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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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Michelin Wine Country awards
Toy B Ville comes to First Street Napa
Holiday events and fun
Happy Hanukkah
Wine Trolley’s Holiday Light Tours
Santa Train
St. Helena Jingle All the Way
Christmas trees
Donations for CANV
Join a holiday party
Food, wine and restaurant news
New manager at Farmer’s Market
Carts at the farmers market
Welcome Center wine tastings
Cole’s waives corkage for kids
Happy hour at Acacia House
Happy hour at Angèle
CIA introduces paid subscription
Blue Note restaurant evolves
Twelve Days of Christmas
Restaurant gift certificates
Arts and entertainment
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen
Friends of the Napa Library book sale
Music at Napkins
News for wine & hospitality world
Clay Gregory stepping down at VNV 
Sean Gazey GM at Hotel Yountville
CANVAS 10th anniversary party
WIN Expo
This week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
The Browns of California
Bill Dodd’s holiday party and golf
The Earrings of Madame de…
Dine & Donate at Gran Eléctrica
Student guitar concert
Acacia House Feast of Seven Cultures
Walt Disney’s trains at Museum
Stone vs Dungeness crabs
A grower’s tasting at Cadet
Chris Robinson at Gun Bun
100 Men Who Give A Damn
Music at the Andaz
Distraction in Life
A Holiday Shop Hop
An Eye for Art
Acacia Feast of Seven Cultures
Vermouth Workshop at Outland
Jake Shimabukuro Uptown
Chanukah celebration
Broadway Holiday Spectacular
Lucky Penny Scrooge in Love
Is that wine $15 or $50?
Yao Family Wines Holiday Party
Visiting chef Takagi at Kenzo
An Irish Christmas at the Uptown
Garage Band 101 Adults at Silo’s
Napa Farmers’ Market
Children’s Chorus plus Elliot
Family and pet photos with Santa
It’s a Wonderful Wreath
Foreign Film: Return of the Hero
Vintage High Sounds of the Season
Spa Holiday Gift Party at the Meritage
Spanish Cooking with Janet Fletcher
Gingerbread house decorating
Pioneer Christmas at Bale Grist Mill
Holiday Marketplace and Open House
NBC Pottery studio sale
Holiday tasting at Ellman Vineyards
Holiday Candlelight Tour
Caroling in The Village
Winter Wine and Food Fête
Free recitals at Napa Valley College
Aaron Lewis at the Uptown
Merryvale Vineyards’ holiday dinner
The Best Intentions Motown 
‘80s club night at The Saint
Hanukkah Hootenanny
Holiday on the Hill
Baking with Test Kitchen Kids
Teddy Bear Tea at Silverado Resort
Curator’s tour of Art Responds
Films on Fire
Friends of the Napa Library book sale
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Eleven Eleven holiday party
Holiday gathering at Feast it Forward
Garage Band 101 Kids
Mike Thompson’s holiday celebration
Dweezil Zappa at the Uptown
Future events
CIA Holiday Open House
Napa Valley Marathon

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • 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

Visit or call 266-6305.

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

Uptown Theatre  

  • Dec. 6 - Jake Shimabukuro
  • Dec. 7 - An Irish Christmas
  • Dec. 8 - Aaron Lewis
  • Dec. 9 -Dweezil Zappa
  • Dec. 15 - Tower Of Power
  • Jan. 26 - JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Jan. 27 – Rosanne Cash
  • March 1 - Irish Rovers
  • March 22 – Matt Nathanson
  • May 10 - Iliza Millennial

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

  • Dec. 5 Eki Shola with Michael Fortunato
  • Dec. 6 Sal's Greenhouse
  • Dec. 7-8 Bob James
  • Dec. 9 Art Responds: Films on Fire
  • Dec. 12 Holiday Swing: Svetlana & The Delancey Five
  • Dec. 13-15 Manhattan Transfer
  • Dec. 18 Locals Night: Holiday Soiree + Toys for Tots with Roem Baur
  • Dec. 19 Barrio Manouche
  • Dec. 20 Octobop Christmas Show
  • Dec. 21-22 Jessy J. Christmas Performance
  • Dec. 23-26 Closed
  • Dec. 27 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  • Dec.. 28-31 Kenny G
  • Jan. 1-3 Closed
  • Jan 5 Bands in the Bay Feat: The Risky Biscuits, Van Goat, Serf and James, Basi Vibe, and DJ Scotty Fox
  • Jan. 11-12 Eric Darius
  • Jan. 17 Peter Harper
  • Jan. 18-19 Anthony David "Hello Like Before Tour" Celebrating the Music of Bill Withers
  • Jan. 25-26 Cassandra Wilson
  • 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)

 Visit or

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

Silo's Club

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

  • 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

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

Visit or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater

Visit or call 256-7500.

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Books by Paul Franson

The 2018 NapaLife Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson

The 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.

Buy at Bookmine in Napa or order at for $19.99 Buy Kindle version at for $4.99

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 Beautiful 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

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