The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 06/15/2017

Business Beat for June 15, 2017

Addison Rex named Deerfield Winery General Manager

Addison Rex
Deerfield Ranch Winery recently tapped Addison Rex to be the winery's new general manager. Rex has been the operations manager for Deerfield the last six years.

Addison Rex joined the Deerfield Ranch Winery team as a seasonal harvest worker in 2009. After chronicling his experiences as a “cellar rat” in a popular blog, he was offered the position of social media manager. As operations manager he gained experience in all aspects of the management of the winery.

“Addison is both creative and has strong technical ability which make him ideal for the GM role, which requires flexibility. He's worked hard to get to this position and we think he'll drive the future growth of the company,” said Robert Rex, managing partner and director of winemaking.

As general manager, Addison will be responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as the development and implementation strategic long-term planning.

“It's been quite a ride. Deerfield is a truly special place, created by the hard work of many and the vision of Robert and PJ. I'm excited for what the future holds,” Addison said.

Deerfield is a certified organic winery producing about 12,000 cases annually of low histamine, low sulfite Clean Wine®.

The winery, caves and tasting room are located at 10200 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information, go to

Mosaic artist presents new work Oakmont

Mosaic artist Blake Sherlock, who began his mosaic career in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, will present a new collection of his mosaic artworks in Oakmont on June 17. Sherlock's current work, called “mosaic light painting,” combines painting with mosaic on glass, resulting in compositions that change with the light that passes through them. All work will be for sale.

Paintings on salvaged windows will be featured, as well as vases and other objects. Sherlock will be on hand to present and answer questions about his recent work, custom orders, and information about projects with the Mayan calendar in Guatemala, where he lives.

The show and sale take place Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the home of Maggie and Pete Schmidt, 6392 Pine Valley Dr., Santa Rosa.

For more information about Blake Sherlock and his work, visit

Tree talk at Wildwood Nursery

Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood continues its Second Saturday program on July 8, offering a “Mid-Summer Tree Talk” by Joe Monte, who has more than 15 years of experience growing and caring for trees in the Bay Area.

Monte will offer two seminars on July 8. July is an opportune time to review your irrigation and mulching practices, as well as an important time to shape various trees, including Japanese maples. Learn the difference between starting with a young seedling versus a more mature tree.

Monte will touch on a variety of trees that thrive in our Mediterranean climate, from oaks to arbutus to maples.

The morning session will start at 10 a.m., with a focus on watering and irrigation. The second session starts at 1 p.m. with a focus on pruning and shaping.

Bring lunch or a snack and picnic under the oaks. Picnic areas have limited seating; bring a chair. Admission is free.

Wildwood Nursery is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Go to for more information.

girl & the fig celebrates #20

Did you know that Sondra Bernstein started the girl & the fig restaurant in Glen Ellen 20 years ago? the girl & the fig moved to Sonoma some years ago, and now the location is Bernstein's fig café & winebar eatery.

In addition to the two restaurants, Bernstein and Executive Chef John Toulze have grown the company to include a catering division, event venue, organic farm, and food truck, with new projects in the works for the coming year.

In 2016, Bernstein established the Sonoma FIG Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs in farming, food and wine to realize their dreams, and as a way to share the passion she has felt as an entrepreneur over the past 20 years.

This summer, the Rhone Rangers ( will recognize Bernstein with their Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first restaurateur to receive this nod for her contributions to the American Rhone wine movement, an honor previously reserved for winemakers, in recognition of her passion and dedication to the advancement of Rhone wines. the girl & the fig has offered an exclusively “Rhone Alone” wine list since it opened in downtown Glen Ellen in 1997, and continues to highlight Rhone wines produced in both California and abroad.

the girl & the fig employs a team of more than 200 people, farms their own produce on their “Sonoma Roadside” property (as well as a smaller plot behind the Sonoma restaurant), offers a gourmet line of FIGfood products, and hosts entertaining and educational community events at their private event space, Suite D.

For more information, go to

Business Blurbs

Muscardini Cellars will be having a Father's Day weekend “Grilling & Chilling” event on June 17 and 18, 1-4 p.m. BBQ lunch, wine and spirits tasting, barrel samples, classic Corvette car show - all for Dad! 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood… Speaking of Father's Day weekend, Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen will be offering complimentary Main Bar tastings, and will also be pouring the newly released 2014 Estate Grown Tribute. 1883 London Ranch Road… St. Francis Winery has music on Sunday afternoons, 2-4 p.m. June 18 features the Latin music of the Carlos Herrera Band. June 25 will have the funk and blues sound of The Dylan Black Project. 100 Pythian Road… Your dog needs some attention, right? Take your dog on a hike with Jeff Kunde at Kunde Family Winery on Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $75 per person, with a portion of the fee going to animal care agencies. Wine tasting and lunch included. Reserve now by calling 833-5501, ext. 334.