The two-year-old Brik on York closed over the weekend, with no word as to what’s next for Gee.
The Flagstaff, AZ-based brewery tapped Tom Gregory and Jim Dykes to join the board as they look to increase production by 60% in 2018.
The deal between the distribution juggernaut and the Tulsa-based Jarboe Sales Company will close on October 1, 2018 and create a new company, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Oklahoma.
Robinson will act as the judge of the competition, which pits two contestants against one another in a race to find a case of wine.
Sessions spent two years leading the trade organization, and will remain executive director until January 31, 2018.
Goldstone will helm the wine program at the newest outpost of Mastro’s, with a 20,000 bottle list featuring wines dating back to the 1800s.
MacNeil, author of the The Wine Bible, will revamp the wine list at the on-site Joey Restaurant, located in Newburg, Oregon.
Alexander Weil joins LA’s Sprout Restaurant Group as assistant general manager and beverage director
Weil has previously been the head sommelier at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
Hochschild was previously the bulk wine sales coordinator at Turrentine Wine Brokerage
Harris, formerly of Smyth & the Loyalist, has been hired to expand and improve the wine offerings at the modern American restaurant.
Ross will oversee five separate kitchen stations as well as two wine bars in the downtown high rise set to open in summer 2018.
Paul Coker joins Specialty Restaurants Corporation
Coker was formerly the sommelier at Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Laguna Beach, CA.
Schnee, formerly the general manager of Orsa & Winston, collaborated with Beastie Boy Mike D on the new project from restaurateurs April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman which opens December 8.
Prokoshyn, of Rebelle fame, is teaming with chef PJ Calapa on Scampi. The list focuses on Southern Italian wines, with an emphasis on affordability.
The program at Bert’s will feature new and classic Australian wines as well as iconic European bottlings.
Bynum made the first single-vineyard Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley in 1973 with grapes from Rochioli Vineyards.
Carano is the widow of Ferrari-Carano co-founder Don Carano, who passed away in October.
Hennen will replace Dave Paige at the iconic Willamette Valley winery after serving as his assistant winemaker since 2011.
Ruggie will be responsible for developing and enhancing supplier relationships as well as brand management. He previously was the general manager for Martin Scott wines in New York and New Jersey.
Alicia Ortiz named Brown-Forman market manager for South Texas
Ortiz will make the move from Seattle to Austin for the spirits and wine company.
Greggor’s sale of his shares to co-owner Tony Foglio and Berry Bros. & Rudd comes after Anchor Brewing was sold to Sapporo in August.
DiRoma has been with the Russian River Valley winery since 2011, most recently as national sales manager.
Merrion joins the Napa-based wine company after serving as the senior vice president for US sales and trade marketing at Treasury Wine Estates.
Henriquez, who will continue to run famed Champagne house Krug, replaces the recently-departed Jean-Guillaume Prats, has been with the company since 2001.
Before being named to the newly-created position, Grantland had served as vice president, commercial finance, for the national distribution giant.
Coyle has been the master distiller at High West Distillery since its founding in 2007, and will lead product development and acquisition for the global powerhouse.
Berryhill, of BB Vineyards in Ceres, CA, will helm the organization which represents growers of more than half the grapes in California.
Starting mid-December, Jennifer Wagoner will be the wine director for Chicago’s Sepia and Proxi restaurants. Wagoner previously served as lead sommelier for StripSteak by Michael Mina in Miami Beach.
Laslett will helm the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the wines of Santa Barbara County.
Carofanello joins the wine bottle distributor after two decades of working in the wine industry.
Papa was previously a winemaker for the iconic Chilean brand, but will now oversee the full portfolio of wines.
Stone joins the spirits company, with distribution in ten states, after thirty years in marketing.
Kostovski is the general manager for Oloroso, which will feature Spanish wines and sherries heavily.
Riggs previously served as the communications and marketing manager for the WWVWA, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting the Walla Walla Valley AVA.
The former NYC bartender will expand the market for the blended Scotch through recipe development and industry outreach.
Kenny will oversee hospitality and events for the Atlas Peak-based producer of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Texas distillery has named Mike Noffz vice president of sales, South, and Darren Hunt vice president of sales, North ahead of a planned expansion into the Northwest.
Kelley will review wines from Burgundy, Chablis, Beaujolais, the Central Coast of California, and Washington State.
Perrotti-Brown, also the editor-in-chief of the publication, will handle reports and reviews from the iconic region.
Maroteaux also served as the president of the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux from 2000-2008 and helped to revitalize the centuries-old estate.
Bixler, a trained chemist, partnered with Steve Kistler to found the iconic Sonoma winery, serving as business manager while also running the on-site laboratory.
