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Village Inn and Restaurant Monte Rio

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2016 Issue

Village Inn & Restaurant 20822 River Blvd. Monte Rio, CA 95462 (707) 865-2304 www.villageinn-ca.com Upscale comfort food Winter hours: Fri.-Sun. 3-6 p.m. (Happy Hour); 5-9 p.m. (dinner) Entrees $16-$26 Full bar; Sonoma County wine and beer  

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Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Calistoga

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2016 Issue

Heibel Ranch Vineyards 1458 Lincoln Ave., #12 Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 341-3351 www.heibelranch.com Hours: Open Thurs. through Mon., noon to 5 p.m.; or daily by appointment Tasting fees: $15 per person, two different options (waived with qualified purchase) Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lappa’s and Captain Bubba (red blends) and Etzio (Zinfandel dessert wine) Reservations: See hours above Picnics: No Pets: Yes

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Tasca Tasca Sonoma

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2016 Issue

Tasca Tasca 122 West Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-TAPA www.tascatasca.com New Portuguese cuisine Noon-midnight daily Plates $15, $24 or $32 Portuguese wine, Port and Madiera; some beer, cider and cocktails

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La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard, Windsor

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Nov, 2016

La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard 3575 Slusser Rd. Windsor, CA  95492 (707) 525-6200 www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting fees: $15-$65 depending on tasting experience chosen Wines offered: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, late harvest Gewurztraminer Reservations: Required for VIP experiences, including vineyard tour, picnic lunches and cheese-and-wine pairings; walk-ins welcome for signature wine flights Picnics: Yes Pets: Yes

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So InClined

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Fred and Nancy Cline lead a life full of agriculture and adventure.

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Basalt, Napa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2016 Issue

Basalt 790 Main St. Napa, CA 94559 (707) 927-5265 www.basaltnapa.com Seasonal California Cuisine 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Friday), 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday), 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sunday) Entrees $16-$35 Nice wine and beer list, craft cocktails

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Casa Nuestra, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2016 Issue

Casa Nuestra 3451 Silverado Trail North St. Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-5783 www.casanuestra.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting fees: $30 for five wines Wines offered: Changes seasonally. Summer 2016: Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Meritage and Tinto (red blends) Reservations: Required Picnics: Wine club members only Pets: No

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The County Bench Kitchen + Bar, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2016 Issue

The County Bench Kitchen + Bar 535 4th St. Santa Rosa, CA (707) 535-0700 www.thecountybench.com New American cuisine Lunch Tuesday through Friday; Sunday brunch; dinner hours vary by day, check website for details Entrees: $12 (individual)-$70 (for the table) Extensive wine list, full bar

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Franchettis Wood Fire Kitchen, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2016 Issue

Franchettis Wood Fire Kitchen 1229 North Dutton Santa Rosa, CA (707) 526-1229 www.franchettis.com Cal-Italia with an Americana twist Open 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.(Sat.-Sun.); 5-8:30 p.m. (daily) Dinner entrees $8-$22 Beer, wine, vermouths and “craftails” made with Soju liquors

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Jamison Watts

Author: Alexandra Russell and Sarah Treseler
Jul, 2016 Issue

Jamison Watts, Marin Agricultural Land Trust

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The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB, Yountville

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2016 Issue

The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB   6505 Washington St.   Yountville, CA   (707) 934-8237   www.jcbcollection.com   Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Tasting fees: $30-$50, depending on experience chosen   Wines offered: The JCB collection of Napa Valley wines is featured in three distinct flights: the Premium Collection, the JCB Touch Interactive tasting and The Surrealist flight   Reservations: Recommended for the tasting experiences and required for parties of eight or more   Picnics: No (hampers are available to take-away from Atelier)   Pets: No

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Gordon Huether

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Artist Gordon Huether

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Trek Wine, Novato

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Trek Wine 1026 Machin Ave. Novato, CA 94945 (415) 899-9883 trekwine.com Hours: Wednesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tasting fees: $5 for five tastes Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, petite sirah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, sparkling Reservations: No Picnics: Yes Pets: Yes

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2016 BEST Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards has been voted Best Sparkling Wine in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Sauvignon Blanc: Benziger Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Benziger Family Winery has been voted Best Sauvignon Blanc in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Pinot Noir: Paradise Ride Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Paradise Ridge Vineyards & Winery has been voted Best Pinot Noir in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Chardonnay: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards has been voted Best Chardonnay in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Contractor/Builder: Ghilotti Construction Company

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Ghilotti Construction Company has been voted Best Contractor/Builder in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Social Advocates for Youth

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Social Advocates For Youth has been voted Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Peter Mondavi, Sr. (1914-2016)

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

In February, Peter Mondavi died at the age of 101. It’s safe to say the California wine industry would be very different without him, but many may not know how far-reaching his contributions were.

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Bird & the Bottle, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Bird & the Bottle 1055 Fourth Street Santa Rosa (707) 568-4000 www.birdandthebottle.com Modern tavern fare Lunch and dinner daily Plates to share (or not): $6-$28 Full bar, nice wine list

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Jill Techel

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Jill Techel, mayor of Napa

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Sonoma Portworks, Petaluma

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Sonoma Portworks Foundry Wharf 613 Second Street Petaluma, CA 94952 (707) 769-5203 www.portworks.com Hours: Open Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Tasting fees: None Beverages offered: Aris Cask Reserve, Aris Petit Verdot, Aris Petite Sirah and Deco Ports; Duet sherry and Dyna aperitif; Fig’n Awesome, wood-aged and unwooded grappas Reservations: No Picnics: Yes on the common lawn or outdoor seating areas at Foundry Wharf Pets: Yes

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Balboa Cafe, Mill Valley

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Balboa Cafe 38 Miller Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-7321 balboacafe.com Modern bistro fare Dinner nightly; lunch Tuesdays-Fridays; weekend brunch Entrees (dinner): $13.50-$33 Full bar, good wine list  

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Doug Hilberman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Doug Hilberman, AXIA Architects

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Joseph Phelps Vineyards 200 Taplin Rd. St. Helena, CA 94574 (800) 707-5789 • (707) 967-3720 www.josephphelps.com Hours: Open daily. Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.(see website for all options). Terrace tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:00 p.m.; on weekends, they begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tasting fees: $75 for a terrace tasting or $100 per person for a seated experience Wines offered: Varies depending on chosen tasting experience.The winery’s flagship bottling, Insignia, is included in all experiences and terrace tastings.Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: No

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Ron Nersesian

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Ron Nersesian, Agilent Technologies

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Clay Gregory

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Clay Gregory, Visit Napa Valley

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2013 Tognetti Family Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay with Wild Salmon, Fregula Sarda and Pickled Vege

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

2013 Tognetti Family Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay with Wild Salmon, Fregula Sarda and Pickled Vegetables

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Ca'Momi Osteria, Napa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Ca’Momi Osteria 1141 First Street Napa (707) 224-MOMI camomi.com “Heartcrafted” Italian cuisine Dinner nightly; late night menu available on weekends Entrees (dinner): $16-$32 Full bar, nice wine list

