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Business Beat: 12/15/2019

Business Beat for Dec. 15, 2019

Arrowood's Amapola Creek winery sold

Longtime Sonoma Valley vintner Richard Arrowood is retiring, and he and his wife, Alis, have sold their Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery to B. Wise Vineyards.

B. Wise owner Brion Wise and Arrowood have been longtime neighbors on Moon Mountain. Wise plans to continue producing Arrowood's signature Bordeaux-style Cabernets under the Amapola Creek label. Arrowood will play a consulting role in the Amapola Creek wines going forward.

“Richard is legendary with his old-world style Cabernets and one of the top winemakers in Sonoma Cabernet,” said Wise. “Acquiring Amapola Creek allows us to maintain our progress in luxury wine as well as fuel strategic growth for the company.”

B. Wise has a tasting room in Kenwood.

Arrowood is an iconic figure, making wine in Sonoma County for over 50 years. From 1974 through 1990 he created wines for Chateau St. Jean, where he developed some of the first vineyard-designate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in the county.

He and Alis founded Arrowood Vineyard & Winery in Glen Ellen in 1985. Richard was the winemaster at Arrowood until 2010, when he resigned his position to devote himself full-time to making wines for his estate winery, Amapola Creek Vineyards.

“Alis and I are thrilled to transition ownership of Amapola Creek over to Brion,” said Arrowood, noting Wise's long-standing commitment to quality along with his vision and passion for the business. “He is a good steward of the land who brings the shared principles of the two wineries.”

The Arrowoods will eventually relocate to Idaho and spend more time fishing and enjoying family and friends.

Kenwood Inn offers Saturday dinners to overnight guests

The Kenwood Inn & Spa is now offering multicourse Saturday night dinners with wine pairing, available exclusively to overnight guests of the inn. Additionally, a special New Year's Eve dinner has been announced, also available for purchase by overnight guests.

The new dinners are the creation of Chef Sam Badolato, who has developed a strong following in Wine Country with his farm-to-table dinners at wineries and other venues over the years.

The Saturday night feasts at Kenwood Inn & Spa are priced at $85 per person, and include a multi-course meal, featuring a different menu each week and wine pairing with each course.

Dinners will be offered every Saturday now through March 14, 2020.

New Year's Eve 2019 offers a prix fixe menu with wine pairing at $150 per person. The dinner includes hors d'oeuvres, charred radicchio rosso with duck confit, wild mushrooms, root vegetables and winter citrus vinaigrette, pasta e fagioli soup with ham and beans, lobster tail and Dungeness crab cake with stuffed artichoke, toasted fennel butter and roasted garlic, stuffed quail with cotechino sausage and creamy polenta, and deconstructed tiramisu for dessert. A sparkling wine toast rings in 2020 at 9 p.m. (recognizing Eastern Standard time).

Packages combining an overnight stay on New Year's Eve and the dinner for two are available, with rates starting at $607 per couple, depending on the room selected.

For reservations and more information, call 833-1293 or go to

Buy tickets for “State of the County” breakfast

Tickets will soon be available to purchase for the annual State of the County Breakfast, a 2020 report to the community.

Put on by the county's Economic Development board, this year's breakfast will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 7-9 a.m. at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Rohnert Park.

Registration opens on Jan. 6 at noon. Go to to register.

The keynote address will be given by Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin. Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist from UCLA, will give an economic forecast for Sonoma County.

Business Blurbs

Palooza Brewery & Gastropub will host its second annual Ugly Sweater Karaoke Jam on Friday, Dec. 20. Wear your ugliest sweater! There will be an eggnog welcome at 7 p.m., with karaoke starting at 8 p.m. Call 833-4000 to RSVP. Palooza is located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood… Chateau St. Jean will be having a Crab & Chardonnay event on Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m. Tie on a bib and join in the fun in the barrel room. Cost is $100 per person, $85 for wine club members. To order tickets, go to Chateau St. Jean is located at 8555 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood… Kenwood Vineyards is offering a holiday special - six Jack London label bottles for only $99; Jack London Cabernet, Jack London Red Blend, and Jack London Sonoma Mountain Zinfandel. Mix and match. Visit the Kenwood Vineyards tasting room at 9592 Sonoma Hwy. Or call 282-4281. You can also order online at

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