The roads are open, neighborhoods are repopulated, the air is breathable; burnt out structures have been inventoried and the death count no longer rises. As we return to normal, or what passes for it, only now do we have the luxury of looking back at stories of courage, skill and the communities remarkable grace under pressure.
Disasters always bring character into bold relief. They are the moments that tell us who we really are. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be telling you those stories and introducing you, up close and personal, to people you need to hear from. Not about road closures, or FEMA registration, or how to get rid of debris, but about the amazing human spirit.
Queen of the Valley once again walks away from the bargaining table, as it continues to act in apparent bad faith in its negotiations with the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The ugly corporatization of health care is felt full force in Napa. A conversation with NUHW representative Dan Martin.
We explain the Oxford-Cambridge varsity wine tasting battle—and yes, it does sound like a breeding ground for snobs. Plus we answer questions about wine festivals, how to chill a wine fast and where to cut the foil on a bottle. And our Horrible Writing shows how to make anyone feel like an idiot, and trust us, that’s a feeling we know well.