Kathleen Hill: Watmaugh strawberries, Schug tasting room on the Plaza, and more
Watmaugh strawberries good news
In case you are worried about the earth moving work around the Watmaugh Road strawberry patch, here is the happy information.
Sam Sebastiani owns 80 or so acres along Arnold Drive, which include the Watmaugh Strawberry Patch’s 20-acre field that faces Watmaugh Road. He wants everyone to know that La Prenda Vineyard Management is starting to plant about 55 acres of that property in mostly pinot noir and a few acres of chardonnay grapes along with a 5-acre wetland in the middle of the vineyard.
Sebastiani says, “The plan is that the Strawberry Patch and vineyard will operate side by side,” which is great news for everyone who likes their strawberries and vegetables, none of which are actually organic, but sure taste good.
Sam Sebastiani also emailed that his La Chertosa 2016 Reserve Sangiovese won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and his 2010 Reserve Sangiovese garnered a Double Gold Medal. Attendees at the recent Red and White Ball got to experience the 2010 wine that Sam donated as their “table pouring wine.” He said, “It’s wonderful that we were able to share a great award winner for a great event!”
As well, La Prenda-owner Ned Hill’s 5th Hill brand wines, made from grapes “off of fields that we farm,” just got Best of Class at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for its Pickberry Vineyard Red Blend and a gold medal for their Vineyard Station Merlot.
Footnote: Sonoma artist Patti Britton designs the historic La Chertosa wine labels.
Remember Kix and then Trix?
General Mills is bringing back artificial colors to its Trix cereal after a year of trying to market solely all-natural ingredients. Apparently moms and kids like the colors, regardless of whether they come from chemicals or nature, so both will be sold again starting in October, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Watch for Cheerios to come out in a chocolate peanut butter version. Which reminds me of local mothers who protested our school district removing chocolate milk from school menu selections several years ago. Those moms said that the addition of chocolate was the only way they could get milk into their kids.
Rumor has it MacArthur Place is well into escrow, but there’s no confirmation from any of its owners. Heard this from a variety of sources, but no one is talking for sure yet, just feeling very positive.
And far be it from me to jinx anything.
Four of us went to Saddles for Happy Hour on Monday to celebrate Christine Mueller’s birthday, and this just might be the best Happy Hour in town. Fabulous calamari and shrimp, Caesar salad, hamburgers and more. And great Manhattans and martinis. Let’s hope not much changes and that all staff gets to keep their jobs.
If the motif changes, who wouldn’t love a chance at some of those fabulous cowboy and cowgirl boots and saddles.
Don’t worry, we will still have Sonoma’s beloved Suzanne Brangham, who has given so very much to this community. And she took that property from one charming old building or two that needed a lot of work, added more buildings in her well-known style that fit inconspicuously into the neighborhood, a spa, a luxurious pool, Saddles Steakhouse, and beautiful décor in all of the rooms. No one’s reputation personally or in business could be better.