Friends and coworkers gathered this week at Nickel & Nickel Winery to celebrate the colorful life of the late L. Pierce Carson, who died in May, just weeks shy of his 50th anniversary as a writer at the Napa Valley Register. In his half century at the Register, Pierce covered many topics, but he became famous for his rich coverage of Napa County's cultural life, including its rise to prominence as a wine and food destination. Here are some images from the party and of Pierce at various stages in his life.

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