Well here in Sunol, we all survived the busy holiday
season just fine. Now it's 2004, a time for hope, reflection,
resolutions and new beginnings.
Little Valley Vineyards has just done just that...they have
closed the doors to their business on Main Street and are looking
forward to a new beginning at their new location at 3595 Little
Valley Road off of Highway 84 in Sunol.
While training as a marathon runner, Sandi Bohner ran the county
back roads of the valley and found this quaint little town called
Sunol. Sandi who was then a Pleasanton resident, said she has
"always loved Sunol" and soon after marrying Bill
Webster in 1996, convinced Bill to leave his home in the Hayward
hills and move to Sunol.
"We have really had a great deal of pleasure bringing
people together in downtown and now we are looking forward to
having them visit us on the other side of Sunol" said co-owner
Bill Webster. Four years ago, with Sandi's initial experience
in the wine business as event coordinator at Garre Vineyards
and Winery, she and Bill embarked on a new journey seeking to
bring a new kind of wine to the Livermore Valley. Little Valley
Vineyards signature wine, Tempranillo, is what they like to
call the "taste of Spain grown in California".
The Tempranillo wine grape is native to Northern Spain. A great
light red wine, it is the worlds seventh most popular of wine
grape varietel but not very well known in the United States.
There are only about thirty wineries in the U.S. that offer
Tempranillo wine and Little Valley was the first to grow and
distribute their own in the valley.
Lucky guests of the Niles Canyon Railway's "Auld Lang
Syne" train ride were recently served Little Valley Vineyards
signature wine, Tempranillo, along with Chardonnay and their
new California Raspberry Champagne on the weekend of Dec. 27-28.
Besides wine tasting, Little Valley Vineyards new location
will offer a picnic area, a gift shop and musical events and
will be open beginning January 10 every Saturday and Sunday
from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at other times
by calling (925) 862-9006.
How could anyone passing through the busy intersection of Pleasanton-Sunol
Road and Highway 84 not see those cute, whimsical wooden displays
of art? Well, according to Dolores Reimer, owner of Sunol Corners,
quite of few of you stopped by to purchase these one of a kind
gifts this holiday season. During a recent visit with Dolores,
she told me that there are actually six different artists who
make the wooden pieces. One person makes the whirligigs, three
people make the "swinging kids" and yard art, one
person makes the picture frames and napkin holders and one person
makes the absolutely beautiful, one of a kind, made-to-order,
painted wooden mailboxes. You must stop by her shop to see these
amazing works of art. Besides the wooden art, Dolores also sells
metal art, horse-shoe art, gift baskets, floral arrangements,
cards; snacks and soft drinks. Open seven days a week from 9:30
a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Dolores tells me her very popular cat Rusty,
greets all the customers.
Happy New Year!