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People News Recap from 3/19-4/1

Date: 04/02/13

Wine industry people on the move from March 19 to April 1

Charles Jefferson and Linda Ulrich Join Wine Institute as Vice Presidents of Federal Relations

Wine Institute announced the appointments of Charles C. Jefferson and Linda A. Ulrich as vice presidents of federal relations, effective April 15. More...

ANDIS WINES appoints Jenae Plasse as Chief Operating Officer

As chief operating officer, Plasse will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of events, purchasing, community relations, social media, marketing and advertising. She previously worked for other wineries along the Central Coast. More...

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Appoints Willem Semmelink as Vineyard Manager

Semmelink brings to Summerhill his deep commitment to community and ecology, and a desire to continually improve Summerhill's vineyards for optimal quality and sustainability. More...

Rusack Vineyards Appoints Steven Gerbac Winemaker

Gerbac has been with the flagship Ballard Canyon winery for 10 years, beginning as a production assistant, moving on to cellar master, and working his way up to assistant winemaker. He will oversee a portfolio of estate-grown, Rhone-inspired wines. More...

T. Edward Wines Appoints Scott Rosenbaum as Spirit Strategist

Rosenbaum is well versed in the needs and growth of the domestic market. As TEW seeks to lay the foundation of their Spirits Program, there will be no inclusion of spirits produced as an afterthought to supplement one’s main passion. More...

Erin Green Joins Flanagan Wines as Consulting Winemaker

She assisted for many years on multiple projects that included Bryant Family, Martinelli, and Pahlmeyer. In 1999 she became winemaker and director of winegrowing for Pahlmeyer and continued in that position for 12 years. More...

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Hires Mark Cave as General Manager

Cave has over 32 years of wine industry experience doing everything from making wine, to building and running wineries from California to Washington and is now bringing that experience to Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. More...

Epic Wines Names Alan Crawford Vice President of National Sales

Over the last 15 years Crawford has worked at Pasternak Wine Imports where he was Western regional sales manager before a promotion to director of national retail accounts. More...

Okanagan Crush Pad Welcomes Matt Dumayne as New Associate Winemaker

His experience in New Zealand included the creation of custom-crush wines. He also has experience converting a vineyard to organic and biodynamic farming practices, experience that mirrors the agricultural direction of Okanagan Crush Pad. More...

Zaca Mesa Winery Promotes Assistant Winemaker

Kristin Bryden has been promoted to associate winemaker. In September 2011, Bryden brought her considerable talents to Zaca Mesa Winery as the assistant winemaker. More...

Michael W. Brown Appointed Director of National Sales for the Thornhill Companies

Brown will manage a small portfolio of wines including the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards brands, two artisanal brands helmed by winemaker Trey Fletcher, and sales for the Ballard Lane brand. More...

Deanna Benzenberg Joins Shannon Ridge Family of Wines

As Southwest territory manager, she will be responsible for Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Benzenberg was previously the Colorado sales manager at Treasury Wine Estates, managing several district managers and more than 25 winery brands.  More...

Archery Summit Winery Hires New General Manager/Winemaker, Christopher Mazepink

Mazepink will manage all vineyard and winemaking operations, working with long time director of vineyard operations Leigh Bartholomew. This includes the oversight of six estate vineyards across 120 acres in Oregon's Willamette Valley. More...

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