The Gastro-Goth Lounge Napa Never Knew It Needed


Empire, a new lounge and restaurant in Downtown Napa next to Andaz Hotel (formerly Avia), ushered in its arrival with not one, not two, but three nights of grand opening festiv­ities. […]

Classic Gin & Tonic from Fagiani’s

There is a classic style of gin known as “London Dry,” which is best cate­go­rized by famous household names such as Tanqueray, Gordon’s and Beefeater. The name, however, refers to the style of gin, since a London dry gin doesn’t actually have to be produced in London (iron­i­cally enough). […]

How To Make Pizza From Scratch (Yes, Even The Dough)

Ca'Momi pizza dough

Set in a warm place to rise for 6–8 hours” is not a phrase from my new book “50 Shades of Yeast.” No, it is the most poten­tially derailing detail in the process of making dough at home for a deli­cious no-one-else’s-mouth-noises-must-be-heard pizza dinner in your own sanc­tuary. […]

Make Gott’s Gazpacho


Around these parts (and by these parts we mean Rancho TTG) we get nearly as enthu­si­astic about the arrival of tomato season as we do Beau­jolais day. Except shouting “The tomatoes are here! […]

Fagiani’s Fits Fabric of Napa with ‘Floating Glass Wine Cave’

Rendering of the restored Fagiani's

The latest details on the rising of Fagiani’s in downtown Napa, which we’d previ­ously reported would reach three-stories and include a rooftop bar and dining area, were delivered in the form of a typi­cally perfunctory Paolo Lucchesi missive. […]

Fagiani’s Rising

Fagiani's Rising

Fagiani’s, the historic bar at 831 Main Street in Napa, is literally rising again. The figu­rative rising began in 2008, when the building’s new owner Steve Hasty cleared decades of dust from the old bar and opened the doors to a small group. […]

Last Call For JV Wine & Spirits

JV Wine & Spirits

You’ve probably heard by now that JV Wine & Spirits, some­thing of a Napa insti­tution, is closing after 30 years of business. As of Friday the closeout sale went to 40 percent off, with all the furnishings — wine racks, shelving and even signs — priced to move. […]

Napa Bike Fest’s High Wire Act

The BMX ariel show at Napa Bike Fest

The orga­nizers of the first Napa Bike Fest, held this past Saturday, had a difficult balancing act to pull off (as does the Napa Bike Coalition): Advocate for the needs and safety of cyclists without alien­ating auto­mobile drivers. […]

Middling Mediterranean Falls Prey To The Plague of Mediocrity


It can’t be easy to open a new restaurant in one of the most well-trod dining desti­na­tions in the world. But most restau­rants that open in Napa Valley do not aspire to be crowned with Michelin stars or spawn series of cook­books. […]

Habit Forming Lines In Napa


The Habit Burger Grill added its fourth Bay Area location today when it opened in Napa (joining shops in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and San Mateo) to much ballyhoo. And by ballyhoo we mean lines out the door like you would see at Bouchon on a Sunday if they were giving out free gold bars (and by gold bars, we mean frosted eclairs). […]

Juicy Details: Oxbow’s New Juice Bar


You already know you can get farm-fresh local produce (and usually ferret out some inter­esting heirloom or uncommon vari­etals) at Oxbow Produce & Grocery in the Oxbow Public Market, but starting today you can also get fresh juice made from those self-same fruits and vegetables. […]

The Loneliness of the Occupy Napa Protester

There are no drum cir­cles at Occupy Napa. No skir­mishes with police (at least not yet). No dis­sen­sion among the ranks, which speak clearly and with a sin­gle voice. That the ranks total one exceed­ingly rea­son­able and polit­i­cally mod­er­ate 62-year-old man wear­ing jeans, a polo shirt, wire frame glasses and a gar­den­ing hat to shield his pale face from the sun prob­a­bly explains all of the above.