The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 03/01/2017

Business Beat

Alec Peters

Savor Sonoma Valley coming up

Every spring, the Heart of Sonoma Valley Winery Association spotlights wineries in Kenwood and Glen Ellen with Savor Sonoma Valley.

This year’s event takes place March 18 and 19. Hang out in beautifully appointed wineries and intimate boutique tasting rooms, enjoy barrel tastings, current releases and unique and hard to find wines, and meet the winemakers. 

While food will not be offered at wineries as part of the event, lunch options will be available for purchase via food trucks and local restaurants during the weekend of Savor Sonoma.

Participating wineries are Deerfield Ranch Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, La Rochelle, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Madrone Estate Winery, Manzanita Creek Winery, Mayo Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Orpheus Wines, Paradise Ridge Winery, Spann Vineyards, Sunce Winery & Vineyards, St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, Ty Caton Vineyards, and VJB Vineyards & Cellars.

Advance tickets are $65 for a weekend pass; $50 for a Sunday only pass. Designated drivers are free. Tickets at the door are $75 for a weekend pass, $60 Sunday only.

To purchase tickets, go to 

Wildwood features Second Saturdays programs

Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood is offering a Second Saturdays program – afternoons of educational programs and special pricing every second Saturday of the month (except for August) starting March 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.

These events will feature demonstrations, rotating specials, hands on activities and a raffle.

The March 11 program features a Japanese maple pruning demonstration by Joseph Monte. Monte has 15 years’ experience growing maples at the nursery and operating a tree shaping service throughout the greater Bay Area. Learn the basics as well as insider tips while watching him transform several varieties of maples during the demonstration. There will be time for Q & A. 

There will be spring preview pricing this Saturday only (March 11), including sun-tolerant Exbury Azaleas, tree peonies, and Japanese Maples known for spring color. 

The raffle is at 3 p.m. and you must be present to win. March 11 raffle prizes are a complementary garden consultation, Exbury Azalea, and a Japanese Maple.

Subscribers to the Wildwood Nursery newsletter receive five free raffle tickets. Admission is free.

Wildwood Nursery is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Call 833-1161 for more information, or go to

Upcoming Zen Center events

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center has a number of upcoming opportunities.

On Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there is a workshop for beginners on the basics of Zazen meditation. This includes an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, as well as fundamental Buddhist perspective.

The workshop includes short periods of sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, discussion, instruction on Zen forms, and presentations relating to Buddhist thought to use Zen practice in everyday life. A vegetarian buffet lunch is included. Cost is $55.

On Saturday, March 18, there will be one-day introduction to Zen training retreat, beginning the Friday evening before. There will be a moderate schedule of eight periods of sitting meditation, samu (work practice), oryoki (formal meals), and sutra chanting. Wear warm, loose, subdued clothing. Also bring work clothing for outdoor work, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, flashlight, and a battery operated alarm clock. $65 for non-members, $55 for general members.

A Tuesday evening study group is coming up, 7:30-9 p.m., from March 7 to April 18. This is an opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and the foundation for daily practice. Senior students will be leading discussions on selected chapters of the book, Embracing Mind: The Zen Talks of Chino Otogawa. Nonmembers are $65, and general members $60.

To sign up, call 707-545-8105, For more information, go to

Local contractor honored

Craig Thompson Contracting of Santa Rosa has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. Customer service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Craig Thompson Contracting specializes in whole house remodeling as well as kitchens, baths, decks and room additions. To find out more, go to or Craig Thompson Contracting can be reached at 486-3477 or

Seminar on employment practices

Every business owner and human resources practitioner has experienced it: waking up in the middle of the night wondering if they’ve crossed their “t’s” and dotted their “i’s”

“Getting the Little Things Right” will help you sleep better. It’s a seminar on Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Fairview Banquet Center at the Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park.

Topics will include job descriptions and postings, the new Form I-9, new hire paperwork, continuing documentations, and termination.

The seminar is sponsored by the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council in partnership with the county’s Economic Development Department and will be led by a talented faculty of employment attorneys and human resource specialists.

Registration must be received by March 8. Cost ranges from $85-$125. Fee includes a breakfast buffet, seminar materials and parking.

To register, go to