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TRAVEL
April 25, 1999
The Weekend Escape column on Sonoma ("Bed and Bearnaise," April 4) is in need of some corrections. Nobody familiar with Northern California would fly to Sacramento to get to Sonoma. Better and shorter to fly into San Francisco, Oakland or Santa Rosa. Also, the budget box has no transportation costs for getting from Sacramento to Sonoma. Much too far to ride a bike, unless you are a triathlete. And, there are so many wineries in and around Sonoma, I am surprised that Diana Marcum mentioned only Gundlach-Bundschu.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The woman made her flight, but without the whole enchilada.  Transportation Security Administration screeners found an unexpected item Monday morning as an Alaska Airlines passenger made her way through a security checkpoint at Sonoma County Airport: an 8-1/2-inch knife, rolled in a tray of enchiladas. "It's unusual," said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez. The tray was passing through an X-ray machine when TSA officers "saw something a little bit out of the ordinary," Melendez said.
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SPORTS
August 22, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Australian Will Power leads a tight points battle as the Izod IndyCar Series heads to California wine country for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday. There are only two events left in the season after Sonoma: a race on the streets of Baltimore on Sept. 2 and the season finale at Auto Club Speedway, a two-mile oval in Fontana, under the lights Sept. 15. With three wins this season for Team Penske, Power leads the championship standings by only five points over Ryan Hunter-Reay, who also has three victories for the Andretti Autosport team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - As a cold rain pelted the parking lot, the gates opened and the cars began to roll through. In an aging Nissan was a 74-year-old longtime farmworker whose landlady had booted him to raise the rent. A 65-year-old disabled woman pulled her Ford Fusion up to the small trailer, where she could at last plug in her sleep apnea machine. Then there was Patsy Perez, 55, who had learned about the fledgling "Safe Parking" program at the county fairgrounds lot after pleading to spend the night in her Volvo outside a downtown shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1995 | TIM TESCONI, SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT
In his previous life, Don Watson crunched numbers on the 40th floor of a San Francisco high rise, another suit sipping cappuccino in the city's financial district. These days, dressed in Levi's and work boots, Watson trails sheep through the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties. He raises fancy lambs to accompany the area's pinot noir. "It's the freedom," said Watson, 37, as he looked over the green hills of the Carneros, a windblown, grape-growing region on the southern edges of Sonoma and Napa counties.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
Via CNET , Williams-Sonoma introduces the Smart Tools Bluetooth Speaker to listen to cooking apps and instructional videos on your iPad or other tablet. Personally, I don't find I need to crank up the volume any further, but if your kitchen is football-field-sized or the ambient noise is high, these speakers could do the trick. They're also equipped with a stand and a splash screen just in case you get too enthusiastic about whisking that batter or sauce. Drum-shaped and just 2 inches tall and 4-3/4 inches in diameter, the brushed metal Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Bluetooth Speaker comes with two USB ports so it can charge your phone or iPod at the same time it's blasting out advice from baker Dorie Greenspan or KCRW "Good Food" host and pie queen Evan Kleiman . There's also an integrated microphone “for speakerphone capability.” The built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery lasts seven hours, which should get you through the most complicated recipe.
TRAVEL
May 20, 2001
You know your readership, so I guess there are thousands of readers who are looking for $1,000 weekend getaways ("A Sip of the Good Life in Healdsburg," Weekend Escape, April 22). Anybody who has picked up a B&B directory of Napa and Sonoma counties knows it's not hard to find pricey accommodations. I'd prefer to read something about a great deal for a more affordable getaway. For example, we're heading up to Sonoma and we've found a couple of B&Bs for $100 per night on a holiday weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2008 | The Associated Press
A man vacationing with his family at the Russian River died after entering the water in an attempt to save his daughter. Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman said Carlos Manzo, 39, of Oakland was trying to help his 10-year-old daughter, who was having trouble swimming. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said a bystander rushed into the river to save the girl, but when she went back to help Manzo, he was gone. A firefighter later found Manzo in the river and tried to resuscitate him, but he had been underwater too long.
FOOD
June 1, 2005 | Barbara Hansen, Times Staff Writer
Welcome to the good life in Sonoma, where good food meets good wine meal after meal, as we found on recent visits. At the Girl & the Fig restaurant in the town of Sonoma, Food editor Leslie Brenner flipped over the pappardelle with Sonoma rabbit ragu. "I had planned to have a very light lunch, but that sounded so good. With a glass of Russian River Valley Pinot, it was so wonderful, I polished it off. I particularly loved the combination of the rabbit with the slim, delicate carrots and the lovely fresh peas."
