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Picazo Kitchen to add hours
Picazo Kitchen & Bar will open for brunch, happy hour and dinner starting Friday, May 31, according to manager Kina Chavez.
Many locals have been asking when the Chavezes and staff are going to open for breakfast and lunch. So they are combining everything and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but Kina and Sal are also considering closing on Mondays once the new schedule gets rolling.
Starting next Friday, Picazo at Maxwell Village Shopping Center will serve brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. 19101 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma. 935-3287.
Schermeister Winery ribbon cutting
After a delay of a year or two, Laura and Robert Schermeister will host a ribbon cutting of their tasting room at Jack London Village in Glen Ellen on Thursday, May 30 at 4 p.m.
The couple are the sole “employees” of their own winery, so visitors get to meet and chat with them. Robert serves as winemaker and leads tastes through his wines. Laura is an artist who designed the cozy refinished redwood tasting room.
All woods are original to the building, and the custom wood built-ins are all crafted by Robert and his father, Tom Schermeister. Lots of local art lines the tasting room walls. As Laura says, “guests can also become acquainted with Eli, the resident wine dog who was adopted from a local rescue. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome as well.”
Schermeister features varietals such as viognier, rosé, pinot noir and syrah.
Originally the Schermeisters planned to open in July of 2017, but construction delays, subsequent wildfires and the loss of two pets slowed them down. Like many Glen Ellen folks, they have had to struggle though big life changes, but are happily open now with a growing clientele. Join them for the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on May 30, or any other time. Regular walk-in tastings and appointments run $25 for a flight of five wines, or $45 for a private tasting. At the ribbon cutting wines will be available for purchase by the glass. 14301 Arnold Drive, Studio 28, Glen Ellen. Otherwise make appointments by calling 934-8953 or online at schermeister.com/visit.
Pipe Organ at Cline
Nancy and Fred Cline have rescued a fabulous old pipe organ and installed it in the Jacuzzi barrel room, making that cavern look even more like a church or at least a chapel.
The Clines invite music lovers and the whole community to attend the grand unveiling of the historic John Bergstrom & Sons pipe organ built in San Francisco in 1897. Everyone is invited to join in on Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for a complimentary wine reception and recital by organist John Karl Hirten, who has a degree in “organ performance” from the Manhattan School of Music and has played with many symphonies.
According to the Clines, the organ was given to the First Congregational Church in Sonoma in 1897 and was played at weddings, births, holidays and funerals for more than 100 years.
When the church was looking for a home for the treasured organ while the building was being renovated, the Clines saved the day by offering the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barrel Room for a long-term home for the organ; they had it cleaned and meticulously reassembled. Free. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. RSVP to 931-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.