Current president and CEO, Christophe Salin will step down on March 31, 2018 after 33 years in the position.
Current chairman Baron Eric de Rothschild will be stepping down as chairman after 35 years. Saskia de Rothschild will begin her new role in April 2018.
Neal Martin will cover the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa, and New Zealand
Landolt previously worked as the senior marketing manager for Pernod Ricard USA where she worked on the Kenwood Vineyards and Mumm Napa brands.
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is retiring as president of Napa Valley’s Grgich Hills Estate Winery and handing the leadership role to his daughter Violet Grgich, who previously served as vice president of sales and operations.
Conlin has 16 years experience in the industry, having served as general manager of ADAMVS Howell Mountain Estate, general manager of CONSTANT Diamond Mountain Vineyard, both in Napa Valley, and general manager of Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz. She will teach the Spring 2018 online certificate program in Wine Business Management beginning Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Michael David Winery owners acquired 160-acre DeLuca Vineyard property, located on the eastern edge of the Lodi sub-appellation of Clements Hills.
Thoukis previously worked for E. & J. Gallo Winery for 20 years.
Michel Doukeris, the company’s current chief sales officer, will take over as the CEO of A-B InBev North America, supplanting current zone president and CEO João Castro Neves.
Founders Dan Kosta and Michael Browne are leaving their namesake Sebastopol winery, stepping down from operations, and will continue to be managed by J.W. Childs Associates of Boston.
U.S. Beverage yesterday announced that Justin Fisch, son of the company’s founder, Joseph Fisch, would take over as president of the Connecticut-based beer importing and marketing company.
After 12 years with Molson Coors, Glendinning has been named the chief financial officer of Tyson Foods.
After four years as the national sales manager for Oskar Blues Brewery, Lou Romano has left the Colorado-headquartered craft brewery to become the president of Flying Fish Brewing Company.
18 new Advanced Sommeliers announced
Congratulations to Jeremy Broto-mur, Taylor Grant, Jay Hutchinson, Lauren Kemp, Justin King, Marissa Kipp, Nathan Morrell, Sophie Oppelt, David Osenbach, Imre Papp, Juan Quintero, Derek Reijmer, Luis Rivera, Katja Scharnagl, Joshua Stanko, Kiril Tsarev, Andres Villegas, and Lindsey Young.
Nevins will plan and execute public and private events at the Jet City winery in Georgetown and wineries in Walla Walla for Charles Smith’s Wines of Substance.
Lesli comes to Matchbook with 20 years’ experience in business finance.
After training under Dobbes for 9 years, Andy McVay has been promoted to Winemaker for the Dobbes Family Estate wines, as well as Dundee Vintners, the custom winemaking leg of the business.
Travis Proctor came to Wine By Joe in 2015 as production winemaker to oversee all wine production for the company, under the direction of Joe Dobbes. Now promoted to Director of Winemaking Operations, Proctor will continue in this role, but will also participate in a broader range of company activities, including vineyard/grower relations, industry engagements, business development and promotions.
Boock was the first employee that winery founder Joe Dobbes hired when the winery opened in 2002.
For two decades, Steve Burns has specialized in re-alignment, board development, and management for associations. Most recently, he was the owner of O’donnell Lane L.L.C., a marketing, public relations, and strategic planning firm for associations. Prior to that, Burns was the Executive Director of the Washington Wine Commission, where he served from 1996-2004.
Liberation Distribution (LibDib), a web-based wholesale alcohol distributor, has hired Rehn vice president of platform sales. She previously worked at Big Basin Vineyards as national sales manager.
Dugan previously served as general manager and chief operating officer of DeLille.
Hakkasan Group promotes Kat Thomas to training manager, wine
Hakkasan group promotes Kat Thomas to the position of Training Manager, Wine. Thomas will continue to be based at Hakkasan Las Vegas, but will operate for its Las Vegas U.S. office. She is responsible for training staff throughout the United States on wine knowledge, selling techniques, pairings, and driving sales.
Pierlot has been a vineyard director at Vranken-Pommery Monopole since 2004. In 2010, he became part of the Vranken tasting panel, and in 2014, took control of oenological development for champagne, as well as overseeing Pommery’s English sparkling wine.
Robuchon’s sommelier for 30 years, Antoine Hernandez, has put together the opening list and helped build the wine program. Furthermore, the day-to-day wine team includes beverage director Michael Peltier, formerly of Benoit New York and La Table Houston, and two additional sommeliers.
Marc Hirten in as CEO for Frederick Wildman and Sons, LTD
Hirten comes to Wildman from William Grant & Sons where he was General Manager of Commercial Strategy. His responsibilities include overseeing sales, marketing, operations, finance, supplier and distributor relations as well as Wildman’s dedicated wholesale division.
