Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, Oct. 5

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Winery closing: Bartholomew Park Winery will close its doors on Sunday, Oct. 28, after ending its 20-year-old relationship with the Bundschu family. The Bartholomew Foundation, long-term owners of the property, will resume management of the winery, and will share news of their vision for the future shortly. The park grounds will continue to be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The hiking trails, however, remain closed indefinitely due to damage from the wildfires. For more information, call the foundation’s General Manager Scott Clyde at 938-2244 or

Breakaway news: Breakaway Cafe will close on Monday, Oct. 8, and reopen as Mint & Liberty. The Sunflower Caffé Group owns the site now and it is run by James Hahn and his wife Mila Chaname. Their managing partners are Melissa Cameron and Aaron Mills. New to the team is executive chef Michael Siegel. The general manager will be Thomas Painter. 19101 Highway 12, in the Maxwell Village center.

Dutch Bros. expansion: Over the past 26 years, Dutch Brothers coffee has grown from a simple pushcart into the largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company in America; with 325 stores in seven states, employing more than 9,000 people. Last week, it announced plans to grow to 800 stores within the next five years.

Wine month: Sonoma County Wine Month kicks off on Oct. 1 in celebration of Sonoma County’s wines that span the region’s 18 diverse appellations. In its fourth year, participating wineries will offer special promotions throughout October such as two-for-one tastings and experiences

Start-up Grind: This month’s “fireside chat” is with Rajat Misha, VP of Customer Experience at Cisco, and his wife, Deepti Juturu, CEO of Prezentium. The event will be held at Gloria Ferrer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Buy tickets at

Blazing Saddles opens: Sonoma’s new bike tour, rental, sales and repair shop, the San Francisco-based Blazing Saddles, opened its doors on Broadway last weekend.

Economic forecast: The Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s fall Economic Forecast Breakfast is today, Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park. This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics.

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