Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, chose Nov. 27, aka Giving Tuesday, to announce a total of $30,000 in grants to teachers and schools in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. Landmark General Manager Matt Steel said that last year they helped fund schools’ loss replacements from fires, and this year the grant funds will go toward programs which emphasize “new learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.”
Adele Harrison, Dunbar, El Verano, Flowery, Prestwood and Sassarini elementary schools will all receive grants for everything from new novels for school libraries, a microphone and materials for a drama program, supplies for a reading intervention program, field trips, games and puzzles to learn strategy and problem solving skills, book bins and boxes for a Readers and Writers Workshop, and yoga balls to start a yoga program.
It’s been a good month at Landmark.
The winery’s Overlook Chardonnay has made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines list six times, including a week ago with its Overlook Chardonnay from 2016 ($25), which came in 78th on the list. The Resnicks also own Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, imported Fiji Water and Pom Wonderful citrus and various nut farms.
This weekend visitors to the vineyard can enjoy cheese pairings with Point Reyes Cheese, chocolate tastings with Kollar chocolates and Landmark’s newly released Hop Kiln Estate Reserve Pinot Noir available for purchase to nonmembers for the first time. Free. Wine tasting fees. 1 to 4 p.m. 101 Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.