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or wish they did.

March 2, 2015

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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

This week in NapaLife

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More on Raeset Asian Grill 

Aroma Indian restaurant

Morimoto Momosan sake bar open this week

Another wine-tasting salon downtown

Weekday features at Velo pizzeria

Food and wine enthusiast classes

Napa River Inn gains four stars

Thoughts on the downtown Safeway

News of the arts

Call for Artists for Art, Sip & Stroll

Solo instrumental competition

Sad news

News for the wine community

White Zin turns 40

Millennials and Luxury Consumers

Hall introduces new wine experiences

This week in Napa Valley

This week at the Cameo Cinema 

Alan Doyle at City Winery

Music at Uva Trattoria this week

Mike Greensill is All Jazzed Up!

Tierney Sutton with Mads Tolling

The Uncondemned preview screening

The Great Grape Study of Grenache

Los Cenzontles at City Winery

Todd Morgan & Emblems at Silo’s

Wine, Women and Wellness Weekend

Old World vs. New World Tasting

Parlor Tricks at Silo’s

The official Blues Brothers Revue

Lorn Leber at River Terrace Inn

Dinner music with Mads Tolling

Ozomatli comes to City Winery

Warm season vegetable classs

Crusher Wine Hopper Weekend

Rosé release weekend

Blues at Capp Heritage

It’s a Grand Night for Singers

Napa Valley Museum Magic gala

Dinner music with Wesla and Mike

Martin Sexton at City Winery

Craig Corona at River Terrace Inn.

Dakila at Silo’s

Steve Sage and Friends at Silo’s

Red & White Affair

Hapa at City Winery

How Jewish composers shaped music

Future events

Lucky Penny Start of Something Big

Solo instrumental competition

Lucky Penny presents Bonnie & Clyde

Chili Ball 2015

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Performances in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • March 2 Alan Doyle: So Let's Go Tour
  • March 5 Los Cenzontles            
  • March 6 Dinner Music in the City Winery Restaurant
  • March 6 Ozomatli
  • March 7 Dinner Music in the City Winery Restaurant
  • March 7 Martin Sexton
  • Mar. 8 NVOH Presents Hapa
  • Mar. 10 Marco Benevento plus Superhuman Happiness
  • March 14 The Juliana Hatfield Three
  • Mar. 20 Colin Hay plus Chris Trapper
  • Mar. 22 NVOH presents Fearless - SF Gay Men's Chorus
  • March 24 NVOH Presents Altan with special guest Liz Carroll
  • March 27 NVOH Presents: Paula Poundstone
  • Mar. 28 World of Wine 2015 Patron dinner presented by Napa Valley Family Services
  • Mar. 29 Spike Lee
  • Mar. 31 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks “The Big
  • April 3 North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne
  • April 4 Poor Man's Whiskey
  • April 8 Yoga Girl - Rachel Brathen
  • April 10 Cash'd Out
  • April 12  NVOH Presents: Transcendence Theatre Company: Oh What A Beautiful Mashup
  • April 18 Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
  • April 19  NVOH & Lucky Penny Present: An Evening with Sandy & Richard Riccardi "Tastefully Raunchy"
  • April 22 Reckless Kelly
  • April 24 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton
  • April 26 NVOH & Terry Bradford Present: "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" The Concert
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • April 30 Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • May 9 The David Bromberg Quintet
  • May 13 Nellie McKay
  • May 16 Pine Hill Project
  • May 18 Asleep At The Wheel
  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“
  • May 28 The Monophonics
  • June 6 Robben Ford
  • June 9 Todd Lundgren
  • June 12 Rudi Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
  • June 19 Marty Balin
  • June 22 Elaine Elias
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“
  • July 11 John Mayall
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“
  • Aug. 6  Maria Muldaur's Way Past Midnight
  • Aug. 14 Marc Cohn plus Phil Cody
  • Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's “To Catch A Thief” hosted by
    Richard Miami
  • Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry Bradfrod's Voice Studio Concert

Most events start at 8 p.m. 


Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a member at 260-1600 or


Uptown Theatre 

  • March 6 Official Blues Brothers Revue 
  • March 13 The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute
  • March 15 Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • March 17Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele Virtuoso 
  • March 19 Alton Brown Live! Edible Inevitable Tour
  • March 20 Rick Springfield, Stripped Down Solo Tour 
  • March 21 Ani DiFranco 
  • March 25 Jonny Lang 
  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
  • April 25  Drive-By Truckers
  • May 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • May 17 The Mavericks
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa.
The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is   

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

  • Feb. 27- March 8 Justin-Siena High presents Urinetown
  • March 12 Lunafest
  • March 14 In the Mood
  • March 29 Peter Coyote with Symphony Napa Valley
  • April 11- 12 TedxNapaValley "Redefining Success"
  • April 24, 5pm The Peacemakers: Concert for Trafficked Children
  • May 31 Symphony Napa Valley presents Tango and Opera Sensations
  • June 28 Symphony Napa Valley presents Viva Vivaldi!

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

  • Apr 10-26 Once On This Island with Music Napa Valley 
  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing NVC Jazz Ensemble
  • May 1-10 Kalos Kai Agathos by Jon Tracy           
  • May 3 Musical Mélange North Bay Wind Ensemble,
  • May 8 The Planets by Gustav Holst with the NVC Orchestra
  • May 9 Voice Recital
  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • March 26-April 4 Bonnie & Clyde
  • April 23-May 10 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • June 4-20 Cowgirls: The Musical
  • July-August Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues includinghave its ongoing
Sunday series at  the Napa Valley Opera House once a month.



  Books by Paul Franson

The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley - 2015 edition

By Paul Franson

The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

Copies of the new edition are available at Bookmine, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena and at Jarvis Winery. 

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Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine-related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic   Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.

The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.

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