Since our very first summer living in Sonoma nearly a decade ago, we’ve developed a tradition of attending the Tuesday night Sonoma Valley Farmers Market for farm-fresh picnic dinners with friends and family. We were delighted to document the opening night of the 2011 Tuesday night season for Sonomanews.com.
We were recently commissioned by Sonomanews.com to update an old SONOMA magazine story Sarah had written and supplement it with a short video covering the subject of local craft beer in Sonoma. With our love for writing, filming and beer, we did not hesitate to say “yes!”
“Ah, the alchemy of good beer. Water, yeast, malted grain, hops. It feels like such a quaint equation, and yet prattling off those four ingredients is where the simplicity ends and the darkling tide of chemistry begins, chemistry from which—after a thousand bubbly incantations—our muse emerges from behind steel and oak. There’s a primitive comfort to good beer’s complexity. While wine strives to tether its story to a geographic place, beer makes a humble home in its glass. Surely, it can be regional, but at its best, good beer is drink for the deconstructionist.
Once again sporting art direction and page layouts by Peter, the latest issue of SONOMA magazine—its second issue distributed nationally—features a story on the valley’s sublime Scribe Winery by Sarah:“Scribe Winery is exquisitely imperfect. This is where the sheen of Wine Country ends and its patchwork, outlaw lore bubbles to the surface. It’s where the dust billows over an irregular dirt road, escorted by a long row of palm trees that beckon you back toward the coarse hillsides and corrupt histories and overgrown, feral sweetness to a turn-of-the-century hacienda wiling away its hours in a state of gauzy, dilapidated bohemian grace. It’s where Andrew Mariani, his brother Adam, their uncle Andrew Avellar and Napa-based winemaker Kristof Anderson spend their hours making a neglected property whole again, and almost coincidentally, crafting lush, drinkable wine…[read more]“
We’ve been receiving rave reviews on this issue, and Sarah’s Scribe story in particular. Our favorite response, though, is this note from Adam Mariani of Scribe:“Beyond the beautiful writing and absorbing journey you take the reader on, we are moved by how well you captured SCRIBE. It is re-inspiring to hear our manifesto spoken so well in your writing. Thank you.”
If you don’t subscribe, please go out and pick up a copy at the newsstand—or at least check out some of the content on the magazine’s web site!
Sometimes, work can be a grind. But most of the time, we love every second of what we do—especially when Sarah gets to write stories for SONOMA magazine on topics such as cheese, beer, spas and ice cream. No better reason for a little indulgence than in the name of research!
Just in time for the hot summer months, check out Sarah’s article in the summer issue of SONOMA magazine on the best local ice creameries—you can read the article here. Also be sure to pick up a full copy of the magazine for features on local food (including Sarah’s cheese article) and Francis Ford Coppola’s new Sonoma County winery.
We love working on SONOMA magazine—what better way is there to immerse ourselves in and celebrate the Sonoma Valley culture we hold so dear?
The summer issue has been published and is now on local news stands. This issue also marks a major step forward for the magazine as it is now being distributed nationally.
Featuring Peter’s art direction and story layouts as well as two feature stories written by Sarah—one on local cheese producers and the other on local ice creameries—the issue’s theme is “food” and also features a story on Francis Ford Coppola’s new Sonoma County winery.
Check out the web site for more information, or go out and find a printed copy to get the full scoop!
Camel love. Beer love. What else is there, really? The winter issue of SONOMA magazine hits the newstands this week—featuring our art direction and page layouts and a some tasty features on local beer by Sarah, who enjoyed every moment of her research.
Stay tuned for Sarah’s Sonoma Valley guide to beer tastings . . .
These sample spreads from SONOMA magazine feature art direction and layouts by Peter and writing, copyediting and photography by Sarah.
As part of the process for helping SONOMA magazine launch their new lifestyle magazine, we created a prototype of the magazine using Peter’s style guide and graphic design and Sarah’s original photography
and writing. This prototype went on to inform the final style guide Peter ultimately created the magazine.