Geoff Labitzke appointed general manager of Hamel Family Wines
Labitzke, MW, joins Hamel Family Wines with more than 40 years of industry experience across fine wine marketing, sales, and education. His previous roles include director of sales for Kistler Vineyards and VP of fine wine at Young’s Market Company. In his new role, Labitzke will provide strategic guidance along with marketing and sales expertise as Hamel enters a new phase of growth.
Blue Run Spirits announces new executive appointments
Sammy Halpern is named global brand manager. Halpern joins Blue Run with 10 years of experience, most recently working as a portfolio specialist at Moët Hennessy USA. William Howe joins Blue Run as CFO. Howe joins from Amazing Brands, where he served as COO. Jon McKnight, who has served as a consultant for Blue Run since 2020, joins full-time as the Kentucky operations lead.
Euan Henderson named manager of Speyburn Distillery
Henderson is replacing Bobby Anderson who retired last month. Henderson has worked in operational roles for many leading whisky brands, such as Aberlour, Tormore, Glenallachie, and The Glenlivet. Prior to joining Speyburn, he worked as the process leader for William Grant Distilleries. In this position, Henderson will play a key role in helping the company achieve its ambitious growth plans.
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines promotes Steve Peck and Ian Herdman
Steve Peck is promoted to vice president of winemaking and Ian Herdman is promoted to vice president of production. Peck joined J. Lohr as winemaker for red wine in 2007. In his new role, Peck will oversee the full winemaking portfolio at J. Lohr. Herdman, who has over 30 years of experience in winery operations, will oversee J. Lohr’s operations at the Paso Robles and Greenfield wineries as well as the company’s winery, warehouse, and bottling operations in San Jose. (Press release)
John Horn appointed chief executive officer of Marussia Beverages USA
Horn joins Marussia Beverages USA with more than 20 years of industry experience. He previously spent 16 years with Beam Suntory in various leadership positions across marketing and sales. As CEO, Horn will oversee the next stage of domestic and international growth. (Press release)
Fifth-generation winegrower Niki Wente promoted to director of vineyard operations at Wente Family Estates
Wente first joined the family business in 2017 after spending three years working on viticultural projects for companies such as Quintessa and Faust. In her new role, Wente will be responsible for overseeing all farming operations and vineyard development projects for the Wente Family Estates portfolio. (Press release)
Angela Muscarella promoted to production manager at Opus One
Muscarella first joined Opus One as a production coordinator, providing support to the winemaking and production teams. In her new role, which she started in February 2022, Muscarella will be responsible for overseeing the planning and scheduling of all production supplies. She will also serve as the safety manager and be responsible for maintaining the sustainability program. (Press release)
Jack Cakebread, founder of Cakebread Cellars, has died
Jack Cakebread passed away on April 26 at the age of 92. After careers as a car mechanic and photographer, Cakebread purchased a vineyard in Napa Valley in 1972. Over the years, he built up the estate with his family, acquiring several vineyards along the way. While Cakebread Cellars makes many wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc, the estate became famous for its Chardonnay, helping to define the popular California style.
Kate McManus named VP of marketing for Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards
MacManus joins Far Niente with more than 25 years of industry experience. She has experience in portfolio management and marketing, and has previously held positions with Delicato Family Vineyards and Constellation Brands. In her new role, McManus will be responsible for consumer, digital, and trade marketing for Far Niente’s portfolio of brands, including Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union, EnRoute, Dolce, and Post & Beam. (Press release)
Travis Retherford appointed client relations manager for Memento Mori
Retherford steps into his new role with Memento Mori with more than a decade of experience. He’s worked in sales and hospitality for several Napa Valley producers such as Tank Garage, Pride, and Aonair. In his new role, Retherford will work to develop key relationships and establish the wine’s reach around the world. (Press release)
Jeff Zappelli promoted to vice president of sales for HALL Family Wines
Zappelli joined HALL Family Wines 16 years ago and has held numerous positions within the company, such as building the DTC sales organization and overseeing the wine club. In his new role, Zappelli will lead the domestic and international wholesale efforts, driving growth for the wine portfolio, which includes the brands HALL, WALT, and BACA. (Press release)
David Greenbaum named national sales director for Crown Point Vineyards
Greenbaum joins Crown Point Vineyards with extensive industry experience. He previously spent six years with Hall Family Wines leading the sales operations for California and the southeast region. As the national sales director, Greenbaum will be responsible for developing a strategic sales approach to bring Crown Point’s wines to key markets throughout the U.S. (Press release)
David S. Brown promoted to president and CEO of C. Mondavi & Family
Brown joined C. Mondavi & Family in 2017 and now has over three decades of industry experience across sales, marketing, and operational leadership. He previously held leadership positions with Pasternak Wine Imports and Treasury Wine Estates. In his new role, Brown will continue to lead the national sales team and have a seat on the Board of Directors. (Press release)
Industry veteran Jennifer Thomas launches Rooted Connections
Thomas, along with an advisory board of industry leaders, has launched Rooted Connections, a membership-based community dedicated to the advancement of women in the beverage alcohol industry. Through education, events, and webinars, the organization will work to foster individual growth. Tiered membership levels are also available to best accommodate different budgets and career goals. The advisory board includes several top industry leaders such as Donna Buoscio, the VP of commercial finance and strategy at Opici Family Distributing; Alicia Riley, the senior national account executive at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; and Heidi Hinkle Vargas, the VP of on-premise at Bacardi USA. (Press release)
Jeff Smith appointed chief wine officer at Vino Vault
Smith joined Vino Vault in 2020 after they acquired his company, The Best Cellar. Smith has two decades of experience in wine investment and cellar management and has managed some of the most prestigious cellars in the country. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for guiding Vino Vault’s concierge clients on portfolio optimization. (Press release)
Brett Brockmeyer named head winemaker for Isenhower Cellars
Brockmeyer is a UC Davis graduate and has worked for several California-based wineries such as Clos Pepe Estate Winery and Vineyard, CADE Estate Winery, and PlumpJack Winery. In his new role with Isenhower Cellars, Brockmeyer will be responsible for producing hand-crafted wines from a wide range of grape varieties, including Roussanne, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. (Press release)
Erin Engels appointed VP of strategy and corporate development for Breakthru Beverage Group
Engels joins Breakthru from Sysco Corporation, where she held a senior leadership position in strategy, M&A, and sales. In her new position, Engels will play a key role in advancing the company’s strategic priorities. She will also be responsible for the development of Breakthru’s multi-year strategy supporting innovation and growth. (Press release)
Mike Gallo named director of sales for the eastern U.S. at John Anthony Family of Wines
Gallo joins John Anthony Family of Wines with over 20 years of industry experience. He’s worked in sales, business operations, and portfolio management for companies such as Banfi Vintners. In his new role, which opened after the company’s restructuring, Gallo will oversee the company’s portfolio presence in the eastern U.S., which includes brands such as JaM Cellars, John Anthony Vineyards, Serial Wines, Weather Wines, and FARM Napa Valley. (Press release)
Marty Spate named winemaker for Riboli Family Wines
Spate joins Riboli Family Wines with over 20 years of experience in winemaking, grape growing, and sourcing. Most recently, he worked for O’Neill Vintners and Distillers and Treasury Wine Estates. In his new role, Spate will support winery operations in Paso Robles and Monterey County, contributing to several brands, including Maddalena, Opaque, and Highlands 41. (Press release)
Liz Lister named national sales director for Tequila Komos
Lister, an industry veteran, has over 30 years of experience and has worked for companies such as Zonin 1821, Casa Dragones, and Stoli Group U.S.A. In this role, Lister will be responsible for managing on- and off-premise national accounts and overseeing all control states. (Press release)
Destilería Serrallés promotes Liza Cordero to master blender of Don Q Rum
Cordero has worked for Destilería Serrallés for almost two decades. As master blender, she will work alongside Silvia Santiago, the SVP of manufacturing and Maestra Ronera. In her new position, Cordero will be responsible for developing new products, ensuring quality and flavor are consistent, and working with the manufacturing team during each stage of rum production. (Press release)
Jiant appoints Eric Rogers as national accounts manager for the Southeast
Rogers joins Jiant with several years of experience. He’s held positions with Miller Brewing Company, Craft Brew Alliance, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Most recently, he served as the national accounts manager for Sierra Nevada. In his new position, Rogers will be responsible for leading the company’s new Southeast expansion, including Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. (Press release)
Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti announces his retirement
Aubert de Villaine, now 82 years old, has been the co-manager of the historic Domaine de la Romanée-Conti estate for the past 48 years. Last week, he announced his retirement from his long held position. de Villaine’s nephew, Bertrand de Villaine, will take over his position, which he’s been preparing to do for the past several years. de Villaine will remain on the estate’s advisory board.
