Pizza in America is food that is often only loosely connected to its origin in Italy. The Mozzeria food truck is an exception; the pizza they serve is a well-crafted example of the Neapolitan original. […]

Wine Tasting

Etude Winery

There is an anecdote about an American tourist in England asking a local about why the railway station was so far from the town; the response was: “They wanted it to be close to the […]



The Margarita is America’s best-selling cocktail. The name is Spanish for Daisy; a style of cocktail that was popular in the pre-prohibition US. The modern Margarita cocktail is not a Daisy, as it lacks the […]



The Sidecar is a cocktail that was created towards the end of the First World War. As with many cocktails, there are competing origin stories; one claiming that it was invented in Paris and another […]


Napa Smith Brewery

Napa Smith Brewery is in a unit of a small industrial park on the junction of Highway 29 and Highway 12. Neither this location, nor the warehouse building invoke thoughts of an English pub. The […]

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Trefethen first came to my attention in the aftermath of the 2014 Napa Earthquake, with the winery suffering severe damage to the nineteenth century building in which it held its tastings (See the article and […]