Wine Country Lifestyle - Real Estate - Fall/Winter 2017 - Michael Langhals, W Real Estate

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As a Sonoma County native and resident of over 35 years, I offer an unparalleled familiarity with the area and a true appreciation for its unique communities. My market knowledge spans Marin, Napa and Sonoma Counties in their entirety, though my area of expertise is Sonoma County. Whether you require assistance in selling your current estate or are looking to purchase the wine country home of your dreams, I am here to offer in-depth regional knowledge and unwavering support every step of the way. Buying or selling a home is a process that takes a great deal of time and energy – a fact that I truly understand. I strive to accommodate my clients and exceed their expectations with outstanding customer service and attention to detail in every transaction. Your satisfaction is my #1 priority. Whether you are a first time home buyer, moving from out of the area, or just want to talk real estate, please give me a call! I look forward to meeting you!


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••• TA S T E The Smoked Olive


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dip, drizzle, marinade and sau Where to find the Oils and Sugars

Al and Brenda love to share their success story along with loads of delicious recipes and culinary uses for their products, so stop by their tasting room Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sample their oils and sugars. You can also find more recipes and creative dishes from celebrity chefs on their website at


For those of us foodies who

consider ourselves up-todate on the do’s and don’ts with extra virgin olive oil, we’ve all been taught that the nemeses of this coveted liquid are heat, light and air. So then how did culinary chef and artist Al Hartman of The Smoked Olive in Petaluma, CA ultimately conquer them while mastering the art of smoking the olive oil? That’s right, a smoked olive oil. Known in some circles as “The Smoke Whisperer,” Al has taken a proprietary blend of California extra virgin olive oil and united it with his own secret combination of hardwoods to smoke the oil without exposing it to its above enemies. The result: a naturally smoked oil that preserves its quality and flavor and subtly layers in deep, dulcet and well, “smoky” nuances of various fruit woods like California Cherry and Almond without

in any way changing the chemical structure or precious phenolic compounds. Al’s exact blend of woods and smoking techniques are classified, but, what he does openly share is, his love of food, a curiosity of how things work and a natural love of smoking anythingmeat, poultry, fish, olive oil, brown sugar-you name it, he’s figured out a way to smoke it all. “As a kid, I grew up spending a lot of time in both the city and the country. So I was exposed to the best of both worlds. My Grandmother had me cooking alongside her from a very young age, having me taste each ingredient as she added it to a dish, and explaining how and why certain flavors worked well together. She really was the one who taught me my palate and inspired me to ultimately work with food,” – Al Hartman, The Smoked Olive. Once Al and his wife and business partner Brenda Chatelain had their recipes fully developed, they took to the local Farmers’ Markets to get customer feedback and to see if their oils could eventually become a new food category. It wasn’t long before celebrity chefs like John Ash, Tyler Florence and

Giada De Laurentiis were calling to get their hands on this mysterious new oil. Even President Obama was impressed with the oils – so much so that during a State Dinner he called over the chef (which happened to be Tyler Florence) and asked him what was on the pasta to make it taste so delicious. The rest, as they say, is history. Celebrity and home chefs across the globe fully embrace the oils and retailers Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma both stock the collection in their stores throughout the country.

From Olive Oil to Brown Sugar? Al and Brenda aren’t entirely certain where the idea of smoked brown sugar originally came from, but they think it was from a casual conversation with their nowgood friend Chef John Ash who asked Al if he could smoke some sea salts for him. Al considered it momentarily, but feeling this category may be saturated, he commented back, “That’s been done before John, let’s try something different, like brown sugar.” Using a proprietary blend of hardwoods, the sugar is delicately smoked to complement the inherent molasses notes and once again, The Smoked Olive has created a new food category,


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expanding their line of products to include a traditional Smoked Brown Sugar, Bourbon Smoked Brown Sugar and Chili Smoked Brown Sugar- all perfect for creating dry rubs and marinades, adding to sauces and stews, topping vegetables and mixing with spirits for inventive cocktails.

Courtesy Chef Brenda Anderson-La Noue


with santa fe smoked olive oil, mint, mandarin orange & sea salt

The journey in smoking hasn’t stopped yet as a new division of the business called DarkHorse was recently created focusing on smoking malts and grains for local breweries and distilleries. One local distillery, Sonoma County Distilling Company, loved the flavors of the smoked brown sugar so much that owner/head distiller Adam Spiegel asked Al if he could smoke grains for him. The two collaborated and played around with varying smoke levels of a California Cherrywoodsmoked Barley and now that grain is the linchpin of the distillery’s award-winning Cherrywood Rye Whiskey.

