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The insider's guide for those who live in Napa Valley –

or wish they did.

Nov. 17, 2014

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Published each Monday in Napa Valley

Learn what's new in Napa Valley in NapaLife

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.

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New retreat operation in Pope Valley

Wild Game Week at Hurley’s

Wild Game at Napa Valley Bistro

Take a chance on breakfast

Restaurant Month moves to February

Call for Napa County Poet Laureate

Connolly Ranch fall-break camps

Hall Wines raises $8,500 for Humane

News for the wine community

Covenant Winery moves toBerkeley

Evening hospitality training

This week in Napa Valley

This week at the Cameo Cinema

Orchestra of Exiles

Locals' Night at Oxbow Public Market

Fall Arts Mixer

Scott Bradlee at City Winery

Discover the wines of Southern Italy

Music this week at Uva Trattoria

Progressive wine dinner

429 opening night after party

Boho show and dress exchange

Wine and cheese tasting at Oxbow

Beaujolais Nouveau c’est arrivé!

Christmas kickoff for Salvation Army

Art Alexakis at City Winery

Dinner music with Wesla and Mike

JGB with Melvin Seals at City Winery

Mozzarella and burrata workshop

Big Red November at Mustards

Puppet Festival and Workshop

Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire

VanWinden's Christmas Shop

Explore Napa Valley: Dig It! for adults

Talk on Theodore Gier at Hess

Dinner music with Mads Tolling Trio

Radney Foster at City Winery

Garage Band 101 at Silo’s

Aeolus Quartet at the Opera House

Horn concert at Napa Valley College

Future events

White Christmas at the Opera House

St. Helena Turkey Trot

Santa Trains

Napa Truffle Festival

Zinfandel Experience tasting

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Music in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • Nov. 20 Songs & Stories - An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear
  • Nov. 21 JGB with Melvin Seals
  • Nov. 22 Radney Foster
  • Nov. 23 NVOH Presents: The Aeolus Quartet plus The Napa Valley Youth Symphony
  • Nov. 25 NVOH Present: Tuesday Night Flicks: “White Christmas”
  • Nov. 26 Robert Hunter
  • Nov. 28 Robert Hunter
  • Nov. 29 Robert Hunter
  • Nov. 30 NVOH and Terry Bradford Voice Studio Presents “Glitz & Glam”
  • Dec. 6 A John Waters Christmas
  • Dec. 9 NVOH Presents: An Irish Christmas
  • Dec. 12 Mike Birbiglia – Thank God For Jokes
  • Dec. 14 NVOH Presents: The Return of “Chrismacabartnukkah!”
  • Dec. 28 Blind Melon
  • Dec. 31 Los Lobos

  • Jan. 3 Petty Theft - San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Jan. 9 Larry Coryell
  • Jan. 16 Blame Sally
  • Jan. 18 NVOH Presents: Capitol Steps
  • Jan. 20 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Foreign Correspondent“ 
  • Jan. 28 An Evening with Eric Johnson and MIke Stern
  • Jan. 31 Forejour - Foreigner & Journey Tribute
  • Feb. 6 Dengue Fever
  • Feb. 8 Isa Live: A Vegan Life In Four Courses with Isa Moskowitz
  • Feb. 24 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “A Night at the Opera“
  • March 8 NVOH Presents: Hapa
  • 3/20 Colin Hay
  • March 24 NVOH Presents: Altan
  • March 31 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Big Sleep“ 
  • April 24 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton
  • April 26 NVOH and Terry Bradford Voice Studio Presents "Glitz & Glam"
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“ 
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“ 
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“ 
  • Aug. 25 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “North by Northwest“
  • Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford Voice Studio Presents "Glitz & Glam"

Most  events  start at 8 p.m.

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

Uptown Theatre

The Uptown Theatre is closed for shows until Nov. 9, but the box office remains open M-F 12pm-5pm and Sat. 12pm-4pm
  • Dec. 12  Merle Haggard
  • Dec. 13  Robert Cray
  • Jan. 23 The Beach Boys
  • Feb. 21  Crystal Bowersox
  • March 13  The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute
  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
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

  • Sunday, Nov. 23, From Bach to Glass and Back with Maestro Michael Guttman
  • Friday, Dec. 5, Pink Martini Christmas with Symphony Napa Valley
  • Friday, Dec. 4, special student preview Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s King Lear
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s King Lear
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 Amadeus film and Merry Mozart Celebration  with Sir Neville Marriner
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 Sir Neville Marriner and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony Napa Valley  3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 18, Golden Dragon Acrobats Cirque Ziva
  • Friday, Feb. 13, Mariachi Vargas
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Swing Dance Celebration  6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29 Peter Coyote and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony Napa Valley   3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, TEDxNapaValley Redefining Success
  • Sunday, May 31, Tango and Opera Sensations with Maestro Michael Guttman
  • Sunday, June 28, Viva Vivaldi! with Maestro Michael Guttman

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts            

  • Nov. 23 Harvest Of Music at 3 p.m. Main Theater
  • Dec. 7 Tribute to Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou: African Sanctus by David Fanshawe at 3 p.m. Main Theater
  • Dec. 12 Jazz Impressions at 8 p.m. Main Theater 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 Voice Recital at 8 p.m. Main Theater 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 14 Winds Extraordinaire Main Theater 3 p.m.

Visit, or or call 256-7500.
Starting Here, Starting Now

New edition of Insider's Guide available

Though it's only been a year and a half, it was time to bring the NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley bring it up to date.

I've made hundreds of changes to add and delete restaurants and other venues, and correct errors.

The price is  only $19.99. You can buy it at Createspace, part of Amazon, or at Amazon, but I get a better deal at Createspace. The Kindle version is $9.99 at

It's a great gift for friends, colleagues and visitors. If you want a bunch, as some realtors have found, it's an even better deal. They give it to newcomers to the valley. Email

Escapes to Paradise:

Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

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

Author and sailor Paul Franson loves the romantic islands of the Caribbean Sea, but it’s not clear that those islands love him. He’s 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.

Formerly a writer and marketer in Silicon Valley, Franson now lives in Napa Valley, where he writes about wine, food, travel and the Wine County lifestyle — and occasionally more far-reaching subjects.

He’s been to about two dozen different Caribbean islands, and still wants to visit more — but not on his own sailboat.

The 170-page book also contains tales of sailing trips and other visits to other islands, information about some popular sailing destinations and a collection of recipes from the Caribbean.

Order a print version for $9.99 at

You can also buy it from Amazon, which owns Createspace, but I get a smaller royalty from Amazon.

The Kindle version is $4.99 at

You can buy copies from me while I arrange some retail outlets. Email


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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

The Kindle version is $9.99 from

A pdf version is $9.99 at

The original Spinning the Bottle is available for $20.

Visit for more information or contact Paul Franson at or 258-0159.