The origin of AROUND THE SUN is this. My friend Oliver Krimpas and I had been trying to make a movie together for years. The plan was for me to write a script that he’d direct. After a false start with one project that couldn’t achieve liftoff, austere frugality seemed like the only way forward. I tried to think up some idea involving very few characters in mostly one locale. It was like the Mystery Box challenge: to take a few choice luck-of-the-draw ingredients, and a finite amount of time, and prepare a dish that Gordon Ramsay won’t spit out and yell at you for.
Michaela Rodeno shares reflections from her pioneering career at the forefront of the wine industry in Napa Valley.
Tracing the arc of her career development from its unlikely beginnings in early 1970s Napa, when the wine industry was in its infancy, to being part of the two-person team that launched Domaine Chandon in the U.S., to her role as St. Supéry Winery’s first CEO, Rodeno has extensive wit and wisdom to share.Continue reading →
The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival lights up Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga November 11-15. NVFF features 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 theaters including the beautifully restored movie palace, The Uptown and many custom designed venues throughout the four walkable villages. Continue reading →
An excerpt from the new book by Frances Dinkelspiel who will be appearing at Litquake on Oct. 11, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books on Oct. 14, the Uncharted: Berkeley Festival of Ideas on Oct. 17 and throughout California in the coming month. Full list of events here.
On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California’s finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. Continue reading →
When a restaurant named Foreign Cinema opened on Mission Street in San Francisco in 1999, a lot of people were curious, but many were uncertain it could survive on a block with many vacant buildings, including the adjacent and long-closed New Mission Theatre. Continue reading →
Cinematic history is crammed with films in which, at one moment or another, someone talks about wine, shops for wine, or actually drinks wine — or in the case of the Creature in Young Frankenstein , just tries to drink wine (“A toast . . . to a long friendship!” Crash!). Continue reading →