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May 2, 2016

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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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Miminashi to open Saturday

Protea restaurant open in Yountville

Downtown Safeway store for sale

Hotel Yountville for sale

Hotel developments in Napa Valley

Happy hour and delivery at Tarla

Wine Train finally meets promise

Vineyard 29 at the Oxbow

Bauer’s Top 100 list

BottleRock food and beverages

Volunteering for Auction Napa Valley

Film Festival seeks volunteers

Robert Mondavi summer concerts

BottleRock aftershows

Stag’s Leap Cellars fêtes Paris tasting

More celebrations of Paris tasting

Whitehall Lane hires winemaker

This week in Napa Valley

Live music this week in Napa Valley

Janet Fletcher’s best British cheeses

Fundraiser for Mary Luros

Magnolia Brewing at Kitchen Door

Regional French dinners

This week at Cameo Cinema

Napa Farmers’ Market

Fade to Blue: Evan Horne Mystery

Open House at the Preserve Spa

French winemakers at Cadet 

Syria T. Berry at Silo’s

Riesling Rediscovered booksigning

Cinco de Mayo

Fashion Show Fiesta at Andaz

Crush Ultra Lounge

The Grill at Silverado

Calistoga Ranch.

Benefit dinner at “El Toque”

The Great Grape Study of Syrah

Doug Houser at Silo’s

David Sedaris at the Uptown

Black Tie at Calistoga Theater Co.

St. Helena Farmers’ Market opens

Mount Veeder dinner at the Q

Rosé tasting at Back Room Wines

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Pianist Vadim Neselovski at Silo’s

Marshall Tucker Band at the Uptown

California Symphony Grand Finale

Calistoga Farmers’ Market

Oaks and native plants

Sense Yountville

Afternoon in the Vineyards

Bonsai show

Tea at Robert Mondavi Winery

Kentucky Derby at Long Meadow

Duckhorn Vineyards Derby party

Yountville town wide-yard sale

Mother’s Day at Marie Lyall Shoes

Barrel party at Castello di Amorosa

It’s a Grand Night for Singers

Cedric Curtis and John Wheeler

American Canyon Farmers’ Market

Mother’s Day meals

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog show

The Vinifera Trio at White Barn

Future events

Napa city yard sale

Festival Napa Valley’s Sun Run


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

May 5 - Author David Sedaris
May 6 - The Marshall Tucker Band
May 12 - Jewel 
May 15 - Comedian Jo Koy
May 20 – Los Lonely Boys
May 22 – Kris Allen

BottleRock Presents:
  • Thursday May 26 - Cheech and Chong
  • Friday May 27 - The Pharcyde, with Special Guest K. Flay
  • Saturday May 28 - Gogol Bordello
  • Sunday May 29 - Robert DeLong
  • Monday May 30 - Rodrigo y Gabriela
June 12 – Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
June 16 - Al Di Meola

June 17 - Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

June 26 – Al Di Meola
July 1 – Judy Collins
July 6 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 14 – Comedian Brian Regan
July 16 – Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles
Sept 16 – Art Garfunkel
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin
Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

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

May 6 California Symphony presents: A Grand Finale
May 14
LolliPOPS! free concert series
May 19 Napa Regional Dance Foundation: Dance Inspires Messages
May 21 VOENA: Voices of Broadway
May 22 Napa Regional Dance Company presents Unseen
June 9 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Jazz Legend Night
June 10
Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Funk night
June 12 Little Feet - 2016 Recital
June 26 Symphony Napa Valley presents Double Double
July 9 The Fab Four
July 30 La Santa Cecilia
Aug. 14 Dan Goodman Nonsense and Verse 

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

May 13 Cool Jazz Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble "Stormwatch"
May 15 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Orchestra Concert

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues its ongoing Sunday series at the Napa Valley Opera House once a month.

May 13 - 29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock ) Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production


Books by Paul Franson

The 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.
Buy printed copy from Bookmine, me or 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 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
Kindle version $4.99 from
You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email