"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


February 27, 2006

Sunol was treated to a special and memorable event on February 21 when approximately 120 of the world's top bicyclist from the Tour of California bike race passed through our tiny town on the way to San Jose and eventually ending their 700 mile journey yesterday in Redondo Beach.

Our kids were equally thrilled because the bicyclist, which were traveling on Highway 84, passed within a few yards of the Sunol Glen School playing field so the entire school from K through 8th including teachers and staff, were allowed to gather on the field to watch in awe as they raced by. The schools band also played while the students and local residents waved applauded and cheered.

Sunol Glen Administrative Assistant, Teresa Donovan said, "It was fun and very interesting because the three top cyclists, who were leading the race, went by followed by their entourage of vehicles caring their equipment, then about five minutes later the rest of the cyclist came by followed by their entourage".

The unusually warm dry weather provided the perfect afternoon to visit our local wineries on February 12 and that's exactly where I found two Sunol winery owners pouring samples of their wine at Tesla Vintners. Tesla Vintners, a community tasting room in Livermore, was hosting a chocolate and wine pairing event.

Sandi Bohner of Little Valley Vineyards was pouring their Raspberry Sparkling Wine paired with an impressive fountain of flowing chocolate with strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows to dip. Talk about a taste of heaven, it was absolutely wonderful. Sandi's husband Bill Webster could be found outside on the comfortable patio pouring their Pure Decadence Port wine.

Tesla Vintners also had live music featuring local favorites Georgi and the Roughweek. And with all the chocolate and wine to be had, it was a great way to rock out with some terrific blues music. Georgi Longboya and her band mates, which include husband Roland Longboya, are seasoned musicians and they knew exactly how to set the mood for this very fun event.

I also had an opportunity to catch up with Fran Repogle of Fenestra Winery. Fenestra, along with John Christopher Winery, Thomas Coyne Winery and the Singing Winemaker, all pour samples of their wines at this community tasting room. Fran alerted me to another chocolate and wine pairing at their Fenestra Winery on Vallecitos Road in Livermore. The event, called "Chocolate and Cabernet Weekend", is on March 12 and 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Fran says they have not yet finalized the menu, but expect to find not only sweets to pair with the wine but also savory dishes as well. She said last year they served delicious chicken with vinaigrette which had the essence of chocolate. The $10.00 fee per person includes a souvenir wine glass. For more information, please call Fenestra Winery at 925-447-5246.

It's that time of year again! Sunol Repertory Theater proudly presents its 2006 production of "Caught in the Villain's Grasp…Or Your Mother Was Right About Those Theater People." Written and directed by Tom Harland, this year's play is extra special because Tom and wife Vicki actually founded the Theater Company 25 years ago.

Typical of an old time melodrama, you will boo and hiss the bad guys and cheer the good guys. Tickets are now on sale and going fast. This fabulous play is very popular and does sell out early every year. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the Sunol Corners Store from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The performances are held in the Sunol Glen School Theater every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m,. beginning on March 4 through March 25. All proceeds are donated to Sunol Glen Schools Arts programs.

Reminder: The Glass Family is holding an estate sale on Saturday at 11989 Foothill Road from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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