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Cooking with Karen Crouse

This simple, healthy, and delectable dish will add a burst of color and flavor to any meal as an appetizer or side dish option. Since they only take about 10 minutes to prepare, this recipe allows me to cook while visiting...

Sonoma County’s Highway 12

The ribbon of vineyard-lined roadway from Napa Valley to Sonoma County (or vice-versa) is home to miles of history and exceptional wine in a relaxed, tranquil setting. The mostly two-lane rural Highway 12 winds through...

Visit Vacaville

It’s under 30 miles from Napa to Vacaville, but the drive is on a curvy route into Solano County, which some folks cheekily refer to as “Napa’s Backside.” Others call this the “Petite Sirah Capital of the World.” One thing...

Four Locations of Villa Corona

In 1972, Ismael and Guillermina Villaseñor opened Villa Azteca Mexican Restaurant in the Bel Aire Plaza in Napa. While operating Villa Azteca, Ismael opened Villa Corona in 1983, managing both locations until he sold Villa...

The Lincoln

Perched above the Napa River, The Lincoln is downtown Napa’s newest restaurant from local hospitality veterans Michael LeBlanc (Ace & Vine in Napa) and Adam Snyder (Hazies, Redford, The Brixton, Taverna...

Heritage Fire

Cooking over a fire infuses flavors like none other; the char sear seals in juices for a mouthwatering experience that is always a pleasure. Heritage Fire is an outdoor event that takes the quintessential backyard pastime...

Mustard’s Grill Turns Forty

Named for the wild mustard flowers that bloom in Napa vineyards every spring, Mustard’s Grill, the iconic Yountville roadhouse created by Cindy Pawlcyn, celebrated 40 delicious years this summer. The legendary...

A Weekend in St. Helena

Considered the Beverly Hills of Northern California, St. Helena offers a potpourri of experiences on and beyond its long stretch of Highway 29. The small city is sandwiched between Rutherford and Calistoga and touts some of...

Picnic Party

Picnics possess the power to remind one of their youth, recalling days of bare feet, running free through tall grass while the grown-ups carried a straw basket packed to the brim with goodies to a pristinely groomed patch...

Chill Out This Summer

Here’s the scoop. Just about everyone has a sweet tooth, and as the warm summer temperatures start to climb, it’s time for ice cream. When it comes to cool, sweet treats, Napa Valley cafés offer artisanal treats, including...

A Weekend in Yountville

Set against a backdrop of the Mayacamas mountains, Yountville is a storybook destination in the heart of the Napa Valley. Its 1.5 square miles of pristinely landscaped streets are peppered with luxury hotels, shops, and...

Priest Ranch

Visitors to the Napa Valley have an abundance of choices when selecting their wine tasting opportunities. But few wineries or tasting rooms can match the originality of Priest Ranch. The Vaca Mountain range producer of...

Napa Yard Oxbow Gardens

Where the Napa River flows past the famous Oxbow District, where Robert Mondavi created Copia Gardens, the new Napa Yard Oxbow Gardens presents a one-stop shop for fun, food, and entertainment. The amazing outdoor space is...

Villa Corona Restaurants

In 1960 Ismael and Guillermina Villaseñor immigrated from Mexico to San Francisco, California to make a new life in the United States. To support his family, Ismael started picking fruit in the bay area but soon got his...

Dining Alfresco

As spring blossoms in the Valley, ‘tis the perfect season for alfresco dining. The warm, sunny days beckon any excuse to spend more time outside, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Whether extending a lunch...

Napa’s BEST Appetizers

As the first taste of what’s to come, appetizers set the tone for the entire meal. Especially in Napa Valley, a region celebrated for its cuisine, appetizers must impress at first bite. Whether it’s a tried-and-true...

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