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Itinerary for wine tasting in Napa

Since working in Napa, friends have asked for recommendations. I’ve even been told that I should make a living by bringing 20 somethings out on tastings. That ‘d be the life.

Start at Beringer

Lunch at Taylor’s

Provenance

Mondavi

Opus One

Cosentino

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Darioush

Dinner at Don Giovanni

 

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Beringer

Mondavi

 

Top Picks

Provenance (SH) – really good cabs

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (SL)

Opus One (O) – just go for the architecture, it’s way too pricey for a tasting

Nickel and Nickel (O) – reservations required

Cosentino’s (Y) – is nice because they have a large selection to taste from, a chance to taste some expensive stuff

Darioush (N) – modern day Persepolis

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Far better than a lousy Nicolas Cage flick, Charlie Rose features a band like Dillinger Escape Plan.

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Top 50 albums of 2007

  1. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  2. Okkervil River – The Stage Names
  3. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
  5. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
  6. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  7. The National – Boxer
  8. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer
  9. Justice – †
  10. Cool Kids – Totally Flossed Out
  11. Feist – The Reminder
  12. Deerhunter – Cryptograms
  13. Ted Leo – Living With The Living
  14. Oh No – Dr. No’s Oxperiment
  15. Caribou – Andorra
  16. Battles – Mirrored
  17. Au Revoir Simone – The Bird Of Music
  18. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
  19. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  20. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  21. The Field – From Here We Go To Sublime
  22. Iron and Wine – The Sheppard’s Dog
  23. Kanye West – Graduation
  24. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
  25. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
  26. Kevin Drew – Spirit If
  27. Liars – Liars
  28. Lucky Soul – The Great Unwanted
  29. !!! – Myth Takes
  30. Black Kids – Wizard of Ahhhs
  31. The Black Lips – Good Bad not Evil
  32. Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond
  33. Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
  34. Jay-Z – American Gangster
  35. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
  36. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
  37. The Tough Alliance – A New Chance
  38. T.I. vs. T.I.P
  39. Voxtrot – S_T
  40. Nels Cline – Draw Breath
  41. Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
  42. White Williams – Smoke
  43. Wu Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams
  44. Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
  45. Phosphorescent – Pride
  46. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
  47. Grizzly Bear – Friend
  48. MIA – Kala
  49. The New Pornographers – Challengers
  50. Ola Podrida – Ola Podrida

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top 20 songs of 2007

  1. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
  2. Just an incredible tune. The Franz Ferdinand version is also nice.

  3. Spoon – Get yr Cherry Bomb
  4. The Underdog should give Jon Brion a grammy for best production, but this is THE song from the beset album of the year.

  5. Okkervil River – Plus Ones
  6. 8 Chinese brothers? There may be one too many references here, but that’ll never keep me from loving this song.

  7. Jaikishan – Title Music From Merchant Ivory’s Film Bombay Talkie
  8. From the Darjeeling Limited soundtrack, it’s an amazing tune that’s ripe for a remix.

  9. Lucky Soul – My Darling, Anything
  10. Skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skipping this song would be a crime (sorry, I had to). I drove my friends crazy repeating this part of a song on a road trip.

  11. Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
  12. Dance song of the year

  13. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – La Costa Brava
  14. Beirut – Forks and Knives (La Fête)
  15. Radiohead – House of Cards
  16. Oh No – Heavy
  17. Feist – One Two Three Four
  18. Forget iPod, this is still an awesome number.

  19. The New Pornographers – Unguided
  20. Jens Lekman – Sipping on the Sweet / I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You.
  21. Amy Winehouse – Me & Mr. Jones
  22. Timbaland – Way I Are
  23. Cool Kids – Black Mags / 88
  24. Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
  25. The National – Apartment Story
  26. Arcade Fire – Ocean of Noise
  27. Kanye West – Good Life

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