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Review: 2012 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Bottled

This well-pedigreed Cabernet offers a ripe, blackberry-laden nose with touches of black pepper and dried herbs. The body is rich and lush with chocolate notes, some coffee bean, and vanilla. The finish is big and fruity, its tanninsShow More Summary

Review: 2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

When I first tasted Faust’s 2012 Cabernet I thought it might be off — densely tannic with vegetal flavors that were massively overwhelming at first attack. I corked the wine up and put it away for a day, hoping things would … Continue...Show More Summary

Al Fresco Napa Valley Summer Wedding

What I'm deeming as the perfect combination of elegance and rustic charm, with just a dash of preppiness for good measure, gets you this beauty below. 2Chic Events & Design worked their wonders and created a Napa Valley masterpiece that keeps getting better. Marin Kristine snapped every sparkle and stripe and the final product may just go…

Thomas Keller to Open Ad Lib Pop-Up Restaurant in Napa

The renowned chef Thomas Keller will open a new pop-up restaurant, called Ad Lib, on January 21. The temporary eatery will reside within the Royal Oak restaurant at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Northern California’s Napa Valley. Keller—globally...Show More Summary

Rare Wines Up for Grabs at Premiere Napa Valley

On February 21, Northern California’s Napa Valley will host the 19th annual Premiere Napa Valley auction weekend. Each year, this unusual event is held at the area’s Culinary Institute of America; the heavily attended barrel tasting offers samples of the wines up for sale, followed by the bidding. Show More Summary

Review: 2012 Rutherford Hill Chardonnay Napa Valley

This Napa Chardonnay is classically styled, with a bit of a twist. The buttery vanilla notes are relatively restrained. In their place you’ll find notes of lemon curd, clover honey, whipped cream, and light lavender that bubble up to...Show More Summary

BottleRock 2015 Lineup

3 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The California wine country music festival BottleRock returns to Napa Valley this spring, and its lineup is as bizarre as ever. You might recall that last year Stereogum was on-site at the festival, which put indie luminaries such as Deerhunter and Thee Oh Sees side by side with the likes of Gin Blossoms and Blues [...]

Review: Wines of Smith-Madrone, 2015 Releases

Three new winter releases from Smith-Madrone, located at the top of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain. 2012 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay Napa Valley Spring Mountain District – Buttery, with strong notes of vanilla and nuts. Not much in the way...Show More Summary

Massive wine heist in Napa

3 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

On Christmas Day, thieves stole 76 bottles of rare wine, worth approximately $300,000, from Thomas Keller's posh French Laundry restaurant in California's Napa Valley. Read the rest

Review: Flora Springs 2013 Chardonnay and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve covered Flora Springs on a number of occasions — this is our third roundup this year alone. Here’s some new releases to get the new year going for ya. 2013 Flora Springs Chardonnay Napa Valley – Very traditional — with heavy …Show More Summary

Priceless wines stolen from fabled Napa Valley restaurant

4 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A Christmas Day break-in at the fabled Napa Valley eatery The French Laundry drained it of a small fortune in very fine wines, its chef said Wednesday. The 40-50 bottles pinched from the restaurant in Yountville, California — mostly of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (DRC) and cult American wines...

Hot wine from French Laundry burglary may be tough to sell

The rare wines taken during the Christmas Day burglary at the French Laundry -- Napa Valley’s storied restaurant -- though very valuable, may not be easy to sell, wine industry experts say.

A Thief Stole Some of the World’s Best Wine From the French Laundry

Be on the lookout. "Specific wines of specific value" were taken from Thomas Keller's now-closed Napa Valley mothership on Christmas Day, the chef and restaurateur reported in a series of downbeat but decidedly optimistic social-media postings. Show More Summary

Fall Al Fresco Napa Valley Wedding

A Sylvie Gil wedding never fails to amaze, and this Napa affair is the latest beauty from her lens. Kissed by that California sun, it's a celebration centered on good food, good wine and loved ones all around. Kathy Higgins, Atelier Joya and Julie Morgan made the day something truly special, and I highly recommend you scroll through every last bit. From The…

Julia Child, James Beard, Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, and More Honored with Bronze Busts

Go polish their noses for luck in the kitchen. A total of 11 food world luminaries were honored this month at Napa Valley College's St. Helena campus. The Napa Valley Register reports that Cecilia Chiang, Narsai David, James Beard, Julia...Show More Summary

A Napa Bachelorette Party

My bachelorette party was last weekend. And it rocked! Many, many thanks go to MOH M. She planned the entire thing with minimal input from me. All I said was that I wanted to do a Yountville (Napa Valley) trip, … read more

Elegant Navy and Grey Summer Wedding

When these law school sweeties set out to plan their summer wedding, pulling off an elegant garden party at Meadowood Napa Valley was at the top of their agenda. Think an al fresco dinner layered in neutrals with a pop of navy thrown in for good measure. Downey Street Events came along side them to coordinate the day,…

Top 10 Things to Do in Napa Valley (Besides Drink Wine)

The beautiful Napa Valley, a short 90-minute drive north from San Francisco, is undoubtedly a well-sought and famous grape-growing region of world-class vineyards and wine production. The dreamy landscape of rolling hills, luxurious resorts, charming inns, stellar climate, renowned food, and, of course, wine make for an unbeatable destination. Show More Summary

Pre-Storm December Dawn Napa Valley

Stormy December dawn in the vineyards just east of Yountville in the Napa Valley

Per Se & French Laundry to Start Charging Diners in Advance for Prix Fixe Menus

The dining experience at Per Se in New York and The French Laundry in Napa Valley is gearing up for a change. According to the New York Times

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