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Clif Family Velo Vino

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2016 Issue

Clif Family Velo Vino 790 Main St. St. Helena, CA 94574 (707) 968-0625 www.cliffamily.com Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tasting fees: $20-$50 per person, depending on experience chosen Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Rosé of Grenache, Sparkling Brut, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, The Climber red blend and Bici “GSM” red blend Reservations: Required for some tasting options and for groups of six or more Picnics: No Pets: Dogs welcome on the patio

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Geof Syphers

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2016 Issue

Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers

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Zina Lounge at Ledson Hotel

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Zina Lounge at Ledson Hotel 480 First St.Sonoma, CA, 95476 (707) 996-8776 www.ledson.com Hours: Open daily for seatings at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tasting fees: Vary depending on wines selected Wine & Food pairing: $150 per person Wines offered: Depending on experience chosen, three or six select Zina Hude Cunningham and Ledson wines are paired at the chef's discretion Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: No  

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Sir & Star at The Olema

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Sir & Star at The Olema 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Olema (415) 663-1064 sirandstar.com West Marin Cuisine Dinner Wednesday through Sunday Entrees (dinner): $15-$48 Mostly Marin wine, beer, cider and mead

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Mary Beth Ludwig

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Mary Beth Ludwig of Anova in Santa Rosa

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Jeff Blakeslee

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2015 Issue

Jeff Blakeslee of Blakeslee Electric

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Odette Estate Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2015 Issue

Odette Estate Winery, Napa 5998 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 (707) 224-7533 www.odetteestate.com Hours: Open daily 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment Tasting fees: $60-$165, depending on experience Wines offered: Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (when available); Adaptation Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon; Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; PlumpJack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: Dog-friendly

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A Developing Story 2016

Author: Alexandra Russell
NB Persepective, Dec, 2015

The North Bay has dramatically changed over the years, but its the only place I want to call home.

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Keith Rogal

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2015 Issue

Napa-based developer Keith Rogal

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Make Me Blush

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Winemakers weigh in on the rising popularity of Rosé wine.

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Tilted Shed Ciderworks

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Tilted Shed Ciderworks 7761 Bell Road Windsor, CA 95492 (707) 657-7796 www.tiltedshed.com Hours: Most Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (always check the website first) Tasting fees: $3-$5, depending on number of ciders available (waived with purchase of $40 or more) Ciders offered: Graviva Semidry Cider, January Barbecue Smoked Cider, Inclinado Sidra-Style Cider, Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider, Lost Orchard Dry Cider (depending on availability) Reservations: No Picnics: No Pets: Well-behaved dogs welcome

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Christopher Sawyer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Sommelier/wine educator Christopher Sawyer

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Mark Fishkin

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2015 Issue

Mark Fishkin, founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival

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Ylisa Sanford Seymour

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

Ylisa Sanford Seymour, partner at Spectrum Wealth Management in Santa Rosa

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Make a Memory

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

North Bay businesses help parents sneak creativity and learning into their child’s birthday celebration.

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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards 23555 Hwy 121 (Arnold Drive) Sonoma, CA 95476 (866) 8-GLORIA • (707) 933-1917 www.gloriaferrer.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (wine service ends at 4:45 p.m.); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience Wines offered: Sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Reservations: Required for Bubbles and Bites Tour, Reserve Tour and Glorious Tour, and for groups of seven or more Picnics: No Pets: Yes

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Napa Cellars

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2015 Issue

At a Glance Napa Cellars 7481 St. Helena Highway S. Napa, CA 94558 (707) 963-3104 • (800) 535-6400 www.NapaCellars.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Tasting fees: $10 Wines offered: Napa Cellars Sauvinon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Syrah Rose; Napa Cellars V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Folie a Deux unoaked Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris; Ménage à Trois NV Prosecco, Midnight red blend, Malbec and Moscato Reservations: No Pets: No Picnics: Yes

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Richard Kirby

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2015 Issue

Richard Kirby, founder and partner, Kirby Construction in Santa Rosa

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Madrone Vineyards Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Madrone Vineyards Estate 777 Madrone Road Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 939-4500 www.madronevineyardsestate.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fees: $15 to $50, depending on experience Wines offered: Madrone Vineyards Estate old vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and rosé; Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Barbera, Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon; and Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc and Blend ’41 Reservations: Recommended for large groups and some tasting/tour experiences Picnics: No Pets: No

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Yeti Restaurant

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Yeti Restaurant 190 Farmers Lane Santa Rosa  (707) 521-9608 www.yetirestaurant.com Indian and Nepalese cuisine Lunch and dinner daily Entrees: $9.99-$32.99 Full bar; beer and wine

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Lou Bertolini

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Lou Bertolini, founder of Western Farm Center in Santa Rosa

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2015 Issue

Jordan Vineyard & Winery 1474 Alexander Valley Road Healdsburg, CA 95448 (800) 654-1213 • (707) 431-5250 jordanwinery.com Hours: Open daily April through November (closed Sundays in December through March); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: No

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Colby Smith

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2015 Issue

Colby Smith, founder of CANVAS (Concierge Alliance Napa Valley and Sonoma)

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Bill Friedman

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Bill Friedman of Friedman's Home Improvement

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2015 BEST Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Sonoma Humane Society

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Sonoma Humane Society has been voted Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Company to Do Business with in Sonoma County: Redwood Credit Union

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Redwood Credit Union has been voted Best Company to Do Business with in Sonoma County in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Spa/Resort: The Spa Hotel Healdsburg

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

The Spa Hotel Healdsburg has been voted Best Spa/Resort in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Wine Tasting Room: Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Dutton-Goldfield Winery has been voted BEST Wine Tasting Room in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Walt Wines

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2015 Issue

Walt Wines 380 First St. West Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 933-4440 www.waltwines.com Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last seated tasting at 5:30 p.m.) Tasting fees: $20 (one tasting fee waived per bottle purchased) Wines offered: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Reservations: For groups of six or more Picnics: Yes Dog friendly: Yes

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Elizabeth Gore

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, May, 2015

Elizabeth Gore of Dell Computers and the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs COuncil

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The Perfect Day

Author: Julie Fadda Powers and Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2015 Issue

Wine Country is the ideal place to say, “I do.”

