Napa Valley Arts Blog
Septemebr 11, 2009 

Inside This Issue . . .

TRAVEL: Napa Staycation

EVENTS: Harvest Season

WINE PAIRINGS: Wine & Junk Food?

RECIPE: Walnut Orange Cake

September 11, 2009 Newsletter


Napa Staycation

The staycation offers Wine Country travelers an escape that's long on pleasure but short on planning and out-of-pocket expenses. And with its convenient location just 50 minutes north of San Francisco, the city of Napa makes an ideal destination for Bay Area staycationers of all stripes. Read on for the low down on top spots for sipping inside the Napa City limits.


Harvest Season

Crush is already here and about to pass you by! Now is the time to attend a slew of upcoming events and festivals celebrating the harvest season. Taste wine to your hearts content, eat food perfectly matched and revel in the sights of vineyards heavy with grapes waiting to be picked....if they haven't been stripped bare by the time you visit!


Wine & Junk Food?

For better or worse, American junk food is forever, and it seems more and more people are trying to find ways to enjoy wine with our nation's bad for the body, good for the soul contribution to international cuisine. Some fast food restaurants will soon be offering wine with your burgers and deep fried tortilla-wrapped gut bombs, so it's time for some experimentation.


Walnut Orange Cake

A simple, slightly crunchy cake recipe. With flavors of walnuts and orange this is a great Summertime or anytime desert. Enjoy!

Submitted by B.R. Cohn Chef Sherri Hewitt



Special Wine Tasting Packages!

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott hotel in the Santa Barbara Wine country is offering many money saving wine tasting packages! We have a wine tasting package to fit everyone's interests and budget! Browse our packages including our private chauffeured antique car tours, cycling tours, horse farm tours, and our Vintner's Escape tasting packages! CLICK HERE to book your value filled package today or email

Best Western Big America

The Best Western Big America in Santa Maria offers its wine lovers great discounts on spectacular rooms. We can also provide you with a free wine map, wine bottle opener, and we can also recommend local wineries. Visit the infamous Santa Maria Valley appellation and find out what everyone is talking about.

Sonoma Valley Crush

Have you ever romanticized about getting involved in a wine harvest? Join us for Sonoma Valley CRUSH Weekend on September 19, 20th and find out what it's like. You don’t want to miss this event. There is extremely limited availability and we promise you a truly unforgettable experience. For tickets and info:, or call (866) 794-9463. .

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