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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.

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This week in NapaLife

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Details on Kenzo restaurant in Napa

Auberge to manage Solage Resort

Carneros Inn upgrades 

New office for BottleRock

Napa housing is expensive…

See Tiger and benefit the Queen

Markley Cove Marina

Autumn specials at The Q

CIA Boot Camps

Rock Stars & Stripes looks for heroes

Vintners award $2.8 million for kids

Small business workshops

News for the wine community

Wine Industry Financial Symposium

Bulgheroni buys St. Helena property

Roots Run Deep opens tasting room

Gilmore winemaker at CK Mondavi

Cuvaison adds Warhol art to bottles

Sleeping Giant Winery approved

DTC Wine Workshop

Napa’s Winery Definition Ordinance

Symposium for Wine Writers

This week in Napa Valley

This week at Cameo Cinema

Napa Tuesday Farmers' Market

Chef Amanda Freitag at CIA Copia

Wine Wednesday at Provenance

Greensill and Annuzzi at Silo’s

North Berkeley Wine at Cadet

100 Men Who Give a Damn

Beer & BBQ Bar at Bardessono

Angela Kennedy at Silo’s

Birds and Bubbles at Silverado

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Wines from Piedmont

Big River musical Huckleberry Finn

Anadel at Silo’s

DeMent and Wainwright at Uptown

Napa Saturday Farmers’ Market

Fall art and nature hikes at di Rosa

Stone Bridge Enchanted Village Faire

Open Studios Napa Valley

A Taste of Atlas Peak

Sue Averell at Gallery 1870

T-Vine Winery harvest party

Kenzo fall release party

This weekend at the CIA

Big Head Todd Blues at the Uptown

Measure + Dido

Mary Poppins in the park

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at Jarvis

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Storm Classic Golf Tournament

Queen of the Valley Heart gala

Two fifths of Beethoven at Lincoln

Duo-Pianists at Napa Valley College

Mick Fleetwood band at the Uptown

Jeff Denson Quartet CD release party

Future events

Landmarks golf tournament

Yao Family benefit for WildAid

Dinner with Robert Mondavi Winery

Art, music and wine at Quent Cordair

Crush Challenge dinner at Silverado

Tables in the Vineyards

Hard Hats & Heels for Habitat

Free music this week in Napa Valley


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 

Sept 24 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters Present: Songs of Willie Dixon 

Sept 24 – The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

Oct 4 – The Gregg Allman Band 

Oct 5 – Ani DiFranco

Oct 10 – Colbie Caillat

Oct 14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Oct 15 - Alto Reed

Oct 29 – Richard Thompson and The Blind Boys of Alabama

Nov. 18 and 19 – Boz Scaggs

Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas

Dec. 2 – Chris Isaak

Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

Dec 16 – Jonny Lang

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

Sept. 24 NapaShakes presents Derek Jacobi and Folger Consort in Measure + Dido

Sept. 25 Beethoven's Fifth(s) with Symphony Napa Valley

Oct. 1 Rock Stars & Stripes

Oct. 2 Drums of India

Oct. 8 Tony Desare Trio

Oct. 27-30 Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

Nov. 4 Francis Ford Coppola and Ralph Macchio - The Making of The Outsiders

Nov. 5 Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration!

Nov. 9-13 Napa Valley Film Festival

Nov. 16 Orquesta Victoria tango orchestra

Nov. 19 Pablo Sainz Villegas

Dec. 3 Mariachi Los Camperos

Dec. 5 7 USAF Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert

Dec. 10 Voices of The Season on Broadway

Dec. 11 Holidays in Vienna with Symphony Napa Valley

Dec. 17-18 The Nutcracker

April 8 Symphony Gala and Concert

June 25 Mostly Mozart

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley College 2016-2017 Music Season

Sept. 25 Master Series: Osten & Morgenstern 3 p.m.

Oct. 9 Master Series: Mazdak Khamda 3 p.m.

Nov. 6 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 Chorale Americana with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.

Dec. 4 Strings Ring Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

Dec. 9 Cool Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.

Dec. 11 Windfall with North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

Feb. 12 Master Series: King, Wilkes, Silva & Osten 3 p.m.

April 23 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.

April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.

May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.

May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 2016-2017 season

Oct. 15-30 Disney's The Little Mermaid directed by Jennifer King

2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 29, second showing at 7 p.m.

March 3-12 To Kill a Mockingbird based on the novel by Harper Lee directed by Jennifer King 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

Sept. 9-25 Big River based on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn with music and lyrics by Roger Miller, book by William Haupton

Oct. 14-23 I Wanna Be Bad: An Original Speakeasy Musical created by Shannon Rider, written by Shannon Rider and Barry Martin

Nov. 4-20 The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

Dec 2-17 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical with music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso

In repertory with

Dec 3-18  ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Ken Ludwig

Jan. 27-Feb. 12 A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night

Feb, 24-March 12 Kids Rule the 8 X 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays

April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison

June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo

Youth Summer Academy Show 


Long Meadow Ranch 

Sunday, Oct. 2 LMR All-Star Big Band benefit concert for the Timothy W. Hall Foundation


Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St., St. Helena

Compadres’ Music on the River

Compadres’ annual Music on the River is from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday:

9/25 - Davies-Dukes - local favorite!

Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa. Call 253-1111.

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.
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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.
Print version $9.99
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