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An Insider’s Look at Napa Valley

 Volume 19, Number 5 – Jan. 29, 2024


Businesses closing in Napa Valley

California Brandy House closing

Gallo’s California Brandy House on First Street in Napa closed at the end of business yesterday. It was a tasting room that showcased the company’s upscale and excellent Germain-Robin and Argonaut brandies. 

In a statement, Gallo said, “As the first stand-alone tasting room dedicated solely to luxury California brandies, we accomplished our objective of re-introducing California’s native spirit made from wine grapes grown in the Golden State. Consumers are looking for ways to explore new spirits and flavor profiles, especially with products that are made by knowledgeable people with high-quality ingredients.

“By shifting our focus to a wider approach, we are poised to reach even more consumers and members of the trade through education and new offerings. We are grateful for the support and friendship of the Napa community during this time. Since opening in October 2020, the California Brandy House saw over 18,000 guests and consistently garnered 5-star reviews.”

Germain-Robin and Argonaut brandies can still be found in retail stores, fine bars and restaurants. Within California, you can order them at to ship to your door.

Cosentino tasting room closed, Clos Pegase, Girard open only weekends

W. Blake Gray in Wine Searcher reports that Vintage Wine Estates has laid off many employees in sales and marketing after putting a number of its brands up for sale.

The publicly traded company has seen its stock plummet after poor results and it recently announced plans to sell many brands including Clos Pegase, Cosentino and Swanson in Napa Valley.

The tasting room at Cosentino Winery north of Yountville has been closed and the tasting room at Clos Pegase in Calistoga is now open only Friday to Monday. Girard nearby is open Friday to Sunday.

I always read anything Blake writes. He often discloses things the subjects would like unreported.

Vintage didn’t respond to his queries to confirm the information but I was able to confirm these changes.

Zeppelin Comics closing

Zeppelin Comics will close on Feb. 1. The owners are retiring from comic book retailing and closing their stores in Napa and Benicia on Feb. 1, but they are talking with a potential buyer. The store in Napa opened last April.

They will continue selling comics online.

Zeppelin Comics, 1311 First St., Napa

Food and wine

La Taquiza is back!

After closing when the owners moved back to the central coast, La Taquiza at Solano and Redwood has reopened with new owners but apparently the same team and menu.

It was especially renowned for its authentic Baja fish tacos.

Be Bubbly blossoming

Be Bubbly will launch Be Bubbly Lounge & Bistro this spring with the addition of champagne cocktails, spirits and an elevated bistro menu. I can’t wait.

a man posing for a pictureFour Seasons chef Rogelio Garcia named semifinalist for James Beard Foundation awards

Chef Rogelio Garcia of Auro and Truss restaurant at the Four Seasons resort in Calistoga is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards for best chef in California.

He is the only Napa County chef named to the list this year. The list tends to favor new chefs, restaurants and positions. Many chefs and restaurants in Napa Valley have already been honored. Auro got a Michelin star last year, too.

The winners will be recognized at the James Beard awards ceremony on June 10.

New food truck on California

La Casa Del Cesar is a new food truck, or restaurant on wheels as they call it, on California Boulevard near HealthQuest gym.

The owner has been head chef at Boonfly Café and Napa General Store in the Napa Mill. 

The Bakery Café at Greystone reopens Saturday

The Bakery Café at the CIA at Greystone will open Saturday, Feb. 3, for a limited time.

Students prepare and serve the offerings at the café. Stop by for a beverage, salad or sandwich, fresh bread, chocolates, pastries, cookies or tarts to take home. It will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prices look reasonable, too.

The Bakery Café at Greystone, 2555 Main St., St. Helena,

Hot water cornbread for Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Chef Darryl Bell will offer a side of hot water cornbread made with Rancho Gordo cornmeal Thursdays through Sundays starting at noon until sold out during February. The cost for two servings of cornbread is $5.

Bell honors his great-grandmother and his heritage by recalling the weekly ration of corn slaves were given, which they would then mix with hot water to make fried corn cakes. Bell adds a little leavening to lighten the bread.

All proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Black History Committee.

Bell is in a temporary pop-up at Napa’s Oxbow Public Market while he waits for final approval from the city for his restaurant. They are hoping it will finally open on Vallejo Street in Napa in March, more than a year after he had originally hoped to open. Meanwhile, you can find his Stateline Roadhouse Barbecue ribs, chicken, salads and specials from Thursday to Sunday, from noon until they sell out. 

A romantic bagel?

For the first two weeks in February, Toasted is making bagels in the shape of a valentine heart.

Get some bagels for breakfast, or chocolaty babkas and maybe a bouquet from Neve Farms.

They still have all of their usual bagel and schmear flavors so feel free to order those as well.

In addition to being at Napa Farmers Market on Saturday, they’ll be at Barnhouse Napa every Tuesday morning in February except Feb. 6., Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company on Feb. 16 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. and at St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery on Feb. 17 and Feb. 23.

They also deliver and you can mix dozens.

Folklore’s happy hours

Folklore has Happy Hours at its bar from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday while music plays from KCMU 103.3 MHz, whose studio is in the vinyl store.

Folklore, 1226 Third St., Napa,, 707-812-5506

Breakfast at Downtown Joe’s

 You can add Downtown Joe’s to places downtown that serve a traditional American breakfast at a reasonable price. Their breakfast special for $9.95 includes two eggs, hashbrowns, choice of toast and a cup of coffee.

It’s served from 8 to 11 a.m. 

I’m sure you can get a boilermaker to accompany it if that’s your desire.

Downtown Joe’s, 902 Main St, Napa,, 707-258-2337

Events and specials at Ox & the Fox and Frankie’s Deli

First and Franklin Marketplace houses two businesses, Ox & the Fox and Frankie’s Deli.

The bar, Ox & the Fox, has a happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., with half off all bar snacks, $8 well drinks and $5 draft beer.

On Taco Tuesday every week from 2 p.m. to closing, they have $2 tacos, $4 Mexican lager and $5 Margaritas.

Wednesday is free trivia night with the games from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

They have free karaoke every first and third Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Frankie’s Deli has started offering a sandwich of the month special. The February sandwich of the month will be “Pretzel Ma Heart” turkey, salami, Wild Groves Tequila Habanero Mustard, mayonnaise, white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion on a toasted pretzel bun.

They’ve expanded their menu to include a full selection of hot sandwiches and panini. There are vegetarian/vegan-modifiable options, and they offer gluten-free bread.

Their soup and sandwich lunch combo is any house sandwich and a cup of soup for $17.

First and Franklin Marketplace, 1331 First St., Napa,,

New flavors at Roman Holiday Gelato

Roman Holiday Gelato in St. Helena has new flavors from Elisha Smiley, a graduate of Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. The gelato and boba feature no artificial flavors, are locally sourced and are made daily.

Roman Holiday Gelato, 1336 Oak Ave., St. Helena,

Happy hour at NoMa

NoMa House in St. Helena has a happy hour Thursday to Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

NoMa House, 1429 Main St., St Helena,,

Wine and chocolate pairing at Merryvale Vineyards

Merryvale Vineyards offers a special flight of Merryvale wines paired with Earth and Sky Chocolates, during February in a month-long celebration of Valentine’s Day.

The cost is $75.

Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main St., St, Helena,,, 877-887-7763

Affordable food and special offers

As I do occasionally, I recently asked all the local restaurants for which I have emails —376 of them — to update our corkage and special/happy hour lists, among other things.

Many didn’t respond; I guess they are too busy with current customers. A few told me about so many discounts and deals I almost wish I hadn’t asked.

Some of those deals jumped out. Almost all certainly fit the “affordable” qualification:


We think of the Andaz hotel for its music, especially on the upstairs terrace in good weather, but they also have many food and drink specials:

Monday is local’s day, with 20% off all food and beverage for Napa Valley locals all day at Farmer’s Table breakfast restaurant and two cocktail bars, Mercantile Terrace and Mercantile Social.

