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Shaken, not stirred our 6.0 earthquake; ‘Chef’ at Sebastiani; Stanley Cup at Ram’s Gate Winery; Williams-Sonoma update

Late breaking: Peter Spann just announced that he and his wife, winemaker Betsy Spann, will close their tasting room “this Sunday to move to an as yet unknown future location, at an as yet unknown re-opening date. Our sub-lease (at Saret Gallery) expires on Aug. 31.” Adds Spann, “In observance of Labor Day we’ve chosen to lessen our labor by having a Moving Sale,” starting today, Friday, through Sunday, Aug. 31. “All wines in our tasting room will be on sale with 15 percent off on six-bottle mixed purchases and 20 percent off on 12-bottle mixes purchases, including our 2001 OMG Meritâge blend that was just rated 90 points by the International Wine Review.” Run, don’t walk for the juice of the gods from one of our winemaking goddesses. Noon to 6 p.m. 111 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 996-1330. Spannvineyards.com.

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Sonoma was quiet last Sunday, between the media cautions about traffic for Sonoma Raceway’s IndyCar weekend and a little ole 6.0 earthquake.

Like many earthquakes, this one was weird, seeming to shake up different parts of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and even different sections of buildings and homes. I clung to the bed and, strangely, yelled “Help,” as if that would do any good, but the shaking, rumbling and trauma began to stop.

We spent Sunday morning sweeping and mopping up old glass treasures and newer bottles of vermouth and vodka, but many Wine Country residents had a lot worse damage to their home structures, businesses and nerves.

Our neighbors to the east, on the other side of the border in Napa, are suffering much more than we are. Everyone has a story to tell, but they actually watched their homes crumble, as I thought ours was about to.


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