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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around The Fatted Calf!

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around The Fatted Calf! The kitchen is in full swing preparing all of your favorite seasonal delights from creamy boudin blanc with chestnuts to decadent foie gras terrines with Madeira. Gift baskets are being filled with holiday treats: locally made jams and syrups, freshly pressed new olive oil, heirloom beans and grains, foraged wild mushroom goodies and more. Their sales staff is ready to help you choose a succulent roast for your holiday table, prepare a party perfect charcuterie platter for your celebration or find just the right gift for all of the curious cooks and meat aficionados on your list. Pop in to the The Fatted Calf today and let the holidays begin.

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Need A Last Minute Gift?

Make your way over to Napa Valley Distillery for some festive cocktail fixings! In addition to their ready-to-go gift sets their knowledgeable staff are excited to create custom cocktail kits for you and your loved ones. They’ve stocked up for the holidays with great products like copper bar sets and vintage glassware that’ll make any bar shine, locally made candles designed to smell like their small craft spirits, and holiday mixers that are so good they’ll be gone before the season’s end!

Yes Cocktail, a local California brand, has put out two fabulously festive cocktail mixes. The Ginger Snap Cocktail Mixer is the perfect blend of holiday spices, ginger and lime; simply mix it with NVD’s Napa Reserve for a refreshing holiday mule. Visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Satisfy that craving with a Sugar Plum Hot Toddy using Yes Cocktail’s Sugar Plum mixer and NVD’s limited release Plum Brandy; add a little hot water or tea and that vision will be a reality!

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Olio Nuovo from Hudson Greens & Goods

The very first batch of extra virgin olive oil of the season, Olio Nuovo translates directly to “new oil.” Prized for its grassy flavors and spicy finish, it is full of very fine olive oil particles that are suspended in the oil giving it more intense flavors. Meant to be used immediately in order to capture these flavors before they dissipate, Olio Nuovo offers us a true celebration of the moment. Use it liberally & on everything but our favorite is Fettunta – garlic bread. Catch it if you can!

Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil Varieties: Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, & Pendolino

Picked & pressed: November 2017 Napa Valley, Carneros

Makes a perfect holiday gift!

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‘Tis the Season for Plum Brandy

Forget sugar plums, grab some plum brandy! This season, make sure to stop by the Napa Valley Distillery. They have just released a limited edition brandy made entirely from plums! This Plum Brandy was aged for five years, and finished in Napa Valley Port barrels for just about 13 months. The subtle sweetness drawn from the port barrels complements the fruit forward notes and warmth of the Plum Brandy. A true crowd pleaser, or great night cap for a quiet evening at home. Perfect for the holidays!

They also have a variety of “ready-to-go” gift sets for the cocktail lover in your life. Bring joy to those around you this season with customized cocktail kits for even your most picky friends and family members. Napa Valley Distillery’s Spirit experts are available to help create the perfect gift for drinkers and non drinkers alike!

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Spice Up Your Fall!

This November, swing by Napa Valley Distillery and check out their selection of spiced tonic syrups. Add these tonics to your Gin and Tonics, Vodka Tonics, or a nice warm holiday cocktail. They have a variety of tonics that will bring your cocktails to new heights and bring warmth to the cold days ahead.

They have two local tonics, one from Yes! Cocktail Co called California citrus tonic, which makes incredible G & Ts (vodka tonics too). Made with fresh citrus, lemongrass, and fresh cut cinchona bark- its beautifully bittersweet and the perfect complement to any craft spirit.

Their other local tonic comes from Monarch in Petaluma who describes their tonic as “sweet and tangy, with a texture reminiscent of glycerin or aloe, it strikes the tongue with a nice, sharp acidity that’s mouthwatering and leaves you wanting more. A faint note of citrus that doesn’t lean any which way.”

They also carry a stand-out tonic by True out of Washington DC, who use spices and botanicals that are carefully selected for quality and purity of flavor, so the tonic perfectly complements your drink. Simply add club soda to make tonic water or use it instead of simple syrup to create cocktails with a complex taste.

Finally, they are carrying a tonic from a brand called 3/4 Ounce, whose tonic can be described as original and unique. This high-end product will enhance your parties, please your guests or even be the perfect host gift. Made from natural ingredients, it stands out from other commercial tonic water with its subtle aromas, less sweet taste, its pronounced touch of bitterness, and its amber color.