Tuesday is industry night with $8 beers and a well tequila shot, 25% off food, and 25% off well drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight at Mercantile Terrace and Mercantile Social.

Wednesday, take 20% off all wines by the glass and bottle.

Visit the Mercantile Instagram page for the latest promotions in the bars and lounges.

You can click Andaz Eats for a list of all the dining options at the Andaz. Andaz Farmer’s Table has one of the best breakfasts in downtown Napa.

Thursday, is trivia time. Test your knowledge on the Mercantile Terrace and enjoy handmade cocktails and new food selections while sitting cozily by the fire. Winners receive credit toward their bill. Trivia is brought to you by North Bay Trivia Company.

They have live music in the Andaz Artists Series in the Mercantile Social Lobby Lounge every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Mercantile Mixology class is offered daily for $35 each.

Check out a full list of experiences at Andaz Napa.

Andaz, 1450 First St., Napa,, 707-687-1234

Entrecot Argentine Cuisine

Entrecot Argentine Cuisine has so many great deals that it’s difficult to keep them straight. My top pick is the Lomito Argentino, a large steak sandwich and fries plus a beverage (beer, glass of wine or nonalcoholic) for $20. They’ll put a fried egg on the sandwich if you like.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, they charge no corkage but they have wines by the glass for $5, so why bother?

On Friday and Saturdays, they do charge $25 corkage unless you buy a house bottle.

Did I mention happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. every day they’re open?

They have specials with an appetizer, main course, dessert and glass of wine for $30.

Other especially attractive menu items:

·      Entrecot burger and beverage for $18

·      Classic Gula with choice of empanada, Milanese (breaded cutlet) with salad/fries, dessert and beverage for $30

·      Bombas de Papa (breaded potato balls filled with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on a smoked tomato sauce) for $10

It’s not all meat, either. Remember that a third of the Argentine population is of Italian ancestry. One item is Parmesan gratin cauliflower and Brussels sprouts for $15.

Entrecot Argentine Cuisine, 670 Main St., Napa,

The Lincoln

To start with, all of the menu items at the Lincoln are under $28. That fits within the limit of $30 I’ve informally established. It would have been $25 before Covid hit.

In addition, every Wednesday guests can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle for 25% off and wings are $8. Wing flavors are lemon, pepper and feta, Buffalo blue cheese and adobo.

New for February is Industry Appreciation Month. During February, if you present a business card of the business where you work in the food and beverage industry, you will receive 20% off your tab.

The Lincoln in Ace & Vine, 505 Lincoln Ave., Napa,

North Bar and Grill

North Bar and Grill is a little out of the way for many of us, but convenient for many others. It’s a classic neighborhood bar open daily next to Genova and Sunshine Café.

They offer drink specials every day from 3 to 6 p.m.

·      Monday is $10 Burger Night with a special burger menu from 4 to 9 p.m.

·      Taco Tuesday offers a special taco menu, plus a full menu from 4 to 9 p.m.

·      Wild Wing Wednesday features special wings plus a full menu from 4 to 9 p.m.

·      Thursday to Saturday they have happy hour food from 4 to 6 p.m. with chips and guacamole for $5, carne asada street tacos $8, hot wings $8 and two beef sliders and a pint of your choice for $12.

·      Saturday, they have live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

·      Sunday is game day. Catch your team starting at 10 a.m. with a brunch menu.

Northwood Shopping Center, 1540 Trancas St., Napa,

Bank at the Westin

Bank doesn’t have a happy hour but does feature a Burger of the Month. One was chosen Best Cheeseburger in the “Best Damn Burger in Napa” competition held by the Downtown Napa Association last August.

Each month’s Bank’s burger special is posted to its Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Bank Café and Bar in the Westin Verasa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa

Wilfred’s Lounge

I sort of forget about Wilfred’s Lounge except as a tiki bar, but it has a number of interesting specials. Just don’t confuse it with Winston’s, which replaced ABC.

Wilfred’s has a special winter menu with funnel cake topped with powdered sugar for $5 and soup of the day for $12.

It also has some special winter cocktails:

·      Wilfred’s wassail (English yuletide cider), $13

·      Aztec hot cocoa, $13

·      Hot buttered rum, $13

·      Aloha coffee, $11

And for those avoiding alcohol, some mocktails for $8:

·      Wilfred’s Easy Sail (apple cider)

·      Aztec in Training Cocoa

·      Hot Buttered Yum

·      A-no-ha Coffee

During Wilfred’s Lounge Wine Down Thursday, all wine bottles on its list are 50% off, and they don’t charge a corkage fee. Otherwise, they charge $50 but waive it if everyone orders a cocktail first. And if you’re there, you are likely to want a cocktail.

They serve lunch on weekends plus Friday, and on Friday from noon to 3 p.m., they also have a special lunch menu with four items that rotate weekly. They always have lunch pineapple fried rice for $12.

Wilfred’s Lounge, 967 First St., Napa,, 707-690-9957

Tell us about affordable food and drink you find

NapaLife readers ask for more affordable food (and drink) other than at happy hours. You can help.

What are your favorite affordable restaurants, specials and dishes at restaurants?

But don’t forget our list of happy hours and specials and corkage for another way to save a few dollars. Check them if you go out and tell us when you find a change (or addition).

Email comments to

Affordable food and drink hints from readers

Reader Luisa Heymann gives a boost to Red Rock on Lincoln. “It’s the opposite of fancy (you know if you’ve ever been there), but the food is good, it’s locally owned and the staff is nice as can be. Also, a shout out to the other part of their business, which is Back Door BBQ, which has great take-away ribs, chicken and all the sides at bargain prices.”

Red Rock Café & Back Door BBQ, 1010 Lincoln Ave., Napa,

Performing arts

Yountville Short Film Festival - YountvilleYountville International Short Film Festival returns

The seventh annual Yountville International Short Film Festival returns Feb. 1 to 4, offering 20 dedicated screening blocks, filmmaker Q&A sessions and VIP wine tasting events.

The festival will screen more than 100 films at two pop-up cinemas, the Yountville Community Center’s Heritage Room and The Estate Yountville’s recently remodeled Barrel Room.

Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Heritage Room. It will offer cabaret-style seating and complimentary popcorn.

Sponsored by the city of Yountville and its lodging establishments, the festival features short films from around the globe, shown over four days.

With blocks from animation and suspense to fantasy and science fiction, to the best in drama and foreign film selections, the festival will deliver many special cinematic moments.

The filmmaker Q&A sessions will offer behind-the-scenes stories of the filmmaking process after many of the film blocks.

Passes begin at $15 for individual film blocks to $99 for the all-access pass to the all-access VIP Pass at $199.

For more information and passes, visit

Lucky Penny Almost, Maine continues

The fifth show in Lucky Penny’s current season, Almost, Maine is by John Cariani and runs through Feb. 11.

Almost, Maine features four actors, Julianne Bradbury, Mark Bradbury, Max Geide, and Jenny Veilleux, playing multiple roles.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 11 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center in Napa.

Thursday performances are pay-what-you-can.            Kurt Gonsalves/KMG Design

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Email to arrange a group purchase.

Reserved seats for both shows are available at or by calling 707-266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa.

Visual arts

Napa Valley Mustard Celebration
Atlas Peak open weekend

As part of the Mustard Celebration, businesses – and mustard – on Atlas Peak Road will be highlighted Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4.

The Napa Valley Mustard Celebration occurs January through March.

Here are the companies and organizations participating in the opening celebration for businesses on Atlas Peak Road:

·      Atlas Peak Road Opening Celebration, Jessel Gallery, 1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, 707-257-2350, Feb. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·      Dijon Days, Mustard & Chardonnay, William Hill                    Michael Fitzpatrick
Estate Winery, 1761 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, Feb. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

·      Mustard Celebration Art Show, Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Feb. 3

·      Wine tasting at Whetstone, Whetstone Wine Cellars, 1075 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, Feb. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·      Taste The Mustard Celebration Official Wine at Bougetz Cellars, 1029 Atlas Peak Road, Ste C, Napa, Feb. 2 to 4, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

·      Open studio, Gordon Huether, 1821 Monticello Road, Feb. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·      Special flight offer, Jean Edward Cellars, 1021 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, Feb. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more at

Find Your Heart in Yountville

Beginning Feb. 3 and 4 and continuing subsequent weekends in February, Yountville Arts will scatter signed and numbered glass hearts along its Art Walk sculptures for all to find.

