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November 23, 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.

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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Napa Valley tickets discounted 

NapaStyle to be cafe bar and brewery

Vintners give $3 million to kids’

Redd turns 10

Krug adds wine and food experiences

St. Supéry raises spirits

New books and magazines

GFF gluten-free magazine

Snob-Free Wine Tasting Companion

The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer

News for the wine community

Napa Valley Wine Academy classes

UC Davis Wine Executive Program

This week in Napa Valley

Corsican dinner at Bank Café

Eric Burdon at City Winery

This week at Cameo Cinema

Mike Greensill at Silo's

Music at Uva Trattoria

Ventrellos at Cadet Bar

An Irish Christmas at the Uptown

Special DJ nights at Eiko’s

St. Helena Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving dinners

Post-turkey brunch at Velo Vino

Yountville’s Festival of Lights

Tree lighting at Silverado Resort

Music at River Terrace Inn

Al Stewart at City Winery

Jackson Stone Band at Silo’s

Breakfast with Santa at Silverado

Napa Christmas Parade

Occhipinti tasting at Back Room

Karla Bonoff at City Winery

Give Thanks for Stand Up Comedy!

Uncorked Allstars at Silo’s

Gingerbread cookie fun at Farmstead

Allen Stone at City Winery

Future events

Madrigal crab feed and tasting


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

Nov 27 Al Stewart
Nov 29 Allen Stone with Bernhoft
Dec 1 ALO with Brad Parsons
Dec 3 Chris Robinson Brotherhood 
Dec 4 Justin Townes Earle
Dec 9 David Wax Museum with Marty O’Reilly
Dec 12 Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue starring Los Straitjackets with Cactus Blossoms
Dec 13 NVOH presents: VOENA - Voices of the Season...Cameo
Dec 15 The Blasters
Dec 16 Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat
Dec 19 Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts with The Icarus Line
Dec 22    Paint the Town  “Christmas Fire” Holiday Party!
Dec 26 Mads Tolling and the Mads Men
Dec 27    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Dec 30 Tainted Love - The Best of the 80s Live!
Dec 31    Wonder Bread Five New Years Eve Party

Buy  tickets or get information at 260-1600 or

Uptown Theatre

Nov 25 - An Irish Christmas Production
Dec 2 - Milk Carton Kids  with Julian Lage
Dec 3 - Adam Carolla
Dec 10 - Craig Ferguson
Dec 11 - Robert Cray
Dec 13 - Chris Isaak
Dec 18 - Cheap Trick
Jan 8 - W A R
Jan 10 - Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
Jan 16 - Kathy Griffin
Jan 23 - Jake Shimabukuro
Jan 29 - The Beach Boys
Feb 19 - Charlie Musselwhite & North Mississippi Allstars
Feb 26 - The Charlie Daniels Band
March 11 - Keb' Mo'
March 31 - Patty Griffin with Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell
May 5 - 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

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

Dec. 1 Karen MacNeil
Dec. 3 Rock the Season Holiday Concert
Dec. 4 The Sound of Christmas with the von Trapps, with the Justin-Siena Choir
Dec. 5 Carlene Carter
Dec. 6 VOENA: Voices of the Season
Dec. 7 USAF Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert
Dec. 9 Silliness at its Best Dan Goodman
Dec. 13 Sing Napa Valley's Messiah
Dec. 19 and 20 The Nutcracker
Dec. 21 California Symphony Presents: Traditions New and Old
Dec. 3 Forever Tango    presented by Artbeat
March 4-6 CabFest Napa Valley
April 3 Symphony Napa Valley Presents: Genesis - As It Was
May 6 California Symphony Presents: A Grand Finale
June 5 Symphony Napa Valley Presents: East Meets West

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Nov. 8 One For My Baby Dr. Roberto-Juan Gonzàlez And The Keith Saunders Trio
Nov. 13-22 Improv Zombies From Hell
Nov. 22 A Little Jazz Mass (Pequeña Misa De Jazz) Women's, Men's And College Chorale
Dec. 6 Whirl-Winds North Bay Wind Ensemble Concert
Dec. 11 Stocking Full Of Swing Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble, "Stormwatch"
Dec. 13 Fall Fantasies Napa Valley College Orchestra Concert
Feb. 21 Joe Galambos, Guitar Masters Series
March 4-20 Guys & Dolls
April 3 Ellington, Strayhorn & The Cotton Club Dr. Roberto-Juan Gonzàlez And The Keith Saunders Trio
April 8-17 Pericles by William Shakespeare
April 17 Lord Nelson Mass Napa Valley College Chorale
April 24 Timbres & Textures North Bay Wind Ensemble Concert
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.

Dec. 4 - 20 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Jan. 29 - Feb. 14 In Love With the 8 X 10: Ten Minute Play Festival
April 15 - May 1 Andrews Brothers By Roger Bean
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 – 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.
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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
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 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.
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