New associate winemaker at Ledson
Ledson Winery has recently brought on Justin Kinkade as associate winemaker.
Since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, Kinkade has advanced up the winemaking ranks, beginning as a lab intern at Matanzas Creek Winery, then in the lab at Domaine Chandon and as a chemist for Newton Vineyard for the first six years of his career, learning about winemaking directly from masters.
Kinkade was offered an enologist position with Pahlmeyer Wines in 2012. Working under Kale Anderson, he was part of a team that not only made a 100-point wine, but also garnered a spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100. At Pahlmeyer for nearly three years, Kinkade was tapped by Pahlmeyer alum and Lewis Cellars Winemaker Josh Widaman as the Lewis Cellars Assistant Winemaker in 2015. During his four-year tenure at Lewis, Kinkade helped craft the wine that Wine Spectator named to the No. 1 spot in their annual Top 100 ranking.
Ledson was recently awarded 98 points and the Wine of the Year award at the 2019 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. Ledson Winery & Vineyards are open to the public daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.ledson.com
. Ledson Winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Hwy.
Comedy in Kenwood
The 4th Annual Wine Country Comedy Fest will have a couple of venues in Kenwood, so get your laughs close to home.
On Saturday, July 13, head over to St. Anne’s Crossing Winery at 8450 Sonoma Hwy., starting at 6 p.m.
Featured comics that night are Reggie Steele, Priyanka Wali, and Solange Castro. Tickets are $20. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics (no outside drinks). No food available for purchase, only wine. Complimentary water and parking onsite.
On Thursday, July 18, the Deerfield Ranch Winery caves will be the venue for comedians Aidan Park, Samantha Hale, and Marcus Williams. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Seating provided.
Deerfield will also be the site for comedy on July 27, featuring Justin Lockwood, Phil Griffiths, Perry Borders, and Matt Joseph. This is an outdoor event on the crush pad. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. Wine, water and limited selection of non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase; no food available for purchase.
Deerfield is located at 10200 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.
To buy tickets for any Wine Country Comedy Fest event, go to www.crushersofcomedy.com
Good Riddance Hauling offers trailer rentals
Want to do it yourself? Now you can rent a trailer from Good Riddance Hauling. “Bettie” the trailer is 15 cubic yards, and will be delivered to your property. Cost is a flat fee of $475 which includes drop off and pick up, transport to the refuse site, and disposal fees. One ton of debris is included in the price.
The rental period for Bettie is 48 hours. Good Riddance Hauling drops it off, you fill it up, they take it away.
Call Good Riddance at 935-0530, or go to www.goodriddancehauling.com
Farm Bureau’s “Love of the Land”
The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is putting on its annual “Love of the Land” event on July 11, 4:30-11 p.m. at the Pavilion at Richard’s Grove on Slusser Road in Windsor.
“Love of the Land” is a mid-summer celebration honoring agricultural award winners who are leading the way to preserve Sonoma County’s rich farming heritage. The event begins with a tasting of Sonoma County wine and food. A dinner buffet featuring an array of Sonoma County-grown products follows the reception. The main event is a special program where members of the agriculture community are honored. Special awards include Farm Bureau Hall of Fame, Farm Family of the Year, Luther Burbank Conservation Award, and Friend of Farm Bureau. Funds raised from this event further the organization’s goal of preserving agriculture lands, providing agriculture education for youth of all ages, and protecting clean water for the future.
The reception will also include a silent auction. Dinner will be followed by the awards presentation and live auction.
Ticket prices start at $75. Go to www.sonomafb.org
to buy tickets.
Learn about sustainable vineyards
The Sonoma County Winegrowers will be hosting the 19th Annual Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day on July 26, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m., at Sunnyview Vineyard, 3245 Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa.
Speakers will include Dr. Luca Brillante, Department of Viticulture and Enology Faculty, Fresno State University, George Zhuang, Viticulture Farm Advisor, U.C. Cooperative Extension, Fresno County, and Anita Oberholster, Ph.D., Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Enology, U.C. Davis.
Space is limited. Contact Dana at email@example.com
, or call 522-5851.