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January 27, 2014
People News Recap from 1/21 -1/27
Wine industry people on the move from January 21 to January 27

Saralee McClelland Kunde dies at 66

Revered as a superstar by others who work to promote the county's grapes, wines, milk and other bounty, and to preserve its ranch- and farmlands, Kunde had been grappling with cancer since the fall of 2012. More...

Fine Northern Oak Appoints Roland Sison California Account Manager

Sison will be responsible for sales in California and will report to Marion Ghiringhelli of Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage. This is a new position following Seguin Moreau's agreement to acquire Fine Northern Oak. More...

TricorBraun Strengthens Asian Presence

CY Lim has been named director of global glass—Asia. In this position, he will be responsible for managing quality control for all glass product sourced from Asia, overseeing pricing and investigating new suppliers of glass containers. More...

Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) Appoints Thomas Garigliano To Lead North Bay Corporate Tax Practice

Garigliano was previously with KPMG, a global professional services firm providing audit, tax and advisory services, for 30 years until he retired in 2013. More...

Drink Me Magazine Announces New Editor in Chief

The magazine has hired respected food, beverage, and travel writer Brian Freedman as the new editor-in-chief of both the print magazine and the recently re-launched website DrinkMeMag.com. More...

Leroi Barrels Brings in Tim Drake

Drake will cover the growing Texas wine industry. “Tim is a very respected winemaker and consultant,” said North American sales director Michael Mercer. More...

Justin Michaud Joins Leroi Barrels

Michaud will be the new representative for the Pacific Northwest. “Justin brings over 12 years of experience working in the Washington state wine industry. We will continue to see dramatic growth in the Pacific Northwest,” said Mercer. More...

Fidelitas Winery Appoints Jess Zander General Manager

Zander will oversee the winery’s DTC sales; develop and execute marketing programs; coordinate product development; manage distributor relations and sales and provide financial oversight of the business. More...

Shaun Richardson Named General Manager For Laffort USA

Most recently he completed the Sonoma State University MBA in wine business and divided his time between consulting projects for winemaking and winery equipment. More...

Laffort USA Names Lindsey Otis as Sonoma Technical Representative

Otis attended UC Davis Viticulture and Enology program and received a B.S. in viticulture and enology. She learned her winemaking experience as the enologist at William Selyem Winery and as associate winemaker at Big Basin Vineyards. More...

Jason Jardine Joins Clos du Val as President

Jardine will be responsible for all aspects of winery operations including winemaking, vineyards, marketing, sales and finance. He reports directly to Goelet Wine Estates’ CEO, Adam Torpy. More...

Castillo de Molina Welcomes its New Winemaker

Marcelo García, winemaker of San Pedro’s 1865 Single Vineyard range, has assumed the additional challenge of overseeing the well-known wine brand Castillo de Molina. More...

Squire Fridell Elected 2014 Board President of Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance

“I am excited to be the president of the SVVGA board. We have a great board in place and a committed membership and staff,” said Fridell. More...

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