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Business Beat March 1, 2020

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Search and Rescue
Thrilling stories of Alaskan search and rescue by Glen Ellen author Tracy Salcedo

Glen Ellen resident and Kenwood Press contributor Tracy Salcedo has penned a new book, Search and Rescue Alaska.

Salcedo has written a number of books on national parks as well as many hiking guides. This time she gathers some of Alaska's best search-and-rescue stories when expert teams kick into gear, launching operations by air and land.

There are amazing tales of heroism, tenacity and human kindness. Salcedo writes of harrowing rescues on Denali, North America's highest peak, rescues during the Good Friday earthquake of 1964, and rescues from the famed Chilkoot Trail during the gold rush days and during World War II. The stories tell of the skilled and selfless pilots, troopers, military personnel, and rangers on call for search and rescue in Alaska.

You can order the book, published by Lyons Press, from Amazon. To learn more about Salcedo's work, go to
Local authors surveyed in article
Authors (L. to R.) Tricia Skinner, Rebecca Rosenberg, Patricia V. Davis, and Georgia Kolias

Kenwood resident Rebecca Rosenberg will be one of four women authors presenting at the Women and Wine Festival on Saturday, March 28, 1-4 p.m.

The event is hosted by Breathless Wines as part of Women's History Month, and is being held at the winery, 499 Moore Lane in Healdsburg. The award-winning Breathless is owned by another Kenwood local, Sharon Cohn, along with her sisters Rebecca and Cynthia. The winemaker is Penny Gadd-Coster.

Rosenberg will be joined by fellow writers Tricia Skinner, Patricia V. Davis, and Georgia Kollas.

Rosenberg writes fiction about fiercely determined women in history, including Charmian London, and Baby Doe Taber, a strong-willed, tenacious young woman in gritty, late 19th century Colorado mine country.

Admission is $20, which gets you the paperback of your choice, and a Breathless wine sampling.

For more information go to

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) recently announced its 2020 board leadership. Prema Behan, General Manager of Three Sticks Wines and Head High Wines has been appointed as President of the board of directors. Erich Bradley of Pangloss Cellars, Repris, and Sojourn Cellars was elected as Vice-President, Lauren Benward of Beltane Ranch was named Secretary, and Steven Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards was appointed Treasurer.

New board members include Justin Bain of Mac-Arthur Place; Anne Moller-Racke of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery and Blue Farms Wines, Tom Rouse of Landmark Vineyards, Brenae Royal of E & J Gallo Winery, and Chris Sebastiani of Viansa Sonoma Winery.

The SVVGA is a non-profit trade association representing over 100 wineries and 140 grape growers in Sonoma Valley.

Ledson Winery & Vineyards was recently named one of the 2019 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources. The Best and Brightest program honored 540 organizations from across the country out of 5,000 nominations. Ledson is located at 7335 Sonoma Hwy.

Don't be alarmed when you see Garden Court Café in Glen Ellen closed. It's only temporary, as the whole building is undergoing a remodel. Look for your eggs benedict in the late summer when Garden Court will reopen. McCormick's Mercantile, located in the same complex, has just moved down the block during construction.

Les Pascals patisserie in Glen Ellen has new hours. They are now open 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed, as usual, on Wednesdays.

Sonoma Valley Barrel Tasting takes place the weekends of March 7-8 and March 14-15. Participating wineries include St. Anne's Crossing, Spann Vineyards, Sunce Winery, Fathia Wines, Ty Caton, Muscardini Cellars and Chateau St. Jean Winery. Purchase tickets at participating Wineries.

the fig café & winebar in Glen Ellen continues its Wine Wednesday events in March when local winemakers drop by and offer their wines to taste. March 4 is Siduri Wines, March 11 is Landmark Vineyards, March 18 is Keller Estate, and March 25 is Adastra Wines.

Séamus Wines Tasting Lounge in Kenwood is continuing with its sushi and poke parties where you can learn the art of making sushi from experts. The focus is on basic sushi techniques and a general education on fish species, farming, how to source, and where to source. Paired with Séamus wines. For dates, go to

The Jack London Saloon in downtown Glen Ellen will have its next Open Mic night on March 4, 7-10 p.m. Come share your talents! Crowd favorites receive a prize. To sign up, call 738-9828 and ask for Johnny.

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its Lunch & Learn program at Hopmonk Tavern in Sonoma on March 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The topic is “How to Trigger the Story Your Customer Wants to Hear,” with small business consultant Janet Wentworth. The workshop will look at the three most powerful ways to trigger your customers' stories and deliver the results they want. Cost is $20 for chamber members, $35 for nonmembers. Lunch included.

Remember, kids eat free at Palooza Brewery & Gastropub in Kenwood on Monday, 4-8 p.m. (limit 1) off the kids menu with the purchase of one adult entrée, for kids 12 and under.

Because space is limited, we're telling you in advance about the dog hike at Kunde Estate Vineyards in Kenwood with Jeff and Roberta Kunde. The next date is Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You'll hike with your dog through the Kunde property, from the valley floor up into the Mayacamas. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $90 and a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue and rehabilitation programs.

New Imagery Rosé
Imagery Estate Winery is holding its Rosé Release Weekend March 21-22, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Imagery Estate Winery is holding its Rosé Release Weekend March 21-22, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a splash or two as Imagery releases its 2019 Aleatico Rosé.

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will host a talk Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the new laws and regulations impacting the state's agricultural employers. Bryan Little of the Farm Employers Labor Service will present. Cost is $25 for farm bureau members, $55 for nonmembers.

The Sonoma Mendocino Economic Development District presents a “2020 Industry Resiliency Session” on March 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds.

Over the last three years, businesses in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have suffered significant losses due to fires, power outages, and floods. You are invited to come for a session to identify solutions and pathways to resiliency that will strengthen and support the economic future.

The purpose of this event is to come up with solid strategies for businesses and industries and to determine how local economic development organizations can provide the best support. This event is free.

Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood will have an educational tasting and seminar on March 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a sit down educational seminar with Master Sommelier Joe Spellman. During this seminar, you will be learning about Landmark Vineyard's winemaking styles and rich history in Sonoma Valley. Spellman will go through a vertical of the top producing chardonnays, highlighting their unique features and what that year brought to the bottle of wine. Wine society members are $50, nonmembers are $60.

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