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Despite all of her doctors’ advice to give up being a pianist, Carol Rosenberger, stricken with polio at the age of 21, refused.
This year's top prize winner scored the highest points ever awarded in the contest: a perfect 100. Find it and other winners by award or brand in our searchable database.
The Santa Rosa Symphony has announced its new season, introducing new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.
Nearly 190 wineries entered the sixth annual competition of North Coast wines.
The sixth annual North Coast Wine Challenge resulted in 177 gold-medal awards, five Best of Show winners, five Best of County winners and one, record-breaking Best of the Best champion.
With big music festivals lining up and warmer days ahead, fashion leans back to the ’90s. Some of Sonoma County’s fashionistas weigh in on this year’s go-to looks.
A roundup of spring events for wine and food lovers.
Lynmar Estate Chef David Frakes crafts tasty bites from an array of spring vegetables.
High tea, cheese, herbs and cookbooks are part of these upcoming Sonoma County food events.
Santa Rosa Chef Josh Silvers celebrates both Easter and Passover traditions with a spring feast of lamb, roasted vegetables and Passover salad, and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
Here's a look at the foods of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, as celebrated by Baci Cafe and Wine Bar chef/owner Shari Sarabi.
Upcoming food happenings include the three-day Signature Sonoma Valley event.
Wine and food events include Passport to Dry Creek Valley, a sushi-making classes and the YWCA’s “Women, Wine Chefs, and Cheese” event.
Dan Berger makes a case for trying sauvignon blancs that are a few years older than the norm because their herbal flavors develop more.
After a two-year search, the Santa Rosa Symphony has named its fifth music director in its 90-year history.
Francesco Lecce-Chong, the 30 year-old maestro chosen to lead the Santa Rosa Symphony, succeeding Bruno Ferrandis, values authenticity, spontaneity and having the audience realize they are part of the show.
Wm. Cofield’s Keith Adams, one of the cheesemakers at this weekend’s Artisan Cheese Festival, pays tribute to the venerable cheeses of England, where he had spent a couple of years as a child and a teenager.
Coming up soon is the James Beard Awards Gala, Copia’s Easter event, a hike through Seghesio’s vineyards and more.
Lindsay Meyer, one of the women speaking out about sexual harassment who become a 2017 Time magazine “Person of the Year,” will speak at the Women in Conversation event on March 20.
These simple but delicious dinners from readers, home cooks and a few pros will make mealtime a breeze.
A la carte serves up some food and wine tidbits for early March.
Coming up this week is Savor Sonoma Valley, a benefit for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and more.
What to do with all those healthy, winter greens? A new book by Jenn Louis, which just won an IACP award for health, tells you everything you wanted to know and more.
The longtime columnist for the Community Voice newspaper died Saturday.
Sonoma's Ian Conover was inspired by a bike trip to Sweden to start his own bread business and delivers fresh bread right to customers’ doors.