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Locals Who Inspire Us

There must be something about the soil in Sonoma Valley causing it to produce not just vines with awe-inspiring real estate but also some famous people. While our site is dedicated to all things interior design, one of our contributors had a lovely chat with realtor Ginger Martin and a business owner who shall remain nameless, over the aesthetic of their restaurant and how they wanted to incorporate bits and pieces of locals that have been impacted by the Sonoma Valley.

It brought up to our attention how many locals here are truly exceptional and we wanted to share with you some of their stories, while one isn’t born here they spent their life here and that counts as a local… Here are some of the prides of Sonoma Valley.

Brett Wallace
Born on August 26, 1986, Brent Wallace is a professional baseball player for San Diego Padres. He is playing as an infielder position in the Major League Baseball under San Diego Padres and Houston Astros. On March 23, 2014, he signed a deal with Baltimore Orioles. Then he moved to the Triple-A Norfolk before he got traded to the Blue Jays on July 14, 2014.

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Wallace displayed a remarkable performance on August 24, 2014 after clubbing a walk-off grand slam in the 12th inning to produce three home runs, six RBI game, and catapulted the Bisons to victory defeating Pawtucket Red Sox, 10-6. He joined the ranks of Fernando Martínez and Marco Scutaro as the only Bisons to produce walk-off grand slams.

George Worthing Yates
George Worthing Yates was an American screenwriter who became popular because of his works in the films with science fiction themes. He was born in August, 1901 in New York City and took his last breath in Sonoma Valley on June 6, 1975. He was the nephew of Herbert Yates, head of the Republic Pictures. His well-known works include Frankenstein 1970 (1958), War of the Colossal beast (1958), Tormented (1960) and King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).

Bob Sessions
We can never get pass mentioning the famous people from Sonoma Valley without including any winemaker. Of course, the place is known for its vinery and wines so we must name a famous person from winery/brewery department. And that guy is Bob Sessions.

Surprisingly, Robert Session’s course during college has nothing to do with wines. He majored in English Literature from University of California in Berkeley in 1957. After graduation, he went to Europe and fell in love with wines there. He went back to the U.S and got married. His first working experience that has something to do with wine is at Mayacamas Vineyards from 1964 to 1971.


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Then he had a stint as production manager at Souverain after which he transferred to Stags Leap Wine Cellars where he is a part of the pioneering team. He got his first shot of fame in the international winemaking scene after helping Warren Winiarski blend and bottle the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon that was blind tasted in the Judgement of Paris.

Still in 1973, he started working for Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma as its general manager. Soon, the Sessions run Hanzell Vineyards, with Bob’s wife molly helping him manage the property and their son Ben is taking care of the hospitality department. It is in Hanzell where he created his signature wines that are still being revered up to now.

We are so lucky to live in such an extraordinary place! The colors of the vines, the soft hues of the changing night skies, the thick mustard flowers and intricate depths of green inspire me daily as I look around the Valley.

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Sonoma Valley’s Most Expensive Homes

There are so many luxurious estates in Sonoma Valley. Some of them are built on expansive acreage so many thought that the house is only expensive because of the land where it stands. But the truth is even if the house cost only half of the price; it is still a very expensive investment on its own. Here are some of the most notable, pricey houses in this county.

3736 Wood Valley Rd., Sonoma, CA

The house measures 6,840 sq. ft. inside 7856 acres of land. It has four beds and nine baths. It was sold in November of last year for a price of $11,500,000. It’s truly a majestic home with incredible amenities.

12505 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen, CA

This is a very charming farmhouse that is already old yet still has the most state-of-the-art facilities. The house measures 5,161 sq.ft. The house is built with wide large windows, wide porches and French doors and these allow the owner to savor the views outside the house.  The views of vineyards, mountains and open spaces will greet you when you go outside. This is a single-family residence that is built in 2005.

8507 Mill Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This property is composed of two homes with shared garage.  The main house measures 2,129 sq. ft. and the second home has 2,634 sq. ft. Vineyards and rolling hills are two of the best natural views surrounding the house.  The main house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.   This is a single-family residence built in 1970. It was sold for the price of $9,825,000 last November 2016. The style of the house is Spanish-Mediterranean.

7927 Briggs Ranch Road, Calistoga, CA

This is a very impressive property situated in 8,000 acres of land. It is one of the properties which stand the test of time. It is highly valued for its magnificent façade, rich history, exclusivity, and easy access to the wine county’s sophisticated amenities. Outside, an equally stunning vineyard lies in approx.1,500 acres of land. The ranch is a perfect setting for outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting.

410 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA

This is a multi-occupancy home with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The floor size is 6,458. It was built in 1921; remodeled in 1968 and was sold for $5,500,000 last year. It has a total of thirteen rooms. There is a fireplace in the living room. The driveway has a total area of 720 sq.ft.