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Food of Love..

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This is a splendid DVD that takes you on a trip to each of the different appellations in Napa Valley, with around five hours of information formatted into mini documentaries of 1 to 7 minutes. Simply pick a mini documentary and pour a DEAN & DELUCA wine from that appellation, learning all about its special characteristics while sipping along in your own home We love this as a gift for new Cali wine fans.
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The Food of Love....


Now that summer is actually here there is plenty happening in the Valley- and lots of music. For the true fan "Roll Over Beethoven" offers an opportunity to treat your wine heroes like rockstars (though I hasten to add that that is NOT their motivation, so far as I know- their cellar rats may have a different perspective). Before Harvest puts them back where they belong a couple of dozen vintners are taking the stage at Silver Oak to play Rock n Roll, Jazz and Classical.

If you don't approve of all this moonlighting there are a lot of professionals around this month as well. Festival del Sole is all over the Valley from the 15th, with free concerts (the Bouchaine Young Artist concerts at Jarvis Conservatory), lectures, lunches, dinners, and big name classical concerts at various venues, all of which are worth checking out.

...In the Moonlight


Summer nights in Napa Valley are perfect for all things al fresco- dinners, movies (at Sterling & O'Brien) and at Dario Sattui's extraordinary Castello di Amorosa for more Festival del Sole concerts. This is probably the best time to visit the Castle. Building a C13th Tuscan castle on Diamond Mountain was always a certifiably crazy proposition (not that that ever stopped Mr Sattui!), but if you are determined to do it then you have to go all out. Mercifully, Dario has spent 30 years preparing for this, which has paid off- He has done this right: this is no cheap knock-off plastic Disney castle, and with a glass or two of Brooks Painter's wine you could almost be fooled by it. In the daytime it is best to avoid the busiest weekend afternoons, but it does have to be seen to be believed.

Cheers!

Kerry and James

 

 

Charity wine auctions are a great source for rare and unusual bottlings. While prices can get quite steep at the big name live auctions (although you shouldn't forget the tax breaks, nor the karmic returns on your philanthropic self indulgences.. ), it is often well worth checking out the attendant silent auctions for more affordable gems.
We make no guarantees that this calendar is comprehensive, and would be very grateful for any suggestions of upcoming events that we should know about. Sometimes events are announced or changed after we have sent out this e-mail: later in the month you might want to check the updated on-line version here

July 1st to 3rd:
July 4th to 10th:
July 11th to 17th:
July 18th to 24
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July 25th to 31st:

All sorts of wine & food & art & music events happen all the time at the Napa Valley Museum and the Culinary Institute of America. For Music, Theater and other non wine related listings try: Lincoln Theater (Yountville), Napa Valley Opera House (Napa), Cameo Cinema (St Helena), Uva (Napa), Silo's (Napa), Calistoga Inn , The White Barn (St Helena) Uptown Theatre (Napa)

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

ALL MONTH:

Mumm, "Paris Icons", Rutherford

Enter the Beringer Great Steak Challenge

 

 

 

 

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You could, of course, always stay home and watch the Bearshead Napa Valley DVD!


to find out everything about the Valley's history, regions and winemaking

 

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Napa County Fair, Calistoga

Yoga & Wine, St Helena

Back Room Wines- Blind Tasting, Napa

PlumpJack Vintner Dinner, HI

Schramsberg Vintner Dinner, Reno, NV

 

2

Napa County Fair, Calistoga

Pica Pica Dance Party, Napa

Cheers! St Helena

Acacia Barrel Weekend, Carneros

Back Room Wines- Zinfandels, Napa

St Helena Farmer's Market (as featured in the DVD's Tour) 7:30-12

Evening on Terrace, Yountville

Wine Basics Class, Yountville

Wine & Cheese, Napa

David Arthur Bus Tour, IL

 

3

Mondavi Concert- Oakville

Beringer Red White & Blue BBQ, St Helena

Dog Day Afternoon with Cain, Napa

Napa County Fair, Calistoga

Acacia Barrel Weekend, Carneros

Andretti Italian Day, Napa

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Calistoga Farmers Market

Napa Farmers Market

Ceja Salsa Party, Napa

Villa Ca'toga Tour, Calistoga

 

Franciscan Event, St Helena

4

4th July Parade, Calistoga

Veteran's Home Fireworks, Yountville

Napa 4th July Downtown Festival, Napa

Trefethen BBQ, Napa

Louis M. Martini 4th July BBQ & Fireworks, St Helena

Napa County Fair, Calistoga

Parade, American Canyon

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

 

