Emmy Kaplan: Patr?n of the Arts

For Emmy Kaplan, the proprietress of both the San Francisco and Sonoma, California iterations of Emmy?s Spaghetti Shack, the secret ingredient to a good cocktail is ?freshness.? Fear not for Emmy?s punk rock cred,...

Hollywood and Vines

Though I had moved to Hollywood from the Bay Area in the early part of this century I remained a stringer for the San Francisco Chronicle (the ink in my veins apparently outshone the...

Closet Case: Andre Benjamin

Andre Benjamin, rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, perhaps best known by his nom-de-music Andre 3000 in the group OutKast, can add a new gig to his resume: fashion designer. Last Fall, Benjamin launched his...

Gary Vaynerchuk: Wine’s Brand Man

Despite the media credentials I was granted, I somehow I managed to miss the Wine Bloggers Conference 08, hosted this October in Sonoma County?s Santa Rosa, California. No worries, the conference?s main attraction was...

Alan Rickman gets Bottle Shocked

As part of a new podcast series produced for the Arts Council of Sonoma County, dig on this chat about wine biz flick Bottle Shock with star Alan Rickman.