St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, producer of iconic, award-winning varietals in Sonoma County, announced the addition of a new winemaker and the promotion of several key members of the winery team. Chris Louton, formerly associate winemaker at Napa’s Beringer Vineyards, is St. Francis’ new winemaker, joining winemaker Katie Madigan. Barbora Hawkins is the new tasting room operations manager, Kelley Mingram the new event coordinator, and Erica Petersen is the new senior marketing specialist.
“Our team at St. Francis is a wonderful mix of industry veterans who’ve been with the winery since the beginning, to many new, fresh faces. It’s exciting to watch the next generation of St. Francis take shape—one that remains committed to crafting the finest quality Sonoma County wines, while providing the best service to our winery guests and wine club members,” noted president and CEO Christopher Silva.
As event coordinator, Kelley Mingram will work under St. Francis executive chef David Bush to manage weddings, corporate and private events, including the new private estate dinners, which allows groups of eight to 16 to enjoy a seven-course prix fixe dinner prepared by their own personal St. Francis chef. Mingram has worked for St. Francis for two years and helped launch the new format for the winery’s popular ZAGAT-recommended multi-course wine and food pairing.
For more information about St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, visit the winery’s website or call 707-833-0248.