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People News Recap from 2/19-2/25

Date: 02/26/13

Wine industry people on the move from February 19 to February 25

Hope Family Wines Promotes Samantha Taylor to Assistant Winemaker

Samantha joined the Hope Family Wines team three years ago. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University in 2009, she majored in wine and viticulture with an emphasis in wine business. More...

Historic Central California Brand Re-Launches Under New Ownership, New Winemaker, Same Values

Vidal Perez will oversee the production of a portfolio focused mostly on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, in the soils of the Santa Maria Valley appellation. More...

Progressive Wine Entrepreneur Mike Votto Selected to Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40

Votto Vines ascent over the past four years has largely been due to the company’s compilation of highly rated wines and high profile proprietary brands. More...

Laffort USA Names Adam LaZarre as New Technical Representative for Central Coast Wineries

LaZarre has been in the wine industry nearly 20 years producing wines for California, as well as in Spain and Chile. More...

Matt Dumayne Joins Okanagan Crush Pad as Associate Winemaker

Matt, who developed his zeal for making BC wine following a vintage working with Randy Picton at Nk'Mip Cellars in Osoyoos, is keen to apply his international experience and help the OCP team shape the future of the BC wine industry. More...

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association Announces 2013 Board of Directors

The board represents a cross-section of large and boutique wineries and winegrape growers from across Temecula Valley. Nicholas Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery was named the new president. More...

Jaime Araujo Appointed Vice President of International Markets at Araujo Estate Wines

She will take on the full-time management of Araujo Estate’s sales, marketing, events and promotions in all European and Asian markets in which the brand is sold. She will continue to be based in Paris, France. More...

Blue Ventures Wine Marketing Appoints Mark S. Mitchell

Mark has an extensive wine industry background in various management roles with Constellation Brands, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Darden Restaurant Group. Mark resides in Orlando, Florida and will be responsible for sales in nine states. More...

Edict Wines Hires Jimmy Kawalek As Director of Sales & Marketing

Kawalek will oversee all sales, marketing, and direct-to-consumer efforts for the winery. Prior to joining Edict, Kawalek held the position of house sommelier at Peju Province Winery in Rutherford, California. More...

Bill Leigon Joins Reata Winery as President

Leigon is an industry innovator and visionary, having pioneered the use of the Internet and social media to build and market Hahn Family Wine brands, leading to increased international recognition. More...

Somerston Wine Co. Hires Jack Edwards as Vice President of Sales

The creation of this position marks a new period of growth and expansion for Somerston Wine Company’s brands. Edwards was most recently director of sales for the Miner Family Winery in Oakville. More...

Maximilian J. Riedel Named President Of Riedel Crystal

Effective July 1, 2013, a 10th change of generation will take place at glass manufacturer Riedel: Georg J. Riedel will hand over management of Riedel Crystal and its worldwide subsidiaries to his son Maximilian J. Riedel. More...

Encore! Glass, Inc. Announces New President

Brad Tucker has accepted the position of president and CEO effective Jan. 15, 2013. He brings to Encore! Glass over thirty years of sales and senior level packaging management experience. More...

Vermeil Wines Names Thomas Shoults as Wine Club Manager

He will continue to build the winery’s customer service culture and expand its presence in the wine industry. Shoults has more than 20 years of experience and has been part of the Napa Valley culture since the 1970s. More...

Testarossa Winery Appoints DeAnna Perry as Hospitality Manager

Perry will run the winery's varied and popular visitor programs. She brings many years of experience and success in the hospitality fields to Testarossa. Most recently, she had been an integral part of the Morton's Restaurants' team. More...

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