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The Village at Vista Collina opens

V Foundation raisies $18 million

Premiere of The Tasting Room

Kalifornia Jean Bar opens

Rutherford Grill adds corkage fee

Eiko’s happy hour

Napa Noodles’ happy hour

New York Times touts tasting rooms

Ashes & Diamonds honors Elvis

A satisfying experience

An explosion of music

News for the wine community

ZD follows introduces bubbly

An explosion of sparkling wines

Busy times in sleepy Chiles Valley

Castlevale Winery approved

Maxville Lake Winery continued

Wine Business adds Wines & Vines

Rootstock to be at the college

Renaud Society Wine Competition

Díaz Muñoz now winemaker at Ehlers

Delos directs wine for Far Niente

Current research series

Krupp appoints Fayard winemaker

This week in Napa Valley

Music in the Vineyards this week

Music in the Vineyards free programs

Vincent Connors show at Mondavi

Napa Town & Country Fair

National Farmers Market Week

This week at the Cameo Cinema

Agave Aficionado Fiesta de Recogida!

Tuesday at Napa Farmers’ Market

Highland Street Quartet at Cameo

Locals Night: Jealous Zelig

National Night Out

Star Gazing at Bouchaine

How to Write Historical Fiction

Brazilian Jazz at Blue Note

Applebee’s hosts benefit wine tasting 

Ashes & Diamonds wine at Cadet

Silverado hosts adult tennis camp

The painting of William Gambini

Ladies Night at The Saint    Sunset Cinema at Charles Krug

Discovering Spain at the CIA at Copia

Rising with Elizabeth Rush

Shelia Ticen: Everyday Sort of Beauty

Ordinary Sons in St. Helena series

The Dustbowl Revival at Blue Note

Grape Study: Viognier

LC Diamonds at Calistoga concerts

Pianists Who Sing at Silo’s

St. Helena Farmers Market

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen’s hits

Winery After Dark

Silo’s Garage Band 101 for Adults

Napa City Nights

Music on the terrace at Merryvale

Is it $15 or $50?

Papa Joe and The New Deal

Osteria Live!

Napa Farmers Market

Family Fun Day at the Museum

Carneros Wine Cornhole tournament

Live music at Beringer

Craig Corona at Capp Heritage

Tom Duarte at The Saint

‘When Doves Cry’ at Silo’s

Amos Lee at the Uptown

Ceja Lobster Feast

More Than Acoustic at Blue Note

Artisan market at Vista Collina

Bingo and burgers at St. Mary’s

Summer Sundays at Goose & Gander

Silo’s Napa Live on The Plaza

Summer Music on the River

Osteria Live!

Clint Black at the Uptown

Apéro and a French movie on river

Future events

First year of Hyde Family winery

Bill Dodd for Senate 2020

Ciderfest at CIA Copia

Crocker Starr Carnivus Maximus

Calistoga Wine Experience

ZD Wines 50th Anniversary

Harvest Celebration at Corley


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • Aug. 3-12 The Tasting Room by Barry Martin
  • Aug. 19 Lucky Shorts short story festival
  • Oct. 19-Nov. 4 Blithe Spirit
  • Nov. 31-Dec. 16. Scrooge in Love
  • Jan. 18-27, 2019. The Enchanted Bookshop
  • Feb. 15-March 3, 2019. Forever Plaid
  • March 22-April 7, 2019. Bingo, The Winning Musical
  • April 26-May 12, 2019 Reasons to Be Pretty/Reasons to Be Happy
  • May 31-June 16, 2019 Cabaret
  • Sept. 7-23 Into the Woods

Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.

