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Bad stone fruit caution; Cuban sommeliers in Sonoma; French Nest closing; Tips Trolley brunch at Fat Pilgrim

Late breaking:

Wawona Packing Co., of Cutler, (Tulare County) has “voluntarily recalled” (in consultation with the USDA) tons of yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, plums and pluots, because listeria monocytogenes have been found in some of the tree fruit, also called stone (not stoned)fruit. According to the company’s website, wawonapacking.com, many of the boxes of fruit were distributed to Costco, Food 4 Less, Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s. You might be able to identify them under the Costco, Sweet2Eat and Trader Joe’s labels. Watch for packing dates of June 1 through July 12, 2014.

Trader Joe’s put out a notice to customers recommending that they not eat the fruit, dispose of it, or return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund.


This week, a gaggle of sommeliers from Cuba has been visiting Sonoma courtesy of Californians Building Bridges, a nonprofit organization started by Sarah and Darius Anderson. To a person, the sommeliers seem giddy with excitement, experiencing weather, wines, food and relative luxury they have never seen before.

When I arrived at their welcoming cocktail (wine) party at the General’s Daughter east patio Monday evening, I found Jim Ledwith, Rob Larman and Gene Daly, the latter in one of his quiet Loudmouth handmade striped suits, sitting together at a table and enjoying themselves by puffing on their cigars, with an informal contest going on as to who could preserve the longest ashes.

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