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July 14, 2014

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Happy Bastille Day

New chef at Bouchon

Le Grand Aïoli at Fish Story

French dinner from Languedoc sold

Napa Valley Biscuits closed

Red Hen adds breakfast

Wine Country Hospitality Event Show

New at the CIA

Spice Islands market and tasting bar

CIA Greystone Restaurant

New mezzanine art gallery at the CIA

Bakery Café by Illy at the CIA

A call for animal foster parents

Park events at Lake Berryessa

California wine intensive class

This week in Napa Valley

French dinner from Languedoc

Mastering Wine with Karen MacNeil

Napa Tuesday Farmers Market

Discovery Days at Museum

Locals Night at Oxbow Public Market

Martha Wainwright at City Winery

Music at Uva Trattoria this week

Napa Town & Country Fair

Rocky Horror Picture at City Winery

Vineyard herbicide field workshop

Ice cream fundraiser at La Condesa

Great Grape Study of Sauvignon Blanc

Mustards “Lobster Shack”

Hall Rutherford cooking series

Marie-Louise Clark at Silo’s

Breakaway Patriot at City Winery

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Under the Stars Summer Movie Night

Ray Obiedo & Pete Escovedo at Silo’s

CIA “Crop Up” Restaurant

Festival del Sole Dance Gala

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tasting

The English Beat at City Winery

Napa Saturday Farmers Market

Classes for Food Lovers at the CIA

Napa Valley Museum Family Fun Day

Bluegrass Festival at Freemark Abbey

Gloria Ferrer’s Catalan Festival

La Fanciulla del West at Jarvis

Home Winemakers Classic

Rich Robinson of Crowes at Uptown

Super Huey at Silo’s

Scramsberg's Hugh Davies at D'Amici

Festival del Sole Community Concert

Lucky Penny American Songbook

Napa River Inn Summer Music

Napa Valley Film Festival preview

Festival del Sole Opera Gala

Kenny Loggins at Uptown Theater

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Summer Music in Napa Valley

City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

Upcoming shows at City Winery

  • Martha Wainwright July 15
  • The English Beat July 18-19
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny Presents: An All American Summer Songbook July 20  
  • Matt Schofield July 22
  • The Blues Broads July 24
  • NVOH presents: Golden State - Lone Star Revue featuring Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty July 25
  • X July 26
  • NVOH Presents, Tuesday Night Flicks: The Women July 29
  • David Grisman, July 31
  • Chris Smithers Aug. 1
  • Matt Costa Aug. 2
  • New Monsoon Aug. 7
  • Dan Hicks Aug. 9
  • NVOH presents the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Aug. 10
  • San Geronimo and Bobby Bare Jr Aug. 14
  • Bettye Lavette, Aug. 16
  • Lila Downs Aug. 17
  • Ottmar Liebert Aug. 21
  • Sonny Landreth Aug. 22
  • Patrizio Aug. 23
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny present Sunday Songbook Series Aug. 24
  • NVOH presents To Catch a Thief Aug. 26
  • David Grisman  Aug. 28
  • The California Honeydrops Aug. 29
  • Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets Aug. 30
  • Sean Hayes Sept. 6
  • NVON pfresents George Komsky Sept. 7
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Sept. 8
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny Present "I'm the Greatest Future Star” Musical Theatre Competition for Kids Sept. 21
  • NVOH presents Beoga Sept. 23
  • David Grisman Sept. 25
  • Raul Midon with Gabby Moreno Sept. 29
  • NVOH presents Sunset Boulevard Sept. 30
  • Leo Kottke Oct. 2
  • Ralph Stanley Oct. 3
  • Gary Wright Oct. 4
  • Justin Townes Earle Oct. 5
  • Hason Isbell with Amanda Shires Oct. 6
  • Carbon Leaf Oct. 8
  • Storm Lange Oct. 9
  • Tom Rush Oct. 10
  • NVOH present Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings Oct. 24
  • Iris Dement Oct. 25
  • NVOH presents
  • NVOH presents Wait Until Dark Oct. 28
  • The Psychedelic Furs and Perla Batalla Oct. 26the Lemonheads Nov. 11
  • NVOH presents White Christmas Nov. 25
  • A John Waters Christmas Meet & Greet Dec. 6

Members of City Winery Napa’s VinoFile program have access to ticket sales 48 hours before public sales, a waiver of ticket service fees, free bus service, restaurant loyalty rewards, such as a free pair of VIP concert tickets for every $500 spent in the restaurant, exclusive membership-only events; and access to the proprietary City Winery Virtual Sommelier, which helps make suggestions for wines one might enjoy based on past consumption at the venue.