Dan Moberg appointed general manager for Bevan Cellars
Moberg has extensive industry experience having worked in wine sales, distribution, and marketing. Most recently, he served as the general manager for another Napa Valley producer, and he’s been assisting Bevan Cellars with their branding and marketing for years, making this new appointment a natural fit. (Press release)
Derek Einberger named winemaker for Dobbes Family Estate
Einberger joins Dobbes Family Estate after 12 years at Patton Valley Vineyard. As the winemaker for Dobbes, Einberger will work with vineyards from all over Oregon, including Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley as well as Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Syrah from Rogue Valley, for the estate’s 7,000-case production. (Press release)
David Pramuk named CEO of VinSense Technology LLC
Pramuk joins VinSense Technology LLC with 40 years of industry experience. VinSense is a precision viticulture company that analyzes vineyards at the granular level in order to provide recommendations for rootstocks, vine spacing, canopy management, among other things. As CEO, Pramuk will be responsible for overseeing VinSense’s strategic business development, partnerships, marketing, and communications, using his strong relationships to share this technology with growers of all sizes. (Press release)
Adrienne D.A. Smith promoted to general manager and partner at Parallel Napa Valley
Smith joined Parallel Napa Valley four years ago. In 2018, she was named director of hospitality and marketing and was promoted to general manager six months later. During her time with the company, Smith has overseen the marketing, hospitality, sales, and operations and has achieved significant growth for the company, prompting her further promotion to partner. (Press release)
Samuel Anderson promoted to VP of commercial excellence at Breakthru Beverage Group
Anderson first joined Breakthru Beverage Group in 2010. Prior to joining the company, he held senior positions with Diageo, Brown-Forman, and E. & J. Gallo, among others. In his new role, Anderson will be responsible for the development and implementation of Breakthru’s core commercial capabilities. He will also refine Breakthru’s commercial platforms, tools, and data investments to drive value, while ensuring alignment with Breakthru’s technology and digital strategy. (Press release)
Hill of Tara Wines appoints Alex Kanzler as winemaker
Kanzler joins Hill of Tara Wines with over 10 years of winemaking experience. He spent the past six years crafting small-production, site-specific wines for his family’s estate, Kanzler Vineyards. In his new role, Kanzler will be making wines from Bordeaux varietals sourced from the Moon Mountain District. (Press release)
Tales of the Cocktail Foundation appoints four new board members to its board of directors
The new board members include John Gakuru, the founder of Coruscent Co.; Tess Posthumus, the owner of Flying Dutchmen Cocktails and Dutch Courage; Perry Sholes, the president of Progressive HR Strategies Inc.; and Claire Warner, the cofounder of Aecorn. Each person brings a unique background, skill set, and perspective to the board, which will help the foundation better fulfill its mission of educating, advancing, and supporting the global cocktail community. (Press release)
Sarah Ferguson of Silverado Farming Company and Maura Johnson of Dana Estates have partnered with nonprofit organization Bâtonnage Forum to offer level three of Bâtonnage’s mentorship program. This year’s program offers a comprehensive experience in viticulture and winemaking. The chosen mentee will work closely with the Silverado Farming Company team to learn all aspects of viticulture, research, and vineyard management. The mentee will then work with Dana Estates to learn about bottling, crush, and harvest activities. Interested candidates may apply through the online form no later than April 7, 2022.
Amici Cellars appoints Matt Courtney as consulting winemaker
Courtney has 20 years of winemaking experience and is known for crafting elegant, terroir-driven wines. He gained his experience at estates such as Marcassin and Arista Winery, as well as through his personal label, Ferren Wines. In his new role, Courtney will be responsible for the estate’s appellation and single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir portfolio, as well as for the wines of the sister brand Olema. (Press release)
Jenn Engel named chief commercial sales officer for Republic National Distributing Company
Engel is the first female CCSO in beverage alcohol wholesale distribution. Engel first joined RNDC in 2020 and most recently served as the SVP of national and strategic accounts, on premise. Prior to joining RNDC, Engel was the VP of sales at Santa Margarita USA. In her new role, Engel will be responsible for the commercial sales strategy and overall direction of the team, which includes several segments such as commercial finance, trade marketing, and category management. (Press release)
Mark Kaigas appointed winemaker for Quilceda Creek
Kaigas joins Washington’s Quilceda Creek from Colgin Cellars in Napa Valley, where he worked since 2009, most recently as the associate winemaker. As the winemaker for Quilceda Creek, Kaigas will work closely with Paul Golitzin, the company’s president and director of winemaking, applying a shared vision for precision winemaking and producing best-in-class Washington Cabernets. (Press release)
Chuck Speed named national sales director for Sun Goddess Wines
Speed joins the Sun Goddess Wines team, which is part of Volio Imports, with a wealth of experience. Previously, he held leadership positions with Pernod Ricard USA and Coors Brewing Company, and he led the commercial strategy for the McBride Sisters Collection, growing it to the largest Black- and woman-owned wine company in the U.S. In his new role, Speed will be tasked with taking Sun Goddess Wines, and Volio, to the next level. (Press release)
Opus One appoints Laura Trisnadi and Frank Markovich to its national sales and marketing team
Trisnadi will serve as the Southwest division manager and Markovich will serve as the Southeast division manager. Trisnadi joins Opus One after five years with Jackson Family Wines and Markovich joins from Frank Family Vineyards, where he spent the last three years. Both will work to support accounts and oversee allocations in their regions by working with Opus One’s distribution trade partners. (Press release)
Gloria Ferrer announces a series of new appointments
Harry Hansen is appointed SVP of winegrowing and winemaking. Hansen began his career with Gloria Ferrer over 30 years ago as an assistant winemaker. In his new role, Hansen will oversee the sparkling wine portfolio, develop new wines, and contribute to visitor experiences. Melanie Schafer is also promoted to VP of direct to consumer and marketing and Miquel Salarich is named VP of operations. (Press release)
Joe Nielsen is promoted to general manager and winemaker at Ram’s Gate Winery
Nielsen joined Ram’s Gate Winery as the director of winemaking in 2018. His previous experience includes nearly 10 years at Donelan Family Wines. Since joining Ram’s Gate, Nielsen has developed a successful production team. In his new leadership role, Nielsen will focus on developing the winery’s hospitality experiences, expanding market distribution, and implementing long-term sustainability initiatives. (Press release)
Barry MacAffer named distillery manager for Laphroaig
MacAffer joined Laphroaig in 2011 as a member of the distillery team and was promoted to assistant distillery manager in 2016. Late last year, MacAffer assumed the role of acting distillery manager and officially moved into the position this month. At Laphroaig, the whisky-making traditions are passed down from one distillery manager to the next. MacAffer worked closely with the previous distillery manager, John Campbell, who held the position for 25 years. (Press release)
Sanjay Shringarpure named CIO of Republic National Distributing Company
Shringarpure has extensive experience in both the beverage alcohol industry and financial institutions. He previously held positions with E. & J. Gallo Winery and most recently held a leadership position with ING (now Voya Financial). As the CIO, Shringarpure will be responsible for improving RNDC’s digital footprint, standardizing data models, and identifying new technologies. (Press release)
Michael Sommer appointed general manager of Benovia Winery
Sommer joins Benovia Winery with over 20 years of industry experience. Most recently, he served as the general manager for Trois Noix Wines. He has also held regional sales positions with many larger companies such as Treasury Wine Estates. In his new role, Sommer will support the management of a small, family-owned winery with a particular focus on the tasting room and special events. (Press release)
Disaronno International LLC appoints Robert Cullins as executive vice president
Cullins joins Disaronno International LLC with 30 years of experience working in beverage alcohol. He has held leadership positions with several companies, including Diageo and Stoli Group. As the executive vice president, Cullins will focus on innovation and furthering the success of the company’s brands in both the United States and internationally. (Press release)
Alain Graillot, founder of the legendary, eponymous domaine in Crozes-Hermitage, has died
Graillot passed away at the age of 77. Back in 1985, when Graillot first bought a vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage, the region was not widely known. Despite his lack of winemaking experience, Graillot soon established a reputation for quality, old-school winemaking and became a champion for the region. Many young winemakers followed in his footsteps, finding affordable vineyards in Crozes and starting their own domaines, and Graillot became a leader to a new generation of winemakers.
