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F E AT U R E S | F A L L 2 0 1 7


Harvest Beauty


Ultimate Celebration


The Unexpected

Freelance photographers Lowell Downey and Janna Waldinger captured a night harvest at Luna Vineyards

The Ultimate Crocker Starr Harvest Party Winemaker/Vintner, Pam Starr celebrate big

The Unexpected Side of Jean-Charles Boisset. The imaginative vintner shares what he wants to inspire

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The Napa Valley scene of past parties, concerts, celebrations and events

20 What’s Hot

A snap shot of what’s new in the Napa Valley and beyond

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22 Hospitality Rancho Caymus Inn

24 Food

Three fall recipes

30 Wine

Featuring John Shafer and VGS Chateau Potella

36 Things to do American Folk Art Festival Holiday plans Napa Valley Film Festival preview

52 Money

Do you need long term care insurance?


64 Travel

Big Cedar Lodge

70 People & Art Artist Helen Burgruen

78 Calendar

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Fall Harvest Welcome to our Harvest issue. This is an exciting time in the Napa Valley because it’s when grape harvest is in full swing. Vineyard workers, winemakers and cellar workers are working overtime to bring in the perfect grapes to make the quality wine that the Valley is known for. Then there are the harvest parties and celebrations and not mention the beautiful fall colors in the vineyards. I’m equally excited to have the famed and colorful Jean-Charles Boisset adorn our cover and give us a sneak-peak at his new endeavor to enhance his JCB Collection brand. Interviewing Jean-Charles is always a treat. This year’s Harvest issue also honors the farm workers with our harvest pictorial by Lowell Downey and Janna Waldinger. See page 18. Start planning your holiday in the Napa Valley now. Visit Napa Valley gives us a roundup of holiday festivities. There are a lot of new things happening this season. See page 36 for more detail. But before the holidays are upon us, one of my favorite events of the year is the Annual Napa Valley Film Festival. This year’s celebrity line up is impressive. We offer a preview on page 40. Voting is underway for the Best of Napa Valley Life. Go to napavalleylife. com and click on the Best of banner at the top. Winners will be revealed in our Third Annual “Best of” Annual issue due out mid-February, 2018. Deadline for voting is December 1, 2017. Finally, if you want to nominate someone for our 16th Annual Intriguing People Worth Getting to Know coming out in our Winter issue, please send me a paragraph about the person and their contact info to Enjoy the fall beauty.

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to cars, so bring your bicycle. Remember to “Pack it in, Pack it out and Leave only your footprints”. This is a FREE event, so please be generous and TIP THE MUSICIANS! As the date gets closer, go to napaporchfest. org for this year’s lineup of over 70 bands. August 3-6

Saturday, September 9, 10am-3pm THE 10TH ANNUAL AMERICAN FOLK ART FESTIVAL

Madonna Estate Winery, 5400 Old Sonoma Road, Napa, (at the corner of Carneros Highway SR-121 and Old Sonoma Rd.) Admission is $10, payable at the door, and entitles adult (21 and over) attendees to taste the release of Madonna Estate Festival HalloVine Wine with its collectible artist designed label, and a selection of other Madonna Estate wines, to pair with chocolate from Anette’s Chocolates (of Napa). You will also receive a complimentary logo tasting glass, and a colorful logo tote. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Lucky Penny Community Center a nonprofit theater company and community activity center located in Napa. This year’s Festival will feature many offerings of one-of-a-kind folk art creations in a variety of mediums, and primitive folk art antiques. All artists /dealers are present by invitation only. They represent the best of the best in spirit and in what they create and collect. Food will be available for purchase from Napa’s ABC Bakery, and guests are invited to picnic in the two winery picnic areas, or in the winery barrel room., 707.246.2460 or 707.255.8864.

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Get a sneak preview of the cars on Friday before the big show. Join in the auto spectacular at the City Parking Lot X (formerly Cinedome parking lot) in Downtown Napa. Friday, 5-8:30 pm at the corner of Pearl Street and Yayome Saturday, car show form 10am – 3pm Bring your family and friends down to this free event on Main Street and take a trip back in time. Saturday, August 26, 12 – 9pm

Sunday, September 10 This one is a feast of American Blues CALISTOGA HARVEST TABLE Music, micro-brewed beers and homemade The Fourth Annual Calistoga Harvest BBQ slathered in mouth-watering sauces. Table® event held on Sunday, Sept. 10, Featuring live blues music from some of under the harvest moon. In celebration the BayWe Area’sneed best bluesyour musicians, over 30 to of bring a plentifulcrisp, harvest season, 13 local support restaurants and 44 wineries welcome hard to find micro-brewed beers in a large HD-produced content and locals to 1,000 feet of tables beer garden andclear must not miss BBQ to keep visitors in the center of the city’s picturesque you licking your fingersto plus the famous ribValley. the Napa downtown. Calistoga AVA wines eating contest at the Oxbow Commons. available for purchase by glass or bottle, BLUES, BREWS & BBQ

Your donation will help us make beginning at 4:30pm. Dinner is served at 6pm, Tickets to this one of kind event Saturday, September 9, 4-10pm essential repairs and upgrades to our THE 25TH ANNUAL HANDS ACROSS usually SELL OUT within a day of THE VALLEY becoming available for purchase on July studio and equipment.

Held at Historic Charles Krug Winery 17th. Visitors who are unable to acquire in St. Helena, Napa Valley. In addition to tickets are welcome to come to Calistoga’s the walk around tasting featuring noted main street to shop, enjoy a glass of wine Valley chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers, at the sidewalk wine bars when they open Hands Across the Valley also offers a VIP at 4:30. Be sure to make reservations if Visit you plan to have dinner at a number of Dinner provided by Chef Bob Hurley of Hurley’s Restaurant, silent and live auctions, restaurants open during the event. plus dancing under the stars at the Valley’s best dance party…all to benefit the Napa Valley’s safety-net food programs! www.

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The Napa Valley Vintners thanks our Wine List Awards recipients for offering an outstanding selection of Napa Valley wines. It’s a benefit to all of us when we support local businesses. It helps build the unique character of our community, creates jobs, drives our economy and contributes to environmental sustainability.

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Al Fresco Music at The Estate The Estate Yountville continues its Music on the Lawn series through October with a Saturday, October 21 ‘conversation and song’ artist showcase at Jessup Cellars, 7:30pm – 10pm, followed by an openair acoustic performance by Foxtails Brigade on Sunday, October 22 at the historic Groezinger Estate, 11am – 2:30pm. Enjoy Jessup Cellars wines and artisanal sliders prepared by The Estate’s chef Kevin Miller, or bring your own picnic and amplify its bounty with delicious picnic-style bites from JCB’s Atelier Fine Foods and The Caviar Company. Jessup Cellars, 6740 Washington St., Yountville & The Estate Yountville, 6525 Washington St., Yountville



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The opening tee shot at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links is a highly anticipated moment for any golfer and now, the addition of Fairway One at the Lodge provides a built-in viewing gallery. Situated alongside first fairway at the country’s No. 1 public course and steps away from panoramic Pacific Ocean views lies a stunning new guest room and meeting complex for guests to watch golfers play the first hole. Fairway One consists of three two-story buildings with 38 guest rooms, including two stand-alone fourbedroom cottages (one named for Clint Eastwood and the other for Arnold Palmer), with a large living room featuring high wood-beam ceilings, stone fireplaces, dining area, wet bar and outdoor terrace with fire pit. Adjoining the accommodations is a 2,500-square foot meeting room with floor-to-ceiling window viewing of the first green. When not focused on business, of course! “We are proud to be sharing Fairway One with you,” said Bill Perocchi, CEO of Pebble Beach Company. “Our ultimate goal is to continue to improve Pebble Beach so that it remains a special place for this community and for all of our guests for generations to come.” As Pebble Beach Resorts heads toward its 100th anniversary in 2019, and in advance of hosting the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open Championships, this new addition represents one of several renovations to come, including room upgrades at both The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Inn at Spanish Bay, and interior and technological upgrades of Casa Palmero.

