Passing the Wood-Fired Torch


Lynmar Estate wood-fired ovens: pre- and post-April 2012.

Last Sunday, we held our first Pinot & Pizza event of the year. This popular wine and food pairing series is entering its sixth season with reason to believe there will be many more ahead. While it has been a recurring event the past five years, 2012 marks a new beginning of sorts for the series.


The arched roof takes on characteristics of the winery and the seed barn.

Our original wood-fired oven, an icon to the estate, has been removed and in its place a new oven now stands. For anything that’s been a fond part of your life for several years, it’s difficult to let go. Whether it’s a car you drove across the country in, a pet you watched grow up, or your first home, saying goodbye is hard, but when it’s time, you know it, and are ever thankful you that thing in your life. Such was the case with our original pizza oven. When it was decided last year that we needed to replace it, there was a sadness knowing that it enabled us to give visitors a uniquely intimate epicurean experience. But an opportunity was recognized no less – an opportunity to pass the torch and celebrate the possibilities of the future while honoring the past.

The new wood-fired oven, completed in April, is truly a remarkable structure, both in what it is capable of producing and its presence in the Redwood Grove. Its design is inspired wholly from its surroundings, fitting in seamlessly on the estate. The roof takes formal cues from two distinct structures on the estate: the arched roof mimics the roof shape over the crush pad on the winery while the corrugated steel layer pays homage to the seed barn. The wood on all four sides of the oven are repurposed redwood planks from old buildings on the property and the brick choice was inspired by the bricks used in Lynn’s childhood home. Along the sides of the oven are painted iron sculptures of egrets walking through tall grasses – a subtle, yet artistic touch acknowledging our proximity an important wetland area, not just to Sonoma County, but internationally significant as well.

The wood comes from repurposed redwood planks of structures no longer standing on the estate.

The result is a structure that will stand for many years whose design and purpose will serve as reminders that what makes this place special is not singularly definable – rather, it is a synergy of multiple ideals that, over time, feed, inform, and inspire one another.


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