Tim Hassett is leaving the company to run a startup business outside of the spirits industry. Effective immediately, Albert Baladi, currently president of Beam Suntory’s International region, will take on the role of coo and president for the Americas.
Metzler comes to Ancient Peaks Winery from the San Francisco Wine Exchange, where she worked for the past four years as the west coast sales manager, serving as the primary interface with distributor partners in 12 states.
Brunn has previously worked forSonoma County Vintners as an event coordinator, financial reporter and grant writer, and as a business operations manager.
Acumen Wines appoints Daniel Saavedra as eastern regional sales manager
Daniel Saavedra has spent the past seven years working in the National Sales Division for Ladera Vineyards in St. Helena, most recently as vice president of sales.
Acumen wine appoints Carter Prasse-Freeman as central regional sales manager
Carter Prasse-Freeman spent six years as District Sales Manager for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, an Acumen partner, in Houston prior to joining the Acumen team.
Curran brings two decades of beverage industry sales experience, having previously served as vice president of East Coast sales for wine importer, producer, and seller, Terlato Wines International.
In his previous role, Soini led Diageo’s eCommerce business for Europe.
Harmon, owner and winemaker for Argot wines, specializes in vineyard-driven Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah wines from Sonoma County.
Caine, former general manager of Locations Wine in Napa Valley, was named Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year of New Zealand in 2009.
The forthcoming Mon Lapin follows in the footsteps of the restaurant group’s natural wine bar Le Vin Papillon, but will be distinct from the previous venture.
Carruthers will helm North America’s largest distributor of wine bottles starting October 30.
Doss will replace longtime brewmaster Jim Kelter at the Hood River, OR brewery.
Jen Adams has been named vice president of marketing, Ed Yashinsky has been named vice president of operations, and Jason Kidwell has been named vice president of sales for the Hershey, PA-based craft brewery.
Lynch, a 30-year industry veteran, will join the California-based firm offering industry advice on distribution, marketing, and sales.
The latest location for the US-based chain will feature Pack’s choices for classic steakhouse wines from California, France, Italy, and the rest of the world.
Styker will be instrumental in helping the Michigan brewery expand into more markets and develop new products.
Ruffing comes to the newly-created position at the Washington company, which supplies hops to breweries around the world, after past jobs with Starbucks and Kraft foods.
Sulenski joins the company after doing cellar and lab work at Ferrari-Carano, and will support winemaking and production across multiple brands.
Kobesky’s list includes 25 wines by the glass and a wide range of wines by the bottle from around the world
Ylisto is teaming up with chef Philip Speer at the Bonhomie, a casual French restaurant in Austin, Texas.
Tiernan had been the San Diego-based brewing icon’s COO since 2012. No reason was given for the resignation, and no replacement has been named of yet.
The award-winning Elizabeth was set to open Candy Bar in the newly renovated Siren Hotel, will instead pursue other opportunities.
The celebrated chef’s decision leaves head sommelier Andrew Adelson on the job market at the end of the year.
Grande will bring decades of experience to the largest distributor of wine bottles in North America.
Taaffe, formerly of Union Wine Group, will spearhead growth efforts for the makers of canned wine from Washington State.
Sagaria leaves the Union Square Hospitality Group to join the fast-growing chain of casual dining taco joints.
Mark Guillaudeu named beverage director at Oakland’s Commis
Guillaudeu was formerly the sommelier and manager at Roka Akor in San Francisco.
Bube is the central regional manager at Frederick Wildman & Sons.
Fineman is a sommelier at High Treason in San Francisco.
Morehouse is the wine director at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco
Nadel is the executive beverage director for Andrew Carmellini Restaurants in New York, as well as the founder of Gothic Wine, a producer of Oregon Pinot Noir.
Patrick is the beverage director for San Francisco’s Wingtip by On The Fly, as well as the cellar manager for Chai Consulting.
Rohrbaugh is the assistant wine director at Seattle’s Canlis.
Ross is the group sommelier for Melbourne, Australia’s The Lucas Group, as well as the former head sommelier at New York’s Eleven Madison Park.
Yoshida is one of the founders of California’s Pollux Wine.
Andrew Schawel launching Bullion in Dallas, TX
The former wine director at NYC’s Union Square Cafe will be the beverage manager and sommelier for the new French restaurant from acclaimed Dallas chef Bruno Davaillon (insider tip).
Jeff Gregory will captain the globe-spanning list at the long-standing Dallas institution, recently reopened after 16 months of renovations.
He’ll team with chef Jesse Schenker (the Gander) to launch the restaurant in Oyster Bay, NY with a list of approximately 500 bottles, including 350 from a “private stock” list of highly sought-after wines.
