Retro Food at Sonoma Museum of Art, Annadel Estate for sale, Corner 103 lobster lunch, Sante to host Sixteen 600 winegrowr dinner and more

July 29, 2017

Zucchini races and Food Truck Friday tonight

You can either watch and cheer or enter and cheer. If you want to enter, take your zucchini vehicles to the Sebastiani Winery park from 5:30 to 6:15. The race begins at 6:30 sharp.

“Cars” are categorized as small, medium, or large. No more than 10 inches wide. No skate boards. No roller skates. No doll buggies. The zucchini must represent three quarters of the racecar. Free and all ages welcome.”

This is also Food Truck Friday at Sebastiani, so bring a picnic and stick around or have dinner from the food trucks.

Buena Vista history progressive dinner tonight

According to George Webber, aka The Count at Buena Vista, the winery presents a Progressive History Dinner tonight, July 28 with local actors performing as Count Agostón Haraszthy and his two sons, Arpad and Attila.

For the “dinner performed in three acts,” Executive Chef Victor Scargle will make appetizers of truffled devilled eggs, and Petrossian caviar blinis, and sautéed Sting Ray. Dinner will be sautéed foie gras with garden berries and arugula brioche, followed by Akaushi beef striploin with wild mushrooms and baby carrots, and gougères with époisse and fig jam, all with Jean-Charles Boisset’s best wines. Should definitely be interesting and fun. $120 public, $100 club members. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets at (800)325-2764.

Cocktails coming to Oso

Oso chef and owner David Bush confirmed a rumor that he will be serving cocktails at the fun and artsy Oso.

Bush told me “We are very excited to start a craft cocktail program to go along with our delicious food. So many customers, including many locals, have been telling us since we opened that they would really like it if they could have a cocktail when they come in. It seems that everyone wants cocktails in the Wine Country, so I decided to acquire a full license to better round out the experience we offer our customers.”

David Bush graduated from the California Culinary Academy, earned a B.A. in History from Sonoma State and worked at Sondra Bernstein’s Girl & the Gaucho and the Fig Café & Wine Bar. He got another break when he became Executive Chef at St. Francis Winery, which he elevated to “Best Restaurant in America” as voted by Open Table users, even though the winery didn’t really have a restaurant license.

Watch for his cocktails in a few weeks, which would go perfectly with his deviled eggs topped with crab, grilled bread, poutine, hummus or cheese plates, cheeseburgers, pork and beef meatballs, oysters, Caesar salad, or anything else on his Lunch, In Between, Happy Hour, Dinner or Dessert menus, all with a twist on what you are used to. 29 East Napa Street, Sonoma. 931-6926.

“Retro food” at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art?

Yes, to accompany their SVMA Summer of Love Art Night with live music by Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul, staff will be serving “Marmalade Skies” courtesy of Sonoma’s Prohibition Spirits and arts and crafts on Friday, Aug. 4. “Groovy threads and moves encouraged.”

Their “retro foods” will include Ruffles with onion dip, Chex Party Mix, orange sunshine Jell-O, fruit salad and brownies without the funny stuff, pigs-in-a-blanket, and stuffed celery. $25 includes nibbles and two drinks. 6 to 9 p.m. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. More info contact mmaynard@svma.org.

Annadel Estate for sale

The historic Annadel Estate Winery on Highway 12 at the southern tip of Santa Rosa across from Oakmont is for sale for a mere $7,750,000, according to the Kenwood Press and local realtors familiar with the listing. Online records show that the winery was listed by Sotheby’s in 2016 for $8,900,000.

A motorcycle lover of some renown and a former Marin County Harley-Davidson dealer, Annadel proprietor Dean Bordigioni told the Kenwood Press that “If I don’t get my price I’m not selling.”

Annadel consists of a restored late 1800s home, a 5,000-case winery, Annadel Flower Company, 33 acres with nine acres planted to vines, and apparent county approval to build a new 60,000 case winery with public tasting and events up to 30 per year. Already they book several weddings.