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Acacia Barrel Weekend, Carneros

 

 

6

Oxbow Locals' Night, Napa

Napa Farmers Market

St Helena Library Event: Film

David Arthur Bus Tour, MO

 

7

Cheers! To Taste Trade Only

World Cup Semi Final at the Cameo, St Helena

St Helena Library Event: Book Club

Grape & Gourmet Awards, Sacramento, CA

Long Meadow Ranch Vintner Dinner, Arcata, CA

David Arthur Bus Tour, MO

 

 

8

World Cup Semi Final at the Cameo, St Helena

Yoga & Wine, St Helena

Lyman Park Concert, St Helena

Concert In The Park, Calistoga

Park City Classic, UT

Cakebread Vintner Dinner, La Jolla, CA

Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, CA

Long Meadow Ranch Vintner Dinner, Eureka, CA

Vino & Vinyasa, San Francisco, CA

David Arthur Bus Tour, MO

Whitefish Wine Auction, MT

 

9

Wine Train Vintner Lunch Etude

Acme Tasting- Herb Lamb, St Helena

St Helena Farmer's Market (as featured in the DVD's Tour) 7:30-12

Evening on Terrace, Yountville

Wine Basics Class, Yountville

Wine & Cheese, Napa

Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, CA

Park City Classic, UT

David Arthur Bus Tour, MO

Elizabeth Spencer Vintner Dinner, NC

Whitefish Wine Auction, MT

 

10

Mondavi Concert- Oakville

Master Gardeners' Vegetables Workshop, St Helena

Artesa BBQ, Carneros

Stars and Stripes Ball, Napa

Enchanted Garden Tour, Napa

Robert Craig BBQ, Napa

Pine Ridge Lobster Feed, Yountville

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Napa Farmers Market

Calistoga Farmers Market

Ceja Salsa Party, Napa

Villa Ca'toga Tour, Calistoga

Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, CA

Park City Classic, UT

 

Franciscan Event, St Helena

For regular Music, Theater and other non wine related listings try:

Lincoln Theater
(Yountville),
Napa Valley Opera House
(Napa),
Cameo Cinema
(St Helena),
Uva (Napa),
Calistoga Inn ,
The White Barn
(St Helena),
Silo's Jazz Club
(Napa),
Uptown Theatre
(Napa) 

11

Domaine Chandon Bastille Day, Yountville

World Cup Final at the Cameo, St Helena

Oxbow Local Food Celebration, Napa

Hall Canines & Wines, St Helena

Morimoto Charity Pre-Opening, Napa

“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” Auditions, Napa

Picnic Concert, Napa

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, CA

Park City Classic, UT

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LMR Corkage for Community Presentation, St Helena

“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” Auditions, Napa

13

Wine Industry Technology Symposium, Napa

Napa Farmers Market

St Helena Library Event: Film

Honig Vintner Dinner, KY

 

 

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Wine Industry Technology Symposium, Napa

ARTwalk, Napa

St Helena Library Event: Film

 

15

Festival del Sole- Dinner, Rutherford

Wine Train Wine Education Dinner- Pinot Noir

Preservation and a Pint, Pope Valley

Yoga & Wine, St Helena

Concert In The Park, Calistoga

Back Room Wines- Syrah Tastings, Napa

Hans Fahden Cave Dinner, Calistoga

 

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Festival del Sole- Concert & Party, Napa

Mondavi Concert- Oakville

Acacia Locals Weekend, Carneros

Elyse Vintner Dinner, Napa

Flora Springs Lobster Feed, St Helena

Wine Train Vintner Lunch Larkmead

St Helena Farmer's Market (as featured in the DVD's Tour) 7:30-12

Acme Tasting- Outpost, St Helena

Evening on Terrace, Yountville

Wine Basics Class, Yountville

Wine & Cheese, Napa

 

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Home Winemakers Classic (as featured in the DVD!), Yountville

Bastille Day Lobster Feed, Calistoga

"Jaws" at Sterling, Calistoga

Franciscan Magnificat Release, St Helena

Festival del Sole- Tastings, Calistoga

Festival del Sole- Far Niente 125th Anniversary Dinner, Concert, Dance, Oakville

Mondavi Concert- Oakville

Clos Pegase Barrel Tasting, Calistoga

BV Release, Rutherford

Peju BBQ, Rutherford

Napa Valley Museum BBQ, Yountville

Girard BBQ, Yountville

Tweet Up, St Helena

Acacia Locals Weekend, Carneros

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Calistoga Farmers Market

Napa Farmers Market

Ceja Salsa Party, Napa

Villa Ca'toga Tour, Calistoga

VIN 12 Tasting, San Francisco, CA

Squaw Valley Wine & Music Festival Lake Tahoe, CA

Saban Free Clinic Extravaganza LA, CA

Franciscan Event, St Helena

 