Twelve Days of Christmas at Meadowood

Make your reservations now for the ninth season of The Restaurant at Meadowood’s The Twelve Days of Christmas charitable celebration when influential chefs from around the world travel to Meadowood to cook in collaboration with Chef Christopher Kostow. This year’s event, December 8 – 23, benefits Saint Helena Preschool for All, Inc. Participating chefs, for whom The Restaurant will donate $2,000 in honor of each, include luminaries such as Yoshi Takazawa of Japan, and Jock Zonfrillo of Australia. For the full list of participating chefs, and for more information, visit

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t has been two years since Napa’s artisanal Rancho Caymus Inn closed its doors for a complete remodel, and during this time adoring fans of the historic boutique hotel have waited patiently for the reveal. Would original founder Mary Tilden Morton’s  vision be compromised? What would become of her collected Ecuadorian artifacts? What about the beautiful commissioned stained glass windows – would they remain? The Inn’s recent reopening reveals a deep respect for Morton’s original aesthetic, though new owner George Altamura Jr. has greatly increased 22


the Inn’s luxe quotient. Longtime guests will experience the same warm hospitality they knew and loved, but the vibe is now elevated. New guests will wonder why they ever stayed anywhere else in the Valley.    Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Rutherford, off of Highway 29, Rancho Caymus Inn is, and always has been, a hidden gem. Designed and opened more than 30 years ago by the late vintner, designer, pilot, and renaissance woman Morton, (of Berkeley’s Tilden Park and Morton Salt families) the original Inn was her paean to Spanish romanticism.

She painstakingly gathered and collected the authentic materials, furnishings, and artwork that filled the gracious hacienda’s 26 rooms. The inn became a living showplace for the artists and craftspeople who created it, and Altamura  has ensured that in its current incarnation it remains so.    The inn’s original hand hewn solid oak doors, California black walnut countertops and beams, and fir and white oak reclaimed from a 19th century Ohio barn all remain intact. The nine original stained glass windows by acclaimed artist Gaye Frisk remain, and are displayed in the hotel’s premium suites. Original hand woven and dyed pillow covers and bedding—crafted by the Salazaca and Otavalon Indians of Ecuador and hand-selected by Morton from an Ecuadorian marketplace—have been memorialized as beautiful wall hangings in each and every guest suite. And a spectacular 1987 ceramic tile mural (aptly entitled ‘Grape Harvest’) by world-renowned mosaic artist Guillermo Wagner Granizo overlooks the new central courtyard pool and terrace area.   And while  much of the original remains, much has changed.  The Inn now exudes casual elegance and

   Enjoy complimentary evening wine tasting Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and a bountiful complimentary daily breakfast buffet featuring, among a number of delicious items, baked goods from Napa’s beloved Model Bakery and Equator coffee. The kitchen also serves snack and meal items that can be enjoyed poolside, in-room, or in the small dining area. But two defining aspects of a Rancho Caymus Inn stay are proximity and walkability. Several wine tasting rooms and a popular Napa restaurant are within strolling distance, allowing guests to further relax, unwind, and fully enjoy the rewards of a Napa Valley vacation. Why stay anywhere else indeed? STAY WITH US:

a refined aesthetic that is charming, romantic, and luxuriously intimate. Rooms and suites are spacious and sumptuous with heritage wood ceilings, fireplaces, living areas, private patios, and Restoration Hardware and Frontgate custom furnishings in the hacienda style. Sparkling white subway-tiled bathrooms feature all natural Tarocco custom toiletries in a delicious Sicilian Blood Orange scent (packaged in a Rancho Caymus Inn logoed toiletry bag – yours to keep.) Beds and linens are lofty and plush. Robes and slippers are at the ready.

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• 2 pinches red pepper flake • 2 teaspoons koser salt • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 1/2 cup Italian leaf parsley (Rough chop extra parsley for garnish) INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat olive oil in a 5 - quart stock pot, heat over medium high heat. Add barley, toasting for a few minutes. Add onions, bacon, chicken, sauté 2-3 minutes. Add carrot, sweet potato, turnip, sauté another 2-3 minutes, letting flavors develop. Add red pepper, zucchini, garlic, sauté 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock, bay leaves, rosemary, parmesan reggiano rind, tomato paste, whole tomatoes. Let cook for 30 minutes. Add cannellini beans, swiss chard, red pepper flake, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper. Continue cooking until barley and vegetables are tender Remove Parmigiano Reggiano rind. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley and parmigiano crostini.

Harvest Chicken



• 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin garlic olive oil • 1 cup pearled barley • 1 1/2 cups onion, diced into 1-inch pieces • 2 Tablespoons applewood smoked bacon • 16-ounces chicken, diced into (1-inch cubes) • 1 cup carrot, diced into 1-inch pieces • 1 large sweet potato (About 2 cups) diced into 1-inch pieces • 1 cup turnip, diced into 1-inch pieces (About a medium turnip) 24


• 1 red bell pepper, diced into 1-inch pieces • 1 zucchini, medium diced • 1 Tablespoon roasted garlic (Make ahead, see below instructions) • 48 - ounces chicken stock • 1 Parmigiano Reggiano rind • 3 bay leaves • 1 large sprig rosemary • 1 can whole San Marzano Tomatoes • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste • 2 (15 - ounce) can cannellini beans • 1 bunch swiss chard, remove center rib and stems, rough chopped


Slice 1/2 - inch bias sliced french baguette. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Top with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and bake in oven until cheese has melted and bread has a nice crunch. You can also serve with Artisan rosemary parmesan rolls. ROASTING GARLIC

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove top of garlic head with knife. Place garlic head, cut side up in ramekin, with 1/4 cup olive oil. Cover with tin foil. Bake until slightly brown and soft. (About 20-25 minutes) Let garlic cool. You will be able to easily remove garlic from skin by squeezing individual cloves of garlic with your fingers or a knife. Reserve garlic oil for soup. Any remaining oil can be used to roast fall vegetables or replace regular extra virgin olive oil in recipes. You can roast garlic a day or two ahead *Recipe by Terri Drake Food writer and trained Culinary Chef




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Roasted Butternut


• 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup carrot, small diced • 1/2 cup celery, small diced • 1 cup shallot, peeled and minced • 1 Tablespoon applewood smoked bacon, finely diced • 1/4 cup cognac • 1 cup grilled corn, cut off cob • 1 grilled red pepper, charred and skin removed, medium diced • 1 Tablespoon roasted garlic • 1 Teaspoon adobo sauce (Sauce from chipotle peppers) • 4 sprigs thyme • 48 - ounces chicken stock • 3 cups butternut squash • 1/4 cup Mexican Crema





Heat olive oil in a 5 - quart stock pot, heat over medium high heat. Add carrot, celery, shallot, bacon, (Cut bacon frozen, it is much easier to dice) sauté 3-4 minutes. Add cognac, reduce. Add grilled corn, grilled red pepper, roasted garlic, adobo sauce, chicken stock, and thyme, bring to boil. Let simmer at 20 - minutes. Add Butternut squash, simmer about another 10 minutes. Let cook until all vegetables are soft. Remove thyme stems. Puree in food processor in small batches at a time. Add puree back into stock pot. Add Mexican Crema. Garnish with fresh thyme and diced grilled red pepper and crema.

Bake squash ahead of time, this can be done a day ahead. Cut ends off butternut squash, stand squash up-right, then cut in half. Lay squash in baking pan, cut sides down. Fill baking pan with about 1/4 inch water. Bake squash at 350 degrees until soft. Let cool. Scoop out and discard seeds. Scoop out squash with a large spoon or ice cream scoop. Reserve in bowl. Note: you can also prepare the grilled corn, cut off cob and roast red pepper ahead. *Recipe by Terri Drake Food writer and trained Culinary Chef

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thinly sliced veal with tuna dressing, is amazing. And the tuna sauce is not only easy to make but versatile as well. More often than not, I prepare it to serve with cold roasted pork loin instead of veal. It makes a deliciously different “wedge” salad, and makes an amazing dipping sauce for raw vegetables, and let’s be honest, even potato chips.    It will keep up to a week refrigerated so you can easily find a couple of uses per batch. TONNATO SAUCE

• 1 five ounce can tuna in olive oil • 1 ½ cups good quality olive oil • 2 egg yolks • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (and grated zest of 1 lemon) • 1 tablespoon caper juice • 2 tablespoons capers • Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste



While Tuna is one of the cheapest and abundant commodity foods from the ocean, in the form of Toro it can be the single most expensive and delicious bite of food from the sea you will ever taste. Nearly all of the tuna we consume is canned, 28


mostly as salad, casserole and sandwiches, dishes that are never noteworthy. So you might be surprised to learn that one of the most delicious and versatile sauces ever, is made with canned tuna. Classic Vitello Tonnato, chilled

Put the tuna, egg yolks, lemon juice, capers and caper juice in the food processor. Process about 15 to 20 seconds until finely chopped and smooth. Add the olive oil in a thread until all incorporated. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. The sauce should be pourable. If too thick, confirm that it has enough brightness from the lemon juice and add either more lemon juice or a little water to thin it out.

