Business Notes for Feb. 19

Cider Fest date moved to April 12

The Chamber of Commerce’s first “Hard Pressed Cider Fest” will be April 12, noon to 6 p.m. at Mt. Defiance Cold Storage, 3351 Stadelman Drive, in Odell.

This date has been changed from an earlier published date. Watch Hood River News for details.

‘Coffee Clatter’ is Friday at 8 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce Coffee Clatter for February will be Friday at 8 a.m. at TrueMed Institute, 506 Cascade Ave., Hood River. The networking event is open to the public, and refreshments are served.

Hearts of Gold receives trio of awards

Hearts of Gold Caregivers recently received three separate awards from Home Care Pulse. Winning these awards shows that Hearts of Gold Caregivers is strongly committed to their clients’ and employees’ satisfaction, according to Faith Keolker, co-owner of Hearts of Gold.

Hearts of Gold Caregivers enlists the services of Home Care Pulse, a third-party research company, to gather feedback from a percentage of their clients and employees through random live phone interviews each month. Hearts of Gold Caregivers is sent a report, containing client and employee feedback and satisfaction scores. With these results, Hearts of Gold Caregivers is able to highlight their successes and make goals for improvement.

Home Care Pulse has awarded Hearts of Gold Caregivers with the Employer of Choice, the Provider of Choice and the Leader in Excellence award. The Leader in Excellence was only awarded to the top 5 percent of participating home-care agencies nationwide.

“From the time we opened Hearts of Gold Caregivers six years ago, we have always aimed at providing the highest quality, professional home care service, as well as a work environment where our employees can thrive. Winning these awards is a clear indication that we have reached our goal. I am so grateful for the wonderful team of people I have the pleasure to work with, without whom none of this would be possible,” said Thomas Keolker, co-owner of Hearts of Gold Caregivers.

Nunamaker merges with Hershner Bell Realty

Hershner and Bell Realty, founded in the 1920s, has merged with Don Nunamaker Realtors and relocated operations to Nunamaker offices at 2495 Cascade Ave.

Chuck Beardsley, principal broker, licensed since 1968, and Mary Beth Chambers, office manager for 15 years, will remain with a new property management division, Don Nunamaker Property Management. The existing Hershner and Bell phone number, 541-386-5555, will remain in use and the new property management operations will remain the same.

Marchesi Vineyards awarded ‘best of class’

Marchesi Vineyards’ 2012 Sangiovese Emma was awarded Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, proclaimed the “Largest Wine Competition of American wines in the World,” in January.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was held in Sonoma County, Calif.

The judges, consisting of 55 professional wine experts within the media, restaurant and hospitality, winemaking and retail wine industries, evaluated the entries. The SFCWC broke the records with a staggering 5,825 wines this year, making it the largest judging held in North America. About 1,500 wineries from 25 states entered this competition.

Complete results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition can be found online at

For more information about Marchesi Vineyards, visit or stop by the tasting room on west Belmont Drive Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cathedral Ridge hosts ‘Varietal Vertical’

Cathedral Ridge Winery of Hood River hosts a “Vertical Varietal Immersion” series ($25 per person) starting on Feb. 22. Winery owner and cellar master Robb Bell will lead wine tasters through a tasting of wines focusing on how and why the wines develop from vineyard to bottle.

This special experience includes barrel tastings, current offerings and library cellar tastings, all offered alongside small pairings to enhance the wines unique qualities.

The tasting is open to the public, but reservations are encouraged as spots will fill up quickly, and space is limited to 25 people a session.

For more information visit or call 800-516-8710.

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