The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 02/01/2018

Business Beat Feb. 1, 2018

Kenwood author pens novel about Charmian London

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Some love stories are meant to live forever. Even more so illicit love affairs, like the real-life romance of Charmian London and the infamous Harry Houdini.

One hundred years later, Kenwood resident Rebecca Rosenberg's new novel, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, follows their steamy affair and Charmian's own path to independence.

A story of ambition and infidelity, The Secret Life of Mrs. London captures the fateful meeting of the Houdinis and Londons, the most remarkable couples of their time. Jack London, the most popular author in America, and Harry Houdini, a world-renown escape artist, have reached the pinnacles of their careers in 1915.

John Cox, author of Wild About Houdini says, “One of Houdini's best kept secrets was his affair with Charmian London in 1918. Now Rebecca Rosenberg tells the story using an elegant blend of fact and fiction, creating a Houdini book like no other. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a true peek behind the curtain and a page-turner.”
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Rebecca Rosenberg with husband Gary

Rosenberg, the former owner of Sonoma Lavender along with her husband Gary, is a longtime student of Jack London's work and an avid fan of Charmian. She is a graduate of the Stanford Writing Certificate Program.

You can buy The Secret Life of Mrs. London at Copperfield's in Santa Rosa, Readers' Books in Sonoma, or Book Passage in Corte Madera. Or order it online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

A number of book launch events are taking place, including one at Copperfield's on March 8, 6:30 p.m., and one at Readers' Books on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and snacks, a performance by magician Frank Balzerak, trivia prizes and more. Space is limited. Go to to register.

Deerfield's Rex given winemaking award

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Winemaker Robert Rex and his wife, PJ

Robert Rex of Deerfield Ranch Winery has won 2018 Winemaker of the Year from the American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC). Rex shares the award with Napa Valley's Ernie Weir of Hagafen Cellars and Prix Cellars. Robert Biale Vineyards and Krupp Brothers Winery, both in Napa, received Winery of the Year Honors. All will receive their awards at AFWC's annual Charity Wine Gala in May in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Rex runs Deerfield Ranch Winery with his wife PJ. He has been making wine for over four decades. In 2000, the Rexes bought 47 acres off of Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, built a winery and caves, and opened a tasting room to the public in 2008. The winery is known for “Clean Wine,” which is low in sulfites and histamines. Deerfield is also known for its restoration and maintenance efforts for the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom. Deerfield has granted a 14-acre permanent easement to the County of Sonoma to ensure protection of this rare habitat.

For more information about Deerfield Ranch Winery, go to

Learn about dogwoods at Wildwood Nursery

Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood will host its 4th annual Spring Preview on Feb. 9 and 10. Learn about East Coast dogwoods, West Coast dogwoods, and Asian dogwoods. Enjoy early flowering plants including the lilac daphne from China, forsythia, and magnolia. Take in the natural rural setting and expansive vistas at Wildwood as Sonoma Valley springs to life.

The event each day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments. Wildwood is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

For more information, call 833-1161, or email You can also check out Wildwood's website at

Transcendence Theater internships

Transcendence Theater Company, which develops and puts on a number of shows each year, including “Broadway Under the Stars” at Jack London State Park and “The Ladies of Broadway” at the Luther Burbank Center, has apprentice and intern positions available for its coming season.

Transcendence's Summer Apprenticeship and Internship Program is now taking applications. This 12- to 15-week summer program is an opportunity available to high school students and young adults pursuing higher education. The program will train participants in an environment where their individual voices and talents are encouraged. Interns will grow through an empowering mentorship, working directly with professionals, and finding their own artistic voice.

Positions are available in many areas, including box office, costumes, marketing, photography, music, video, stage management and more.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 8. Go to

Business Blurbs

Glen Ellen Star Restaurant has a Valentine's Day Feb. 14 special menu. In addition to the regular menu, there is a $55 prix fixe menu. Start with baby cauliflower baked in brioche, garden greens with watermelon radish; then a choice of sautéed sturgeon with farrato, ruby beet butter, caraway and horseradish crème fraiche, or grilled Snake River Farms American Wagyu ribeye with a whole grain mustard glaze and spinach-artichoke “dip” fingerling potato chips. The meal ends with chocolate tahini tart and sesame brittle. Make a reservation by going to… Music is coming to Palooza Gastropub in Kenwood on Thursday evenings. T-Luke of T-Luke and the Tight Suits will perform on Feb. 1, and on Feb. 8 it's Dan Martin. No cover. Chase away the winter blues at Palooza, 8910 Sonoma Hwy… As you can see when you drive by, TIPS Roadside is making lots of construction progress at its new restaurant at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood. The Tri-Tip Trolley is busy serving food in the parking lot. On Valentine's Day, get a free drink with your order from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m… Here's the word from Christine Hansson in Glen Ellen about her soon-to-be-opened patisserie, Les Pascals at 13758 Arnold Dr. “After months of hard work, challenges, and unexpected events, I am delighted to say that everything is coming into place for Les Pascals, the patisserie slated for The Yellow Building. We are excited to share with the residents of Glen Ellen and the greater Sonoma area that we plan to open our doors this coming March. We hope to enlighten the senses of visitors with authentic and artisanal French pastries and desserts by Pascal Merle, and house baked bread by Sean Perry.” Your Business Blurb correspondent can smell the aromas wafting down Arnold Drive already…