“Whether courtesy of grandparents, friends or a membership of your own, you’ve likely had the pleasure of throwing back cocktails within the mahogany walls of a private club. The trappings and experience all designed to optimize one’s desire to network, socialize and entertain clients. Typically this involves ordering a plethora of libations and fine fare from an artfully architected menu, then enjoying the cavalcade while firmly planted in a leather professor chair. Well, Garret Murphy has taken all of this and turned it on its head with his new private culinary club called Kitchen Collective.” - Mike Casey, owner of “The 29 Napa” and Kitchen Collective Member.

Kitchen Collective, America's First Private Club For Cooking Enthusiasts Celebrates It's First Anniversary! With a community built on passion for food, it only seems right for us to celebrate by giving back to those in need.

FOR THE NEXT 50 SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS ONLY, KITCHEN COLLECTIVE IS WAIVING 100% OF SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP INITIATION FEES. In return, help us make a difference by donating to our dear friends at Community Action of Napa Valley by visiting For Membership consideration please email: or call (707) 690-9381.

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hafer Vineyards was launched in 1973 when founder John Shafer took a risk and moved from urban Chicago to the Napa Valley to establish his eponymous winery. At nearly 50 years of age, Shafer walked away from corporate America and moved his family to a new home along the Silverado Trail. He’d never grown grapes or made wine in his life. In fact, his only agricultural experience had been tending the flowerbeds in the front yard of the family home in Chicago.



Shafer Vineyards new proprietary red blend honors founder John Shafer’s sense of adventure.

   With the purchase of the Napa property, Shafer inherited a number of sheds and outbuildings that held a trove of aging farm equipment, including an International Harvester tractor – an old TD-9 from the 1950s. One of his first challenges was teaching himself to drive and maintain the tractor. It was all new to him and he would make some rookie mistakes. But that spring, there he was in his Napa Valley vineyard thinking back to how just months prior he’d been riding a commuter

train to work in a suit, tie, and hat, with a newspaper under one arm.    And now, here he was, teaching himself to drive a tractor, wrestling with mud, rocks, and vines. He could not have been happier. In the space of just a few months he’d gone from a rider to a driver, from an office to the outdoors, from an employee to being his own boss, and it felt like he had a shot at something special. And he was right. For decades now, Shafer wines have achieved raves and top reviews from wine aficionados the world over. Recently, in celebration of Shafer’s entrepreneurial and venturous spirit, the winery released a new winner – a proprietary red blend entitled TD-9, in honor of Shafer’s original tractor.   “We own a collection of small vineyards in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District here in Napa Valley where we grow a number of varieties including Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec,” says Shafer’s son Doug, president of the winery. “Making TD-9 gives us the chance to take the best fruit of each year from these vineyards and create the most compelling wine of the vintage.”    Using estate fruit as a basis, the winery also purchases fruit from Napa Valley growers it knows and trusts – those who maintain their vineyards at the highest standard. “Any time you try something new, you take a gamble,” says Doug. “But the story of TD-9 is all about risk-taking and a sense of adventure – it was there at our founding and it’s part of our DNA today.”


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Crayon Wine Bottle Sculpture which welcomes you as you enter the vibrant reception area. After learning a bit about the winery’s, 30-year history in the Napa Valley, we were escorted to our beautifully set tasting table surrounded by colorful cascading hot air balloons. At Chateau Potelle the scattering of vibrant colors is everywhere which is exemplified by owner/winemaker Jean-Noel Fourmeaux’s humorous and colorful demeanor.   Jean-Noel invites his guests to “come to a place that reflects the style of our wines…elegant, restrained and extremely well done in all details. A place in which our attitude resonates throughout…fun, easy and sometimes irreverent but never pretentious.”   Our delicious sojourn continued with more stories about the winery’s history and evolution along with our colorful tasty bites prepared specifically with each of the selected VGS wines. We were presented Jean-Noel Fourmeaux


isiting Napa Valley wineries has been traditionally all about sampling the wineries various varietals along with an occasional bread stick or cracker during brief stops at busy tasting rooms along the wine country corridor. The tasting experience has evolved to a new echelon. The Chateau Potelle Food and Wine Experience takes you on a relaxed personalized sensory and flavor excursion with a selection of food and wine pairings at the Tasting House and Gardens at their Saint Helena location just off Hwy 29.    “The VGS Food and Wine Experience” is offered by appointment daily at the winery where guests taste a selection of 6 wines paired with food bites created 32


from Chef Ken Frank’s Michelin Starred La Toque Restaurant. This 90-minute sensory journey takes you through a selection of VGS Chateau Potelle wines and is moderated in detail by one of their tasting room specialists, like Anthony who took us through our flight of flavors and the inception of the VGS name with Chateau Potelle. The story is lively and entertaining!    We were welcomed in their salon after a tour of their lovely gardens, with a glass of the Chateau Potelle Riviera Rose from the Kick Ranch Vineyard and a Smoked Salmon Rillette on a Cucumber with Crème Fraiche and Chives. The entry of the tasting room is surrounded with unique art pieces such as the large

NOTE: Many of these steps can be prepped a day ahead, letting you spend time with friends and family.

with the VGS Chardonnay 2015, a classic VGS style Chardonnay from Mt. Veeder along with a local summer corn veloute’ with Maine Lobster salad. We then migrated to their 25th Anniversary VGS Zinfandel paired with a smoked Liberty Farms duck breast with grilled stone fruit salsa on Crostini. Anthony was very detailed on each 3 tablespoons extra virgin descriptives olive oil of the wines explaining flavor and 2 tablespoons balsamicvineyard vinegar designates characteristics of the specific 1 teaspoon mustard for the selected VGSdijon varietals. 1 teaspoon soy sauce, lowPetite sodium    The Madrigal Vineyard VGS Sirah 2015 1 teaspoon Turkish Honey was showcased along with a lovely pork and herb 1 tablespoon roasted grilled on garlic rilletes with dried fig compote sourdough. of experience red pepper flake The finalePinch of the was the 2014 Mount PinchCabernet freshly ground pepper Veeder VGS Sauvignon which was tastefully paired with a grilled Niman Ranch beef loin with Directions: Fiscalini cheddar sauce & red onion ombine all dressing in mini jam on brioche. The food ingredients bite offerings dofood vary processor. Emulsify dressing, you will see of seasonally and are created with the freshest the color turn a creamy light brown, when Napa Valley ingredients to meld perfectly with it’sVGS combined. If you do not wines. have a mini each of the Chateau Potelle processor, can wiskand ingredients in a   For anfood even more you intimate specialized medium bowl. Add balsamic, soy sauce and experience with VGS Chateau Potelle, they to bowl, while vigorously, add invite youDijon to join them in wisking their “Lunch Above olive oil. Once the mixture has emulsified, add the Clouds” experience at their Mount Veeder honey, roasted garlic, red pepper flake, salt & vineyard. You will experience an informational pepper. Set aside. hike through the vineyards after which you arrive

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at the “Cloud Nine” gazebo over-looking the Napa Terri E. Drake Valley forby a 5-course wine-paired lunch prepared by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque. This is available April to October and it is imperative to book in advance as seating is limited, and this popular Napa Valley experience books up very quickly.   For Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, Chateau Potelle In a large bowl add red peppers and jalapeño is his French tradition, VGS is his American whole. Drizzle with olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon education…. kosher salt. Set aside for grilling. VGS: Good things speak for themselves. Slice red onion into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices MORE INFORMATION: in small bowl, drizzle with olive oil, 1/2tsp VGS CHATEAU POTELLE salt and a drizzle of turkish honey. ( Turkish 1200 Dowdell Lane in St. Helena Honey is preferred, giving a hint of rose, citrus and wildflower) Don’t worry if you don’t have turkish honey, any honey you have on hand is fine. Set aside for grilling.

