About Us

Covering topics ranging from travel, culture, and personalities to entertainment, recreation, and food, Napa Sonoma magazine is written specifically for Wine Country visitors and enthusiasts.

Napa Sonoma is a product of Diablo Publications, which also publishes Diablo magazine.


Editorial Bios

Laura Levy Shatkin

Editor In Chief

A veteran multi-media journalist and Certified Sommelier, Chicago native Ms. Shatkin spent a decade as Restaurant Critic and Wine Guru at Chicago Reader, then served as Executive Producer of Taste on NBC5 Chicago. She's freelanced for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-times, Somm Journal and About Town Magazine. Recently, Shatkin launched the popular wine and craft food podcast SommTalks.com on iTunes and TuneIn Radio.

Contact: llevyshatkin@diablopubs.com

Twitter: @LauraLShatkin

 

Casey Cantrell

Managing Editor, Napa Sonoma

Growing up reading Goosebumps and watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, Casey is a nerd through and through. He pursued his nerdy passions at school, eventually earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English, before landing a dream job at Diablo. An avid news junkie, Casey is willing to debate anything and everything into the ground. When he’s not at work and/or watching Star Trek, he is probably watching Star Wars or pontificating about the latest political news.

Contact: ccantrell@dcpmail.com

 

Deanne O'Connor

Art Director, Napa Sonoma

As a kid, Deanne sneaked looks at naked people in her mom’s National Geographics, and pondered her dad’s Sports Illustrated. Later, she looked forward to first, Seventeen magazine’s monthly arrival, then Rolling Stone—which Deanne spent hours with as a teen.

 As an adult she found her way into publishing and fell in love. That love brought her across the country and eventually to Diablo. Deanne’s addicted to the feeling of “yes, that’s it!” that comes when you hit upon a great creative idea.

When not at Diablo, you’ll find her making stuff in her garage, or sitting on her Benicia patio watching the boats go by on the Carquinez Strait.

Contact: doconnor@diablopubs.com
Instagram: @deanneonfire‚Äč

 

Morgan Mitchell

Associate Editor, Napa Sonoma

Contact: mmitchell@dcpmail.com

 

Christopher Sawyer

Contributor

Christopher is an award winning and industry honored Sommelier, Wine Educator and Journalist who has been featured in a wide array of national media, including USAToday, MSN, NBC, ABC, CNN, Redbook, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, Esquire and The Hollywood Reporter. For 10 years, he worked to develop unique programs as Head Sommelier and Wine Educator at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar and The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa, including weekly wine education classes, celebrity wine bartender nights featuring proprietors and winemakers. Christopher is also a judge at many prestigious international wine competitions. He currently consults for special wine industry events and maintains a blog about his adventures: www.sawyersomm.com.