Wine and tapas, refillable bottles at Orpheus Wines
Orpheus Wines in the Kenwood Shopping Center is offering a tasty new wine and food pairing: for $45 taste five wines paired with five different tapas from the Vineyards Inn Restaurant up the road. There are three tastings a day, at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Vineyards Inn is known for organic and locally sourced meats and vegetables, including produce grown at Chef Esteban's organic and biodynamically-certified Rose Ranch on Adobe Canyon Road.
Also dedicated to leaving a light footprint on the planet, Orpheus has instituted a “Reduce, Reuse, Refill” program. Bring in your used Orpheus wine bottles and have them refilled with either the Red Over Heels or the Viognier for $5 off the first five bottles, and 50 percent off the sixth bottle.
Orpheus Wines is located in the Kenwood Shopping Center, 8910 Sonoma Hwy. For more information, or to make a food and wine tasting appointment, call 282-9231. More information is available at orpheuswines.com.
Wedding honors for Oakmont Golf Club
The Oakmont Golf Club received one of the wedding industry's most prestigious honors, a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 2015 for Wedding Venues. WeddingWire is an online marketplace that connects merchants with engaged couples and party planners.
The annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of WeddingWire's wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Winners are determined solely based on reviews from actual newlyweds in this region and their experiences working with Oakmont Golf Club.
“Our staff works hard and puts their heart into every single wedding. We are honored to receive this award,” said Heather Pelleriti, director of sales and marketing at Oakmont Golf Club.
To check out the Oakmont Golf Club's wedding services, go to www.weddingsinsonoma.com.
State of the County report
Make your reservations today for the “2015 State of the County” annual report on Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 to 9 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park.
Learn what lies ahead and connect with local leaders at this annual breakfast event. Find out about the key opportunities, challenges and initiatives facing Sonoma County this year.
The State of the County speech will be given by Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin. UCLA economist Jerry Nickelsburg will present the keynote address. He will provide an analysis and forecast of the California economy, as well as the prospects for Sonoma County.
Before and after the program, attendees can visit exhibits and speak with representatives from a collection of Sonoma County departments and organizations,
This event regularly sells out, so register now by going to the county's Economic Development Board's website, www.sonomaedb.org. Cost is $60 per person.
Winery gingerbread contest results
What started as a friendly challenge from Ramona Nicholson of Nicholson Ranch to fellow Sonoma Valley wineries in 2005 is now one of the valley's most popular holiday traditions. This year, in an effort to outdo each other, competing wineries pulled out all the stops to erect the most elaborate likeness of their wineries, based on Sonoma Valley Wine's heritage-driven moniker, “In Sonoma Valley the Roots Run Deep.” Wineries displayed these clever creations in their respective tasting rooms throughout the month of December, with visitors voting for their favorites for a chance to win a hand-selected case of Sonoma Valley Wines.
This year B.R. Cohn Winery captured the top spot, with Muscardini Cellars coming in second, and defending champion Deerfield Ranch Winery finishing in third place. The creative team behind B.R. Cohn's winning entry included Trevor Swallow, B.R. Cohn creative director; Amanda Hamilton, tasting room manager; Amanda Shepherd, event manager; Ashley Cohn, wedding event manager; and Christina Danner, owner, Supreme Sweets Bakery.
Speaking of taking the top gingerbread honors, B.R. Cohn owner and CEO Dan Cohn said, “We've been after the win for the last few years and finally earned the title of Gingerbread Champions! We will be celebrating all year long!”
On the move...
Figone's Olive Oil Company is moving from their location at the corner of Sonoma Hwy. and Warm Springs Road in Kenwood to the Sonoma Square, 483 1st St. West in Sonoma. Plans are to open Feb. 7.
Enkidu Winery is moving its tasting room in the Kenwood Shopping Center to the Sonoma Court Shops in Sonoma, located at 520 Broadway. They will host daily wine tastings from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Healdsburg-based Manzanita Creek Winery is currently working on opening a tasting room in the Kenwood Shopping Center. Stop by and say hi to winemaker brothers Jack and William Salerno.
After 20 years, Kaz Winery is no longer at its Adobe Canyon Road location, having sold the property to La Rochelle, which is currently doing some construction work with the hopes of opening soon. You can find out what Kaz (Rick Kasmier and family) is up to next by checking out their website, www.kazwinery.com (you can still buy wine online).
Palooza Gastropub in the Kenwood Shopping center is reopening Jan. 15 after a couple of weeks off. The Press Democrat's Biteclub column named Palooza as one of the Best Restaurant Openings of 2014. Other area restaurants named were Flipside Steakhouse in the St. Francis Shopping Center, Earth's Bounty Kitchen in the Skyhawk Shopping Center, and Oso Sonoma on East Napa St. in Sonoma.
the fig café & winebar should be reopening soon after a remodel. Call them at 938-2130 to check out the status.