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Napa Valley Film Festival: Ready! Set! Drink!

The bucolic Napa Valley may be the last place you’d expect to encounter a Hollywood-style red-carpet premiere. But for five days in November (the 12th through the 16th), California’s most famous wine region will play host to the Napa Valley

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Exploring the ‘Gold Rush’ Wineries of Apple Hill

The Gravenstein, Jonathon and Gala apples are in. As October begins, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Paula Reds are reaching full ripeness. As the days start to get cooler, Mutsu, Empire and Red Gold apples will be picked. And as November

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Bad Jokes and Scary Good Wine

Some years ago, I tried to become a ghostwriter. But I couldn’t find any ghosts who wanted me to write for them. Baroom-boom! That’s one of those bad jokes that, thankfully, you usually hear only around Halloween time. In case

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Slow Down and Savor the Wines of Texas

Across America and around the world, wineries in specific geographic areas have joined forces to form groups for the purposes of promotion and marketing. In California, for instance, we have the Russian River Valley Winegrowers in Sonoma County, the Rutherford

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Unwind With Wine on the Water

Theme cruises are all the rage today. Matter, of fact, I’ll be taking my first in January when I join long-time music-loving friends aboard the Norwegian Pearl for a concert-intensive cruise called Cayamo. And then there are wine cruises, which

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What’s Pasta Without Wine?

A meal of pasta, salad, bread sticks and a soft drink sounds pretty good to me right now. But what if that meal were priced at $99? Not so good. But wait! What if that $99 brought me all the

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Quake Reminds Us That You Can’t Put a Price on Human Life

Two weeks and two days have passed since the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century rocked the Napa Valley. We reported on the quake the day after it hit, sharing friend and colleague Jim Caudill’s early impressions.

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In the Land of Whiskey, a Wine Festival Beckons

If we were to play a game of “beverage word association,” and I were to say, “Wisconsin,” your response likely would be, “Milk.” After all, Wisconsin is the “Dairy State.” (Alternately, you might offer, “Beer,” since Milwaukee is the home

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The Napa Earthquake: It Was Bad… But It Could Have Been Worse

We native Californians know that when an earthquake hits, it can take days and sometimes even weeks to fully grasp the extent of the damage. Today, social media can further muddy the waters as thousands of people post and tweet

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A Rude Awakening in North Coast Wine Country

I first learned of the earthquake that struck California’s North Coast wine country early Sunday morning when I logged on to Facebook and read this post from a “friend of a friend”: “To all my non-nor cal, wine loving peeps:

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