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April 21, 2014


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This week in NapaLife

Auction Napa Valley celebrates local food

Arts in April concludes this week

Calistoga celebrates Arts in April

Upcoming Tuesday Night Flicks

Napa Chamber community awards

Cooking School restaurant

Down to Earth honors leaders

Trinchero plants 10 millionth tree

Auction of best California property?

New executive chef at Brix

News for the Napa wine community

Mark Dunlea joins Trinchero

Wine museum planned for Santa Rosa

Karen MacNeil finishes second Bible

This week in Napa Valley

Lost in Translation with Coppola

French regional dinners

Movies this week at Cameo Cinema

Locals’ Night at Oxbow Public Market

An American in Paris at Opera House

The Seven Steps of Forgiveness

Sensing Red at City Winery

Music at Uva Trattoria this week

What’s that weed?

April’s Pour-Off Pair-Off at Mustards:

Merlot grape study at Back Room

Syria T Berry at Silo’s

Free art tour at Silverado Vineyards

Cycle Fever at Clif Family Winery

Calistoga art gallery stroll

Explore Blue Horse Studios

Fabio Sanzogni at Castello di Amorosa

Illusione at Napa Cigar

Forejour at Silo’s

Austrian wine tasting at Back Room

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Wine Lover’s Boot Camp at the CIA

April in Carneros

Tour Villa Ca’ Toga

Molly Corbett at Calistoga Blackbird

Calistoga Art Center exhibit

Ride in the Sky in balloons

Lee Youngman Gallery

Open house at Carmel Gallery

Mineral sculpture at Indian Springs

Miniature exhibition and workshops

Chahbazian at Up Valley Vintners

They Went Ghost at Silo’s

Write On, Mamas at Bookmine

Ira Yeager at Jericho Canyon

Mozart Requiem at college

Guitarist Joe Galambos at White Barn

Artist reception at Viader Vineyards

Napa Crossroads Release Party

Future events

Hall Cabernet Cookoff returns

Pickups for Queen of the Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

Upcoming shows at City Winery

  • NVOH Presents Tuesday Night Flicks: An American in Paris April 22
  • NVOH Presents: Lucky Penny Productions & 6th Street Playhouse present Dirty Rotten Scoundrels April 25-27
  • David Pack's Napa Crossroads album release to benefit The Music Connection and Arts Council Napa Valley April 28
  • Graham Nash April 29 30, $75-95. 
  • Mike Nesmith May 1
  • NVOH Presents: Lucky Penny Productions & 6th Street Playhouse present Dirty Rotten Scoundrels May 2-4
  • Mike Nesmith, May 1
  • Asleep At The Wheel, Wednesday, May 7, $30-40
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Thursday, May 8, $20-25
  • Karla Bonoff, Friday, May 9, $20-30
  • NVOH presents: Mother's Day with Freddy Cole – May 11
  • Jesse Cook, Tuesday May 13, $30-40
  •  Richard Thompson May 14 and 15
  • Allen Toussaint, Friday, May 16, $25-30
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny Present: I’m the Greatest Future Star Musical Theatre Showcase for Kids May 18
  • Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle May 20
  • John Mayall, Friday, May 23, $40-50
  • Leo Kottke, Saturday, May 24, $30-40
  • NVOH Presents, Tuesday Night Flicks: Notorious May 27
  • Maria Muldaur, Friday, May 30, $15-25
  • Dar Williams , June 5
  • Tristan Prettyman, Friday June 6, $25-35
  • NVOH Presents: Los Cenzontles June 8
  • The Both: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo June 11
  • Red Molly, Thursday, June 12, $15-20
  • NVOH Presents: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers June 13
  • Hayes Carll and Bob Schneider, Saturday, June 14, $22-30
  • Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, June 17
  • Josh Rouse, June 18
  • Milk Carton Kids, Monday, June 16, $15-25
  • World Party, Friday, June 20, $50-70
  • 10,000 Maniacs, Saturday, June 21, $40-50
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny Presents: The Rogers and Hammerstein Songbook June 22
  • NVOH Presents, Tuesday Night Flicks: The Third Man June 24
  • The Bangles June 27
  • NVOH Presents: John Pizzarelli – June 29
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops July 3
  • Al Stewart, July 5, $25-$35
  • NVOH Presents: Bill Frisell's Guitar in the Space Age July 6
  • Lewis Black, July 10, 11, 12, $55-75
  • Martha Wainwright July 15
  • The English Beat July 18-19
  • NVOH and Lucky Penny Presents: An All American Summer Songbook July 20   
  • NVOH presents: Golden State - Lone Star Revue featuring Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty July 25
  • David Grisman, July 31
  • The English Beat, July 18 and 19
  • Bettye Lavette, Aug. 16, $30-$40
  • Lila Downs July 17
  • David Grisman  Aug. 28, $35-$45
  • David Grisman, Sept. 25
  • Leo Kottke Oct. 2

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 www.citywinery.com.


Uptown Theatre Lineup


Here’s the upcoming schedule at Uptown Theatre:  

  • April 23 Los Lonely Boys
  • April 26 Gavin DeGraw
  • May 3 Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • May 9 Solo acoustic Keb’ Mo’
  • May 24 The Fab Four
  • Nov. 14 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 www.uptowntheatrenapa.com.


Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theate

  • May 25 Symphony Napa Valley and Belgian violinist and conductor Michael Guttman
Get information and tickets at www.lincolntheater.org or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts

  • April 27 at 3 p.m. Mozart, Requiem Napa Valley College Chorale & Orchestra Directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes & Conducted by Harry Cadelago
  • May 4 at 3 p.m. Rhythmic Fantasy North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago
  • May 10 at 8 p.m. Voice Recital by NVC Voice Class Students
  • May 18 at 3 p.m. Symphony of Romance Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago
  • May 25  at 3 p.m. Piano Recital NVC Piano Class Students Directed by Mazdak Khamda
Get tickets at napavalleytheater.org 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.
  • April 27: Joe Galambos, classical guitar, flamenco, tangos, with guest violinist Rachelle Davis.
  • May 17 Fellows of the Orchestral Institute of Napa Valley "Step Right Up!  A Musical Circus Adventure" family concert.
  • May 24: Celia Ramsay and Luxury Edition outdoor concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests are invited to bring picnics, and low lawn chairs or blankets. Tickets $30 to benefit Connolly Ranch.
  • 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 www.thewhitebarn.org 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 www.festivaldelsole.org, 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.






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:

Napa
  • 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

Yountville
  •  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
  • 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 www.napalife.com/insider.html.



 


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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 www.createspace.com/3794516.


The Kindle version is $9.99 from Amazon.com.


A pdf version is $9.99 at www.spinningthebottle.com.


The original Spinning the Bottle is available for $20.


Visit www.spinningthebottle.com for more information or contact Paul Franson at paul@paulfranson.com or 258-0159.