Bordigioni was also the hopeful purchaser of the Kenwood Restaurant property where many locals had hoped Olive & Vine would relocate, but his purchase fell through.

Actually, it seems as if everything is for sale at the right price.

Annex Wine Bar closed forever on July 30

While Community Café and Sushinoma’s Friday and Saturday night popups continue to thrive,

Margie Brooke emailed she was “sad to announce that Annex has lost its lease despite our best efforts to negotiate with our landlords.” Sunday, July 30 was their last day of business. The email went on to say “Almost everything in Annex is for sale,” including furniture. Email offers with a photo of the item you want to buy to margieofl@gmail.com. Email offers for artwork to Susan Loesch at sloesch@gmail.com.

More lobster walk and talk

Corner 103 will throw a Lobster and Wine Lunch at Suite D on Saturday, Aug. 5 to include lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, housemade sausage, and “delicious sides,” along with Lloyd Davis’ Corner 103 wines. If you missed the Boys & Girls Clubs’ lobster feast catered by Lombardi’s of Petaluma last Saturday, try this one prepared by John Toulze and crew. $95 or $85 for wine club members and Suite D Social Club. 1 to 4 p.m. 21800 Schellville Road, Sonoma. Reserve by Aug. 2 at 931-6141.

Santé to host Sixteen 600 winegrower dinner

This one could be fabulous. Santé Chef de Cuisine Andrew Cain and Phil and Sam Coturri will host a four-course dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Phil Coturri is famous for pioneering organic vineyards and established that organic grapes make better wines.

The evening will begin with a canapé reception at 6:30 featuring forest mushroom “cigars,” Sonoma foie gras mousse as a profiterole, and Maine lobster with English cucumber vol au vent.

Dinner at 7 p.m. starts with marinated Heirloom tomatoes from The Patch, compressed summer melons with burrata, pan-seared Diver scallops with pearl pasta paella and mussels, Manila clams, chorizo and lobster Bordelaise, followed by a roasted rack of Colorado lamb with tomato curry, Romano beans and chickpea panisse.

The final delectable course will be Bellwether Farms’ fromage blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon-poached peaches, cabernet glace and a pain d’Epices tuile, all paired with Coturri wines. $150. 6:30 p.m. Reservations at 939-2407.

New at Sonoma Market

Pick-up sushi fans made friends with Sonoma Market sushi maker Ken and his wife, on whose sushi eventually appeared a commercial label. Now Ken and his wife are gone. Their master company has been replaced by Sushi Avenue of Eagan, Minnesota, with which Nugget Markets do business chain-wide. The charming new young couple of sushi artists, Nyine and Pye Sone, are fresh to America via Whole Foods in Cupertino. With them comes an extensive printed menu of sushi specialties, complete with calorie counts both with white or brown rice. Each package bears a Nugget label.

As well, one day last week a Sonoma Market customer approached me in the store and asked where they had moved the make-your-own fruit salad bar. It’s gone, and many of us miss it.

Golden Gate Business Association honors Saperstein and Vogler

The Golden Gate Business Association of San Francisco will honor Out in the Vineyard founders and organizers Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler, who just finished presenting a highly successful Gay Wine Weekend two weeks ago here in Sonoma.

Saperstein and Vogler will be special guests at a celebration tonight, Friday, July 28 at Lambert Bridge Winer in Healdsburg.

Saperstein said in an email, “We are truly honored to be recognized for our work in support of our LGBTQ community here in Sonoma County.” 4 to 6 p.m. Free to GGBA members, $25 public. 4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. info@ggba.com.

More on Gay Wine Weekend and $48,000 to Face to Face

Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court case allowing gay marriage, and Matt Grove, founder in 2001 of Dakota Beef, the first organic beef country in the US, are the principals in Equality Wines, featured at Sunday’s Recovery Brunch. Iron Horse Vineyards makes Equality Wines, all of which benefit good causes.

