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The Historic Round Barn burns, Monday Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
NAPA FIRE STORIES: 250 Hours That Changed Napa

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. 

Food & Wine

Queen of the Valley once again negotiates in bad faith

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.




Congratulations to Marc & Brenda Lhormer, the entire festival staff, the volunteers, the sponsors and all of the filmmakers that made the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival the best yet.

Thanks to all of the filmmakers that participated in our interviews and we look forward to seeing you all next year at NVFF2018, November 7 – November 11, 2018

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