco. After it was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake and fire, Benson moved to his Oakville area ranch permanently. He lived there until his death on February 11, 1910 at the age of 81.

Benson, a bachelor and Boston, Mass. native, was described as a “capitalist,” a title preferred by wealthy men of his time. While he did deal extensively in San Francisco real estate, some speculate he actually made his first fortune as a Gold Rush miner. In addition to real estate, Benson was an art lover and founding patron of the San Francisco Art Association. Following Benson’s death, his nieces, Virginia and Josephine Johnson inherited his Far Niente winery and estate. Shortly thereafter, these two unmarried New England women moved to their new Oakville area home. Virginia, a children’s book author, and Josephine Johnson spent a lot of time in San Francisco with friends and associates. Their stay in Napa Valley was short. Virginia died in January 1916. The next year, Josephine sold Far Niente and died in 1918. She left the profits of the Far Niente sale to their nieces and nephews. For the next few decades, the Far Niente winery was neglected as the property passed through many hands. Then in 1943, Martin Stelling, Jr., a San Francisco steel manufacturer, purchased both the Far Niente and To Kalon estates. He began to plant premium varietals on that land until his fatal auto accident in 1950. His estate was held in trust for his son, Douglas Stelling. In 1953, Ivan Schoch, Stelling’s former foreman, purchased a majority of the To Kalon property while Douglas retained Far Niente. After refusing numerous offers to buy Far Niente, Doug Stelling and his business partner forged an agreement with Gil Nickel in 1979. That same year, the Far Niente winery was officially listed on the National Register of historic Places. By 1982, the nearly century-old winery had been completely rehabilitated to its original grandeur. The Nickel family has received numerous awards for their stewardship of Far Niente. With the rehabilitation of Far Niente completed, the Nickel family and partners could embark on their pursuit of their dreams of “In Dolce Far Niente.” 7



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How to enjoy the HARVEST SEASON BY CATHERINE SEDA Inside Napa Valley Correspondent


here are some places you would always rather be. These places shine at certain times, come alive and ignite your senses. For some, there is nothing like spring in Paris with the flowering chestnut trees, the River Seine sparkling under the ancient and elaborate stone bridges. There is a sense of timelessness and beauty. It is conceivable to think of yourself swinging around lamp-posts, feeling madly in love. For others, New York City at night is breathtaking. Everything comes alive in lights; it is incredibly vibrant. There is a feeling, with each electric step on the streets of Manhattan, that almost anything — perhaps everything — is possible. For wine lovers, it’s Napa Valley at harvest time. Come midAugust, an excitement hangs in the air. You feel the collective pull of camaraderie draw you in — everyone wants to talk about harvest, the grapes, and the wines that are being made. It doesn’t matter whether you are local or visiting; If you are here, you are a part of that harvest, its making, its history. Driving along Highway 29 at harvest is almost hedonistic — with cascading clusters of voluptuous berries, energizing sunshine, mountain folds and the anticipation of wines to come. That sense of collective spirit hits you. You wait patiently behind the tractor going 15 mph in a 40 mph zone; you make a greater effort to shrug off the line of cars in front of you. Everyone celebrates at harvest. Wineries are celebrating, restaurants are celebrating, shops are celebrating — Napa Valley is never more alive. Some of the biggest events of the year are put on at harvest time, and here are some of the special events this fall:

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uckhorn Vineyards is hosting a Harvest Experience on Oct. 2. You will join the harvest team in picking grapes, sorting the best clusters from the lot and spending time with the winemaker. You finish up your day with a special tasting of Duckhorn wines. Call Duckhorn at 967-2031 to learn more. Duckhorn’s sister winery, Paraduxx, is combining its fabulous wines with the acclaimed cuisine of Cindy Pawlcyn on Oct. 9. For food lovers, Pawlcyn could inspire her own pilgrimage. Her restaurants are some of Napa Valley’s most beloved and include Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish and Mustard’s Grill. Pawlcyn will conduct a cooking demonstration in the courtyard of Paraduxx, while guests enjoy the wines with her foods. Call 967-2031 for reservations. Schweiger Family Vineyards throws an old world harvest stomp up on Spring Mountain on the Sept. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7, and it is likely a visit you will never forget. Spring Mountain is captivating — off the beaten path, with thick forest and glorious vineyards sitting on mountain tops taking in the sunshine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you will join generations of Schweigers in testing the grapes for ripeness, picking, destemming and then stomping whatever grapes you picked. A barrel tasting follows. You will bring home your grape picking box as a memento of your involvement in the 2010 harvest! The cost is $150 ($125 for members). Contact James at 877 963 4882 or james@ - cont’d on next page


Lunches and dinners


f sparkling wine is your thing, head over to Domaine Chandon’s event on Oct. 10. “Celebrating the Fall Harvest with Chandon’s Winemaker” takes place at Étoile restaurant. This is a three-course meal paired with Chandon wines. The cost is likely what you’d spend on a regular night, and so this extra special event with winemaker Tom Tiburzi is worth every penny of the $95 dinner cost (tax and gratuity additional). You can book a table online at www.chandon. com/etoile-restaurant. On Aug. 14, Beaulieu Vineyards hosts their annual harvest lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $60 ($45 for club members). You’ll savor memorable pairings of food and wine and get a vineyard education to boot. Call 800-373-5896 for further details. Trefethen Family Vineyards is throwing a “Y’all Come Harvest Party” on Sept. 18 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Taste their wines while accompanying foods are cooked up on the grill. No black ties for this event, but a touch of western flair is welcome. The cost is $60 ($50 for members). For more information, call 800-556-4847.

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very harvest, St Helena has a Hometown Harvest Festival, and this year, it is on Oct. 16. This event draws a huge crowd of locals. The day starts with the legendary pet parade. Local winemakers, their families, business owners, and people from all over the valley gather and try to outdo one another with themed costume designs for their pets as well as themselves. There are tons of laughs and lots of good spirit. A faire begins right after the parade with booths of the most unusual and spectacular gifts. In addition there is a kid section with games, crafts and jumping houses, lots of good food — and as always in Napa Valley — good wine offerings. This takes place on Oak Street, and there is no general entry fee. There are dozens of other things to do in Napa Valley at harvest, including Sequoia Grove’s Harvest event on Oct. 2 , V Sattui’s Crush Party on Oct. 9. Call your favorite wineries and see how they plan to ignite your senses this harvest. Be a part of the 2010 harvest. There will never be another one exactly like it.

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Better Burger Sutter Home contest is 20 years old and grilling strong By CHARLES NEAVE Inside Napa Valley Correspondent



he hamburger may have been created in Western Europe, but few would not agree that it has become a quintessentially American food icon. So just as there are contests involving ribs, seafood and pies, the hamburger has one all its own.


ince it began in 1990, the Sutter Home ‘Build a Better Burger Contest’ (commonly referred to as the BBBC) in St. Helena has become the country’s ultimate burger challenge, with a venue, organization and the prize money to match. But if you are a California resident forget about entering; it is forbidden by one of those quirky alcohol-related wine for which the Golden State is famous. “I’ve been working with Sutter Home and Build a Better Burger since the contest began, and it has given me enormous pleasure to watch it grow and mature into the top annual cooking contest in the nation,” said prolific local author James McNair. “For the past several years, we were one of the top five highest-paying cooking competitions, but this year’s increased Grand Prize of $100,000 moved BBBC into the top spot for annual contests. Now only the venerable Pillsbury Bake-Off, which awards $1,000,000 Grand Prize tops us.” Speaking of judges, it has been a wellknown and accomplished group over the years. There have been chefs like Cindy Pawlcyn, Jan Birnbaum, Donna and Giovanni Scala, Mark Miller, Joey Altman, Cat Cora, Greg Cole, Patricia Unterman, Judy Rogers, plus food entrepreneur Bruce Aidells. Roger and Bob Trinchero, owners of Sutter Home, have even judged. Writers and chefs at the judge’s table have included Michael Bauer, Chris Schlesinger, winery

chef Jeffrey Starr, Sheila Lukins, Marion Cunningham and the Napa Valley Register’s own L. Pierce Carson. In 2002, I even was there alongside some pretty impressive people to cast my vote, and I had a wonderful time even if I did award one burger (pork, I think; much too dry) the lowest score ever given. But the rest were wonderful and innovative and judging was a difficult, if tasty, task when we all retired to a private room to talk it over. As McNair explains it, in choosing the 10 finalists each year, they look for recipes that are creative, well written, and have the potential for tasting great. For many years, McNair and his partner, Andrew Moore, had the daunting task of reading every entry, which topped out one year at about 10,000. “During the last few years, thankfully, Sutter Home’s legal screeners first pour over each entry to make certain that the recipes meet all of the criteria and follow all the rules. Through the summer, Andrew and I review the hundreds of recipes that pass review and chose our favorites.. After the contest closes, we meet with the chefs at Trinchero Culinary Center to further whittle the recipes down to those that sound like the very best, and then we cook, taste, and score them based on creativity, visual appeal and taste to determine the 10 finalists (five beef and five alternative) that will be invited. This 2010 Grand Prize for the best beef burger will be $100,000, and the Best

