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I am indeed a lucky girl.

A few years ago I moved to Napa Valley and I can say with confidence – it was a good life choice.

I've been fortunate enough to visit quite a few of the hundreds (literally) of wineries, restaurants and other fantastic places around this town — but there are still so many out there I have yet to experience.

Won't you come along while I explore Napa Valley? Have a look below for all the latest posts, and sign up for the Sunshine & Vines newsletter to stay updated on the latest happenings around town.

March 8, 2018
Wydown Hotel

St. Helena Shops and Stops

I walk up and down Main Street in St. Helena somewhat regularly, and I have a pretty standard line-up of shops and places I like to […]
February 20, 2018
Auberge du Soleil Bistro Deck

Restaurant: Auberge du Soleil

February was my least favorite month when I was young. Having grown up on the east coast, I remember it as the coldest and darkest month […]
January 30, 2018
Starmont Tasting Room

Itinerary: A Day Trip to Napa Valley

Only have time for a day trip to Napa Valley? No problem. Here’s an itinerary that will get you up here and enjoying yourself quick-smart. Let’s make […]
January 24, 2018
Robert Mondavi Cellar - Barrel Room

Raining in Napa? Head to the Caves

I know, I know… It’s raining. And just how are you supposed to enjoy wine tasting in Napa Valley if it’s raining? In the caves, of […]
December 15, 2017
HALL Rutherford

HALL Rutherford

I was invited to experience the Appellation Exploration tasting at HALL Rutherford recently. In retrospect, it seems we visited at the perfect time of year, as the […]
December 2, 2017
Clos Pegase Entrance

Clos Pegase

Clos Pegase is a winery near the northern end of Napa Valley, in Calistoga. I was invited by the winery to experience a complimentary tour and […]
November 20, 2017
Holiday Gift Guide

9 Clever Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

‘Tis the season! Get ahead of the game with these 9 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life. The December holidays will be here […]
November 7, 2017
The Charter Oak

Restaurant: The Charter Oak

Good for you, Ali. You managed to walk the three blocks to The Charter Oak. Well, it’s about time. Not that The Charter Oak is inaccessible […]
October 25, 2017
Castillo di Amorosa Great Hall

Quick Stop: Castello di Amorosa

So I finally visited Castello di Amorosa. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to get to The Castle. Everyone, everywhere is always visiting […]
October 18, 2017
Smoke from Napa Valley Fire

The Wine Country Wildfires

I recognize that it’s been radio silence around here lately. But I couldn’t help it. There was the threat of the fires, the Sophie’s Choice of […]