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 Jan. 19, 2015

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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.

This week in NapaLife

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Foodshed Take Away open tomorrow

That’s “eats,” not “fats”

The menu at Ad Lib

Sac’s Tasty Hot Dogs Menu

Calistoga Kitchen closed for upgrades

Specials at The Runway by Patrick

Methode Asian fusion menu

Locals special at Napkins

City Winery Wine Trivia Wednesdays

Veggies & Vino Pairing

Retailing news

Grand Hand Gallery closing

Allison in Wine Country open in St. Helena

Tasting rooms add other goods in Yountville

Cairdean Estate progressing

Community news

Vintners give $2 M to Boys and Girls

Lodging news

Filament Hospitality buys Sunburst

More on lodging in Calistoga

Construction starts on Hampton Inn

Legal vacation rentals in Napa

Year-end real estate report

More on the Mudder of all weekends

News of the arts

Performing Arts at Lincoln Theater

Yountville Live adds acts

2015 Insider’s Guide published

Napa Valley Restaurant Month

News for the wine community

Unified Wine & Grape Show

Wine Market Council Conference

Nine North makes Lyman winemaker

Clos Du Val hires Furdek & Gallagher

This week in Napa Valley

French regional dinner

This week at the Cameo Cinema

Foreign Correspondent

Burns dinner at Hurley’s

Johnson and Stern at City Winery

Wednesdays with Mike Greensill

Exploration Series: White Glove Tour

Riesling Fan Club of Napa Valley

Truchard dinner at The Thomas

Lindsey Stirling at Uptown sold out

Brian Cline solo acoustic at Silo’s

Blonde Redhead at City Winery

Live music at River Terrace Inn

Pour-Off Pair-Off dinner at Mustards

Wine and food classes at the CIA

Back Room Blow Out LX

Chuck Prophet at City Winery

Rivvrs with Anadel CD release party

West End Napa trunk show

Miniature horses at Jamieson Ranch

St. John’s Lutheran school crab feed

Jarvis presents Verdi’s Nabucco

Foreigner & Journey Tribute n

Delbert Bump at Silo’s

A Super Bowl social at Velo Vino

Super Bowl food from the Q

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

Future events

Museum Magic fundraiser

Lobster feed at Markham

Neela Paniz Indian cooking classes

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Performances in Napa Valley

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  • Jan. 27 NVOH Presents Tuesday Night Flicks “Foreign Correspondent”
  • Jan. 28 An Evening with Eric Johnson and Mike Stern
  • Jan. 30 Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express
  • Jan. 31 Forejour - Foreigner & Journey Tribute
  • Feb. 1 NVOH Presents: The San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows -
  • Feb. 5 Front Country and Stray Birds
  • Feb 6 Dengue Fever
  • Feb 7 An evening with John Oates
  • Feb. 8 Isa Live: A Vegan Life In Four Courses with Isa Moskowitz
  • Feb. 9 Rufus Wainwright
  • Feb. 13 & 14 Citizen Cope
  • Feb. 16 Brett Dennen
  • Feb 18 Suzanne Vega
  • Feb. 20 Ryan Montbleau and Cris Jacobs
  • Feb. 21 Jackie Green
  • Feb. 24 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “A Night at the Opera“
  • Feb. 27 Wonder Bread 5 
  • Feb 28 Steep Canyon Rangers
  • March 1 Ozomatli
  • Mar. 2 Alan Doyle: So Let's Go Tour
  • Mar. 7 Martin Sexton
  • Mar. 8 NVOH Presents Hapa
  • Mar. 10 Marco Benevento plus Superhuman Happiness
  • March 14 The Juliana Hatfield Three
  • Mar. 20 Colin Hay plus Chris Trapper
  • Mar. 22 NVOH presents Fearless - SF Gay Men's Chorus
  • March 24 NVOH Presents Altan with special guest Liz Carroll
  • March 27    NVOH Presents: Paula Poundstone
  • Mar. 28 World of Wine 2015 Patron dinner presented by Napa Valley Family Services
  • Mar. 31 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks “The Big Sleep“
  • April 3 North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne
  • April 18 Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
  • April 24 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton
  • April 26 NVOH and Terry Bradford Present Terry Bradfrod's Voice Studio Concert
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“
  • Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's “To Catch A Thief” hosted by
    Richard Miami
  • Oct. 251 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry Bradfrod's Voice Studio Concert

Most events start at 8 p.m. 


Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a member at 260-1600 or


Uptown Theatre  

  • Jan. 29 Lindsey Stirling (sold out)
  • Feb. 6 Lucinda Williams 
  • Feb. 21 Crystal Bowersox
  • Feb. 28 David Cook, American Idol Winner 
  • March 6 Official Blues Brothers Revue 
  • March 11 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
  • March 13 The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute
  • March 17Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele Virtuoso 
  • March 19 Alton Brown Live! Edible Inevitable Tour
  • March 20 Rick Springfield, Stripped Down Solo Tour 
  • March 21 Ani DiFranco 
  • March 25 Jonny Lang 
  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
  • May 3 Los Lonely Boys
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

  • Jan. 30-Feb. 8 St Helena High Presents: Once Upon a Mattress
  • Jan. 31 A Cappella Extravaganza sold out
  • Feb. 13 Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
  • Feb. 14 Valentine's Day swing dance celebration
  • Feb. 15 Napa Valley Youth Symphony Sinfonia and Wind Sinfonia present from Tchaikovsky to tango 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 15 Napa Valley Youth Symphony 2015 concerto competition winners 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 27- March 8 Justin-Siena High presents Urinetown
  • March 12 Lunafest
  • March 14 In the Mood
  • March 29 Peter Coyote with Symphony Napa Valley
  • April 11- 12 TedxNapaValley "Redefining Success"
  • April 24, 5pm The Peacemakers: Concert for Trafficked Children
  • May 31 Symphony Napa Valley presents Tango and Opera Sensations
  • June 28 Symphony Napa Valley presents Viva Vivaldi!

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

  • Jan 23-Feb 8 Lydia by Octavio Solis
  • Feb. 8 Masters Series Love letters from Nat King Cole by Dr. Roberto-Juan González and the Michael Parsons Jazz Trio.
  • Feb. 22 Masters Series  Ted Von Pohle, Baritone
  • Apr 10-26 Once On This Island with Music Napa Valley 
  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing NVC Jazz Ensemble
  • May 1-10 Kalos Kai Agathos by Jon Tracy           
  • May 3 Musical Mélange North Bay Wind Ensemble,
  • May 8 The Planets by Gustav Holst with the NVC Orchestra
  • May 9 Voice Recital
  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • Jan. 22.-Feb 1 Oliver!
  • March 26-April 4 Bonnie & Clyde
  • April 23-May 10 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • June 4-20 Cowgirls: The Musical
  • July-August Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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



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The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley - 2015 edition

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.

Copies of the new edition are available at Bookmine, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena and at Jarvis Winery. 

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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.

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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.

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