Springtime in Napa Valley brings white and pink profusions of almond, peach and cherry blossoms fluttering against periwinkle skies. In the vineyards, the greening out of now-pruned vines begins with bud break. As the warmth of early summer comes on, the flowering of vines starts the transformation leading to the fine wine grapes for which the region is known.

No matter where you live, days lengthen, soils soften, spirits seek to be outside. Lighter wines and foods beckon.

We hope that in our spring/summer issue you’ll learn a bit more about what makes rosé so irresistible by perusing “In the Pink,” grab new ways to gather friends around a beautifully laid table in “Entertaining Auction Napa Valley Style” and glean tips on gardening in “Wineries in Bloom.”

Wishing you many sunny days savoring the pleasures of what spring and summer bring.

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