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Inside This Issue . . .

TRAVEL: Napa Valley's Open Studios

WINE: Do It Yourself Wine

PERSONALITY: Mike Kijak

RECIPE: Cervena Venison Shabu-Shabu

August 21, 2009 Newsletter

TRAVEL

Napa Valley's Open Studios

Every fall, when trucks bearing tons of grapes appear on the roads of Napa Valley, the sun-drenched trees begin to show their fall colors, and the hottest days of the year roll through the gorgeous valley, it's the season for artists to throw open their studio doors and welcome friends, neighbors, and visitors into their creative workspaces for the annual Open Studios tour.
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WINE

Do It Yourself Wine

Who says that when it comes to winemaking you have to leave it all to the pros? Turns out there's never been a better time than today to make your own wine, whether you're set on doing so solo in your own home, with a group at your local wine shop or at one of the popular new custom crush facilities. The wine world, you see, is your oyster - or perhaps we should say, your Cabernet.
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PERSONALITY

Mike Kijak

In 1987, Mike Kijak was working for Hewlett-Packard in Colorado when suddenly the company decided to move the shop he worked for. Although this news was unexpected, this event proved to be an act of fate. Instead of moving with Hewlett-Packard, Mike wisely took his wife's suggestion to go back to school and . . .
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RECIPE

Cervena Venison Shabu-Shabu

The Grill at Silverado, is a one-of-a-kind Napa Valley restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar appetizers. This restaurant in Napa Valley features Wine Country Cuisine with an Asian flair, emphasizing fresh and sustainable products. Chef Pahk's Cervena Venison Shabu-Shabu won Cervena Venison Dish of the Year 2008.
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Best Winery in St. Helena for 2009!

Whitehall Lane, a small family-owned winery in the historic Rutherford Appellation, is committed to creating select bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and, Chardonnay. Whitehall Lane Winery was also the 1st winery in North America to use the revolutionary glass closure. Visit us, enjoy our warm atmosphere, and discover our wine clubs and our series of winery only Cabernet Sauvignons. When you stop in, ask for Doug!

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