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Lisa Mattson, author of “The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country” introduces her debut novel at two events this weekend in the valley.

Using a collection of ex-boyfriends’ songs, the book follows the dating disasters and pipe dreams of Miami transplant Harley Aberle, a redneck waitress who blossoms into a refined wine maven during her bewildering struggle to learn the difference between sex and love and the power of self-respect.

Raised in Kansas, Mattson grew up surrounded by shotguns and beer cans before moving to Florida and discovering wine during college. Her wine career began in South Florida at The Cellar Club at The Biltmore Hotel and The Wine News magazine. Since moving to Northern California in 2001, Mattson has worked for E&J Gallo Winery, Wilson Daniels Ltd. and is currently communications director for Jordan Vineyard & Winery

On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., she takes part in a book chat and wine tasting with journalist and author Virginie Boone, a contributor to Wine Enthusiast and the Press Democrat, and author of “Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country.”

 This Q&A discussion includes a complimentary glass of Silverado Miller Ranch sauvignon blanc, which is featured in the book.

Silverado Vineyards is at 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa. Admission is free but space is limited. Reserve a spot at For  information, call  855-270-1770 or visit

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Download a digital copy  of the book ($3.99) before the event. Paperback copies ($17.99) will also be sold at the event.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m., Mattson joins a book chat and wine tasting hosted by Domaine Chandon, and also featuring  also featuring Emily Brown author of  “Stories from the Sisterwives: How I Survived Dating,” and Cortney Roudebush, author of  “Where I Want To Be: Book One in the Wine Country Series.”

The free event features a discussion led by Ian White, wine country director of 7x7 magazine and creative director of Napa Valley Life’s “Ink.” All three authors’ books will be available for sale.

Domaine Chandon  is at 1 California Drive, Yountville.