John Glick appointed president and general manager of Austin Eastciders
Glick joins Austin Eastciders with 30 years of industry experience, having held leadership positions with companies such as Anheuser Busch and the Craft Brew Alliance. As the president and general manager of Austin Eastciders, Glick will focus on growth and innovation by continuing to grow the company’s new offerings, including new, seasonal flavors and high ABV and light options.
Justin Seidenfeld promoted to SVP of winemaking and winegrowing at Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Seidenfeld first joined Rodney Strong Wine Estates 11 years ago and became the director of winemaking in 2018. He was instrumental in helping Rodney Strong become a leader in sustainability and innovation. In his new role, Seidenfeld will be responsible for all aspects of viticulture, vineyard operations, winemaking, and further developing the company’s sustainability goals for all five brands.
Brown-Forman announces a series of executive leadership changes
Tim Nall is appointed SVP, chief global supply chain and technology officer. Nall will be responsible for global production operations and all aspects of IT infrastructure. Crystal Peterson is named SVP, chief inclusion and global community relations officer. Peterson will be responsible for progress and performance against the company’s DE&I goals. Jeremy Shepherd is named SVP, president of USA and Canada. Shepherd will deliver on the company’s strategic goals in its largest market. Alex Alvarez is SVP, chief sustainability officer and director of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), responsible for the company’s ESG strategy.
Taylor Case named director of national accounts off-premise for Folio Fine Wine Partners
Case joined Folio Fine Wine Partners in 2021 as the national accounts manager off-premise for the southeast. His previous industry experience includes leadership positions at both Wilson Daniels and Vineyard Brands. In his new role, Case will lead a team of four and focus on growing key national accounts and developing relationships.
Allison Lee joins Pacific Highway Wines as director of sales for the Pacific Southwest
Lee joins Pacific Highway Wines with more than a decade of experience. Prior to joining Pacific Highway Wines, Lee spent over five years as the western U.S. sales manager for Blackbird Vineyards, where she managed the wholesale business of the company’s two brands, Blackbird and ÆRENA. In her new role, Lee will be responsible for California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.
Joe Fortune named CEO of Mast-Jägermeister US
Fortune, a spirits-industry veteran, will assume the role of CEO in April, taking over from Jeff Popkin, who held the title for the past six years. Fortune joined Mast-Jägermeister US in 2016 as the CFO and for the past two years has served as the company’s chief commercial officer.
Erik Segelbaum and Amy Troutmiller launch SWIG Partners
SWIG Partners officially launched last week after months of collaboration between Erik Segelbaum of SOMLYAY and Amy Troutmiller of Common Fuel Consulting. SWIG, which stands for strategic wholesale and import growth, is a new brokerage service that matches producers of alcoholic beverages with importers and distributors in the U.S. The partnership brings together Segelbaum’s deep industry expertise with Troutmiller’s extensive experience with importing and wholesale.
Sequoia Grove appoints Jesse Fox as winemaker
Fox joins Sequoia Grove with several years of winemaking experience. He began his career working at Harlan Estates’ The Napa Valley Reserve and Promontory. He then served as the assistant winemaker for Ram’s Gate. Working alongside Sequoia Grove’s president, Rick Bonitati, Fox will work towards cementing Sequoia Grove as a top Napa Valley producer, while crafting balanced wines in tune with the environment.
Nicolas Seillan promoted to winemaker at Château Lassègue
As winemaker, Seillan, a seventh-generation vigneron, will work alongside his father, Pierre Seillan, using the family’s micro-cru philosophy to highlight the estate’s exceptional terroir. He will also continue on in his role as the senior vice president of finance for both Château Lassègue and Tenuta di Arceno. Seillan joined the family business in 2006 as the general manager and, in addition to his financial responsibilities, has overseen all operational aspects of winemaking and viticulture. (Press release)
Marcus Brinkerhoff named VP of sales for Patrimony Estate
Brinkerhoff joins Patrimony Estate with over 20 years of industry experience. Most recently, he spent six years as the southeast division manager for Opus One. In his new role, Brinkerhoff will use his deep knowledge of the industry and strong relationships to help establish Patrimony as one of the world’s finest wine brands. (Press release)
Lede Family Wines promotes Sarah Green to winemaker at FEL Wines
Green first joined FEL wines in 2017 as the associate winemaker. Green’s promotion comes after five years of experience assisting Ryan Hodgins, the director of winemaking. In her new role, Green will take on expanded responsibilities in both the vineyard and the cellar, and have a hand in crafting every wine the brand produces. (Press release)
Korsmo will leave her position at WSWA in April to head the National Restaurant Association. Korsmo first joined WSWA in 2018 and was vocal about the issues the industry faced due to Covid-19. She was instrumental in guiding members through the evolving marketplace. Over the next year, WSWA’s board of directors will work to identify Korsmo’s replacement.
Blue Run Spirits appoints Shaylyn Gammon as its first whiskey director
Gammon previously worked for Campari Group as the manager of product innovation. Prior to that she worked for AmeriQual Foods, YUM! Brands, and Land O’Frost. In her new role, Gammon will be responsible for developing and expanding Blue Run’s whiskey portfolio. She will work on selecting and sourcing barrels for bourbon and rye releases, and developing the long-term product and innovation strategy. (Press release)
Jenny Hemmer named executive director of GuildSomm
Hemmer joins GuildSomm with over 18 years of experience. Over a long career with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Hemmer gained experience in sales, training, talent acquisition, public relations, and communications. Most recently, she oversaw Gallo’s wine and spirits education program. Hemmer is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas, the Society of Wine Educators, and is currently a diploma candidate with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. (Press release)
Foley Family Wines expands its sales organization with a series of promotions
Jonathan Hollister is promoted to the chief sales officer. Hollister previously held the position of vice president of sales (West). Prior to joining Foley Family Wines, Hollister held leadership positions at Stoli Group and Jackson Family Wines. Len White is promoted from division sales manager to backfill Hollister’s role as the vice president of sales (West). Finally, Rob Carruthers is promoted to the new, expanded role of senior vice president of strategic accounts, where he will lead the teams responsible for on- and off-premise national accounts. (Press release)
Nicholas Mehall named president and CEO of Republic National Distributing Company
Mehall succeeds Tom Cole as CEO effective February 1st. Mehall has served as the company’s CFO since 2017, where he invested in technology and led an expansion into new markets. In his new role, Mehall will oversee the strategic planning for RNDC, helping the company to achieve their goal of being the distributor of choice within the industry.