Glass hearts will be “hidden-in-plain-sight” by the Yountville Arts commissioners, most likely in in the dark of night or at break of dawn; glass heart seekers won’t know until they get out Saturday and Sunday mornings and start looking on the Art Walk and its 38 sculptures.

Napa Valley glass artist Patti Wessman created the 300 glass hearts. The one you find is yours to keep. 

On Saturday, Feb. 17, a larger, yellow glass heart will be hidden to celebrate the Napa Valley Mustard Celebration. The one who finds this heart will receive a special prize.

Art Walk maps are available at the Yountville Community Center (6516 Washington St.) and the Yountville Welcome Center (6484 Washington St.) and online at

BiotechtureNapa Lighted Art Festival continues

Downtown Napa’s annual Napa Lighted Art Festival continues through Feb. 18.

Stroll around town to see the amazing art created with light technology.

This exhibit features 10 lighted art sculptures for five weeks.

This image Biotechture is from Hotaru Visual Guerilla Donostia of San Sebastian, Spain.

For more information, visit

Photographers sought for
Mustard Celebration Photo Finale

The Photo Finale 2024 open photography exhibition is seeking entrants for the show at Jessup Cellars that is part of this year’s Mustard Celebration. The deadline has been extended through Feb. 10 because the mustard was late this year. Entries are accepted at

The exhibition opens March 1 at Jessup Cellars Gallery in Yountville and closes on March 31.

The artists’ reception will be on March 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Jessup Cellars Gallery, 6740 Washington St., Yountville

Art classes at Jessel Gallery

Jessel Miller’s February acrylic classes will focus on abstraction from organic and figurative reality. They will study how nature forms brilliant suggestions of compositions by looking at the world up close.

Each week they will take a subject as far as individually comfortable for each artist – reality in soft focus or complete abstraction.

Diane Pope’s February watercolor classes will paint still life studies.

Pope will demonstrate texture techniques to paint rocks and sand.

Pope will also teach beginning watercolor each Thursday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. starting Feb. 1. In this class, learn about which materials to use, watercolor vocabulary, color mixing and a variety of techniques to help build confidence in the medium. The cost is $275.

RSVP to Diane Pope at or call 707-483-4926

Get details at

 Jessel Gallery, 1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, 707-257-2350

Benefits and good works

Rich Frank establishes scholarship
for the American Film Institute

Rich Frank, former president of Disney Studios, founder of Frank Family Vineyards and vice chair of the American Film Institute has established the Richard Frank Scholarship for the AFI.

Through a multi-million-dollar donation, 20 AFI Conservatory scholarships will be awarded in the name of the individual honorees each year over the next 10 years.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to empower and support current AFI fellows who demonstrate financial need.

This is not the first time Frank has supported educational access. In 2020, he and his wife, Leslie Miller Frank, donated $7.5 million to The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Rich Frank is an alumnus. The gift, the largest in the college’s history, established the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media.


Vine Trail to hold town hall meetings for Yountville to St. Helena link

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and the County of Napa invite community members to a series of town hall meetings to discuss the design and alignment of the route of the Napa Valley Vine Trail from Yountville to St. Helena.

Attendees can share their comments with key project partners, including design and engineering consultants Kimley-Horn and RSA+, the county of Napa, the city of St. Helena, the town of Yountville, and the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition.

In addition to the town hall meetings, the Napa Valley Vine Trail encourages community members to participate in shaping the project by filling out the Vine Trail Survey at

The town hall meetings will be conducted in two phases:

Phase one meetings

·      Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. - St. Helena Carnegie Building

·      Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. - Via Zoom

·      Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. - Rutherford Grange Hall

·      Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m.- Via Zoom

·      Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m. - Yountville Community Center

Phase two meetings will be in April.

Several meetings will be accessible via Zoom. The meeting calendar and additional details can be found at

Should you have any questions, or concerns, or require further information, please feel free to contact the Napa Valley Vine Trail at 707-252-3547 x200 or

Get more information on the Vine Trail at

Wine Train special for locals

The Napa Valley Wine Train presents its specials for Napa Neighbors during the Cabernet (or mustard) season.

There are two choices:

Gourmet Express Lunch includes a toast of sparkling wine and a multi-course meal during the three-hour journey for $99 per ticket.

Legacy Tour, a full-day winery tour includes a six-hour journey with three hours on the train and three hours of wine tasting. It starts with a glass of sparkling wine and includes a four-course meal, plus one-hour tastings at Krug and V. Sattui with 11 wines tasted. It’s $175 per ticket.

Call 707-253-2111 to reserve. You can’t book online. Mention the Napa Neighbor offer. It’s valid Jan. 16 through March but not Feb. 9 to 20.

Other restrictions apply. They appreciate tipping the on-board service team.

Napa Valley 750 classic car tour

The fifth annual Napa Valley 750 classic car tour will happen May 5 to 10. This motor tour and culinary experience of the Northern California Wine Country is five days of scenery, winery experiences and open roads with other vintage sports car enthusiasts.

Get details and register at The registration fee is $10,750.

Community news

Calistoga Library from the frontCalistoga Library celebrates centennial

Calistoga Library is celebrating its 100th birthday with activities and events all year.

One of Napa County Library’s four branches, it was built in 1924 and joined the Napa City-County Library system in 1979. 

The celebration will feature a new library card design based on an early photo of the library. You can open an account or replace your card. 

The library will host two events to celebrate the beginning of construction in spring 1924 and completion in the fall of that year.

What did life look like in Calistoga in 2024? In April, residents can bring what they would like to see placed inside a 50-year time capsule. In the fall, the public will be invited to celebrate the anniversary with food, music, period games, and crafts, alongside a dedication of the time capsule that will be sealed and put in place.

For updates on the celebration throughout the year as well as library programming, visit the Calistoga Library web page,

Local media

Larry Kamer launches website on communications

Larry Kamer, an internationally renowned strategic communications consultant who advises companies and organizations, often those with problems, has started publishing a new online commentary via Substack about communicating. He calls it Simple, Not Easy.

His first weekly commentary was on the recent House Oversight Committee hearing with college presidents. The next issue will focus on shifting support among Democrats for Israel. You know, easy stuff.

He says, “We get information about important issues from trusted and dubious sources.  It’s shot at us from the firehose of social media. We’re conditioned to seeking out news that speaks to us, often at the expense of actually informing us. And despite our own biases, we freely label others’ thinking orthodox, heterodox, MAGA, progressive, woke, anti-Trump, anti-anti-Trump, conservative, etc. The net of all this?  Too often, it’s snap judgments about consequential things.

“If you could step back and think for a moment, look to sources of information that can stand up to factual scrutiny and intellectual integrity, and understand that amidst all the noise, would some truths endure?  That’s what I’m trying to tackle in Simple Not Easy.”

This publication is free. Go to  to join.

This week in Napa Valley

Movies at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena

·      Monday, Jan. 29:


·      Tuesday, Jan. 30:
Film Class: Vertigo, 1 p.m.
The Color Purple, 5 p.m.

·      Wednesday, Jan. 31:
The Color Purple, 2 and 5 p.m.

·      Thursday, Feb. 1:
The Color Purple, 5 and 7:45 p.m.

·      Friday, Feb. 2:
Poor Things, 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m.

·      Saturday, Feb. 3:
Poor Things, 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m.

·      Sunday, Feb. 4:
Poor Things, 2 and 5 p.m.

Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St., St. Helena,

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Oxbow Public Market Locals Night

Oxbow Public Market holds a weekly Locals Night on Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m. Most vendors at the market offer happy hours, special meals, shopping deals and discounts.

Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St., Napa,

Salty Magazine dinner series at Press with Esmé and Habitué

Salty Magazine, Press Restaurant and host chef Philip Tessier welcome guest chefs Jenner Tomaska of Esmé in Chicago and Marcus Jernmark of Habitué in Los Angeles for a multi-coursed dinner that will showcase their culinary talents for one night only on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $295, with wine pairing for $210. Reserve at

Press Restaurant, 587 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, 707-967-0550

May be an image of 2 people, guitar, saxophone and textRadio Bobcat at The Fink

The Fink presents Radio Bobcat on Tuesday, Jan. 3o, from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Radio Bobcat is a spirited Americana rock and roll band delivering a high-energy performance with originals and covers that convert an audience into a community.

The seasoned musicians and performers in the band are Shane Soldinger, Joe Shotwell, Jack Hines and Josh Yenne.

There is a $5 cover charge during the show.

The Fink, 530 Main St., Napa,

Trivia Tuesday at Barnhouse Brews

Barnhouse Brews is resuming Trivia Tuesday starting Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

Barnhouse Brews, 1014 Clinton St., Napa

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Clif Family’s Street Food menu

The Clif Family food truck serves a Malaysian-themed street food menu featuring laksa, mee goreng mamak and curry puffs on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

They will have live music to enjoy on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Malaysia menu as well as regular menu items and wine orders will be for sale from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Order at or 707-301-7188.

The Wednesday street food menus sell out quickly. Orders will be accepted starting the Sunday evening before and until sold out.

Clif Family Winery, 709 Main St., St. Helena

Battle of the Crabs: Dungeness vs. Stone

The Q R&B presents the Battle of the Crabs: Dungeness vs. Stone on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Truchard, Bouchaine and Firetree Vineyards, Julien Fayard’s new Chardonnay, will participate with their Roussanne, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by the glass and flights.

Reservations are recommended.

The Q R&B, 1313 Main St., Napa,  

Wine Wednesday at Cadet with Big Cat Wines

Cadet Wine + Beer Bar offers weekly Wine Wednesday when it features different wineries or themes.

The guest on Jan. 31 is José Tenorio with reds from Big Cat Wines that will pair well with a California winter.

Cadet Wine + Beer Bar, 930 Franklin St., Napa,

Locals Night with Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs perform at Blue Note’s Locals Night at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

An independent country and western quartet, they sing heart-wrenching songs about emotional turmoil with passion and honesty.  

Attendance is free for Napa County residents but they can pay to reserve seats.

Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa,

Mike Greensill plays Great American Songbook

A favorite Napa Valley tradition, jazz piano legend Mike Greensill returns for his Wednesday residency at The Fink.

He has played around the world for royalty, presidents, and enthusiastic audiences, and this is his home base. Enjoy his charm, humor and music from 5 to 8 p.m.

A $5 charge per person applies while Greensill is playing.

The Fink, 530 Main St., Napa,

Thursday, Feb. 1

‘Who’s on the Vine?’ at Silverado Resort

Silverado Resort presents “Who’s On The Vine?” a monthly wine dinner series pairing regional wines with four-course dinners created by its culinary team.

Held in the resort’s Royal Oak private dining room, each dinner will be on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. and will feature a local winery. The winery on Thursday, Feb. 1, is Burgess, whose Napa Valley vineyards represents a legacy of 150 years of traditional farming on volcanic, stony soils on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain.

The wine dinners are $150.

Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa,,

Elaine Jennings at Be Bubbly

Be Bubbly presents Elaine Jennings on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jennings is a multi-talented singer who has been featured in major productions throughout the Bay Area. She is currently performing with David Austin on piano featuring favorites and lesser-known compositions from the Great American Songbook.

Be Bubbly, 1407 Second St., Napa,

ABOUT — Manjula MartinThe Last Fire Season by Manjula Martin

Napa Bookmine presents author Manjula Martin of The Last Fire Season on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.

H Is for Hawk meets Joan Didion in the Pyrocene in this arresting combination of memoir, natural history and literary inquiry that chronicles one woman’s experience of life in Northern California during the worst fire season on record.

Author Manjula Martin will be in conversation with poet Tess Taylor.

Find more information and RSVP.

Napa Bookmine, 1625 Second St. Napa

Movie Night at Outer Space Wines – Wine Club

Outer Space Wines presents movie night on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The movie is Wine Club. A just-married couple stumbles upon a vineyard owned by a former child star who is desperate to escape his own cult.

Order wines by the glass or by the bottle (retail price plus $10). You can order snacks from Ox & The Fox. There will be a 15-minute intermission to get more wine and drinks.

Outer Space Wines, 974 Franklin St., Napa,, 707-657-7401

Growing lettuce year-round in Napa County

Join UC Master Gardeners of Napa County for a library talk on growing lettuce year-round in Napa County via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn what they know about growing lettuce in Napa County.

This is a free Zoom event, but you must register at to receive the link.

Stella Heath Sextet - "Unsung Standards: Lesser-Known Gems of the Great American Songbook"Stella Heath Sextet at Blue Note

Vocalist Stella Heath performs songs from the Great American Songbook, focusing on traditional jazz and swing spanning the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at Blue Note.

Heath grew up in the North Bay steeped in her mother’s eclectic music collection. Some of her early musical influences were Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Buena Vista Social Club, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald.

Her education was primarily in acting and she spent many years as an actress in New York City, where she began to sing jazz with Marjorie Eliot in Harlem.

She returned to her home state in 2014 and began playing music full time, starting the Bay Area-based band Bandjango Collectif, which mixes French jazz manouche, New Orleans hot swing and eclectic global folk, allowing Heath to explore and play in vocal improvisation, different languages and song interpretation.

In 2019 she debuted The Billie Holiday Project, a historically centered musical tribute to the great Lady Day.

Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa,

JaMSession with James Patrick Regan

JaM Cellars Wine & Music Studio in Napa presents a JaMSession with local singer and KVYN radio personality James Patrick Regan on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy JaM wines and snacks from Tarla while he sings.

JaM Cellars Wine & Music Studio, 1460 First St., Napa,, 707-265-7577

Friday, Feb. 2

Winter Farmers' Market (Fridays) at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch | St.  Helena, CAFarmstead Farmers Market

Farmstead holds a farmers’ market every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon until St. Helena Farmers Market resumes in May.

Market vendors include Long Meadow Ranch, Far West Fungi, Katryana Zide Chocolates, Mi Fiesta, Nova Terra Creamery, Santa Rosa Seafood, Tango with Chef, Wild Pear Co. and Woodlands Charcuterie.

Stop by the Farmstead Café during market hours for a free drip coffee.

Farmstead, 738 Main St., St. Helena,

Tastings at Back Room Wines

Back Room Wines conducts a blind tasting every Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. They feature four mystery wines for $25. Each is selected to offer a unique educational experience. Drop in at your leisure. No reservations are required.

Back Room Wines, 1000 Main St., Ste. 120, Napa

Music returns to Levendi Winery

Live Music Fridays resume at Levendi Winery with Jacob Philip Benning on Feb 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in its tasting room.

Levendi Winery, 1465 First St., Napa,, 707-699-2306

American Canyon Chamber Casino Night

The American Canyon Chamber of Commerce Casino Night and annual awards will be on Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Eagle Vines Golf Club.

Tickets cost $80 each or $150 per couple and include $250 in play (blackjack, roulette, Texas hold’em and craps) along with food, cocktails, wine, beer and prizes.

Register at

Eagle Vines Golf Club, 580 S. Kelly Road, American Canyon

Napa Bookmine author event: The World in a Wineglass by Ray Isle

Napa Bookmine presents Food & Wine wine editor Ray Isle discussing his new book, The World in a Wineglass, on Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Isle shows readers how to choose more delicious, interesting and environmentally friendly wines without breaking the bank.

Isle explains that the way a wine is made, and who made it, can make a huge difference when you drink it—and why that matters much more than a 90-point score or tastes like blueberries or black pepper.