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Recently, the British wine magazine Decanter reported on an initiative by the Bordeaux Wine Bureau ( CIVB ) to teach young kids (ages 6 to 10 or 11) the rudiments of winemaking and viticulture through a voluntary program called La Gironde Verte . They'll visit vineyards, learn how wine is made, taste the grapes, tour the cellar and interview the winemaker. There's even a textbook involved: "Mon Cahier des Vignes" (My Vine Workbook.) You can see it online - - in French, of course, but with charming graphics, maps and illustrations.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2014 | By Susan Spano
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Sonoma County has such diverse microclimates and terrain, it can be hard to get a handle on the harvest as a whole. One thing for sure, the harvest was up to three weeks early and compressed into a shorter time frame than usual, which kept vintners to an exhausting pace. Scot Bilbro, co-owner and winemaker for Marietta Cellars and Limerick Lane Cellars in Healdsburg says the 2013 harvest had “excellent quality on all the grapes, really concentrated flavors and great fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Andy Lopez was walking to a friend's home on the outskirts of Santa Rosa when a sheriff's deputy shot and killed him, mistaking the eighth-grader's plastic BB gun for an assault weapon. The afternoon killing of the bright, popular 13-year-old has spurred almost daily protests and nightly candlelight vigils in Santa Rosa, a community known as a gateway to the wine country, with stately Victorians on quiet, tree-shaded streets and edgier enclaves pockmarked with gang graffiti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The mother of a 13-year-old boy killed last week by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy while carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle has filed a claim against the county and the sheriff's office. Sujey Cruz Casarez filed a claim Thursday with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors saying her son, Andy Lopez, was unjustifiably killed and that the sheriff's office did not develop adequate training policies for using deadly force, KGO-TV reported . The claim does not specify an amount for damages, KGO reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle was shot and killed Tuesday by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, authorities and local media reported. Two deputies spotted the boy near the intersection of Moorland and West Robles avenues at 3 p.m. Tuesday "with what appeared to be some type of rifle," according to a news release from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.  The deputies ordered the teenager to drop the rifle "and at some point immediately thereafter, the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times," according to the sheriff's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
The nonprofit organization that safeguards Julia Child's legacy has a beef with culinary retail giant Williams-Sonoma, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. The chain has been illegally using Child's name and picture in online promotional materials -- which isn't kosher, especially in light of the iconic chef's long-standing policy against shilling for products or companies, according to the complaint. "As almost any Julia fan can tell you that this was the policy during her lifetime," said Todd Schulkin, spokesman for the Montecito-based Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
FOOD
April 20, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
THERMAL, Calif. - One of the most highly regarded farms in Northern California, Petaluma-based County Line Harvest started growing organic vegetables in the Coachella desert to extend its production in the winter and spring. For owner David Retsky, who grew up in Beverly Hills, selling to Southern California was the logical next step, and almost like coming home. It's been a circuitous route for Retsky, 40. The son of a doctor, he became interested in agriculture after high school, when he stayed on a kibbutz in Israel.
REAL ESTATE
July 15, 1990 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve of California's 58 counties have implemented the provisions of Proposition 90, that allow inter-county transfers of Proposition 13 base-year property tax values for homeowners 55 or older.
SPORTS
August 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Now that he's won his first IndyCar race, Charlie Kimball sees no reason that he can't do it again Sunday when the series visits Sonoma Raceway. His victory at the Mid-Ohio track Aug. 4 "gives us a lot of confidence as a team that we can keep winning," Kimball, 28, said in an interview. Born in Britain and raised in Camarillo, Kimball is in his third year in the Izod IndyCar Series driving for the powerhouse team of Chip Ganassi Racing, whose other drivers are four-time champion Dario Franchitti and two-time title winner Scott Dixon.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Wine lovers, prepare to go camping in California's wine country -- no tents required. Sonoma County Winegrowers is offering what it calls "a fantasy boot camp for wine and food enthusiasts" during the September harvest that gives participants a close-up of winemaking, from picking grapes in the field and stomping them to blending wines with a pro. Sonoma County Grape Camp features three days of winery tours, cooking classes and wine blending...
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