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Frank Family Vineyards Promotes Corey Whitaker to Assistant Winemaker and Hires Waverly Accurso as Enologist

Posted on August 06, 2018

(August 6, 2018; Calistoga, Calif.)—Rich and Leslie Frank, owners of Frank Family Vineyards, along with winemaker and general manager Todd Graff, are pleased to announce Corey Whitaker as the new assistant winemaker. Waverly Accurso will be taking over Corey’s previous role of enologist as a new member of the Frank Family Vineyards team

In her new role at Frank Family Vineyards, Corey will work closely alongside Todd Graff to craft the winery's diverse portfolio of estate-driven wines. A biology and chemistry graduate of San Diego State University, Corey began her career in wine in the Marimar Estate tasting room in the Russian River Valley. She moved on to become a lab technician at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in 2013 and worked her way up from there. She joined Frank Family Vineyards as enologist in 2016 and quickly became an essential component of the winemaking team. Corey is excited to continue applying her knowledge of science and love for wine to make her mark on Frank Family’s diverse collections.

Waverly Accurso brings seven years of experience in the wine industry to her new role. Beginning her career as a cellar hand in 2011, Waverly worked her way up to wine club manager at Husch Vineyards and later spent three years as enologist at Roederer Estate. Waverly is thrilled to take on the new position with a strong foundation of hard work and dedication.

"We couldn’t be happier to promote Corey to assistant winemaker," says Graff. "Her passion for winemaking and scientific background has been an asset to the team since she joined us in 2016, and we are positive she will only continue to help Frank Family Vineyards advance our estate-driven wine program."

About Frank Family Vineyards:
Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney Studios president, Rich Frank. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the stone building on property is the third oldest in Napa and appears on the National Register of Historical Places. Frank Family first opened its tasting room doors in July of 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Today, Frank Family owns over 380 acres of vineyards in the Napa Valley, and in 2015 received Napa Green certifications for both land and winery. Winemaker Todd Graff makes a wide variety of estate-driven wines, including four different methode champenoise sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Late Harvest Chardonnay and a Zinfandel Port-style wine. Frank Family's reputation for having the friendliest hospitality in Napa Valley has fans flocking to the tasting room on Larkmead Lane, which has been named "Best Napa Winery" by the Bay Area A-List for an unprecedented eight years in a row, making it one of the most popular tasting rooms in wine country. The tasting room was recently redesigned by Erin Martin and now offers tastings in multiple rooms, including a gorgeous heated and covered patio. Frank Family’s tasting room is open daily to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tastings of Sparkling and Reserve wines are $40. The “Elevated Experience” tasting features five limited-production reserve wines with a curated selection of artisanal cheese and charcuterie from the new Yountville café and market, Ottimo. The tasting is offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily for groups of up to eight people per seating ($85).

For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, visit

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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