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Napa and the Bean Stalk

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These beauties are a different fruit of the vine

By Laurel Miller

As Seen in Napa Sonoma Magazine

Tell the guests you've invited to your next dinner party that you'll be serving eye of the goat, and you may get some last-minute cancellations. However, when you explain that you've cooked a round, tan-and-brown-speckled heirloom bean with a rich, full flavor and a meaty pot liquor (the residual cooking liquid), they may think you're a little odd, but will probably still come.

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Eat, Drink, and Meet Leslie

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Popular television host Leslie Sbrocco invites wine and food lovers to share a toast

By Bonnie Wach

As Seen in Napa Sonoma Magazine

Over the last decade, wine guru Leslie Sbrocco, host of the popular KQED television food show Check, Please! Bay Area, has promoted cheap champagne, championed screw caps, and proudly paired fine wines with everything from Rice Krispies Treats and Twinkies to Chinese takeout.

"Wine should be comfort, not stress," says the Petaluma resident, who is also the author of Wine for Women and The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide. "It's simply fermented grape juice. People shouldn't get uptight about it. I try to teach people that there's never any wrong answer with wine."

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Gourmet novelist

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Author Nadia Gordon stages her series of mystery tales in a fictionalized Napa Valley

By Peter Crooks

As Seen in Napa Sonoma Magazine

In the new novel Lethal Vintage, chef Sunny McCoskey is tossed into a murder mystery involving a billionaire, his mistress, and a cast of winemakers and foodies. Plus, McCoskey's restaurant just received an overabundant shipment of salmon that needs to sell that day. What's a chef (and amateur detective) to do?

Getting to the clever whodunit twist at the end of Lethal Vintage is just part of the fun in the delicious potboiler. Along the way, readers are treated to a virtual tour of Wine Country, with a flurry of references to real and fictional restaurants and wineries dropped into the quickly turning pages.

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Chef Heaven

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Learn to cook amid the bounty of Wine Country

By Mandy Behbehani

As Seen in Napa Sonoma Magazine

"I was 32 when I started cooking," Julia Child famously said. "Up until then, I just ate."

For those of you who want to go from consumer to chef, the secret may be cooking classes. And where better to learn than in Wine Country, a confluence of fresh produce, innovative cooking, and stunning scenery.

Classes run the gamut from a four-hour hands-on Mediterranean dinner with noted San Francisco chef and TV personality Joanne Weir, to a one-day getaway culinary tour with three of your best girlfriends. And don't worry: Typical students are not pros but range from home chefs who know their way around an herb-encrusted pork loin to rookies who can barely skin a potato. And there are classes for kids, too.

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