Papa’s Pizza Cafe

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Last month, Papa’s Pizza of Cloverdale, CA moved to a new location on the corner of Cloverdale Blvd and First St. The new cafe is beautifully decorated with stone walls and wood paneling. Adding to the fun, they’ve tapped many new microbrews such as Knee Deep Brewing’s Breaking Bud, The Waldos’ Special Ale, and Mojo Chocolate Milk Stout.They also have a nice selection of wine by the glass. But best of all, the pizza still tastes great, just like it always has.

Cabernet Vineyard at Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Vineyard

With the 40th anniversary of the Paris Tasting coming up next month I thought I’d post some of my sketches of Chateau Montelena. As the story goes, on May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California won first place in a blind tasting. I sketched this under a shady oak at the far end of the property looking back towards the Chateau.  This sketch is from my book Impressions of Wine Country available on Amazon.

Barnes & Noble, Santa Rosa, CA

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I’ve always loved the old Rosenberg’s Department Store building located at Fourth and D Streets in Santa Rosa. Built in 1936, the structure is the most significant example of the Streamline Moderne style and was the tallest building in the city. Santa Rosa’s government approved demolition of the store in 1994, but it was subsequently saved when bookstore chain Barnes & Noble leased the space. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 29, 1994.

Today was a bit too cold and rainy for sketching but I stood under an awning to keep (mostly) dry.

Papa’s Pizza Café

Papa’s Pizza old Café old _sThis nondescript, rundown old building, has been the home of Papa’s Pizza Café since 1988. You’d never know they make terrific pizza. But tomorrow, March 21, they’re moving to a new location, about a block away in Downtown Cloverdale, CA. I sketched this yesterday before the sign was taken down.

Print show!

print sale

Most of you know me as a sketch artist, illustrator, and writer. But what you may not know is that I’m also a printmaker. If you live in the area, stop by my print show happening in Sebastopol on March 26. I’ll be showing my etchings, drypoint, and woodcut prints. There’ll also be several other printmakers showing their works. I’ll have signed copies of my new book, Impressions Of Wine Country available too!

Wine tasting at Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena WIne Tasting_sIn honor of Alan Rickman, here’s a sketch from my new book “Impressions of Wine Country.” Aside from his role in the popular Harry Potter series, Rickman starred in countless other films. One of my favorites is his turn as British wine merchant Steven Spurrier in “Bottle Shock.” The film captures a pivotal moment in California wine’s history, as it transitioned from a serviceable bulk product to its current status as a serious contender in today’s world of wine. It was Spurrier (played in the film by Rickman), who organized the blind tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as the “Judgment of Paris.” Though the screenplay is not historically accurate, the story is fun, and of course, Alan Rickman’s performance makes it all worth while.
 
I drew this sketch in the Sun Room at Chateau Montelena, while tasting their Chardonnay, Cabernets, and newly released Riesling. If you haven’t yet been to the winery, I highly recommend a visit, as its estate is as gorgeous as are its wines.