For regular Music, Theater and other non wine related listings try:

Lincoln Theater
(Yountville),
Napa Valley Opera House
(Napa),
Cameo Cinema
(St Helena),
Uva (Napa),
Calistoga Inn ,
The White Barn
(St Helena),
Silo's Jazz Club
(Napa)
Uptown Theatre
(Napa)

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Wine Country Half Marathon, Carneros

Festival del Sole- Seven Stones Brunch, St Helena

Festival del Sole- Concert, Yountville

Festival del Sole- Gala Dinner & Auction, St Helena

Rubicon Lobster Feed, Rutherford

Acacia Locals Weekend, Carneros

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Squaw Valley Wine & Music Festival Lake Tahoe, CA

Trump Festival, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Sunriver Festival, OR

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Festival del Sole- Free Young Artist Concert, Napa

Festival del Sole- Darioush Vintner Lunch, Napa

Festival del Sole- Cab & Chocolate, Yountville

Festival del Sole- Chris Carpenter Vintner Dinner, Stag's Leap

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Festival del Sole- Pride Vintner Lunch, St Helena

Festival del Sole- Castello Concert, Calistoga

Festival del Sole- Free Concert, Napa

Festival del Sole- Kristine Ashe Vintner Dinner, Oakville

Oxbow Locals' Night, Napa

Napa Farmers Market

St Helena Library Event: Film

Joseph Phelps Vintner Dinner, Riverside, CA

 

 

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Cookbook Launch, Yountville

Organic Winemaking Conference, Rutherford

Cakebread Kids Cooking Class, Rutherford

Festival del Sole- Free Young Artist Concert, Napa

Festival del Sole- Maisonry Vintner Lunch, Yountville

Festival del Sole- Castello Concert, Calistoga

Festival del Sole- Sterling Vintner Dinner, Calistoga

St Helena Library Event

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Organic Winemaking Conference, Rutherford

Festival del Sole- Tamber Bey Vintner Lunch, Oakville

Festival del Sole- Castello Concert, Calistoga

Festival del Sole- Castello Dinner, Calistoga

Concert In The Park, Calistoga

Back Room Wines- Pink Tasting, Napa

Yoga & Wine, St Helena

Hans Fahden Cave Dinner, Calistoga

Lyman Park Free Concert, St Helena

Salvestrin Vintner Dinner, Orange,CA

Quintessa Vintner Dinner, NV

Sun Valley Auction, Ketchum, ID

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

 

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Festival del Sole- Spring Mtn Vintner Lunch, St Helena

Festival del Sole- Ballet, Yountville

Festival del Sole- Quintessa Vintner Dinner, St Helena

Acme Tasting, Forlorn Hope, St Helena

Sunset Picnic, Napa

Fontanella Event, Napa

St Helena Farmer's Market (as featured in the DVD's Tour) 7:30-12

Wine & Cheese, Napa

Evening on Terrace, Yountville

Wine Basics Class, Yountville

Joseph Phelps Vintner Dinner, Redlands, CA

Sun Valley Auction, Ketchum, ID

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

 

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Cakebread Vintner Dinner, Howell Mountain

Festival del Sole- Free Young Artist Concert, Napa

Roll Over Beethoven Vintner Dance, Oakville

Festival del Sole- Cade Vintner Lunch, Howell Mtn

Festival del Sole- Gargiulo Vintner Lunch, Oakville

Festival del Sole- Lecture, Yountville

Mondavi Reception & Concert (FdS)- Oakville

Festival del Sole- After Party, Yountville

Grgich Vintner Tasting, Napa

Soda Creek Vineyard Celebration, Yountville

O'Brien Date Night Movie, Napa

Acacia Seafood Extravaganza, Carneros

Pine Ridge Lobster Feed, Yountville

St Supery Tasting Event, Rutherford

Napa Farmers Market

Calistoga Farmers Market

Ceja Salsa Party, Napa

Villa Ca'toga Tour, Calistoga

Elizabeth Spencer Vintner Dinner, Woodside, CA

Taste of Camarillo CA

Grgich Vintner Tasting, El Segundo, CA

Sun Valley Auction, Ketchum, ID

Baseball & Bubbles, Chicago, IL

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

 

