Posts Tagged ‘ charity ’

Auction Napa Valley

June 9, 2011

Bidding in the rain

June 7, 2011
Bidding in the rain

It was a wet ‘n wild afternoon at this year’s big Napa wine auction as an unseasonable _ I mean really unbelievable, are you kidding me, winter storms in June?! _ downpour pounded the event. But although umbrellas took the place of big hats it was charity that reigned as the 31-year-old event reached...
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Napa wine auction 2011

June 3, 2011
Napa wine auction 2011

For a place with such a big reputation, the Napa Valley is a very small world. After all. Yes, I did just put that song in your head, deal with it. But to get back to my point. I’m attending Auction Napa Valley (#ANV11) this weekend and I’m amazed anew at how open the...
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Arbor Ardor

April 27, 2011
Arbor Ardor

  You’ve probably heard there’s a big event coming up Friday. It’s Arbor Day, of course. (What? You thought this was going to be about family trees of the royal variety?) I recently wrote a story on wineries that donate to various environmental causes and was struck by how many wineries with tree-related names...
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Auction Napa Valley

June 7, 2010
Auction Napa Valley

  Napa Valley vintners partied like it was 1989 for their annual auction this weekend, and what a swell party it was.  Black tie, evening gowns and a fancy emcee: Out. Flowered dresses, big hats and “Walk Like an Egyptian” rock group the Bangles: In. The result was $8.5 million raised for local charities, a good...
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Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was...
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Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
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Swept away by cassoulet

Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals? Well bite me, because today...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
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