The Girl of the Fig

The 20-year rise of Sondra Bernstein and her Rhône-Alone wines. Story David Bolling  |  Photos Steven Krause Twenty years, eight restaurants, 220 employees, uncountable thousands of bottles of Rhône wine and an infinite amount of goodwill ago, Sondra Bernstein set up shop in a former pizza parlor in Glen Ellen…

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The Sebastiani Legacy

Full circle from Farneta, Sam Sebastiani waters his Italian roots and honors the monastery where the family story began. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause It is usually easier to understand the past from a distance, when you’re not entangled in its grasp. Now 76, Sam Sebastiani has that distance,…

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Painting in Plain Sight

Plein Air is a festival of art for education Story & Photos David Bolling At precisely 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday in September, easels will sprout on or near the lawns and sidewalks of Sonoma’s historic Plaza and several dozen artists will begin an annual ritual of painting what…

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Tobias Weinberger’s Traveling Spectacular

Magic, mystery, music in a ’51 Chevy truck. Story David Bolling Tobias Weinberger is 6-feet-2, and the distance from his lips to the pit of his stomach is approximately 24 inches. At least that’s the length of the blade he inserts through his open mouth, down his throat, past his…

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Bringing London Back to Life

After five years, a unique public-private partnership is a model for success Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause Jack London is still dead, although some insist his ghost can be seen wandering around the Wolf House, or standing pensively in a copse of towering redwood trees nearby. The park that…

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