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Add all grilling vegetables to grill, letting them get a bit of char on all sides. Place grilled red peppers and jalapeños into a plastic bag to steam. This will enable you to peel off the outside char, leaving you with an infused smoky flavor. Dice all grilled vegetables, placing in large bowl. Add diced avocado, halved tomatoes, grilled corn cut off the cob and rest of ingredients. Combine with Balsamic Dressing. Add grilled French baguette cubes and serve. NOTE: Many of these steps can be prepped a day ahead, letting you spend time with friends and family.



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hen summer is on the way out with the colors of fall burgeoning upon the valley and the aromas of harvest are perfuming the air, what better time for a celebration of wine, harvest, and merriment. One of the queens of the crop orchestrated by winemaker and coowner Pam Starr is Crocker Starr’s Annual Carnivus Maximus soiree held every year on the Sunday before Labor Day at the winery’s St. Helena location.    Over 400 Crocker Starr Casali Members, friends and family descended on a very warm Sunday afternoon this past September to make merry under the Big Top with an abundance of food, flowing wine, music, dancing and frolicking.



Games, photo booths, prizes galore, a grand raffle and more are all part of the experience. This renowned afternoon extravaganza has been coined as “the greatest wine celebration of the year”.   Adding to the flow of the afternoon, owners Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr continuously popped the corks on Crocker Starr library wines, large format bottles from the cellar and pre-release vintages. And, of course there was also no shortage on fantastic food at the spread of flavors

presented on the colorful and festive buffet tables under the party tent.   2010 was the inaugural first Carnivus event where Charlie, Pam, friends and family celebrated in a small intimate setting with a 10-year vertical tasting in the historic 1918 Farmhouse. The Carnivus Celebration was conceived and its roots began with the roasting of the traditional “blessed” pig while sharing great Crocker Starr wine and stories under the Stonehouse Arbor.

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were also added to the festivities of Carnivus Maximus. Guests also collected stamps on their passport to enter into a drawing to win one of the 3 Big prizes – Grand, Grander and Grandest. Every year the Crocker Starr Labor Day weekend celebration gets bigger and better and is always a quick sell out event! There are always new surprises in store each year for their returning guests, family and friends!    The events success is attributed to the amazing orchestration by the Crocker Starr team and their Napa Valley event planner, Sasha Souza Events who has been designing the event for the past 3 years. Plans are already in the making for next year’s festivities. Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr

   The tradition continued in 2011 and in 2012, the first party like a #rockStarr had begun. They upped their game and expanded their annual party by bringing in a selection of local purveyors to prepare the ultimate spread with Zuzu’s famous Paella, Hog Island Oysters and of course the pig roasted to perfection by Smoke, who have all been a part of the party since. Also featured this at this year’s celebration were Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Napa Valley Crust wood fired pizzas and keeping the guests cool – Paradise Shaved Ice.   Live music and dancing and fun and games like guess the cork, giant Jenga and ring toss to win your very own grapevine

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fter persistent requests from collectors, folk artists and dealers to have a new tradition of winter holiday spirit begin, the first annual American Folk Art Holiday Festival will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at   Lucky Penny Community Arts Center  1758 Industrial Way Suite 208 Napa, California. Guests will be able to see where their door admission money is put to good use at this community venue.   The event will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $10, payable at the door, and entitles adult (21 and over) attendees to taste the release of Madonna Estate Festival HoliDaze Wine with its collectible artist designed label by artist Deni Kendig.    This wine may be  tasted with  a chocolate sampling.    You will also receive a


complimentary logo  tasting glass, and a colorful logo tote. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lucky Penny Community Arts Center a nonprofit theater company and community activity center where the Festival is located.   The Festival will feature many offerings of  one-of-a-kind folk art creations in a variety of mediums,  and primitive folk art antiques. You will not see the same old stuff here…There will be a new era of winter and holiday themed creations and finds.   You will see the unusual and unique in winter season and holiday home décor and gifts.    All artists / dealers are present by invitation only. They represent the best of the best in spirit and in what they create and collect. Treats will be available for purchase and guests

are invited to partake in full bar service at the Center. There are many Napa restaurants nearby to enjoy a bite before or after the show. We welcome you to meander and take the opportunity to visit with the artists and dealers. Perhaps, you might even think about attending a theatrical production at the Center, there is a full season of productions with Annie being a wonderful holiday show playing next, or plan an event to be held there. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center has been host to many varied community events. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Visit the American Folk Art Holiday Festival Facebook page. A website is also in the process of being event coordinator, Sue Bartolucci at these day numbers 707-246-2460 or 707 255-8864 or email

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NAPA VALLEY HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES Wine Train’s popular Santa Train returns, offering  an interactive musical adventure in an elegant, nostalgic setting. Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults, the Santa Train


he holidays are a magical time of year in the Napa Valley and fall at the height of Cabernet Season (November through April), the perfect season to enjoy Napa Valley’s famous red wines with seasonal hearty fare. From American Canyon in the  south  to  Calistoga  up at the north (pole!), the Valley’s towns offer many festive events planned that bring on the holiday cheer! Here is a highlight of what the Napa Valley has to offer this holiday season.   American  Canyon offers a healthy  event to kick off the holidays with the  7th Annual Reindeer Run  on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This family-friendly 3 mile and 6.5 mile run begins and ends at the Wetlands Edge View Area Trail Head and benefits KHOPE International, a local non-profit supporting children living in poverty here and abroad.    The city of Napa offers a variety of ways to  enjoy  the  holidays.  The Napa Valley 38


runs from November 18 to December 29 (closed on December 24 and 25). Guests of the Santa Train experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holidayinspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. From November 18 through December 30, the CIA at Copia is offering a wide range of fun, holiday classes guaranteed to warm the soul and bring on holiday

cheer. Classes include: Pies & Tarts for the Holiday; Unrivaled Hors d’oeuvres; Family Funday Special Edition: CIA Holiday Favorites; Gifts from the Kitchen; and Bubbles for Every Occasion.   The annual  Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Veterans Park on Main Street in downtown Napa takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. Join the mayor of Napa in this traditional community event; enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, cookies and entertainment as local youth groups perform.  The  55th Annual Christmas Parade follows on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. The parade begins and ends at Second and School streets. Since becoming an evening parade, locals have creatively decorated parade entries, including cars, horses and children under bright, festive lights…and, of course…Santa will make an appearance!   The popular Napa Valley Wine Trolley “Holiday Light Tours” return to downtown Napa for three weekends in December: Fridays through Sundays on Dec. 1, 2, and 3; Dec. 8, 9, and 10, Dec 15, 16, and 17. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular lights along the way.   New this year is The Napa Illuminations Festival - an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow district from Saturday December 9 through Sunday December 17. Ten

to fifteen original art works will light up the night sky for one week in this unique display.   From November 20 through December 31, 2017, the Town of Yountville becomes the “Brightest Town in Napa Valley” during  Holidays in Yountville, featuring six weeks of holiday-related events, activities and performances  in the heart of the Napa Valley. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Yountville, taking in the thousands of twinkling holiday lights while exploring Yountville’s many shops, tasting rooms, restaurants and hotels. Activities include  carriage rides through town, holiday movies, photos with Santa, wreath making classes, a Santa’s Workshop, gourmet food & wine

walking tours, holiday cocktail classes, holiday cooking classes, ugly sweater parties, SantaCon Yountville and much more.   St. Helena welcomes Cabernet Season and the holidays with the “Little Book of Big Experiences,” which includes 24 quintessential St. Helena experiences, including wine and food pairings, guided tours, meals and lodging specials. The “Little Book of Big Experiences,” which is valued at more than $1,000, may be purchased on-site at participating venues or at the St. Helena Welcome Center, located at 657 Main St. in St. Helena, as well as online, which provides details of each offer. The cost of each book is $100 and offers are valid November 2017 – March 2018.

