"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


October 9, 2006

Little Valley Vineyards is celebrating the release of their 2003 Sauvignon Blanc and their 2004 Tempranillo. Little Valley’s Port, which was introduced earlier this year, is now on the reserved list and later this year they will have a Portuguese style port that will be released along with some new blends.

Co-owner Sandi Bohner said they had a very successful weekend during the annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration pouring their wines at the Tesla Vintners community tasting room. She said, “We had a special surprise, my nephew Merrill Moses, who is the goalie (and rated one of the best water polo goalies in the world) for the US Olympic Water Polo Team stopped by and greeted some of the guests”. She also said that due to a cut in funding for the team, a fundraiser is being planned during the month March 2008 and the whole team will be present. Sandi added, “They have a good chance to medal in 2008”.

Sandi’s brother, Dr. Max Moses and sister-in-law, Marlene Moses was also helping pour Little Valley's wonderful Raspberry and Almond California Champagne and their signature Tempranillo. Marlene is a founding director of Butterfly Worldwide Home Boutiques and the couple is living temporarily in Sunol with Sandi and her husband Bill Webster until they move to a new location.

Speaking about new locations, Little Valley Vineyards has some exciting news; they have a hot, new tasting room located at the beautiful, historic Elliston mansion. Yes that’s right; they will be pouring their wines right alongside Elliston Vineyards at 463 Kilkare Road.

Little Valley is currently taking holiday orders for their Champagne and Port wine. Please call 925-895-9006 for ordering information and she says they will make deliveries.

Please remember that Sandi also owns Little Valley Lavender and Rancho Alegre Lavender and has been busy filling orders for pumpkin soap and other pumpkin skin products to, of all places the Pumpkin Capital of the World, Half Moon Bay. If you would like to purchase any of her lavender products please go to their website, www.ranchoalege-lavender.com.

It’s a record! Last year the Niles Canyon Railway’s Holiday Train of Lights sold out in less than 6 weeks and this year it sold out within an amazing 6 days. If you are still interested in riding on this magnificent train, you can all Chief Station Agent, Al McCracken at 408-249-2953 to have your name put on a waiting list. Al tells me that there are a few general admission seats available for December 27th and December 28. Al also mentioned that there were so many ticket requests coming in that the computer program could not keep up with all of the orders.

Don’t worry Sunolian’s, train tickets for our annual Christmas tree lighting and “residents only” train ride, being held on December 2, are available and will be distributed a few weeks prior to the event. I will announce more to come when it gets closer to the date of the event.

Sunol Glen School’s annual walk-a-thon held on October 2 was so much fun. I think the parents enjoy it as much as the students. Chairperson Camie Bowling writes, “The walkathon was a huge hit! Not only did the number of students walking increase this year to half the school but we had almost 100% of teacher and staff participation as well! A thank you letter will be in this weeks Eagle Flyer but I would like to thank anyone and everyone who had a helping hand in making this as successful as it was. We are already getting requests for next year to bring the dunk tank back! I would also like to thank the heavens above for holding the rain until Sunday!!!!”

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