A book extra for The Italian Groom

I didn’t set my very first Harlequin Presents in Napa Valley by chance. Napa captures the imagination with its rolling golden hills, tiers of tidy vineyards, and picturesque wineries. It’s sunny climate is ideal for long lazy picnics, a round of golf, or a leisurely bike ride.

But Napa and Sonoma aren’t just for couples. Singles will appreciate the mud baths and spas in Calistoga, adventurous balloon rides over the vineyards, and tea and shopping in downtown Healdsburg and St. Helena.

Accommodations in Napa range from sinfully luxurious to small and quaint. Restaurants are plentiful, although you’ll want and need reservations for the more popular places. And don’t forget the wineries with all those tastings…

To get a jumpstart on planning a Napa getaway is by visiting,, Napa Conference & Visitor’s Bureaus website,. The website has links to nearly everything–including wineries, hotels, restaurants, spas, and shopping.

Andretti Winery

Andretti Winery in Napa Valley is not to be missed! After retiring from nearly four decades on the circuit, world famous race car driver Mario Andretti, turned his same standards of excellence to winemaking.


Mario, like Niccolo Dominici, my hero in The Italian Groom, was born and raised in Tuscany, and moved to the United States when he was 15. Mario embodies the rugged Italian Hero–vital, daring, and dashing, and like Niccolo, everything Mario does, he does with passion.

Andretti Winery embodies the feel of Mario’s native Northern Italy and highlights the best of California’s wine country. Visitors to Andretti Winery will love the beautiful Tuscan-style villa, the stone piazza with the bubbling fountain and and the tasting bar where the winery’s latest releases are poured.

For more information on Mario, the winery, and some of Andretti’s winning wines, visit Andretti Winery online at