Uptown Theatre  

  • Aug. 11 - Amos Lee
  • Aug. 12 – Clint Black
  • Aug. 18 - Cesar Millan
  • Aug. 23 – Colin Jost
  • Sept. 6 - Abba the Concert
  • Sept. 12 – The Mavericks
  • Sept. 16 – Craig Ferguson – HOBO Fabulous Tour
  • Oct. 6 - Simon & Garfunkel Story
  • Oct. 12 - Get The Led Out
  • Oct. 19 - Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
  • Oct. 20 – Steven Wright
  • Nov. 16 – Hollywood Babble-On – Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman
  • Nov. 18 – An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren
  • Nov. 30 - Jonny Lang
  • Dec. 1 - Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
  • Dec. 6 - Jake Shimabukuro
  • Dec. 7 - An Irish Christmas
  • Dec. 8 - Aaron Lewis
  • Dec. 9 -Dweezil Zappa
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

Blue Note Club

  • Aug. 8 Carlos Henrique Pereira
  • Aug. 11 More Than Acoustic with ex-membersl of Boston, Night Ranger
  • Aug. 15 Brian Melvin's Fog with Barry Sless featuring Brian Melvin,BR
  • Aug. 16 Tom Braxton
  • Aug. 17 Damien Escobar
  • Aug. 18 Kahulanui
  • Aug. 23 Tyrone Wells
  • Aug. 24 & 25 Michael Lington
  • Sep. 6-8 Omar Sosa
  • Sep. 12 Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Sep. 19 Katie Thiroux
  • Sep. 20 Mordy Ferber Quartet
  • Sep. 21 & 22 Lisa Fischer
  • Sep. 27-29 Brian McKnight
  • Oct. 10 The Reverend Shawn Amos
  • Oct. 11 Yolanda Brown
  • Oct. 23 Locals Night with Roem Baur
  • Oct. 24 Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Dec. 13-15 The Manhattan Transfer
  • Dec. 18 Locals Night: Holiday Soirée + Toys for Tots with Roem Baur
  • Feb. 7-19 Ottmar Liebert

Visit or call 880-2300.

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (JaM Cellars Ballroom
Upstairs in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

  • Oct. 12 Allen Stone with Nick Waterhouse
  • Nov. 30 A John Waters Christmas

 Visit or

Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Silo's Club

  • Aug. 9 The Joy of Pianists Who Sing! Janice Maxie Reid & Mike Greensill
  • Aug. 10 Garage Band 101 for Adults
  • Aug. 11 When Doves Cry - The Prince Tribute Show
  • Aug. 12 Bodhi Shrugs - Napa Live: Inside Out Music Crawl
  • Aug. 12 Garage Band 101 - For Kids
  • Aug. 17 Friday Latin Night: Julius Melendez & Conjunto Seis de Montuno
  • Aug. 18 Total Recall '90s
  • Aug. 19 Garage Band 101 for Adults
  • Aug. 23 The Joy of Pianists Who Sing! Janice Maxie Reid & Mike Greensill
  • Aug. 24 AgapeSoul - Modern Soul, Funky Grooves!
  • Aug. 26 Sundays on The Plaza - Afternoon Delight Trio
  • Aug. 31 Jackson Michelson + guest Mark MacKay
  • Sept. 14 Notorious
  • Oct. 14 The Dawdlers - Napa Live: Inside Out Music Crawl
  • Oct. 14 Larry Fuller Trio - presented by Napa Valley Jazz Society
  • Nov. 7 Mike Yung

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
Here’s the whole announced season for Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (though two performances* will be at Copia, not Lincoln Theater,

  • *Aug. 18 Reds, Whites and Bluegrass at Copia

  • Sept. 8 National Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering

  • Oct. 5-14Valley Players present Ordinary Day by Lorraine Midanik

  • Dec. 6-7 Transcendence‘s Broadway Holiday Spectacular

  • Feb. 15-24, 2019 Valley Players present Farce of Habit by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley Jazz Society

All shows are Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. and at Silo's in Napa except as indicated.

Get information and tickets at

E & M Presents

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.


Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley Music at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 
at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

 Books by Paul Franson

The 2018 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

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.

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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.


Print version $9.99


Kindle version $4.99 from

You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email