Alternative Burger (anything but beef) will be awarded $15,000. Quite a difference from 1990, then the Grand Prize was $10,000. Including this year’s prizes, the BBBC will have awarded more than $700,00 in cash, plus weekend trips to Napa Valley for the nearly 300 finalists. To mark the 20th anniversary of the contest, McNair, long-time judge, and chef Jeffrey Starr have expanded some of the winning recipes into a book, “Burger Parties,” which includes side dishes and wine pairings. As Bob Trinchero, the man who signs those big checks reflects, “Twenty years ago, we wanted to assure Americans, who seemed more likely to enjoy beer and soda pop with casual meals, that it was OK to go a little crazy and have a glass of wine with, say, a big, juicy hamburger. There wasn’t any reason to wait for the white tablecloth or the special occasion. Our Italian heritage taught us that wine was created to be enjoyed with food — all kinds of food. We thought America should know that. “Using flavors and ingredients from around the world, they bring the idea of America as a melting pot to life. And, needless to say, I have enjoyed myself thoroughly, sampling the finalists’ recipes and helping to select the winners on several occasions. My brother has also judged the competition a couple of times, and our sister has never missed a cook-off.”

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Fruit of the Vine Burger from “Burger Parties” by James McNair and Jeffrey Starr (10 Speed Press) The following is the winners 2001, submitted by Diane Sparrow of Osage, Iowa.

Ingredients Relish: 1 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup zinfandel wine 1/4 cup grapeseed or olive oil 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 1 small red onion, cut into chunks 1 tsp. kosher or coarse sea salt 4 small chipotle chiles in adobo sauce 6 Tbsp. tomato preserves or jam Patties: 12 bottled brine-packed grape leaves, tough stems discarded 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground pork 1 cup chopped seedless black grapes 6 Tbsp. zinfandel 1 1/2 tsp. kosher or coarse sea salt 1 1/2 tsp. crushed dried green peppercorns 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 oz.)

Buns & Fixings: 2 1-pound loaves artisan country-style bread, preferable garlic or herb-flavored, sliced 1/2 inch thick to make 12 slices. 12 crisp lettuce leaves

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To assemble the burgers, on one of the bread slices, place 2 lettuce leaves, a patty and a generous amount of relish. Top with the remaining bread slices and serve. Suggested wine pairings: sauvignon blanc, zinfandel or white zinfandel Serves 6


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Friends and family

Seize the Day with new Napa wine bar

By SASHA PAULSEN Inside Napa Valley Editor


ining a high shelf at Carpe Diem is a collection of wine bottles; each is a story in his own evolution as a lover of wine, said Steve Distler, who is one of the trio who has launched Napa’s newest wine bar and restaurant. Even better, however, than the story of the Scarecrow and the Heitz Martha’s Vineyard cab, is the tale of how three young people — Steve, and Scott and Stephanie Kendall — pooled their talents and with the enthusiastic help of their families, followed a dream. The idea of Carpe Diem — “seize the day” — grew over several years along with the friendship between the New Yorker and Kendalls, a California couple. Steve, a former history teacher who fell in love with wine, became a sommelier, and left his job, family and friends to drive across the country. “Napa was my goal,” Steve said. He found a job at Del Dotto Winery in St. Helena. “Wine was a hobby, then a passion, and now it’s my way of life.” Stephanie and Scott Kendall both grew up in Sonoma County but met — fittingly — at a restaurant in San Diego State University. Scott, the son of a home economics teacher and grandson of one of the original recipe creators for Sunset Magazine, learned to cook from these ladies and had worked in a variety of restaurants before going off to study business at San Diego State. Stephanie, the daughter of a pilot, had been able to travel extensively with her mom and sister. With a love of food, wine and traveling in common, the couple set out to travel around the world after they graduated. “It was our last hurrah before we knew we were going to have to join the real world,” Stephanie said. After traveling for a year, exploring the food and wine on various continents, they landed in Napa. Scott worked as a chef, and Stephanie went to work in the wine industry, at Del Dotto Winery. The three became friends. “For two years, we


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talked about opening a place in Napa,” Steve said. “We kept making plans.” The trio had in mind some place fun and friendly, where guests could enjoy food and wine as much as they did. This is when parental help kicked in. “I told them, ‘Come up with a business plan and I’ll back you,’” said Stephanie’s mother, Laurie Pederson, who now lives in Victoria, B.C. “And they did it.” They agreed Steve would be the wine director, Steve the chef and Stephanie would manage marketing and the front of the house. They found the empty space on Second Street in downtown Napa — the Gondola Restaurant had closed some time earlier. In October 2009, they signed a lease and went to work renovating the dark and dated space into the light, bright, stylish home of Carpe Diem. The new space is divided between a bar with a television on one side, and a dining area with tables on the other. They’ve also added outdoor seating. “It was nine months from the time we started until when we opened (in June),” Steve said. “This place is our baby.”

Celebrating A month after opening, the group hosted an open house to celebrate and to thank bed and breakfast owners who have been sending guests their way. On hand, as well, was Stephanie’s mother, Laurie, who had come south to help with the opening, and Scott’s mother, Karen Kendall, who was helping serve the dishes her son was cooking up in the kitchen. “I have been having a blast,” Laurie said. “We’ve been so happy to see so many locals coming in — and coming back. We’re happy to have everyone come in but we are really here for locals.”

1) The team at Carpe Diem Wine Bar which has opened on Second Street in downtown Napa, from left, Chef Scott Kendall, managers Stephanie Kendall and Laurie Pederson with wine director Steve Distler. 2) Cabernet braised short rib sliders with radicchio and snap pea slaw from Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa. 3) On the menu at Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa is Calabrian red pepper calamari with chorizo, fingerling potatoes and baby arugula. 4) Hazelnut and flambéed banana with vanilla bean ice cream and lattice tuile from Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa. 5) Crispy olives with herb goat cheese filling from Carpe Diem Wine Bar on Second Street in downtown Napa.


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Karen Kendall said her son would definitely get high marks in her home economics class, as Steve sent out platters of dishes that have already become favorites, including deep fried olives, short rib sliders, (braised for 18 hours in cabernet sauvignon), and salmon tatare, mixed with cucumber, jicama and grapefruit and served on a wonton crisp. The idea is to serve simple, but great, food that pairs well with the wines, Scott said. He added that creating the menu was a collaborative effort, based on lots of tasting and experimentation. “We’ve already changed the menu. We want to keep it seasonal,” said Scott, who added that he incorporates produce grown organically on his mother’s Sebastopol farm into the menu. Other hits that will likely be staples on the menu include truffled popcorn made with Marcona almonds and truffle salt; fries tossed with harissa spices and Parmesan cheese, Kobe corn dogs, and flatbreads baked in the stone oven. The restaurant also serves a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, other small plates, a “soup of the moment” and desserts. The group agreed they tried to keep prices reasonable and appealing to a local patrons. These range from $3 for a dish of spiced almonds to $26 for a “Big Deal” cheese and charcuterie board, but most of the dishes are around $10 or under. Steve estimates he might have tasted 3,000 wines before choosing the 80 that are on their opening list. “I wanted an array of interesting wines,” he said, “but they had to go with food.” His mother comes from the Puglia region of Italy, he said, and long before he set out to study wines, he’d learned, growing up in an Italian family, that wine is meant to go with food, and “the best wines aren’t always the most expensive.” Food and wine pairing in Italy, he noted, grew from putting local wines with the local foods. He keeps a flexible attitude toward pairings; he noted, for example, that they might recommend a cabernet to go with the cab-braised sliders, but that doesn’t mean a diner can experiment with another varietal. As with the food, he said, the goal was to keep prices fair. “We didn’t want to do the triple mark-up,” he said. Wines by the glass range from $7 for San Permis Etoile, a Semillon Roussanne blend from the Central Coast, to $17 for a Jayson Sonoma coast pinot noir. Wines by the bottle range from a 2008 Innocent Bystander from Australia for $22 to $95 for a Lancaster cab — with lots in between, and an impressive reserve list including a 2007 Scarecrow ($600) and a 2003 Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” cab ($200. There are plenty of wines, however, that won’t break the bank, and Steve is happy to discuss options. While the focus of the wine list is on California wines, there’s a good representation from Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and South America as well. Tastings are also offered in flights, and Fridays include a special face of of two wines from the same varietal They also serve beer on tap and coffee. “I don’t follow scores,” Steve said. “I just want people to enjoy wine. I don’t want people to have to analyze a wine for three hours before they drink it. “This all fits our philosophy,” he concluded — “Eat, drink and be merry.” Another way of saying, “Seize the day.” 18