Franciscan Event, St Helena

For regular Music, Theater and other non wine related listings try:

Lincoln Theater
(Yountville),
Napa Valley Opera House
(Napa),
Cameo Cinema
(St Helena),
Uva (Napa),
Calistoga Inn ,
The White Barn
(St Helena),
Silo's Jazz Club
(Napa)
Uptown Theatre
(Napa) 

25

Paws for Cause Auction, Napa

Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

Festival del Sole- Clos Pegase Lecture & Lunch, Calistoga

Festival del Sole- Concert, Yountville

Festival del Sole- Closing Gala, Carneros

Honig Lobster Feed, Rutherford

Picnic Concert, Napa

Pine Ridge AVA Party, Stag's Leap

San Diego University Wine Classic

Taste of Camarillo CA

Joseph Phelps Tasting, Pebble Beach, CA

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

 

Really Really Free Market, Napa

 

 

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Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

Joseph Phelps Tasting, Pebble Beach, CA

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

27

Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

Oxbow Locals' Night, Napa

Napa Farmers Market

St Helena Library Event: Film

Oakville Ranch River Rafting, ID

 

 

28

Wine Trail Coalition Rally, Yountville

Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

St Helena Library Event

Elizabeth Spencer Vintner Dinner, OH

 

29

Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

Wine Train Vintner Dinner T-Vine & Voces

Brix Unpaved- Streetfood, Yountville

Concert In The Park, Calistoga

Yoga & Wine, St Helena

Hans Fahden Cave Dinner, Calistoga

Hall Vintner Dinner, Sacramento, CA

Elizabeth Spencer Vintner Dinner, OH

You could, of course, always stay home and watch the Bearshead Napa Valley DVD!


to find out everything about the Valley's history, regions and winemaking

 

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Napa Writers Conference, St Helena

Cakebread Grilling Class, Rutherford

Flora Springs Pairing Lunch, St Helena

Evening on Terrace, Yountville

Wine & Cheese, Napa

Wine Basics Class, Yountville

Grgich Vintner Tasting, Lafayette, CA

Grgich Vintner Tasting, Chicago, IL

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Rombauer Joy of Wine Event, St Helena

V Sattui Festa Italiana St Helena

Cakebread Grilling Class, Rutherford

Elizabeth Spencer Oysters, Rutherford

Etude Vintner Dinner, Carneros

Napa Farmers Market

Calistoga Farmers Market

Ceja Salsa Party, Napa

Villa Ca'toga Tour, Calistoga

Pine Ridge Vintner Dinner, San Francisco, CA

Franciscan Event, St Helen

For regular Music, Theater and other non wine related listings try:

Lincoln Theater
(Yountville),
Napa Valley Opera House
(Napa),
Cameo Cinema
(St Helena),
Uva (Napa),
Calistoga Inn ,
The White Barn
(St Helena),
Silo's Jazz Club
(Napa)
Uptown Theatre
(Napa) 

Unless noted otherwise all events are in the Napa Valley.
Long Range Planning:

August 2-13 -- Napa Valley Music Associates' MusiCamp (ages 7-16). No experience necessary. Methodist Church, 5th & Randolph St, Napa, $200, 9:30-12:30pm. (707) 252.8671

August 6 -- Vine Village Auction & Golf tournament, dinner, auctions. Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa: (707) 255.4006

August 20-- Napa Valley Wine Library Varietal Seminar "From DNA to Dinner: All You Wanted to Know About Cabernet", 9:30-2:30pm., $175, CIA, St. Helena, (707) 963-5145

August 15-- Napa Valley Wine Library Tasting "Cabernet Varieties: A Celebration of 50 Years of Cabernet Winemaking" 5-7pm, Free to Members, Grove at Silverado Resort, Napa (707) 963-5145

August 20-21-- Cakebread Cellars' Regatta $650, Newport, RI

September 25-- Just Imagine Auction for St Helena Schools, Dinner, Dancing, Auction, $200, Hourglass Blueline Estate, St Helena

October 3--Clinica Verde Auction, $150, 5-9pm, Solage, Calistoga 707-738-3189 .

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EVERY Friday from 7:30-Noon: St. Helena's Farmer's Market Crane Park, (just south of town). Upper Valley's freshest organic, seasonal produce, Fresh-cut flowers, Organic meats, fresh & smoked fish, Specialty cheeses , Fresh sweet rolls, bread, & espresso, Afghani breads & sauces, Mexican sauces & tortilla chips. Local artisans.

