Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega, CA. It was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County. The church is located directly next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds. Photo Courtesy of Kenneth Bradley Photography
Vin Antico, a new(ish) San Rafael restaurant has a die-hard purist philosophy when it comes to using fresh, local ingredients. And in this context, that’s a good thing. Vin Antico itself has been around for 8+ years but due to some personal reasons and a drop in quality the owners had to close their doors. New owners Mike Heffernan and Naomi Finerman just successfully celebrated Vin Antico’s one year anniversary with a fresher, better-than-ever, delicious fare. Yah for Marin County! Aside from managing the restaurant, Finerman also acts as the restaurants Sommelier and has personally hand selected the 50 wines that they carry, including over 30 wines by the glass from small producers and family growers. “I love my customers, I am a real people person and I know we are serving a quality product here. I know where our food comes from. I know the farmer’s. That’s the best part of this job.” says Finerman
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Owner/Partner, Centonove, GM & Wine Director, Owner/Partner, Cin-Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant, Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Spanish Wine Educator, Academy of Spain
Lisa Rhorer is a former senior high-tech marketing professional, working for such Silicon Valley giants as Google, Oracle and Creative Labs as well as technology publishing media leader, IDG. She left Google to pursue her passion for wine, going on to graduate from the prestigious Professional Wine Studies Program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California.
Columbia-Juilliard Exchange, 2015. Economics and Music. Originally from Hillsborough, California.
Twenty-year-old cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at the age of three years old, conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra on a set of variations by Mozart. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic (London), Northern Sinfonia (UK), Albany Symphony, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, among others.
He made a Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12, recorded with the legendary singer Roberta Flack at age 13, and at age 15, released a CD of the live World Premiere performance of the Quadruple Concerto – ‘Velesslavitsa’ by Alexander Prior on the European label, Toccata Classics. He was featured in the Peabody Award winning HBO Television documentary, "The Music In Me", the Grammy Award winning radio show, "From The Top", NPR's Performance Today with Fred Child and was one of the featured artists of the acclaimed 3-part British Television documentary, “The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies”. Nathan is a 2012 Davidson Fellow. Nathan currently attends the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange program and studies with Richard Aaron, where he recently won the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition playing Strauss's "Don Quixote" under Leonard Slatkin.
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