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Shannon Ridge Family of Wines Appoints Annette Hoff as Winemaker

Posted on August 11, 2020

Lower Lake, CA (August 11, 2020) – Shannon Ridge Family of Wines has announced the appointment of Annette Hoff as winemaker, effective immediately. Hoff will be responsible for making the Buck Shack, Ovis, Clay Shannon, Giannecchini, and High Valley Wines.

Hoff comes to Shannon Ridge with over 20 years of winemaking experience.  She was the founding winemaker for an artisan winery on the central coast, running point for both operations and production. Prior to running Cima Collina Winery, Hoff spent time as a consulting winemaker throughout Carmel Valley. She held the position of Assistant Winemaker at Estancia in Soledad, Enologist at Saintsbury in Carneros, and worked harvest in New Zealand.

She will report directly to Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking and Production for Shannon Ridge Family of Wines. “We believe that Annette's diverse winemaking experience paired with her creative and innovative spirit will have a powerful impact on the quality of our fine wine portfolio,” said Merrilees. “Her 20+ years of wine industry knowledge, running large facilities, hand crafting quality wines and her love of terroir will take our wines to the next level.”

“I am quite enthusiastic and excited to work for Winegrower and Owner Clay Shannon and Wine Director Joy Merrilees,” stated Hoff. “Shannon Ridge Family of Wines is dynamic and growing and has a solid, committed winemaking team and I look forward to contributing to their mission and goals.”

Hoff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and is a Licensed Apprentice Falconer. 

About Shannon Ridge Family of Wines

The Shannon family is committed to preserving their land, not only for the great vineyard sites but also for the bear, elk, mountain lions, eagles and other creatures which live there. Of their approximately 2,500 acres, only about 45% have been converted to vineyards. The balance of the land has been preserved for the wildlife which wanders through the property from the expansive wilderness areas adjoining the ranches. The vineyards were carefully planned out, leaving corridors open to migrating animals and protecting sensitive nesting areas.

The Shannon Ridge Family of Wines portfolio includes Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection, Buck Shack, Clay Shannon, High Valley, OVIS, Pistol Grip, Urgency, Vigilance, Giannecchini and Shannon Reserve.

Region: Other North Coast
Job Function: Winemaking

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