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Tony Coltrin

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Apr, 2015

Tony Coltrin, director of winemaking at Michael Mondavi Family Estate

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Charlie Nicholls

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2015

Charlie Nicholls, Trope Group principal

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Marlene Soiland

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2015 Issue

Marlene Soiland, owner/president of Soiland Management Co., Inc. and 2015 president of Sonoma County Alliance

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Dr. Frank Chong

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2015 Issue

Dr. Frank Chong, superintendent and president of Santa Rosa Junior College

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Kitty Whitaker

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2015 Issue

Kitty Whitaker, CEO of Hospice by the Bay

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Charles Krug

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2015 Issue

At a Glance Charles Krug 2800 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574 www.charleskrug.com Hours: Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fees: $15-$60 Wines currently offered: Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Family Reserve Generations, Zinfandel Port; Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Stone Man and Limited Release Cold Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Appointment necessary: For parties of eight or more Pets: Dogs OK outside Picnics: Yes

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Sbragia Family Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2014 Issue

Sbragia Family Vineyards 9990 Dry Creek Road Geyserville, CA 95441 www.sbragia.com Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tasting fees: $15-$25 Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel Rosé and six wine club exclusives Appointment necessary: For a seated terrace tasting or “The Ark” reserve Cabernet tasting. Walk-ins welcome for a standard tasting room experience. Picnics: Yes Pets: Dog friendly

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Todd Salnas

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2014 Issue

Todd Salnas, president of St. Joseph Health - Sonoma County

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KEYS to the Future

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2014 Issue

Newly independent Keysight Technologies will continue to deliver world-leading test and measurement solutions from its Santa Rosa headquarters.

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David Codding

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2014 Issue

David Codding, owner and manager of Montgomery Village

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Dutch Henry Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Dutch Henry Winery 4300 Silverado Trail Calistoga, CA  94515 (707) 942-5771 www.dutchhenry.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Tasting Fees: $25-$50 Wines Currently Offered: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Argos (a Bordeaux blend), The Wanted (a Merlot and Pinot Noir blend), and Chafen Family Wines including Reserve Pinot Noir and Three Red Heads (a red blend) Appointment necessary: For groups larger than six Picnics: Encouraged Pets: Dog friendly

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Karissa Kruse

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers

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Elizabeth Palmer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2014 Issue

Elizabeth Palmer of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

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Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo and Bill Facendini

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2014 Issue

Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo and Bill Facendini, founders of Terra Firma Global Partners

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Merl Saunders, Jr.

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2014 Issue

Merl Saunders, Jr., executive director of Fenix in San Rafael

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Nicole Smartt

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2014 Issue

Nicole Smartt, co-owner and vice president of Star Staffing

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Ross Liscum

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2014 Issue

Ross Liscum, community booster and realtor with Century 21 Alliance in Santa Rosa

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2014 BEST Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Redwood Empire Food Bank

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Redwood Empire Food Bank has been voted BEST Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma has been voted BEST Health Care Provider in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Wine Tasting Room: Kendall-Jackson Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Kendall-Jackson Winery has been voted BEST Wine Tasting Room in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Catering Company: Ray's Catering & Marin-Sonoma Picnic

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Ray’s Catering has been voted Best Catering Company in the 2014 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2014 BEST Pinot Noir: Balletto Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Balletto Vineyards has been voted BEST Pinot Noir in the 2014 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Percy Brandon

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

Percy Brandon, general manager of Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa

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George Adair

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2014 Issue

George Adair, area sales manager for Bay Equity Home Loans in Santa Rosa

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Neil Foster

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2014 Issue

Neil Foster, president of M.A. Silva USA

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Lynelle Cameron

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2014

Lynelle Cameron, senior director of sustainability at Autodesk and president/CEO of Autodesk Foundation

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Josh Moore

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2014 Issue

Josh Moore, senior manager at Pisenti & Brinker in Santa Rosa

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Nancy Schmid

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2014 Issue

Nancy Schmid, CEO of Healdsburg District Hospital and North Sonoma County Healthcare District

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Bruce Burtch

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2014 Issue

Bruce Burtch, the “Father of Cause Marketing"

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Ben Stone

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2013 Issue

Ben Stone, director of Sonoma County Economic Development Board

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Jeff Gutsch

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2013 Issue

Jeff Gutsch, partner in charge of Moss Adams LLP's Napa and Sonoma offices

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Ed Nessinger

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2013 Issue

Ed Nessinger, founder of Nessco Construction, Inc. and vice president of RE West Builders, R & K Construction and Estate Landscape Services, Inc.

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Peter Mondavi, Sr.

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

Peter Mondavi, Sr., president/CEO and lead ambassador of C. Mondavi & Family and Charles Krug Winery

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Lasseter Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

  Lasseter Family Winery 1 Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800   www.lasseterfamilywinery.com Hours: Daily by appointment Tasting fees: $25 per person   Wines currently offered: Amoureux (Malbec blend), Chemin de Fer (Rhone-style blend), Enjoué (Rosé), L’Ame de Sage (Old Vine Zinfandel/field blend), Paysage (Bordeaux-style blend)   Picnics: No   Did You Know? The Lasseter family crest, created by John Lasseter, is a bee (John), a rose (Nancy) and five grapes (one for each son).

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VJB Vineyards & Cellars

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

  VJB Vineyards & Cellars 60 Shaw Ave. Kenwood, CA 95452 (707) 833-2300 www.vjbcellars.com   Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees: $10 per person (Il Normale tasting of five wines), $15 per person (reserve tasting, includes Il Normale plus additional estate wines), $25 per person (private tasting) or $100 per person (owner’s tasting) Wines currently offered: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Prosecco, Rosé, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tocai, Zinfandel, Port and Chardonnay Port, plus several red blends (including Aglianico and Nero d’Avola)   Appointment necessary: For groups of six or more   Picnics: Many food options are available onsite.   Pets: On a leash and outside only  Did you know? VJB founder Vittorio Belmonte is at the winery most mornings by 6 a.m. (7 a.m. on weekends), making espresso for a regular, local clientele.

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Chuck Meibeyer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2013 Issue

Chuck Meibeyer, founder of Meibeyer Law Group

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Michael Ghilotti

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2013 Issue

Mike Ghilotti, president of Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

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Bruce Riezenman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2013 Issue

Bruce Riezenman, owner of Park Avenue Catering and Park 121 restaurant

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Ron Carli

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2013 Issue

Ron Carli, President/CEO of American AgCredit

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Dick Herman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2013 Issue

Dick Herman, president of 101MFG

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2013 Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Council on Aging

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Council on Aging has been voted Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2013 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2013 Best Hotel: Vintners Inn

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

Vintners Inn has been voted Best Hotel in the 2013 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2013 Best Restaurant: John Ash & Co.

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

John Ash & Co. has been voted Best Restaurant in the 2013 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2013 Best Merlot: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards has been voted Best Merlot in the NorthBay biz 2013 readers poll.

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Willie Tamayo

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2013 Issue

Willie Tamayo, executive vice president, La Tortilla Factory

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Robert Eyler

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2013 Issue

Sonoma State University's Dr. Robert Eyler

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Carol O'Hara

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2013 Issue

Carol O'Hara, BPM managing partner, North Bay

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Walt Mickens

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2013

Walt Mickens, President/CEO of Queen of the Valley Medical Center

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Chuck McMinn

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2013 Issue

Vineyard 29 proprietor Chuck McMinn

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Mike Fuller

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2013 Issue

Mike Fuller, CEO of BloodSource

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Madeleine Keegan O'Connell

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2013 Issue

Madeleine Keegan O'Connell, executive director/CEO of YWCA Sonoma County

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Eugene Burger

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2012 Issue

Eugene Burger, Founder of Eugene Burger Management Corporation (EBMC)

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Ram's Gate Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

  Ram’s Gate Winery 28700 Arnold Dr. Sonoma, CA 95478 (707) 721-8700 www.ramsgatewinery.com Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tasting Fees: $20 for four tastes; Food pairings from $6 to $19, depending on selection Wines currently offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Moscato, Brut Sparkling Appointment necessary: Reservations always required for groups of eight or more, but recommended for all on weekends and holidays. Picnics: Call ahead to have a picnic basket prepared. Pets: Yes, on a leash.   Did You Know? The eight-foot chandeliers in the tasting bar are dwarfed by 32-foot ceilings.  

