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As Syar Industries seeks to expand, it finds that no good effort goes unpunished

John Perry, Jennifer Gomez and Tom Adams join us on behalf of Syar Industries. Syar goes before County Planners for one final time this Wednesday.



Food & Wine

Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and what it means for the Napa Valley

Wine writer Suzanne Mustacich gives me an inside view of China’s desire to be a global wine power. A look at how they are buying 55 million bottles a year from Bordeaux, the problem of counterfeit wine and how China has already begun buying up Napa Valley Vineyards.

This Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 shows Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates, as he draws wine from a barrel-to-barrel dispenser at Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif.  Boisset Family Estates runs DeLoach Vineyards in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County, which has been selling what they call the barrel-to-barrel concept for more than a year, and recently launched the program at the company’s St. Helena-based Raymond Vineyards.      (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Jean Charles Boisset on the wine business, the Napa Valley and what wine is really about

As the debate continues as to what the Napa Valley should be and what the wine business is really about, it’s well worth listening to Jean Charles Boisset for whom the vineyards of Burgundy were his playground as kid and whose Boisset Family Estates is among the top 25 wine producers in the US.  

Napa Valley College: All in on Wine, Food & Hospitality

Paul Gospodarczyk, Coordinator of  NVC Viticulture, Winery, Technology and Estate Winemaking Programs


Mechele Manno, Interim Dean of the Napa Valley College, St. Helena Campus

Are Blacks Being Treated Deferently in Napa County?

Civil Rights Attorney Waukeen McCoy was joined by representatives of the SF and Vallejo NAACP at a  press conference today at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco, to discuss the $11 million racial discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train.

They were joined by ten of the woman that were escorted off the  train on August 22nd.   It’s unclear why the Press Conference was not held in Napa.  

Here are highlights of today’s Press Conference: 



Congratulations on Year Five of the


Conversations with the Filmmakers:


ROMEO IS BLEEDING – Director Jason Zeldes creates a personal and stylized look at the violence and struggles on the streets of Richmond, CA.  THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD.



A Place to Stand – A Conversation with Jimmy Santiago Baca

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am 103 – A conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Phil Furey


DUST Filmed in Japan, this is a short sci-fi fantasy film, Produced and Directed by Josh and Michael Grier.


ASTRAEA – Director Kristjan Thor talks about his modern-day post-apocalyptic, Gothic vision.


LOLA’S LAST LETTER – Director, Writer, Actor Valerie Brandy get to the essence of what it means to apologize.


CRUSHED – Director, Screenwriter Megan Riakos gives us a family thriller set amidst a samll wine community…not St. Helena.  


INTERSECTION – Jason Honeycutt asks what if you were mugged and asked your attacker to lunch.





Festival founder Marc Lhormer and Program Director Claudia Puig give us an introduction and preview to this year’s festival. 

More information for this year’s Festival is available at


Family entertainment returns to Napa

Evy Warshawski of E & M Presents and Aimee Guillot of Cafeteria Kids Theater outline a whole slate of family programs.


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