His enthusiasm for the grape growers and winemakers who are working sustainably or organically shines through. Focusing on wines people can afford rather than $500 rarities, Isle shows us how to find the most interesting bottles available today.

Get more information and RSVP.

Napa Bookmine, 1625 Second St, Napa

Napa Valley Then & Now at Acme Fine Wines

Join Acme Fine Wines for Napa Valley Then & Now on Friday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event features Kelli A. White, former New York City sommelier and author, with her $250 book Napa Valley Then & Now. Enjoy wine tasting, book signing and a 10% discount on wine.  

Acme Fine Wines, 1118 Hunt Ave., St. Helena,, 707-963-0440

Wine Tasting Events at Outer Space WinesWines from Sicilia and Sardegna

Outer Space Wines pours wines from Sicily and Sardinia on Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Taste reds and whites, mostly indigenous varieties, made by some of the best artisan producers of Italy’s two biggest islands.

The cost is $25 with $5 off tasting for each bottle bought.

Outer Space Wines, 974 Franklin St., Napa,

Cuban and Caribbean Music with Ronaldo Rodriguez & Carlos Caminos at the Fink

Back by overwhelming customer demand, Cuban singer Ronaldo Rodriguez (Ronkalunga) will return to the Fink in the Napa Mill with guitarist Carlos Caminos for a soulful and energizing evening of music on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. You can even dance to the music.

Food, cocktails and other drinks will be available.

A $10 cover charge will apply during the show.

The Fink, 530 Main St., Napa,

Colin HayColin Hay in JaM Cellars Ballroom at Opera House

Blue Note Napa presents Colin Hay solo with songs and stories upstairs in the JaM Cellars Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.

Colin James Hay is a Scottish-Australian musician, singer, songwriter and actor.

He came to prominence as the lead vocalist and the sole continuous member of the band Men at Work and later performed as a solo artist.

Upstairs in JaM Cellars Ballroom, 1030 Main St., Napa,

Chanté Moore at Blue Note

Blue Note presents Chanté Moore on Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 and 9 p.m. 

Chanté Moore is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer who has served up countless hits to fans throughout the years. She is sharing her inspiring story through new music and live stage performances.

In 1992, Moore exploded onto the R&B music scene with her gold debut album, Precious. Since then, she has released more than 20 chart-topping singles, seven full-length albums and collaborated with artists like Prince, Babyface and The Isley Brothers.

In 2022, at the Soul Train Awards, she performed a medley of her hits including “Love’s Taken Over,” “It’s Alright,” and “Chanté’s Got A Man.”

 “The music I write and perform are chronicles of my life. When I’m happy, I write about it. When I’m sad, I write about it. It really is a map of my life’s journey,” she said.

Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa,

Wine tasting at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Markham Vineyards will offer free tastings of its wine at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa at the end of the Silverado Trail on Friday, Feb. 2 and other wineries will pour on other Fridays during February. The public is invited this time of the year.

Calistoga Motor Lodge, 1880 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga,,

JaMSession with Vintage Spirits

JaM Cellars Wine & Music Studio in Napa presents a JaMSession with Vintage Spirits on Friday, Feb. 2, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Vintage Spirits is a band of mischievous minstrels who make music that goes with memorable moments, tasty morsels and fine libations.

JaM Cellars Wine & Music Studio, 1460 First St., Napa,, 707-265-7577

Saturday, Feb. 3

Calistoga Farmers’ Market

The Calistoga Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Sharpsteen Museum Plaza and Community Center on Washington Street.

It offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and nursery-grown ornamental plants, gourmet and prepackaged food, fresh seafood, smoked salmon, crepes, quiches, Mediterranean deli items, olive oils and vinegars, fruit pies, crafts and gifts.

Calistoga Farmers’ Market, 1311 Washington St., Calistoga,

Napa Farmers Market

The Napa Farmers Market is held rain or shine from 8 a.m. to noon year-round on Saturdays at 1100 West St. at Pearl.

It offers produce from local farmers, prepared food and drink from local vendors, artisan goods and nonprofit organizations.

Even though it’s winter, there are plenty of fresh, local produce and specialty foods along with handmade artisan goodies.

The Tuesday market will return on April 2. Until then, shop every Saturday.

Get information and sign up for the newsletter at

Consortium Lunar New Year auction

Consortium auction house and store will hold a Lunar New Year Art and Design Auction on Saturday, Feb. 3, starting at 11 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

They will host a preview of the auction on Friday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The lots offered at auction and in the store are from Bay Area estates and artisans.

The Chairman food truck from San Francisco will be onsite from 12:30 to 4:30 on Saturday. Feb. 3. It serves Chinese bao and chips.

Attendees who register and bid or spend $100 in the store will get a free entree.

Consortium, 25 Executive Court, Napa,, 714-292-2326

Green Screen Film Series

Napa Climate Now presents the Green Screen Film Series, sharing climate-healthy ways to live in our world, at Napa and American Canyon libraries:

Short films with family activities following will be at the American Canyon Library for preschoolers to adults on Saturday Feb. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. The films to be shown are Waste is a Verb and The Story of a Plastic Bottle, a closer look at recycling.

Napa Climate Now is a local nonprofit citizens’ group advocating for smart climate solutions based on the latest climate science. See

American Canyon Library, 300 Crawford Way, American Canyon

Childhood Expo

Napa Moms hosts its annual Childhood Expo at Las Flores Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free event is a one-stop shop to gather information about community resources and businesses catering to local families.

Las Flores Community Center, 4300 Linda Vista Ave., Napa,

Girls with handmade lanternsLantern-making workshop

Join the city of Napa Public Art program and Children’s Museum Napa Valley for a lantern-making workshop to prepare for the Napa Lighted Art Festival Lantern Parade at the Senior Center  on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lantern-making supplies will be provided but you also can bring your own supplies. 

This workshop is for the entire family. Children, teens, adults and older adults are all welcome.

Advanced registration is appreciated. Click here to register.

The Lantern Parade will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, in downtown Napa.

LNYNapa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa,

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at Beringer

Beringer Vineyards welcomes the Year of the Dragon On Saturday, Feb. 3. Enjoy a live performance of traditional lion dancers and enjoy Asian-inspired fare with a glass of wine. Enjoy photo opportunities with the performers.

There will be performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

This event will take place outside, so dress appropriately for the weather. Tickets are $35 at

They’re introducing the Year of the Dragon Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon. This limited-edition wine, crafted from the finest terroir, offers a unique blend of flavors that are as dynamic and spirited as the Dragon itself. It’s not just a wine; it’s a celebration of tradition and excellence, making it the perfect gift for loved ones or a splendid addition to your collection.

2000 Main St., St. Helena,, 707-257-5771

Lunar New Year Celebration at Vin en Noir

Chef Leilani Baugh at Vin en Noir in Napa will celebrate Lunar New Year with Asian-owned wineries and a VIP dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Buy tickets at Eventbrite.

Vin En Noir, 1001 Caymus St., Napa,

Black History Month Celebration

The Napa Valley Black History Committee hosts its seventh annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Crosswalk Church in Napa. The event starts at 3 p.m., with a dinner at 5:15 p.m.

This year's theme is “African Americans and the Arts” and features speakers, craft activities, Buster's Backyard Barbecue and wines donated by Black-owned wineries.

Tickets are $25 at and all proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Black History Committee. Kids 17 and under are free. 707-224-1739

Crosswalk Church, 2590 First St., Napa

Whitehall Lane Winery winter release party

Join Whitehall Lane Winery for its latest wine releases, wood-fired fare and live music on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The cost is $75 at release party tickets.

Whitehall Lane Winery, 563 St Helena Hwy S., St. Helena,, 707-963-9454

Pacific Union College on Broadway

Pacific Union College’s Music Club presents the 2024 PUC on Broadway concert on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4.

Coordinated, produced and performed by students, this collection of Broadway hits includes favorites from shows such as Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, The Pirates of Penzance, Footloose, Hamilton, The Greatest Showman and The Little Mermaid.

