Kathleen Hill: Three Fat Guys, West Wine Tours to share space
Three Fat Guys, West Wine Tours to share space
Tony Moll of Three Fat Guys wines and Nicole and Garrett Sathre of West Wine Tours will move their offices to the small building next to Fat Pilgrim and Harvest Home on Broadway, which formerly housed the Rhone Room. Owner Sondra Bernstein gave Moll the keys last Friday, making all involved happy, including Craig Miller who owns the property and the two on-site home décor businesses.
Moll, husband of Red Grape manager Megan Morphy Moll, is a former professional football player who has invested time in real estate loan businesses, and dedicated himself a few months ago to pursuing, perfecting and promoting Three Fat Guys wines.
Bernstein’s Fig Farm, which supplies both the Girl & the Fig and the Fig Café & Wine Bar, will continue to thrive in the back of the property.
Moll and daughter Stella will add two hives of bees to the farm from their Stella’s Dad’s Bee Company – all to help bee development and pollination, as well as producing some extremely delicious local honey.
Nicole and Garrett Sathre own the burgeoning West Wine Tours that features what they describe as “hip” tours in re-constituted Volkswagen buses, stage Handmade Events – which are huge dinners they organize throughout the country where everyone wears white and pays to bring their own food and wine. They also hope to open West Burgers in Boyes Hot Springs in the next few weeks, as soon as some details are resolved with the county.
Tony Moll said that he is “super excited” to be going into this project with Garrett Sathre, who he describes as a “childhood friend.”
“We both grew up here,” said Moll. “It’s so great – Three Fat Guys next to Fat Pilgrim! And our chardonnay vineyard is virtually across the street.”
Garrett Sathre commented, “I am really excited. We want to make it into a cohesive store combining two ends of the food and wine spectrum, and we want to explore what we can do with food and wine nights. We’re just working on figuring out what we can do together in 1,000 square feet.”
Watch for a grand opening after they get organized.
International Women’s Day
A winemaker once said of winemaking, “You know, it’s not rocket science.” The way he said it led me to ask, “Are you a rocket scientist?” Of course the answer was “Yes.”
As with many fields, women have to be smarter and quicker than men in their fields. There are many women winemakers, growers, and restaurateurs who are scientists, artists, horticulturalists, doctors and lawyers.
We seem to have fewer women restaurateurs in Sonoma Valley than wine growers, winery owners and winemakers. Sondra Bernstein owns Girl & the Fig, Fig Café & Wine Bar, Fig Rig and Girl & the Fig Caters. Karen Taylor Waikiki owns El Molino Central and Primavera Tamales, and Elizabeth Payne and Sarah Pinkin have Frenchie Picnics and Provisions on Broadway.
Women who co-own and manage restaurants with their husbands include Karen Bertrand of Glen Ellen Inn, Erinn Weisswasser of Glen Ellen Star, Jen Demarest of Harvest Moon Café, Nicole Della Santina, and Carole Morphy and Megan Morphy Moll of the Red Grape.
Vineyard owners, winery owners and winemakers have different sorts of expenses and tribulations. Among women winemakers we have Cynthia Cosco of Possaggio Wines, Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros, Anne Moller-Racke of Donum Estate, Bettina Sichel of Laurel Glen, Katie Madigan of St. Francis, and Margo Van Staaveren of Chateau St. Jean. Jamie Benziger is winemaker at Imagery Estate Winery with her dad, Joe Benziger. Katie Bundschu has her own label, Abbot’s Passage, and Amy Ludovissy serves as head winemaker at Viansa Sonoma.