Blog Roll

Wine, Dine, and Trivia

Last night NCHS hosted our second Winemakers Dinner at Napkins Bar & Grill, featuring four exquisite wines from Buoncristiani Family Winery. Besides all the wine tasting, delicious foods, and good times, we played a hearty game of "Stump the Librarian." Guests...

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First Steps Approved by Napa City Council

Dear Members and Supporters: Thanks to your overwhelming support, Napa City Council approved the funding for the first step in the repair and re-opening of the Goodman Library. Watch the meeting on video to get all the particulars. Check in our website and Facebook...

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Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 1

Sam Brannan was one of the first people in the Calistoga area to commercially produce wine. By 1862 he had several thousand acres of land on which he planted nearly 20,000 French vine cuttings. Within five years he was producing 23,000 gallons of wine and brandy. His...

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Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 2

The origins of Prohibition in the United States run as far back as the 17th century when there were strong religious objections throughout New England. The Puritans did not ban drinking alcohol itself, but did outlaw drunkenness. “This lasting connection between...

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History of Calistoga

What can you tell me about the history of Calistoga? “Calistoga is located in the northern part of the Napa Valley, which is framed on its east and west sides, respectively, by the Howell and Mayacamas Mountain ridges. The Napa River and its tributaries drain the Napa...

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A Day at Yountville

This article is excerpted from an article that appeared in the Napa Daily Register, Friday, October 3, 1873 Groezinger’s Wine Cellar, Vineyard, Orchard, Nursery, Dwelling, etc. Wine and Wheat Shipments - Caymus Dairy - ...Etc. Etc. We have had the pleasure, this week,...

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Yountville’s Boundaries

How did Yountville get its boundaries? Captain George Yount, Captain John Grigsby, and James Harbin are the key players in the history of Yountville. Napa County was established immediately after California became a state on September 9, 1850. At that time, one of the...

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