Sonoma County

Make the green scene in Healdsburg

May 30, 2011
Make the green scene in Healdsburg

Set right on Healdsburg’s town plaza, the h2hotel was designed with the eco-conscious traveler in mind. The building is made from reclaimed wood and concrete and the design is intended to reflect nature from the undulating curves of the roof to the ripples of the creek that runs next to the hotel. Inside, the...
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Jess Jackson Dead at 81

April 21, 2011
Jess Jackson Dead at 81

Jess Jackson, the man who turned America on to chardonnay and went on to build a wine empire, has died at age 81. Jackson, who had cancer, died Thursday at his home in Geyserville, winery officials said. The leader of the hugely successful Kendall-Jackson winery in Sonoma County, Jackson packed several lifetimes worth of...
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Mauritson Winery

July 29, 2010
Mauritson Winery

  How can you tell if you’re at a Sonoma or Napa wine event? Check the ratio of Porches to pickups in the parking lot. OK, plenty of people in Sonoma County drive luxury automobiles _ and I have seen a few beaters parked at Napa wineries _ but in broad-brush terms, it’s true. Sonoma is to Napa...
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ZIN Restaurant&Wine Bar

July 16, 2010
ZIN Restaurant&Wine Bar

  It’s a gamble ordering greens and grits. You might get something bland, boring and bitter. Or you might, as I did this week at ZIN Restaurant & Wine Bar in Healdsburg, get something sublime. The restaurant is just north of the square in Healdsburg and parking wasn’t too hard to find. The decor is rustic with a tall ceiling,...
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Sunny Sonoma

June 24, 2010
Sunny Sonoma

  You know how they talk about Berkeley being a hotbed of protest? They’re lying. It’s pretty much always perishing cold here. When we went through a (mercifully brief) pro-nudity movement a few years ago that was the question all of us locals were asking: How can they stand the cold?So I was particularly...
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  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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