Riboli Family Wines expands its national sales and strategic planning team
As part of the expansion, Paul Roberts is named SVP of national sales. Roberts joins Riboli after 20 years with Banfi Vintners, most recently as the VP of sales for North America. The expansion also includes new sales teams for five divisions, each of which has a VP: Greg Baldino is the VP of the Southeast division; Tom Walker is the VP of the Central division; Ryan Deines is the VP of the Midwest division; and Chris Riboli is the VP of the West division. The Northeast division VP is yet to be named. (Press release)
Jan Singer elected to Brown-Forman’s board of directors
Singer brings a wealth of experience as a consumer and retail executive to the board of Brown-Forman. Most recently, she served as the CEO of the apparel company J. Crew and prior to that she held leadership roles at Victoria’s Secret, Spanx, and Nike. Singer’s election increases the number of board members to 12. (Press release)
Chris Avery promoted to president at Patrimony Estate
Avery, a 20-year industry veteran, first joined Patrimony Estate last year to lead the sales and marketing team. Before joining Patrimony, Avery served as the president of Demeine Estates and the vice president of sales and marketing at Opus One. In his new role, Avery will lead the effort to develop new revenue streams and grow the estate’s reputation within the global marketplace. (Press release)
Elizabeth Keyser named lead winemaker for Rocky Pond Estate Winery
Keyser joins the Washington-based Rocky Pond Estate Winery from HALL Family Wines, where she held the title of assistant winemaker. In her new role, Keyser will be responsible for taking Rocky Pond to the next level, and for helping to further establish the Columbia Valley as a world-class wine region.
Parramon USA appoints Frederick McNicoll as area sales manager
McNicoll joins Parramon USA, the U.S.-based outpost for Spain’s luxury cork producer Parramon Exportap, with deep knowledge of the closures and capsules business. He previously started his own closures company in Canada and worked with many respected suppliers in the industry.
Anthony Barton, owner of Château Léoville Barton and Château Langoa Barton, has died
Barton passed away on January 19th at the age of 91. Known as the “gentleman of Bordeaux,” he is credited with modernizing his two estates, Château Léoville Barton and Château Langoa Barton, while maintaining accessible price points. Recently, his daughter, Lilian, assumed management of the two estates, along with her husband and two children.
Court of Master Sommeliers announces new additions to its board of directors
The Court of Master Sommeliers has announced four new members of its external board of directors, each with a unique background to help inform the organization’s growth. The new members include Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman of 100 Black Men and CEO of TWD Consulting; Douglass Miller, faculty member at Cornell University’s Nolan School of Hotel Administration; Adrienne Segundo, cofounder of the National Credentialing Institute and COO of Limitless Solutions; and Melanie L. Steinbach, chief people officer at Cameo. (Press release)
Ridge Vineyards names Trester Goetting as winemaker for Monte Bello
Goetting joins Ridge Vineyards with 25 years of winemaking experience. Most recently, he served as the winemaker for Robert Biale Vineyards, where he worked with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Bordeaux, and Rhône varietals. In his new role, Goetting will take over all winemaking responsibilities at the Monte Bello winery, producing site-specific wines using traditional winemaking techniques.
Steve White named national sales director at Dunham Cellars
White has 15 years of experience in wholesale and almost 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Mostly recently, White worked at The Winebow Group as a regional sales manager. As the national sales director for Dunham Cellars, one of the first Walla Walla wineries, White will leverage his relationships with distributors and retail partners to hit the ground running in his new role. (Press release)
Cakebread Cellars announces two new additions to its senior leadership team
Rich Archer is named CFO and Misty Roudebush Cain is named vice president of direct to consumer and hospitality. Archer joins Cakebread with several years of industry experience. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Bloom Farms, a San Francisco-based cannabis company. Cain joins the team with over 20 years of DTC and marketing experience. She worked mostly recently for St. Supéry winery, where she held the role of director of marketing and member services. (Press release)
Stoller Wine Group expands its leadership team
The Oregon-based group, whose portfolio includes Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, Chemistry, Canned Oregon, and History, grows its leadership team with a series of new appointments and promotions. Lindsey Morse is named vice president of marketing, Michael Gonzalez is named director of tasting rooms for Stoller Family Estate, and Brian Driver is named southeastern regional manager. Additionally, Ben Howe, the former director of winemaking, is promoted to vice president of operations, and Michelle Kaufmann, the former communications director, is promoted to vice president of communications. (Press release)
Michelle Brampton named CEO of Wine and Spirit Education Trust
Brampton joins the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) from Treasury Wine Estates, where she worked for the last 15 years, most recently as the managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. She will join WSET in February and spend two months working alongside the current CEO, Ian Harris, who plans to step down on April 15th. In her new role, Brampton will be responsible for leading the organization through a new era of growth and navigating the increasingly challenging global landscape. (Press Release)
JancisRobinson.com expands its U.S. editorial team
Elaine Chukan Brown has been named the executive editor for the U.S. at JancisRobinson.com. Chukan Brown joined the publication in 2015 in order to expand coverage of American wine. In her new role, she will remain based in Sonoma, California, covering the state’s wines. She will also play a central role in implementing the U.S. content strategy, including expanding coverage of U.S. wineries and sustainability issues. Samantha Cole-Johnson will also join the U.S. editorial team, reporting on the wines of Oregon and Washington as well as on viticulture and labor issues. Alder Yarrow will continue to file monthly reports on U.S. wines, as he’s done since 2010. (Press release)
Claude Taittinger, who led Taittinger Champagne for five decades, has died
Claude Taittinger, son of Taittinger founder Pierre Taittinger, passed away at the age of 94. He became the president of Taittinger in 1960 and is credited with growing the company by increasing production, investing in vineyards, and modernizing how champagne is marketed. He also co-founded one of California’s most successful sparkling wine brands, Domaine Carneros, alongside Kobrand, Taittinger’s U.S. distribution partner.
Casa Del Sol Tequila adds two new members to its senior sales team
Clarissa Clark has been appointed senior vice president of sales and Brian Condon has been appointed senior vice president of distribution operations. Clark joins the team from Tyson Foods, where she served as the vice president of sales. In her new role, Clark will be responsible for leading the commercialization process for the on- and off-premise sectors. Condon joins the team from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, where he mostly recently served as the general manager and senior vice president of wholesale. In his new role, Condon will focus on building the operations infrastructure. (Press release)
The Busker Irish Whiskey appoints Caroline Martin as master blender
Martin joins The Busker Irish Whiskey with 35 years of experience working for companies such as J&B, Bell’s, and Johnnie Walker. Martin, who will serve as the master blender for Royal Oak Distillery, is the first female to hold the title. In her new role, Martin will be responsible for maintaining the overall quality of The Busker Irish Whiskey and developing an innovation program for both the brand and the category as a whole. (Press release)
Franco Ziliani, winemaker and cofounder of Berlucchi, has died
Ziliani passed away at his home near Lake Iseo at the age of 90. Sixty years ago, Ziliani completed his first vintage of champagne-style wine for Berlucchi, demonstrating that Italy’s Franciacorta wine region could produce high-quality, sparkling wines. Over the following decades, Ziliani helped transform the image of Italian sparkling wine and establish Franciacorta as a world-class sparkling wine region.
Michaela Kelly named estate director for Stony Hill Vineyard
Kelly joins the team at Stony Hill Vineyard with several years of industry experience, most recently as the assistant general manager for PRESS restaurant in Napa Valley. As the estate director, Kelly will be responsible for the private tasting program, ensuring DTC goals are met, and maintaining high-quality guest services. (Press release)
South Beach Wine and Food Festival names Dr. Lisa Davis as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant
Davis brings with her over 25 years of experience in politics and community service, and was the founder of the Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant for the South Beach festival, Davis will be responsible for addressing gaps in representation by diversifying the festival’s talent pool, customer base, and media partnerships. Davis’ appointment is part of the festival’s commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the hospitality industry. (Press release)
Christi Gainer named director of national accounts, Midwest for Winesellers, Ltd.