  From Napa’s north (pole!), Calistoga gets into the holiday spirit with its Holiday Village & Christmas Faire on Friday, December 1, from 4-8pm. Stroll through downtown Calistoga and indulge in a holiday shopping spree, experience a community tree lighting, listen to traditional carols, get your photo taken with Santa Claus at Mount View Hotel and taste delicious Calistoga Cabernets paired with fresh gingerbread cookies. Spend the following day, Saturday, December 2, at the Calistoga Christmas Faire, held each year at the Napa County Fairgrounds. At the Faire, you’ll find artisan crafts, delicious food and holiday activities, before heading downtown for the world famous Lighted Tractor Parade from 7-8pm on Lincoln Avenue. This parade is the ultimate smalltown holiday celebration in celebration of Calistoga’s agricultural heritage. For one evening during one hour, feast your eyes on vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights as they parade down Calistoga’s charming main to kick off the holiday season. Santa will get in on the fun and make a personal appearance during the parade, rain or (moon)shine. This popular Napa Valley event, which gets bigger and better each year, is perfect for the whole family. Weather Forecast for Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade is 100% Chance of Snow! FOR MORE INFORMATION: FALL 2017


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he 7th annual Napa Valley Film Festival lights up Northern California’s premier wine country destination November 8 – 12. In just a few short years, NVFF (as it’s referred to for short) has established itself as the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, and as one of the most entertaining, inspiring and memorable exp er iences for cultural travelers. USA Today ranked NVFF amongst the Top 10 film festivals in the United States. And unlike most big events during which locals head for the hills, NVFF is embraced by locals as one of their favorite events of the year.    Over the course of five indulgent days and nights at venues throughout gorgeous Napa Valley, festival attendees can watch the best new independent films; meet the filmmakers and learn all about where the stories come from as well as the creative process of making the films at the Q&As after every film; sample wines from several small wineries all at the same time; attend culinary demonstrations that feature chefs and filmmakers creating delectable dishes; visit with artisanal craftspeople across an array of



creative disciplines; attend celebrity tributes to talented actors and directors; discover new music at evening parties and receptions; and enjoy the food, wine, beauty and healthy lifestyle of this world-class destination.


The festival will honor Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, The Intern), Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Michael Shannon (The Current War, The Shape of Water), and Spotlight Tribute honoree Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name; The Shape of Water). New this year, The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute will be presented to Nikki Reed (Twilight, Ian Somerhalder Foundation) and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder Foundation). The Celebrity Tributes program will take place on Thursday, November 9 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville and will include video highlight reels and intimate on-stage conversations with Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales.   In addition to the Celebrity Tributes program, Will Ferrell (Anchorman; Daddy’s Home 2) will be honored with the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Tribute on Friday, November 10, and the first annual Rising Star Showcase at Materra | Cunat Vineyards on Saturday, November 11 will honor a handful of young talent including Ana de Armas (War Dogs; Blade Runner 2049), Odeya Rush, (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes, Bridge of Spies), Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, Faking It) and Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).   Additional actors expected to attend the festival include Elijah Wood, David Arquette, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, Haley

Joel Osment, Dennis Quaid, Jim Rash, Jason Ritter, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, Sarah Ramos, Sasha Alexander, and many more.


NVFF will kick off with their Sneak Preview Night on Tuesday, November 7 with a special presentation of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ The Shape of Water. The film, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg, is an other-worldly tale of Elisa whose life is changed forever when she and a co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment at the hidden high-security government laboratory where they work.    The festival’s official opening night film is The Weinstein Company’s The Upside, directed by Neil Berger and starring Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Kevin Hart. This crowd-pleasing film is a comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him. Closing the festival will be the STX Entertainment film Molly’s Game, directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Idris Elba in the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

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The festival will also play host to an incredible selection of films, including many of this year’s award-contenders, such as: 78/52 – (IFC) An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), the “man behind the curtain,” and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.

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Call Me By Your Name – (Sony Pictures Classics) In 1983, the son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg. Michael Stuhlbarg is expected to attend. Chappaquiddick – (Entertainment Studios) Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. Directed by John Curran and starring Jason Clarke, Bruce Dern, Ed Helms and Kate Mara. Crown Heights – (Amazon Studios) When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Directed by Matt Ruskin and starring Nnamdi Asomugha and Lakeith Stanfield. Nnamdi Asomugha is expected to attend. The Current War – (The Weinstein Company) The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon and Katherine Waterston. Michael Shannon is expected to attend. 42


Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – (Sony Pictures Classics) A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. Directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Jamie Bell and Annette Bening. I, Tonya – (Neon) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Allison Janney, Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan. LA 92 – (NatGeo) A look at the events that led up to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles following the Rodney King beating by the police. Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The Leisure Seeker – (Sony Pictures Classics) A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. Directed by Paolo Virzì and starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Over 100 additional narrative and documentary features, shorts, and short features will surprise, delight and inspire conversation over the 5 day festival, and will be remembered long after the festival turns off the lights for another year. Filmmakers will be on hand for fascinating post-screening Q&As and discussions with the audience, which are always a highlight for audiences and artists alike.

SO MANY FILMS TO CHOOSE FROM! ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A SELECTION OF THESE DON’T MISS FILMS: Blood Road The Ataxian Mighty Ground Coyote Tater Tot & Patton Rebels on Pointe Blood Road Man in Red Bandana Served Like A Girl LA 92 Back to Burgundy 78/52 Magic Music All NVFF17 film descriptions are currently available on the festival website.

SPECIAL EVENT ROUND UP: Wednesday’s Opening Night screening is followed by a VIP After Party at Italics Winegrowers for members of the festival’s Patron Circle and VIP film industry guests. Thursday Night includes the Celebrity Tributes as well as a Patron reception at the Napa Valley Museum and the exclusive A-List Dinner Party at Eleven Eleven Winery that follows the program. Friday Night features the incredible Vintner Circle Dinner Series, nearly two dozen intimate dinners taking place simultaneously throughout the valley, each celebrating one or more of the competition films. Saturday Night includes the Awards Ceremony and Festival Gala, the biggest and dressiest party of the festival, with

eating, drinking and dancing to live music extending deep into the wee hours. Sunday Night features a set of Closing Night Films and the Wrap Party at Materra|Cunat Family Winery. FOOD, WINE, THEATERS For 2017, NVFF attendees will be enjoying a new partnership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at its new Napa campus at the former Copia building. CIA/Copia includes one of the official NVFF theater venues, plus the culinary demonstrations and winetastings throughout each day. Variety’s 10 to Taste special experience takes place here during the day on Thursday, with 10 rising star chefs creating dishes evoking famous food scenes in iconic movies. Celebrity Chef Judges have included Tyler Florence and Bobby Flay. Finally, on Saturday, the Festival Gala will rock the venue with 1800 guests dancing the night away.    Other theater venues for the 180+ screenings include: the historic Uptown Theatre and Napa Valley Opera House in downtown Napa; the gorgeous and expansive Lincoln Theater in Yountville; the Cameo Cinema, Farmstead Screening Room, and Native Sons Hall in St. Helena; and unique pop-up theaters at Charles Krug and Freemark Abbey wineries situated between St. Helena and Calistoga. HOW TO FESTIVAL Attending the festival and planning one’s itinerary is easy, with passes available ranging from super affordable to luxuriously indulgent. NVFF organizers have made it easier than ever to fit festival screenings and events into most anyone’s budget and schedule, offering a Midweek Pass covering Wednesday and Thursday (and Tuesday evening); a Weekend Pass covering Friday, Saturday and Sunday; individual Day Passes; and the new Flex Pass (good for five screenings anytime). These options complement the traditional full Festival Pass, the Pass Plus (adding in the big events and parties), and the VIP Patron Circle. Those without passes can always attend movies for $20 via Rush Lines at all venues. Best bests to always get in from the Rush Line (or with the limited time/budget passes) include the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa and the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. To see the full program line up and to purchase passes, visit See you at the movies!

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ean-Charles Boisset stands confidently with a fountain pen in one hand and a glass of bubbles in the other. He furiously draws his next creation explaining to his innovative team the newest experience coming to life at the JCB Collection in Yountville where his customers will “be taken on a ride of their own imagination.”   “Are you excited?” he says to his team. Laughter ensues and with more bubbles the celebration begins. The imaginative JeanCharles is a force to experience. His energy and vivaciousness for life is contagious. He speaks to the soul and the spirit of everyone he encounters!   Jean-Charles Boisset is a French  vintner  and the proprietor of the  Boisset Collection. Under Boisset’s leadership, the Boisset Collection operates 24 wineries in California, France, and Canada. Here you can experience his enthusiasm for life when you visit the Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena that he acquired in 2009 and his newest adventure called the JCB Village in Yountville.    There is a saying about looking through life through rose-colored lenses, but with Jean-Charles your mind-set changes when you put your red socks on - his signature apparel that accompanies his tailored suits. Today, even at work his casual side is perfectly finessed like the champagne you receive at the new Yountville JCB Salon Privé.    The JCB Salon Privé wine tasting experience is like no other for it is enhanced by the unexpected, encouraging the customer to see things like they have never seen before. There are 1000 handcrafted red roses in the rafters interspersed with white doves. Gazing into the glass tables your eyes see the room from all directions.