So swing by the NVD’s Bar Shop today for advice on the perfect craft cocktail for your holiday season. Their spirit experts are available to help you choose the right tonics, bitters, and syrups for your cocktails. Cheers!

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Holiday cheese & charcuterie platters from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Looking for something delicious and easy to bring to that holiday party or dinner, or perhaps you are in need of a last-minute gift? Look no further, because the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has got you covered. Have the folks at the cheese counter whip you up an amazing cheese and charcuterie platter for your holiday party hors d’oeuvres. Call 707-257-5000 to place an order with a staff member, or stop by the shop in person and pick out what exactly you would like with one of the knowledgeable and helpful cheesemongers. It’s a perfect way to impress guests, family and friends, without adding to the stress and hecticness of a busy holiday season. Just make sure you place your order with staff at least 24 hours in advance!

If you are still searching for a nice gift for a loved one, pop in the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab a bottle of bubbles or a load up a gift card for whatever amount you like. This is one simple and easy way to complete your holiday shopping list. Stop by the wine retail shop and have a staff member help you pick out some quality wines, sign up for the monthly wine club or just grab a gift card and let them decide for themselves! Whatever your holiday needs may be, don’t forget the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant can help you out during this busy season.

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Ritual Coffee Roasters Holiday Gift Pop-Up Open through December.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is thrilled to present a holiday gift pop-up at Oxbow Public Market during the month of December! Grab a coffee at the main cafe and then come around the corner to check out the curated collection of coffee related merchandise. For example, Ritual has just published a new book, The Brew Book, written by the company’s expert baristas, which aims to demystify all things coffee brewing. It’s called The Brew Book. It’s beautiful, portable, and highly giftable at only $14.95! There are also other exclusive holiday items for guests to peruse, such as nifty enamel pins, sweatshirts, limited edition klean kanteens, gift sets (complete with gift packaging so they’re ready to give!), and much more! Stop by and let one of Ritual’s friendly elves provide a knowledgeable and personalized experience, and come away with something perfect for that coffee lover in your life (even if that’s you!)

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Have the people on your list been naughty or nice?

Either way, Napa Valley Distillery has the perfect gift set for them! If they’ve been naughty, we recommend the “For the Naughty” set which includes the Cherry Brandy, The Manhattan Cocktail and the Brandy Cordial! It’s sure to please the naughtiest person on your list! On the off chance that they’ve been nice all year, reward them with the “For the Nice” set, made up of Napa Valley Distillery’s Pear Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn, and the Meyer Lemon Variety. These flavors should only the nicest people on your list, as the naughty surely don’t deserve them!

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Stocking Stuffers from Five Dot Ranch

Looking for great gift or stocking stuffer ideas? Let Five Dot Ranch help! Have you tried the Five Dot Ranch beef jerky? These nitrite-free steak strips are 100 percent Five Dot Ranch beef and come in three flavors: traditional, Cajun and cracked pepper, and come in 1 oz. and 2 oz. packages. Jerky will fit nicely in any stocking and would look great amongst other local Napa products in a gift basket. Additionally, Five Dot Ranch gift cards are excellent for the meat-lovers in your life. Gift card funds can be used for any retail items, a meal at the Cookhouse or beef cuts out of the case. This versatile gift allows your loved ones to treat themselves in more ways than one.

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Great Gift Ideas from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

If you are looking for a great gift idea for a friend or family member who is a wine enthusiast, or that just enjoys some good bubbly, your search is over! The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has your perfect gift for this holiday season.

Give your loved ones the gift of a bubbles,with the Sparkling Wine Club offered at the Cheese & Wine Merchant. You can purchase a single month (just the two bottles featured for that month) or sign up for a six month subscription, all the way up to a year if you are feeling extra generous this holiday season. The Wine Club selections are hand picked every month by the dedicated and knowledgeable folks at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, the Oxbow’s sister store in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, and are guaranteed to be a slam dunk for any special occasion or Holiday festivities. If interested please ask any staff member at the Cheese & Wine Merchant. You may also email Jayne Droese, the wine club manager, for more info and details about the club.

They’re back… The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has started receiving some of the seasons first batches of Rush Creek and Winnimere! These are the wonderful domestic versions of the classic and famous Vacherin Mont d’Or, from the Jura Mountains that border France and Switzerland. Rush Creek is from Uplands Creamery in Wisconsin. Winnimere is from Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont. Both are amazing cheeses filled with deep unctuous flavors, notes of bacon and beef, and an earthy pungent aroma. They are washed on a regular basis in a salt water brine, developing that funky reddish rind. They are then wrapped in a layer of Spruce Cambium, the thin layer of bark found between the harder more course outer bark and the inner heart of the tree. These cheeses are a must have for any Holiday parties with cheese lovers. You may also just enjoy with a couple friends, a baguette and a bottle of bubbles! Cheers and Happy Holidays everyone!

