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As I’ve told friends tales of my
wonderfully disastrous life aboard
a sailboat in the Caribbean, they always say, “You should write a book!”
I finally did. More precisely,
I’ve combined the story of that
adventure with other tales from my time in the Caribbean aboard larger
sailing ships and more.
I’ve also thrown in a collection
of my favorite Caribbean recipes. Here’s my pitch:
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
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
You can also buy it from Amazon,
which owns Createspace, but I get a smaller commission from Amazon.
And note that while the name may
not seem original if you search, the “s” is.
The Kindle version is $4.99 at www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGWSFC0.
You can buy copies from me while I arrange some retail
outlets. Email email@example.com.
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
bring it up to date.
I've made hundreds of changes to add and delete
and other venues, and correct errors.
The price dropped, too: It's now only $19.99. You can
at Createspace, part of Amazon, or at Amazon,
but I get a better deal
The Kindle version is $9.99 at amazon.com.
It will soon be available at local outlets.
The current version is 99 percent correct, of course,
have a limited number of copies available for $10 including sales tax
and shipping (perhaps delivery locally!) Visit special offer.
It's a great gift for friends, colleagues and visitors.
want a bunch, as some realtors have found, it's an even better deal.
They give it to newcomers to the valley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music in Napa Valley
for details on future events
Future concerts and
Upcoming shows at City Winery
- Gary Randa with Funk Pickles Aug. 18
- Songs and Strings with Mads Tolling and Wesla
Whitfield Aug. 20
- Ottmar Liebert Aug. 21
- Sonny Landreth Aug. 22
- An evening with The Best Intentions Aug. 23
- NVOH and Lucky Penny present The Gershwin and Berlin
Songbook Aug. 24
- Men Without Hats Aug. 25
- NVOH presents To Catch a Thief Aug. 26
- An evening with The Company Men Aug. 27
- David Grisman Aug. 28
- The California Honeydrops Aug. 29
- Marshall Crenshaw and Bottle Rockets Aug. 30
- Sklar Brothers Aug. 31
- Patrick Sweany Sept. 3
- Sean Hayes Sept. 6
- NVOH presents George Komsky Sept. 7
- Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Sept. 8
- Poppin Productions Presents Napa Nights featuring
D-Lo Sept. /5
- Rock Cinema Series at City Winery: Searching for
Sugar Man Sept. 10
- Allen Stone with Romeo Testa Sept. 12
- Macy Gray Sept. 18
- Glen Phillips Sept. 19
- NVOH and Lucky Penny’s “I’m the Greatest Future Star”
Musical Theatre Competition for Kids Sept. 21
- Glen Phillips Sept. 19
- Chuck Ragan Solo Acoustic Sept. 20
- NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the Greatest
FUTURE Star Musical Theatre Competition for Kids” Sept. 21
- NVOH presents Beoga Sept. 23
- Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello with Tall Ulysse
- David Grisman Sept. 25
- Justin Nozuka Sept. 26
- Carlene Carter Sept. 27
- Raul Midon with Gabby Moreno Sept. 29
- NVOH presents Sunset Boulevard Sept. 30
- Robert Earl Keen Octg. 1
- Leo Kottke Oct. 2
- Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys Oct. 3
- Gary Wright Oct. 4
- Justin Townes Earle Oct. 5
- Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires Oct. 6
- The Lone Bellow with Hugh Bob & The Hustle Oct. 7
- Carbon Leaf Oct. 8
- Storm Lange Oct. 9
- Tom Rush Oct. 10
- NVOH presents Will Durst from LSD to OMG! Oct. 14
- Suzy Bogguss Oct. 17
- Loudon Wainwright III Oct. 18
- NVOH and Lucky Penny present The Dynamic Duet! Oct. 19
- Leon Russell Oct. 23
- NVOH presents Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
- Iris Dement Oct. 25
- NVOH presents Perla Batalla Oct. 26
- NVOH presents Wait Until Dark Oct. 28
- Tinariwen Oct. 29
- Ramey Winemaker Dinner Nov. 1
- NVOH presents Makana Nov. 2
- Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors “Good Light Goes West”
- Rhett Miller Nov. /7
- Marcia Ball Nov. 8
- NVOH presents Mariachi Divas Nov. 9
- The Psychedelic Furs and Lemonheads Nov. 11
- Sinead O’Connor — I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss Nov. 20
- NVOH presents White Christmas Nov. 25
- Judy Collins Dec. 4A John Waters Christmas
- Dec. 6 at 8 and 10 p.m.
- NVOH presents An Irish Christmas Dec. 9
- Mike Birbiglia Thank God for Jokes. Dec. 12
- NVOH and Lucky Penny present The return of
“ChrismaCabaretNukkah! Dec. 14
- NVOH presents Hapa March 8
- NVOH presents Altan March 24
Most events start at 8 p.m.
Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a
at 260-1600 or www.citywinery.com.
Here’s the upcoming schedule at Uptown Theatre:
- Aug. 22 Marshall Tucker Band with Moonalice
- Aug. 23 The Dan Band with the Iron Heart
- Sept. 26 Dana Carvey
- Sept. 27 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
- Oct. 11 Dark Star Orchestra
- Oct. 12 Katchafire with Jordan T
- Oct. 25 Lee Ann Womack
- Nov. 9 Ziggy Marley
- Nov. 13 Napa Film Festival Gala
- Nov. 14 An evening with David Sedaris
- Nov. 15 Napa Film Festival Gala
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
- Mindful Celebration...A Day of Awareness in Napa
Valley Oct. 4 9:30 a.m.
- Fiestas Navideñas Dec. 6 7 p.m. Napa
- Amadeus Film and Merry Mozart Celebration Dec.
13 6 p.m.
- Sir Neville Marriner and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with
Symphony Napa Valley Dec. 14 3 p.m.
- Cirque Ziva Jan. 18 3 p.m.
- Valentine's Day Swing Dance Celebration Feb.
- Peter Coyote and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony
Napa Valley March 29 3 p.m.
Get information and tickets at
www.lincolntheater.org or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College
See napavalleytheater.org and
White Barn 2014 schedule
The popular April Sunday Salons will be held
p.m. with tickets to each performance at $30 to benefit Rianda House.
- Sept. 6: Tom Montgomery and Montango outdoor
Tangos from Argentina, tango dancers. A benefit for Connolly Ranch.
- Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26: Broadway Musical.
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
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
The White Barn is at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave. in St.
Long Meadow Ranch
Summer Concert Series
- Aug. 24 - The Brothers Comatose
- Sept. 14 - The Mother Hips
Get details and tickets at www.longmeadowranch.com.
Compadres summer music
The Compadres summer music
series has been extended through September. It's every Sunday on gthe
Here is the schedule for August:
- Aug. 24 - Sweet Burgundy
- Aug. 31 - The Greg Richmond Band featuring Ed Early
- Sept. 7 - The Nite Lites
- Sept.14 - Davies-Dukes
- Sept.21 - Doubleshot
- Sept. 28 - The Greg Richmond Band with Ed Early
Music at Goose &
Goose & Gander has live music outside in the garden every Sunday
from 1 to 4 p.m. They serve cocktails and a full menu of food with no
- Aug. 24 Scott Pemberton
- Aug. 31 Mark Sexton Band
Goose & Gander is at 1245 Spring St. in St. Helena.
www.goosegander.com or call 967-8779.
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Calistoga Concerts in the Park are held at Pioneer Park
Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here’s the line-up:
- Aug. 21 Wild Catahoulas Cajun/ Zydeco band
- Aug. 28 Allways Elvis Band
Napa City Nights at
- Aug. 22 Twice as Good, The Pat Jordan Band and
Kristen Van Dyke
- Aug. 29 Purple Haze- Jimi Hendrix Tribute, 37th
Parallel and Rob Sherman
Musical picnics in Lyman Park
St. Helena Chamber of Commerce presents a free summer
series every other Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lyman Park.
This popular community event captures the charm that is
Helena. Bring your picnic basket and blanket, but get to Lyman Park
early. This popular concert series packs in the crowd.
Lineup for 2014 St. Helena Park Summer Concert Series:
Aug. 21 – Todd Haaby & Friends
Jessup Cellars “Art
House Sessions” musical series
All on Saturdays:
- Aug. 23 Holly Conlan
- Sept. 13 Chris Laterzo
Call (888) 537-7879 or email email@example.com.
Jessup Cellars is at 6740 Washington St. in Yountville.
Music on the Promenade
Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. through October
- Aug. 23 Jazz Mirage
- Aug. 30 Steel Jam
- Sept. 6 Steel Jam
- Sept. 7 Jazz Mirage
- Sept. 14 Trio Solea
- Sept. 21 Jazz Mirage
- Sept. 27 Steel Jam
- Sept. 28 Sweet Burgundy
- Oct. 4 Steel Jam
- Oct. 5 Jazz Mirage
- Oct. 18 Jazz Mirage
- Oct. 25 Steel Jam
Napa River Inn Sunday
On the patio. Music starts at 4 p.m. with no cover charge.
- Aug. 24 David Landon
- Aug. 31 Suspects of Soul
- Sept. 7 Alvon Johnson
- Sept. 21 Darrell Edward Heavy Weather Band
- Sept. 28 David Landon
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the Bottle Again updates seminal how-to book on wine
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
The original Spinning
the Bottle is available for $20.
Visit www.spinningthebottle.com for
more information or contact Paul Franson at firstname.lastname@example.org or