Features

  • Stanley Cheng poses in his 10,000-bottle tasting room.
    PENNI GLADSTONE
    WINE COUNTRY

    Pots, Pans, and Cabernet

    - Napa Valley’s Stanley Cheng has changed the way we cook, and his Hestan wines are among the world’s best.
Evelyn Hernandez and her young son Alex.
COLD CASE

A Tale of Two Killings

The stories of Laci Peterson and Evelyn Hernandez suggest that all lives—and deaths—are not equal.

Mothering Up, Wyoming Range, 2014; Inset: “100 Years 100 Ranchers” (2012).
SCOTT T. BAXTER
PORTFOLIO

Beauty and Grit on Arizona’s Ranches

Known for his arresting portraits of ranchers and the West, Scott T. Baxter's work is in the collection of several museums — and the Spring 2019 Issue of Alta.

The building that housed the Original Spanish Kitchen, a favorite haunt of Hollywood stars, remained vacant on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles for decades after the restaurant closed.
COLD CASE

Sorry, We’re Closed — For Decades

A favorite of Hollywood stars, L.A.’s Original Spanish Kitchen sat mysteriously vacant for years and years.

With his movie-making years behind him, Francis Ford Coppola is turning his attention to his next production: reviving the storied Inglenook winery in Rutherford. Previous owners had cut prices and quality, and Coppola is having parts of the vineyard replanted and focusing on upscale, better-quality wines, such as Rubicon.
JACQUES LANGE/PARIS MATCH
WINE

Godfather’s Grapes

For his latest epic production, famed director Francis Ford Coppola aims to restore the Inglenook winery to greatness.

One popular urban explorer target was the S.S. Independence, a ship built in 1951 and abandoned in San Francisco in 2001. Explorers were able to photograph it before it was scrapped in India in 2009.
JON HAEBER
UNDERGROUND

Trespassing for Treasures

Where others see blight and danger, Jonathan Haeber is the preservationist, adventurer and outlaw who sees exquisite decay.

Lucy Fisher in her office at Red Wagon Entertainment in Los Angeles. The award-winning producer’s films include “The Great Gatsby,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Jarhead.”
KEVIN SCANLON
ALTA Q&A

Writing Her Own Script

Lucy Fisher started out as a waitress, but ended up running the studio. Will Hearst sits down for a Q&A with the groundbreaking Hollywood executive.

The scene around the well as crews work to rescue three-year-old Kathy Fiscus.
LOS ANGELES TIMES. USED WITH PERMISSION.
HISTORY

A Little Girl, a Deep Well and a Big Story

When three-year-old Kathy Fiscus fell down a well in San Marino, the attempt to rescue her was the first-ever significant news story to be televised live.