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The Usual

Nightly Napa Valley Cabernet

Chef Hari Pulapaka of Florida’s Cress Restaurant loves wine. “I don’t drink much of anything else,” he says. 

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Tasting room

5 Napa Valley Wines That Cost Way Less Than a House

Napa Values

For those of us (wine writers included) who could no more spend four thousand bucks on a bottle of wine than we could fly to the moon on the backs of magical swans, here are some ideal Napa bargains.

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Expert Travel Guide

Ultimate Fantasy Camps for Wine Nerds

Ultimate Fantasy Camps for Wine Nerds

At these fantastic wine camps, wine lovers can live out their grape-stomping and fermenting fantasies.

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Expert Travel Guide

Where to Make Your Own Wine

Where to Make Your Own Wine

Make your own wine at five incredible wineries, like eco-friendly Judd's Hill in Napa Valley and Northstar in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Expert Travel Guide

DIY Wine Blending at Judd's Hill in Napa

DIY Wine Blending at Judd's Hill in Napa

Wine blending experts from Judd's Hill explain how to create your own wine at home, from selecting the type of grape to mixing different tannin levels.

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Wine Intel

Finding the Great Wineries of the Future

Finding the Great Wineries of the Future

F&W's Ray Isle talks to former Screaming Eagle winery co-owner Charles Banks. Find out why he's so excited about South African wine.

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Trendspotting

Napa Valley After Dark

Napa After Dark: Rooftop bar at The Thomas

Winemaker and restaurateur Joel Gott on Napa's new late-night scene.

"Just a few years ago, the only options after 10 p.m. in Napa Valley were cigarettes and beer at the local dives: Pancha's in Yountville, Ana's Cantina in St. Helena or Henry's in downtown Napa. And there's nothing wrong with those spots. But now there's a real late-night scene here, with craft cocktails and great wine. It's particularly true in downtown Napa. The place that really started it all is Morimoto [open until 1 a.m.], which has the biggest late-night scene: It feels more like Los Angeles than Napa. Down the block is The Thomas [open until 1 a.m.], which gets a lot of locals, sort of a wine-dork group. And it has a rooftop that's like a big party. Empire [open until 2 a.m.] launched a few months ago, and it has a serious cocktail program. It gets a good tourist crowd, since it's right next to the new Andaz hotel, which also has a lively bar scene until 1 a.m. Napa's not just about daytime tastings at wineries. We're the adult Disneyland, so we need to cater to everyone."

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