Among their labels is their 19th Amendment 2016 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, handcrafted by winemaker Alison Green-Doran, that honors “the fearless Suffragette fighters.” Two dollars ($2) from every bottle sold will go to support the League of Women Voters.

The Sunday morning Recovery Brunch at The Lodge at Sonoma was bigger, better and more productive than ever and, thankfully, held in the ballroom with air conditioning. The buffet was bountiful with platters of breakfast pastries on each table just in case you didn’t have enough food.

Hilarious Michael Tate of San Francisco again served as auctioneer. Instead of the repetitive banter of most auctioneers, Tate would just walk over to a bidder, lean over him and just say, “I know you can do better,” and most did.

Chef Kyle Kuklewski’s class with Highway 12 wines at Ramekins Culinary School brought a high bid, so Tate moved it to two classes to bring in twice the bid price. Mark Lyon was high bidder for a two night stay at Giusti Ranch & Vineyard, which also sold twice.

The brunch raised $48,000 for Face to Face, the effort to eliminate AIDS/HIV in Sonoma County. Bravo.

Eco Terreno Wines certified Biodynamic

Speaking of Mark Lyon, who served for more than 30 years as winemaker at Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, owns Eco Terreno Vineyards, lives in Sonoma, and was one of the first gay winemakers to come out (in fact in this column.)

Lyon bought the 120-acre Eco Terreno Vineyards in Alexander Valley in 1980 with his father, Rusty Lyon. Mark took time out after leaving Sebastiani to care for his now late father, showing his personal family priorities.

He just announced that his vineyard, originally planted in the 1970s, has just received the designation of Certified Biodynamic by Demeter USA and by Stellar Certification Services, making it the “largest biodynamic single vineyard operation in Sonoma County.

“The conversion process to biodynamic has been a journey for us as we embraced this more ecologically friendly farming. We have had expert stewardship under Daphne and Demeter USA to get to this milestone of certification, and look forward to being the leader in Alexander Valley fostering biodynamic and organic farming,” noted Lyon at a celebration in the vineyard last month.

The first wine to be released with the certified biodynamic, organic grapes will be the Alexander Valley 2017 “Cuvée Acero” Sauvignon Blanc in the late spring of 2018. All wines from the 2017 vintage on will be made with 100 percent biodynamically, organically certified estate fruit from Eco Terreno Vineyards.

SmashMallows smash record

SmashMallows, one of Jon Sebastiani’s latest ventures via his Sonoma Brands, is selling $1 million or 500,000 units a month, growing three times faster than his Krave jerky did before he sold that company to Hershey in 2015, according to Business Insider.com. Watch for his Krave jerky tasting salon on West Napa in the Sonoma Index-Tribune building. Since Krave is now owned by Hershey, will it be called Hershey Jerky?

Wine and chocolate tasting at Spann Vineyards

Spann Vineyards’ tasting room in Kenwood Plaza just debuted their new Wine and Chocolate Pairing in addition to their regular tasting menu. Customers will taste through six wines, then re-taste the last three, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, each with a different chocolate truffle specially designed for the individual wine.

Spann also introduces four locally grown and produced olive oils, two balsamic vinegars, and three chocolate/wine sauces to taste at no additional charge.

The chocolate truffles are made by Anette’s Chocolates in Napa and American Canyon, which will include your wine (as will Wine Country Chocolates in Glen Ellen) and make private label sauces and more. Chocolate and wine tastings $23, with $15 refunded with wine purchase.             8910 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 282-9143.

Mayo Family Winery has a new chef

Popular Mayo Family Winery Executive Chef Sam Frumkin has decided to move on and Chef John Locker will move in to cook at Mayo’s Reserve Room.  According to Jeff Mayo, Locker worked at The General’s Daughter, Equus at Fountaingrove Inn, Viansa, Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Mazzocco, Chateau Souverain, and for Elaine Bell. He was opening chef at Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center, and then moved to Ft. Lauderdale to teach at Miami’s branch of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School for a year. 1301 Arnold Drive at Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

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