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Business Beat: 10/01/2014

Business Beat - Annadel Estate Winery for sale

Annadel Estate Winery, located at 6687 Sonoma Hwy. is for sale, listed for $7,750,000.

The 33-acre property has a 5,000 case winery and nine acres of vines, with county approval to build a new 60,000 case winery with public tasting and up to 30 events. The property is also home to the Annadel Flower Company, and is a popular site for weddings.

“This is a short window. If I don't get my price I'm not selling”, said owner Dean Bordigioni, who said that the county's permit approval has the property poised to be a “major player” in the Sonoma Valley wine industry.

Bordigioni said if the property is sold, he wants to keep his Bordigioni wine label and stay in the wine business, though at a smaller level than what his current property is approved for.

Along with the owner of NovaVine, he owns the 15-acre parcel right next door (6705 Sonoma Hwy.), which has a vested permit for a 125,000 case winery, though Bordigioni has no immediate plans on building any winery on that site. Ten acres of grapes will be planted in the front of that property, and a fourth leg of the signalized intersection at Sonoma Hwy. and Oakmont Dr. will be built, planned for construction this winter. The new access will provide a safer and easier access to the Annadel Estate and NovaVine properties.

Oakmont's Paw Spa: The place to pamper furry friends

Oakmont's Paw Spa, a new pet grooming salon in Oakmont, hosted an open house last week to welcome the community in and show off what it has to offer. Oakmont's Paw Spa is a full-service salon mostly focused on dog grooming, although owner Traci Rosanbalm said she does have a few feline clients, too.

Oakmont's Paw Spa offers grooming services like bathing, brushing and blow drying, as well as single services like nail clipping and ear cleaning. Paw Spa also offers specialty grooming like shaved “poodle feet” or “pom-poms” and even offers pick up and/or delivery of your pet for $5.

Rosanbalm has been in the business for more than 15 years, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where her mother still owns her own grooming salon. After moving to Santa Rosa, Rosanbalm realized there was no grooming salon in Oakmont and decided to open her own shop.

“I really enjoy being with the animals and making them feel comfortable,” said Rosanbalm. “I've found I'm good working even with the high-maintenance ones. Basically, I don't give up. And because I'm laid back and relaxed, it calms them down. Pets pick up on the vibe of the people around them.”

Rosanbalm, too, has found her comfort spot in Oakmont. “It reminds me of home,” she said, referring to Sequim, Washington, the town where she grew up. She said friends still find it amusing that she calls the big town of Santa Rosa “the city.”

Rosanbalm said she's always happy to have people come by and say hi or take a tour of the salon, and details are forthcoming about plans for a holiday event with Christmas photos for her clients and their people.

Oakmont's Paw Spa is located at 6475 Oakmont Dr. Find out more information at or by calling 385-9799. The spa is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays and Thursdays.

Kunde Estate knows pumpkins

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, will be all about pumpkins at Kunde Family Estate. There will be a giant pumpkin contest, and all the pumpkins entered will be on display from Oct. 4-12. The pumpkin weigh-off and awards presentation will be on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

On both Oct. 11 and 12, activities include children's pumpkin decorating, face painting, wines by the glass, food trucks on site, and more.

To find out more, go to

Kunde Family Estate is located at 9825 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Call 833-5501 for more information.

October music line-up at Aventine

Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen has great music on tap to go along with their authentic Italian fare and creekside atmosphere.

Music on Oct. 2 will feature Chris Hanlin (authentic blues and bluegrass); Oct. 9, singer-songwriter of original blues and Americana Kate Philipps; Oct. 16, Ariel Garcia (Nuevo Trova Cuban music); Oct. 23, Sonoma soul masters Keith Ridenhour and Mark Dennis; and Oct. 30, the soulful rhythms of Rico & Jeremy.

Aventine is also offering weekly specials. Taste Tuesdays menu features free bar appetizers along with Happy Hour pricing all night. Wine Wednesdays offers patrons the chance to purchase selected wines for half-price. There is also a daily Happy Hour, Tuesday-Sunday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

A genuine osteria, Aventine invites you to enjoy the full bar, on premise brewery, inside and outside dining, and farm-to-table modern Italian dishes.

Aventine is located in Jack London Village, 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. Open for dinner six days a week (closed Monday) from 4:30-10 p.m. (until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Normal Happy Hour times are 4:30-6:30 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To make a reservation, call 934-8911, or email More information can be found at

Hoedown at Ledson

Ledson Winery & Vineyards is hosting a Wild West Harvest Hoedown to wrap up another successful harvest. On Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6-10 p.m. grab a partner, cowboy hat, favorite pair of boots, some overalls or Daisy Dukes, and mosey on over to the Ledson Castle for a fun-filled fall evening.

Start out relaxing on hay bale couches, or belly up to the bar while enjoying newly released wines and appetizers. If you're feeling lucky, try your hand at the games, entertainment and events that will could land you a Ledson prize trophy. Dinner will consist of gourmet barbeque paired with some ace-high, award-winning Ledson wines. And afterward, let the live music inspire you to do-si-do.

Cost is $100 plus tax for Wine Club members, $125 plus tax for general admission. Seating is limited, RSVP by Sept. 27 to 537-3823 or email

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