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hen Napa musician Lou Zanardi began his accordion-playing career more than 50 years ago, locals had their choice of nightlife and live music. “Napa had a lot of nice night spots for people to enjoy themselves on the weekend,” recalled Zanardi, who now plays Monday and Wednesday nights at Ristorante Allegria on First Street in downtown Napa. - cont’d on next page


“People had a good time,” he continued. “The Night Cap had a Hammond organ. There was the 300 Club, over at the Bel Aire Bowl. The Silver Leaf was country and western.” As Napa developed from an agricultural and industrial county into an internationally-known destination for fine wine and food, the smoke-filled bars of Zanardi’s youth were gradually replaced by restaurants and shopping centers. By the early 2000s, the phrase “nightlife in Napa” had become little more than a joke. But that was then. Today’s Napa Valley offers night-time entertainment throughout the week, with live music ranging from big-name concerts to intimate club sets. Weekends are still the busiest time, but even on a Monday — the pokiest night of the week, no matter where you are — there’s usually a free movie at the St. Helena Public Library (, and any number of musicians like Zanardi playing for tips at restaurants. And while there may not be a country and western club or a night spot with its own Hammond organ, downtown Napa has had its own live-music showcase for more than two years. Located in the historic Hatt Building at Main and Fifth streets, Silo’s Jazz Club offers an eclectic line-up of musical acts four nights a week in an intimate setting with room for just 100 listeners. “I think people are realizing there is a nightlife scene since Silo’s has been there,” says the club’s proprietor, Keith Stansberry. “We get a lot of people walking by, and a lot of people who were told by their concierge — because everybody that’s a tourist always asks what is there to do around here at night.” Opened in 2008, Silo’s was the only club in town with an admission charge until

“Some eateries are extending their hours to accommodate the new night-time customers... [keeping] bar(s) open even after the last diners have finished.” the opening, earlier this year, of the Uptown Theatre on Third Street. Originally an Art Deco-era movie palace, and later a multiplex until it closed in the 1990s, the Uptown has been lavishly refurbished into a spacious concert hall where patrons can buy beer, wine and vodka in the lobby and carry their drinks to their seats. “They have the same kind of license we do, but they are a concert venue,” explains Stansberry, who sees the Uptown as “helping the scene of music in the Napa Valley. “I think it’s a tremendous asset,” continued Stansberry, who has added a monthly Saturday-night DJ dance party to his musical roster to satisfy Napa’s longstanding demand for a place to dance. Local restaurants, like the popular Norman Rose Tavern and Oenotri on First Street and Grace’s Table on Second Street, are also benefiting from the before- and after-concert crowds that flood downtown for shows at the Uptown and the historic Napa Valley Opera House on Main Street. Some eateries are extending their hours to accommodate the new night-time

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customers: Bistro Sabor on First Street serves its inexpensive pan-Latin menu, wine, sake and beer until 1:20 a.m. on weekends, while Oenotri has been keeping its bar open even after the last diners have finished their meals. Other restaurants book their own music: Uva Trattoria on Clinton Street, for instance, is known for its lively, swinging jazz bands that often get patrons up and dancing between the tables. Napa isn’t the only valley city with a lively, restaurant-based music scene: Ana’s Cantina in St. Helena and several restaurants along Calistoga’s main drag, Lincoln Avenue, regularly host live blues, jazz, country and dance bands. And Napa is also home to a growing doit-yourself movement of young performers who have been organizing their own grassroots events at non-traditional venues like the Bloom hair salon on Main Street, which often opens for all-ages Sunday concerts, and nearby Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company, which hosts a monthly openmicrophone night that attracts singers, poets and even belly dancers. If you, too, would rather make your own music, Thursday is karaoke night at both Ana’s Cantina and the Trancas Steakhouse in Napa. Or if drama is more to your taste, take in a show at the awardwinning Dreamweavers Theatre or check out the latest production by the upstart Lucky Penny troupe. From Oct. 15 through Nov. 14, local music and art of all kinds will be the centerpiece of the county’s first-ever arts celebration, Napa Valley Arts 2010, taking place at locations from American Canyon to Calistoga. The month-long festival kicks off with a reception at Mumm Napa Valley, where the winery’s famed photography gallery will feature portraits of local artists at work. Dance, theatre, literature, cultural and heritage programs, new media and arts education will all be a part of the festival calendar; you can find out more at www., where the nonprofit Arts Council Napa Valley also maintains a calendar of arts events throughout the county. If you don’t have a well-informed concierge or host to advise you, this site and the calendar listings at www. are the best places to start planning your night out in the Napa Valley.

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rt meets wine is a new show running through Oct. 31 at Napa Valley Museum in Yountville. Curated by award-winning graphic designer Jim Cross, “Art & Wine: Expressions of an Industry “ is a look at the artwork, packaging and presentation of Napa Valley wines. The show examines the art designers have created for wines including wine labels, shipping cartons, capsules — design pieces that cover a cork or other stopper — and brochures by international and Bay Area designers. Rare and contemporary books, bottle tickets, decanters, corkscrews, and heraldic banners depicting the crests of historic houses of wine and photographs complete the exhibit.

Selections by artist Earl Thollander, printmaker Henry Evans and photographs by Chuck O’Rear are part of the show, which also includes reportedly the largest vintage poster in the world, one of three created in 1892 by Alfred Choubrac. It depicts a party scene in Burgundy, organized to celebrate the harvest. “The Art & Wine: Expressions of an Industry” exhibition is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The downstairs History Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Napa Valley Museum is at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville, on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California. For more information, call 707-944-0500 or visit .

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hrough Sept. 30 the Napa County Historical Society presents “Harvesting History,” an exhibition dedicated to the valley’s wine and agricultural industries. It is sponsored by Freemark Abbey Winery, Charles Krug Winery and the Jack L. Davies Fund. Contrary to modern perception, the Napa Valley did not start as a region known for winemaking. During the mid 1800s, the area was recognized for its investment in livestock and wheat. Long- established wheat farmers were appalled when wine reformers suggested that Napa shift its economic interests to viticulture. However, despite their skepticism, the shift toward converting wheat fields to wine grapes continued. “Harvesting History” delves into a past of complicated hybrid roots. While early winemakers experimented with mission and imported vines, agriculturalists were productive in the cultivation of walnut, olive, prune and fruit trees. Calistoga’s Sam Brannan was even reported to be involved in sericulture, the raising of silk worms. His mulberry trees are a subtle reminder of the diverse farming interests prevalent during the Victorian period. Despite the differences between agricultural and winegrowing interests, Napa Valley residents were united in their common goal to see

the valley realize its potential as a fertile region with a conducive climate. From wine barrels, grapevines and Asian kimonos to farming implements, orchard trees and cider jugs, “Harvesting History” provides a range of artifacts. “I never realized how many known and lesser known individuals were involved in seeing Napa realize its potential as a world renowned winemaking region,” curator Jennifer Maudru said. “They were the pioneer cultivators, emigrating from various countries around the world only to struggle with their acclimation to American culture in order to become talented winemakers and agriculturalists. They represent the founding roots of Napa Valley’s wine industry through their struggles and hardship as well as their innovative ideas and experiments. They persevered even after devoting years of their lives to nurturing their vines, only to see them destroyed by a root louse or earthquake.” “Harvesting History” is on display in the historic Goodman Library at 1219 First St.,Napa. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free; however donations are appreciated. Visit for the Society’s full calendar of events and programs. 23

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lthough she’s named for the daughter of great-uncle Sergei Rachmaninoff, the celebrated Russian composer, Tatiana Copeland never learned to play an instrument. Regrettable, she says, since her mother trained in her own early years to follow in uncle Sergei’s footsteps. But comparisons were inevitable, Tatiana says today. Her mother chose to discontinue lessons at 18 rather than be forever compared to the celebrated pianist/ composer, one of the best of his era. “I think because of that she did not want me to study piano. I grew up in Argentina where it was hot and humid, which was always the reason she gave for not having a piano in the house.” Tatiana and her husband, Gerret Copeland, are unbounded supporters of the arts, particularly music and museums. While they work and live in Delaware, they own and operate Bouchaine Vineyards in Carneros and are substantial underwriters of Festival del Sole, the summer arts festival that wrapped up its fifth season in the Napa Valley in late July. Bouchaine Vineyards sponsors the festival’s Young Artist Concert series, a program that features young artists in recital throughout the run of the festival. Speaking to an audience about the reasons for their sponsorship, Tatiana Copeland said she and her husband were inspired to present young artists at Festival del Sole because “we are sad the schools have stopped teaching music to our youth.” Paraphrasing a speech given to Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s play, “Master Class,” Copeland reminded concertgoers


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that “a life without music is not a life lived to its fullest.” Paying tribute as well to her family’s thousand years of Russian ancestry, Tatiana Copeland and her husband also underwrite the performances of the Russian National Orchestra at Festival del Sole. And because of that association with the Russian National Orchestra, the Copelands were invited to two very special performances given by the orchestra this past May. In his attempts to bring various factions of the religious world together, Pope Benedict XVI invited the head of the Russian Catholic Church to the Vatican in May. One of the pope’s welcoming gestures was an invitation to the Russian National Orchestra to perform inside the Vatican. Sophia Loren served as honorary chair of the event, as her son, Carlo Ponti, was conducting the orchestra, as he has done on several occasions in the Napa Valley. “It was an incredible performance,” Copeland said. “The following week, we underwrote a performance of the orchestra at Semperoper in Dresden — (Mikhail) Pletnev conducted. I was born in Dresden and left as a baby. It was the first time I had been back and it was a remarkable occasion.” Both Tatiana and Gerret Copeland are involved in money management, taxes and, for a time, Gerret had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. As for Bouchaine, Tatiana serves as president. She manages finances, marketing and sales, while her husband serves as chairman. “We don’t come (to Carneros) enough,” she declared. “We are in contact daily and we have great winemaking, sales and administrative teams.”

