Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

BOX OFFICE OR BOOTLEG?
Nights In Rodanthe


A few days ago I watched "Nights in Rodanthe" On Demand. Time Warner was having a $.01 special for some of their On Demand movies. That's right, I only paid a penny. I've been wanting to see "Nights in Rodanthe" for a while. I was seduced by the steamy trailer. Richard Gere and Diane Lane--this has to be good right?

Gere plays Paul, a surgeon who is facing the consequences of putting career first and familiy second. As for Lane's charachter Adrienne, life has not been kind. Her cheating husband wants her back and she's dealing with the recent death of her father. All this while raising two children. Paul and Adrienne go to a secluded beach inn to process life, but love intervenes.

Good plot, great actors but I have to give "Nights in Rodanthe" a BOOTLEG rating. The film needs more passion, more fire. When I say passion, I don't mean intercourse, but intimacy. In all fairness the movie is based on Nicholas Sparks' best selling novel and maybe the writers were following the book's tone. However, if my husband left me for another woman, and I'm in a remote beach inn with a hot doctor that looks like Richard Gere AND I don't have the kids for the weekend....you know what I'm saying? Seriously, the movie is just okay. The idea of the plot is good but there aren't enough scenes that show why these people are in love. The film seems more fit for the Lifetime channel, not the big screen. That's not a diss to Lifetime movies because I watch those too.

There are some positive things about "Nights in Rodanthe". Viola Davis' funny character Jean spices up the screen the few times she appears. The scenery is beautiful and I did have an interest in the characters. But that wasn't enough for me.

"Nights in Rodanthe" is on DVD so there's no need for your bootlegger to look in his car trunk for this flick (luckily I got a good deal On Demand). Save your Netflix money and wait until HBO airs it.

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