Gainer comes to Winesellers, Ltd. with 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Most recently, Gainer served as Winebow’s Midwest regional director of chain retail where she managed national accounts such as Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme. Gainer’s appointment expands the national accounts division, completing Winesellers, Ltd.’s newly formed, four-person national account director division. (Press release)
Philippe Cambie, winemaker for Les Halos de Jupiter, Calendal, and Beau Marchais, has died
Cambie passed away at home in Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the age of 59. Throughout his successful career as an enologist and wine consultant, Cambie advised nearly 80 producers and became one of the most sought-after talents in the industry. He had a profound impact on the producers, wine quality, and reputations of regions such as the Rhône Valley, Provence, and Languedoc-Roussillon. His own wines, which he produced under the labels Les Halos de Jupiter, Calendal, and Beau Marchais, were powerful, complex, and loved by critics and consumers alike.
MGM Resorts International promotes Douglas Kim to wine director
Kim has worked for MGM Resorts for 11 years, including as a sommelier for Aureole at the Mandalay Bay and as the wine director for the Bellagio’s Picasso. In his new role, Kim will work on rebuilding the cellars after inventory was reduced during the early stages of the pandemic. Kim will also focus on supporting the wine staff at individual outlets, helping to nurture the company’s talented team of sommeliers.
Manuel Reman named president of Maison Krug
Reman will assume the role of president in April 2022 following Maggie Henriquez’s decision to leave the group. Reman joined Moët Hennessy in 2005 and since 2019 has held the position of managing director for Moët Hennessy Champagne Services. As president, Reman will continue many of the special projects spearheaded by Henriquez, including many sustainability initiatives. (Press release)
Art Ciocca, founder of The Wine Group, has died
Ciocca passed away at the age of 84. He founded The Wine Group, the world’s third largest winery by volume, in 1981 and was the company’s CEO for 26 years. The group’s portfolio includes many popular brands such as Franzia, Cupcake, Benziger, Almaden, Beringer, and many others. He is remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and deep-rooted values. (Press release)
Pam Bond named north coast operations support for Allied Grape Growers
Bond joins Allied Grape Growers from Swanson Vineyards and Winery where she served as the director of vineyard and estate operations from 2010 to 2020. In her new role, Bond will work closely with the North Coast regional manager and grower relations representative to provide administrative support for contract negotiations, and field support for grower relations. (Press release)
Bionic Wines promotes Elizabeth Bourcier to resident vigneronne
Bourcier has worked at Bionic Wines as the assistant vigneronne since 2010 and has been in charge of Bionic Wines’ full production since 2017. As the resident vigneronne, Bourcier will be responsible for crafting all of the wines for the estate’s Walla Walla Valley brands, including Cayuse Vineyards, Horsepower Vineyards, Hors Catégorie Vineyards, and No Girls. (Press release)
Kristin Muhly promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Ancient Peaks Winery
Muhly has worked at Ancient Peaks Winery for 10 years, most recently as a national brand manager. In her new role, Muhly will focus on raising brand awareness as well as growing sales and distribution nationally. Her promotion coincides with Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins stepping back as the executive vice president. (Press release)
Bárbara Wolff Göpfert, chief of corporate affairs and innovation at VSPT Wine Group, named Green Personality of the Year at the 2021 Green Awards
Göpfert was recognized during the annual awards ceremony, organized by The Drink Business, for her leadership in this space. In her current role, Göpfert made sustainability a strategic objective and a corporate value for VSPT Wine Group, paving the way for the company to become one of the world’s most sustainable wine groups. (Press release)
Hugh Symington promoted to marketing and communications manager at Premium Port Wines
Symington, a fifth-generation family member, joined Premium Port Wines’ San Francisco-based marketing team in 2017. He previously served as a liaison for the U.S. sales team and was responsible for training local distributors across key markets. In his new role, Symington will oversee all U.S. brand communications and development. (Press release)
Lede Family Wines promotes Janet Llamas to chief financial officer
Llamas has more than 15 years of industry experience, most recently as the vice president of finance for Lede Family Wines, a role she was appointed to in early 2021. As CFO, Llamas will oversee all financial planning and activities for Cliff Lede Vineyards, Poetry Inn, and FEL Wines. (Press release)
Andrea Franchetti, esteemed founder of Italy’s Tenuta di Trinoro and Passopisciaro, has died
Franchetti passed away in Rome from cancer at the age of 72. After working in restaurants and as an Italian wine distributor in New York, Franchetti began producing wine in the early 1990s. He founded two of Italy’s most celebrated estates, Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro on Mount Etna. Franchetti’s wines found overnight success with both critics and consumers, and he became an inspiration for many winemakers through his creativity and innovation.
Linda Lawry, former director of the International Wine Center in New York City, has died
Lawry passed away on Thanksgiving, according to an email shared by the International Wine Center. After joining the International Wine Center as a special events director in 1985, she became the director in 2000, a position she held until 2018, when she retired. She was also a certified wine educator, certified specialist of spirits of the Society of Wine Educators, a former president of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York, and a faculty member of New York University from 1997 until 2016, where she taught a wine and spirits course. Many industry members shared remembrances on social media, noting Lawry’s kindness, warmth, and willingness to teach and mentor students.
Constellation Brands appoints Billy Lagor to senior vice president, brand management—wine and spirits division
Lagor previously spent 15 years at Hasbro, Inc., most recently as the senior vice president and general manager overseeing global e-commerce and channel strategy. He also spent five years in brand management at Proctor & Gamble. (Press release)
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, the editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate, to leave the publication
Perrotti-Brown announced her move on social media on December 1; her last day with the publication will be December 17. She joined The Wine Advocate in 2008 and took over as editor-in-chief in 2013; previously, she worked at a wine bar in London and held several sales and marketing roles in the UK. Perrotti-Brown also worked at a top fine wine importer in Tokyo and as a wine educator at the city’s Academie du Vin. Current managing editor Joe Czerwinski will become the new editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate.
Debbie Detrick named chief financial officer for Dry Creek Vineyard
Most recently, Detrick was the director of finance for Clos du Val Winery; she has 20 years of experience working in finance for the wine industry. She has held roles with Round Pond Estate, Pernod Ricard USA, Terlato Wine Group, and Beam Wine Estates. In her new role, Detrick will direct all financial activities for the winery, including financial planning, reporting, general accounting, and budgeting. (Press release)
Eloi Dürrbach, founder and winemaker of Provence’s Domaine de Trévallon, has died
Dürrbach died on November 12 at his winery; he was 71. He started the vineyard at Trévallon on land that his mother purchased, planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and he bottled his first wine in 1976. Domaine de Trévallon has since become one of Provence’s leading estates (the wine falls under the Alpilles IGP). Dürrbach is survived by his wife, Floriane, and their three children, Ostiane, Isoline, and Antoine. The family will continue to run the Trévallon estate.
Julia Herz named executive director of the American Homebrewers Association
Herz has more than two decades of experience in the brewing industry, including two prior roles at the Brewers Association (of which the American Homebrewers Association is part—she was laid off from her role as the craft beer program director at the Brewers Association due to pandemic impacts). She is an experienced homebrewer, beer educator, and judge, and she created and published CraftBeer.com. In her new role, she will oversee the American Homebrewers Association, which promotes home brewing as a hobby, provides educational resources and advocacy, and hosts events including the annual Homebrew Con. (Press release)
Cole Stauffenegger promoted to assistant tasting room and shipping manager for Balletto Vineyards
Stauffenegger has been a part of the Russian River Valley tasting team for two years; previously, he graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in wine business. (Press release)
Block passed away on November 21. He became a Master of Wine in 1992 and was known for transforming the beverage program at Legal Sea Foods, including directing the beverage strategy, training, and product selection for the group’s dozens of restaurants. He was also the assistant vice president for Horizon Beverage, vice president of product strategies at the Whitehall Companies, and general manager of Whitehall Signature Imports. He is survived by his wife Joanie, his sons Daniel and Matthew, and his siblings Stephen and Gloria.
