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Business Beat: 02/01/2016

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Culinary delights at new café in Oakmont

Gabriela and Kim at opening of the Vault
Gabriela Vannier (left) and Kim Kaiser (right) stand in front of lots of homemade goodies as they open up The Vault, a new neighborhood café in Oakmont.

The Vault is a neighborhood café that recently opened inside the First Community Bank building on Oakmont Dr. in Oakmont, a place to have a light breakfast with a latte, a delicious lunch, and even a happy hour in the late afternoon with beer and wine.

Proprietor Gabriela Vannier and chef Kim Kaiser are welcoming the community with a varied menu. Greet the morning with house-made muffins and scones, granola, oatmeal, a fresh fruit parfait, or a bagel. Bella Rosa coffee is the house java, and you can get a wide variety of espresso drinks, juices and teas.

Are you there for lunch? Select from items such as a Cubano panini, turkey pesto wrap, a brie, apple and ham sandwich, vegetarian banh mi, or the “PLT” – prosciutto, tomato and lettuce with citrus garlic aioli on sliced sourdough.

Happy hour is from 3-5 p.m., and you can end your day with a craft beer or a nice glass of wine, and with that, order a cheeseboard, bruschetta, olives or almonds.

“We hope we will be a convenient detour for Highway 12 commuters at the beginning and end of their day as well as an Oakmont community destination for friendly neighborhood food and drink,” said Vannier, a Kenwood resident.

Vannier and Kaiser are both graduates of SRJC’s Culinary Arts program. Vannier has a diverse background, ranging from professional hair stylist to owning a dog grooming and daycare facility serving 1,500 dogs a month. But her passion was always food and drink, and she found her way to the SRJC’s Culinary Arts Program, along the way holding a variety of hospitality and culinary positions. She had been keeping an eye on the open space in the First Community Bank building at 6580 Oakmont Dr., and decided to take the plunge.

The Vault is open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Tuesday. In the future, look for a drive-thru window. You can reach The Vault Café by calling 890-5270, and check out what’s new at their Facebook Page,

Spring preview at Wildwood Nursery

Take part in spring’s transformation of the world of plants. Meet and greet the newest plants in the collection of Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be reduced prices on selected dogwoods and magnolias.

Join owner Sara Monte on a guided nursery tour (1:30 p.m.) highlighting early spring bloomers, including the unusual Chinese daphne, and trillium, a woodland treasure.

Along the paths you’ll experience dogwoods about to burst into bloom as well as dogwoods that bloom later in the spring. Sara will point out unusual dwarf dogwoods. These small trees are perfect for containers or small garden nooks.

For more information and to sign up for a tour, call 833-1161.

Wildwood Nursery is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Kenwood resident opens events company

Sandy Green
Sandy Green
Private Reserve Events, a family-owned, full-service events company owned by long-time Kenwood resident Sandy Green, is open for business.

Sandy is a member of the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, an affiliation that she said allows her to stay in-the-know about the best wineries, vendors, restaurants and hotels in the area. She has been developing events throughout Northern California for the last 10 years.

Need help with a party or wedding? Private Reserve Events can help you plan it all – venue, catering, accommodations, entertainment, flowers, and more.

To find out everything Sandy can offer you for your next event, give her a call at 478-3020, o got to

Watercolor class in Glen Ellen

Justine Ashton Gotthardt is offering a watercolor class on Feb. 28. Justine is a self-taught watercolorist who started to paint 15 years ago to help cope with painful emotions while searching for her biological parents. More recently, painting is part of her mindfulness practice. “Her style is a unique blend of Grandma Moses out on a stroll with Rousseau and Chagall,” wrote Sylvia Crawford in her Sonoma Index Tribune Glen Ellen column.

Justine shows her art in select galleries and has a private collectors’ following.

Her class is offered to anyone who is interested in watercolor painting with an emphasis on the use of lush, vivid colors and self expression. A tree, for example, could be painted red and float in the sky.

There is no restriction on age or level of painting. Beginners are welcome.

Space is limited. The class takes place Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 to 3 p.m. in her studio home in Glen Ellen. Cost is $45. Call 935-3456 for details, or email

Landmark buys Hop Kiln

Kenwood-based Landmark Vineyards recently purchased Hop Kiln vineyards and winery in the Russian River Valley, including the winery estate on Westside Road in Healdsburg, and more than 240 acres of land within the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVA.

Landmark Vineyards, 18 acres at the corner of Sonoma Hwy. and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood, is owned by Roll Global, which is owned by Beverly Hills billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick. Roll Global has a number of holdings, including Fiji Water, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, and flower delivery service Teleflora. Roll Global is also heavily involved in the growing and processing of citrus, almonds and pistachios. The Resnicks also own Justin Winery & Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Hop Kiln has grown grapes on its property since the late 1800s, and the hop kiln building itself is a registered California Historical Landmark.

The sale price for Hop Kiln was not disclosed.

Photography exhibit at Muscardini

Photographer Flynn O’Brien will be exhibiting six new large-scale photo collages through March 15 at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood. O’Brien’s works document the seen and unseen images he traverses every day, creating geometric, abstract collages that are thought provoking and engaging.

Born in New Orleans in 1985, O’Brien spent a majority of his childhood in the Bay Area before moving to Long Beach to obtain an undergraduate degree in photography from Cal State Long Beach in 2007. After traveling and making art extensively throughout the United States and Europe, O’Brien moved back to New Orleans in 2010 to attend Tulane University, where he received his MFA in Studio Art. After two years of making and exhibiting work throughout Louisiana, O’Brien has moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information, call 933-9305, or go to

New Board leaders for SVVGA

The Board of Directors
SVVGA Board of Directors

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Association (SVVGA) recently elected Kenneth Juhasz of Auteur Wines in Sonoma as the new board president. The SVVGA is a non-profit trade association representing over 100 wineries and 140 grape growers in Sonoma Valley.

Other board officers elected include Alan Ross of Ross Vineyard as Vice-President, Bill Hooper of Tyge William Cellars as Treasurer, and Lauren Benward Krause of Beltane Ranch as Secretary. New 2016 board members are Prema Behan of Three Sticks Wines, Steven Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, and Johnny Weston of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.

SVVGA’s mission is to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. Sonoma Valley comprises five of Sonoma County’s American Viticulture Areas (AVAs): Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley.

For more information on SVVGA, go to

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