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

Uptown Theatre Lineup

Here’s the upcoming schedule at Uptown Theatre:  

  • July 19 Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes
  • July 20 Kenny Loggins with Special Guest Blue Sky Riders
  • July 26 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with  The Bad Jones
  • Aug. 1 Lisa Lampanelli The Leaner Meaner Tour
  • Aug. 8 Chris Isaak
  • Aug. 15 Built to Spill with Slam Dunk + The Warm Hair
  • Aug. 22 Marshall Tucker Band with Moonalice
  • Aug. 23 The Dan Band with the Iron Heart
  • Sept. 26 Dana Carvey
  • Sept. 27 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
  • Oct. 11 Dark Star Orchestra
  • Oct. 25 Lee Ann Womack
  • Nov. 9 Ziggy Marley
  • Nov. 14 An evening with David Sedaris

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 Theate

  • Festival del Sole Dance Gala July 18  5:30 p.m.
  • Festival del Sole Community Concert July 19  2 p.m.
  • Festival del Sole Opera Gala July 20  5 p.m.
  • Kidz Bop Live! July 27  3 p.m.
  • Jerry Jeff Walker Aug. 16  7 p.m.
  • Mindful Celebration...A Day of Awareness in Napa Valley Oct. 4  9:30 a.m.
  • Fiestas Navideñas Dec. 6  7 p.m. Napa
  • Amadeus Film and Merry Mozart Celebration Dec. 13  6 p.m.
  • Sir Neville Marriner and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony Napa Valley Dec. 14  3 p.m.
  • Cirque Ziva Jan. 18  3 p.m.
  • Valentine's Day Swing Dance Celebration Feb. 14  6 p.m.
  • Peter Coyote and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony Napa Valley March 29  3 p.m.
Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts

Get tickets at or 256-7500.

White Barn 2014 schedule

The popular April Sunday Salons will be held at 3 p.m. with tickets to each performance at $30 to benefit Rianda House.
  • Sept. 6: Tom Montgomery and Montango outdoor concert. Tangos from Argentina, tango dancers. A benefit for Connolly Ranch.
  • Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26: Broadway Musical. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets $35 to benefit the White Barn children’s programs.
  • Nov. 9: The Heath Family Saga, a one-man show with Michael Waterson. The Heath Family lived in a Victorian home on the property. The carriage house (the White Barn) housed their carriages and horses. 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 and benefit the St. Helena Historical Society.

For more information or tickets, see or call 251-8715.

The White Barn is at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave. in St. Helena.

Napa Valley Festival del Sole

Napa Valley Festival del Sole returns for its ninth season, July 11-20.

In a series of exclusive engagements and debuts, the world's best performers are perfectly paired with exceptional culinary, wine and wellness adventures at venues throughout the valley. It's a celebration of the art of life!  Tickets from $39.  Allegro Pass from $99.  VIP Pass from $700.

To buy tickets visit, call 346-5052 or visit the box office at 915 Trancas Street, Suite B in Napa between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Long Meadow Ranch Summer Concert Series

  • July 20 - Holly Williams
  • Aug.  3 - Goodnight, Texas
  • Aug. 24 - The Brothers Comatose
  • Sept. 14 - The Mother Hips

Get details and tickets at

Robert Mondavi Vineyards summer concert series

  • Friday July 18 Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 2014 with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot
  • Saturday July 19 Colbie Caillat
Get information and tickets at

Compadres summer music series

The Davies-Dukes Band takes the stage on the sundeck at Compadres to kick off its summer music series this Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 25, from 4 to 7 p.m.

This series continues every Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

Here is the schedule for June:
  • July 20 - Sweet Burgundy
  • July 27 - The NiteLites

Music at Goose & Gander

Goose & Gander has live music outside in the garden every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

They serve cocktails and a full menu of food with no cover charge.

They’ll also have BottleRock artist Thom Chacon playing from 1 to 4 p.m. with no cover on Saturday, May 31.

•    July 20 Jeff Miller & the Wisemen
•    July 27 The Incubators
•    Aug. 3 Pion 2 Zion
•    Aug. 10 Groove Session
•    Aug. 17 Marty O’Reilly
•    Aug. 24 Scott Pemberton
•    Aug. 31 Mark Sexton Band

Goose & Gander is at 1245 Spring St. in St. Helena. Visit or call 967-8779.

Jamieson Ranch Winery

  • July 19 Fire & Rain James Taylor and Carole King tribute
  • July 26 Roem Bauer acoustic rock
Jamieson Ranch Winery is at 1 Kirkland Ranch Road. See

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Calistoga Concerts in the Park are held at Pioneer Park Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here’s the line-up:

  • July 17 Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers
  • July 24 Buck Ford country singing
  • July 31 Keyser Soze reggae/ska/soul band
  • Aug. 7 National Park Radio modern folk band
  • Aug. 14 Kerouac Dirty R&B
  • Aug. 21 Wild Catahoulas Cajun/ Zydeco band
  • Aug. 28 Allways Elvis Band
Napa City Nights at Veterans' Park
  • July 18 Forejour- Foreigner & Journey Tribute, Doubleshot and Grover Anderson
  • July 25 Nuclear Blonde, Jimmy Smith Band and
  • Chayah Miranda
  • Aug. 1 Five AM, Whitney Nichole and Staci Frenes
  • Aug. 8 Harvey and the Wallbangers, Pion 2 Zion and
  • Trevor Lyon
  • Aug. 15 (No Show)
  • Aug. 22 Twice as Good, The Pat Jordan Band and Kristen Van Dyke
  • Aug. 29 Purple Haze- Jimi Hendrix Tribute, 37th Parallel and Rob Sherman

Musical picnics in Lyman Park

St. Helena Chamber of Commerce presents a free summer concert series every other Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lyman Park.