Every Thursday (til August 27)-- Calistoga Concert In The Park, Free, Pioneer Park, 1308 Cedar St, Calistoga

Every other Thursday (til Aug 19th)-- Lyman Park Concert : 8th: Pan Exstasy; 22nd:Sweet Burgundy. Free, 6-8pm, 1300 Main Street,(opp Post Office) St. Helena.

Every Tuesday & Saturday Napa Farmer's Market, 7:30-Noon, Oxbow Mkt, 644 First St, Napa, 707.226.6529

Back Room Wines, July 1st--Blind Bottle Tasting; July 2nd-- Zinfandel Tasting; July 15th--Syrah Face Off; July 22nd-- Pink Tasting; First & Main St, Napa, $15, 5-8pm (707) 226.1378

Every Friday-- Wine & Cheese Pairing. Wineries of the Napa Valley 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa $10. 5-7pm (707) 253.9450

Every Friday til Oct--Silverado Vineyards Terrace Evenings, 6121 Silverado Trail, Yountville, 5:30-8pm, $25, 707-257-6617

Every Saturday-- Ceja Salsa Saturday: Classes 7:30-8:30pm, Dance Party to 10pm, Ceja Vineyards Wine Tasting Salon and Lounge, 1248 First St. Napa, 707-226-6445

St Helena Library Every Wednesday-- a film, book reading/discussion, lecture, tasting etc etc, 707-963-5244 Every Tuesday-- 7pm Free Film: classics/favorites/oldies following a theme.

St Supery offer occasional special tastings: every Sunday-- 3rd/31st-- Wine & Cheese Pairing, $40, 11am; 24th-- Chocolate Pairing, 11am, $40; 17th-- Cab Pairings, $50, 11am, 10th-- Library Tasting, 11am, $35; 11/18/25- Wine 101, 11am, $25; St. Supéry, 8440 St. Helena Hw, Rutherford (707)963.4507

Cakebread Vintner Dinners and Events: 8th-- Torrey Pines Lodge, La Jolla, CA, $110, 7pm; 24th-- Dancing Bear Ranch Dinner, Howell Mountain, $130, 5:30-9pm; 21st-- Kids Pizza Cooking Class, $75, 10am, Rutherford; 30/31-- Grilling Class, Rutherford; 8300 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, (800) 588-0298

Grgich Cellars Vintner Dinners, Tastings & Events: July 24th-- Vintner Dinner, BarbersQ, Bel Aire, Napa, 707-224-6600; July 24-- Vintner Dinner, Whole Foods, El segundo, CA, (310) 333-1901; July 30-- Vintner Dinner, Lafayette Park Hotel, Lafayette, CA (925) 283- 3700; July 30-- Vintner Dinner, Flemmings, Chicago, IL (312) 329-9463

Wine Train Vintner Lunches:Lunch with the Vintner: 9th: Etude; 15th: Pinot Noir Dinner; 16th: Larkmead; 29th: T-Vine & Voces; $154, 10.30am, 1.800.427.4124, 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa

Every Saturday-- Villa Ca'Toga Tour, Artist Carlo Machiori's extraordinary home should not be missed, 10.30am, $25, 1206 Cedar Street, Calistoga, (707) 942-3900

Every Friday--Goosecross Cellars Wine Basics Class, 10:30am, 1119 State Lane, Yountville (707) 994-1986

Joseph Phelps Vintner Dinners: - July 20-- Mission Inn Dinner, Riverside, CA; July 23-- Redlands Country Club Dinner,
Redlands, CA; July 25-26-- Vertical Tasting Dinner, Pebble Beach, CA;

Friday Nights at Acme-- July 9-- Herb Lamb Vineyards ; July 16-- Outpost ; July 23 Forlorn Hope; 1080 Fulton Lane, St. Helena, 888.963.0440

Cameo Cinema: July 6&7-- World Cup Semi Finals; July 11th-- World Cup Final, 11:30am, Free, on the Big Screen (This is the BEST way tio watch it) 1340 Main St, St Helena, 707-967-9779

every Thursday-- Yoga & Wine by Candlelight, 5:30pm, $15, St Helena Wine Merchants, 699 St Helena Highway S, (707) 963-7888

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July 1-4 -- Napa County Fair-Napa County Fairgrounds, Calistoga, til 11pm, adults $8, children(7-12) $4 (707) 942.5111

July 1--PlumpJack & Cade Vintner Dinner, Roy Hawaii Kai, 808.396.7697.