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Simi Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

  Simi Winery 16275 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 746-4880 www.simiwinery.com Hours: Open every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $15 for 8 tastes (your choice; two are welcome to share), $3 per a la carte red wine tasting, $2 per a la carte white wine tasting; $10 for cellar tour and four guided tastings Wines currently offered: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Roseto (Rosé), Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, late harvest Riesling, Maiale Cieco (red blend) and Cuvee 1876 (white blend) Appointment necessary: For groups of 10 or more Picnics/Pets: No   Did you know? “The Port here is far too good for most people.” —Alfred Hitchcock, 1942

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Great Whites

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

High-end Chardonnays: Everyone wins when the wine is this good.

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Kerry Damskey

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

Consulting winemaker Kerry Damskey

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Rachel Dollar

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2012 Issue

Rachel Dollar, partner and co-founder of Smith Dollar LLC

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Cathy D’Angelo Holmes

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2012 Issue

Cathy D’Angelo Holmes, a commercial real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley

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Kerry Rego

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2012 Issue

Kerry Rego, social media trainer and founder of Kerry Rego Consulting

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Mike Benziger

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2012 Issue

Mike Benziger, founder and winemaker for Benziger Family Winery

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Laura Bertolli

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2012 Issue

Laura Bertolli, President/CEO Bertolli's Auto Body

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Saralee McClelland Kunde

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Saralee McClelland Kunde, co-owner of Richard's Grove and Saralee's Vineyard

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2012 Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Sonoma Humane Society

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Sonoma Humane Society has been voted Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2012 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2012 Best Builder/Contractor: Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. has been voted Best Contractor/Builder in the 2012 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2012 Best Wine Tasting Room: Matanzas Creek Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Matanzas Creek Winery was voted Best Wine Tasting Room in the 2012 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2012 Best Sparkling Wine: J Vineyards & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

J Vineyards & Winery has been voted Best Sparkling Wine in the 2012 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2012 Best Sauvignon Blanc (tie): Mauritson

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Mauritson Family Winery has been voted Best Sauvignon Blanc in the 2012 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2012 Best Pinot Noir: Kosta Browne Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Kosta Browne Winery has been voted Best Pinot Noir in the 2012 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2012 Best Zinfandel: Seghesio Family Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Seghesio Family Vineyards has been voted Best Zinfandel in the 2012 Best Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Steve Maass

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2012 Issue

Steve Maass, founder of Oliver's Market

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James MacPhail

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2012 Issue

James MacPhail, winemaker for MacPhail Family Wines and Sequana Vineyards

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Viveka Rydell

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2012 Issue

Viveka Rydell, CEO of Pediatric Dental Initiative (PDI Surgery Center)

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Lori Dickerson Fouché

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2012

Lori Dickerson Fouché, president/CEO of Fireman’s Fund Insurance

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Mike McGuire

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2012 Issue

Sonoma County 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire

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Sondra Bernstein

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2012 Issue

Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein

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Joel Tranmer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2011 Issue

Joel Tranmer, Land Trust of Napa County CEO

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Ray Byrne

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2011 Issue

Ray Byrne, president of North Coast Bank

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Judy Coffey

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2011 Issue

Judy Coffey, senior vice president/area manager Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma

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Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2011

  Artesa Vineyards & Winery 1345 Henry Rd. Napa, CA 94559 (707) 224-1668 • www.artesawinery.com Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with wine service available until 4:30 p.m. Numerous specialty tours available daily (check website for details). Tasting Fees: $10-$15 per person for a basic tasting; $45-$75 per person for various tour options Wines currently offered: Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Tempranillo and Albariño Appointment necessary: For specialty tours and groups of eight or more Picnics: No

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Wine Country Welcome

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2011

CANVAS (Concierge Alliance Napa Valley and Sonoma) is bringing the North Bay hospitality community together.

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Sonoma-Cutrer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2011

  Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards 4401 Slusser Rd. Windsor, CA 95491 www.sonomacutrer.com Hours: Thursday through Monday by appointment Tasting Fees: $10 for a basic tasting; $25 for tasting and tour Wines currently offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Appointment necessary: Yes Picnics: Yes   

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David Beckstoffer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2011

David Beckstoffer, president of Beckstoffer Vineyards and Napa Valley Grapegrowers

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Melissa Bradley

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2011 Issue

Melissa Bradley, founder of Bradley Real Estate

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Larry Dashiell

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2011 Issue

Larry Dashiell of Summit Technology Group

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Steve Ledson

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2011 Issue

Steve Ledson of Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Ledson Hotel and Harmony Foundation

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My Generation

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2011 Issue

North Bay baby boomers reflect on the times that raised them.

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Carolyn Goodman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2011 Issue

Carolyn Goodman, founder and president of Goodman Marketing

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2011 Best Business Restaurant: Stark's Steakhouse

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Stark’s Steakhouse has been voted Best Business Restaurant in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Wine Tasting Room: Benziger Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Benziger Family Winery has been voted Best Wine Tasting Room in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Golf Course: Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club has been voted Best Golf Course in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Spa/Resort: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has been voted Best Spa/Resort in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Law Firm: Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty has been voted Best Law Firm in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Fine Jewelry Store: E.R. Sawyer Jewelers

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

E.R. Sawyer Jewelers has been voted Best Fine Jewelry Store in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Office Services: Trope Group

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Trope Group has been voted Best Office Services in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Chamber Event: Napa Chamber of Commerce

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Napa Chamber of Commerce has been voted Best Chamber Event in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Consumer Bank: Exchange Bank

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Exchange Bank has been voted Best Consumer Bank in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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2011 Best Credit Union: Redwood Credit Union

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Redwood Credit Union has been voted Best Credit Union in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

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Pam Chanter

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

Vantreo Insurance Brokerage's Pam Chanter

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Roy & Sherie Hurd

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2011 Issue

Empire College's Roy & Sherie Hurd

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All Together Now

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2011 Issue

The real party starts when music and wine join forces.