Gerret, a member of the renowned du Pont family, is also devoted to protecting open space and the Brandywine River, water source for Wilmington, Del., where they reside. “He is focused on preserving land through easements on large estates on Chesapeake Bay and is intent on stopping overbuilding. He’s a farmer, too.” Tatiana Copeland loves to help landscape beautiful gardens and bring music to the masses. “Music is part of my soul. Business often fills my head and for me to be good at that, or good at anything, something must feed me ... that something is classical music. I always have music on in my office. “It’s become apparent to Gerret and me there’s no longer much support for the arts. Charitable donations are going elsewhere. There’s just no money for music. Music should play a huge role in a person’s upbringing, we feel, so we are doing what we can.” At home, the Copelands are big supporters of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Opera House and the Delaware Art Museum, which has one of the largest pre-Raphaelite art collections in the world. “Our latest goal is to have the Rossetti Quartet (which played at this year’s Festival del Sole) perform at the museum in front of a Rosetti painting,” Copeland said. The Copelands also underwrote a new recording by Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the LA Guitar Quartet, performing the Rodrigo concerto. “We’re shipping copies of the CD to all members of the Bouchaine wine club,” she added. “We think it’s so good that it should be considered for a Grammy this year.” Copies of the CD can be purchased at or by contacting Bouchaine Vineyards.

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1) “Beetle Shadow” by artist John King is one of the 10 sculptures in Napa ARTwalk. A small ceremony outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon introduced the sculptures to the public with reception following at the Napa River Inn. These sculptures are on loan from the artists until Spring 2011. The theme is celebrating the Napa River.

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2) “Homage to our Native Roots” by Carlos Zamora of Oakland is on display at Opera House Plaza behind the Napa Valley Opera House. The 10 sculptures are scattered throughout downtown Napa and will be in place until next May, when they will be replace with another group. ARTwalk is a joint effort with the city of Napa nad Arts Council Napa Valley.

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These works and seven other sculptures have been installed in downtown Napa for one year, lending an artistic spirit to an area trying to reinvent itself. The project, billed as Napa ARTwalk, debuted in full glory in mid July. “This art will bring people downtown and enhance the environment. It’s teaching the public what sculpture can be. It’s not just statues of George Washington,” said Kristina Young, the acting executive director of Arts Council Napa Valley. The Arts Council and the city’s redevelopment agency are sponsoring Napa ARTwalk. The agency put up $25,000 for pedestals and brochures. The council organized the competition. When the call went out for West Coast entries, 20 sculptors, including five from Napa County, submitted 50 entries, Young said. A jury of professional arts judged the submissions without knowing the identities of the artists. Ann Shelby Valentine of Calistoga, who created a ninefoot-tall mosaic stele that captures a variety of Napa River motifs, was the only Napa County artist selected. Others ranged from Berkeley and West Sacramento to Eureka and Portland. Two live in Santa Rosa. Each artist receives $1,000 and the opportunity to have his or her work seen in busy locations, Jennifer LaLiberté, the city’s redevelopment manager, said. “Having your work shown in Napa is really exciting,” Young said. “There are many tourists coming here. Napa is up and coming.” 26


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August 28 Harvest Stomp Cowboy boots and hats are in abundance when Napa Valley Grapegrowers host the pre-eminent harvest party of the year, 6-10 p.m. with wines, live music, and a food from around the world. For more information, call 944-8311.

Keep your formal wear in your closet and put on your dancing shoes — it’s time for one of Napa Valley’s favorite summertim parties, the Clinic Ole Chili Ball, 5-9 p.m., at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena. The event benefits Community Health Clinic Ole, Sister Ann Dental Clinic, and Healthy Moms and Babies, which provide services to more than 20,000 low-income, uninsured Napa County residents annually. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door for adults; $10 for children 7-12; children 6 and under are admitted free. For information, visit To purchase tickets, call 254-1774, ext. 239.

August 20 A Day for the Queen A benefit for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, this day-long event at Silverado Resort and Country Club begins with a morning of tennis and golf tournaments. Mid-day, a luncheon is followed by a fashion show. The benefit concludes with an evening barbecue dinner and dance. Silverado Country Club and Resort is at 1600 Atlas Peak Road Napa. Information, 251-1882.

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The Napa Valley Art Festival is a juried exhibit and sale of more than 300 original paintings by 30 of the West’s premier representational artists. A portion of the sales will benefit Connolly Ranch Education Center. It’s held at the Yountville Community Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 256-3828.

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Tour the historic barns of the Carneros region with Preservation Napa Valley and the Napa County Farm Bureau. The day-long event includes Brunch in a Barn, live bluegrass, and art displays. Tickets are $45 person. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 258-9286.

Hands Across the Valley A food and wine reception, buffet dinner, live and silent auction and dancing under the stars are all part of this annual event, which raises funds for food banks to help the hungry. This year it’s 6-11 p.m. at the Ranch Winery, 105 Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. Tickets are $150. Information, 29


September September 4 Napa Valley Tomato Festival The first Napa Valley Tomato Festival, 3-6 p.m., at Connolly Ranch in Napa includes tomato contests, tastings, sales and demonstrations, farm tours, live music, games and a silent auction. A family-style “Farm Fresh Dinner,” follows, 6:30-9:30 p.m. General admission tickets for the festival are $20. Tickets for children 11-18 are $10; under 11 admitted free. Dinner tickets are $100 and include festival activities. All proceeds benefit Connolly Ranch and the Napa County Farm Bureau. Connolly Ranch is at 3141 Browns Valley Road. For tickets and information, call 224-5403 or visit

September 3 Cheers! St. Helenans take to the streets the first Friday of each month, 6-9 p.m. for a community social with tastings up and down Main Street. You can ride the Wine Train Special to Cheers! It runs special trains between Napa, Yountville and St. Helena, 5-10 p.m. For more information about Cheers!, visit To find out about the Wine Train to Cheers, call (800-427-4124.

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Admission is free to the annual River Festival at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Napa, 3-9 p.m. Elvin Bishop and his band open the entertainment, followed by the Napa High School Marching Band and the Napa Valley Symphony. Fireworks follow. Information, 254-8520.

This annual dinner and dance at Silverado Country Club and Resort 27th annual Scholarship Banquet honors 35 current scholarship winners and past winners and raises funds to help more students. A no-host bar and silent auction reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing, 8:30-11 p.m. to the music of Tito Y Su Son de Cuba. Tickets are $90 through Sept. 1 and $110 at the door. To attend the dance only, tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, go online to

September 15 Viva Mexico Calistoga’s Pioneer Park is home to cries of “Viva Mexico!” when the city celebrates Mexican Independence Day with food, music and dance, 5-9 p.m. Info, 942-6333.

September 19 Napa Valley Opera House Gala September 11 Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health The Staglin Family Vineyard’s Music Festival for Mental Health begins with a free scientific symposium starting at noon. This is followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, a concert with country rock star Dwight Yoakum and dinner under the stars prepared by Chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine. Tickets for the reception, concert and dinner are $750. All proceeds support cutting-edge mental health research programs.

The Napa Valley Opera House celebrates its 130th anniversary this year, and “All Jazzed Up, A Swinging Gala” will raise funds to keep it going strong. The gala begins a 4 p.m. with a reception and outdoor concert with the Ramsey Lewis Trio at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, followed by dinner and a live auction in the historic Carriage House. Tickets are $35-$1,250. For more information, call 226-7372.

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September 18 Napa Valley Aloha Festival Entertainment and vendors from the Hawaiian/Polynesian community present music, dance, authentic foods, arts and crafts, clothing and wares at Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds, 575 Third Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food donations will be accepted to benefit the Napa Valley Food Bank. For more information, 966-4017.

