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People News Recap from 1/29-2/4

Date: 02/05/13

Wine industry people on the move from January 29 to February 4

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Announces New Government Affairs Coordinator

Wilmore’s role is to monitor issues and potential regulations locally and countywide that will impact Alliance members with a focus on water, land use, economic strategies, community, and agriculture. More...

Len Thompson Named 2012 Grower of the Year by the Virginia Vineyards Association

An independent grower, Thompson has been an extremely active member of the VVA for over a decade. He has served two terms as vice president, two terms as treasurer, one term as secretary and a term as communications chair. More...

Durette Named Vice President of National Sales at King Estate Winery

Durette will be responsible for the King Estate, North by Northwest (NxNW) and Acrobat wine brands. He leads a team of five regional sales managers and three state sales managers. More...

Thomson Promoted, Appointed to Oregon Wine Board by Governor John Kitzhaber

King Estate promoted Steve Thomson from executive vice president of sales to executive vice president of King Estate, and announced his appointment to the Oregon Wine Board by Governor John Kitzhaber. More...

Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines Hire Industry Veteran Judd Wallenbrock as General Manager

Wallenbrock’s vision is to mature each winery as a must-visit destination in the Napa Valley, and to give back to the community by supporting the arts. More...

Ben Drake Receives CAWG Leader of the Year Award

The award is presented to the grower whose personal commitment and record of leadership has benefitted California’s wine industry. “Ben is a forward-thinking leader who has provided consistent leadership for the winegrape industry.” More...

Santa Maria's Presqu'ile Winery Appoints Katy Westgaard as Director of Direct-to-Consumer Sales

Westgaard, who studied agribusiness, marketing and French at Cal Poly, has held positions in hospitality and marketing at Byron and Cambria wineries, and was formerly a territory chain sales manager for the Gallo company. More...

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Names Rhonda Motil Senior Marketing Director

Motil will work with a core marketing team, which includes VP of marketing Cynthia Lohr in the development and oversight of J. Lohr’s marketing, sponsorship and education programs. More...

The Four Graces Appoints Eugenia Keegan to Acting General Manager

Keegan has over 35 years of industry experience including working in the Napa Valley as president and CEO of Bouchaine Vineyards and president of Vine Cliff Winery. More...

WineAmerica Appoints Mark Chandler As Executive Director

He previously worked with the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission, helping transform a previously unknown region overshadowed by Napa and Sonoma into a recognized and respected region for both winegrapes and wine. More...

David Ramey Elected to Lead Family Winemakers

David Ramey, owner of Ramey Wine Cellars in Healdsburg, California was elected Chair of Family Winemakers of California for 2013. He is serving his second term and has served as vice chair and secretary/treasurer. More...

Dana Estates Promotes Cameron Vawter to Winemaker

He has been an instrumental part of the winemaking team since the winery’s inception and also oversaw the construction of the Howard Backen-designed winery, which was completed in 2008.  More...

Saintsbury Appoints Gary Bulger as Senior Vice President of Sales

Bulger will oversee all sales functions for the U.S. and export markets. “Gary’s proven abilities to motivate and inspire those around him, his relationships in the marketplace and knowledge of brand strategy and history of building brands are the perfect fit for Saintsbury.” More...

Lewis Cellars Appoints Steve Nelson to Assistant Winemaker

With a master of science degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis, Steve brings nearly 10 years of winemaking experience to Lewis, where his strong technical knowledge has already become a great asset at the winery. More...

Neil McNally, CWE Joins Wine Direct to Trade

As the Southern California WDT Regional, McNally will be focusing on the Southern California trade, assisting in bringing new winery clients into the Wine Direct to Trade portfolio and playing an active role in the 2013 WDT marketing project rollouts. More...

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