July 1-- Schramsberg Vintner Dinner, 6pm, $95, Sterling's Seafood Steakhouse, Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St, Reno, NV (775) 325-7573

July 2-- Cheers! St Helena: First Friday of every month: Shops and Galleries open late, Wineries pouring. $5/taste, or $35 for an unlimited pass, Over 75: free, 65-74 $15, 6-9pm, Main St. Take the Wine Train from Napa (4:30 check in for 5pm departure) or Youtnville (5:10 check in for 5:25 departure) $30 return.

July 2/3/5-- Acacia Barrel Tasting Weekend #3, $15, 2750 Las Amigas Rd, Napa, 707.226.9991

July 2, 6-9-- David Arthur Meritaggio Tour, Illinois & Missouri, 707-963-5190

July 3--Beringer Red White & Blue BBQ Fourth of July celebration, Hudson House, Reservations required 866.708.9463. 6-9pm $65 (866) 708.9463

July 3/10/16/17/24-- Robert Mondavi Summer Music Festival: July 3--Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 10th-- Courtyard Hounds (part of Dixie Chicks); 16th-- Ziggy Marley; 17th-- Afro Cuban All Stars; 24th-- Chris Botti. 7801 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville, 5pm, $100-230, (888) 769.5299

July 3 -- Andretti Italian Celebration Day, $5/glass, food & music 4162 Big Ranch Rd, Napa 1-4pm (877) 386.5070 x222

July 3 -- "Dog Day Afternoon" Back Room Wines' Hot Dogs & Wine for Napa Valley Hospice, with Cain Cellars' and Bearshead Napa Valley DVD star, Chris Howell, $15, 12-5pm, Opera House Plaza, Napa (707) 226.1378

July 4 -- American Canyon 4th of July Parade, 10-6pm, 1400 Rio Grande Drive, American Canyon. Free (707) 648.7275

July 4-- Calistoga 4th July Parade, 9-12(Free) Live Music 1-5:30pm, Fireworks: 9:15pm. Napa County Fairgrounds, Calistoga, (707) 942.6333

July 4 -- Trefethen Reds, Whites & BBQ, $10-25, 11-3pm, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa, (866) 895.7696

July 4-- Napa Fourth of July Festival Music, Kids stuff, Fireworks 2-10pm Veterans Park, Third and Brown Streets in Downtown Napa.(707) 257-9529

July 4 -- Louis M. Martini 4th of July Celebration BBQ, live music, dancing, and Fireworks. 254 St. Helena Hwy $110, 7pm. (707) 431.2157

July 4-- Veterans Home Fourth of July Fireworks, biggest display in the Valley. Veterans Home, Yountville, Free, Dusk, 707.944.0904

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July 7-- Cheers! to Taste; Hospitality Staff Only, 6-8pm, sign up for details.

July 7-- California’s Grape & Gourmet State Fair celebration of California wine. Awards ceremony & tasting, 2:30pm. $55, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St, Sacramento, 916-263-3247

July 7-- Long Meadow Ranch Vintner Dinner, 5:30pm, Bizou, 5th & D St, Arcata, CA, 707-445-0500
July 8-- Long Meadow Ranch Vintner Dinner, 5:30pm, Avalon, 3rd & G St, Eureka, 707-445-0500
July 8-- "Vino & Vinyasa" 6:30- 8:30pm, Lululemon Athletic yoga & Long Meadow Ranch wine, W Hotel, 181 Third St,
San Francisco, CA

July 8-9-- Whitefish Wine Auction , Thurs: Tasting 4-6pm; Fri: Dinner & Auction, 6-10pm, Whitefish, Montana, 406-863-4000

July 8-11-- Central Coast Wine Classic Live & Silent Auctions, Dinners, Tastings, Shell Beach, CA

July 8-11-- Park City Food & Wine Classic Dinners, tastings, Auction, Park City, UT

July 10 -- Napa Valley Ballroom Dancers' Stars and Stripes Ball, $12, 7:30-10:30pm Adult Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St, Napa (707) 255.5890

July 10 -- Enchanted Garden Tour- Freeland and Sabrina Tanner (Freeland's sculptures currently featured in the "Handcrafted in America" exhibition at the Napa Valley Museum, Yountville) $25, 10-12pm. (707) 944.0500

July 10 -- Bob's Backyard BBQ & Summer Release, Robert Craig, 625 Imperial Way, Napa: $15, 11-2pm (707) 252.2250x2

July 10/24-- Pine Ridge Lobster Feed , 6-9pm, 5901 Silverado Trail Napa, 707.253.7500

July 10-- Artesa BBQ, 6-8:30pm, carnival games, live music, $70. 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, 707.224.1668

July 10 -- Napa County UC Master Gardeners' Year-Round Vegetables Workshop, Free, 9-Noon, Napa Valley College, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave, St. Helena (707) 253.4221

July 11-- Oxbow Market “Local Food Celebration", 610 First St, Napa noon-5pm, 707-226-6529.