Admission is free and open to all. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Pacific Union College, 1 Angwin Ave., Angwin

Nancy Willis at CAMi Art & Wine

CAMi Art + Wine owner, artist Laurie Shelton, hosts artist receptions four times per year. The spring show includes sparkle and light from Nancy Willis’ Chandelier series.

The group exhibition will have an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 3, from З to 6 p.m.

CAMi Art & Wine, 13336 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga,

Learn more about Nancy Willis at

Lunar New Year Celebration at RD Winery

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at RD Winery south of Napa with a lion dance on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. A local DJ will spin tunes. Food and wine will be for sale. Entrance is $10 with kids free.

RD Winery, 3 Executive Way at Jamieson Canyon Road, Napa, 707-259-9446

ThriveA Cappella Extravaganza with Naturally 7 at the Uptown

The 14th annual A Cappella Extravaganza featuring this year’s headliner Naturally 7 will be at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

A benefit concert for Napa High Vocal Music Workshop, it features The Stanford Fleet Street Singers, Western Addition, The California Golden Overtones, PDA (American Canyon High School) and Vintage High School Vocal Music Workshop.

Tickets cost $35 general and $20 for students $20 with ID. Buy tickets.

The Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa

Jarvis presents It’s A Grand Night For Singing

Jarvis Conservatory presents It’s A Grand Night For Singing on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

Each program features professional vocalists and the most promising talent of tomorrow. Singers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond) perform excerpts from opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and zarzuela, well-loved musical favorites as well as surprises from lesser-known repertoire.

The singers this month will be soprano Morgan Harrington, baritone Roman Chavez and Napa resident, mezzo-soprano Meghan Scheibal.

Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa,, 707-255-5445

Duo Quartet with Chris Webster, Nina Gerber, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones

The Duo Quartet, featuring Chris Webster, Nina Gerber, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones, will perform at the Welcome Grange in Napa on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Step out for a Saturday night of acoustic music with four musicians performing tender, ethereal songs as well as raucous barn-burners.

Tickets are $35 at Duo Quartet.

Food and wine will for sale.

Feb 3 | Kiwanis Club Crab Feed & Dance 2024: Napa | Petaluma, CA PatchWelcome Grange, 3275 Hagen Road, Napa

Kiwanis Club of Napa crab feed

The Kiwanis Club of Napa will have a crab feed on Feb. 3 at 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Chardonnay Hall at the Napa Valley Expo.

It includes a silent auction, live auction, wine wall, raffle prizes, DJ and dancing as well as delicious food with a dessert auction.

Tickets are $95 at

Chardonnay Hall, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa

Kolbe Trinity Crab Feed

The Kolbe Trinity Crab Feed is sold out.

Soroptimist International of St. Helena

Soroptimist of St. Helena’s “Speakeasy on Spring” crab feed on Feb. 2 and 3 is sold out.

Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association

The Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association Crab & Pasta Feed on Saturday, Feb. 3, is sold out.

Last Pleasure at Napa Valley Distillery

Napa Valley Distillery presents Last Pleasure and Evening Glass on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Last Pleasure includes Cierra Schuer, the bandleader and front person, her co-collaborator and recording engineer Robinson Kuntz (Change!Pop), with Pete Davies (Slippery People) and Lucas Farmer (One Sharp Mind).

The cover is $10.

Napa Valley Distillery, 2485 Stockton St., Napa,

JaMSession with RIVVRS

Enjoy a JaMSession with RIVVRS on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 p.m.

A Northern California native now living in Los Angeles, RIVVRS — born Brandon Zahursky – has more than 40 song placements across network television shows and 12 million Spotify streams.

Raised on classic rock, he spent his early years moving with his blended family across California, Washington and Oregon, then back to the Bay Area. It was a nontraditional upbringing. He remembers at one point staying in a halfway house with his parents.

JaM Cellars Wine & Music Studio, 1460 First St., Napa,, 707-265-7577

Sunday, Feb. 4

Open house at AANV’s Clay and Glass Center

The Art Association of Napa Valley will hold an open house and fundraiser at its Clay and Glass Center on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clay and glass artists will demonstrate their work in clay, glass and mosaics and sell it as well as art pieces from other artists. It will include art for sale, a raffle and clay hearts to decorate and take home.

For information, email or

AANV’s Clay and Glass Center, 2201 Jefferson St., Napa

Fundraiser for Christopher Cabaldon for State Senate

Progressive Women of Napa Valley and Indivisible Napa hold a fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. for Christopher Cabaldon, who is running for State Senate, District 3, with incumbent Bill Dodd’s being termed out. Cabaldon was mayor of West Sacramento.

Chasten Buttigieg will be a special guest.

If you have any questions, or to RSVP, email Amber Moran Wannell at

Individual tickets are $100. Contribute online

Dark Star Orchestra Tickets, 2024 Concert Tour Dates | Ticketmaster 

Dark Star Orchestra in JaM Cellars Ballroom of Opera House

Dark Star Orchestra brings the music of the Grateful Dead upstairs to the JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Napa Valley Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

Performing to critical acclaim for more than 20 years and 3,000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience.

Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of seven musicians.

The Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa, 

Upcoming events

Justin-Siena High School crab feed

Justin-Siena’s 39th Crab Fest is on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Crab Fest will be held in Clark Gym with silent and live auctions and an all-you-can eat crab dinner, benefiting Justin-Siena students. Tickets are $100 at until Dec. 31. 707-255-0950, ext. 646.

Justin-Siena High School, 4026 Maher St., Napa,

St. Helena Historical Society paella dinner 

The St. Helena Historical Society is hosting a paella dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature Gerard’s Paella, a flamenco guitarist and a silent auction.

Enjoy pre-dinner tapas followed by a choice of chicken and shrimp or vegan paella plus green salad, artisan bread and dessert from the CIA plus beer and Napa Valley wines.

Tickets are $150 at paella dinner or send a check payable to St. Helena Historical Society to SHHS, PO Box 87, St. Helena, 94574. No tickets will be sold at door.

The Heritage Center, 1255 Oak Ave., St. Helena

Sunrise Montessori’s Sapphire Anniversary Gala

Sunrise Montessori of Napa Valley celebrates its 45th anniversary with a Sapphire Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the CIA at Copia. The evening includes wine, dinner, a silent and live auction and dessert with proceeds benefiting Friends of Sunrise Montessori. Visit website for more information. Tickets are $150.

CIA at Copia, 500 First St., Napa

Valentine’s Day dinners

Valentine’s Day this year is on a Wednesday, certainly not one of the best days, as many local restaurants are now closed then (as well as Tuesdays) since Covid.

As it is, few restaurants promote special meals, though most probably offer a few (expensive) romantic specials on the menu that day. The reason is simple. They don’t need to. They sell out anyway. Couples go out together; they’re not looking for a group experience with other diners.

This year Mardi Gras is the day before Valentine’s Day, a fairly rare occurrence, but that doesn’t make much difference here to most people. It would along the Gulf Coast for sure or with people like me who have lived there.

It also means that Valentine’s Day occurs during Lent, traditionally not a time for earthly pleasures. When I was a kid, even though we didn’t observe Lent, it was a big factor in our lives because many people did.

As you can see, however, some restaurants are offering special meals, most pretty pricey but a few are reasonable. Check the spaghetti and meatballs at The Lincoln, for example.

One warning: whether you choose one of these restaurants or another of the romantic destinations in Napa Valley for your special night out, make a reservation.

It’s too late for some favorite places already, but I doubt that you want to take your love to Taco Bell that night.

All prices are per person unless stated otherwise and none include tip or tax.


Charlie Palmer Steak 

Charlie Palmer Steak in the Archer Hotel will serve a four-course dinner with caviar, filet mignon, crabcakes and more for $125. Wine pairing is $50.

Archer Hotel, 1230 First St, Napa,, 707-690-9800

The Grove at CIA at Copia

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a special menu at CIA at Copia's restaurant, The Grove. Chef Deborah Mullin's special menu features hyper-seasonal ingredients picked daily from the culinary gardens. The cost is $75 per guest with optional wine pairing for $40.