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At this particular wine tasting setting guests are seated on soft white chairs adorned by the feathers of ostriches, geese and roosters. Jean-Charles described the 48 petals on each rose as “layers and layers of beauty - art intertwined with the environment.”   “Reflections – What you see is not always what you see!” said Jean-Charles. “There is always a different way to look at something. The garden is suspended from the ceiling with the birds rather than growing from the ground. We are playing with the reality of the world we are living in and experiencing different elements of the world.”    In his newest environment he strayed away from his traditional gold and went with silver - only silver, mirrors and white. “The whole idea is to get the elements of nature,” said Jean-Charles as he points out the beautiful snake handles attached to a glass door leading to a room with a plexiglas table that seems to float in the air and is filled with gold leaf that responds to your touch. In the main room, his complete custommade jewelry is highlighted along with a table designed to represent his ultimate last supper.   “I invited thirteen of my closest friends from my past, present and future that I would like to have at my table if it was my last moment in life,” said JeanCharles. “Each chair surrounding the table has the imbedded translucent face of my hand-picked guests. Of course, I am one of them.” His “guests” include Lady Gaga, Ghandi, Gina Gallo (his wife), Frenchie (his French bull dog), Salvador Dali, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Alexander McQueen, Walt Disney and others.   “In this room, we want to inspire!” says Jean Charles, “while drinking wine. What we love to do is make sure that when people are with us they always dream, and that they are offered a journey mentally, spiritually, intellectually and creatively.”    At all of Jean-Charles winery properties, his handcrafted jewelry is on display. “First and foremost, Nature is the inspiration for my jewelry,” he said. “The leaf, the plants, the roots and earth as well as the cosmos – the moon, the stars, the sun. I’m inspired by all the natural elements around us and I’m very inspired as well by the senses;

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the movement of the hand, the heart, the eyes, the lips, the nose. All the senses come into play and this is how I love to create pieces by integrating all that’s in the world that I love -with a different view of looking at it in a non-obvious and realistic way.”    “I sketch all my pieces,” said Jean-Charles as he opens one of his numerous sketchbooks. “I love sketching. I sketch places and I sketch all the things I do. I’m very visual so I love to play with the pen.”   He picks up a piece and begins to describe his thought process behind a grape cluster pin with red lips adorned with jewels. “The grapes represent something I adore and is a symbol of who I am. It is an evolution of nature. After ten months of growing and becoming a full cluster of grapes, for me it is the symbol of the hands - reaching, touching and feeling life. The lips in the middle are obviously the tasting. The ruby gem represents the liquid and the emerald symbolizes the leaf and traces the photosynthesis and the birth of the actual grapes.”    Along with his fountain pen, he has a set of colored pencils that he carries with him during his world travels. He never starts a drawing with a pencil that can be erased. Instead he accepts the challenge of the fountain pen and then goes back and colors in with his pencils.   “Over the years, I have realized that besides making great wine, I love to create environments,” said Jean-Charles. “This is my passion. To create different heights, different fabrics, different emotions



and that all happens in each of the four rooms we have created here; from the way you see the room, feel the room, live a room and leave the room. This is what I adore about every space here.”   “Texture, senses, artistic creativity and a willingness to engage people to get to know themselves, hence the mirrors, hence the senses of touch, hence gravity between the environment and even putting the table top so low,” he continued. “You notice it, you live with it. Plexiglas is simplistic, and you see through it. It’s not an obstacle, it’s part of the environment and the table embraces you. The wine glasses appeared to be floating on the table and in a sense, you are moved to another place.”    Once inspired, Jean Charles immediately puts the thought to words

and may even improvise with his writing utensil. I asked him what his five favorite words were. He asked a female associate for a stick of red lipstick and went to work writing on the mirror the word “Seduction.” Even the way he wrote the word was creative adding an arrow off the “S” and dotting the “I” with a heart.   “My five favorite words?” he asked. “Passion, Dream, Eloquent, Escape and Incorrigible.” Though, later in our conversation he said the word he likes most is “Imagine.”   Imagine and Imagination are two active thought processes that are behind the new JCB Salon Privé. “I love the infinite sign because there are no limitations to your creativity or your thought process and to the boundaries of your thinking,” said Jean-

Charles. “In wine making, you have to engage the creativity of someone else’s imagination. My role, I feel, is to help people go beyond what they are and who they think they are and discover more of themselves.”   There are no bad ideas with JeanCharles as long as one is expanding the possibilities and honing in on something new. Everything has to be purposeful and it has to wrap around his vision to expand people’s mind. He surrounds himself with people who share or encourages his ideas. Patrick Egan is his right-hand man and Tessa Mazotti, his Project Manager, help facilitate JeanCharles visions into reality.   “The craft people are the hardest to find,” he said. Pointing to the feathered chairs – “I had to go to Holland and they had to come here. We worked with the

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rooster feathers to determine which way the feathers should go. Sit in the chair and caress the feathers. I want it to be smooth and, while you are wine tasting, I want you feel the energy of the bird. You are feeling a texture you don’t expect in the tasting room. Why feathers? and I say, why not feathers! Fur, feathers and leather and obviously plastic, transparency and crystal.”   “I want people share what our vision is,” he added. “Like the feathers. we made sure the feathers were crisp white so we hand selected each feather.” He turns the chair around and straddles the chair and strokes the feathers. Jean-Charles said he would have a hard time having someone else design his places because he would be very difficult to work with and if he can’t imagine it for himself, he won’t see it. 50


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he famous 18th century French philosopher, Voltaire, who advanced the notions of freedom of speech, and freedom of religion is also reputed to have once said: “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats”. His advice is meaningful for two reasons. First, we know that growing older is not for sissies. Life hands us trials and tribulations galore as the years pass and our outcomes are dictated as much by our attitude about what happens as it does in the events that actually unfold. However, there is a second point that really is what I want to discuss here; do you even have a lifeboat?    By “lifeboat” I mean do you have a backup plan when life hands you an unforeseen challenge? Nowhere is this more vital to your financial wellbeing than when it comes to dealing with long term care needs- a topic that has taken on much greater significance as we continue to live longer lives. A girl born in 1900 could look forward to living to the age of 49. In 2017, that same girl can expect to live to be over 81 years old! Medical science and technology have done marvelous things in keeping us alive but one thing they can’t do is stop the ravages of time upon our bodies. We are living longer than ever before but often with the need for assistance from caregivers and costly medical devices. None of this is cheap. In California, the average cost for assisted living facilities is almost $4000 a month and here in the Napa Valley the monthly cost can easily run to double that figure.   Long Term Care is care with everyday activities like bathing, dressing, walking, using the bathroom, eating and, yes, even continence. Chances are, if you are younger now you’ll have a hard time imagining this could happen to you. But the statistics don’t lie; by the time you are 60 years of age there is a 50% probability that you’ll need long term care at some point in your life. For a 65-year-old couple, there is a 70% probability one will need long term care. In other words, the care is expensive and it is extremely likely.    So what are the options? Well, you can plan to use assets you’ve saved for retirement for long term care- but only if you are very well off. If you need your assets to live on you would face a Hobbsian choice; go without professional care and assistance or live in poverty. For some, the only option is to choose impoverishment and rely on Medical, state welfare medicine, to meet their needs. This is not a choice I would advise anyone to make if it can at all be avoided. 52


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Aldea Children and Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides mental health, foster care, adoption and support services for the Napa and Solano Counties. Advocates for family and mental health wellness, Aldea is devoted t o empowering individuals to become engaged and active m embers of the community. Executive Director of Aldea Children and Family Services, Mark Bontrager stated, “ I believe strongly that what we are trying to do is build a community that works for everyone.” As the Executive Director for 12 years, Mark has dedicated himself to supporting the organization through leadership, and strives to enhance services that will truly make a difference.

