Madonna Estate
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The Madonna Estate

The Madonna Estate sits between The Boon Fly Cafe and Domaine Carneros on the road between Napa and Sonoma. We have driven past it countless times and barely noticed it, let alone given it consideration […]


Dark ‘n Stormy

The Dark ‘n Stormy is a highball cocktail that consists of rum and ginger beer. That last sentence may seem factual, but it is an inaccurate statement; at least here in the US. The name […]

Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré is another name for The French Quarter, the oldest and most famous district in the city of New Orleans. It means Old Square. This post is not about that district, but rather a […]

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We drove down a country road until it ended at a single track lane. We proceeded slowly up the lane, pulling off at one point to allow a car to pass us as it came […]


The Negroni

The Negroni is another classic cocktail, although unlike the Martini and the Old Fashioned, about which I have previously written, this one comes from Italy. There are several conflicting stories about the origination of this […]


The Old Fashioned

I am pedantic, opinionated, but not always consistent. I needed to start with that statement, due to my earlier post about cocktails. In that article I made it clear that any deviation from the one […]



It took us a long time to visit Napa Valley for the first time. We had moved to Northern California in the last days of 2006. It was not until October 2007 that we booked […]


Two Roads

“Y es, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”   There are two roads that run north up the valley; […]