Kim Murphy-Rodrigues Joins Rhone Rangers as Executive Director
The national Rhone Rangers Board of Directors, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to education and the promotion of American Rhone varietal wines, has announced a new Executive Director. “After a successful interim management partnership with Solterra Strategies, we are pleased to announce the selection of Kim Murphy-Rodrigues as the new Executive Director for the Rhone Rangers,” stated the national Rhone Rangers President Pam Bowker.
An industry veteran, Rodrigues’ experience includes general management, new business development and marketing in both the wine and produce industries. Rodrigues began her career with Chalone Wine Group, and has worked with notable wineries such as Wild Horse, Robert Hall and Summerwood Winery & Inn. She has been active in the Paso Robles Rhone Rangers chapter for several years, co-chairing and serving on various committees, including the popular Varietal Nights series and the annual Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. Rodrigues attended Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and has degrees in Agriculture Economics and Marketing from California State University, Fresno. Rodrigues also serves on the Advisory Board for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and is a supporter of the Cal Poly Viticulture and Enology program.
“As the Rhone Rangers celebrate 20 years of promoting American Rhone wines, I am thrilled to share their mission in educating wine enthusiasts about the incredible nuances of Rhone varietals, while placing an emphasis on the Rhone Rangers scholarship program and opening doors to the next generation of winemakers, viticulturists and wine business professionals,” Rodrigues said in a statement.
About the Rhone Rangers
Founded in 1998, the Rhone Rangers are a group of 100+ wineries throughout the United States dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhône Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, and more obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul. To learn more, visit www.rhonerangers.org.