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Thanksgiving Sale at Wood Fiber Clay

These two cuties are helping to whip up something for Thanksgiving and it isn’t mashed potatoes! Wood Fiber Clay is having a 20 percent off sale from Friday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 22.

Shop the pop-up at Oxbow Public Market or their website with the code “Gratitude.” Pick up a great gift to take to the host or hostess on Thanksgiving, like a beautiful handcarved bowl from A Question of Eagles, a solid brass bottle opener from Ft. Standard, or a scented pillar candle from Le Feu d’Leau.

And, get your holiday shopping done early! Wood Fiber Clay has limited quantities of their unique collection of handcrafted items, so don’t wait. They will ship purchases over $100 free of charge and provide complimentary gift wrap.

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Model Bakery English Muffins Named One of Oprah’s Favorite Things

“I love this time of year because I love to celebrate giving and receiving and I hope my favorite things will be some of yours, too!” Oprah   One item on her 2016 “Favorite Things” list: The Model Bakery’s English muffins. She  calls them “scrumptious all over” and suggests pairing them with preserves from Clif Family. The English muffins & preserve set is available on Amazon, but of course, you can get your English muffins at Oxbow Public Market. “I don’t have to tell you all how much I love bread. These English muffins are my current carb of choice: crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and scrumptious all over—especially when slathered with the amazing Clif Family preserves that are included. Full disclosure: I took a few bags home from the shoot!” – Oprah

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Relax with a Cocktail!

Feeling stressed out by the upcoming election? Relax and settle down with a cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s small batch, hand crafted spirits! Besides, what’s more American than something aged in a Bourbon barrel? Swing by their tasting bar at the Oxbow to enjoy a sample of their Brandy Cordial and their Cherry Brandy, both of which have spent time in Bourbon barrels soaking up flavor and color!

Napa Valley Distillery’s Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish. Sip after dinner or mix to create sophisticated Pre-Prohibition era cocktails. Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Their Cherry Brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

For a cocktail that is sure to please any cocktail enthusiast, try the Cherry Manhattan!

The Cherry Manhattan
Makes one 4 oz cocktail served up in a chilled cocktail glass

Ingredients
2 oz Napa Valley Distillery Cherry Brandy
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes (12 drops)
maraschino liqueur
2 dashes (12 drops) Abbott’s Bitters or other high quality aromatic bitters
1 Luxardo Cherry for garnish

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add cherry brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and one dash bitters. Stir, do not shake, for 20 seconds. Garnish cocktail glass with Luxardo cherry, and strain contents of shaker into glass. Float one more dash of bitters on top, and you’re done! Classic Manhattan flavor with a big cherry twist!

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Wood Fiber Clay pop-up shop is back through December

The Wood Fiber Clay pop-up shop is back through December with a new collection of unique handcrafted and vintage items for the home sourced from small producers locally and globally. Owners Lisa Toller and Kelley Burnett just returned from Iceland and Scandinavia after combing the flea markets of Copenhagen for mid-century Danish finds, visiting with local artists in Iceland, and buying one-of-a-kind heritage sheepskins directly from the farm in Norway. The colors of the landscape, living spaces, and art have inspired their fall/winter palette of russet, indigo and seafoam green, which are layered with their signature neutrals. Read more about their trip on their blog. The pop-up is located between Three Twins Ice Cream and the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, in front of Kitchen Door. Stop by and say hello any day between 9 am and 7 pm and until 8 pm on Tuesdays.

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May Specials at The Model Bakery

May brings warmer weather, beautiful sunshine, and the dawn of another fantastic Napa Valley summer! Whether thinking about Mom on her special day, or just getting together with family and friends, don’t show up empty handed…bring along a yummy, fresh-baked cake from The Model Bakery! Special for May are their Lemon Cake with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream frosting, and the “Naked” Chocolate Chip Cake with chocolate fudge, chocolate pudding and chocolate chip cookie dough…mmm…CHOCOLATE-Y! Yay for May!

