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Business Beat: 10/15/2019

Business Beat for Oct. 15, 2019


Corvettes at the Castle

Like Corvettes? Then don’t miss Corvettes at the Castle at Ledson Winery & Vineyards on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Corvette enthusiasts will enjoy an afternoon mingling with Steve Ledson and other Corvette lovers, among the classic cars lining the circular driveway in front of the Ledson Castle. Enjoy award-winning wines along with a chance to picnic with gourmet food from the Ledson Marketplace.

Visitors can vote for the top three cars and are encouraged to bring their own Corvette to join in the competition. Cars that want to be in the show should arrive by 10 a.m. to register and will be placed in a designated parking area.

There is no cost to attend or to enter your car. Ledson Winery will provide complimentary tastings for each driver and passenger that enters their car into the show. The first-place prize is a three-liter etched bottle of 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The prize for second place is a one-and-a-half-liter etched bottle of 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is also a People’s Choice award and the winner will receive a regular bottle of the 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ledson Winery & Vineyards is open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more at

Scavenger hunts at Belden Barns

While mom and dad taste wines at Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery on Sonoma Mountain Road, the kids can borrow the winery’s scavenger-hunt-style “adventure” backpacks and wander the 55-acre property in search of flora, fauna, and other random or whimsical items.

The backpacks are filled with field guides to local birds and insects, magnifying glasses, sketchpads, crayons, and a checklist of things to find. The kids are encouraged to check off as many items as possible, searching for things like an acorn, an owl pellet, a feather, something heart-shaped, or a piece of trash. The goal is to keep kids busy and engaged while their parents taste wine.

Belden Barns produces 10 estate wines including Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Wine tasting is by appointment only.

Call 415-577-8552, or go to Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery is located at 5561 Sonoma Mountain Road.

Business Blurbs

Participate in a small, intimate tasting and discussion with Sangiovese growers Dan and Betsy Sanchez as part of The Grape Gap Experience at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood. Learn about the iconic Italian grape varietal and how it's grown here in Sonoma Valley. This will feature a comparative tasting of Italian and Sonoma Sangiovese, along with a light charcuterie. Runs 1-3 p.m.; $45 for general, $35 for wine club members. More information at

TIPS Roadside wants your input as they experiment with new and delicious dishes to add to their menu. The TIPS Test Kitchen returns on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. This is an exclusive evening featuring the creative talents of Chef Thaddeus Palmese and his team. Enjoy a four-course dinner with optional wine pairing. Held monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month, limited to 32 guests. Tickets are $32 per person. Find tickets at

The not-to-miss annual all-night-long “Howl-o-Ween” Party returns to Palooza Brewery & Gastropub on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 p.m. This will be a “cozy, haunted-style house party” for the 21+ crowd with a DJ, costumes, dance contest, killer food bites and a full bar. Free, but RSVP at

Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen is having a Zin Release Party on Saturday, Nov. 2, 5-10 p.m. The horse barn is completely transformed for this annual affair. Join the Beltane family and team for a celebration of the new release and the harvest. The evening includes vertical tastings, sunset hors d'oeuvres, and roping lessons. Next, move inside the barn to pair Beltane wines with three estate-grown courses. For the finale, get up and dance to Twang Ditty and enjoy fireside s'mores. Cost is $130 for Oaks Club Members, $185 for the general public. Reservations required. Go to

Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, will have a winemaker dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. Winemaker Robert Rex will be cooking dinner, and proceeds benefit the wetland restoration, a wildlife habitat and home of the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom. $125 for the general public, $100 for club members. To buy tickets, go to www.rexfamilywineries. For more info, email

There's a new tasting room in Kenwood, MacLaren Wine. Located at 211 Adobe Canyon Road, winemaker Steve Law will guide you through a flight of limited-production Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Law's wines are inspired by his time in France and his love for French wines. Call 833-0101 to schedule a visit.

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