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r. Terry Restivo was a little girl when watching a 60-minutes program about plastic surgeons volunteering their services to help children with cleft palates. She became amazed how someone could make such a big impact in someone else’s life. Dr. Restivo said, she never forgot that program, but when she entered college she  didn’t think she had what it would take to go to medical school. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from  Mills College. After college, she went to work with Genetech,  a  leading  biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical  conditions.   “I had that job for six years,” said Dr. Restivo. “The great thing about that company is they  pay  for your college education, so I decided to get my Master’s Degree in Business. It was during this time that I met a  professor who helped me  realize that my true calling was to become a doctor. With medical research behind me, I realized becoming a doctor 60


could be a realty. I was married and had my daughter, so I knew I wanted to attend a medical school in the Bay Area.”    I changed my emphasis and completed a Master’s Thesis and Master’s Degree in Physiology while working full time at Genentech.   Dr. Restivo attended Touro University College, while working full-time.    “I received Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree (DO), which requires two more years of schooling,” said Dr. Restivo. “What I liked about DO is we work with on the whole person during a muscular skeletal exam. This led to my interest in surgery and eventually cosmetic surgery.”    Dr. Restivo ended up in the local Medical school Touro University to stay close to her family. She didn’t begin medical school until she was in her 30’s and spent the next  15+  years in school to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and eventually a plastic surgeon.   “You don’t have to have it all figured out after you graduate from high school to know exactly what you want to do in life,”

she said. “I’m a perfect example, that you can pursue your dreams, when you are ready to do so. It took me a little longer in life to recognize my true passion.”   Dr. Restivo now teaches and mentors other medical students  at Touro University  College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In Dr. Restivo’s off time, she enjoys living a vegan lifestyle and has a real love for animals.  She is also active in hiking, Kayaking, biking and camping.   She said, she loves making men and woman feel beautiful, but her biggest reward is helping women with breast cancer and breast augmentation and reconstruction. “Hugging is so important in our society and when a woman loses a breast(s) she often feels something missing in an embrace,” said Dr. Restivo. “I help women feel confident and whole again.”    Taking the route to become a doctor has been a fulfilling decision according to Dr. Restivo. It is important to Dr. Restivo, that she gets to know her patients and finds out the real reason they may want to have a certain procedure.

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ark Twain once penned, “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”   Whatever tale is being told, the truth lies in the degree of embellishment by the storyteller. Believability belongs to the listener. But when the story concerns an entrepreneur who casted his career selling fishing tackle in the back of his father’s liquor store and went on to become the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, America’s largest outdoor-recreation retailer, the legend of Johnny Morris requires no further exaggeration.   Growing up surrounded by Mother Nature’s vast wonderland of forests, rivers and lakes covering the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, the 69-year old ardent conservationist, often referred to as “the Walt Disney of the Outdoors,” possessed an uncanny vision to help guide him reel in more than 4,600 acres overlooking Table Rock Lake, eight miles south of Branson, MO, for developing a premier

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wilderness playground. In 1987, after Morris purchased the land for $5 an acre, Big Cedar Lodge has since evolved into a major windfall luring more than 1.5 million guests annually to connect with the great outdoors.   When the humble Morris bought the key to Big Cedar Lodge, the intent was to open a fishing camp as an incentive for his customers and employees. However, the self-made retailing mogul soon had his sights set on a more ambitious plan that would turn him into a niche luxury hotelier. Three decades later, Morris’ dream continues to unfold at his hilltop four-season paradise.   The first hint of arrival hits you in the face with a two-lane, wooden arch gateway displaying signage for “Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort” and “Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve.” Once entered, you access a territory filled with a collection of accommodations, including waterfront log cabins (most feature Jacuzzis and woodburning fireplaces plus expansive living areas for attracting larger families), cottages and three lodges, an assortment of restaurants, a variety of naturebased activities including fishing, boating, shooting, hiking, spa and wellness offerings. Fun Mountain provides a refuge to bowl (16

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lanes with a unique underwater ocean experience), rock climbing, laser tag, video games, bumper cars and more to keep the youthful spirit flowing.   Culture-minded visitors are treated to Morris’ staggering acquisition of artifacts paying homage to the Native Americans who made their home in these Ozark Hills and, though it’s located an hour away adjacent the Bass Pro Shops headquarters in Springfield, MO, the latest item on Morris’ menu is Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, the largest, most immersive and wildlife attraction in the world. His incessant ingenuity even allowed him to turn an unexpected natural hazard into an attraction after heavy rains opened an enormous sinkhole on the property in May 2015. It has since grown to 141 feet deep and 270 feet wide but instead of being advised to fill the hole, Morris directed his team to keep exploring with the hopes of discovering a secret passageway and

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treasure chest of some of the highest profile golf course architects in the business. Gems like Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore, and a new headliner beginning to make his mark in the design world, named Tiger Woods.    Currently open for play are Fazio’s 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Springs, Player’s 13-hole, par-3 Mountain Top and Nicklaus’ nine-hole, par-3 Top of the Rock, where the green fee includes a ticket for a Disneyesque-style 2.5-mile golf cart ride to the adjacent Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail to experience stunning rock formations, Amish bridges, waterfalls, and a four-story cave complete with a Bat Bar serving John L’s Lemonade. Also donning

the landscape (adjoining the sinkhole) is the Palmer-designed night-lit driving range boasting 16 target greens and Arnie’s Barn, Palmer’s 150-year old barn dismantled from his home in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and reassembled at Top of the Rock to serve as the 19th hole.   Coming in Spring 2018 is the Coore/ Crenshaw 18-hole course followed in 2019 by Woods’ 18-hole Payne’s Valley, honoring the legacy of Missouri’s homegrown PGA Tour player Payne Stewart. Welcome to golf nirvana!    At Big Cedar Lodge, where seeing is believing, a one-of-a-kind wilderness community is being created that will eliminate any doubt on the tale of Johnny Morris. Hook, line, and sinker!

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to co-exist in magnificent harmony, and has 2002. Now, Silverado is home to the Safeway made a profound commitment to protecting Open, bringing top PGA TOUR competition Local Sports the extraordinary natural environment of the to Northern California and furthering its Reports Napa Valley. charitable and economic efforts in the local Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park in community. Weekdays, Napa is a challenging 18-hole full-service Vintners Golf Club is a beautiful nine6 a.m. – 6 p.m. championship golf course with an 8,500 hole course located in the heart of Napa square foot putting green, chipping green, and Valley in the charming town of Yountville. a 22 individual stall driving range. With four Play-by-Play Featuring three different sets of tees, Vintner’s sets of tees to accommodate golfers of any skill Golf Course is designed to accommodate Broadcasts of level, Napa Golf Course is also user friendly, professionals and scratch players, in addition School fun, and provides affordable access to all. LocaltoHigh the golfing public at large. Players of all skill levels find Basketball & Vintners Golf Club to be a Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa offers highly enjoyable track, and the Lakeside Football two championship level 18-hole courses set Grille features a full bar and is a local favorite against the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. for an after round bite and drink. www. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Smith Miller, both the north andIra south C. courses offer Reserved for resort guests, The Meadowood Sports - 37th Season world-class golfKVON for resort guestsDirector and feature Golf Course in St. Helena has reopened for dozens of water crossings, elevation changes play after an extensive renovation. This nineand routing through historic oak trees. The hole walking golf course offers immaculate resort hosted the PGA TOUR from 1968playing surfaces and ideal conditions in a 1980, producing a prestigious list of winners beautiful natural setting within the luxurious including Jack Nicklaus (1969), Ben Crenshaw Meadowood Napa Valley Resort and Spa. A (1980), Tom Watson (1978) and two-time unique experience resort guests may enjoy winner and tournament host, Johnny Miller at the resort is hickory golf, played with (1974-75). In addition, Silverado Resort and authentic hickory wood–shafted clubs dating Spa was a Champions Tour venue from 1989from the early 1900s and specialized golf balls

