Napa

Picture yourself in wine country

  If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair. But if you’re headed for wine country, forget the flowers and pack your camera. Doesn’t matter if your photographic equipment consists of a battleship of an SLR you paid way too much money for or a point-and-shoot _ there are…

A belated tribute to mustard season

Yes, it is a little late to be posting a slideshow of mustard season in the Napa Valley. It begins in January, flies into full bloom in February and winds down in March. However, repeatedly crashing one’s site by trying to install slideshow plugins that apparently were manufactured by Webmistress Torture, Inc., will slow one…

Napa Riverfront

  It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when downtown Napa was an uninviting place singularly lacking in charm. For fine dining and picturesque settings you went upvalley to Yountville, Oakville, etc. But over the last 10 years or so there’s been a transformation from scrubby to spiffy; the downtown dining dilemma…