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Napa Valley Events Newsletter
July, 2000

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  • Summer Attraction -- Chef’s Market
  • Restaurant Review -- Tuscany
  • July Events
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There are lots of things happening in Napa Valley! We highly recommend you visit

Chefs’ Market
This is not just a Farmers’ Market! Tourists & locals agree that this popular Chefs’ Market is an ongoing Friday night event you will not want to miss! Enjoy great food & wine from many local restaurants & wineries, locally grown fresh farm produce, cooking demonstrations, artisans, 3 beer & wine gardens and much more! There are four areas of live entertainment including many different types of music, a little something for everyone. A fun place to hook up with some friends or meet new ones! Expect perfect Napa summer weather in the early evening and bring a sweater for the late evenings. Located in downtown Napa throughout the Napa Town Center and First Street. This Friday night market goes all summer through the last Friday in September. For more information call 707-253-9282.

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Tuscany --- A hot new restaurant opens in downtown Napa.
The soft lighting and bucolic Tuscan scenery provides a soothing backdrop to the intense bustle of a capacity crowd. I always look forward to trying a new dining experience. This time it was Tuscany on the corner of First and Main in downtown Napa. I had heard that it was hard to get a table and even on a Wednesday night this was true. I found an open seat at the bar and felt like I was in Italy with the open sliding windows and doors on a mild night in Napa. I started off my dining experience with a Caesar Salad, which was well prepared and presented. While savoring the salad, I was able to take in the ambiance of Tuscany. My main course, homemade pepper pasta with a generous amount of lamb, in light gravy sauce. I paired this with a 1997 Silverado Sangiovese. All pastas are made on the premises, which really makes a difference in my mind. This dinner is highly recommended. For dessert, I chose the fruit tart which turned out to be three small tarts. The largest of the three was an intense lemon custard, which complimented the other two smaller tarts of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. The dessert in the Tuscany tradition was homemade and artfully prepared and was a perfect ending to a great meal. Even though I was seated at the bar, I was well taken care of. The beer and wine list offered a well-rounded selection. Current plans are to offer a full bar by the end of summer. I will make it a point to visit Tuscany on my next trip to Napa. As Tuscany continues to be discovered by both locals and visitors alike, reservations are strongly suggested. Located on 1005 First St. in Napa 707-258-1000.

******************July Events******************
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July 4 -- 4th of July Benefit Concert
Domaine Chandon presents Candela, a very hot Salsa/Latin Jazz band from San Francisco, in a benefit concert for "We Care Animal Rescue". Chandon Sparkling Wine will be sold by the glass as well as fajitas, quesadillas, and chips and salsa. Yountville Fireworks will be displayed at dusk next door. Advanced tickets required. General lawn seating only. Fee: $25 Adults/Free for Children Under 12 Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Phone Number: 707-944-2892

July 20 - August 13 -- 14th Annual Wine Country Film Festival
This festival of international cinema takes place in Napa and Sonoma Valleys in selected theatres and outdoors in open air venues. Four weekend "Mini-Fests" each with a program of films and special food & wine events. Travel packages for two guests are now available. Fee: Ranges from $8-$125 Time: Events run all day and night. For more information call 707-996-2536 or visit their web site at

July 7 - 30 -- Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings. Share a moonlit evening nestled in the trees, blanketed by stars, amidst the vines of Rutherford Grove Winery. The season opens with the most magical of the bard's works, A Midsummer's Night Dream, on July 7-9, 21-23 & 30. Then explore the Bard's secret masterpiece: Measure for Measure, on July 14-16 & 28-29. Located at: Rutherford Grove Winery, St. Helena Highway, Rutherford. Fee: $18 General, $12 Seniors/Students; Box suppers avail. by reservation Time: 6:30pm Gates open for picnicking, 7:30pm Performance Phone Number: 707-251-WILL, 707-963-0544 or you can visit their web site at

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