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April 24, 2017

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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.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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This week in NapaLife

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BottleRock announces culinary offerings
Brown Estate opens in Sushi Mambo building
South Kelly Grill open
Vineburg Deli opens Monday
Genova ravioli factory to Napa
Farmers’ market at Farmstead
Burgers & Beer at Harvest Table
Music at Napkins
BottleRock culinary stage lineup
Farmstead’s guest chef dinner series
Mentors needed
News for the wine community
Women in wine salary survey
Napa County agricultural value
Rutherford hires Turnipseed.
Business Journal Wine Conference
UC Davis Extension wine courses
This week in Napa Valley
Goose & Gander’s fifth anniversary
Food and wine classes at Copia
Lots to do at JaM Cellars
Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Locals at Oxbow and Compadres
Locals Night featuring Jealous Zelig
Art of Seeing photo adventure
Jacques Pépin at Amuse Bouche
Lightning Wine Cellars at Cadet
Locals night at Silo’s
Tommy Igoe Band at the Blue Note
Blind Tasting - Guess the Grape
Love is All You Need?
Open mic poetry at Stevenson
Holmes photos at Chimney Rock
Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Fried chicken dinner at Evangeline
Welcome spring at Whetstone
Maple and Vine at Lucky Penny
Empowered at AmCan High School    Keiko Matsui at the Blue Note
Fred Lessman at Silo’s
Home & Garden Show
CampoVelo bike festival
No Kid Hungry dinner
Rosé wine at Back Room Wines
Chef and Somm at Silverado
Spring into the Garden at Mustards
Secure The Sun at Silo’s
Kitchens in the Vineyards’ tour
Recipes in the Vineyards cookbook
Music at Ca’ Momi
Napa Saturdays Farmers’ Market
Aw Shucks at Provenance
Art in Crusher Wine District
The Making of Art
Trait de Genie art and reception
Cheese at St. Supéry Winery
Art of Tea at Brannan Cottage Inn
Vincent Connors at Wine Foundry
Frantz at Jarvis
Reach Foundation benefit
Art demo at Jessel Gallery
Hard Hats and Ole
Youth Symphony Red Gala
Tori Anna with songs of Doris Day
Soirée de Champagne at Lucy
Swing for Sight for ocular csncer
Pelaccio at Long Meadow Ranch
Beringer Vineyards Founders’ Day
Plein Air painting at Nichelini
Sure Thing! at Art Gallery
Writers at Capp Heritage
Artists at Etude Wines
Flow: Arts at the River in Napa
Goodman music at Tucker Center
Garage Band 101 - Kids
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Cheese Class: Us Versus Them


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club
  • Apr 28 Secure The Sun
  • May 4 Shelby, Texas
  • May 13  Heartless – Premier Tribute to Heart
  • May 20 Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit
  • July 22 Forejour – Tribute to Foreigner & Journey

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

Blue Note Club
  • April 25 Locals night Jelous Zelig
  • April 26 Tommy Igoe Band
  • April 27-30 Keiko Matsui
  • May 4-6 Pete Escovedo
  • May 7 Sandy Cressman
  • May 9  Locals night Roem Baur
  • May 10 Sherri Roberts
  • May 18-20 David Benoit Trio
  • May 23 Locals night Roem Baur
  • May 24 Napa County Watershed Symposium 8:30 a.m.
  • May 24 JJ Grey & Mofro, Kuinka
  • May 25 Alvon Johnson
  • May 28 Funk Revival
  • June 1-3 Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars: John Lee, Freddie Hendrix, Cyrus Chestnut & Tommy Campbell
  • June 12-14 Fred Hersch
  • July 13-15 Edwin McCain Trio
  • July 21-23 Andy McKee
  • July 29 Delta Rae
  • Aug. 25-27 Livingston Taylor
  • Sept. 20-21 Nicolas Bearde
  • Sept. 26 Michael Kaeshammer
The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • Apr 28 David Crosby & Friends
  • Apr 30 Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank
  • May 5 Paramount's Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
  • June 2 Y&T
  • June 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • June 4 The Wailin' Jennys
  • June 15 Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Band
  • June 17 Comedian Kathy Griffin 
  • June 23 Richard Marx
  • July 21 Judy Collins
  • July 22 Jay Leno
  • July 23 – The Robert Cray Band
  • Aug 18 – Comedian Rodney Carrington
  • Sept. 29 - Get the Led Ou
  • Oct. 13 - Take Me To the River - Memphis Soul & R&B
  • Oct. 21 - Howie Mandel
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

  • April 29 Napa ValleyYouth Symphony’s Red Gala
  • April 30  For the Love of Music: Sonic Spring free community concert
  • May 4 Nonsense and Verse
  • May 14 LolliPOPS! concert
  • June 24 Willie K: A fundraiser for The Lest We Forget Foundation
  • June 25 Mostly Mozart
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley Music

  • April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.
  • May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.
  • May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison
  • June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo
  • Youth Summer Academy Show
Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.
Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 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
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You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email