The highly-acclaimed sommelier of the Michelin-starred Sepia will join Danny Meyer’s New York restaurant empire in November. No replacement has been named as of yet.
The beverage director for John Fraser Restaurant Associates is creating a 100-bottle list for The Loyal, a casual NYC brasserie.
The San Francisco-based company has promoted Gregory Finch from president of East Coast sales to chief sales officer, promoted former vice president of marketing Morgan Rabbat to chief marketing officer, and hired Shannon Tracy as chief finance officer.
Lake, formerly the senior vice-president of sales (on-premise) at Young’s Market Co., will handle on-premise accounts for the Connecticut-based importer and marketer.
Crawford has been hired by the Santa Ynez Valley enterprise to both assist guests with the wine program as well as managing the newly-opened Bottlest Winery Tours of parent company Terravent Wine Company, the largest wine production facility in Santa Barbara wine country.
Stansfield will oversee the wine lists for all locations of the Vancouver, BC-based chain with locations in both Canada and the US.
The former Navy nuclear engineer has been with the Willamette Valley winery since 2011, most recently as assistant winemaker.
The Seattle-based winery has hired the former Chateau Ste. Michelle executive to promote Charles Smith’s Wines of Substance around the world.
Kosuge, a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist, will helm the Petaluma winery as well as his own B. Kosuge label.
Trout was promoted from chief operating officer of the Indianapolis company as the replacement for departed founder Smoke Wallin.
The former Remy Cointreau employee joins the Baltimore-based brewery, which currently sells beer in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
Vincent Nadalié will be president of the company and oversee national sales for the first French cooperage to open in America.
Philip will open a wine shop and academy this November at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Florida.
The former general manager at Locations Wine in Napa Valley was tabbed to head the fast-growing Paso Robles winery.
The 80-year-old Campbell and her husband have farmed over 100 acres of grapes in northern Michigan since the early 1990s.
Durette will oversee sales in eleven Western states after jobs with King Estate, Union Wine Company, and Wilson Daniels.
The former enology professor had worked around the world as a consulting winemaker in France, England, Turkey, Venezuela, and the U.S.
The former Diageo exec will front sales and marketing operations for the Irish distilling house.
Jewell joins the largest North American distributor of wine bottles after nine years in finance and operations at Constellation Brands.
Jaki Palacios hired as director of marketing for Cuvaison Estate Wines
The former brand manager for C. Mondavi and Family was hired to expand awareness of the Napa-based winery company.
Cuvaison Estate Wines names Steve Richards vice president of international and domestic sales
The former head of domestic sales will focus on expanding the reach of Cuvaison and Brandlin Vineyard overseas.
The London spot will focus on the cuisine and wines of the Loire Valley. Germond was previously the general manager and head sommelier at Pied à Terre.
Timm joins the Napa estate after previously serving as director of winery operations at Kosta Browne on the Sonoma Coast.
The former head of United Spirits was arrested at the request of the Indian government and charged with money laundering.
The 85-year-old founded the iconic Sonoma winery in 1981, and eventually added a winery in Mendocino County and several restaurants throughout the North Bay.
Byron is a well-respected winemaker specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, having established his reputation with his own B. Kosuge brand.
Neptune will spearhead ratings and critics for the San Francisco-based non-profit specializing in high-tech and robotic wine analysis and ratings.
Mäher-Besse previously was the general manager of Seguin Moreau, and will direct the operational management of barrel alternative supplier Vivelys and Boisé France.
Bruhn had previously worked for Diageo Plc. as the global brand director for Smirnoff.
The beverage behemoth has moved pieces around as it tries to push Goose Island into international markets. Stout will transition from president of the U.S. business into the newly-created presidency at Goose Island International. He’ll be replaced by Ahsmann, who previously ran New York’s Blue Point Brewing Company.
The longtime British Columbia wine industry veteran is now tasked with making the wines for Vanessa Vineyards in Canada’s Similkameen Valley. Planted in 2006, they transitioned from just grape growing into wine making in 2012.
John Anthony Family of Wines names former E&J Gallo executive Butler vice president product and creative. The Napa-based company produces wine under three brands: John Anthony Vineyards, FARM Napa Valley, and JaM Cellars.
Longtime Bacardi employee Madhavan officially stepped into the role of chief executive for the privately-held beverage giant after a seven-month transition period.
Richardson has been with C. Mondavi & Co. for nine years, during which he has served as the director of production and vice president of operations.
Simon served in senior positions at Diageo and others, and currently serves on the board of directors at Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc. Drizly is an online alcohol marketplace offering delivery or in-store pickup via local liquor stores.
Bertino joined the González Byass team in 2008 as international sales director for the wine and spirits importer.
Devore previously served as vice president of wine buying for Total Wine.