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Little Black Dress Wines Announces Margaret Leonardi as New Winemaker

Posted on February 10, 2016

NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2016) - Little Black Dress Wines is excited to announce the appointment of Margaret Leonardi as winemaker. Leonardi brings a young, fresh perspective to the brand after serving as winemaker for several California vineyards.

A native of Northern California, Margaret has spent her life surrounded by wine and viticulture. Large family meals, at-home gatherings and leisurely dinners accompanied by wine were the rule, not the exception. Her passion for wine, coupled with being surrounded by inspiring women--namely her mother, a teacher, and her grandmother, an incredible cook--make being responsible for one of the most popular, female-centric wine collections a natural fit.

“I aim to make wines that are approachable, affordable and delicious,” said Margaret Leonardi, Winemaker for Little Black Dress Wines. “This means creating wines that can be appreciated while curling up on the couch to watch The Bachelor on Monday evenings, hanging out with your girlfriends on Wednesday nights, flirting on date nights, or relaxing on Friday evenings at home over dinner with friends. Little Black Dress Wines are varietally correct and versatile, pairing well with a wide range of foods and occasions. This collection of fruit-forward wines includes crisp, refreshing whites and smooth, soft-tannin reds—all ready for immediate enjoyment.”

“We are excited for Margaret to take on this role,” said Marc Goodrich, President of Excelsior Wines, parent company of Little Black Dress Wines. “Margaret’s new perspective, along with her commitment to making wines that are as accessible as they are delectable, will resonate well with Little Black Dress Wines’ core customers.”

Margaret received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, where she was an active member of the agribusiness marketing team and wine & viticulture club. When not making wine, Leonardi enjoys an active lifestyle filled with snowboarding, waterskiing, hiking, camping, and adventuring around Sonoma County. Margaret is also a passionate home cook, an avid host of dinner parties, and the eternal alchemist when pairing wine and food during quality time with friends and family.

About Little Black Dress Wines

Get into a Little Black Dress wine, accessorized with fruit-forward aromas, hints of dazzle, an impeccable sense of balance and a body to die for. Little Black Dress Wines cover every mood, from spirited to sophisticated, turning heads along the way. The Company takes its name from the iconic little black dress, celebrated for its timelessness, playful elegance and versatility. Masterfully crafted from California grapes, Little Black Dress wines appeal to confident, fashionably minded women and include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Divalicious Pink Pinot, Divalicious Red, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. Great taste is your best accessory. www.lbdwines.com

Job Function: Winemaking

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