This popular community event captures the charm that is St. Helena. Bring your picnic basket and blanket, but get to Lyman Park early. This popular concert series packs in the crowd.

•    July 24 – Michael Thomason Band

•    Aug. 7 – Tiki Lounge Lizards

•    Aug. 21 – Todd Haaby & Friends

Music on the Promenade at Beringer

Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. through October.

  • July 19 Steel Jam
  • July 27 Jazz Mirage
  • August 2 Steel Jam
  • Aug. 3 Jazz Mirage
  • Aug. 10 Sweet Burgundy
  • Aug. 17 Trio Solea
  • Aug. 23 Jazz Mirage
  • Aug. 30 Steel Jam
  • Sept. 6 Steel Jam
  • Sept. 7 Jazz Mirage
  • Sept. 14 Trio Solea
  • Sept. 21 Jazz Mirage
  • Sept. 27 Steel Jam
  • Sept. 28 Sweet Burgundy
  • Oct. 4 Steel Jam
  • Oct. 5 Jazz Mirage
  • Oct. 18 Jazz Mirage
  • Oct. 25 Steel Jam

The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley:

by Paul Franson

The NapaLife Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley is a guide to Napa Valley by Paul Franson, editor of NapaLife, the Insider's Guide to Napa Valley for those who live here – or wish they did.

Highly opinionated, it reflects the views of author Paul Franson, who has been writing about Napa Valley from the inside for more than 16 years.

In the NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley, you’ll learn 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.

The book is 360 pages softbound. One map. Get more information here including the table of contents.

The following locations carry copies of the NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley:

  • Amelia’s Gifts at Napa River Inn

  • Back Room Wines

  • Black Stallion Winery

  • Bookmine

  • Copperfield’s Book

  • Fish Story

  • Grand Hand Gallery

  • Hagafen Winery

  • Hess Collection

  • Jarvis Winery

  • La Residence Inn

  • Milliken Creek Inn

  • Napa General Store

  • Silverado Vineyards

  • Tourist Information Center

  • Trefethen Vineyard

  • Visit Napa Valley Welcome Center

  • West End Napa

  • Wine Train Depot

  •  NapaStyle

  •  Villagio Inn at Vintage Estates
  •  Yountville Welcome Center

Rutherford and Oakville

  • Auberge du Soleil

  • Alpha Omega Winery

  • Franciscan Winery

  • Nichelini Winery

  • Peju Provence

  • Raymond Vineyard

  • Robert Mondavi Winery

  • Rutherford Grove Winery
  • St. Supéry Vineyard

  • Swanson Vineyards

St. Helena
  •  Domaine Charbay Winery
  •  Charles Krug Winery
  •  Spice Islands Marketplace at the
     Culinary Institute of America
  •  Harvest Inn
  •  Meadowood Resort
  •  Napa Valley Olive Oil Co.
  •  St. Helena Visitors’ Center
  •  Sutter Home Winery
  •  V. Sattui Winery
  • Calistoga Vistor Center
  • Copperfield's Books

You can also order a print copy for $24.99 from Amazon's CreateSpace or Kindle version for $9.99. Buy a pdf at


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Spinning the Bottle Again updates seminal how-to book on wine public relations  

Paul Franson and Harvey Posert have introduced Spinning the Bottle Again:  More strategies, tactics and case studies of wine public relations, a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal how-to 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.

In all, almost 50 experts tell how tell how to conduct effective public relations campaigns with examples of their programs what they accomplished.

The studies were collected by PR experts Harvey Posert and Paul Franson, who both live in Napa Valley. Each also contributed chapters to the mix.

Posert was the long-time head of public relations for renowned Robert Mondavi Winery as well as the Wine Institute. He also worked in general public relations and spent time as a daily newspaper reporter.

Franson has extensive experience in corporate and agency public relations as well as business reporting and editing. He founded one of Silicon Valley’s largest public relations firms. For the last 16 years, he has specializing in writing about wine and related subjects.

The book is must reading for anyone involved in managing a winery or marketing wine. It's relevant to the student of wine and marketing, the seasoned exec or owner, and a source of ideas for PR pros.

Both print and electronic versions are available.

The print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

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The original Spinning the Bottle is available for $20.

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