INDEX-TRIBUNE MANAGING EDITOR
February 5, 2021, 6:08PM
Updated 1 hour ago
Sonoma’s Best news: Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group owns Cottage Inn and Spa. The boutique hotel is now promoting its new spa, called Calm Spa Sonoma. For treatments, call 996-0719. The hotel and spa are located at 310 First St. E.
Prohibition Spirits: Prohibition Spirits owners Fred and Amy Groth report progress in preparing their new bar shop and tasting room on the Sonoma Plaza in the old Schug tasting room spot next to the Chocolate Cow. They plan a soft opening this weekend, with grand opening details to follow. Their Cornerstone location is now closed. In the meantime, Prohibition offers free delivery in Sonoma Valley. Call 933-7507 to coordinate. Check hours at prohibition-spirits.com.
Panel update: The Panel on West Napa has now moved into its digs across the street in the shopping center with Sonoma Market and it is open for wine and champagne (bottle) sales Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Fridays until 8 p.m. 500 W. Napa St., Suite 522. Will the Panel eventually add a lounge? Owner Darlene Rhodes says she would love to if the right space nearby becomes available.
New to Sonoma: Rollout SF, a full-service marketing agency, launched in mid-2017; its co-founder James Foreman moved to Sonoma in 2019 after having met his wife Dawne here, working at Westerbeke Ranch back in 1995. The agency’s offices, in Sonoma and San Francisco, offer strategy, inbound and outbound marketing, lead generation, content creation, campaigns and analytics. Foreman hopes to serve and support most types of companies in Sonoma, as he says their experience and marketing principles apply to any type of industry. In the months ahead, he hopes to add new local team members who have expertise and a passion for marketing and design. Visit rolloutsf.com for more information.
New spot opening: El Dorado Kitchen is introducing a new concept in early February – El Dorado Cantina. The take-out off-shoot will focus on EDK Chef Armando Navarro’s Mexican specialties. The new sign is already up on West Spain Street. Meanwhile, the hotel is set to reopen on Feb. 12.
40 under 40: North Bay Business Journal seeks nominations for its annual Forty Under 40 awards, recognizing influential executives and professionals in the North Bay area, including innovators who have changed the way their industry does business; individuals whose work has a wide-reaching impact on the business community; executives and professionals advancing quickly in their organizations; people who demonstrate extraordinary leadership qualities; entrepreneurs who create a new product or market. The entry deadline is Feb. 8. Nominate at nbbj.com.
Girl Scout cookie pairing: The Epicurean Connection has introduced a new Girl Scout cookie, cheese and wine pairing offering with wines from La Prenda. One example: Toffee tactic cookies, Point Reyes Toma cheese and La Penda Sauvignon Blanc. Girl Scouts all over town are selling but if you need a contact, local scout (and La Prenda grandchild) Erika Hill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growler good news: Assembly Bill 239, just introduced in the California Legislature, would allow winery tasting room customers to fill personal containers with wine.
Farmers Market: Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market, the joint venture of the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting vendor applications for the 2021 Tuesday Night Market season. The modified Tuesday Night Market will be located in front of Sonoma City Hall from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting on May 4, and will focus on “the essential aspects” of agricultural vendors.
Insurance company expands: Christa Granton Insurance has been in business in Sonoma since 1994. Working alongside Granton is sales manager Kelly Densberger and office manager Betty Borloz. Last week, Granton announced that Cicely Rhodin will be joining the office as their farm/ranch, winery support person. Granton specializes in home/auto/umbrella packages, as well as hard to insure homes, business, commercial, wineries, farm/ranch/horse properties. 670 W. Napa St.
New board members: The local nonprofit CarePartners announces three new board members to help address the needs of 1,000 families in Sonoma Valley living with memory loss and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: Denise Kalos, CEO AFFITMATIVhealth, Joan Marks, a retired nurse who served in leadership roles with the Alzheimer’s Association for over 20 years, and Carson Watson, a former executive for Johnson and Johnson and caregiver. carepartnersinitiative.org.
Kombucha news: You can now sign up for Valley of the Moon’s monthly Kombucha Club for $20/month. Two chef-crafted bottles will be delivered each month automatically. And $1 from each bottle is donated by owner Lauren Kerschner to Bay Area nonprofits that support women and gender equality. Learn more at valleyofthemoonkombucha.com/club.
Pick it up in person: Sonoma Valley restaurants pay food ordering and delivery apps up to 30 percent of the cost of your food to deliver it to your door. If you would rather that money go to their employees, rent and paying their own bills, consider ordering from them directly and pick it up yourself, suggests the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau in a new information campaign. Or call and ask what their preferred delivery method is.
Vintner news: The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced its 2021 board of directors. Prema Behan, general manager of Three Sticks Wines and Head High Wines, remains as president of the board for a third and final year. Tom Rouse of Landmark Vineyards will be serving as vice president. Former VP Erich Bradley of Pangloss and Repris has been elected as secretary, and Steven Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards and Anne Moller-Racke of Blue Farm Wines and Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery have been appointed co-treasurers.
Newly elected board directors include Tom Blackwood of Buena Vista Winery and Mia Stornetta of Atlas Vineyard Management, along with board appointed community members, Quinn Arntsen of Farella Braun & Martel, Justin Bain of MacArthur Place and Tim Zahner of Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. Lauren Benward of Beltane Ranch and Kenneth Juhasz of Auteur Wines have both retired from the board.
Lights out: The Sonoma Plaza lights came down last week, as planned on Jan. 31.
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