Jeff Meier, president and COO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, to retire in December
One of the Central Coast wine industry’s most respected figures, Meier worked his first harvest at J. Lohr in 1984 and was named winemaker in 1995. He held winemaking positions for 25 years (later becoming the director of winemaking) and was named president and COO in 2014. Over his 37-year tenure with J. Lohr, Meier has fueled experimentation and innovation at the winery alongside exceptional growth. (Press release)
The four recipients are Peter Christoforatos (The Culinary Institute of America), Jaida Davi (Sonoma State University), Ethan Malonzo (Cornell University), and Nima Mehregan (The Culinary Institute of America). Each recipient is either pursuing a certificate or degree in hospitality or is a former or current employee of alcohol wholesalers, retailers, or suppliers; they were awarded with $5,000 each. The inaugural Robert Qualls Scholarship is presented by WSWA Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, in memory of hospitality and spirits industry veteran Robert Qualls.
Paul Tanguay, noted beverage and hospitality professional, has died
Tanguay passed away in his sleep on November 20. Over the more than 35 years of his career, Tanguay immersed himself in every aspect of the hospitality business. He eventually gravitated towards the beverage side of hospitality, particularly as the corporate beverage director for SushiSamba, where he was one of the first to introduce sake and craft cocktails to consumers.
Tanguay gained a sommelier accreditation through the American Sommelier Association and became one of the top sake experts in the U.S., helping form the Sake Education Council. Together with business partner Tad Carducci, Tanguay created the beverage consulting company Tippling Bros., where he co-owned and operated bars and restaurants, sat on judging panels, and created beverage programs across the country. In 2015, he co-authored the book A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails. Friends and colleagues note that they will remember Tanguay for his generosity, passion for life, and big, infectious personality.
Opening November 24, Flor will be the sister shop to Le Pigeon, as Fortgang is the co-owner and wine director of Le Pigeon and Canard; Licea is the former wine director of Little Bird Bistro. The idea for a retail shop was born from pandemic closures, when Fortgang launched Le Pigeon cellar sales. Flor’s selection will be an extension of Le Pigeon’s wine list, leaning French but not exclusively so. Flor Wines is located at 825 NW Glisan.
Sylvia Bronson named chief marketing officer for Scheid Family Wines
Bronson has over 14 years of experience as a global brand marketing leader for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. She has held positions with Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, Constellation Brands, and E. & J. Gallo Winery. (Press release)
Four national sales leadership team members appointed at DAOU Family Estates
The appointments include Aaron Amsler, vice president, central region; Michelle Smith, vice president, retail chains; Walter Sorensen, vice president, western region; and Tony Suarez, vice president, eastern region. Amsler has nearly three decades of experience in wine sales and management, most recently as the senior sales director of the central U.S. at Rodney Strong Vineyards. Smith joined DAOU in 2016 as the central division manager. Sorensen joined the DAOU team in 2020 as the division manager of California and Hawaii, and he has held positions at Jackson Family Wines and Rodney Strong Vineyards. Suarez has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing for the beverage alcohol industry, and he joined DAOU last year as the director of global accounts. (Press release)
The 52-year-old Jura winemaker confirmed the September 2021 sale, which had been rumored since the spring, via Instagram in early November. Pumpyanskiy also owns Domaine Prieuré Saint-Jean de Bébian in the Languedoc, which he converted to organic and biodynamic farming. Ganevat will stay on with the estate, as well all of the employees, his sister Anne, and her daughter Clémence.
Prestige Beverage Group appoints Justin Ashton to general manager and executive vice president of sales
Ashton joined Prestige Beverage Group in 2020 as executive vice president—business development, control states and Canada. He has nearly 15 years of beverage industry experience, having held roles at Stoli USA and Beam Suntory. In his new role, Ashton will lead business growth for Prestige’s portfolio, ensuring the company remains on the cutting edge of innovation. (Press release)
Lena Braswell named national brand manager for Shaw-Ross International Importers
Braswell brings over a decade of beverage industry experience to the Shaw Ross team, having held positions at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits Americas, and 375 Park Avenue Spirits. (Press release)
Jason Lede promoted to director of communications for Lede Family Wines
Jason is a second-generation family member who completed his first harvest internship at Cliff Lede Vineyards in 2007 (his father founded the winery in 2002). He officially joined the Lede Family Wines team in 2015 after spending three years in sales at The Wine Cellar in Canada; since then, he has managed wholesale sales for Lede Family Wines across several states, and more recently, he has been the winery’s hospitality manager. (Press release)
Winesellers, Ltd. names Gary McHargue director of national accounts, West
McHargue has over 30 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry, most recently as the VP of sales and national sales manager for California’s Adobe Road Winery. He has also held positions with Southern Wine & Spirits, Remy Cointreau USA, Copper Cane, and Frederick Wildman & Sons. (Press release)
Tom Lynch, Skurnik Wines and Spirits’ first salesperson, has died
Lynch unexpectedly passed away over the weekend due to complications from cancer treatment. He was the first non-family employee hired at Skurnik Wines when he became the company’s first salesperson in 1991; he marked 30 years with the company this year. Lynch’s fellow Skurnik team members and those across the industry paid tribute to his friendship and generosity; he is survived by his wife June, and children Jack and Claire.
Lee Chasalow joins VOS Selections as minority partner and chief operating officer
Chasalow has worked in the wine and spirits industry for over 35 years, having held positions in the restaurant industry and as the CFO of David Bowler Wines. He will bring his varied background, including significant financial and operations experience, to VOS as they embrace the landscape ahead. (Press release)
Jack Robertiello, longtime wine and spirits writer and SevenFifty Daily/Beverage Media contributor, has died
A writer, consultant, judge, and expert in wine, spirits, and mixology, Jack Robertiello died on October 22 at the age of 70. Jack wrote about wine and spirits for most of his adult life, for Food Network, Metropolitan Home, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Beverage Dynamics, Cheers, Santé, and Nation’s Restaurant News. He was a contributor to Beverage Media publications for 18 years, and to SevenFifty Daily for two years.
He was also a judge at numerous competitions, including the Spirits of Mexico and Spirits of the Americas competitions, and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Most recently, he was a contributor to the just-published Oxford Companion to Spirits and Wine. Jack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Andrea Mohin; sister Eileen R. Caito, and four nieces and nephews. Jack was not only a valued contributing editor and colleague, but a dear friend to many members of our team, and he will be dearly missed.
Johnnie Walker announces retirement of Jim Beveridge, Ph.D., OBE and appointment of Emma Walker, Ph.D. as master blender
Dr. Beveridge will retire at the end of the year after more than 40 years with Diageo; he has been the master blender of Johnnie Walker for two decades. Dr. Walker joined Diageo 13 years ago and has been working on Johnnie Walker for six years. She will be the first woman to hold the master blender position in the company’s 200-year history. (Press release)
Beck Family Estates names John Kochis as president
Kochis has over 25 years of executive wine sales and management experience to Beck Family Estates, most recently as the founder and president of Gemini Consulting and owner of Ground Effect Wine Co. Prior to this, he worked with E. & J. Gallo Winery, finishing his career with them as national sales director for their on-premise channel. Beck Family Estates’ portfolio includes South Africa’s Graham Beck and Steenberg Vineyards and Oregon’s Abbott Claim and Angela Vineyards. (Press release)
Patrick Carroll promoted to distiller of Black Button Distilling
Carroll began working at Black Button in 2017 as a production assistant and has quickly risen through the ranks, becoming an assistant distiller and receiving mentorship and education from master distillers Jason Barrett and Jeff Fairbrother. He will manage the barrel warehouses and oversee all mashing, fermentation and primary distillation for the distillery. (Press release)
Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards promotes winemaker Kristin Bryden to general manager
Bryden joined the Santa Barbara winery in 2011 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to head winemaker in 2016, most recently helping to launch Tread, a line of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Former general manager Paul Pease will now be Zaca Mesa’s director of sales. (Press release)
Chris Langan named national sales manager for Dalla Terra Winery Direct
Langan has over two decades of experience in fine wine sales and management, having worked in Dallas restaurants, at Crawford Malone Fine Wine & Spirits, and on the supplier side at Terlato and K Vintners/Wines of Substance. Most recently, he was the vice president of sales for Sokol Blosser. In his new role, Langan will oversee all aspects of national sales, working with Dalla Terra’s 10 regional managers. (Press release)
Jean-Baptiste Rivail appointed CEO of Ponzi Vineyards
The Bollinger family purchased Ponzi Vineyards last year. In addition to leading Ponzi Vineyards, Rivail will be the executive vice president of the Bollingers’ SJB USA and will further develop Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Ayala, Domaine Chanson, and Langlois-Chateau in the U.S. market. Most recently, Rivail was the general manager of Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley.