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John Jordan

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2011 Issue

John Jordan, CEO of Jordan Winery

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Noreen Smith

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2011

Noreen Smith, president/CEO of Frank Howard Allen Realtors

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Ryan Gregory

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2011 Issue

Ryan Gregory, vice president/principal of Riechers Spence

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Pierre Marizco

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2011 Issue

Pierre Marizco, president/CEO of Marizco Landscape Management

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Chef Ken Frank

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2011 Issue

Chef Ken Frank, owner of La Toque and BANK Cafe

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Bob Berner

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2010 Issue

Bob Berner, Marin Agricultural Land Trust executive director

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State of the Union

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2010 Issue

Union Bank makes a bold move into the North Bay banking arena.

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Kim Kaselionis

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2010 Issue

 Kim Kaselionis, Circle Bank chairman/CEO

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Tom Duryea

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2010 Issue

Tom Duryea, president/CEO of Summit State Bank

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Landmark Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

  With a large, shaded courtyard, multiple picnic areas, a bocce ball court, horse-drawn wagon tours through the vineyards, live music and even a catch-and-release fishing pond, dog- and kid-friendly Landmark Vineyards is a wine experience the whole family can enjoy.

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Chocolate on Top

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

North Bay chocolatiers are making the world a sweeter place, one delectable treat at a time.

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Vineyard Vignettes: Ehlers Estate, Mueller, Remick Ridge Vineyards/Smothers Winery, Viader

Author: Julie Fadda and Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

NorthBay biz visits Ehlers Estate, Mueller, Remick Ridge Vineyards/Smothers Winery and Viader

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Kenzo Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

  Exclusive. As in: buzz-generating wine, produced by an in-demand freelance winemaker, available only sparingly; or a secluded, mountaintop location accessible only by appointment. Welcome to Kenzo Estate.

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Bob Fraser

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

Bob Fraser, owner of winejudging.com (founded in 2000 with his brother Scott), SRJC’s Agriculture Business and Wine Studies program coordinator and executive director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

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Bill Kreysler

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2010 Issue

Bill Kreysler, founder and president of Kreysler & Associates

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Karl Hoagland

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2010 Issue

Karl Hoagland, founder and chairman of Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants

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Carl Campbell

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2010 Issue

Carl Campbell, Kaiser Permanente area public relations director

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Dave McReynolds

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2010 Issue

Dave McReynolds, General Manager of Discovery Office Systems

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2010 Best Business Restaurant: John Ash & Co.

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

When Thomas Schmidt assumed executive chef duties at Santa Rosa’s John Ash & Co. two years ago, he had some big shoes to fill—namely, those of the restaurant’s founding namesake and his popular replacement, Jeffrey Madura, who had led the kitchen for almost 20 years...

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2010 Best Sparkling Wine: J Vineyards & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

“Anytime you’re selected by consumers, it’s a great honor,” says winemaker George Bursick. “To be recognized by the people who actually buy and drink your wine…it doesn’t get better than that.” Bursick joined J Vineyards & Winery in 2006, following a long and esteemed career at Ferrari-Carano...

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2010 Best Chardonnay: Chalk Hill Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

At Chalk Hill Estate, they know a bit about Chardonnay. Mark Lingenfelder, EVP/director of vineyard operations, calls it “the engine that pulls the train. It doesn’t matter where you are around the country, if you mention Chalk Hill, people will say, ‘I love your Chardonnay.’”

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2010 Best Conference/Meeting Site: Vintners Inn

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

When NorthBay biz hosted its Best Of the North Bay event in May 2007, guests were welcomed to the newly revamped Vintners Inn Event Center. What a perfect way to showcase the space’s versatility: Attendees mingled throughout the spacious main rooms and outdoor patios, easily flowing from one area to another (sampling award-winning wine and food, no less)...

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2010 Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization: Canine Companions for Independence

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

Founded in Santa Rosa in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is an international leader in the service dog field. “CCI has grown from a very small organization on Sebastopol Road to a multimillion dollar, nationwide organization,” says Executive Director Kathy Pierson...

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Brett Martinez

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

Brett Martinez, President/CEO of Redwood Credit Union

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Suzanne Shiff

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2010 Issue

Suzanne Shiff, Executive Director of Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies

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Vineyard Vignettes: GTS Vineyards, Graton Ridge Cellars and Dark Horse Wine

Author: Matt Solis and Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2010 Issue

NorthBay biz visits GTS Vineyards, Graton Ridge Cellars and Dark Horse Wine.

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Tom Wark

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2010 Issue

Tom Wark, CEO of Wark Communications

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Marcus Benedetti

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2010

Thirty-two years ago, Gene Benedetti founded Clover Stornetta Farms in his hometown of Petaluma. Today, his grandson Marcus serves as company president, and six members of the Benedetti family (both second- and third-generation) work there. “It can be a challenge making sure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities,” says Marcus of running a family business, “but there’s joy in seeing the people you love on a daily basis.”

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Mike Purvis

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2010 Issue

Raised on an Oregon farm, Mike Purvis was 18 years old and recovering from knee reconstruction surgery when he was introduced to the field of physical therapy. “Once I grew up enough to realize farming wasn’t a viable career choice, the attraction of health care became a strong interest,” he remembers.  

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Ken Kurtzig

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2010 Issue

Remember not so long ago when business recycling programs were considered cutting edge? Welcome to the future, where companies like Marin’s iReuse are leading the way. Founded five years ago by Ken Kurtzig, iReuse is a sustainability consulting and software company focused on operational efficiency for businesses.

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Do You Remember?

Author: Julie Fadda and Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2010 Issue

As NorthBay biz celebrates its 35th year, we take a look back at its milestones and those of the world surrounding it.

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Castello di Amorosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2010 Issue

  There are many ways to tour Castello di Amorosa, including a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards, a variety of food and wine pairing choices (including chocolate!) and private promotional events. Zoning prohibits weddings on site, but you can arrange a special “proposal” tour for two that ends in a romantic tower setting, complete with a bottle of wine...

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Bruce Cohn

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2010 Issue

Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Richard (B.R.) Cohn began envisioning wine industry success while “Rockin’ Down the Highway” with the band in the late 1960s and early ’70s. In 1974, just one year before the founding of this very magazine, Cohn purchased an old dairy farm in Glen Ellen with the intent of planting a vineyard and entering the wine industry. It was, in many ways, a return to his agrarian roots (he grew up on a goat farm in the Russian River Valley).

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David Hofele

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2009 Issue

Before establishing ProInsurance Associates LLC in Novato with his partners this past April, David Hofele ran the Northern California offices (San Francisco, Novato, Redwood City, Concord, Sacramento and Truckee) for a large national insurance brokerage firm. But in 2009, he says, “A merger in our industry created a unique opportunity for many talented folks to come together to create a firm grounded in entrepreneurial spirit where the clients’ interests are put first.”

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Efren Carrillo

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2009 Issue

By the time he was elected to his seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors last year at the age of 27(!), Efren Carrillo had already distinguished himself as a dedicated and innovative community leader. Following graduation from UC Berkeley (with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy) and internships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and projects related to water economics and public health, he held key positions with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County Business Environmental Alliance, Assemblyman Joe Nation and Redwood Credit Union.  