September 25 Cruisin’ Calistoga Calistoga’s annual Beer & Wine Festival & Classic Car Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a chili and pasta cook offs, and beer and wine tastings 1-4 p.m. at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak St. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 942-1473. 31



October 16 St. Helena Hometown Harvest Festival Celebrate the end of the harvest season in the Napa Valley. The festival starts at 8:30 a.m. with the pet parade through downtown and also includes food and craft booths, wine pouring stations, live music and a wine auction. It’s free to attend. For information, call 963-5706.

October 1 Grand Traditions Gala A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, dinner paired with Napa Valley wines, live and silent auction items, magnum wine library raffle, and dancing all benefit ParentsCAN, an organization serving Napa County families of children with disabilities. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Silverado Country Club and Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. For more information, 253-7444.

October 9 Support Our Canine Heroes Guide Dogs for the Blind hosts the Support Our Canine Heroes Wine Gala at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. An evening of fine wines and a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and a puppy photo booth support veterinary care for our puppies-in-training and working guides. Tickets are $300 and up. 4:30–10 p.m. For more information, call 800-295-4050.

October 16 Art-tivore Antics Dinner and dancing, and live and silent auctions create a benefit for Di Rosa, which houses the largest collection of works by Northern California artists on a nature preserve in the Carneros region. Tickets are $300. For reservations, e-mail or call 226-5991, ext. 46. 32

October 23-24 Calistoga Downtown Blues Festival Every fall, Calistoga hosts a two-day blues festival that features some of the best of the North Bay blues bands, coupled with wine tasting, at downtown locations and at participating vineyards. Noon to 5 p.m. For fees and more information, call 942-6333.

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his house in St. Helena was inspired by a tobacco drying barn, which the designer and builder Josh Chandler discovered in the south of France. The original corrugated tin barn, enclosed by old stone walls, housed an open kitchen, loft bedroom, office and garage. Chandler created a stone addition and connected the two buildings with a glass conservatory. The living room has a concrete floor and massive steel fireplace. The 12-foot glass and aluminum doors and windows open onto the terrace. A pecan-planked staircase with glass siding connects the ground floor to the master bedroom, guest bedroom and a small sitting room. The master bathroom has antique plumbing fixtures; the other rooms, an original 18th century French oak floor laid in the chevron pattern. Outdoor features include a stone wall, two 12-foot steel fireplaces, hand-hewn, salvaged cedar timber furniture and raised vegetable beds.



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Spirited Napa Valley By REBECCA YERGER Inside Napa Valley Correspondent

Renowned for their wines, some Napa Valley wineries have other spirits to offer their guests as well. While steeped in a long, rich and usually dignified history, many of the local 19th-century wineries are haunted by their pasts. Local lore tells tales of ghostly encounters with forlorned souls whose pasts ranged from meeting with tragedy to being doting founders who still keep on eye on their wineries, their dreams. - cont’d on next page



ocated just north of the city of Napa is Trefethen winery. When founded by brothers George and James Goodman in 1886, the winery was known as Eschol — Hebrew for “valley of the grape.” During Prohibition, 1920-1933, the winery was rumored to be a bootleg operation site. One story tells of a young man who broke into the old winery to steal liquor and was caught in the act by bootleggers. According to the tale, the bootleggers lynched the young man, hanging him from one of the interior ceiling beams of the upstairs area of the winery. It has been reported that some people have sensed and even seen the course of that gruesome event unfold. While others have told of seeing the shadow of a human-like form swinging overhead. Another tragic death is said to be the catalyst for paranormal activity at Frog’s Leap winery in Rutherford. Historic records tell of how the wife of the original owner, Chris Adamson, died by unnatural causes. There are two versions of Mrs. Adamson’s demise. The first claims she was murdered by poisoning. The second claims she hung herself. Regardless of the means, it is believed Mrs. Adamson’s death occurred by Barrel #19 and due to her husband’s infidelity. Moving forward to contemporary times, many of those who work in the Frog’s Leap winery cellar have reported a similar spinetingling experience. As these mortals pass by and/or stand near the infamous Barrel #19, the hair on the back of their necks stands on end as they feel an intense, dark coldness envelop them. Still others have had different eerie experiences in the winery. Stationary objects resting on shelves or in storage containers suddenly and inexplicably are hurdled across the room. The angry spirit thought to be responsible for all of this paranormal activity is assumed to be Mrs. Adamson. Some Frog’s Leap staff refer to her as “La Presencia.” The hamlet of Rutherford seems to be a hotbed of paranormal activity with numerous other ghost sightings throughout town. Its two iconic wineries, Beaulieu and Rubicon, both have their resident ghosts, including their watchful past owners. 38

At Beaulieu Vineyards, both visitors and employees alike have seen a transparent apparition at the winery. Described as a white-haired gentleman wearing a doublebreasted suit with a necktie, this ghost has been seen throughout the facility including the aging cellar and tasting room. Those who witnessed this apparition have said he is a kind spirit. Most of those witnesses feel the spirit is Georges de Latour, founder of Beaulieu Vineyards. Across the road, Highway 29, to the west of Beaulieu is the former Inglenook Vineyard and Winery, now Rubicon. Based on witness accounts, this 19th century winery may have three different male ghosts. The first of this supernatural trio is thought to be the winery’s original founder and owner, Gustave Niebaum. To the surprise of both guests and staff, he appears in the tasting room standing at the head of a table. From this vantage point, he surveys the wine inventory and orderliness of the hospitality center. He is described as being tall, slender with a long beard and extremely transparent. On occasion, this purported ghost of Niebaum has also been seen walking around the third floor area to inspect the winemaking apparatus and equipment. Then, just outside of the winery doors located at the north end of the building, a second male apparition has been seen. While descriptions vary, he is thought to be John Armstrong, Niebaum’s general manager. The third spirit has been spotted wandering the winery grounds. Described as a middle-aged, dark-haired, handsome man dressed in white, the apparition is thought to be John Daniel, grand-nephew of Niebaum. Other local viticultural landmarks also have reports of paranormal activities, including two icons located just north of St. Helena. The first is Beringer Winery established in 1876-77 by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer. The most spirited site on the property is the Rhine House. The winery has an overflowing file documenting all of the encounters.

The Rhine House was originally the private home of the Frederick Beringer family. In 1901, Frederick died of natural causes in his Rhine House bedroom, now the second floor Founders tasting room. Regarding the ghostly encounters, one account tells of an evening just after closing as two employees were cleaning up downstairs when all of a sudden a loud crash came from upstairs. The two employees, each taking a different staircase, went upstairs. With no one passing either one on their way to the Founders room, they entered Frederick’s former bedroom to find a silver serving tray and stemware inexplicably strewn across the room. The stories continue with others having heard mysterious foot-fall ascending the stairs when no one else was in the house. The most eerie of encounters, however, did profoundly frighten staff. The paranormal activity file states that after hours, the night crew, while cleaning the Rhine House, has been startled, or worse, the sight of Frederick walking through the walls. For one crew member, that was too much! He ran out of the house and has never returned. The neighboring Charles Krug Winery, just to the north and east of Beringer, is said to have a rather jocular spirit. This landmark winery was founded in 1861 by the 19th century patriarch of Napa Valley viticulture, Charles Krug. He died of natural causes at this property in 1892. In 1943, Cesare Mondavi purchased the property. While neither confirmed nor denied, this winery’s ghost story tells a tale of a disembodied male voice laughing in three to five intervals of “Ha-ha-ha!” This auditory encounter usually occurs in the production area and near the aging cellar doors. While many mortals say this spirit is Krug, some feel it may be the patriarch of the Mondavi family, Cesare. For as many local wineries, vineyards and bottles of wine, there is at least an equal number of stories about Napa Valley and County’s supernatural spirits.




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Former Iron Chef star Masaharu Morimoto opens his sixth restaurant at the Riverfront in downtown Napa.



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“I am 55 years old, I have blood type B and I grew up in Hiroshima, Japan,” was the good-natured reply to the question, “Who is Morimoto?” celebrated A restaurateur and TV chef whose appearances on Iron Chef have given him instant name recognition, Masaharu Morimoto was talking about himself and his first West Coast restaurant, Morimoto Napa, which opened in Julyl While most of us know Morimoto from his humble, successful turns on the popular TV culinary competition, Iron Chef, little is known about his early years, the years he spent deciding on a career in his native Japan. “I had two dreams,” the soft-spoken chef recalled. “One was baseball player. I was pretty good.” He said his family was not rolling in dough; in fact, he used the term “poor” to describe their financial status. “Once a month we went to a sushi restaurant, the whole family,” he continued. “I was very happy (when he was surrounded by family in this setting).” He was impressed by the talents of the sushi chefs as well as their crisp, clean white hats, jackets and aprons. It was an image he couldn’t get out of his head. Morimoto admits he would have pursued the baseball dream had he not severely injured a shoulder. But then there was the other dream — the dream of becoming a sushi chef. He altered his life plan, entering a culinary school in his hometown of Hiroshima. At the age of 24, Morimoto opened his first restaurant. It specialized in sushi but was also the place where his seamless integration of European and Western cooking techniques and preparations crept into his dishes. Anxious to continue a pursuit of East meets West in the kitchen, Morimoto sold the Hiroshima restaurant five years later and headed to the United States.