July 11 -- Canines & Wines at Hall, for Napa Humane,. $20, 1-5pm , 401 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena (707) 967.2630

July 11 -- Morimoto Pre-Opening Celebration for Napa Valley Opera House, sushi, wine, music, $95, 5:30-8pm (707) 226.7372

July 11/12-- Auditions for Napa Valley Opera House' “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” ages 16-60, Sun: 10-4pm/Mon: 5-8 p.m (12 performances, Aug. 17-29.) No experience necessary, improvisational skills and acting helpful, outgoing personality needed. evy@nvoh.org

July 11/25 -- Headfeathers Concert dancing under the stars. Bring picnic & dancing shoes. Tables, chairs and glassware provided. 1330 Third St., Napa: $45, 7-10pm. (707) 252.6455

July 11 -- Bastille Day, food, music & bubbly, 1–5pm., Domaine Chandon, 1 California Drive, Yountville, Free, 1-5pm. (800) 736.2892

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July 13-14 -- Wine Industry Technology Symposium.Premier forum addressing information technology challenges, solutions and trends. Mariott, Napa. $350+ 8am-6:30pm (707) 261.8716

July 13-- Honig Vintner Dinner, $75,Volare, 2300 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY, 894-4446.

July 14 -- Napa ARTwalk Launch & Exhibition , reception River Bend Plaza (behind Hatt Bldg) Free, 4-6pm (707) 257.2117

July 15-25-- Festival del Sole, Concerts, Lunches, Tasting, Lectures & Dinners all over the Valley. See their website for full details 888.337.6272

July 15-- Preservation and a Pint by Preservation Napa Valley with Tucker Caitlin, Joe Calizo, William Hardin, Sally Kimsey & Jeff Parady on “Pope Valley as a Blank Canvas.” free, 6-7:30pm, Pope Valley Farm Center, 5700 Chiles/Pope Valley Rd, 707-258-9286

July 16 -- Elyse Vintner Dinner, Bank, 1314 Mckinstry St., Napa, $59, 6:30pm (707) 257.5151

July 16-18-- Acacia Locals Weekend, $15, 2750 Las Amigas Rd, Napa, 707.226.9991

July 16-- Flora Springs Lobster Feed, $75, 677 S. St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, 866-967-8032

July 17-- Clos Pegase Midsummer Barrel Tasting & Jan Schrem Birthday Celebration. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga $20, 2-4:30pm. (707) 942.2981

July 17 -- Peju BBQ lunch , $50, 11:30-1:30pm 8466 St. Helena Hwy. Rutherford (800) 446.7358

July 17 -- Napa Valley Tweet Up Silicon Valley and local business leaders network and raise money for local causes,6-9pm, $10, Flora Springs Winery, 1978 West Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, (707) 967.8032

July 17 -- Napa Valley Museum BBQ Dinner. $35, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, 5-8pm. (707) 944.0500

July 17 -- "Jaws"- Sterling Silver Screen Series, for Sterling's Stars & Vines Fund for local charities, 1111 Dunaweal Lane , Calistoga, $10, 7pm (707) 942.3322

July 17-- Home Winemakers Classic (As featured in the DVD! Look in the Winegrowing section under Homewinemakers) 4-6:30pm Groezinger, 6539 Washington St, Yountville, (707) 944-8626

July 17 -- Franciscan Magnificat Release, food, wine & music. 1178 Galleron Rd, St. Helena, $40, 1-4pm. (707) 967.3815

July 17-18--Squaw Valley Wine, Art & Music Festival, $25, Lake Tahoe, CA 530 583 6985

July 17-- Saban Free Clinic Extravaganza Benefit, 6-10pm, $100-225, Sunset Gower Studios.Los Angeles, CA 310 479 3731

July 17--Girard Summer Release Party BBQ, 1-6pm, 6795 Washington St, Yountville,

July 17-- VIN12 Tasting, The Solarium. Price: $25,: 55 Second St (Market/Mission), San Francisco, CA

July 17--BV Tapestry Release Party, 1-3:30pm, $25, 800.373.5896

July 17-- Bastille Day Lobster Feed, for Calistoga Arts Center, $75, Tucker Farm Center, 707-942-2278

