Hospitality and Tourism

Sonoma Cycling Adventures is a new company specializing in fully supported bike tours throughout Sonoma County for cyclists of all levels. “Fully supported” means they have a guide and van travel on the route with you. They also jump ahead and have meals and rest stops set up and waiting for the group. For overnight rides, the company coordinates lodging and all meals, so cyclists only need to show up, and concentrate on having a great time.

Government

Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) presented his July Sustainable North Bay Award to Worldwise, Inc. of San Rafael in recognition of its sustainable business practices.  Worldwise, Inc. makes environmentally responsible pet products and offers pet products for dogs and cats made from recycled, reclaimed, certified organic and natural resources

Insurance

Novato-based Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company announced the launch of a text messaging service that sends updates and alerts to policyholders during disasters. Policyholders who frequently travel, have multiple residences, or businesses in different parts of the country, may be interested in signing up to receive texts in more than one region.

Wine

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has launched new iPhone and Android apps, as well as a mobile website for BlackBerry and other smart phones. The iPhone app is available for download in the Apple iTunes Store at http://bit.ly/opNZRr and the Android application is available in the Android marketplace at http://bit.ly/pNmUc1. The mobile website is available at http://mobile.ferraricarano.com.

For 55 years the Bacigalupi family has been growing winegrapes and now the business welcomes visitors to its public tasting room. There, guests may taste the family’s 9-year-old pinot noir and zinfandel brand called John Tyler. The brand is named after vineyard manager John Bacigalupi and his nephew Tyler Heck, grandson of Korbel Champagne Cellars owner Paul Heck. The tasting room is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4353 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 95448.