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Kristine Hansen

Bearded Wonder

Even though he has real reindeer and a Santa education, it's Paul Akert's storytelling characteristics that sets him apart from others who don the red velvet suit.

Down and Out

We review 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,' the new book from MacArthur Genius Grant winner Matthew Desmond that portrays eight real Milwaukee families.

Grand Designs

Under the label KH Designs, Kelvin Haydon will open a boutique storefront in the same neighborhood in which he grew up.

Kristine Hansen

A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.