Zombie Cocktail for Halloween

Halloween Party Cocktail, Or Something to Sip While Waiting for the Goblins

Here we are at Halloween, and it seems to be that Hurricane Sandy is nobody’s fool. Some of the images published from the “Frankenstorm” are ominous and scary. Everyone from the Concierge of the Valley is thinking positive thoughts for all of those affected by the storm. Stay safe!

In brighter news, the Coffin Races in Downtown Napa seem to have kept everyone here in Napa Valley in good spirits, so to speak, and then the San Francisco Giants World Series win certainly will keep us smiling for a long time to come.

So, for those worn out old souls who will be home, awaiting trick or treaters’ knocks on the door, I supply you with a favorite Halloween cocktail or two. As well, perhaps it will work in a thermos down in Justin Herman Plaza for the parade, or just nicely in a martini glass as you watch from home.

It is the fabulous Zombie Cocktail, which a few Concierge clients might remember from a hauntingly fun Halloween party last year.


Zombie Cocktail for Halloween
Halloween Zombie Cocktail


  • 2 dashes grenadine
  • Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum

Mix light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and grenadine. Shake well and strain into a higball glass filled with cracked ice. Fill glass with orange juice but leave enough room to float the 151 on top.Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

 There you have it! Happy Halloween and Congratulations to the World Series Champions the San Francisco Giants!

Time Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

“Life is really, really good.” — Diane Van Deusen, Breast Cancer Survivor

ImageEvery year we are asked to take time out for Breast Cancer Awareness in October. I’d also like to take that time. 

It seems in October it’s trendy to wear pink, even at the professional football level (rather clever, in my opinion!), and show awareness by raising money by walking or any of the many breast cancer fundraisers that are out there. I know someone who’s been directly affected, and in turn, it affects me deeply.

Recently, an article in the Napa Valley Register shared statistics that while the incidence of breast cancer among Wine Country women was improving, “an average of 102 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and approximately 18 breast cancer–related deaths occur annually, according to the Napa County Public Health Division.” This is similar to the average rate, nationwide. It’s estimated that throughout the country, there are two million cancer survivors. But what’s incredible, is that it is expected that in 10 years, there will be four million survivors. (Unfortunately, it’s not mentioned if the number of deaths would rise in the same ratio, of if they are expected to decrease due to improvements in healthcare and treatment.)

Imagine the impact of four million women going through this crisis.

I hope this serves as a gentle reminder that as women, we need to maintain our health, get screened for breast cancer regularly, and support each other in doing so. Support cancer research, and support your friends, even if it’s just a like on Facebook, raising money for research. Life is good, as we all know. Life is really, really good.

PAWS: The Concierge for Your Pet

Pet Care includes off-leash dog walking for working families.
A full menu of pet services is available, including off-leash dog walking for residents and visitors of Napa and Sonoma alike

Pet Care Made Easy in Wine Country

Have you ever been to the pet store and realized, oh shoot, they’ve got the adoption fair on, and I’m going to have to go check out the cuddly kittens?! So the other day, I began a conversation with a woman who was smitten with a darling puppy dog, and the puppy also seemed to be smitten with her and her kids. She was telling them it was too bad, they couldn’t take the dog home because the holidays were coming and they wouldn’t be able to leave the puppy while they vacationed in Tahoe.

“Kennels don’t take puppies until they’ve had certain shots,” she said and the kids about had a fit. “We can’t take him with us!”

Now, there may have been other reasons to say no to the adorable Chihuahua mix, but I said to her, “You know, I could easily book you a petsitter.”  We talked, and she did book us for dogsitting and now mommy’s happy, kids are happy, and “Buddy Scout” (they couldn’t decide) has a happy home.

PAWS is Concierge of the Valley’s extensive pet care service that has been successfully helping our furry (or scaly?!) residents in both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. We provide in-home pet care for visitors hoping for a day or two of coverage for a pooch, for families working long hours, providing live-in vacation pet care, which also takes care of housesitting, periodic pet-sitting check-ins and pet playdates.

Dog walking can be the simplest of tasks, on-leash, or if a larger dog requires an off-leash run, we’re on the job. Cat sitting can be a stop-by affair, or include play time. Medication needs will be competently handled, leaving no worries for owners. If you and pooch are staying at one of Wine Country’s pet-friendly hotels, we’re familiar with your needs and are at your service.

Our pet sitters are reliable and trustworthy, and are guaranteed by Concierge of the Valley. Whenever in doubt, call Concierge of the Valley to discuss a variety of petsitting options.  The sooner you call, the sooner it’s covered!

Get to and around the back roads of Wine Country with a Designated Driver

Hiring a Driver in Wine Country the Easy Way

Get to and around the back roads of Wine Country with a Designated Driver
There are many vineyards around Napa off the beaten track, and Concierge of the Valley can book you in and get you there.

The weather is changing, the vine leaves are turning, and the crush is beginning. As our seasons here in the Napa and Sonoma valleys change to mild, warm days and cool evenings, the urge to visit for wine tasting and winery tours becomes undeniable. This is clearly our busiest time of year.

With more people on the road, cruising up and down our gorgeous and storied Silverado Trail or making their way to Sonoma’s town square, it makes a lot of sense to book a designated driver, so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery, and take time for wine tasting and fine dining, without worry. Our Napa and Sonoma Chauffeur services are already busy and out in force now, and ready to take you to even the farthest reach.

If you’re coming in from SFO to visit Wine Spectator’s latest finds, or if you’re just in from San Francisco for a girls’ weekend, or maybe it’s your Napa romantic getaway, getting a designated driver should be a priority. We can book your trip from any airport, or locally. Our designated drivers step in and take you there, leaving you carefree to take in the Napa experience.

Let us know if you need advice for a Napa wine tour and wine tastings as well, actually either Napa or Sonoma. Many of the most interesting wineries require advance reservations, and our connections come in handy, especially if you’re planning a wine tour on short notice. Creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Napa wine tasting experience is one of our favorite concierge tasks!

See you up here soon.