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…

About Jeneé Darden


Jenee Darden's headshot “The greatest gift I’ve ever received was a journal my mother made for me when I was seven,” says award-winning journalist and CocoaFly.com host Jeneé Darden. The Oakland, Calif. native hasn’t stopped writing since. Jeneé has reported for National Public Radio, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, EbonyMarketplace, Huffington Post, KQED, KPCC and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine.  In 2005, she contributed reporting on the London 7/7 transit bombings for Time magazine’s Europe edition.

Jeneé is passionate about African-American erotic art and women's sexual empowerment. She wrote a groundbreaking thesis on black erotic literature called Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature. Jenee interviewed New York Times best selling author Zane and editors of the groundbreaking anthology Erotique Noire. In “Under the Covers” Jeneé explores black erotica and the impact of race on black sexuality. She also looks into the genre’s impact on black authors and the publishing industry.

Another passion of hers is mental health awareness. She is the former host of the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio which earned her a New America Media Award for Outstanding Community Reporting-Radio

Jeneé blends her passion for journalism and hip voice on her website and podcast Cocoa Fly —a new flavor in news for women. Jeneé launched the site after becoming frustrated with the lack of diverse stories on women and people of color. She covers, women, race, sexuality, wellness and much more. Cocoa Fly features Jeneé’s thesis “Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature.”

Before Cocoa Fly, Jeneé Darden was a producer for NPR's News and Notes hosted by Farai Chideya and Marketplace Money. In her short and exciting career Jeneé has interviewed and produced segments on a host of newsmakers and entertainers including: best-selling authors Iyanla Vanzant and Eric Jerome Dickey, music executive Matthew Knowles, rapper and Oscar winner Common, Oscar-winning director Bill Condon, singer Kelly Rowland, civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CNN commentator Van Jones, Grammy-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito and everyday people making a difference in the world.

Jeneé has been interviewed/featured by BBCAccess Hollywood, Inside Edition, NPR, Marie Claire, Daily Mail, Daily BeastKTVU, BlackGirlNerd.com, BeyondBlackWhite.com, the book Swirling. She was mentioned in the hit FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The daughter of former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. Jeneé loves creative writing as well. The National Book Foundation awarded her a summer writing fellowship in 2003. Jeneé Darden is available for interviews and speaking engagements.