Monthly Archives: April 2012

Boonville – Anderson Valley’s Up and Comer!

Gentrification is often the result of efforts by smaller locales to stimulate visitors and grow their economies.  Avoiding that somewhat artificial outcome takes good planning and a balanced and patient approach to development.  Both Healdsburg and Geyserville, in northern Sonoma … Continue reading

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Culinary Institute of America Hosts 1st Annual bASH

Appellation St. Helena (ASH) provides first class events to promote this historic and idyllic American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Napa Valley.   One of Napa’s many sub-appellations, St. Helena is beautiful, historic and quaint.   As the “birthplace” of the Napa Valley wine industry, it … Continue reading

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Pig – not just any Indie Sci-fi mystery

This is the third in the Friday the 13th series about the films at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival. Part I considered the wonderful documentary Harvest, while Part II reviewed the soon to be released coming of age … Continue reading

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Born and Raised – 2 Thumbs Up

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for the participants in the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival.  Unlike Harvest, the documentary subject of Part I, Born and Raised is a coming of age feature film set in a seaside town.  … Continue reading

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Harvest – Sonoma Film Fest Screens Sonoma Documentary

Friday was a big day and night at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival with continued screenings at the eight (8) venues around the Sonoma Plaza.  The crowds were very large and also very appreciative of the films presented … Continue reading

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Sonoma International Film Festival in full swing Thursday, April 12th

Yesterday was another winsome but unique day in the Sonoma County wine country.  The 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday evening with a few films, was in full film mode yesterday, Thursday April 12th, including … Continue reading

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Fine dining on comfort food – John Ash & Co.

Sonoma County has a plethora of dining venues.  Some are elegant, some are down home and others meets neither objective.  To enjoy high quality fresh comfort food in the Sonoma wine country John Ash & Co. located at Vintners Inn (by Ferrari-Carano … Continue reading

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