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Plumpjack: Tasting Auction Napa Valley and Premier Napa Valley Wines

I loved the juxtaposition of this informal tasting of very exclusive wines—all of which were made solely for Auction Napa Valley (ANV) and Premier Napa Valley (PNV)—dating back to 1997....

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A Thirst for Life: Chatting with Theo Lee

“You have my permission to record because California is a two-party consent state,” Theodora “Theo” Lee tells me, laughing, after I ask her if I may record our interview. I’m...

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Felton Road: Interview with Blair Walter

What sets Felton Road's iconic Pinot Noirs apart? Lisa Perrotti-Brown visits Felton Road's Vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, speaking with winemaker Blair Walter about the Bannockburn site and biodynamics....

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Bird & The Bottle: A Local Favorite

Local powerhouse restaurateurs Mark and Terri Stark are at it again, this time with their most recent addition to their restaurant collection, Bird & The Bottle. Nestled in an old...

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Why The World’s Only Michelin-Starred Ramen Shop Chose to Open Its First Overseas Branch in Singapore

Why did the world’s only Michelin-Starred ramen shop choose to open its first overseas branch in Singapore? It all began with a Facebook message....

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5 Best Pizza Places in Napa

Ah, pizza. Sometimes nothing else will do. I could eat great pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not get bored. But, like most pizza lovers, I’m fussy about my...

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Russian River Valley Part 3: Exploring Green Valley

The neighborhood of Green Valley is unique in that it is also an established sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley (RRV). Green Valley was granted appellation status in 1983 and...

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From Security Guard to Wine Educator: Chatting with Dana Hunter

Six years ago, Dana Hunter was a full-time security guard in downtown Lodi, a city located in California's San Joaquin County, and perhaps still best known for the eponymously-titled song...

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Top Five Brunch Spots in Santa Rosa

I’m a total sucker for brunch. Maybe it’s because I lived in San Francisco so long, where the brunch options are endless, or because I currently live in Santa Rosa,...

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