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Delicato Family Vineyards Taps Chris Zehner as Vice President for Sam Jasper Portfolio


Date: 11/19/13

Delicato Family Vineyards announced the appointment of veteran sales executives Chris Zehner and Matt Jackson to lead the selling efforts for the Sam Jasper Portfolio of wines. The Sam Jasper Portfolio is a sales division of Delicato Family Vineyards focusing on exciting and innovative brands such as First Press, Fog Head, Frusion Wine Company, Sonoma Hills and La Merika.

Chris Zehner will hold the title of vice president, Sam Jasper portfolio. Central division manager Todd Trunk, eastern division manager Jim Morgan, and newly appointed western division manager Matt Jackson, will report to Zehner.

“I see tremendous opportunity for the Sam Jasper Portfolio in the U.S. marketplace,” says Mike Jackson, senior vice president national sales. “Now that we have the right leadership team in place, I am confident that the growth of the Sam Jasper Portfolio will mirror the success of Delicato brands like Gnarly Head, HandCraft and Bota Box.”

Chris Zehner joined Delicato in 2004 as a national account sales representative at a time when then national account team consisted of only two people. Under Zehner’s dynamic leadership and direction, Delicato’s national accounts team has grown to 15 sales professionals located across the country and Delicato has become a significant player in both the off and on premise national account arenas.

Zehner and Jackson are both credited with building formidable sales teams and growing Delicato’s business over the years, while exemplifying Delicato’s culture and values. Their promotions are a direct result of their strong leadership skills, team mentality and incredible drive to succeed.

About the Sam Jasper Portfolio

The Sam Jasper Portfolio is a division of Delicato Family Vineyards, a family-owned California winery founded in 1924. Focused on emerging, innovative brands, the Sam Jasper Portfolio is an exciting new extension of the Indelicato family business, now in its third generation of guiding grapes from vineyard to bottle. The division is named in honor of first generation forerunners, Gaspare Indelicato and his brother in-law, Sebastiano Luppino who farmed and bottled the family’s first wine, “Sam Jasper,” a combination of their nicknames, Sam and Jasper. The Sam Jasper Portfolio celebrates the visionaries who paved the way for the family’s commitment to quality winemaking and includes First Press, Fog Head, Frusion Wine Company, Sonoma Hills and La Merika.

Region: USA
Job Function: President/Owner/GM

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