Pleasanton Weekly

News - April 29, 2011

Downtown's Little Valley Winery closes

Owners plan to continue sales at special events, Firehouse Arts Center.

by Jeb Bing

Sandi Bohner has closed her Little Valley Winery store at 739 Main St.

Bohner and her husband Bill Webster opened the downtown sales and tasting store during the Pleasanton Downtown Association's "Spring Fling" in May 2009, and it immediately became a favorite among north Main Street retailers. Active in the PDA, Bohner has hosted many special events at the store.

"Regretfully I am closing our large downtown store for personal reasons," Bohner said. "We are looking at a small location downtown, and we're still pouring wine for events at the Firehouse Arts Center."

The winery continues to be active and Little Valley wines will be available at a booth Bohner will have at the north end of Main Street at the First Wednesday street party May 4.

The shop on Main Street was known not only for its wines but for its Lavender products and other gift items. Bohner also is a specialist in arranging private tastings, catering, wedding and anniversary parties and more, which she said she will continue to handle.

Bohner and Webster have been involved in small businesses for many years. Before opening the Pleasanton store, she was an outside sales manager for an espresso roasting firm, had started several small cafes in the area, and had been an events and wedding coordinator for a winery in Livermore Valley.

Webster has been the vice president of business development and engineering for a number of Bay Area technology firms.

They got into the winemaking business in 2003 when they opened the Little Valley Vineyard Espresso Bar and Tasting Room across the street from the Sunol station, where Jazz Sandwich Shop now sits.

In addition to winemaking, they own Rancho Alegre Lavender, a 3-acre farm is that is home to over 4,000 English lavenders and popular hybrids.

For more information or to order wines, Bohner can be reached at 862-9006.

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