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Jan 2015

To 2014…a storied year

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Rarely in the world of restaurants and special events – my world – is there “down time”…or an off season…a shoulder season…it’s Napa Valley and we play host, (and chef …

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Nov 2014

On turning 100: Peter Mondavi Sr. – 11.08.14

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to …

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Sep 2014

Harvest time….wine is much more than just grapes, soil and weather.

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Harvest at Chiarello Family Vineyards is around the corner and absolutely one of my favorite times of year. The winemaking process is as much a mental activity as it is …

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Aug 2014

Me & Tommy B…

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Bottega turned five this past February.  Over those nearly 2,000 days of breaking bread with people from all over not just the United States, but around the world, I’m going …

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