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Business Beat: 10/01/2019

Business Beat for October 1, 2019

Hike the Kunde Winery property

There are two opportunities to hike the Kunde estate in October.

“Hike and Taste in the Vineyard” takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 9 a.m. This is a fun and casual hike through Kunde's 1,850-acre estate. Take in wine country's spectacular scenery as you meander through a range of distinct ecosystems and native habitats and learn how each one uniquely contributes to the process of sustainable grape growing.

This moderately strenuous hike lasts approximately four hours. Reservations are required and space is limited to 30 people. Pack a sack lunch, wear hiking boots, and bring sunscreen and water. Cost is $40 per person, $20 for wine club members. All hikers must be 21 or older.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, bring your best friend as Jeff and Roberta Kunde lead a group on another Dog Hike.

Enjoy a day with your pup and hike through vineyard rows, oak woodlands, native grasslands and chaparral, weaving your way along paths that stretch from the valley floor up into the Mayacamas Mountain range. This moderate hike is about four hours.

A portion of the fee for the hike will be donated to Dogwood Animal Rescue Project and Sonoma County Humane Society.

Cost is $90 per person. Hike lasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash. A wine tasting and lunch is included.

To sign up for either hike, go to

October is pumpkin time, harvest time, and fun time!

The month of October features two Glen Ellen farms offering a bounty of good times for the whole family.

Bee-Well Farms at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Trinity Road is again having a pumpkin patch, beginning Oct. 2. The patch, with a huge array of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes, will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through October. Get there soon to buy the most superior squashes, and don't forget to find your way through the hay maze.

Also, on Thursdays at Bee-Well in October, from 2- 6 p.m., bring the whole family for a petting zoo, games and crafts (admission is free).

For more information go to

Just up the highway at Flatbed Farm, there will be a Harvest Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Browse through the many flower arrangements, the marketplace with local merchants, seasonal preserves, and the wares of local artisans.

Don't forget to check out Flatbed Farm's produce, eggs, herbs and flowers, all sustainably grown.

There will be a number of family activities, so bring the kids. Sonoma Eats food truck will be on hand, and live music will add to the magic of this community event.

Flatbed Farm is located at 13450 Sonoma Hwy. To find out more, go to

Sonoma Valley Chamber news

Mark your calendar for Oct. 29, when the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 2019 “State of the Valley” dinner. The event will bring together civic and business leaders for a night of celebrating the year's successes and learning what lies ahead for Sonoma Valley.

Presentations from key community leaders will provide an overview of the community's important trends and topics.

In addition, the Sonoma Chamber will present its 2019 “Business of the Year” award at the event.

The State of the Valley dinner will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

On Oct. 22, the chamber continues its Lunch & Learn program with accounting firm Singular Accounting on hand to discuss financial best practices for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Lunch & Learn will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. Cost is $20 for chamber members, $35 for non-members.

For more info on both events, go to

Something new is brewing in Glen Ellen

In an empty commercial space at Jack London Village, 14301 Arnold Dr., in Glen Ellen, an unassuming flyer has been posted on the glass door: “Wolf House Brewery. Pints Pizza Burgers.”

The Wolf House Brewery is on track for a spring 2020 opening. Sonoma Valley resident Dwayne Moran is involved, of the Got Balls Meatball Factory food truck fame. The owners of Got Balls Meatball Factory are partnering up with Dwayne's brother, who is the master brewer at the Cloverdale Ale Company.

Wrote Dwayne in an email: “The menu will offer our famous meatball sandwiches along with pizza, burgers, and of course beautiful tasty beers!”

Stay tuned!

Sonoma County named Wine Region of the Year

Sonoma County was recently named 2019 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, for the magazine's 20th annual Wine Star Awards.

The magazine called Sonoma County, “Diverse, sustainable, nature-loving and approachable,” and noted that with its “18 unique appellations and more than 60 grape varieties planted on its varied, charming and pastoral valleys and slopes, the sprawling region has something for everyone.”

“Sonoma County is a truly special place with its multi-generational family grape growers and vintners who are committed to sustainability, supporting our local community and preserving agriculture for the next generation,” said Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers. “It means so much to our local wine community to receive this incredible honor from Wine Enthusiast recognizing that in Sonoma County, world-class quality wines can come from local families who care.”

Sonoma County shared the Wine Region of the Year award with the Mosel River Valley in Germany; Sicily, Italy; Stellenbosch in South Africa, and Walla Walla in Washington state.

Figurative sculptures online at Sculpturesite

Sculpturesite in Jack London Village in Glen Ellen presents an online solo exhibit of figurative sculptures by Mark Chatterly. Included are 14 works, 12 in ceramic and two in bronze.

Chatterley has long been recognized as a trailblazer in a field where innovation happens every day. His work has been included in many museum and gallery shows throughout the U.S. and in Asia. He is considered a talented instructor by his students, some of whom have taken his classes repeatedly over the years.

View the exhibit online at

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