The Grove at CIA at Copia, 500 First St., Napa,

La Toque in the Westin

La Toque is featuring a special six-course Valentine's Day tasting menu for $225 with optional wine pairings for $125. A vegetarian version of this menu will also be available for $145. These will be the only menus available that night. You can even order a gorgeous floral arrangement for your table.

La Toque, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa,, 707-257-5157

The Lincoln at Ace & Vine

The Lincoln at Ace & Vine is trying to stand out for reasonable prices and comfortable food, and that extends to Valentine’s Day. They’re serving a spaghetti and meatball dinner for $45 that includes spaghetti and meatballs, romantic garlic bread with a side salad, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of bubbles.

The Lincoln at Ace & Vine, 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa,, 707-699-2281

The Grill at Silverado

At The Grill at Silverado Resort, Executive Chef Patrick Prager, Chef de Cuisine Pablo Jacinto and Pastry Chef Devon Pritchard will create a romantically inspired three-course dinner starting with a decadent amuse bouche and ending with a memorable dessert.

The amuse is caviar and hamachi tart with hamachi tartare, osetra caviar, pickled shallots and garden herbs. Wine pairing is Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, 2018.

First course appetizer is seared diver scallops served with pommes puree, melted leeks and truffle foam. Wine pairing is Flowers Chardonnay, 2021.

The main course is grilled filet mignon accompanied by potato gratin, creamed spinach and truffle bordelaise. Wine pairing is Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019.

The dessert is decadent flourless chocolate cake served with dark chocolate mousse, Tcho cremeux, candied cocoa nibs and raspberry gastrique. The dessert wine pairing is Terra d’Oro Port.

The three-course dinner with amuse is $85. Wine pairing is an additional $40. Reserve online. It will be served from 4 to 9 p.m.

The Grill’s customary menu will also be offered.

The Grill at Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa,, 707-257-5400



Ciccio will serve a Valentine’s Day dinner for $95. Find more information and reserve at

Ciccio, 6770 Washington St., Yountville,

The Restaurant at North Block

The Restaurant at North Block will serve a Valentine's menu Feb. 9 to 14, for $125.

·      First course: lobster bisque with butter-poached lobster medallion, crème fraîche, chervil

·      Second course: frutti di mare chitarra pasta with PEI mussels, squid, Manilla clams, Dungeness crab, San Marzano tomatoes

·      Third course: Snake River Farm short rib celery root crema, Napa wild mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce

·      Something sweet: The Heart raspberry white chocolate mousse, lemon cake

The a la carte menu is available as well.

The Restaurant at North Block, 6757 Washington St., Yountville,

St. Helena

The Charter Oak

The Charter Oak will serve a chef-curated menu for $135. Find the menu and reserve.

The Charter Oak Restaurant, 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, www.thecharteroak.comy, 707-302-6996

Clif Family  

Join Clif Family on Wednesday, Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s-themed Street Food Napa Valley menu. The Valentine’s menu, as well as regular food truck menu items and wine, will be served from noon to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy your meal on Clif Family patio until 7 p.m.

They also offer an Italian four-course dinner plus wine pairing for two.

·      Bistecca Tagliata

  • Cacio e pepe pasta
  • Citrus-fennel insalata
  • Clif Family’s chocolate budini
  • One bottle of 2021 Clif Family x Reyna Noriega Red Blend

Order starting Sunday, Feb. 11. Pick up to-go orders at the Clif Family Kitchen at 1284 Vidovich Ave, behind the tasting room.

Order at or 707-301-7188

To reserve a table, email

Clif Family, 709 Main St., St. Helena,,

Harvest Table

Celebrate romance in Napa Valley with a meal at Harvest Table, featuring a special menu for Valentine’s Day for $99

Harvest Table, 1 Main St., St. Helena,, 707-967-4695



Solbar at Solage

Valentine's Day dinner at Solbar showcases the finest locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in the finest wines from Napa Valley to complement the meal.

The cost is $240 per couple and includes a bottle of wine to share, two appetizers, two entrees, two side dishes and one chocolate sundae to share

The regular a la carte menu will be available.

Solage, 755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga,, 707-226-0860

Truss at the Four Seasons

At Truss at the Four Seasons, Chef Rogelio Garcia offers a special “for two” menu designed for sharing, featuring guest favorites like the seafood duet and the lobster two ways that comes with lobster cavatelli mac & cheese, Brussels sprouts, and caviar beurre blanc.

The “For Two" dinner is $165 per person and available from Feb. 14 to 17.

View menu at

Make a reservation at Truss.

Truss Restaurant + Bar,400 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga

More upcoming events

Le Jazz Hot at the White Barn

Le Jazz Hot perform at White Barn in St. Helena under guitarist Paul Mehling on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 at  

White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave., St. Helena

Queen of Hearts Underworld Ball at Calistoga Depot

Salty Sundays and the Calistoga Depot Distillery by Jean-Charles Boisset join for the Queen of Hearts Underworld Ball on Sunday, February 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Calistoga Depot.

This will truly be a night to remember filled with opera, pole dancing and plenty of playful surprises.

The cost is $70 to $95 at

Calistoga Depot, 1458 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga,, 707-963-6925,

Mentis Blue Skies Ahead 2024: Lighting the Path

Mentis Blue Skies Ahead 2024: Lighting the Path weekend will be Friday night and Saturday, March 1, with an online auction Feb. 24 to March 2.

Friday night will be dinner at fabulous venues in the Napa Valley. Each venue will seat 10 to 15 guests and feature a three-course meal with wine pairings.

Saturday will be a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring a life-size version of the Game of Life, a guest speaker and a live auction at the CIA at Copia in Napa.

Buy tickets at

Academy Awards at Cameo

The Cameo Cinema hosts a live stream of the 96th Academy Awards from Hollywood on Sunday, March 10.

Walk the red carpet and be transported to the Hollywood of yesteryear in the Art Deco theater. Raise a glass to toast the magic of moviemaking and celebrate the 96th annual Academy Awards. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Make a grand entrance as fellow movie-goers gather for the annual Red Carpet Party. Don your best party clothes or recreate the latest styles from the big screen. There will be prizes for the most creative attire.

Everyone is asked to contribute to the community Oscar Buffet; they’ll supply the libations for the evening. Guess the nomination winners, and those who come the closest will receive a prize.

Tickets are $40 and include buffet, wine, popcorn and selection of drinks from the concession stand.

Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St., St. Helena,  

News for the wine community

Plata Wine Partners expands portfolio from Purple Brands

Napa-based Plata Wine Partners has bought Purple Brands’ portfolio of 14 retail wines including Donovan-Parke, Main & Geary, Athenaeum and Shiloh Road, each highlighting fruit from California regions.

“Bringing these new brands into our fold pushes us closer to producing 500,000 cases of wine this year. These lines also beautifully complement our current collection of premium wines from California appellations, including sub-AVAs in Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties,” said Scott Smith, president and CEO, Plata Wine Partners.  

Plata Wine Partners offers cased goods and bulk wine services to wine companies, wineries and major retailers. Their team is as involved in the winemaking process as a client requires, from minimal intervention to custom production. Plata’s sustainability initiatives include eco-conscious decisions.

Winemakers Alison Crowe and Stacy Vogel source Plata’s wines from the company’s own certified sustainable vineyards.

Beginning with the 2023 vintage, its winemaking facilities will also have additional certification through Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW).

Moss Adams wine technology seminar

Moss Adams will hold a webcast, “Grow Your Winery with Technology,” on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Technology can streamline the flow of data between systems and deliver timely, accurate information to help your team make informed decisions and focus on growing your business.

Many wineries find themselves bogged down with multiple software systems that don’t integrate, causing significant costs, errors and wasted time.

The seminar will explain how you can successfully integrate your systems and align your technology solutions to your business objectives.

