Kathleen Hill: New produce stand, Gun-Bun event and hold the sea salt
‘Shake Your Bundschu’ harvest party is back on
Known for generations as a great historic and fun winery, Gundlach Bundschu resurrects its “Shake Your Bundschu” harvest party on Saturday, Sept. 25 and is “going full-on honkytonk” to celebrate their post pandemic coming-out party.
Lots of Bundschus and family with other names, winemakers, and their whole production team will help guests enjoy dinner, dancing and lots of wine overlooking their vineyards off Denmark Street.
The Bundschus strongly suggest you “get out your rhinestone cowboy outfit and enter the costume party challenge” to win two tickets to their annual Huichica Music Festival.
DJ Golden Gram starts it all off with “smooth grooves,” and then DJ Jeff Bundschu gets you dancing (maybe) after dinner.
The dinner will be catered by Chef Valentin Atayde of El Mercadito who will serve his exceptional Mexico City-style tacos with slow-cooked carnitas, chicken pibil, or calabacitas (vegetables) cradled in handmade tortillas, all finished with lively salsas, plentiful sides of black beans and rice, along with a fresh-from-the-garden salad. If you still have room, give in to your sweet tooth with churros con cajeta (churros with dulce de leche) or fresas con crema (strawberries and cream).
All of this will be accompanied by the finest GunBun wines and some of their special library wines from the family cellar.
Plus there will be a cowboy-themed photo booth where you and the evening can be memorialized “in all your rhinestone glory.” $150 wine club members, $165 non-members. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Tickets at Eventbrite or gunbun.com.
New produce stand replaces Hardin’s Gardens
Many Sonomans remember the gorgeous vegetables grown several years ago by the Hardin family down Broadway just this side of Daniele’s Auto Body shop.
We remember the gorgeously rich soil, luscious slow-grown vegetables, and at least two generations of the Hardin family involved in growing and selling the results of their hard work.
Old is new and there is hope for that land.
Rafael Oseguera, whose day job is working for his father’s Oseguera Vineyard Management Company, on weekends he works his little farm and sells his vegetables.
Mike Delaney says of Rafael’s effort, “Young Rafael planted this garden late, from seed, but it took off nicely. The corn is as high as 16 feet in some places, with a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, summer squash, sweet peppers, along with eggs from his chickens on an adjoining property. “
Delaney emailed, “They open no later than 10 a.m., and I’ve driven by at 5 p.m. and he’s still there. Sometimes his mom is keeping him company. I sampled one of the tomatoes last night, and it reminded me of Hardin’s. The heirlooms are gorgeous. Thanks for giving them a look. Again, nothing formal about the place. Just a good old fashioned roadside produce stand. The signs are hand painted on pallets propped up on each end of the approach.”
Give it a try. And Kivelstadt Cellars is just down Highway 12 in Schellville. Maybe go there for brunch and then to the produce stand so you aren’t making lots of left turns across the road.
Muscardini without Muscardini
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood has just two of their popular “Wine Downs” left this season while Kate and Michael Muscardini are on a long sojourn in Italy.
First up is a Wine Down on Friday, Sept. 24, with Jami Jamison and her band singing her heart out.
You can purchase shareable cheese and charcuterie boards or partake of the Zapata Grill food truck selling their specialties in the Muscardini parking lot until 7:30 p.m.
No reservations. Pay $15 cover charge at the door, with $5 discount if you bring a Muscardini glass.
Then comes their Fall Release Weekend with catering by The Bejkr and music from the Don Trotta Duo, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3.
Guests will enjoy Muscardini’s sangiovese, barbera, cabernet sauvignon, and Rancho Salina wines with classic margarita pizza, seasonal vegetable pizza, and a fingerling potato and caramelized onion pizza. $35 public, $15 wine club. Noon to 5 p.m. Reservations required. 9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 933-9305.
Salt vs. Salt
Over last weekend, Narsai David, the food editor of KCBS, caught my attention on my car radio when he was talking about salt.
His main point was that almost all sea salt contains microplastics from discarded plastic bottles. Those are the same culprits that end up in whales and other large sea animals or fish.
According to National Geographic, it turns out that 90 percent of table sea salt contains these microplastics. That publication also says that salt from Taiwan, China and France have the least microplastics.