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Vineyard Vignettes: Claypool Cellars, Gustafson Family Vineyards and Ramey Wine Cellars

Author: Matt Solis, Alexandra Russell and Julie Fadda
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

NorthBay biz visits Claypool Cellars, Gustafson Family Vineyards and Ramey Wine Cellars.

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The Good Stuff

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

Some say a wine’s price is a matter of availability rather than quality. We say, as long as it’s available, who cares?  

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Hartford Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

  Located down a rustic, wooded road outside Forestville, Hartford Family Winery is a grand, luxurious and welcoming structure—both in scale and design. Once there, you stroll the intimate garden patio area, then through the heavy double doors into the tasting room. You first enter an oversized “living room,” complete with high ceilings, warm colors and an overstuffed couch...

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Linda Nowak

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

In 2008, Dr. Linda Nowak was appointed executive director of the wine business program at Sonoma State University. Nowak, who grew up in San Luis Obispo and earned a bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly SLO, came to SSU in 1996 and helped establish the wine program (the first of its kind).

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Albert Flynn DeSilver

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2009 Issue

Albert Flynn DeSilver is the CEO/director of Visiting Angels Senior Homecare & Respite in Santa Rosa, which he founded with his wife, Marian Cremin, LCSW, in 2007.

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2009 Issue

  As we wound our way up the deeply shaded drive toward Schramsberg Vineyards, the second oldest winery in Napa Valley (Charles Krug is older by one year), I was struck with just how dense the hillside forest must have been in the 1860s, when Jacob Schram bought this land intending to clear it, grow grapes and make wine.

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Kathleen Dreessen

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2009 Issue

In 2006, after getting multiple estimates and realizing how expensive a solar energy installation was going to be, Lisa Max began asking neighbors, her local neighborhood association and, eventually, members of the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhood Associations to join with her to get a better price.

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Lisa Max

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2009 Issue

In 2006, after getting multiple estimates and realizing how expensive a solar energy installation was going to be, Lisa Max began asking neighbors, her local neighborhood association and, eventually, members of the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhood Associations to join with her to get a better price.

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Frank Family Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2009 Issue

  Early last year, many wine lovers mourned the demolition of the original Frank Family Vineyards tasting room, which, though cramped and run-down, was universally hailed as a unique, friendly and decidedly wine-centric destination. The tears dried quickly, though—a recovery made easier by the tasting facility’s August 2008 move into the property’s original, Craftsman-style farmhouse.

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Christopher Silva

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2009 Issue

St. Francis Winery President/CEO Christopher Silva is no stranger to the bounty of the North Bay. “I’m a fifth-generation native of Sonoma County,” he says. “My great-grandparents were Swiss-Italian dairy farmers who came to Petaluma in the late 1800s. I grew up seeing and hearing how farming defined our culture, our traditions and our values in Sonoma County. It still does.”

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Jeff Harriman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2009 Issue

You may not recognize Jeff Harriman, but you’ll know his work.

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Bill Carle

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

It’s not hard to understand why Bill Carle was named Best Business Community Leader in last year’s readers poll.

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2009 Best Sparkling Wine: Domaine Chandon

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Domaine Chandon wins the NorthBay biz 2009 readers’ choice award for Best Sparking Wine

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2009 Best Sauvignon Blanc: Dutcher Crossing

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Dutcher Crossing wins the NorthBay biz 2009 readers’ choice award for Best Sauvignon Blanc

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2009 Best Pinot Noir: Lynmar Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Lynmar Estate Winery wins the NorthBay biz 2009 readers’ choice award for Best Pinot Noir

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2009 Best Wine Tasting Room: Chateau St. Jean

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Kenwood’s Chateau St. Jean wins the NorthBay biz 2009 readers’ choice award for Best Wine Tasting Room

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2009 Best North Bay Green Business: SolarCraft

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

SolarCraft wins the NorthBay biz 2009 readers’ choice award for Best Green Business

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Kate King

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2009 Issue

Anyone who’s met the affable Kate King, president/CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, can vouch for a certain enthusiasm and flair.  

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Vineyard Vignettes

Author: Julie Fadda and Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2009 Issue

The North Bay is home to many of the finest wineries and vineyards in the world.

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Paula Kornell

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2009 Issue

When she was elected president of Napa Valley Vintners’ board of directors in January, Oakville Ranch Vineyards GM Paula Kornell became the first-ever daughter of a former NVV president to ascend to the post.

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Craig S. Nelson

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2009

After graduating law school in 1990, Craig Nelson didn’t rush right into the family business. Instead, he spent a decade honing his legal skills, first as a litigator and later as Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice.

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Bob Massaro

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2009 Issue

In the early 1980s, Bob Massaro’s first career in public health segued into his current vocation.

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What Color Is Your Collar?

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2009 Issue

As the escalating carbon footprints of humans become an unshakeable reality, North Bay businesses are trying to stay ahead of the curve by dedicating themselves to a new ideology—a green collar revolution.  

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J. Dietrich Stroeh

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2009 Issue

Novato native “Diet” (pronounced “Deet”) Stroeh has probably had more to do with shaping North Bay water policy than anyone else in the last 35 years.

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Munther Massarweh

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2009 Issue

A Bay Area native and current Santa Rosa resident, Massarweh’s culinary résumé includes a stint as executive chef at Chicago’s Pump Room and founder of San Francisco’s Tin Pan Asian Bistro (“I’m currently thinking about bringing that concept to the North Bay,” he says.) For now, he and his partners are plenty busy with Novato’s Wildfox restaurant, Napa’s American Grill, the Scrumptious Occasions catering company, and plans for a new eatery in Ukiah.

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Dennis Pedisich

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2008 Issue

Even though he graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in history and agribusiness, Dennis Pedisich has always worked professionally as a banker. “It was a tough economic environment then [in the late 1970s], and one of the few industries hiring was banks. My first job was as an agricultural loan officer in Fresno. Here I am, 31 years later, still in banking.”

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If the Shoe Fits

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Tim Hanni’s revolutionary ideas make it OK, once and for all, to drink the wine you like.

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Gladys Horiuchi

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

As manager of communications for the Wine Institute, a nonprofit advocacy association of more than 1,100 California wineries and affiliated businesses, Gladys Horiuchi spends her time thinking of ways to promote California wineries and wine (How hard can that be?) And as a communicator for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, she also helps encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly winegrowing and winemaking practices. “I studied to be an English and journalism teacher for junior high or high school,” says the Mill Valley resident. “And I actually taught for six months when an English teacher left on maternity leave mid-year.” But Horiuchi’s career led her down a different path instead.

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Greg Valliere

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2008 Issue

In Marin, you never know when you’ll encounter a famous face at the local market. That’s because the county is home to more than a few rock stars, movie stars and entertainment moguls. It’s also home to a whole host of business and industry leaders whom, though powerful, may be harder to pick out of the crowd. Now meet Greg Valliere, who straddles that line.