They will also discuss:

·      Information accessibility for quick decision-making

·      Aligning solutions with business value

·      Leading toolsets for business insights

·      Key drivers of business value

Register at Questions? Contact:

Silverado Cooking School
Bubbles & Bites open house

Concierges and event coordinators are invited to a Bubbles & Bites open house at Silverado Cooking School on Monday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m.


Silverado Cooking School, 1552 Silverado Trail, Napa

NapaLifes live music this week in Napa Valley

Here are pop music events in Napa Valley this week. The list includes both paid and free music.

I update it during the week, often with a few items from Royln Hiatt’s Napa Muse Facebook page that is posted on Thursdays.








Downtown Joe’s

Industry karaoke night

8-11 pm

902 Main St.

Jan. 29

Farm at Carneros


6-9 pm

4048 Sonoma Hwy.


Jax White Mule


7 pm

1122 First St.


Downtown Joe’s

Karaoke Night

8-11 pm

902 Main St.

Jan. 30

Embassy Suites

Mark Harold/John Wheeler

6-8 pm

1075 California Blvd,


The Fink

Radio Bobcat

7-9 pm

530 Main St.



Open mic

6-9 pm

1473 Lincoln Ave.


Blue Note Locals Night

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

7 pm

1030 Main St.

Jan. 31

Brendel Tasting Room

Open mic

5 pm

1227 First St.


Downtown Joe’s

Game night

6-9 pm

4048 Sonoma Hwy.


The Fink

Mike Greensill

5-8 pm

530 Main St.


Be Bubbly

Elaine Jennings

5-8 pm

1407 Second St.

Feb. 1

Blue Note

Stella Heath Sextet

8 pm

1030 Main St.


Downtown Joe’s

DJ Aurelio

9:30 pm

902 Main St.


Elks Lodge

Open mic

6:30 pm

2840 Soscol Ave.


JaM Music Studio

James Patrick Regan

9-11 pm

1460 First St.



Vince Costanza

7-11 pm

1450 First St.

Feb. 2

Blue Note

Chanté Moore

6:30 & 9 pm

1030 Main St.


Downtown Joe’s

Salty Dawgs

9:30 pm

902 Main St.


The Fink

Ronaldo Rodriguez & Carlos Caminos

7-9 pm

1350 Third St.


JaM Ballroom

Colin Hay

8 pm

030 Main St.


JaM Music Studio

Vintage Spirits

9-11 pm

1460 First St.


Levendi Tasting Room

Jacob Philip Benning

7-9 pm

1465 First St.


North Bar & Grill


6-9 pm

1540 Trancas St,


Silverado Resort

KeLee Marie

5:30-7:30 pm

1600 Atlas Peak Rd



John Vicino

7-11 pm

1450 First St.

Feb. 3

Blue Note

Chanté Moore

6:30 & 9 pm

1030 Main St.


Hollywood Room

Last Pleasure

7:30-10 pm

2485 Stockton St.


JaM Music Studio


9-11 pm

1460 First St.


North Bar & Grill

Mark Harold

6-9 pm

1540 Trancas St,


Uptown Theatre

A Cappella Extravaganza

7 pm

1350 Third St.


Welcome Grange

Duo Quartet

7:30 pm

3275 Hagen Road


Hotel Villagio

Coyote Creates

6-10 pm

6481 Washington St.


Farm at Carneros


6-9 pm

4048 Sonoma Hwy.

Feb. 4

The Fink

The Smart Fellers

6-8 pm

530 Main St.


JaM Ballroom

Dark Star Orchestra

7 pm

030 Main St.


Hydro Bar & Grill

Swing and jazz

6:30-9 pm

1403 Lincoln Ave.


Maria Concetto Winery


7-10 pm

1367 Lincoln Ave.


NapaLife’s calendar of future events

Here are upcoming live events scheduled for Napa County that typically require buying
tickets or planning in advance. Send details of future events to



Napa Valley Mustard Celebration

Jan. 31

Locals Night with Jenny Don’t and the Spurs at Blue Note

Feb. 1

Stella Heath: Great American Songbook at Blue Note


Yountville International Short Film Festival

Feb. 2

Colin Hay solo at JaM Cellars Ballroom

Feb. 2 & 3

Chanté Moore at Blue Note

Feb. 3

A Capella Extravaganza featuring Naturally 7 at Uptown

Feb. 4

Dark Star Orchestra with music of Grateful Dead upstairs

Feb. 8

Latoya London sings Whitney Houston at the Blue Note

Feb. 9

John Pizzarrelli at the Blue Note

Feb. 10

Bob Marley birthday tribute with Sol Horizon JaM Ballroom

Feb. 10

Johnny & June Forever at the Blue Note

Feb. 15

Wailing Souls at the Blue Note

Feb. 16 & 17

Goapele at the Blue Note

Feb. 17

Napa Valley Writers’ Forum at Jessel Gallery

Feb. 18

Stella Cole at the Blue Note

Feb. 20

Amy Grant at the Uptown Theatre

Feb. 20-24

Premiere Napa Valley

Feb. 22

Sullivan Fortner Trio at the Blue Note for NVJS

Feb. 23

The Psychology of Serial Killers at the Uptown Theatre

Feb. 23-25

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra at the Blue Note

March 1-31

Pawsport 2024

March 1-31

Photo Finale of Mustard Festival at Jessup Gallery

March 2 & 3

Jonathan Butler at the Blue Note

March 3

Napa Valley Marathon

March 7

Carmen Jones: Tribute to Teena Marie at the Blue Note

March 8

Demola The Violinist at the Blue Note

March 8-30

Lucky Penny presents the Sound of Music

March 9

Stanley Jordan at the Blue Note

March 9

Cat Power sings Dylan at the Uptown

March 14

Yachtley Crew at the Uptown Theatre

March 15

Black Uhuru at JaM Cellars Ballroom

March 15 & 16

Lyle Lovett at the Uptown Theatre

March 15 & 16

Chrisette Michele at the Blue Note

March 16

Napa Stand Up: Let Reproductive Freedom Ring

March 16

A Flock of Seagulls at JaM Cellars Ballroom

March 17

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre at the Blue Note

March 22 & 23

 Karl Denson Project at the Blue Note

March 23

The Terrapin Family Band at the Blue Note

March 30

Appellation St. Helena (ASH) bASH,

April 5

Kathy Griffin at the Uptown

April 5 & 6

Con Funk Shun at the Blue Note

April 5-7

¡Viva Mariachi! Festival at Napa Valley College

April 11

Trace Bundy at the Blue Note

April 12

Bob James at the Blue Note

April 13

Hall Cabernet Cookoff

April 13

Afternoon in Vineyards with Grapegrowers and Vintners

April 16-18

Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit at CIA at Copia

April 17 & 24

Mindi Abair at the Blue Note

April 19-May 5

Lucky Penny presents The Glass Menagerie

April 26 & 27

Eric Roberson at the Blue Note

April 27

Coombsville Vintners & Growers  Grand Tasting at Copia

May 3-5

Inspire Napa Valley Spring Wine Weekend

May 16

St. Helena Hospital Foundation Rockout/Knockout Cancer

May 18

Yountville Art, Sip & Stroll

May 18

Terry Family Band at the White Barn

May 18

Napa Valley Writers’ Forum at Jessel Gallery

May 18

St. Helena Hospital Foundation Neighborhood Table

May 24-26

BottleRock at Napa Expo

May 31&Jun 1

Napa Valley Collective Barrel Auction

May 31-Jun 16

Lucky Penny presents Real Housewives of Napa Valley


Pride Month

June 1-6

La Onda at Napa Expo

June 15

29th Taste of Howell Mountain at Charles Krug

June 21 & 22

WineaPAWlooza for Jameson Humane

June 27-29

Vida OLE! 2024

July 6-21

Festival Napa Valley

July 13

Taste of Napa at the Meritage

July 20

Napa Valley Writers’ Forum at Jessel Gallery

July 28


Aug. 24

Harvest Stomp

Oct. 19

Napa Valley Writer’s Forum at Jessel Gallery



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