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Gamble Family Vineyards Have a Century-Long History in Napa Valley

John Mariani | Posted 07.15.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

If you believed all the lyrical lingo on wine labels, you'd think that owning vineyards and making wine is some kind of idyllic life of dreamers and the gods who love them.

Wines For A Bigger Bust (Part 3 Of 5)

Kirsten Fox | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Kirsten Fox

Because I am a sommelier, I naturally pair life situations with wine. In no way does my pairing wine with my breast cancer journey mean that you shoul...

Murrieta's Well Refuses to Make Wines to Win Ratings Points

John Mariani | Posted 06.20.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Despite what many passionate winemakers will tell you about the excitement of what they do, the hard facts are that the science and making of wine are largely agricultural and biological. It's just that Idaho potatoes and New Jersey tomatoes haven't quite the romantic associations that a Napa Valley Cabernet or Chardonnay has accrued though literature and marketing.

Is This Really My Life? Sorting It Out At Thirtysomething

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 06.15.2016 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

You know those moments when you take pause, look around with wonder and think: is this really my life? I had one of those wondrous moments last night. But this all started a little less wondrously.

Reinventing the Wine Experience, Freemark Abbey

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 06.10.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

In the late 1800's Josephine Tychson, at age 31, found herself without a husband (tuberculosis & despair took him), with two children, a winery and vineyards. Most women in that day would look for another husband, a partner, to make their lives easier. After all, owning a vineyard, running it, supervising men and raising children simultaneously was something a woman wasn't expected to do.

Margrit Mondavi, age 90, still breathes life into Napa's music and art scene

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

At 90 years old, you might think that a prominent influencer like Margrit Mondavi would happily sit back and rest on her fond memories, but that's far...

The NBA Finals: Time To Get Your Wine On

Dean Rader | Posted 06.15.2016 | Taste
Dean Rader

Wine, like sports, is best enjoyed with someone (or something) else. We love to pair up and drink wine, much the same way we like to pair wine with steak, with cheese, with fish, with charcuterie, with fruit, with making out.

'Please Touch the Art': A Short Documentary With an Impactful Message

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Hung in every gallery, museum and exhibition across the world are signs that read, "Please Do Not Touch the Artwork." A simple request that exists for...

A Weekend in the Wine Country: Yountville, California

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 04.19.2016 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

A winery in Napa Valley (Photo by Michelle Rae Uy) It was a gorgeous scene--rolling hills of grapevines laid before us, half covered by the early mor...

Hell No - Michaelson's ultimate break-up ballad

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 04.18.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

Ingrid Michaelson's new single Hell No is scheduled to be released April 29th but I was lucky enough to catch a first look when she performed this new...

How Should a Mom Behave?

Melissa Bowers | Posted 04.13.2016 | Parents
Melissa Bowers

Last weekend, something unthinkable happened: I left the kids at home with my husband and took a girls' trip to Napa. Overnight. Usually, "vacation...

When I'm 64 Victory Tour: Los Angeles, Cambria, San Fran and Napa

Tara Fass | Posted 03.29.2016 | Travel
Tara Fass

UCSB professor and painter, Dan Linz's Santa Ynez wildflowers Spring 2016 Recent rainfall has softened the four year drought plaguing our Golden Stat...

A Crown Jewel of a Petite Napa Winery

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 03.15.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

Beautifully sequestered, Castrucci Vineyards is a petite, delicious gem in the sea of rolling hills and vineyards of Napa Valley. It is located off of South Kelly Road just on the fringe of Napa proper. Today's brilliantly cool weather, with the backdrop of the setting sun is a perfect way to begin tasting.

7 Zika-Free Babymoons That Are Even Better Than the Beach

Lauren Elyse Matison | Posted 03.14.2016 | Travel
Lauren Elyse Matison

It's not the kind of buzz you want to hear when you're pregnant. But now that the Zika virus has been declared a global public health emergency, you have to cancel your babymoon or at least rethink that tropical destination. The good news is these relaxing and romantic places offer a refreshing alternative to the typical bump-on-a-beach scenario.

Going Against the Flow: Jesse Katz, Expert Winemaker

Charu Sharma | Posted 03.12.2016 | Taste
Charu Sharma

As the head winemaker for Lancaster Estate, Jesse Katz grew the Roth brand over 800% and the Lancaster and Roth wines received the highest ratings in ...

Napa Travel Guide: What to Do and See

Amanda Pavlock | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
Amanda Pavlock

Follow my travel and fashion looks along on my Instagram for exclusive first access to sales and travel guides Let me start by saying, Napa is insane...

A Rare Gift in Wine and Art

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 02.25.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

It's a brisk, rainy Napa day. I'm heading downtown to meet an artist who does 'still life' in the wine space. The destination? 1313 Main, an elegant restaurant I've had dinner at once before.

7 Romantic Cities for Valentine's Day (That Aren't Paris) | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel

By Michelle Schuman for the Orbitz Travel Blog When it comes to romantic getaways, Paris always tops the list. But plenty of other cities are made fo...

The Chef and The Rockstar

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

The drive from Napa to Calistoga is about 45 minutes in the winter months. The season matters. Summer, when all the tourists (5 million in 2015 alone) are here can be much longer. Today the rain is light. The fog threads through the mountains thick at Howell Mountain as I travel the winding road to Calistoga.

5 Best BFF Weekends

Joy Pecknold | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

When a romantic relationship is on the rocks or breaks up altogether, who has your back? Friends. So whether currently unattached or coupled-up, skip the typical hoopla of Valentine's Day to wrangle best buds and reclaim the weekend for endless platonic love.

Michael Mondavi's Victory Lap

Daniel Altman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Taste
Daniel Altman

In the winemaking process, consistency and evolution are often at odds. Some wineries, especially the biggest ones, strive to provide a similar product to their customers with every vintage.

Planning the Perfect "I F'd Up" Romantic Wine Country Weekend

Janna Mandell | Posted 01.29.2016 | Travel
Janna Mandell

Don't even think about skimping on accommodations for this trip. Go big or never go home again.

The 10 Best Film Festivals You've Never Heard Of

CheapTickets | Posted 01.28.2016 | Travel

Yes, everyone knows Cannes and Sundance. The behemoths of the film-fest world aren't exactly accessible for most of us, though, and they don't always showcase the freshest material. Here's where to go to see film's bright up-and-comers, for a lot cheaper than the French Riviera.

Napa Valley's Hidden Gems: Food, Ambiance, and Architecture

David Code | Posted 12.18.2015 | Travel
David Code

For many people, Napa=Wine. But for us, Napa=food, ambiance, and architecture. You have a lot to look forward to when you visit.

9 Holiday Gifts for Inspired Palettes

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 11.24.2015 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

The holiday season is upon us. For some, it's been a year of gathering the perfect gifts and wrapping them at their leisure. However, if you are anything like me, I need resources that tap into my "Love Bank" and enable me to click and buy, sending fabulous finds to the destinations of those I love.