A Vineyard Adventure coming to a town near youSonoma County Winegrowers have expanded their Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures to include complimentary self-guided vineyard walks that provide visitors with an interactive and educational experience at seven of the region's award-winning wineries spread across the county. Each vineyard walk is individualized to showcase and educate wine lovers about that vineyard site's specific terroir, its sustainable farming and winemaking practices, and other important aspects critical to growing and producing wine.
Representing Sonoma Valley is St. Francis Winery's certified sustainable Wild Oak Estate Vineyard near its tasting room on Pythian Road. Guests will have the opportunity to see sustainable vineyard practices in action, from wind machines, a weather monitoring station, and St. Francis's own two-acre organic garden. The total distance is 1.2 miles over flat terrain. The free walking tour is available during tasting room business hours daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Francis is located at 100 N. Pythian Road. Check in at the tasting room for a tour map.
Tours are also offered at six other wineries around the county, with two more to be added this fall: Mauritson Wines in the Dry Creek Valley AVA and La Crema in the Russian River Valley AVA.
Visit www.sonomavineyardadventures.com for more info.
En Garde special tastingEn Garde Winery and winemaker Csaba Szakal will host a special tasting of his two 95-96 point wines, 2012 Le Bijou du Roi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Adamus Proprietary Red, on Oct. 8 in Glen Ellen. These new Diamond Mountain releases have received critical acclaim. The Diamond Mountain AVA is located in the Mayacamas Mountains in the northwest portion of the Napa Valley. Visitors to the Oct. 8 event can learn more about the appellation while talking with the winemaker and barrel tasting the Bordeaux varietal components of the Adamus.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tasting runs 12:30-2 p.m. at the Mayo Family Winery in the En Garde Barrel Room in Glen Ellen. Tickets are $50 at www.engardewinery.com.
En Garde's regular tasting room is located at the corner of Sonoma Hwy. and Shaw Ave. in Kenwood. Tasting is by appointment, 282-9216, or email@example.com.
New exhibit by Kenwood artistA one-man exhibition by Kenwood artist Fred R. Parker will take place at the Alley Gallery in Sonoma, Sept. 3-25.
Celebrating the visual beauty of Sonoma Valley's landscape, the exhibition has been designed by the artist to display new paintings as well as several older works created during his 30 years in Sonoma Valley. Parker currently lives in Kenwood and is the resident artist at Deerfield Ranch Winery.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m., and Parker will be present and working at his easel on new artworks throughout the entire run of the show.
The Alley Gallery is part of the La Haye Art Center located at 148 East Napa St. in Sonoma, with the gallery entrance in the alley behind the Sebastiani Theatre. A portion of all gallery sales will be donated to the Art Encounters program administered by Parker for Kenwood Elementary School.
Sunday Socials continue at Hopscotch
Woods has taught pottery for 28 years at the Sharon Art Studio in San Francisco. She sells her work at a variety of craft fairs including the American Craft Council shows in both San Francisco and St. Paul, Minnesota, and at the Bellevue Arts Museum fair in Seattle.
Free iced tea and cookies will be served.
Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery is located in the historic Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Dr. #2A in Glen Ellen. For more information call Kay at 343-1931 or visit www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery.com.
Hudson Valley sculptor shows at Sculpturesite
Alzamora has been working as a full time sculptor in the Hudson Valley of New York since 2001, exploring the human figure in a variety of novel ways. He gave Sculpturesite owners Brigitte Micmacker and John Denning an exclusive look into his creative process when they recently watched him work and interviewed him in his studio.
Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru, in 1975 and his family moved to Boca Grande, Florida, when he was two. He attended Florida State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Alzamora harnesses a wide range of materials and techniques to deliver unexpected interpretations of the sculpted human figure. He often distorts, elongates, deconstructs or encases his forms to reveal an emotional or physical situation, or to tell a story.
Sculpturesite Gallery is open Thursday through Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and can be reached at 933-1300, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.sculpturesite.com.