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4)

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4 cups watermelon, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes 1-2 teaspoons The Smoked Olive Santa Fe Smoked Olive Oil 2 teaspoons fresh juice of Mandarin orange 1 teaspoon The Smoked Olive Smoked Brown Sugar 2 tablespoons mint, sliced very thin 1 teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS Combine watermelon with Santa Fe Smoked Olive Oil, orange juice and Smoked Brown Sugar and toss. Next sprinkle with sea salt and mint. Allow flavors to develop for 10 minutes and then gently toss again. Serve as a side dish or appetizer.

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Sounds of Music

See & Do by Marcy Joyce

among the Green hills of Sonoma County

A longtime vision of a world-class performing arts venue fulfilled

Fifth season offers another summer of popular indoor/outdoor concerts When the storied arts venue that houses the Sonoma State University Department of Music known as the Green Music Center first opened in September 2012—after being a dream shared by several that turned into a project 15 years in the making—Sonoma County got a new place to experience culture and well-known artists got a new location to add to their lists of dates. A tour through the backstage of the main 1,400-seat hall with Kamen Nikolov, the GMC’s director of production operations and Kathryn Stewart, associate director of communications, showcases autographed pictures of past performers across diverse genres. Included among many are

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Smokey Robinson, Alison Krauss, Jason Mraz and Martina McBride. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the resident orchestra and concert pianists and choral groups are regularly a part of the year-round program. Kathryn, originally from Fresno, earned a Master’s degree in voice performance and pedagogy, and was working with the New York Philharmonic communications department when she took the opportunity to come back to California, joining the GMC seven months ago. She hints at alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls performing this summer, although the summer schedule is

still developing and will be made available on the GMC website later this spring. She goes on to mention, “Kathy Mattea. For Fourth of July, we’re going to have a bluegrass festival again this year that will coincide with the craft beer festival. Last year we had local breweries participate in that. Gloria Estefan will be here this summer which is very exciting, and Willie Nelson, and Kacey Muskgrave.” Kathryn adds that jazz and country shows tend to sell a lot of tickets. The Green Music Center consists of Weill Hall, which in the summertime opens onto the terraced lawn with speakers on either side and a 30foot television with a four-camera


system for indoor/outdoor shows accommodating up to 5,000 people and the smaller, more intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall (named after the piano-playing Peanuts character with the permission of local resident Jean Schulz, wife of the late comic creator Charles Schulz) which opened in August 2014 with the Peanuts theme song playing ceremonially. The GMC was originally imagined as a dedicated space ideal for acoustic music performance and all forms of artistic expression, including dance and the spoken word. The ease of finding the Green Music Center in its carefully chosen spot amid a backdrop of the oakstudded Sonoma Mountains belies the efforts behind making what was once an inspired idea a happy reality and the flawless execution of every show-going experience. The Center — which includes faculty offices, a music library, soundproof practice rooms, a piano lab and an education wing with more rehearsal space — was meant not only to draw crowds for popular headliners but to support local performing arts and education. Schroeder Hall is used as a lecture hall 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and after 4 p.m. it becomes a rehearsal space and the lab of the music department well into the evening. It hosts 3-4 concerts per season with chamber music, choir and jazz performances. “The actual dream of the Green family is that Don wanted

an intimate space for his Sonoma choir to perform

For more information about upcoming EVENTS and TICKETS, visit the Green Music Center online at


and then this became the dream,” says Kathryn, holding her arms out for emphasis. “So we did this (Weill Hall) and then he wanted to go back to basics and really find this hall (Schroeder) that was for education and for these intimate experiences.”

In the late 1990s, Ruben Armiñana, then Sonoma State University president, was seeking a way of reinvigorating the campus while Telecom Valley pioneers Donald and Maureen Green, both SSU Bach choir members, were beginning to see a need for a new concert hall. The vision for what would become the Green Music Center came into focus for Armiñana and his wife Marne Olson upon their visit to the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, a rolling green landscape which bears a resemblance to the Sonoma Mountains, where many people enjoy indoor/outdoor concerts and picnickers relax under New England skies at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Now summertime concertgoers in Sonoma County similarly bring their own artisan foods and cheeses to enjoy outside on Weill Lawn with wine or beer available for purchase. When Armiñana observed how Ozawa Hall had been built with a sliding back door that opens the concert hall to the lawn outside, he immediately wanted the same thing for the SSU campus, but “California-style” and not an exact replica. After much discussion with likeminded others, thorough planning, tireless fundraising efforts and generous donations, there now exists a breathtakingly beautiful, sleek modern addition that provides a gracious, welcoming, convivial atmosphere from a guest’s moment of arrival in the century-old olive tree lined courtyard that leads into the reception hall straight ahead or Prelude Restaurant and Bar off to the left. Donated paintings, sculptures and other fine pieces of art grace the interior and exterior of the property.