Laura-Kate Morgan named winemaker of New Zealand’s Brancott Estate
Morgan was raised in Marlborough, New Zealand on a farm, where her parents established a vineyard, and she studied viticulture and enology at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand. She is the first woman to hold the position of winemaker at Brancott Estate. (Press release)
John Sellar named executive vice president for Independence Wine & Spirits
Sellar is an experienced leader with 25 years of industry experience and a decades-long career with Frederick Wildman & Sons. He most recently held the position of SVP general manager of the wholesale division, and he previously served as president of the company as well. In his new role, he will oversee strategic development and build upon the operational practices and customer service that Independence Wine & Spirits is known for. (Press release)
Riboli Family Wines names Susan Doyle as vice president of vineyards and winemaking
Doyle will be responsible for overseeing vineyard and winemaking planning, implementation, and winemaking and vineyard operations for Riboli’s estate vineyards and all brands produced in California. She has more than 30 years of experience, including positions at MacMurray Ranch, Spring Mountain Vineyard, Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines, Quails Gate Winery, and West Coast Partners. (Press release)
New Zealand’s Invivo & Co. appoints Bernard Budel as global sales director
Budel began his career at Villa Maria, where he worked with both the domestic and export teams, and he was most recently the sales director at Red Bull NZ. In the U.S., Budel will work with Taub Family Selections, which imports the Invivo X, SJP wines. (Press release)
Rick Durette named vice president of national sales for European Cellars
Durette has over 30 years of experience in the wine industry and has held senior executive positions at Jackson Enterprises, Wilson Daniels, Union Wine Company, and Pacific Highway Wines. He will be the first vice president of national sales for the company. (Press release)
Joe Elchik named vice president of sales, eastern division, for Cline Family Cellars
Most recently, Elchick was the eastern division vice president of sales for the Family Coppola, and he spent 15 years working in sales management with the company. He also held roles with Banfi Vintners and McKenzie & Company. Elchik will oversee the New England, Northeast, Great Lakes, Midwest, and Great Plains regions.
Vintage Wine Estates names Russell Joy as COO
Joy brings over 20 years of industry experience, specializing in finance and operations, to Vintage Wine Estates as current COO Jeff Nicholson retires. Joy was most recently the general manager of Napa Wine Company and has held roles with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Patz & Hall Wine Company, Viansa Winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, and Allied Domecq Wines.
Richard Booth named president of Drake’s Organic Spirits
Booth had been working with Drake’s for nearly two years, first on the senior advisory board, then running the state of Florida, then the entire East Coast. Booth had previously been running a consulting company after retiring from a 35-year career as a VP general manager. (Press release)
Greg Urmini named director of winemaking and vineyards for Willamette Valley Vineyards
Most recently, Urmini was with Paul Hobbs Winery in Sonoma, where he worked for 14 years while making his way from intern to cellar worker and eventually to director of winemaking. His passion for Oregon Pinot Noirs brought him to Willamette Valley Vineyards, where he will lead the winery, estate vineyards, and the development of a new winery in Dundee Hills. (Press release)
Scott Ehrlich and Jerred Wolff appointed to leadership roles at Wilson Daniels
Ehrlich will be the vice president of marketing while Wolff will be the senior vice president and general manager of Galaxy Wine Company, which is based in Oregon. Ehrlich was most recently the vice president of marketing for Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, and he has held leadership roles at Constellation Brands and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as well. Wolff was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for Vehrs Distributing and director of trade development for Southern Glazers, and he also held sales roles with Palm Bay International. (Press release)
Tracey Prever named senior digital marketing and ecommerce manager for Scheid Family Wines
Prever was most recently the direct-to-consumer marketing manager for Rombauer Vineyards, where she developed its ecommerce marketing site and digital marketing and email campaign strategy and content. She has also held positions with Give Back Goods, Tayjoley Design, and Diamond Resorts International. (Press release)
Barron Beltz and Emily Zegar appointed to sales director roles for Sokol Blosser
Beltz will be the director of sales, Central division, and Zegar has been promoted to director of sales, Western division. Beltz has held sales roles with Republic National Distributing Company, Hess Collection, and Folio Fine Wine Partners and will lead sales efforts in 15 states. Zegar began her career in the wine industry at Sokol Blosser and returned in 2019; she was most recently the northwest and export sales and brand manager. She will lead sales efforts in 11 states and continue to lead export sales in 16 countries. (Press release)
Tom Bené appointed president and CEO of Breakthru Beverage Group
Bené has more than 30 years of leadership experience, most recently as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. He was also previously the chairman, president, and CEO of Sysco Corporation and the president of PepsiCo’s food service business. Outgoing president and CEO Greg Baird will serve as an advisor to Breakthru Beverage through the end of the year to support the leadership transition. (Press release)
Jennifer Thomas named vice president of sales, national accounts, for Opici Wines & Spirits
Thomas was most recently the senior national account executive for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, overseeing both on- and off-premise accounts. She has also held senior sales positions with J. Vineyards & Winery and Henry Wine Group. (Press release)
Rajat Parr joins Stolo Vineyards team as winemaking consultant
Parr will direct and oversee Stolo Vineyards’ winemaking operations in Cambria, California, following the departure of winemaker Nicole Pope. Parr’s experience with cool-climate, well-balanced, mineral-driven wines will help guide the Stolo winemaking team as they craft Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. (Press release)
Aaron Thompson and Jessica ‘Rabbit’ King open Brother Wolf, an aperitivo bar, in Knoxville, Tenn.
The local hospitality “power couple” also runs Osteria Stella, a northern Italian restaurant located next door to Brother Wolf, and Sapphire, which is temporarily closed for building renovations. The aperitivo bar specializes in the Negroni cocktail, with 11 Negronis and Negroni variations on the menu, a favorite of the couple after a trip to Italy. (Press release)
Melissa Shea and Hristo Zisovski named New York sales managers for Wilson Daniels Wholesale
Both of the new sales managers have extensive restaurant experience, and together they will oversee the New York wholesale team. Shea was formerly a senior luxury portfolio consultant for the New York metro area for E. & J. Gallo, and she was the beverage director for the Tao Restaurant Group. Zisovski was formerly the corporate beverage director for the Altamarea Group and has held numerous restaurant industry positions. In their new roles, Shea and Zisovski will manage account relationships, implement new programming initiatives, and achieve supplier sales goals. (Press release)
Jancis Robinson agrees to terms for Recurrent Ventures to acquire JancisRobinson.com
The British wine journalist and author will remain editor-in-chief of her eponymous publication and will continue to oversee her team of contributors. “I’m extremely proud of all that JancisRobinson.com has grown into,” Robinson said in a press release. “We’re now at the point where we need a bigger platform to see the site reach its full potential. This partnership will allow me to focus on what I enjoy most: tasting and writing about wine.”