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Cassandra Walker

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2008 Issue

The city of Napa hired a ringer 12 years ago when it signed on Cassandra Walker as redevelopment and economic development director. “My entire professional background has been oriented toward development in some form or another,” she says. “I started my career working for a developer, then went on to negotiating public-private agreements for the University of California. I had a stint doing economic development in Arizona, then worked on downtown revitalization and redevelopment in San Juan Capistrano. I took a leave of absence in 1994-95 to get my masters degree in historic preservation.”

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Louis Capuano, Jr.

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2008 Issue

As oil and energy costs continue to skyrocket, we’re all looking for viable, “green” alternatives. Enter ThermaSource, a local company that’s become an international player in the world of geothermal (that is, steam) energy. The engineering and consulting firm was founded in 1979 by transplanted Mississippi native Louis Capuano, who remembers, “I was working in Louisiana as a petroleum engineer and, in 1974, my company transferred me to Sonoma County to head up the geothermal division.

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Michael Honig

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2008 Issue

    There are moments in everyone’s life when destiny steps in. The trick is to recognize and trust these moments, and to let them take you where you ultimately belong. Honig Vineyard & Winery President Michael Honig has been fortunate enough to ride that wave. “After growing grapes for almost 20 years, my parents, along with my aunt and uncle, decided to start making wine from our property in Napa Valley,” recalls Honig, who grew up in San Francisco but commonly visited the family’s vineyard on weekends, holidays and vacations.     “After a few vintages, the property was losing lots of money, and they were going to sell it. I left college almost 25 years ago to try and keep it in my family. And although wine didn’t start out as my passion, it is now.”     Today, in addition to running the family business, Honig sits on the Wine Institute board of directors and is part of the Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. He’s also a member of the board for the Assistance Dog Institute and the Center for Land Based Learning, which “lets me play with puppies and kids.”

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Taking the Green Road

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2008 Issue

Being a green company is about more than just aggressive recycling programs and reduced energy use. It’s about minimizing the environmental impact of all company aspects—whether you’re in direct control of those aspects or not. For example, a company that sends an employee to the airport in a taxi is responsible for the emissions caused by that trip, even though that company isn’t in the taxi business.

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Cutting-Edge Conferences

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2008 Issue

Bringing high-end technology to corporate meetings.

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Giles Scott

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2008 Issue

    Scott Technology Group President/CEO Giles Scott followed a long, crooked road to get where he is today. The Baltimore, Maryland, native tells the story: “I attended Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. for two years (during which I changed my major four times), from 1964 to 1966, before my number was pulled for the draft. So I showed them and joined the Navy for four years.     “I got out of the Navy in March 1970 and, after several false starts (including selling—or, I should say, attempting to sell, because I sold none—swamp land in Florida), I wound up as a technician with Xerox. After a move to California and 25 years servicing equipment and managing service technicians, I started repairing copiers at home and selling copiers I rebuilt in my garage. A year after that, I hired my first employee and moved into a separate location. Twelve-and-a-half years later, here we are.”

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2008 Best Business Lunch: Graffiti

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    Mark and Maureen McGowan opened Graffiti almost three years ago, and already, the Petaluma eatery has become a choice meeting point for locals and travelers alike. “We have a steady local clientele,” says Maureen, “but also, since Petaluma is a nice midway point between Marin County and Santa Rosa, many people choose to meet in the middle.”

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2008 Best Business Dinner: John Ash & Company

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Madura first stepped into the kitchen at John Ash & Company, the venerable Wine Country restaurant owned by Don and Rhonda Carano and founded by its namesake. He says he was “lured to the area” by Sonoma County’s abundance.

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2008 Best Business Breakfast: Omelette Express

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    There’s something to be said for consistency. Just ask Don Taylor, owner or Santa Rosa’s popular Omelette Express, which opened its doors in 1977 and today remains in the same building, is owned by the same family and serves the same menu.

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2008 Best Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    “Wine is meant to be enjoyed with food; it’s part of the table,” says Eva Bertran, executive vice president of Gloria Ferrer. “That’s not just my philosophy, it’s a Spanish philosophy. In Barcelona, Spain, where I’m from, we drink sparkling wine throughout the meal—and it’s hard to understand why that hasn’t caught on in the United States.

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2008 Best Zinfandel: Armida Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    Healdsburg’s Armida Winery was named Best Tasting Room in last year’s Best Of readers’ poll, and this year, it’s voted Best Zinfandel. Seems the folks at Armida have worked their way into the hearts and minds of NorthBay biz readers.

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2008 Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Grgich Hills Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    The talent and charm of winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been chronicled in the pages of NorthBay biz on more than one occasion. But those features, in large part, focused on his role in establishing California (and the Napa Valley, specifically) as a premier wine growing region. In 1976, his 1973 Chardonnay for Chateau Montelena beat the best French wines of the same vintage in a blind tasting; it was half of the verdict that put Napa Valley on the international wine industry radar (Warren Winiarski at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars bested the French with his Cabernet Sauvignon at the same event). [See “A Matter of Taste,” Special Wine Issue 2007]

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2008 Best Golf Course: Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    If NorthBay biz instituted a Hall of Fame for its Best Of awards, Fountaingrove would be a deserving first-round inductee.

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Larry Brackett

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    Profiling Frank Howard Allen Realtors Chairman Larry Brackett in our Best of the North Bay issue is a no-brainer. Not only has his company been voted tops in our readers’ polls many times, but he’s also just a flat-out nice guy.     Brackett and his wife, Brennie, bought the company in 1989. “Real estate was my third career, following investment counseling and teaching second grade,” he reveals. “The challenge of being in sales, the opportunity to be an independent contractor and my previous investment and teaching experiences—which prepared me to be sensitive to meeting others’ needs—all made me a real estate natural.”

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Lisa Wittke Schaffner

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2008 Issue

    Those seeking a Sonoma County leader need look no further than Healdsburg’s Mayor Lisa Wittke Schaffner (2008 marks her second term in the position; her first was in 2004), who got her first taste of politics working for then-California Governor Pete Wilson while enrolled at Sacramento State (she has degrees in government and journalism).     After graduating and working for a while in the private sector, she returned to Sonoma County in 2000 to raise her children (McKenzie, now 11, and Malloy, 8). Since 2004, the Piner High School alum has also been executive director of the Sonoma County Alliance, a coalition of business, agriculture, labor and individuals dedicated to encouraging healthy economic growth, sound environmental policy and a responsive political process. The Alliance’s monthly breakfast meeting was named Best Business Event in NorthBay biz’ 2007 Best Of readers’ poll.

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Play To Win

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2008 Issue

Corporate team building doesn’t have to mean dry-erase boards in a hotel conference room. One bright-but-cold day last December, a small bus pulled up outside the NorthBay biz offices. Soon, the entire staff was sipping mimosas (or, in many cases, just Champagne) en route to River Rock Casino for the first stop on a company-wide “day of fun.” Following lunch and gambling (thanks to prearranged credits and bonus cash), the troops were transported next to Safari West for a chilly-but-spectacular sunset tour. There were no games of trust or collaborative discussion groups, but the whole adventure—planned in secret by the magazine’s awesome trio of owners—solidified the close-knit loyalty of our merry band of players.