“I purchased a one-year open ticket (that allowed various stops in the U.S.),” he continues. “My first stop was New York — I stayed there.” Once he received a green card allowing him to work in this country, Morimoto was hired to operate a one-man sushi bar in the exclusive Sony Club in Manhattan where he fed all manner of celebrities daily. It was here that he was introduced to Nobu Matsuhisa, another Japanese chef whose star was ascending in America. In the mid’90s, Nobu opened a restaurant in New York City and invited Morimoto to join the team as executive chef.


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completely different in both design and menu. The menu in Napa includes some signature dishes, a few tweaked for this market, and dishes designed just for Morimoto Napa. His mission, he explains, is to “spread my philosophy to locals.” Asked to expound on that philosophy, the amiable chef singled out dishes in his own country that have come from other cultures. Curry rice, for example, can be traced to India, and many Japanese people eat ramen noodles, which originated in China, he pointed out. Yet, today, many consider these dishes to be Japanese. Some people enjoy tasty raw fish as sashimi, others order it as carpaccio. “What’s important is that people eat it (not what the dish is called),” he added. “I have only one rule — there’s no rules. No rule is good.”

orimoto could have opened his first West Coast restaurant in San Francisco or Los Angeles. But he already has five other restaurants in big cities — New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Mumbai and New Delhi. He visited Napa and found he liked the weather, was impressed with the Riverfront location and, most importantly, he found great product for his extensive menu. “The vegetables, the fruit are terrific,” he declared. And he liked the “big Jeffrey Lunak, executive chef at Morimoto Napa, puts the challenge” of a growing finishing touches on sea urchin market, where his clientele carbonara with smoked bacon and crispy shallots. could grow along with the tourist business, as a good percentage of visitors coming to Napa Valley are coming as much for food as they are for wine. Behind the scenes “I will be here as much as I can,” he orimoto has gained legions of fans added. “The Napa project is important by bringing together ingredients, to me.” He did point out, however, that styles and techniques of Eastern come September he’ll open his seventh and Western cuisine. restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, in the Business associate Mark J. Stone said, new Ian Schrager/Marriott Edition Hotel “He does use unusual ingredients and has overlooking the Waikiki Yacht Harbor. original ideas and dishes. I think viewers Morimoto does not install copycat respect him as one of the real chefs on TV. eateries around the world — his restaurants His style of cooking is unique and he’s built in New York and Philadelphia are up a popular following (as a result).”


Sea urchin carbonara with smoked bacon and crispy shallots by Masaharu Morimoto and Jeffrey Lunak of Morimoto Napa.

Stone is president of MM Management, the holding company for the chef’s interests, overseeing all aspects of the Morimoto worldwide empire. He says the 7,500-square-foot Riverfront features an 80-seat main dining room, a private dining area that can accommodate 70 and patio dining for 40. A sushi bar seats nine. Insiders maintain Morimoto has invested in excess of $5 million in his first West Coast operation. Executive chef Jeffrey Lunak has a kitchen staff of 50 to execute Morimoto’s extensive menu. A North Dakota native Lunak first hooked up with Morimoto in 2001, serving as chef de cuisine for Morimoto Philadelphia. Although he left that post five years ago, he kept in touch with Morimoto and the two often talked about a West Coast project. Lunak said it would have been “impossible to turn down” the offer to work in Napa. “It’s a lot easier to turn out great food when you have access to great product,” he noted.


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n obvious focus of the Morimoto Napa menu is seafood, which comes from both East and West Coast purveyors as well as overnight deliveries

Tuna pizza with anchovy aioli by Masaharu Morimoto and Jeffrey Lunak of Morimoto Napa.

three or four times a week from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market. The extensive sushi and sashimi menu runs the gamut of toro to yellowtail, mackerel to sea eel, scallops to abalone and king crab. The caviar lineup includes sea urchin, snow crab tomalley and roe from salmon, cod and flying fish. There are 17 different maki, including a deep-fried soft shell crab roll with asparagus, tobiko and scallions. Morimoto-style chirashi sushi features a dozen tasty fish and vegetable offerings. New for the Napa menu are Morimoto bone marrow (a 12-14-inch lateral cut of beef bone prepared in a traditional French style and flavored with the chef’s signature seven spice mix and teriyaki sauce), foie gras Takoyaki (a riff on popular Japanese dumplings, made with foie gras instead of octopus), fig tempura (fried local black mission figs served with foie gras-infused chunky peanut butter sauce and housemade pomegranate syrup), duck meatball soup (juicy meatballs made of ground Liberty duck with mountain yams in duck broth), plus a frozen iceberg wedge (Morimoto’s take on a classic that combines half a head of iceberg lettuce that has been frozen 24 hours topped with creamy blue cheese, hot smoked bacon dressing and pickled local baby bell peppers).

Some of his entrées include Duck Duck Goose, local duck prepared five ways: duck confit fried rice, seared duck breast, confit leg, duck meatball soup and duck egg cooked sunnyside up, garnished with gooseberries. For the Morimoto pork chop and applesauce, a double cut pork chop is brined for 24 hours then marinated in miso for another day, braised and served with warm bacon kimchee and ginger apple puree. The whole roasted lobster “epice,” is Maine lobster dusted with garam masala and served with lemon crème fraîche. Morimoto and company are also willing to plate up a nice Australian Wagyu steak, but it’ll cost ya — $55 for filet, $75 for ribeye and $80 for a New York strip. Morimoto Napa has a full bar and an extensive sake list with more than 30 Japanese labels, including Morimoto’s own line of premium and aged sake. Local craft and house-brewed draft beer and the Morimoto line of beers, produced by Rogue Breweries, are also available. Morimoto Napa is open for dinner, served from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 11 p.m. weekends. A late-night lounge menu and sushi bar isavailable from 10 p.m. to midnight weekdays, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekends.



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In Yountville,

Hotel Luca Conjures Up the

Spirit of Tuscany By GEORGE MEDOVOY Inside Napa Valley Correspondent


Chef Craig DiFonzo reaches for the saffron in his open kitchen at Cantinetta Piero. The Italian restaurant is the pride of Hotel Luca, an enchanting slice of Tuscany hidden behind a stone tower on Washington Street. The 20-room and four-residence Hotel Luca and its Cantinetta Piero restaurant are the newest additions to Yountville’s lodging and food scene, thanks to the husband-and-wife team of David and Kathleen Fink. For 20 years, they made many forays into Italy, soaking up everything they liked best about the country — the fresh and light food, the countryside and the architecture, and “the way,” says David said. “The Italians have this great spirit about life.” The Fink duo have carried no small part of that “great spirit” to Yountville, serving up a big helping of it in Cantinetta Piero, where our dinner is just beginning. The first installment of our dinner, a hearty helping of Potato Leek soup, is garnished with diced Yukon Gold potatoes and leeks, extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and the earthy taste of saffron. After the soup, we enjoy side orders of tasty herb-roasted fingerling potatoes seared in olive oil and tossed with fresh rosemary and herbs, as well as grilled local asparagus grilled with olive oil. Next, we share Cantinetta Piero’s “Tricolore” salad: bitter greens, apples, gorgonzola, and walnuts in refreshing honey vinaigrette. Then, along comes an order of Castelvetrano olives and toasted almonds marinated with orange zest, ricotta salata cheese, and zesty chili flakes. For the main course, we choose the pan roasted Alaskan halibut, which our waiter delivers to our table in the cooking skillet. The fish is in a hearty sauce, a lot like a putanesca, made from tomatoes, capers, pine nuts, and lemon.

