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‘Bachelor Ben’ out of winery; Paula Wolfert decked and bounces back in Chicago; Zucchini Races tonight; Sonoma’s Best Pinot Envy

“Bachelor” Ben Flajnik has left Envolve Winery. He posted on Facebook Tuesday evening that, “It saddens me to say today that I am officially no longer a part of Envolve Winery. After many years of hard work, I say goodbye to the people who have made it great, you drinkers. Onward and upward to Gratci and Fernet Francisco,” another wine group he has helped form in San Francisco.

According to some reports, Flajnik, a former “Bachelor” television star, believed in promoting wines through reality television shows, whereas co-founders Danny Fay and Mike Benziger favor developing their wines for the wine’s sake, stressing organic and biodynamic growing and processing, and promoting the wines rather than personalities.

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Famed world cookbook author and Sonoma resident Paula Wolfert fell in a Chicago street Monday and broke her left wrist and lower arm. Ever the trooper, she is back in Sonoma, sending emails from her iPad, and says she will show up for our regular Tuesday lunch next week and be back in perfect form in six weeks.

Wolfert was in Chicago for a meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association, with 11 other well-known people who have been diagnosed with early cognitive impairment and who have been asked by the Alzheimer’s Association to appear around the country to spread the word on early diagnosis and what can be done. Fortunately Wolfert’s son, Nick, was with her on the trip.

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For some old-fashioned laugh-out-loud fun, don’t miss tonight’s zucchini races at Sebastiani Winery’s Arbor Park. These are Sonoma’s original zucchini races, founded by Hilda Schwartz when she ran both the Tuesday night and Friday morning farmers markets.


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