While their departure had been rumored for months, Charles Creek Vineyards will actually close their tasting room Wednesday, Nov. 26. Proprietors Gerry and Bill Brinton offer substantial discounts on their remaining wine stock. You must pick up your wine at the tasting room, 483 First St., W., Sonoma between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Gerry and Bill Brinton hope to move on and enjoy life even more. Charles Creek was named for Bill’s grandfather, Charles Deere Wiman, and for his and Gerry’s son, Charley. The Brintons have always made generous donations of their wine and treasure to nonprofit organizations, especially Vintage House senior center and call their closing “a bittersweet farewell.”
Two other substantial vintners and growers, Peter Haywood and winemaker/grower Betsy Spann and her cellar master/marketer husband Peter Spann recently closed their Plaza tasting rooms as well.
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Having closed their Napa tasting room after our recent earthquake, Ceja Vineyards opens its new wine tasting room today, Nov. 7 right next to the Ceja family’s Carneros Brewing Company and practically across from Fremont Diner. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 2475 Fremont Drive, Sonoma.
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Phil Staehle will soon open his Enkidu Wines tasting room in the former bicycle shop on “upper” Broadway, just south of the mural and next to the seemingly jinxed restaurant site previously occupied by Rudy’s, 522 and Meritâge, to name a few. Excited at his new prospects, Staehle said “I foresee a big increase in foot traffic/customers with this move. There are a few other synergistic aspects that will further enhance our business since our winery is close by on Eighth Street East. Looking forward to a new start with this space.”
Who remembers Friberg’s and their lunch counter there?
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Speaking of bicycles, Hunt Bailie, former manager of Murphy’s Irish Pub, has bought Doug McKesson’s Goodtime Bicycle Company, which gives tours of our Wine Country and fixes the occasional bike. Bailie once had a Segway business located in the exact storefront where Enkidu is moving.
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Petaluma’s “sommelier to the stars’ Christopher Sawyer will lead a fun interactive wine education tasting today, Nov. 7, at the new Bennett Valley Cellars tasting room on East Napa Street (former book stores). Sawyer will focus on the winery’s new releases and Stolzie stemware. His “classes” at The Lodge at Sonoma were always informative and entertaining. $15 advance, $20 at door. 4 to 8 p.m. 127 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 934-8173. Bennettvalleycellars.com.
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Our Last Wednesday Food Group cookbook club will meet next Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Readers’ Books featuring cheese expert Janet Fletcher, former longtime cheese columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. It was supposed to be last week, but Fletcher suggested we postpone in deference to the World Series’ final game. Good idea, as it turned out.
Readers’ has Fletcher’s “Cheese & Beer,” “Cheese & Wine,” and “The Cheese Course” books in stock, at our usual 15 percent discount. See you there with lots of cheese. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779.
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Sonoma Sister Cities Association’s Tokaj, Hungary, sister city will host a Hungarian wine tasting featuring the dry Furmint wines made around Tokaj on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Sonoma Community Center. Laszlo Balint, an international wine expert who is a wine judge for the Hungarian edition of Decanter magazine, will present wines by 12. Hors d’oeuvres will be donated by Whole Foods and Buena Vista Winery. $25. 3 to 5 p.m. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Contact Sylvia Toth at 938-0224. email@example.com.