"A lot has changed over the years in the world famous Napa Valley wine country. My husband and I lived in downtown Napa in the early 1980s," Brown says in her What a Trip blog.
"While there were plenty of things to see and do in Napa in the day time, the night life was like a vintage California wine in an underground cellar – cold, dusty and waiting to be uncorked. We’ve since moved to the East Bay, but when we visit Northern California wine country I still like to do Napa like a local."
Read her column and recommendations here.