“ can think of the hall as a living and breathing musical instrument.”

we have a piano room that uses the same air as the hall so in effect the piano never leaves the stage.”

About the stage, Kamen says: “What’s unique is the presence of so much wood, everything is really light colored, this is maple, the same type of wood that violins are made out of, the chairs, the railing and everything in the lobby is European steamed beechwood and the floor is Douglas Fir. So all these woods kind of breathe like musical instruments. You can think of the hall as a living and breathing musical instrument. When artists’ come, they absolutely love being on this stage looking out and just the presence of so much daylight makes a world of difference. That’s the very first thing that they notice — how much daylight there is.”

— Kamen Nikolov, GMC director of production operations

The lobby and restaurant are often configured to the needs of special occasions like donated art unveiling events, retirement parties, weddings, cocktail parties, Rohnert Park/Cotati Chamber of Commerce mixers, award ceremonies and memorial services. There is a donor lounge to relax in before performances and during intermission with glass of champagne as a “thank you” to those who give to the Center. Performing artists have a wellappointed dressing and rehearsal room backstage and have given their compliments to GMC staff. “We work hard to make sure everything goes smoothly and our lineup on the wall is a testament to the work we do,” says Kamen, a classically trained pianist from Sofia, Bulgaria who has worked for SSU since 1998 and as a GMC employee since 2011. “All instruments when they go from cold to hot they lose pitch. To avoid that

In essence, all seats are just stunning. You really cannot find a bad seat acoustically. Visually, some views are preferable to others (and priced accordingly). Sitting in the back of Weill Hall behind the performers, you may feel like an extension of the orchestra, or the choral loft. Window panels open in the summertime, offering a glorious view of the south lawn.

All curtains serve as treatment to change reverberation in the hall. They are lifted up for maximum reverberation with an orchestra. “Everything has been installed and engineered with sound in mind because the first priority is for the sound to be pure no matter where you are,” Kamen says. “For example, if the seats are not occupied, the slats in the back allow for the sound to flow through the chair and through the hall and reach all corners of the hall. With amplified events, guitars, drums it gets pretty loud, so we lower everything to absorb some of the sound and we also suspend curtains, because it becomes a large volume that we have to manage,” he says. “The sound system is very high end. We have it so that every cabinet is designed to hit a specific area of the audience to the effect that when you are in the hall every member has the same experience to hear crystal clear speeches, talks, announcements, performances. So every one of those cabinets has been programmed to send a specific amount of sound to a specific area.” In other words, no matter where you are as a guest during a show, you can clearly hear everything.


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seen a growing number of wine barrel art over the years, which is exactly why local Sonoma County artist Kevin Conant focuses on the unusual. His creations are different; no two pieces will look identical.

His goal is to create one-of-a-kind furniture and garden art made entirely from cast away wine barrels. Kevin, a landscaper and builder by trade, found his calling of working with barrels (preferably French oak, and in the White Burgundy and Bordeaux shapes), through his former role at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates as their Barrel Shipping & Receiving Coordinator. During his time there, he discovered who the best cooperages were, what type of oak they used, and how the best barrel were coopered. After a few furniture pieces were constructed for family and friends, word got out that Kevin was creating not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional works of art. In 2003, Kevin began the business in earnest and has since carved out a nice niche for himself in the barrel wood arts. He collaborates with numerous types of clients such as wineries, local food markets and breweries to create items suitable to sell as home dĂŠcor and kitchen art, and has recently begun working with distilleries using their spent whiskey barrels to design bottle fixtures that will house their


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E INSPIRED ART products at spirit shops across the country. “When I began making barrel furniture over fourteen years ago, no one else was really working with this type of wood. Over the years, I’ve been able to create one-of-a-kind art that sets mine apart from others out there. Each piece requires its own design and measurements as every barrel is built and shaped slightly different. But I enjoy the challenge of creating something that you won’t see everywhere else.” – Kevin Conant To make just one of his Adirondack chairs, it takes an entire barrel. Since each barrel’s staves (vertical curved pieces) are cut and shaped in a way that’s unique to that specific barrel, you can’t mix and match from others. Which means there’s quite a bit of math involved-- and a lot of compound miter cuts required to design each art piece. Once a design is complete, he sands it down until it is shiny smooth, and seals it with deck sealer to maintain its original color and natural luster.


Kevin’s showroom is his front yard. Drive south on Highway 12 towards Glen Ellen/Sonoma and when you see a garden on the left brimming with various barrel creations, you know you’re in the right place. Kevin happily offers tours by appointment and for those not in the area, you can take a virtual tour of his entire collection at his website or view his latest works on social media. Kevin is also available for commissions, so drop him a line to discuss custom work that will bring a little piece of wine country back home to wherever you live.