For dessert, my wife and I adopt the attitude of “two is better than one,” so we share a velvety Chocolate Boudino and a Tiramisu, two fitting conclusions to a lovely meal. Later, DiFonzo said the secret of great Italian cooking is just two or three main ingredients as fresh as can be with good olive oil. Of course, contributing to that freshness at Cantinetta Piero is DiFonzo’s close working relationship with local growers. “Fortunately,” he said, “we’re close enough that they come to our back door.” Then there’s another ingredient that’s harder to quantify — “A lot of love goes into it,” he says. In a town known for its restaurants, many locals have already picked up on Cantinetta Piero. Just come in on most any evening and see for yourself. In its first three months of operations, 60 percent of the restaurant’s guests have been locals, management says. For David Fink, this is a top priority. “The first and most important thing,” he says, “was that we win over the locals to have a wonderful … really authentic Italian restaurant that was reasonably priced and was very comfortable.” Add a cocktail at the cozy bar or select from one of the many Italian or California wines to go with your meal, and well, so much the better. On the design front, Hotel Luca embodies a healthy slice of what David Fink describes as “Italian DNA” — reclaimed roof tiles from Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, and 300-yearold red bricks from an old building near the Duomo in Florence, now part of Hotel Luca’s patio and stair landings. And let’s not forget the rustic Jerusalem limestone throughout the hotel’s lobby, spa, bathrooms and public spaces for a Mediterranean accent. Guestrooms, which were designed by Kathleen Fink, include exceptionally comfortable Siberian down beds with imported Mascioni Italian linens, flat-screen TV’s, ceiling fans and a music system. Jess Knubis’ lovely photographic images of the Napa Valley in color and black and white also add a nice touch. When all is said and done, it’s no coincidence that an Italian-themed hotel is located in Napa Valley, a first for the Finks, who opened L’Auberge Carmel and its Aubergine Restaurant in Carmel. David Fink sees many similarities between Napa Valley and Italy: a warm climate, olive trees and vineyards, great cuisine and great wine, and a lifestyle given over to outdoor living, like those outdoor couches next to the big fireplace in the hotel’s courtyard, just down the way from the big swimming pool and the Jacuzzi. And why, you might wonder, Yountville? “In our mind,” says David Fink, “it’s one of the best destinations in the Napa Valley and certainly has the greatest collections of restaurants in a small area.” As anyone will tell you who has ever traversed the little bridge on Hopper Creek, Yountville has a real ‘village feel,’ where you can leave life’s pressures behind you … and take body and soul on a nice long walk.

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Pinot Grigio The Hip Sip By Catherine Seda JV Wine & Spirits

Decades ago, white grapes were more valuable in California than red grapes. Chardonnay fetched higher prices per ton than cabernet sauvignon. Chenin blanc, riesling and a host of other whites were highly fashionable and planted throughout the State. While red wine dominates today, white wine is still produced in some pretty respectable amounts. Chardonnay is king of the mountain; there is no tossing the grape off its high rock. In 2009, 51 million cases of chardonnay were produced compared to sauvignon blanc’s 7.4 million and pinot grigio’s 7 million. So forget first place; it’s taken. Second place, however, is up for grabs. While sauvignon blanc’s popularity has risen over the past 5 to 10 years and it has gained a newfound respect in the wine world, pinot grigio is tugging at its coat tails. It may not stay behind sauvignon blanc for long. Pinot Grigio has been a hip sip for a while. Wine drinkers are snapping up bottles of pinot grigio and there does not seem to be a lull in sight. The wines tend to be fruity and refreshing—exactly what many of us look for in a white wine. Pinot grigio is the same grape as France’s pinot gris. There are two main styles of pinot grigio produced today. There is a light bodied and lightly fruity version, much of it coming out of Italy; and a deeper, richer style, also coming from parts of Italy, as well as France, California and Oregon. It is changing, but there are quite a few pinot grigio wines coming out of Italy which are mass produced with high yields in the vineyard. High yields mean that a large number of grape clusters are left to grow on each vine, and this often leads to lesser quality. These wines tend to be very light in body, have scarce aromas and barely-there flavors. We don’t want to knock light-bodied pinot grigio in general. The good light ones are perfect for summer sipping. They have nice citrus flavor and

crisp acidity—just right for leisurely enjoying by the pool or at a picnic. These wines tend to be lower in alcohol, too, so you won’t get dizzy after sipping two glasses. This lighter style of wine is often called the “Italian style” of pinot grigio, although that is not always correct. Italy produces some of the creamiest and most flavorful pinot grigio wines in the world. Regions to look for are: Alto Adige, Collio and Collio Orientali in Friuli. In addition to being rich, these wines are fuller bodied yet still crisp and refreshing. France’s Alsace region is famous for pinot gris. The wines produced here have a haunting richness, and great spicy flavors along with the citrus and tree fruits. The wines can be medium to full-bodied. Many wine experts consider pinot gris from Alsace to be the benchmark of greatness for pinot grigio/ pinot gris around the world. The pinot grigio coming out of Oregon has received especially good raves. They are rich, aromatic and flavorful. California is making both styles of pinot grigio – a lighter, fun version and the richer, more full-bodied version. Some producers are labeling their lighter versions as pinot grigio, while those producing richer versions call them the Alsace style. Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and all across the State, wineries are producing pinot grigio. With so many countries producing pinot grigio, there is plenty to discover. It may be time to start exploring exactly why pinot grigio is so popular right now, and to pick your favorite pinot grigio/pinot gris region! Some of the great producers to look for: Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, Italy; Domaine Zind Humbrect, Alsace, France; Pinot Grigio; MacMurray Ranch Pinot Gris Sonoma Coast, CA; Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, CA and Firesteed in Oregon. 55



The life of wine begins in the soil: Describing napa valley’s appellations Howell Mountain This elevated district gained its grapegrowing reputation in the 1870s and continued until Prohibition, then renewed its viticultural heritage in the 1960s. Spring Mountain District Viticulture was established here in the 1870s. Its soils are distinct even from the land to its north on Diamond Mountain. Its eastern exposure translates to cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Its temperature range is less than in St. Helena. St. Helena This AVA lies within a narrow portion of the upper Napa Valley. The resulting interaction of climatic factors affect grapes grown in this floor area. Within its boundaries from Bale Lane to the north and Zinfandel Lane to the south, there is a fairly uniform steep gradiant. Chiles Valley In the mid-1800s, the Mexican government gave a land grant to Joseph Ballinger Chiles. And that land lies within this AVA in which vineyard was one of its earliest agricultural operations. The soil, climate and elevation present a microclimate unique from the Napa Valley. Rutherford This area gained a world reputation for its “Rutherford Dust” which imparts earthy qualities to cabernet sauvignon. Oakville This mid-valley area is warmer than the area to its south but still enjoys cool evenings thanks to the valley’s proximity to the San Pablo Bay. Its soils flow from the Mayacamas to the west and the Vaca Range to

the east. They meet at the Napa River. The result: good drainage and gravelly soil. Cabernet sauvignon grows well here. Atlas Peak Elevated from 760 feet to 2,663 feet on the Vaca Range, it is described as “an elevated valley surrounded by volcanic mountains of relatively shallow relief.” Mt. Veeder One of the largest AVAs inside the Napa Valley appellation, this 15,000-acre area rises to 2,677 feet on the eastern slope of the Mayacamas mountains. It has a variety of soil types, all distinct from the valley floor as well as the Sonoma side of the mountain range. Yountville This AVA encompasses about 8,260 acres of which nearly 2,500 acres are planted to grapes. The AVA gained federal approval earlier this year at which time it held within its borders seven wineries and 43 growers.

*Refer to map on previous page Los Carneros Perhaps the coolest area in the Napa Valley, this land slopes to the San Pablo Bay, just three miles away. The rocky, clay loam creates a grape with intense flavors. The area is best known for its pinot noir. Boundaries of the Carneros AVA extend into Sonoma County. Wild Horse Valley Like Carneros, this AVA crosses county lines. It encompasses a valley 5.3 miles long and 1.67 miles at its widest. First planted in grapes in 1881, its climate is influenced by the bay and ocean winds. Napa Valley Boundary lines follow the Napa County lines except for the eastern portion near Lake Berryessa. The AVA includes the areas historically linked to Napa Valley wine growing tradition.

Stags Leap District This AVA contains 2,700 acres with only half of that planted to grapes, primarily cabernet sauvignon. It’s tucked into a three-mile by onemile area bordering the Silverado Trail and defined by the jagged outcroppings of the Vaca Range to the east, the Napa River to the west and south.

Diamond Mountain This district is located entirely in Napa County in the Mayacamas mountain range, east of Calistoga. It is comprised of 5,300 acres of which 464 acres are planted vineyards. Grape farming in this AVA began in 1863, and some of the world’s finest wines are produced here because of the uniqueness of soil and climate conditions.

Oak Knoll District Established in 2004, his appellation with 3,500 acres of vines is at a low elevation just north of the city of Napa. Cool, coastal breezes extend the growing season and offer what some consider the perfect balance of hot and cool climates. A wide variety of grapes are grown in this versatile area.

Calistoga Daytime summer temperatures peak above 100° (37°C) and fall to low 40s° (7°C) at night, due to cool marine air drawn into the Valley from the northwestern hills. Cool afternoon and evening breezes continue the process, and on clear nights are assisted by cold air sliding down the mountainsides to the Valley floor.