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Patty Garbarino

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2008 Issue

    It’s an odd coincidence that we’re spotlighting Marin Sanitary Services President Patty Garbarino in the same issue we’re running an article about family businesses. It’s a subject she knows a little something about. In the 1960s, her father, Joe Garbarino, took over operations of MSS from its original founders; over the years, he grew the company both in coverage and in scope. What began as a garbage collection agency serving just five Marin County jurisdictions is now a full-service, countywide garbage removal, hazardous waste disposal, recycling and resource recovery industry with an international reputation for innovation in the field.  

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Blake Andros

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2008 Issue

Born into a family of restaurateurs (his dad owned Gino’s in San Francisco), Blake Andros seemed, in many ways, destined to carry on that tradition. And he did—eventually. But first there was a slight detour. “Growing up, my passion was owning and using tools,” he remembers. “By 1972, I was charging a whopping $5 an hour to be a handyman.” That same year, Andros had a less-than-satisfactory service experience that changed his life. “When I was 16 years old, I brought my motorcycle to a collision repair facility…and received it back six weeks later! It was then I decided to learn how to paint and repair vehicles. I read a book and soon started charging $5 an hour to repair dents and paint cars and motorcycles. I also started doing custom striping and flames. So Blake’s Auto Body ‘unofficially’ started in the summer of 1972 in my parents’ driveway in Corte Madera.”

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Brad Baker

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2008 Issue

    Sonoma County native Brad Baker, pictured here with son Zack, brings all the right stuff to his current position as president/CEO of Codding Enterprises. The son of a contractor, Baker even worked for Codding Construction as a laborer at the age of 19 before heading off to college (San Diego State) for a degree in economics. After a career as a registered investment adviser, he rejoined Codding in 1990—this time as vice president of Codding Investments—and has played a key role in developing Sonoma Mountain Village, the sustainable, mixed-use community that’s the flagship of Codding Enterprises.

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George Altamura

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2008

Though born in Buffalo, New York, Napa real estate developer George Altamura always knew he’d make his way west. “After high school graduation in 1949, I packed my suitcase and hitchhiked, all by myself, to California. As a boy, I always dreamed of coming to California. I constantly drew pictures of the state and hoped I would spend my life here,” he remembers.

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Cindy Pawlcyn

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2008 Issue

Chef Cindy Pawlcyn is a perfect embodiment of the saying “success breeds success.” In the early 1980s, the Minnesota native came to the Napa Valley as opening chef at Meadowood, then joined Bruce leFavour at the memorable but now gone Rose et leFavour in St. Helena. When Mustards Grill opened for business 25 years ago, it marked Pawlcyn’s first foray into restaurant ownership. She’s now considered a local culinary treasure and is owner of three of the valley’s most distinct and popular eateries—Mustards in Napa, and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Go Fish, both in St. Helena. She’s also had a hand in the creation of more than a dozen other top-notch Bay Area restaurants in the intervening years, including San Francisco’s Fog City Diner and Bix, Sausalito’s Buckeye Roadhouse and St. Helena’s Tra Vigne. Add to that a James Beard Award for her Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook (one of several she’s penned over the years), and you have a recipe for, well, success.

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Casino Royale

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2007 Issue

An examination of the pros and cons of Indian gaming in the North Bay.     There’s possibly no hotter development debate in California these days than the struggle over Indian gaming. All across the state, local governments are feeling pressure from both Native American tribes seeking to provide members with economic, social and educational opportunities, and long-standing non-native communities that don’t want gambling facilities located nearby.    

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Taverna Santi

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2007 Issue

Taverna Santi 21047 Geyserville Ave. Geyserville (707) 857-1790 www.tavernasanti.com   Traditional Italian Dinner 7 days; Lunch Wed.-Fri. Entrées: $18-$27.75 Excellent wine list Describing Santi as “traditional Italian” is simply not enough. Santi is completely and authentically Italian. Chef Dino Bugica spent seven years honing his craft in Italy, including learning charcuterie and winemaking. Alongside Chef Emeritus Franco Dunn, Bugica today produces a variety of house-made salumis and other cured meats for the Santi menu.

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The M Word

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2007 Issue

Tamalpais Bank’s efforts to teach kids about money will pay dividends down the line.

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What Women Want

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2007

Is there a gender differnce when it comes to wine appreciation?

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Heavy Petting

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2007 Issue

Sharing your workspace with animals can provide some unexpected rewards.

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Tres Sabores

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2007

Case production: 2,000 Planted acres: 12 estate acres planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot Additional grapes sourced from: Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma Mountain, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Cabernet from Howell Mountain and Moon Mountain Contact: P.O. Box 238, Rutherford, Calif., 94573 (707) 967-8027; www.tressabores.com   Sitting at a shaded picnic table on the edge of Julie Johnson’s estate vineyard on an early September morning, I can feel the temperature rising, smell the late-summer dust in the air and hear a symphony of birds and bugs. All in all, it’s a pretty idyllic scene...until she tells this story:   “We had a rattlesnake under our couch the other day. We have open doors, because the dogs go in and out throughout the day, but this was startling! I mean, I’ve heard about rattlesnakes on doorsteps—especially from my friends who live up the Stag’s Leap area—and I guess we should expect it. But my husband [Jon Engelskirger, former winemaker for Turnbull Wine Cellars] and I both decided that’s not something we’d like to repeat.”

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This Bud's For You

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2007 Issue

Great wines start in the vineyard. Great vineyards start at the North Bay's grapevine nurseries.

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Spin the Wheel

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2007 Issue

 

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Fitting In

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2007 Issue

Concerns about weight and wellness propel fitness outlets across the North Bay to target children.

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The Nose Knows

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2007 Issue

Santa Rosa's Assistance Dog Institute offers a sweet solution to vineyard pest woes.

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It was the Wine Talking

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2006

Local sommeliers share their secrets.

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GTO's Seafood House

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2006 Issue

GTO’s Seafood House 234 S. Main St. Sebastopol 707-824-9922   New Orleans Cuisine Dinner Tues.-Sat. Entrées $12-$30 Full bar, good wine list Seems like everyone I know talks about GTO’s, so I was happy for the chance to try it. And from the moment my sister Simone and I walked in, we were treated with an easy hospitality. The room’s jazzy and elegant New Orleans-inspired decor was subdued and welcoming—perfect for lingering over a great meal and conversation. Service was likewise spot-on but unobtrusive.

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Moving Home

It has been almost two years since the devastating firestorms hit the North Bay in 2017, burning down 5,143 homes and leaving nothing but ash and debris in its wake. While to many the incident leave...

Moving Home

It has been almost two years since the devastating firestorms hit the North Bay in 2017, burning down 5,143 homes and leaving nothing but ash and debris in its wake. While to many the incident leave...

The Barlow After the Flood

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