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Business Beat: 04/01/2018

Business Beat April 1, 2018

Murals at En Garde Winery

Peter and Paul Mester are artists working in the En Garde winery tasting room in Kenwood to create a series of murals commissioned by George Olah, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry as part of a “pay it forward” arts program that dates back to famed artist Pablo Picasso.

EnGarde Mural
Murals by Hungarian artists Peter and Paul Mester adorn the walls at the En Garde Tasting Room in Kenwood.
A blind tasting of wines from around the world was held last March at Olah’s home in Los Angeles, and a Malbec from En Garde Winery was chosen as the best. To thank the winemaker, Csaba Szakal, he sent the Mesters to surprise him with some original art.

“This is amazing,” said Szakal, who with his wife, Sandra Scott, started En Garde Winery a little over 10 years ago. “This is completely out of the blue, and we are delighted with the art,” Szakal added as the artists performed the finishing touches on the panels installed in their Club Member’s Lounge.

En Garde is a boutique producer of around 2,000 cases annually and has had their tasting lounge in Kenwood since 2012. In keeping with the tradition, Szakal is planning to commission the Mesters to create murals for someone else.

Besides appreciating fine art and wine, Olah, the Mesters and Szakal all have something else in common: they are all of Hungarian descent. Szakal is currently hoping to send the artists to some other winery or business that is Hungarian-owned. Other clients of the Mesters include French actors Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard, the University of Cambridge in England, and town halls and hospitals across France and Germany. Work on the murals at En Garde concluded on March 15, and a grand unveiling will be set at some point in April. For more information contact Paul Morand at En Garde, 282-9216.

Bicycle shop expands to new location in Boyes Hot Springs

Teen Services Sonoma’s (TSS) Operation Bicycle repair enterprise is growing. In April, Operation Bicycle will move to a larger facility – down the street from the TSS headquarters, to the new Vailetti Plaza commercial space on Highway 12 in Boyes Hot Springs, expected to open at the end of April. The new location will provide more space and better visibility for Operation Bicycle to sell and service bicycles for Sonoma Valley youth and the general public.
Operation Bicycle
Adrian Palenchar shares his expertise with teens learning to refurbish used bikes.
Operation Bicycle is one of three Teen Services micro-businesses that provide work-based learning experiences for Sonoma Valley teens and young adults. TSS utilizes the Ready to Work approach through which teens explore opportunities in a safe and accepting environment, and gain work experience and confidence to begin meaningful careers. Operation Bicycle exemplifies how the organization’s Ready to Work program can impact a teen’s future and provide extraordinary services to our community.

Operation Bicycle was formed in 2012 when bike enthusiast and educator Adrian Palenchar started volunteering with TSS. He and fellow volunteer, Chuck Palenchar, transformed the Teen Center’s basement into a bicycle repair hub. Two years later, TSS raised enough money to hire Adrian and now employs three teens on a regular basis as the shop has expanded its hours and reach.

To learn more about Teen Services and Operation Bicycle, go to

Business Blurbs

Sonoma Valley Realtor Holly Bennett of NRT LLC’s Sotheby’s International Realty has been recognized as one of Sotheby’s top 1,000 Real Estate Sales Associates for the fourth Quarter of 2017, out of 50,000 sales associates across all NRT brands. She has lived in Sonoma Valley for over 25 years and has been practicing real estate since 1987… The Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant is back open after months of dealing with damage from the October fires. Open for dinner Thursday through Monday, 5-9 p.m. Go to to make a reservation… Muscardini Cellars will be the in-house wine offering at the fig café and winebar in Glen Ellen on April 4, 5-9 p.m. Complimentary tasting, and meet the winemaker!

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