The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 08/15/2017

Business Beat – Deal close for shuttered Kenwood Restaurant property

For all of you who drive by the empty Kenwood Restaurant on Sonoma Highway and get hunger pangs, there may soon be a remedy for what ails you.

Rincon Valley couple David and Diane LaMonica, the former owners of the highly acclaimed Café Beaujolais in Mendocino, have entered into a deal with Kenwood Restaurant LLC that is due to close escrow by the end of the month.

According to the LaMonicas, the new addition to the Sonoma Valley food scene will open some time in the fall and be called Salt & Stone, featuring “rustic California Mediterranean cuisine.” Diane LaMonica said the eatery will also have an oyster bar, beer and wine, a full bar, and a friendly vibe as a Kenwood gathering place.

The LaMonicas said that they had frequented the previous Kenwood Restaurant when it was open, and always enjoyed, “one of the most gorgeous views in Sonoma County.”

Since selling Café Beaujolais last year, they had been looking for a new venture and see the location as a great opportunity. “We’re really excited,” said Diane, who said that she and her husband got a nice feel for Kenwood when they came to town for the July 4 events, including meeting folks at the Kenwood Community Church Pancake Breakfast.

For 26 years, the Kenwood Restaurant was owned by Max and Susan Schacher, then sold to Bill and Becky Foss in 2013. The restaurant has been closed since last year.

Perfect Pairing: Wine & Gratitude - A Jewish pop up experience

Sip, nosh, share and learn with Reb Irwin Keller and winemaker, Marc Krafft on Aug. 20, 2-4 p.m. when Orpheus Winery hosts a Jewish Pop-Up in Wine Country. This will be a little study, a little winemaking, and definitely surprising, classy, and with a nice finish. Just like a good Orpheus wine. Cost is $15 earlybird; $20 procrastinator. To register, go to

Orpheus Winery is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in the Kenwood shopping center

For more information contact Carol Appel at 415-847-2992 or

Yoga at Muscardini

Muscardini Cellars and La Dolce Vigna Wine + Culture Tour Co. have created blissful Mini Yoga + Wine Retreats, with the next one set for Sept. 2.

Each retreat starts with a restorative and energizing 90 minutes of Vinyasa Yoga (all levels welcome), led by yoga instructor Sophia Mallie, in the back garden of Muscardini Cellars. At the end of the session will be a luxurious savasana, which will include aromatherapy. A half-hour break will allow you to meet some of your fellow yogis while hydrating with refreshing cucumber-lemon water and iced mint tea.

A delicious farm-to-table lunch will be accompanied by a guided Old World/New World wine tasting by Leslie Rosa, founder of La Dolce Vigna. Rosa will focus on different Italian grape varieties for each retreat.

Following lunch, you’ll be provided with a list and discount tasting passes to some of Rosa’s favorite wineries in the area, should you want to continue exploring California wine.

The retreat runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for Muscardini Wine Club members, $60 for nonmembers. Call 933-9305.

Sonoma County Crop Report

Sonoma County recently released its 2016 Crop Report, always an interesting look at the numbers representing the county’s farming and ranching communities.

The total gross value of agriculture in 2016 was $898,125,200, which represented a 17 percent increase from 2015.

The county’s major crop – wine grapes – saw an increase in 2016 from 2015 in both tons crushed and price per ton, leading to an overall wine grape value increase of $140 million, or 24 percent, to $586,517,700.

The most popular white – Chardonnay grapes – had an increase in tonnage from the year before, 74,954 tons compared to 64,208 tons. Price per ton went up, from $2,085 in 2015 to $2,163.

As for reds, Pinot Noir is the most common grape grown in the county. Tonnage increased from 30,667 tons in 2015 to 42,556 tons the next year. Price per ton went from $3,525 to $3,680.

Apples had a bad growing year in 2015, but yield increased significantly in 2016, increasing tonnage from 9,559 tons to 14,913. Total gross value of apples in the county went from $3,752,400 in 2015 to $5,466,800 in 2016. Organic apples accounted for 85 percent of Sonoma County apple production in 2016.

The livestock industry in Sonoma County (including cattle, poultry, sheep and hogs) represented a value of $70,136,300 in 2016, down from $74,876,700 the year before.

To download the full report, go to

Landmark Vineyards celebrates 25 years of Overlook Chardonnay

Landmark Vineyards has released the 2015 vintage of its Overlook Chardonnay, marking the wine’s 25th anniversary.

The Overlook Chardonnay has brought worldwide attention to Landmark Vineyards by consistently receiving high ratings among critics and wine lovers alike. The 1994 vintage earned 90+ points from The Wine Advocate, marking the first of its long run of consistent reputable scores. The 1995 vintage broke into Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 Wines in the World list in 1996, the first of six times it has appeared on the list. Most recently, the 2014 vintage was listed for the first time in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Annual Restaurant Poll as the “#10 Most Popular Chardonnay.”

Starting in August, the new release of Overlook Chardonnay, featuring a special 25-year gold emblem label, will be made available to select retailers and restaurants nationwide. In addition, Landmark will offer a special “Overlook Exploration” tasting, showcasing the limited-production, single vineyard components of the blend in the VIP Tasting Tower. For pricing, reservations and additional information, visit .

Business Blurbs

Ledson Winery & Vineyards, 7335 Sonoma Hwy., will host an art show featuring artists from the Valley of the Moon Art Association, Aug. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find that perfect piece of art for your home, or a gift for that special someone. Part of the proceeds go to community art projects… B.R. Cohn Winery has some great music coming up. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2-4:30 p.m., features The Cork Pullers, and on Aug. 27, 2-4:30 p.m., enjoy the People of Earth. B.R. Cohn is located at 15000 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen… Picazo food truck will be at Landmark Vineyards, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 101 Adobe Canyon Road… Horatius in Jack London Village is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Stop by and try a gourmet sandwich like the Jack London Wolf, the Horatius Tunalicious, or the Tasty Turkey. Are you an early bird? Order the Carpe Diem Croissant, Breakfast Square, French pastry, or a specialty egg dish made fresh on the spot. As part of the anniversary celebration, a glass of Portuguese Vinho Verde is just $4 a glass with a breakfast or lunch order. You can reach Horatius by calling 934-8496. They book private and corporate events as well.