Sales at eating and drinking places in April reached $45.9 billion, a $200 million seasonally-adjusted increase from the previous high in December 2012, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The facility is the brainchild of Oregon winemakers and husband and wife team of Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards-the studio was the first of its kind and served as a model for other, similar projects.
In this newly-created role, Bigelow will develop comprehensive programs to educate staff, trade and consumers about the distinctive wine estates featured in Ste. Michelle's domestic and imported wine portfolio. In addition, he will bring strategic focus to programming that is directed to the on-premise channel.
Last year helped wineries recover from two short vintages. The 2012 harvest easily broke the record of 22,722 tons set in 2011, however that figure is largely the result of more available acres planted.