Tourism and Hospitality

Siena, the Tuscan-inspired, signature restaurant of The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, has been selected to receive Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the third straight year. The award is given to restaurants that demonstrate that they not only have an extensive wine list, but properly store each bottle and have a good inventory system. Siena’s, wine list which selects from top wineries and its thematic match to its menu also helped secure the award. Siena, which recently welcomed a new chef, Mike Collins, has a wine list of 280 wines with an inventory of more than 2,200 bottles.

Health Care

Santa Rosa-based TriVascular, Inc. announced the initiation of a Phase 3 (Continued Access) trial of the Ovation Abdominal Stent Graft System in the United States. This protocol will allow the 28 US sites involved in the pivotal Ovation Abdominal Stent Graft Trial to continue treating patients who meet the study criteria.

Technology

San Rafael-based Marin Technical Resource has launched a new website. The new site was created by Ram Print Communications (http://www.ramprint.com) and is now streamlined to speed up the loading of the site. The support portal login is integrated to each page for the ease of use of their current clients and customers. Marin Technical Resource provides affordable IT services and computer assistance for small businesses. Their experts work with clients to create a customized technology solution for every business’ needs. They have expertise in providing network analysis, design, and deployment for any kind of business. For more information about Marin Technical Resource and its services, call 415-233-6041 or visit www.technicalresource-marin.com.

Solar

Novato-based SolarCraft announced the reinstatement of the Marin County Solar Energy Rebate Program for solar energy system purchases made by residents and businesses in unincorporated areas of Marin County. The goal of the program is to promote sustainable energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while helping to lower energy bills.Qualifying Systems & Rebate Amounts: photovoltaic systems, $500; solar domestic hot water heater. $300; solar pool heater, $200.

Wine

V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena was named the 2011 “Best Winery” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 37th annual Best of the Bay Readers Poll. According to the Guardian’s editor, Marke B., the reader poll is an “annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here [in the Bay Area] such a great experience -- from Best Burrito … to Best Winery … and beyond. More than 15,000 of our readers voted in our 2011 Best of Bay Readers Poll for their favorites….”