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Business Beat: 12/01/2017

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Hearing set for Kenwood Vineyards project

Kenwood Vineyards wants to build a new tasting room, and the project is up for a public hearing at the county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments on Dec. 21, 1:15 p.m. at the hearing room of the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa.

The project application was first filed two years ago. The current proposal asks for a use permit to build a new 4,232-square-foot tasting room and retail sales building, and a new access driveway and parking lot with 42 new parking spaces for the tasting room. The new tasting room would replace the existing 2,100-square-foot tasting room now located at the winery.

The project also proposes a total of 33 annual events, 22 of which would be promotional marketing events, as well as 11 days of industry-wide agricultural events. The winery currently holds events, but it is operating under a 2001 permit which, at the time, did not require specifying the number or size of events.

A total of 1.36 acres of existing vineyard would be removed to accommodate the new facility.

Details of the project and any environmental documents are available at the PRMD office, 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa.

Written comments regarding the project can be submitted prior to, or at the hearing. Comments can be sent to the project planner handling the application, Brian Millar at He can also be reached at 530-902-9218.

Kenwood Vineyards is owned by international wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard, which bought the winery from Korbel in 2014. Korbel bought Kenwood Vineyards in 1998 from co-founders Mike Lee and John Sheela. Lee, his brother Marty, and brother-in-law Sheela started Kenwood Vineyards in 1970, purchasing the old Pagani Winery site.

Law firm to hold fire info event in Kenwood

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, lawyers from California Fire Lawyers will be in Kenwood to cover a number of fire-related topics. The meeting will be held at the Kenwood Depot at 6 p.m.

Topics to be covered include areas of losses covered by insurance, why a lawsuit can help someone with uninsured or underinsured losses, information regarding PG&E’s potential liability, assistance with FEMA, and emotional distress claims arising out of the fire.

For more information, go to, or call the Santa Rosa office at 492-5027.

Glen Ellen Stroll to raise funds for Rotary of SV

This year’s Glen Ellen Stroll, held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m., is a chance to enjoy the walkable Glen Ellen tasting rooms - Kivelstadt Cellars, Talisman, Laurel Glen Vineyards, and Korbin Kameron.

Sip wine, nosh on some tasty bites, and enjoy the season with your favorite neighbors.

There will be caroling, sweets and treats, and, of course, great wine. Admission is $40 at the door (waived for wine club members).

This year, proceeds from a raffle, and wine and ticket sales will benefit the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley to assist with fire relief. Donated items up for raffle include a round of golf for four at the Sonoma Golf Club, and a three-course dinner for two with wine pairings at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.

Sonoma Raceway toy drive

For the 15 consecutive year, race fans and community members can help brighten the holidays for Sonoma Valley kids by donating toys to Sonoma Raceway’s High-Powered Toy Drive.

All toys collected during the toy drive, which runs through Wednesday, Dec. 6, will be distributed to more than 340 children at the raceway’s annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 9. All children are pre-registered for the party through one of six Sonoma Valley non-profit youth organizations. New, unwrapped gifts for newborns to 12 year olds are needed.

Toys are being accepted at the following Sonoma locations:

Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 800-870-RACE,, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Exchange Bank, 435 West Napa St., 938-8358,, Mon.-Fri., 9-5.

Schell-Vista Fire Department, 23000 Broadway, 938-2633, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Fire Department, 630 Second St. West, Sonoma, 996-2102, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spirit of Sonoma Award luncheon

The 17 Annual Spirit of Sonoma County Award luncheon, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., honors those who contribute to the economic development and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work through donations of their time and expertise in support of local business, and in helping others.

This year’s many honorees include Richard Dale and Caitlin Cornwall of the Sonoma Ecology Center, the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Nelson Family of Companies, Balletto Vineyards, Ghilotti Construction Company, Sonoma County Lodging Association, Silver Oak Cellars, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Clean River Alliance, Mead Clark Lumber Company, North Coast Builders Exchange, and the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The event is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Rohnert Park. Cost is $70 individual; $700 reserved table for 8.

To order tickets, go to

Arts Guild discount sales

The Holidays are here and what could be better than giving your special person (or yourself) an original artwork to be treasured forever? The Arts Guild of Sonoma’s gallery is filled with large and small art, ceramics, handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind cards. Avoid the crowds at the mall, and support local artists. There are gift certificates available in the gallery, and their online store is open for business at

Through Dec. 31,10 percent of all sales will go to fire relief. Come to an Opening Reception on Friday Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m., to meet the artists and shop for gifts while enjoying a glass of wine and some holiday treats.

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is located at 150 East Napa St. in Sonoma.

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