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bungalows 313

Consider the word, “bungalow”: does it evoke

thoughts and images of a cozy, charming, comfortable nesting place? Perhaps a private place to relax and recharge, either by yourself or with significant others? Should you find yourself planning a visit to the premier wine country town of Sonoma, Bungalows 313 might be an ideal choice to balance all the world class wining, dining and other explorations with a tranquil haven…cozy bathrobes

included. Bungalows 313 is located just one block north of the Plaza’s many restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms, but feels a world apart from all the bustle of this popular wine country destination. In a town known for its storied past, Bungalows 313 has a historic status of its own. “The property qualifies as an ‘historic resource’ under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),” says Alice P. Duffee, a local architectural historian and preservation planner

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and it is eligible for listing in the California Register. Originally part of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s orchard as late as 1875, the 110-year-old building at 313 First Street East was sold in 1878. The property was then purchased in 1907 by Misaele Bianchini, the Italian owner of the Lombardo Hotel, who built the current structure to serve as wine storage and additional rooms for his hotel. A fire destroyed the main hotel in 1917. The surviving building retains much of the feeling of Sonoma’s major


economic development period between 1879-1942. Current owners, Isac and Minette Gutfreund, purchased the Mediterranean-style property in July of 2015. Born in Milan, Italy, Isac says, “When we first visited Bungalows 313, we felt transported to a Tuscan villa, and I felt an immediate familiarity with the property.” After careers that included teaching and partnering in several small business ventures specializing in printing, media and project management, the couple became real estate investors in

1972. They have owned other residential real estate, but this is their first venture into vacation rentals and the hospitality industry. They agree that, so far, it has been a “trial by fire” learning experience, both emotionally and financially. “This has become more of a passion for us,” says Isac. “We purchased this beautiful property in Sonoma with our hearts, which is not the best criteria when it comes to investing in real estate. We saw the potential to make Bungalows 313 a romantic venue that we could enjoy along with our guests.“

As caretakers of this historic but neglected property, the Gutfreunds hope to restore and revitalize Bungalows 313 to a must-see destination in Sonoma, and they believe that, “Like a fine wine, it gets better with age.” With a primary objective of maintaining the original character of the 1907 building and its surroundings, the owners are making significant improvements that offer quality updates with modern conveniences. The slightly larger than a third-of-an-acre property consists of six units: Two

bungalows 313 is located at 313 first street east in sonoma. Nightly rates range from $179 to $399 per night, midweek, and from $289 to $489 per night on weekends. Long-term and group rates are also available. For further information or to make reservations, please call (707) 996-8091 or contact online at:


1-bedroom bungalows “Dolce” and “Vita” with full kitchens, dining and living room spaces, kingsized beds, and Jacuzzi tubs; Two 2-bedroom bungalows (this is the original 1907 building) “Terra 1” and “Terra 2” - one on the ground floor and one upstairs, with full kitchens, king-sized beds in one bedroom and queen-sized beds in the other, and several more individual features; and two detached studiostyle bungalows “Bella” and “Luna” with kitchenettes, king-sized beds and gas fireplaces. Each bungalow has French doors that open to a private outdoor patio or deck with round teak tables and chairs. In addition, the bungalows surround a peaceful, Tuscan-designed central courtyard with a wood burning pizza oven, barbecue, and convivial gas fire pit, where guests can enjoy local wine, coffee, juice and other goodies provided on arrival. Cozy bathrobes optional.







Sonoma County

San Francisco Giants Game vs. Diamondbacks August 6 1 p.m. AT&T Park $240 Wine Club Members

The Girl & The Fig 20 Year Anniversary Party August 20 6 – 9 p.m. Sonoma Plaza – Horseshoe 453 1st Street East, Sonoma CA (707) 933-3000

Social Sundays at Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery Recurring weekly on Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Jack London Village 14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen (707) 341-1931

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday, September 9 Sunday, September 10 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Constructive Collisions: Art, Science, and the Environment Petaluma Arts Center Tuesday, September 12 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free

Sonoma Plein Air Festival Sonoma Plaza Saturday, September 16 10 a.m.

Laughfest! Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Saturday, October 14 7-11pm $27 Advance; $32 Door

Sonoma County Art Trails Saturdays and Sundays, October 14- 22 Various Sonoma County Art Studios Free

Bourbon and Bluegrass Thursdays through October 26 Brewsters Beer Garden

Les Arts Florissants with William Christie Green Music Center - Weill Hall Friday, November 10 7:30 p.m. Tickets Start at $35

Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 11 Free

Star Party Robert Ferguson Observatory Friday, November 24 6:00 p.m. $3 Adults; Free under 18 Parking at Sugarloaf is $8


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