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Interview with a Napa Valley Winemaker Part 2

Here is part 2 of our interview with Napa Valley winemaker Dean Sylvester. In this section, he talks with us about California wines, what makes some wines so expensive and how he got to be such an accomplished winemaker.

Photo of Barrel Room at Whitehall Lane
Photo of Barrel Room at Whitehall Lane © Minami Cohen

Interview with a Napa Valley Winemaker Part 1

Napa Valley winemaker Dean Sylvester has been in the wine industry for almost 40 years. He started out selling wines in Upstate New York then headed out to the West Coast to study the art and science of winemaking. Dean received his degree in Fermentation Science from University of California - Davis in 1979 and has been making wine ever since. For the past 12 years, he has been the winemaker at Whitehall Lane in St Helena. Three of Dean's wines are rated in the top five in the World from The Wine Spectator Magazine. He recently sat down with Open Journey to answer some questions about wine, winemaking and Napa Valley.

Photo of  Winemaker Dean Sylvester and Open Journey Staff
Photo of Winemaker Dean Sylvester and Open Journey Staff © Basha Cohen

Haunted New York City

New York City is filled with all kinds of residents – young ones, old ones, live ones…dead ones. As Halloween approaches, we’d like to introduce you to some places in the City where you just might be able to meet some of New York City’s ghosts.

Photo of Ghostly Image, New York City © photo-finish

5 Fantastic Cities of the Ancient World

Ancient cities lost and found, extraordinary architecture uncovered, mysterious and fascinating histories: Here are 5 fantastic cities of the ancient world.


Lost City of Memphis Eqypt
Photo of Alabaster Sphinx, Memphis Egypt © David Berkowitz

How To See Napa in a Day

As a former Napa Valley resident, I have put together a day trip in the Napa Valley that is a real treat. Best of all, it is off the beaten path and will introduce you to some amazing wines. I never get tired of taking my friends on this tour and no one is ever disappointed!

Napa Valley Vineyard, Napa Valley California USA
Napa Valley Vineyard, Napa Valley California © Christopher Cooley

Strange and Beautiful Landscapes of North America

With deserts, glaciers and volcanoes, the United States and Canada are home to a vast diversity of terrain. Here are some dramatic photos of their unusual and beautiful landscapes.

Sliding Rock, Death Valley Nevada USA

Sliding Rock, Death Valley Nevada USA
Photo of Sliding Rock, Death Valley Nevada USA © Jim Gordon

The sliding rocks of Death Valley are a mysterious geological phenomenon. No one knows for sure how these rocks move, although there are quite a few theories. The most popular theory is that they are moved by the strong sustained winds that blow across the valley. Although the area only gets a few inches of rain a year, when it is wet, the surface of the valley turns into a slick mud. Once the rocks are in motion, the winds may help to propel them along.

Wild and Wacky Stonehenge Replicas

Ancient and sacred, Stonehenge is one of the most famous sights in the world. It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery and Stonehenge has received a lot of it. There are replicas built to the same dimensions as the original, some even astrologically aligned to the summer solstice just as the original is. We decided to have a little fun here at and have complied a list of some of the more unusual Stonehenge replicas. From cars to port-a-potties to sticks of butter, check out these wild and wacky clonehenges.


Stonehenge Replica - Carhenge, Alliance Nebraska
Photo of Carhenge, Alliance Nebraska © Mike Tigas

Nevada's Extraterrestrial Highway

The long, barren and desolate road of Nevada's State Route 375 would be unexceptional except for one detail – it is smack dab in the middle of alien country.

Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada USA
Photo of Extraterrestrial Highway Sign, Nevada USA © Spider.Dog

10 Free Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco may be one of the most expensive cities in the US to live in but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune to visit. There are plenty of things to do in the City that don’t cost a dime. Here are some 100% free and fun things to do while in San Francisco.

Photo of The Golden Gate Bridge
Photo of The Golden Gate Bridge © Christian Mehlführer

Sex Museums Around the World

Sex. It’s a taboo subject yet just about everybody is either doing it or thinking about doing it. Whether you enjoy erotica for the sheer pleasure of it or are more interested in the history and artistic aspect of it, these museums are sure to leave you satisfied.

Sex Museum, New York City, USA
Photo of Sex Museum, New York City © nickjohnson

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