Wine, wine, and more wine
Artist exhibit at Muscardini
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood presents an exhibition of internationally recognized artist Bob Van Breda. Van Breda’s “Pencilhead” series, an installation in the tasting room, will provide an opportunity for guests to examine the pencil in an entertaining and provocative manner.
A reception will be held at the tasting room on Friday, May 3, 5 to 7 p.m. and Van Breda will be on hand to sign one-of-a-kind posters. A portion of the proceeds from the poster sales will benefit the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public.
On the walls of the tasting room, Van Breda will draw his curious and bigger-than-life-size pencils, encouraging visitors to ask themselves what kind of pencil are they? Are you a pencil that is normal? Always right? Screwed-up? Happy? Sad? Greedy? Dependable? Out of line? Walk around the room while sipping Muscardini wines and ask yourself, “What personality am I?”
Van Breda has shown in exhibitions around the world including Electric Works and Linc Art in San Francisco, MOCA in Los Angeles and Santa Monica Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of Yale University and Palm Springs Art Museum. He was the Principal of Van Breda Design Associates, Inc. from 1978 to 1990 and is currently an artist in San Francisco and Sonoma.
Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information, go to www.muscardinicellars.com.
Big Spring event at Annadel Estate Winery
On May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Annadel Estate Winery is hosting a day of art and wine.
Winemaker and owner Dean Bordigioni will be serving and selling Annadel Estate wines, including a new Chardonnay and ros. Paintings from famed Glen Ellen-based artist Dennis Ziemienski will be on sale and exhibited in the barn. Gates open at 10:45 a.m.
For more information, call Abigail Zimmerman at 934-7374 or go to www.annadelestatewinery.com. Annadel Estate Winery is located at 6687 Sonoma Hwy., across from Oakmont.
Take a hike at Kunde
Sonoma Valley docent Bill Myers will be leading a hike at the Kunde Family Estate on May 11. The easy four-mile hike has a total elevation gain of 500 feet and takes approximately four hours. Don’t miss this opportunity to hike Kunde’s 1,850-acre volcanic estate. Meander through a range of distinct ecosystems and native habitats, and learn how each one uniquely contributes to the process of sustainable grape growing at Kunde.
Reservations are required, and space is limited to 50 people. Hikes begin at 10 a.m. at the tasting room.
Cost is $30, $15 for wine club members. Price includes wine tasting after the hike.
Call 282-1531 for reservations, or go to www.kunde.com.
Band Blend summer music series at Little Vineyards
Little Vineyards Family Winery in Glen Ellen will host another Band Blend summer music series, featuring the winery’s many friends getting together to blend up music, wine and BBQ. Food and wine will be available for purchase. The music, views and good times are free!
This summer’s dates are May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug 22, and Sept 19.
Reserve your table in advance. Call 996-2750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Little Vineyards Family Winery is located at 15188 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen.
New wine carrier for air travel
The Wine Check is a safe, convenient, and economical way to transport up to one case of wine while traveling. Wine lovers can check the FAA-approved bag with all full 12 bottles intact, while staying under the 50 pound airline weight limit for luggage.
The Wine Check, based out of Glen Ellen, was invented by local tour operator Shawnda Hansen, who saw visitors struggling to carry their souvenir bottles of wine back home from Sonoma County. The Wine Check encloses a wine shipper box inside the secure, padded case. It weighs less than five pounds, and the attached wheels and strap make it easy to roll behind you.
Suggested retail price for the Wine Check is $70, which includes a wine-shipper box. Visitors will find it available in many tasting rooms and retails shops throughout Sonoma County. For a complete list, visit www.thewinecheck.com.
Kenwood Vineyard’s releases 2010 Cabernet
The just-released 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon marks the 35th consecutive vintage of this renowned single-vineyard wine, making it among the longest continually produced vineyard-designated wines in California.
Jack London Vineyard occupies a unique site on Sonoma Mountain that features well-drained volcanic soil and rare southern exposure.
Aged primarily in small French oak barrels, the wine is bottled in silk-screened bottles that bear – appropriately, as he was a previous owner of the vineyard – the famed author’s “wolf” bookplate logo.
The 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon production totaled 12,410 cases. It is available at a suggested retail price of $30.
For more information, go to www.kenwoodvineyards.com.