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#NapaStrong. Proud of my community.

As most everyone knows, it has been a devastating four days in Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County. Devastating wildfires have raged through …

Napa Valley

Fleeing the Fires in Sonoma County

The fires started late Sunday night, though I’d seen a fat gray cloud of smoke on Sunday afternoon, out near Napa County Airport. It was a hot day, after a dry, hot summer, with no humidity. Hurricane-force winds kicked up after sunset, the screens knocked from the windows. Some people were awake …

A Bovine and Wine Saturday at HdV

Bacon and wine. Is there anything better? This past weekend marked the release of the 2014 vintages at HdV Winery. In addition to tasting some …

Napa Valley

A Slice of Spain in Napa

If you crave cuisine from Spain in an environment that feels authentically Spanish, head to downtown Napa where you will find not just one, but two, …

Napa Valley

Grazie, Grassi

When people ask us about our move from Los Angeles to Northern California, we often say “the best part of living in Napa is …” After multiple times …

Northern California

May 2016

Dining at Torc. Again.

One of the best restaurants in Napa, hands down, is Torc, located on Main Street just north of 1st Street. Torc is a perfect place for locals (like …

Napa Valley

Vino y vista – wine worthy of the view

Some wineries you visit for the quality of the wine. Others (you know which ones we’re talking about!) you visit <i>despite the wine</i>, because of the …

Napa Valley

A Pair of Aces for Father’s Day.

Yesterday was Father’s Day. I am a father. Therefore, it was <i>my</i> day. In fact, I considered that the whole weekend was for fathers – and therefore, <i>for</i> …

Wine

Like Nonna’s cooking. If Nonna was a world-class chef.

The relatively tiny hamlet of Yountville in Napa Valley (population roughly 3,000) is home to some truly spectacular restaurants, including one with …

Napa Valley

Out of the Glass And Into the Cup

Visitors to Napa and Sonoma counties usually pack their days full of visits to wineries and restaurants and leave very little time for other …

Golf

A 158-Year-Old Family Winery

Living in Napa, literally within walking distance to local wineries, we often get locked in to our hometown wineries. For the past few years, we have …

Wineries

You can still order a Cab here.

After nearly a week and a half in the heat and humidity of New York and Boston, we were happy to be home and ready to hit the trail and enjoy some …

Wine & Spirits

It’s All Greek To Me.

Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill in Napa is located on First Street in the heart of our town. For the two-and-a-half years that we have lived here, we …

Napa Valley

Wine that fits the bill

Writing a blog can take up a significant amount of precious free time, especially if you feel compelled, as we do, to post at least once a week. With …

Wine

Wine With A ‘Tude.

American playwright Edward Albee (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”) once wrote: “Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in …

Napa Valley

You don’t have to swim upstream to eat here

One of our favorite destinations in California is the town of Jenner, a spot known as the “River’s End” where the Russian River meets the Pacific …

Napa Valley

A Frenchman in Napa Valley

In the past two decades or so, Napa Valley wines have had a profound impact on the global wine industry, influencing how “good” wine taste, how wine …

Wine

Two Birds. One Stone. Many Plates.

For those who love modern, inventive cuisine, beautiful decor, and superior service, there is a new “must visit” destination in the Napa Valley: Two …

Napa Valley

Cool Day at Kunde

Along Highway 12 between the towns of Sonoma and Santa Rosa, there are multiple wineries nestled in the west-facing slopes of the Maycamas Mountains. …

Wine & Spirits

Identity Crisis? An Aussie Making French Wines in California.

Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County boasts some of the finest vineyards in the region, if not the entire state. Home to over 9,000 acres of planted …

Wine

H2, Oh!

If there is a downside to living in wine country, it’s that we generally have no occasion to stay at the many cool hotels in our area – Napa and …

Sonoma County

Beer? In Wine Country?

If you like underdogs, you would root for one of the few Latino-owned breweries in the United States. But if you really, really like underdogs, you …

Beer

An All-American Story.

A few days ago we had the pleasure of spending some time (about three hours, actually) with a winery owner that with a one-of-a-kind experience in …

Wine & Spirits

A Lot of Sass In Willamette Valley

A couple of months ago we “met” an Oregon winemaker named Jerry Sass on Twitter. At this point we can’t remember if he followed us first or the other …

Wine & Spirits

A Fun Little Lie in Eugene, Oregon

Don Essig has been the public address announcer at Autzen Stadium, the football home of the University of Oregon Ducks, for the past 46 years. In …

College Sports

Rioja, Oregon

The mother (and mother-in-law) of this blog-writing duo was born and raised in Spain and did not come to the United States until she was thirty years …

Wineries

Pinot Noir? Pinot Nowhere.

As we rolled up to our final winery of our Oregon visit, we might be forgiven for expecting to enjoy one more glass of Pinot Noir before returning to …

Wine & Spirits

A B&B That Serves Wine for Breakfast

<i>We traveled to Oregon in late September to drop off a kid at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Wrapped around that momentous event, we planned a</i> …

Wine

My Wife Doesn’t Know Where We Are Going

Today we are leaving on a two-week trip to Europe. Normally, my wife and I plan our trips together and work through the intricate details of …

San Francisco