Cuts N Cabs, Halloween, New Tasting Room, Floor Chat



Dried yet?

Probably not, but I hope you’re okay.

We need water, but not in homes and businesses.

A quick tour of the square’s parklets early on Sunday evening looked rather dismal with umbrellas and saggy canvas blankets, save for the cheerful white lights of Della Santina’s transparent parklet tent. A brave couple determined to enjoy their adventure seemed to be having a good time. Tents and heaters are back in order and expensive. We wish the best to all of our businesses and individuals who were severely affected by our recent “bomb cyclone” which poured about 10 inches of water according to household rain gauges in some neighborhoods.

Three fat guys fat weekend

Tony Moll and his Fat Guy friends kick off Halloween weekend with a Cuts N Cab dinner tonight, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. with grilled New York steak and rosemary fries from Belfare’s chef Erik Lowe ( $ 60, club members $ 50) and a glass of their 2019 Rutherford Cabernet with appetizers for purchase.

Next up is their Hallo-Wine on Saturday October 30, for a wine and candy tasting, costume contest, Halloween music and a “Selfie Stations” family photo featuring the same wine. 20816 Broadway, Sonoma. 938-7211 or

Coil and Brand Updates

The Reel & Brand bar, music hall and restaurant have “temporarily suspended breakfast service”.

Managing Partner Kevin Kress says, “Right now we just don’t have the staff to organize the breakfast. Some of our incredible workers have now left the area, leaving us like most restaurants in the industry understaffed. “

On the happy side of the news, Kress continues, “We’ve remade the happy hour menu.” Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The regular menu is available from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday with live music or a microphone open most evenings.

Happy hour regulars will be celebrating the return of Reel & Brand’s $ 5 burger, except this year it’s $ 6. Another case. It’s served with lettuce and cheddar cheese, and you can add bacon for $ 2. The happy hour menu also includes chicken wings, grilled fish tacos, plain fries, chili cheese fries, chowder fries, or chicken strips ($ 4 to $ 10).

House wines, margaritas, cocktails and draft beer are all $ 5. Happy hour wines are made by Vista Point and Reel & Brand wines are made by La Prenda. 401 Grove, Sonoma. 938-7204.

Benziger holds huge Friends & Family wine sale

All interested qualify as Friends and Family on Thursday November 4, with a pickup November 5-7. The best of all ? Profits support the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

The Benziger and Imagery brands now belong to the huge Wine Group of Livermore which also owns Franzia, Almaden and Concannan as well as around 30 other labels, large and small.

Among Benziger wines, those 60% to 75% off include Reserve Chardonnay, Winemakers Claret, Etta’s Blend and Solstice. Among the Imagery wines, you can snag the petite sirah and the port, with all the rest of the two labels at 50%. A great opportunity to do good business.

You can taste and purchase the wines at the Benziger tasting room from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, or call 935-4046 to reserve your bottles or cases. Pick up at Benziger from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from November 5 to 7. See the full list of sales at 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen.

La Prenda tasting room opens downtown

Winemaker and winemaker Ned Hill has announced the opening of his La Prenda tasting room just across the Red Grape walkway on First Street West.

In addition, its director of operations, Kayla Berthoud, will manage the tasting room where guests can learn winemaking and tasting Berthoud or Berthoud and Hill at the same time.

The family-owned business offers wines such as Fifth Hill, La Prenda, Happy Wife, Quarantine Wife and 95476. Locals know 95476 is the zip code for Sonoma.

Hill and Berthoud both grew up in Sonoma working in the vineyard land with and learning from their fathers. Hill is a wine-related science graduate of Cal Poly and Berthoud of UC Davis, as does their winemaker Mike Cox. Hill jokes about a two-man gang against him, but in reality we all benefit from the combined expertise of two of the best wine schools in the country.

In the past, Kayla worked at Richard Arrowood’s Mayo Family Winery, Three Sticks, Larson Family Winery and Amapola Creek, which he sold to B. Wise Vineyard. She continued with both wineries until she joined the Hills and Cox in La Prenda.

Founded in 2008 by Ned and Erika Hill, and named after the street on which Ned’s father grew up, La Prenda Vineyards Management operates wineries such as Schug, Roche Family, Bartholomew Estate, Bennett Valley Cellars, Parmelee-Hill and about 20 other wineries, plus their own labels.


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