Sonoma Magazine

Sonoma Olive Season

December 10, 2010

Sonoma Olive Season

Scientific fact: As with peanuts and potato chips it’s impossible to eat one olive. Who can stop? Olives are seductive, sensuous, sexy, colorful, tasty, shriveled beyond their age and, for heaven’s sake, even healthy. Such a deal. California has been way ahead of the New World olive curve thanks to King Carlos III of Spain, [...]

The Plaza Tasting Tour

September 30, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill sonoma writer food wine lifestyle

If you don’t have time for a day-long wine tour, Sonoma’s historic Plaza offers the same experience in microcosm. You won’t need your car, and the Plaza park is a perfect place to unwind and uncork because alcohol is allowed between 11:30 a.m. and sunset. Numerous cult wineries have opened tasting rooms and wine bars [...]

The food and wine world of Kathleen Hill

June 15, 2010


The world beats a path to Sonoma. First Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa visited the Robledo Family Winery, then he invited former field worker, now winery patriarch Reynaldo Robledo to a White House state dinner with President Obama. Robledo enjoyed lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and spoke for [...]

Kathleen Hill’s Hot Tips

May 22, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill writer sonoma food wine lifestyle

Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts; Fred Franzia and Bronco’s new Napa facilities; Sonoma and Napa new restaurants; Nibs and Sips Harvey Cohen of Glen Ellen has a new invention, business and passion: Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts. These mini made-before-your-eyes and melt-in-your-mouth morsels come in paper cones, and you choose what toppings you want, if any. These babies are [...]

Liquids Sweeter Than Wine

May 6, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill writer wine food sonoma lifestyle

Mia’s Kitchen is a new company owned and founded by Mia Sebastiani and her mother, Nancy Sebastiani, wife of Don Sebastiani. Mia designed her first wine label at age 3, and her father named a wine after her (Mia’s Playground) before she was old enough to drink. Her Mia’s Kitchen is now part of The [...]

Got Lemons? Make Limoncello

May 6, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill sonoma writer food wine lifestyle

After “studying” and sipping their way through limoncello in Italy for many moons, Fred and Amy Groth arrived a few years ago in Sonoma. They had both graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While Amy became a super successful wedding planner, Fred worked for an environmental engineering company and was involved with radar, [...]

Sonoma Meats the World

May 6, 2010

Kathleen thompson Hill Sonoma writer food wine lifestyle

With all the cattle, sheep and goats still stirring in Sonoma’s wine country, it’s no wonder some locals have come up with ways to use their meat. Angelo’s Meats and Deli actually butchers and produces its jerky, bacon, pancetta, salami, barbecued tri-tip and sauces in Petaluma at Angelo Ibleto’s ranch. Angelo took over Bud Maffei’s [...]

Signs from Sign of the Bear

April 29, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill Sonoma writer food wine lifestyle

Steve Havlek and Laura Nicholas’ signs all pointed in the same directions, both out of Sonoma and back to Sonoma again. Full disclosure: I have known this couple since they were kids. Sonoma is still a small town, which is why we all live here. During high school, Steve worked for Dick Foorman and Gene [...]

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