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that replicate old-fashioned tree-sap versions. Situated among the rolling hills, vineyards and ancient oaks of Napa’s tranquil Pope Valley, historic Aetna Springs has been a favorite spot for golf in the wine country for more than a century. One of the oldest courses west of the Mississippi, this nine-hole track dates back to 1893 and has been meticulously rejuvenated by renowned golf course designer Tom Doak, working with the natural terrain while carefully maintaining its rustic beauty. At the very northern border of the Napa Valley lies Mt. St. Helena Golf Course in Calistoga. This nine-hole, par 34 course is attractive to golfers of all ages and skill levels. Ideal for the novice or younger player due to its length, flat layout, and open architecture, yet challenging to the more advanced player because of its narrow tree-lined fairways and smaller greens that demand accuracy, Mt. St. Helena Golf is an ideal course for families and groups of friends. www.mtsthelenagolfcourse. org NVL

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From Luxury Homes to Residential and Commercial Income Properties, Tom Lyons’ breadth of experience and depth of knowledge is just what you may need in your next real estate purchase or sale. Tom earned his Broker’s license in 1996, and then spent 17 years brokering 10-200 unit apartment buildings in Napa, Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Seeking a fresh direction, in 2013 Tom was fortunate to align himself with the top producing residential real estate office of Pacific Union International in Napa and begin to build a stellar residential foundation specializing in single family homes in Silverado Country Club, Browns Valley and Napa’s Old Town.   Seizing the next opportunity to make a difference for his client base, this month Tom joined the Residential and Commercial office of Bradley Real Estate which will highlight his background in both the Single Family as well as the Residential Income Property arenas. Tom joins Bradley Residential Real Estate with over 400 agents in Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties who all work together through an intricate client referral network and, he also joins Bradley Commercial as the Managing Director for the Napa and Solano Counties multi-family investment team.




An example of a realtor thinking on their feet occurred during a recent successful custom home transaction when, while in escrow, and with little notice, the Buyer’s agent unexpectedly moved to Southern California midway through the transaction. Sensing that he needed to step in to protect the interests of his client, the Seller, Tom quickly developed a communication avenue and trust level directly with the relocating Napa Buyer and her out-of-state lender.   In the end, it all went exceedingly well when Tom was able to deliver the keys to her new home with the happy buyer, Kim BrownSims, the Chief Nursing Officer at the Queen of the Valley Hospital shown in the photo.


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her paintings at his San Francisco gallery, John Berggruen Gallery. Her paintings have been collected and exhibited in New York, London, Berlin, Germany and France.    The interior landscapes, the farm machinery, and the flowers within her paintings become the actors. Her bold brush strokes drive rhythm across her canvases. Helen’s love for opera shows up in the characters in her paintings. Her latest series is called Traditional Objects of Communication. Note the letters on the table in the foreground and the pied piper seen through the window in Take Us With You.


lending a passion for painting and opera, Helen Berggruen’s paintings dance with energetic rhythm and color. Helen hears a harmonic quality in landscapes that inform her compositions. You can find her at work in her home studio among the vineyards and Valley Oaks in the Rutherford Bench.   “I am influenced by past cultures. I listen to music that is two hundred years old. I read 19th century novels. The rich language of that literature and music absolutely feeds me,” describes Helen. “I’m interested in objects that have a history and a life.” Helen’s paintings are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s work. She employs strong brush strokes of vibrant colors such as Cadmium Yellow Deep, Ochre, Cinnabar



Green, Veridian, Indigo and Cadmium Red. While in college near New York City, she frequently visited the Museum of Modern Art exploring early modernist painters.    Determined to be on stage, Helen began her acting career at the age of twelve. Later as an adult she performed with the Bread and Puppet Theater and with Robert Wilson in New York and throughout Europe. She has lived in the Napa Valley on and off since the early seventies. She acted and ran children’s workshops through the Napa Valley Theater Company.   Eventually Helen shifted from theater to painting. In 1980 Helen had her first exhibit of watercolors at the Diner in Yountville where she was working as a waitress. In 1984 her brother exhibited

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   All of her paintings come from direct observation. “I am interested in depicting an uncorrupted world through my art,” Helen explains. “The pace of life is moving at break neck speed. We are in such turbulent times. It is challenging not to be dragged down by what’s going on. The way I do that is to make art as a form of positive impact. My paintings live within a realm of innocence.” By slowing down to observe the patterns of vineyard rows, the hills cutting into the landscape, and interiors as stage settings which hint at a drama unfolding, Helen brings to life the world around her in vibrant color. CONTACT HELEN AT: to see more of her work or to arrange a studio visit.

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The nineteenth installment of the exclusive music, food and wine festival that takes place in the Napa Valley, will have a line-up that will include multi-Platinum selling artists The All American Rejects and Sara Evans who will be joined by HAIM, Julia Michaels, ZZ Ward, Eric Paslay, Lindsay Ell, Jessie James Decker, Dave Barnes, Gregory Darling and previously announced artists LeAnn Rimes, Ocean Park Standoff, David Shaw & Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists, JOSEPH and Magic Giant. Live In The Vineyard (LITV) has quickly become one of the most exclusive and soughtafter ticket across the country as a private festival that gives attendees exclusive access to recording artists, top tier wine makers, and world-renowned chefs during a “once-in-alifetime” three-day event. Tickets for LITV are only available through special radio station promotions featured on the website that include Sirius/XM The Pulse iHeart 78


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If you like to shop for unique handmade gifts, you will want to attend the Angel Bazaar. It includes a “blue” raffle for six 3’ beautifully & uniquely decorated trees, many raffle prizes, an incredible silent auction including high end Napa Valley wines, 30 crafter booths, a parishioner’s crafter booth, a sweet shop filled with homemade goodies, a café so you can take a break, eat, and keep your shopping energy level going. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and buy lots of wonderful gifts for family, and friends might find something special for yourself too. Admission is free. St. Apollinaris Church Hall, 3700 Lassen Street, Napa

November 8-12

7TH ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL NVFF program includes competitive screening of 100-plus new independent films for audiences to enjoy and interact with over 300 attending filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and industry executives. Enjoy inspiring student programs, celebrity tributes and exclusive artists-in-residence program. For tickets and volunteer opportunities visit See page 40 for more details.

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Season kicks off the pre-holiday season with the popular local family activity. The temporary 6300 square feet of real ice, ice skating rink will be erected again at the Napa Valley Exposition. Hours of operation vary daily. Check website, for updates of daily hours. Tickets are $13 to skate all day, but no in and out privileges. Tickets include skate rentals. November 18 – December 17


Announces Return of Beloved Santa Trains, an interactive musical adventure in an elegant, nostalgic setting. Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults,

R E J U V E N AT I O N Spa Terra, Terra, located located in in the the “Heart “Heart of of Spa the Earth,” features natural curative the Earth,” features natural curative treatments along along with with steam steam grottos, grottos, treatments whirlpool baths and a relaxation whirlpool baths and a relaxation lounge. This This unique unique spa spa isis unparalleled unparalleled lounge. in luxury and is ranked one of the the in luxury and is ranked one of Top 100 100 Spas Spas in in America. America. Top

the Santa Trains will run from November 18 to December 29. Guests of the Santa Trains will experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. In addition, the Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to invite hundreds of foster children aboard the Santa Trains free of charge. The Wine Train will also be hosting a Secret Santa Toy Drive at the train station and will have receptacles to collect new and unwrapped donated toys from generous riders from November 1 to December 17. The train’s first show will begin at 5pm and return to the station at 7:15pm, with the second show departing at 7:15pm and returning at 9:15pm   Train fare for the Santa Trains start at $39 for locals in Napa and Sonoma counties, $49 per person for the 5pm. show and $69 per person for the 6:45pm show. Free parking is available in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s parking lot and space is limited. For reservations and more information about the Napa Valley Wine Train, please call (800) 427-4124 or visit November 20-January 1

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Wednesday, November 22, 6-8pm


Join the Napa Mayor and your neighbors in this traditional community event, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and entertainment as local youth groups perform and the 20-foot Christmas tree is lit. Saturday, November 25, 5-7pm


Join the whole Napa community for this annual parade where floats are decorated over the top with lights and much more. Meet Santa after the parade. The parade route will traverse through downtown Napa. Saturday, December 2


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Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade is the ultimate small-town holiday celebration. Celebrating our agricultural heritage, vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights parade down Calistoga’s charming main street to celebrate the Christmas season. Santa makes a special appearance during the parade, rain or (moon) shine. This popular Napa Valley event is perfect for the entire family.

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