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5901 Silverado Trail Yountville, CA 94599


620 Oakville Crossroad Oakville, CA 94562






Pope Valley Winery Prager Winery Port Works & Pride Mountain Vineyards Provenance Vineyards Quintessa Quixote Winery Raymond Vineyard Cellar & Redmon Family Vineyards Regusci Winery Renteria Wines Revana Family Vineyard Reverie Vineyard Winery & Reynolds Family Winery Ritchie Creek Vineyard Robert Biale Vineyards Robert Craig Wine Cellars Robert Keenan Winery Robert Mondavi Winery

6613 Pope Valley Road Pope Valley, CA 94567


1281 Lewelling Lane St. Helena, CA 94574


4026 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


1695 St. Helena Hwy. Rutherford, CA 94573


1601 Silverado Trail Rutherford, CA 94573


6126 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


849 Zinfandel Lane St. Helena, CA 94574

800.525.2659 x1

1185 Starr Avenue St. Helena, CA 94574


5584 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


1106 Clark Street Napa, CA 94559


2930 St. Helena Hwy, North St. Helena, CA 94574





Rutherford Grove Winery 1673 St. Helena Hwy Rutherford, CA 94573 800.963.0544 Rutherford Hill Winery 200 Rutherford Hill Road Rutherford, CA 94573 800.963.1871

1520 Diamond Mountain Road 707.942.6800 Calistoga, CA 94515

Saddleback Cellars Saintsbury Salvestrin Estate Saviez Vineyards Sawyer Cellars School House Vineyard Schramsberg Vineyards Schweiger Vineyards Seavey Vineyard Sequoia Grove Vineyards Shafer Vineyards Sherwin Family Vinyards Signorello Vineyards Silenus Vintners

7802 Money Road Oakville, CA 94562


1500 Los Carneros Avenue Napa, CA 94559


397 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574


4060 Silverado Trail Calistoga, CA 94515


8350 St. Helena Hwy Rutherford, CA 94573


3549 Langtry Road St. Helena, CA 94574


1400 Schramsberg Road Calistoga, CA 94515


4015 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


1310 Conn Valley Road St. Helena, CA 94574


8338 St. Helena Hwy Napa, CA 94558


6154 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


4060 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


4500 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


5225 Solano Avenue Napa, CA 94558


3266 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


4024 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


4038 Big Ranch Road Napa, CA 94558


880 Vallejo Street Napa, CA 94559

707.252.2250 x1

3660 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


7801 St. Helena Hwy Oakville, CA 94562


Robert Pecota Winery Robert Sinskey Vineyards Robinson Family Vineyards Rocca Family Vineyards Rombauer Vineyards

3251 St. Helena Hwy St. Helena, CA 94574


6320 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


5880 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


Silver Oak Cellars

915 Oakville Crossroad Oakville, CA 94562


1130 Main Street Napa, CA 94559


400 Silverado Trail Calistoga, CA 94515


3522 Silverado Trail St. Helena, CA 94574


6121 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


Round Pond Rubicon Estate Winery

87 Rutherford Crossroad Rutherford, CA 94574


Silver Rose Winery Silverado Vineyards Smith - Madrone

4022 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


1991 St. Helena Hwy Rutherford, CA 94573


Sparrow Lane

1445 Summit Lake Road Angwin, CA 94508


Rudd Vineyards & Winery 500 Oakville Crossroad Oakville, CA 94562 Rustridge Winery 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd St. Helena, CA 94574


Spencer Roloson Winery

176 Main Street, Suite D St. Helena, CA 94574



Spottswoode Estate Vineyards & Winery

1902 Madrona Avenue St. Helena, CA 94574


Rutherford Wine Co.

1680 Silverado Trail St. Helena, CA 9457


Spring Mountain Vineyard 2805 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574


S.E. Chase Family Cellars

2252 Sulphur Springs St. Helena, CA 94574


St. Barthelemey Cellars



1001 Steele Canyon Road Napa, CA 94558







St. Clement Vineyards St. Helena Winery St. Supery Vineyards

2867 St. Helena Hwy. North St. Helena, CA 94574


Truchard Vineyards

3234 Old Sonoma Road Napa, CA 94581


100 Pratt Avenue St. Helena, CA 94574


Tudal Winery

1015 Big Tree Road St. Helena, CA 94574


8440 St. Helena Hwy. Rutherford, CA 94573


Tulocay Winery

1426 Coombsville Road Napa, CA 94558


Staglin Family Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Stags’ Leap Winery

1570 Bella Oaks Lane Rutherford, CA 94573


8210 St. Helena Hwy Oakville, CA 94562

800.887.6285 x18

5766 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


1183 Dunaweal Lane Calistoga, CA 94515


6150 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


Turnbull Wine Cellars Twomey Cellars V. Sattui Winery Van Asperen Vineyards

1111 White Lane St. Helena, CA 94574


1680 Silverado Trail St. Helena, CA 94574


Sterling Vineyards Stonefly Vineyards Stonehedge Winery Stony Hill Vineyard Storybook Mountain Vineyards Stratford Winery Sullivan Vineyards Summers Winery & Vineyards Summit Lake Vineyards Sutter Home Family Vineyards Swanson Vineyards Tasting on Main

Steltzner Vineyards Tastings & Cave Tours By Appointment: 707.252.7272 Open 10 to 4:30 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa 1111 Dunaweal Lane Calistoga, CA 94515


3780 Hagen Road Napa, CA 94558


1004 Clinton Street Napa, CA 94559


3331 St. Helena Hwy N. St. Helena, CA 94574


3835 Highway 128 Calistoga, CA 94515


3222 Ehlers Lane St. Helena, CA 94574


1090 Galleron Road Rutherford, CA 94573


1171 Tubbs Lane Calistoga, CA 94515


2000 Summit Lake Drive Angwin, CA 94508


277 St. Helena Hwy S. St. Helena, CA 94574

707.963.3104 x4208

1271 Manley Lane Rutherford, CA 94573


1142 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574


Tedeschi Family Winery

2779 Grand Street Calistoga, CA 94515


Terra Valentine The Terraces Toad Hall Cellars TOR Wines Trefethen Vineyards Trinchero Winery

3787 Spring Mountain Road St. Helena, CA 94574 1450 Silverado Trail South St. Helena, CA 94574


1978 W. Zinfandel Lane St. Helena, CA 94574


Trinity Oaks


1241 Adams Street, Ste. 1045 707.963.3100 St. Helena, CA 94574 1160 Oak Knoll Avenue Napa, CA 94558


3070 North St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena, CA 94574


277 St. Helena Hwy S. St Helena, CA 94574


Van Der Heyden Vineyards 4057 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


Venge Vineyards Viader

424 Crystal Springs Road St. Helena, CA 94574


1120 Deer Park Road Deer Park, CA 94576


Vincent Arroyo Winery Vine Cliff Winery Vintner’s Collective Vinum Cellars Volker Eisele Family von Strasser Winery

2361 Greenwood Avenue Calistoga, CA 94515


7400 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558


1245 Main Street Napa, CA 94558


135 Camino Dorado, Suite 6 Napa, CA 94558


3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd St. Helena, CA 94574


1510 Diamond Mountain Rd Calistoga, CA 94515


Waterstone White Cottage Ranch

708 First Street Napa, CA 94559


1217 Edwards Street St. Helena, CA 94574


White Rock Vineyards Whitehall Lane Winery Whitford Cellars William Cole Vineyards William Harrison William Hill Estate Winery Wing Canyon Vineyards X Winery Young Ridge Estate

1115 Lome Vista Drive Napa, CA 94558


1563 St. Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574

800.963.9454 x19

4047 East 3rd Avenue Napa, CA 94559


2849 St. Helena Hwy. North St. Helena, CA 94574


1443 Silverado Trail St. Helena, CA 94574


1761 Atlas Peak Road Napa, CA 94558


3100 Mount Veeder Road Napa, CA 94558


1405 Second Street Napa, CA 94559

707.204.9522 x9

945 Lincoln Avenue Napa, CA 94558


Zahtila Vineyards ZD Wines

2250 Lake County Hwy Calistoga, CA 94515


8383 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558



Cyndi Lauper August 18

They Might Be Giants August 21

Rufus Wainwright August 22

Lucinda Williams with Chrissie Hynde & JP Jones August 25


August 29

Hot Tuna October 1

Lewis Black


Blues Traveler

Randy Travis

September 5

October 2

September 22

October 24

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Margaret Cho September 26

BB King

October 31



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Where the Napa Valley shops for wine

Open Monday-Saturday 8am to 9pm Open Sunday 9am to 8 pm Tasting Bar Open Thurs -Sat, 1-6 pm By appt. Sun - Weds Corner of First Street & Silverado Trail 301 First Street, Napa 707.253.2624 Phone 877-4MY-WINE Toll Free 707.226.5293 Fax WE SHIP TO MOST STATES! a i t q

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Inside Napa Valley - Fall 2010  

Inside Napa Valley - Fall 2010

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