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Business Beat: 10/15/2010

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Mayo harvests six gold medals

This year’s Harvest Fair saw plenty of Sonoma Valley wineries reap gold medals, but no local winery got as many as Mayo Family Winery, who earned six.

“For our boutique winery this is a unprecedented achievement,” said winery founder Henry Mayo. “Six was the most by any Sonoma Valley Winery and we feel very honored to be at the top of the list. The Harvest Fair has always been our ‘report card’ for the year, and it is the only way we can measure our wines against our peers and when you are told you are the best it really shows that all the hard work has paid off.”

Last year, Mayo Family Winery won five gold medals.

This year, Mayo’s Bordeaux Blend 2007 Sonoma Valley Meritage was Chosen Best of Class over 37 entries, and the winery also got gold for the 2008 Russian River Zinfandel, 2007 Cabernet, 2007 Russian River Viognier, 2008 Sonoma Valley Grenache, and 2006 estate grown sparkling Brut wine (Henry Mayo personally planted the chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards at his Glen Ellen home that make up this wine).

Other Glen Ellen and Kenwood gold medal winners included: Ashton Vineyard’s 2003 Sonoma Valley Syrah; B.R. Cohn Winery 2008 Sonoma Valley Merlot; B.R. Cohn Winery 2008 Sonoma Valley Syrcab (Best of Class); B.R. Cohn 2009 Carneros Chardonnay Reserve (Best in Class); Chateau St. Jean 2007 Sonoma Valley Syrah (Best of Class); Chateau St. Jean 2008 Alexander Valley Pinot Blanc; Clarbec Wines 2005 Cabernet; Deerfield Ranch Winery 2005 Sonoma Valley Cabernet; Deerfield Ranch Winery 2005 Sonoma County Cabernet; Imagery Estate Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Cabernet; Imagery Estate Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Petit Verdot (Best in Class); Imagery Estate Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Best in Class); Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Sonoma Valley Merlot (Double Gold); Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris (Best in Class); Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay; Ledson Winery 2006 and 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel; Little Vineyards 2008 Sonoma Valley Syrah (Double Gold); Little Vineyards 2007 Sonoma Valley Syrah-Zinfandel; Little Vineyards 2008 Bordeaux blend; Little Vineyards Red blend; Loxton Cellars 2007 Syrah; St. Francis Winery 2008 Sonoma Valley Sangiovese (Best in Class); St. Francis Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zinfandel; St. Francis Winery 2007 Syrah; St. Francis Winery 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet; Wellington Vineyards 2009 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay.

Steven Campbell lectures at Oakmont Gardens

Back by popular demand, Steven Campbell, nationally known speaker and author, will be on hand at Oakmont Gardens for three upcoming seminars.

On Oct. 20, the topic is “A Deeper Look at How We Think,” a presentation on the startling new discoveries about the mind-body connection that can change and improve lives.

Oct. 27 – “Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women,” a look at the past 20 years of research into what makes the sexes different.

Nov. 3 – “Coping Better: Anytime…Anywhere,” a discussion of how to counsel yourself rationally and change negative perceptions into positive ones.

Nov. 17 – “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself,” a look at why as much as 77 percent of what you tell yourself may be working against you.

All the seminars are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The community is welcome to attend.

Due to the overwhelming response to the Steven Campbell Lecture Series, you are encouraged to reserve seats early. RSVP to 703-4192.

Oakmont Gardens is located at 301 White Oak Dr. in Oakmont.

Tara Conrow joins Terra Firma Global Partners

Kenwood resident Tara Conrow has recently joined the Sonoma office of the real estate company, Terra Firma Global Partners.

Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo said the company – which specializes in Sonoma, Marin and Napa – is focused on building a special real estate company founded on relationships and a focus on the client.

“We want to bring back intimacy and a level of personal service that has gotten lost in the industry today,” said Facendini. “With over 50 years of combined experience we are excited to lead associates such as Tara in the Sonoma Valley. Tara knows and understands the Sonoma/Kenwood Communities and will be happy to assist you with any and all of your real estate needs.”

As a resident of Kenwood, Tara is a strong supporter of the school and community. Her passion for the Valley and all it has to offer shows in her commitment to foster awareness about our environment. As a member of Kenwood KSA, an organizer of Earth Week, the Zero Lunch Waste program, Campus Beautification Day and hosting the annual Kenwood and Glen Ellen Plant/Seed Exchange, Tara believes it is important to stay connected to the community and give back.

Tara can be reached at 415-309-0242 or The website is

Halloween at Moondance Cellars

Celebrate the Halloween weekend by visiting Moondance Cellars in Glen Ellen on Saturday, Oct. 30, from noon to 5 p.m.

Groove to the international musical talent of Cynthia and the Guys, have lunch, enjoy chocolate treats from Wine Country Chocolates, and taste wine from Moondance Cellars and Orchard Station. There will also be heavy discounts on wine to purchase.

Fifteen percent of each bottle sold will be donated to Canine Companions for Independence. Come in costume and bring your pup for the grand costume competitions.

This event is free to wine club members, $15 per person for the general public (or $25 for two people).

Moondance Cellars is located in Jack London Village in Glen Ellen, 14301 Arnold Drive. For information, call 938-7550, or go to

Sunday night family dinners at Bluegrass

On Sunday evenings at the Bluegrass Bar and Grill in Jack London Village in Glen Ellen, enjoy a celebration of the family style dinner from regions around the world – Sicily, South America, Basque, Cajun, and more.

Dinners will be served in the traditional “family style.” Big platters, plenty of plates and napkins, and serving spoons meant for passing and enjoying your food. Bring your family and friends, and start a tradition.

These Sunday dinners start on Oct. 17, with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. The Oct. 17 dinner will feature a tribute to the classic American dinner – tomato salad, Kobe beef pot roast with carmelized shallot gravy, roasted seasonal veggies and horseradish mashed potatoes, and local fruit crisp with crème fraiche ice cream. A minimum of two people per dinner is requested. Cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child.

Prices and menus will be announced one week ahead of time via the Bluegrass Bar and Grill website,

Reservations are highly recommended. Call 935-4488. Bluegrass Bar and Grill is located at 14301 Arnold Drive in Jack London Village.

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