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Business Beat: 11/15/2019

Business Beat for Nov. 15, 2019

New tasting room proposed in Kenwood

A use permit application was recently filed with the county for a 688-square-foot private tasting room on a 1.5-acre parcel at 211 Adobe Canyon Road.

Known as McClaren Wine, tasting would be by appointment only in an existing building. The owners, Steven and Heather Law, live in a separate building on the property, and will staff the tasting room themselves.

McClaren currently produces 1,400 cases a year in a warehouse in Sonoma.

The application states there would be no events, traffic generation of one or two cars a day, and no truck traffic.

If you want to find out more about the use permit application, contact the county planner assigned to the project, Crystal Acker, at

Foundation offers recovery funds

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (SCGGF) is offering funds to support agricultural workers and families impacted by the Kincade Fire.

If you are a vineyard management company or vineyard owner and have employees who live/work in the burn area, the foundation has funding to offset lost wages and evacuation costs. If your employees were evacuated or had loss of work prior to Oct. 26, you can fill out an application. Applications are available at

Demand for assistance has been high. SCGGF is currently executing phase one of its recovery plan in which recovery funds are being distributed to those employees located in the burn zone. They anticipate opening additional funding (Phase II) after Nov. 30. Phase II funding will likely provide support to employees who were evacuated or suffered lost wages but do not live or work in the burn area.

pumpkin pot pies at les pascals
Pumpkin Pot Pies at Les Pascals

Holiday treats via Les Pascals

The bakers at Les Pascals Patisserie in Glen Ellen are busy putting together a French-inspired Thanksgiving and holiday menu that will surely bring a smile to your guests' faces.

This year's menu includes pumpkin pies, apple tarts, chocolate-orange cookies, warm hazelnuts, raisin bread, and more.

During Thanksgiving week, Les Pascals will be open Nov. 25-27, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, and back open on Friday.

Les Pascals is located at 13758 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. For more information, go to

Sushi, paint nights at Seamus

Seamus Wines in Kenwood has a busy calendar the next two weeks, so don't miss out.

Experience the only sushi-making class in all of Sonoma Valley - right here in Kenwood, on Saturday, Nov. 23 or Sunday, Nov. 24, at Seamus Tasting Lounge. Participants will learn step-by-step how how to create sushi, paired with wine to complement the meal's flavors. The focus will be on basic sushi techniques and a general education on fish species, farming, how to source, and where to source. Sushi & Poke Parties run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is special pricing for locals: $180 per couple; $90 per person for groups of three or more. Call Sushimotos at 650-862-6633 to reserve your group/dates and to receive special local pricing.

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, unleash your inner artist during a Paint Nite at Seamus, hosted by Yaymaker. Go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of help and laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, be amazed at what you create. Classes are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All supplies are included. Wine not included. Tickets are $39 per person and can be purchased at

The Seamus Wines tasting room is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in the Kenwood shopping center. For more information, go to

Sip and shop at Imagery

Get some of your holiday shopping done in the Imagery Estate Winery tasting room at their Holiday Sip and Shop event Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

There will be two-for-one tastings at Imagery and at Benziger Winery. Wine specials will be featured all weekend long.

Enjoy samples of local artisan foods from Terrapin Ridge, Vintner's Kitchen, confections from Baci Chocolate, and Benziger Estate olive oils.

Throughout the weekend, local vendors will offer a wide selection of wine country gifts for sale. Discounts of 25 percent for non-wine merchandise. Nov. 29 will feature Krouton's cork handbags. Nov. 30 features wine country gifts from Olive & Poppy, as well as the cork handbags, and Dec. 1 will offer jewelry from Julia Szendrei.

Imagery Estate is located at 14335 Sonoma Hwy. Benziger is located at 1183 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen.

Business blurbs

Salt & Stone will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 1-7 p.m. with a prix fixe menu. Go to for a look at the menu. Reservations highly recommended. Call 833-6326. Salt & Stone is located at 9900 Sonoma Hwy Flatbed Farms has special holiday hours on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1-5 p.m. They will be closed on their regular day, Nov. 30. Flatbed Farms is located at 13450 Sonoma Hwy En Garde Winery Tasting Room in Kenwood is having a number of online discounts. If you purchase one of these deals, five percent of the proceeds will go to charities supporting fire victims of the Kincade Fire Are you interested in gluten free bread? Swedes Feeds is looking to be a pickup location for Mama Mel's bread - gluten free, vegan and delicious! Mama Mel's would deliver bread every other Friday. If you are interested, email Swedes at, or drop by the store at 9140 Sonoma Hwy Mark your calendar for the Glen Ellen Holiday Stroll on Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m. in downtown Glen Ellen. Stroll, sip and shop for holiday gifts. Maybe a visit from Santa! ... VJB Cellars in Kenwood is offering holiday gift boxes of their premium wines, olive oil, pastas, and pesto sauce. Wine club members receive complimentary shipping on all gift boxes. Check out VJB's Facebook page to look at the offerings, or just stop in. VJB Cellars is located at 60 Shaw Ave. They can be reached at 833-2300.

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