July 18-- Trump National Wine & Beer Festival, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

July 18-- Rubicon Lobster Feed, $75, 1pm, 1991 St Heklena Hwy, Rutherford, 707-968-1100

July 18-- Sunriver SunFest , Dinner & Auction, The Village at Sunriver, OR

July 18 -- Carneros Wine Country Half Marathon: Cuvaison Carneros Estate to Sonoma Plaza. $15-$50, 7:10-1pm. (707) 933.1769

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July 21-- Etoile Cookbook Launch, with Jeff Morgan & Perry Hoffman, samples, $60 (inc the book), Domaine Chandon, 1 California Drive, Yountville, Free, 1-5pm. (800) 736.2892

July 21-2-- Organic Winemaking Conference, $195, Frog's Leap Winery, 707-944-8311

July 22-24-- Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction Sun Valley, ID

July 22-27-- Idaho or Bust! River Rafting with Paula Kornell and Oakville Ranch , Salmon River, ID (800) 346-6204

July 22-- Salvestrin Vintner Dinner, $110, The Hobbit, 2932 E.Chapman Ave. Orange,CA, 714.997.1972

July 22--Quintessa Vintner Dinner, $95, Bistro Napa, Atlantis Casino, 3800 S. Virginia Ave, Reno, NV. 775-824-4411

July 23-- William Hill Sunset on the Silverado Bench, 5:30pm-dusk, .Bring a picnic & buy a bottle, free, (888) 909-9463

July 23--Fabulously Fashionable Fontanella, 4-8pm, $30, 1721 Partrick Road, Napa,

July 24 Silverado Vineyards, Soda Creek Vineyard Celebration 2pm, $30, 707.259.6611

July 24--O'Brien Date Night at the Drive-In, dinner & a classic movie, 1200 Orchard Ave, Napa, 707-252-8463

July 24-- Baseball & Bubbles, with Domaine Chandon, Murphy's Rooftop, Chicago, IL. (800) 736.2892

July 24-- Acacia Seafood Extravaganza, 11am, $75, 2750 Las Amigas Rd, Napa, 707.226.9991

July 24-- Roll Over Beethoven Vintner Musician concert & party, 6-9:30pm, $175, Silver Oak Cellars, 915 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville, (707) 258-5559,

July 25-- University of San Diego Wine Classic, San Diego, CA

July 25-- "Cause for the Paws" wine & food tastings, live music, auction for Napa Humane Society, 1-5pm,.$65, Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa.707-255-8118 x204

July 24-5-- Taste of Camarillo,Camarillo Ranch House, Camarillo, CA 1-4pm, 805 983 4575

July 25-- Honig Lobster Feed , 850 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford 12:30-2:30pm, 800-929-2217x330

July 25-- Pine Ridge Appellations & Appetizers, 5901 Silverado Trail Napa, 707.253.7500

July 25-30-- Napa Valley Writer's Conference, Napa College UpValley Campus (707) 967-2900 x161

July 28-- Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition Volunteer Rally, 5:30-7pm, Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St, Yountville, 707-337-9018

July 29 -- Brix Unpaved- International Street Food Festival- French Flair, $38, 6-9:30pm, Brix Restaurant, 7377 St Helena Hwy, Yountville (707) 944.2749

July 29-- Hall Vintner Dinner, 6pm, Il Fornaio 400 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA (916) 446-4100

July 30 -Flora Springs Pairing Lunch, $85, 12-2pm, 677 S. St. Helena Highway St. Helena, 800-913-1118

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July 31 -- V Sattui Festa Italiana: live music, dancing and wine. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena, $79 6:30pm-9:30pm (800) 799.2337

July 31-- Etude Vintner Dinner 250 Cuttings Wharf Rd, Carneros, 707-257-5300

July 31--Pine Ridge Vintner Dinner, Bix Restaurant, 7pm, San Francisco

July 31-- Rombauer Joy of Wine Event for UCSF Rombauer Cancer Fund, 10-3pm, $50, Rombauer Vineyards 3522 Silverado Trail N, St Helena, 707-963-5170

Elizabeth Spencer Vinter Dinners: July 9--Duck, NC;,July 24--Filoli Gdns, Woodside, CA; July 28-- Papa Joe, Akron, OH; July 29-- Chinato, Cleveland, OH; July 31-- Sauvignon Blanc & Oysters, Elizabeth Spencer Tasting Room, Rutherford 6–9pm 707-963-4762, 1165 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford

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