A $29,000 internship: It might be easier to buy grapes and make wine in your garage, but if you're looking for a crash course in being a Napa Valley estate winery owner -- SRP $29,000 -- the new Vineyard 29 'vintnership' might be cheaper and faster than four years at Davis.

For the first time, the esteemed St. Helena winery is offering 29 Days at Vineyard 29, a high-end internship to learn the ropes of starting and operating an exclusive winery. We're not talking about fetching coffee. In addition to working the 2015 harvest, you will also get behind-the-scenes access to sales, marketing and consumer experience, accompanying Vineyard 29 founder Chuck McMinn to trade shows and meetings with the top winery architects, lawyers and vineyard management teams.

Win Vineyard 29’s vintnership and this could be your office.
Win Vineyard 29's vintnership and this could be your office. ( Vineyard 29 )

Interested? Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest to 29days@vineyard29.com. Application period: Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. Skype interviews will occur in January. Winning applicant will be notified Jan. 31, 2015, at which time they'll fork over the $29K.

A midsummer's beer-becue: Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.'s heated outdoor beer garden, Mavericks, is officially open, so if you're looking for live music and a seasonal summer meal, head over for farm-fresh local meats and vegetables prepared with house-made beer marinades.


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Guests will enjoy a complementary brewery tour, choice of two grilled meats along with summery side dishes. Barbecue expert Federico Godinez will be manning the grill alongside brewmaster James Costa, who will be discussing how to cook with beer and pair beer with barbecued foods. Tickets: $25 excluding tax, gratuity and beer. Details: noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 17; 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. www.hmbbrewingco.com.

-- J. Yadegaran, Staff