The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association has announced its 2011-2012 Board of Directors.
Newly elected officers for the 2011-2012 term are:
Michael Larner, President
Michael Larner is winemaker and vineyard manager at the family-run, boutique Larner Vineyard (www.larnervineyard.com) in Santa Barbara, California. He received a MS degree from the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis in 2005 and earned a BS in Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has traveled to three continents for wine apprenticeships and has worked for E. Guigal in Ampuis, France (the Rhône Valley), Marchesi Antinori at the Guado al Tasso estate in Bolgheri (coastal Tuscany) and various estates in the Santa Ynez Valley. His passion is Rhône-style wine and the noble grapes varieties that make it: Syrah, Grenache, Mourverdre and Viognier. Michael is an active member of the Santa Barbara Vintners' Association. Central Coast Wine Growers Association, and is a founding architect of the proposed Ballard AVA that would distinguish this wine territory as one of the best in California.
Larry Schaffer, Vice President is the owner/winemaker of tercero wines. www.tercerowines.com
Steve Fennell, Treasurer is the general manager/winemaker of Sanford Winery & Vineyards. www.sanfordwinery.com
Katie Grassini, Secretary is the general manager of Grassini Family Vineyards. www.grassinifamilyvineyards.com