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Nothing Says “Thanks Mom!” Like A Well Made Cocktail

Tired of giving flowers, oven mitts, and canned sardines every Mother’s Day?

This Mother’s Day give her gift that she really wants, at a price that you cannot resist! She deserves it. After all she supports you every day, in every way. Napa Valley Distillery created this gift set exclusively for Mother’s Day 2016, and it contains all the necessary ingredients to make a unique, and much appreciated, Mother’s Day Cocktail.

The set includes: Napa Valley Distillery’s own Napa Reserve & Grand California, Napa Valley Bitters Hibiscus Rose Bitters, Liber & Co. Grenadine Syrup. They’ve also included a recipe card so that she can enjoy a Pomegranate Cosmo any time!

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Napa Bookmine Celebrates National Beer Day

National Beer Day is fast approaching (Thursday, April 7) and as spring marches on, what better time to find your next favorite IPA, Porter or Stout? Napa Bookmine at Oxbow has spent hours curating a fine selection of publications to help you in your quest. Rifle through the pages of The Beer Bible: The Essential Beer Lover’s Guide. Perhaps take a peek in the pages of quarterly magazine, Pallet, which is dedicated to people who “…like to think and drink.” More of a graphic novel reader? Try The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution! Happy National Beer Day!

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Easter Essentials from Hudson Greens and Goods

Celebrate the new growth of the spring season at Hudson Greens and Goods. You’ll find all the Easter essentials, including beautiful, organic spring onions $5.99/lb.,  asparagus $8.99/lb. and green garlic $7.59/lb.  If you find yourself looking for the perfect Easter gift, a staff favorite is the Super Choc-O-Food bar, a collaboration of Valerie’s Confections and Commune Design. It’s packed with a dried fruit, nuts and seeds all bound together with minimal chocolate, conveniently wrapped in your choice of pastel foils. It really is the best addition to any Easter basket.

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Fresh and Flavorful California Olive Oils

What better way to welcome the beautiful season of spring than with fresh and flavorful California olive oils? The Olive Press offers a wide array of extra virgin olive oils ranging from delicate to robust intensities that are wonderful for cooking and finishing. They also offer lovely flavored oils. Looking for different ingredients to add a pop of flavor to a classic recipe? Their balsamic vinegar selection ranges from classic options such as white balsamic vinegar to flavorful, fruity options such as raspberry or fig. Be sure to stop by The Olive Press and taste all of these delicious oils and vinegars!

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Hoppy Easter from The Model Bakery

Here comes Peter Cottontail…and that means Easter’s on its way! Be ready for friends and family this year with the help of The Model Bakery. From breakfast pastries, to artisan breads, cookies…tarts and pies…to large and individual Easter cakes, the Model Bakery has you covered. And don’t forget those hot cross buns! All orders must be placed by noon on Thursday, March 24 for pickup either Saturday, March 26 from 7a m to 6 pm, or Easter Sunday, from 7 am to 1 pm. Hoppy Easter!

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Freshly Milled Citrus Olive Oils from The Olive Press

The Olive Press’ beautiful, freshly milled citrus olive oils are now available for purchase and ready for tasting! There are a variety of stunning spring-inspired flavors to choose from such as lime, clementine, blood orange and lemon. These sweet, tangy and zesty citrus fruits are milled with Mission extra virgin olive oil. This oil is buttery and delicate in nature, which allows the bright flavors of the citrus to truly stand out! Be sure to stop by The Olive Press and taste all of these gorgeous citrus oils that are sure to make it feel like springtime!

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Exciting New Desserts from Ca’ Momi Enoteca

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is bounding into spring with some exciting new desserts: housemade Cannoli Siciliani stuffed with fresh ricotta, and luscious Babà al Rum-rich, eggy pastry infused with a delectably boozy citrus syrup. Swing by anytime for an impulsive treat to go, or order ahead for a memorable Easter brunch finale! The Enoteca also offers charming cookie jars filled with Italian classics like Brutti ma Buoni and Cantucci di Prato ($8 each or three for $20) for kids of all ages.

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New Oils Available at The Olive Press

The Olive Press is in the midst of releasing all of its new oils for 2016. Stop by and learn about olive oil in all of its glory, and be sure to taste the oils that are brand new to The Olive Press, along with the prized oils they are welcoming back! Experience the flavorful and beautifully fresh oils they have to sample, learn about the exceptional health benefits olive oil has to offer, and of course don’t forget to ask about the process of milling!

