Russian River Valley Winegrowers, an educational and marketing association of grape growers, wineries, and commercial members associated with the Russian River Valley announced their board election results for 2013.
Elected officers are:
President - Randy Luginbill, Silverado Sonoma Vineyards, LLC
1st Vice President - Percy Brandon, Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co
2nd Vice President - Chris Donatiello, C. Donatiello Winery
Appointed Treasurer - Saralee McClelland Kunde, Sonoma Ag Art
Appointed Secretary - Carol Kozlowski-Every, Kozlowski Farms
The new board members for the 2013-2015 term are Gio Balistreri from Russian River Vineyards and Rick Bonitati of Jackson Family Wines. The continuing board members are: Armon Azevedo, Wilbur-Ellis Co.; Nicole Bacigalupi, John Tyler Wines; John Balletto, Balletto Vineyards & Winery; Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards; Guy Davis, Davis Family Vineyards; Shannon Donnell, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards; Alex Klein, American AgCredit; Lee Martinelli, Jr., Martinelli Farms, Inc.; Mark McWilliams, Arista Winery; and John Holdredge, Holdrege Wines.
The Russian River Valley AVA is located within Sonoma County, which is 50 miles north of San Francisco situated between the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Intense tectonic activity and uplifted geology created a diversity of soils, pure artesian wells, and a perfect vineyard landscape. Where once there was ocean, we now have fog shrouded coastal hills and sunny vineyards nurtured by the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific. In addition to the region’s renowned Pinot Noir, visitors come to enjoy the Russian River Valley’s other award-winning varietal wines – Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, among others.
The Russian River Valley Winegrowers is dedicated to maintaining the agricultural diversity of the Russian River Valley while preserving its natural resources and protecting its authentic farming heritage. The hard work and passion of the Board, along with the association’s membership, have been key to the fact that wines produced with Russian River Valley grapes are among the finest in the world. Across the nation, the Russian River Valley is at the top of the list of Sonoma County AVA’s recognized by consumers, and that recognition is spreading world-wide.
For more information about the RRVW and its members visit www.rrvw.org.