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'21 Things You Need To Know About The Napa Valley Before You Move There'

Movoto real estate writer says: "There’s much more to this affluent area of Northern California than just wining and dining, although we do that better than anywhere else, too.on the best of life in the Wine Country."

Source: Flickr user jayRaz/Movato Real Estate article.
Source: Flickr user jayRaz/Movato Real Estate article.
Movoto Real Estate writer Kassi Murray compiled "21 Things You Need To Know About The Napa Valley Before You Move There." 

The feature is chockful of shout-outs to such local entities as: Bear Republic BrewingThe Restaurant at Meadowood;  Castello di AmorosOxbow Public MarketUptown TheatreAnette's Chocolate FactoryNapa Valley Wine Train; and the Napa Valley Cricket Club, too! 

Here is Murray's list:    

1. Let’s Get This Out Of The Way: Yes, If You Love Wine, This Is Heaven

2. We Also Hold Beer Extremely Near And Dear

3. Your Taste Buds Will Never Grow Tired Of Our Michelin Starred Eateries

4. There Are Chefs, Then There’s The Iron Chef

5. The Trails Here Are More Inspiring Than Any Workout Video

6. Oh That? It’s Just Some Guy’s Frickin’ Actual Castle

7. See What Kind Of Gardener Medusa Would Make

8. Cheap Date? Have A Picnic With Majestic Views Instead

9. Evolve From Wine Snob To Wine & Art Snob

10. Or Become A Theater Snob

11. What Goes Great With Wine? Hint: The Answer Isn’t “Cheese”

12. You Can Follow Up Your Sugar High By Literally Getting High

13. A True Wino Buys In Bulk

14. The Real Fountain Of Youth Is In Calistoga

15. The Wineries Have Really Gone To The Dogs

16. Feed Your Brain More Than Fermented Grape Juice

17. You’re Encouraged To Get Day Drunk

18. You Can Choo-Choos A Favorite Vino On The Wine Train

19. Just A Spoonful Of Oil Helps The Alcohol Stay Down

20. In This Case, Cricket Noises Are Far From Boring

21. Sidewalk Chalk Has Been Turned Into A Bona Fide Artform

The article can be found in its entirety via Movoto Real Estate online.
John K. Ruch May 04, 2014 at 02:14 AM
17. You’re Encouraged To Get Day Drunk Certainly not by any professional in the food, beverage or hospitality industry. Sorry-this is not amusing. No one in Napa wants you to get 'day drunk'. This is reminiscent of when Alex Madrigal (from The Atlantic) wrote the article about Napa being considered one of the happiest places in the US based on words used in Twitter messages from this area (yes of course someone tracks that kind of thing). He jokingly wrote it was because Napans were always drunk on wine. When I wrote him taking issue with it he defensively said I was not his editor or 'his child' (?). Most of us in the hospitality industry care about our guests and patrons and getting 'day drunk' is not something we encourage, despite the perception that all we do is drink wine all day. PS-Movodo Real estate group is based in San Mateo-'bout an hour and half from Napa. Basically an inserted advertisement for this real estate company in the guise of a lifestyle article. If you need to know things about Napa before moving here I suggest speaking with someone that actually lives here and is not trying to sell you something.
Tom Ontis May 04, 2014 at 11:44 AM
@John K. Ruch Lived in Napa for the first 19 years of my life. NEVER got drunk on Napa or any other wine. (I drink very little.) Thanks for calling that author on his obviously WRONG stereotype.
Susan C. Schena May 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Thanks, John and Tom. I appreciate the real local view.
Louisa Hufstader May 04, 2014 at 11:54 PM
I stand with John and Tom among people who have lived in the real Napa — as John still does — and think this "article" is junk. A real local editor might have added some meaningful context (example: https://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/napa-valley-patch-vs-huffington-post_b127026). Without the local perspective, it's really a slap in all of our faces.
Henri Bridges May 06, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Anyway. Why is it so hard for locals to accept an opinion or recommendation from a visitor? Quit getting so defensive. There are a lot of professional Napans who love to party it up and toast with close friends. Just because some of you don't agree with this or think this is different from the "real" Napa, there are many different groups of people that represent Napa differently.

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