Kevin is the Napa Valley Register's city editor. His personal column about the adventures of everyday life in Napa runs every Sunday. 

Allen Balik is a noted wine collector, educator and recognized authority on the wines of California and Europe, sampling more than 1,500 wines each year as a member of the trade and numerous tasting groups. Allen has toured wine growing areas around the world and tasted extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

Award-winning wine columnist Dan Berger has been writing his nationally syndicated column since 1979 and continues to be one of the most outspoken and informative people writing about this subject can be very to understand.

Napa Valley native Tim Carl, a former chef and current vintner, explores the valley and reports back on what he finds in “Local Tastes” – cutting-edge food, premium wines and the often-fascinating people who make them happen." 

Mary Cervantes is the business services director for Napa Valley College Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center. Reach her at 256-7253 or

Lynne Champlin was a stewardess in the 1960s.  She married a Napa attorney in 1966. Her husband is a retired Napa Superior Court Judge. Her column "Coffee, Tea and Me" has appeared in Napa Valley Register for 3 years.

Patti Cowger is an interior designer who opened her first design studio in San Francisco in 1989. Back in her hometown of Napa and owner of PLC Interiors, Patti writes Demystifying Design every other Saturday. She invites you to visit her website,, call (707) 322-6522, or email

Samie Hartley is the Napa Valley Register Online Editor. Follow her misadventures as a 30-something finding her way through life in Simple & Sassy, which runs every other Sunday in the Napa Valley Register.

Submit questions or reach the Health Insurance Guys at Schrette Insurance, 1556 First St., Suite 105, Napa, 94559; 255-9511;; or

Angela Hoxsey is a professional organizer based in the Napa Valley. For information about her services, go to or call 707-738-4346. 

Jennifer Huffman is a reporter and the business editor of the Napa Valley Register. She's also mom to three daughters under the age of 24. Huffman writes a column about her family called "Surrendering to Motherhood" which runs every other Monday. 

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979 and is a graduate of Sacramento State. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association.

Patrick Jolly is the Napa County Veterans Service Officer. He is an advocate for veteran's rights and assists in a number of areas including medical, education and death benefits.

David Kerns is a Napa-based freelance journalist and novelist. His "Live in the Valley" column is a continuing exploration of Napa's live music scene. It runs on Thursdays in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Napa Valley Register. An extensive archive of his work can be found at

Allison is owner of Please The Palate, a boutique agency specializing in marketing and event planning for the wine and spirits industry. She is certified as an Italian Wine Specialist from the North American Sommelier Association and Level 3 WSET from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. 

Randy Martinsen is the president/CEO of BudgetWorks Inc., a marketing and business consulting firm, and brand partner for Nerium International. He can be reached at 707-206-6443 or

Len Tillem and Rosie McNichol are elder law attorneys. Contact them at 846 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476, by phone at 707-996-4505, or at Len has a new video channel on YouTube.

Tom and John Mills are registered investment advisers and certified financial planners. Reach them at 254-0155, 

Master Gardeners are trained, non-paid teaching staff certified to extend practical horticultural information to Napa County residents. These volunteers receive an intensive 88-hour training program over a 3-month period to become certified.

News and notes from the Napa Farmers Market. The Napa Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October, in the parking lot of the South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Drive, Napa. 

The World in a Glass is a lighter look at wines from Napa Valley and beyond, created by the late Jack Heeger, a wine writer and copy editor at the Register. It’s now written by Sasha Paulsen, who has been wine editor at the Register since 1999. 

Janet Peischel is a writer, Internet marketing expert, and the owner of Top of Mind Marketing. 

Burt M. Polson, CCIM, is a real estate broker with ACRES Real Estate Services Inc. helping clients sell, buy and lease real estate. Reach him at 707-254-8000, or

Bill Pramuk is an independent Registered Consulting Arborist, professionally dedicated to helping people with tree care issues. Visit his website:

Betty Rhodes writes about senior living in Napa Valley. "I enjoy being a senior, and I appreciate being able to continue championing the causes of seniors. It’s all good. We live in a very ‘senior friendly’ valley, with much for seniors to do in order to remain healthy in mind, spirit and body."

Bruce Sackrison is an insurance property and casualty broker affiliated with Professional Insurance Associates. He works with clients with insurance needs for personal, commercial and business insurance.

Chris Salese can be reached at or (707) 363-4439. He is a licensed California mortgage banker (NMLS 254469/1850 CA BRE 01377933/01215943) and equal housing lender.

Maria Sestito is a former Register reporter and current student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She shares her unique perspective on life in her column “Jersey Girl,” which runs every other Sunday. Follow Maria on Twitter @RiaSestito or email her at

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or

Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit

Betty Teller is an intrepid food lover and home cook who tries not to take food or life too seriously. Laugh with her about kitchen catastrophes, her endless battle with the oak tree in her yard and whatever else strikes her funny in her column amuse-bouche, appearing biweekly on the Food Page.

Dan Walters writes for CALmatters, a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to

Evy Warshawski brings Napa Valley’s multi-layered arts scene to readers every other Thursday with up-to-date information on current and future happenings in the performing, visual and multi-disciplinary arts.  A performing arts presenter for over two decades, she keeps her eyes on the stage and ears to the ground to bring the arts front and center.

Rebecca Yerger is a local historian and historic preservation consultant. Her Napa Valley Register column, Memory Lane, offers an insight into Napa Valley's past through lesser known historical account and recollections. Memory lane runs every Sunday.

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