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Moscofilero Greek Wine Available at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

The Oxbow Cheese & WIne Merchant has just released its February Wine Club wines. With this month’s selections they are highlighting a wonderful new Greek wine, a Moscofilero. The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant’s sister store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, has collaborated with renowned Greek winemaker George Skouras to bring this special cuvée of Moscofilero for the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant private label. Moscofilero is a highly aromatic white wine varietal of Greek origin, grown primarily in Peloponnese, and is most akin to the Muscat grape and shows similar characteristics of perfumed aromatics and high acidity. It has a cornucopia of aromas from fresh cut roses and white flowers like night jasmine, to green apple, white peach, and lemon lime zest. Fresh, vibrant and elegantly cool, this wine can be enjoyed on its own but will pair beautifully with apple-fennel chicken salad. Stop by the Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab yourself a bottle, or take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass! While you are there ask a staff member about joining their amazing wine club and enjoy these special wines every month. As a member you will get the benefits of wine discounts at both store locations, as well as discounts on all the cheeses at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant!

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Calling all Cookie Monsters!

Calling all cookie monsters! Ca’ Momi Enoteca‘s rolling out a new twist on an old tradition later this month: organic, authentic and heartcrafted Italian cookie jars ($8 each, or 3 for $20). Choose from elegant Italian palmiers, ladyfingers, meringues, almond-anise cantucci di Prato, chocolate-hazelnut Baci di Dama sandwich cookies, cornmeal-raisin specialties from the Veneto, or the infamous brutti ma buoni, which literally means “ugly but good.” (“Good” in this context means “crazy delicious.”) And, of course, every week at Locals’ Night you can score your pizza of choice with a glass of house wine for $4 off the normal price of the pizza. Salute!

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Celebrate Your Employees at The Model Bakery

Did you know that Employee Appreciation Day is coming up on March 4? You know you’d be lost without your dedicated staff, so show them you appreciate them every day, not just employee appreciation day, by treating them to lunch from The Model Bakery. With an amazing selection of yummy sandwiches, fresh, pre-packaged salads, and of course, their legendary enormous pizza by the slice, The Model Bakery is a fast, easy and terrific way to show your employees how much you care. Stop by and pick up lunch for the team…and don’t forget the sweet treats for dessert…they will love you for it!

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You had me at Pizza

Ca’ Momi Enoteca has romance ready to go with heart-shaped pizza, schiacciata, ciambellina, and ciambellona for Valentine’s weekend, plus two irresistible takeout specials featuring all-organic bignè pastries. Love On the Run ($45) includes the pizza of your choice, one dozen assorted organic bignè, and a bottle of Ca’ Momi Ca’ Rosa Sparkling Rosé. For sweethearts with sweet tooths, Bubbles & Bignè (1 dozen assorted organic bignè + 1 bottle of Ca’ Rosa) for only $28. Let your love be heartcrafted!

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Get Cheesy this Valentine’s Day

Don’t think there is a cheese that out there that is perfect for Valentine’s Day? Guess again! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant will have Coeur du Berry, a lovely, fresh goat milk cheese from the Poitou region of France on hand for your special someone. In the shape of a heart, this succulent cheese is from Fromagerie Jacquin, and its name is a nod to the neighboring commune named — most appropriately it seems — St Valentin. Add a crisp white wine or refreshing bubbly and you will be all set!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts from Hudson Greens and Goods

Warm up winter by showing someone you love that you care. Hudson Greens and Goods has a wonderful selection of Valentine cards from Ghost Academy hand-printed in the USA. A highlight for the holiday will be an exquisite selection of flowers in various size vases and bouquets from The Monkey Flower Group. Staff favorites for February include Little Apple farm shrubs to make delicious cocktails and spritzers, and Teance teas will warm anybody’s heart. Locally grown loofahs from Hudson Ranch are a complement to any luxurious bath. Be sure to also check out the primo selection of butter marshmallows handmade in British Columbia. The decadent treats are now priced to move. So stop the store and take advantage of all the ways the HG&G can help warm the hearts of the ones you love.

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XOXO Kara’s Cupcakes!

This Valentines Day, send the gift of sweetness to your special someone! Surprise them with a dozen of their favorite #karascupcakes, cakes, artisan treats, cookies and more, now available with festive heart shaped pink and red fondant. The perfect treat to send the message of “I love you.” Call 707-258-2253 or email today to place your order. Kara’s delivers throughout the Napa Valley.