JancisRobinson.com will continue to be subscription-based and will expand its digital initiatives in 2022. Recurrent Ventures is a digital media company that includes publications like Saveur, Domino, Popular Science, Outdoor Life, and more. (Press release)
Mark Fine appointed president of Ogden’s Own Distillery
The Utah-based craft spirits distiller, which makes Madam Pattirini Gin, Five Wives Vodka, Five Husbands Vodka, Underground Herbal Spirit, and the Porter’s Whiskeys, has named Fine as the successor to retiring cofounder and president Steve Conlin. In his new role, Fine will oversee the distillery’s operations, sales and marketing strategy, interstate and intrastate distribution, and expanding distribution across the U.S. Fine has nearly 30 years of leadership experience across the beverage industry, most recently working as the director of beverage at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. He has also worked with many distributors, importers, and suppliers, and he launched the Gérard Bertrand wine portfolio in the U.S. (Press release)
Bryan Babcock, owner of Babcock Winery & Vineyards, named vintner of the year by Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance
Babcock and his family established their winery in the early 1980s, and Babcock was key in the official formulation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in 2001. Known for his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, as well as Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines, he was honored with the Vintner of the Year Award by the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance at the AVA’s 20th anniversary celebration. (Press release)
Hae Un Lee, founder of Lee’s Discount Liquor in Nevada, has died
Lee’s Discount Liquor shared the news of the passing of their founder (known to most simply as “Mr. Lee”) on Saturday; Mr. Lee suffered from pancreatic cancer and died on August 27. Mr. Lee became a beverage retail legend after emigrating from South Korea in 1980 and opening his first Lee’s Discount Liquor store the following year. He grew Lee’s Discount Liquor into the largest liquor retailer in Nevada, with 22 stores across the state, and started Lee’s Helping Hand, a non-profit benefiting organizations across Nevada, almost 20 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Sun Lee, their three children, and their eight grandchildren.
Becky Wasserman, Burgundy champion, pioneer, and entrepreneur, has died
Known for her unfailing support and advocacy of Burgundy’s small producers, Wasserman died on August 20 at the age of 84. Born in New York City in 1937, Wasserman moved to Burgundy in 1968; after selling French oak barrels to American winemakers, she founded Le Serbet (now Becky Wasserman & Co.) in 1979, an export company representing small Burgundy wineries in the U.S. market. Wasserman is credited with bringing many of the region’s best-known producers to the U.S., including Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Domaine Michel Lafarge, and Domaine des Comtes Lafon.
Wasserman was also a mentor and supporter of many aspiring professionals across the wine industry, particularly young women. Upon hearing the news of her passing, tributes to Wasserman were shared on social media from around the world, with many speaking not only of her determination, influence, and legacy, but also her compassion, spirit, humility, warmth, humor, and kindness. She is survived by her husband, Russell Hone, and her sons Peter and Paul.
Dawn Marie Hilkin named sales team member for Grapes & Greens
Hilkin has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience and joined the sales team full-time in June. The New York-based importer and distributor works in NYC, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester, Rockland, and the Hudson Valley. (Press release)
Christopher Struck named beverage director at ilili in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Struck has worked in front- and back-of-house positions at eight restaurants, including Union Square Café and Racines. He also teaches beverage and marketing classes at the College of Technology at the City University of New York. As beverage director, Struck will manage all beverage purchasing and education, manage the bar team, and serve as the floor sommelier during service.
Aaron Sherman and Gianfranco Verga, cofounders of SevenFifty, named as Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers by Wine Enthusiast
Recognized as “industry disruptors” who are “taming the three-tier system,” Sherman and Verga were highlighted for their work in founding and growing SevenFifty Technologies (the parent company of SevenFifty Daily), which announced $23 million in Series B funding earlier this year. SevenFifty Daily contributors Shakera Jones and Shanika Hillocks were also among the 40 Under 40 Tastemakers this year.
Liam Odien named bar manager at Playa Provisions in Los Angeles
Odien is introducing a revamped, elevated cocktail program at the beachside restaurant, including rotating options with seasonal ingredients. He has over a decade of experience and previously worked at The Corner Door and Bucato. (Press release)
Tony Baldini promotes three winemaking team members at Cliff Lede Vineyards
Christopher Tynan, who has been the winemaker at Cliff Lede Vineyards since 2012, will be the director of winemaking. Associate winemaker Travis Bullard will take over Tynan’s role as winemaker after joining the company in 2010, and Anna Compton, previously the enologist, will be the new assistant winemaker, having joined the company in 2017. (Press release)
Lou Nole named chain director, East, for Winesellers, Ltd.
This is a newly created position that marks the expansion of Winesellers, Ltd.’s national accounts division. Nole is a 30-year veteran of the wine and spirits industry who has held positions with Republic National Distributing Company, Frederick Wildman & Sons, William Grant & Sons, Pacific Highway, Admiral Imports, and Vision Wine & Spirits. (Press release)
Kathy Reilly named vice president of marketing and innovation for Prestige Beverage Group
Most recently, Reilly was the category marketing director for food, beverage, and essentials at Target. In her new role, she will lead all aspects of marketing for Prestige as well as brand and product innovations. (Press release)
DAOU Family Estates announces three new appointments to leadership and hospitality teams
Maeve Pesquera has been promoted to senior vice president, strategy and business development after working with the company for five years. Elise Spangenberg has been promoted to vice president, people and culture, after joining the company in 2013. Marino Monferrato has joined DAOU as the vice president of hospitality operations, having been a general manager for top restaurants across the U.S. and starred as the maître d’ on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. (Press release)
Kari Brandt named wholesale vice president and general manager of Frederick Wildman and Sons
Brandt joined Frederick Wildman in 2013 as a sales representative and was previously promoted to domestic sales manager and director of sales and portfolio development. In her new role, she will be responsible for Frederick Wildman’s wholesale business, including expanding the company’s restaurant and retail footprint in the New York and New Jersey markets. (Press release)
Avery Heelan named winemaker for Larkmead Vineyards as Dan Petroski departs
Heelan has been working under Petroski for two years and previously held positions at Screaming Eagle Vineyards, Domaine Yves Boyer Martenot, and Capel Vale Winery. She will oversee all winemaking and vineyards, lead climate action and research initiatives with the Larkmead Research Bock, and work with viticulturist Kelly Maher and vineyard manager Nabor Camarena to manage the 150-acre estate. Petroski, who has been with Larkmead since 2006, is leaving to focus on his personal brand, Massican Wines. (Press release)
Beringer Vineyards names Ryan Rech chief winemaker
Rech joined the Beringer team in 2016 and has been working with Treasury Wine Estates for more than a decade, working with Souverain and Chateau St. Jean before becoming Beringer’s luxury red winemaker. (Press release)
Mike Keyes, president and CEO of Proximo Spirits, to retire
Keyes joined Proximo in 2019 following a long tenure at Brown-Forman; he will depart the company by end-of-year. Luis Félix, Group Cuervo’s managing director for Mexico and Latin America, will take over Keyes’ role.
Michael Martignetti appointed senior vice president, wine of Martignetti Companies
Martignetti is a fourth-generation family member who gained experience working at E. & J. Gallo, Trinchero Family Estates, and Maisons Marques & Domaines prior to joining Martignetti Companies in 2016. Most recently, he was the assistant vice president, sales, connoisseur wine division; he will succeed Chris Conrad, Martignetti’s new president of sales and marketing. (Press release)
Becky George named associate winemaker for Brandlin Estate
George was most recently the winemaker for Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga and previously held positions with Schramsberg Vineyards and Marcassin. She brings 15 years of winemaking experience to the Brandlin Estate team. (Press release)
Kory Kemp named executive director of national sales, USA for Banfi
Most recently, Kemp was the senior sales director for Santa Margherita USA. In his new role, Kemp will lead sales in the U.S., strengthening on- and off-premise distribution for Banfi’s luxury portfolio and working with distributor partners. (Press release)
Newton Vineyard names Andrew Holve head of winemaking
2021 will mark Holve’s seventh vintage with Newton Vineyard, since he joined the winemaking team in 2015. Previously, he worked at wineries including MacRostie Winery, California icon Ridge Vineyards, Church Road Winery, and Cloudy Bay. (Press release)
Hans Hartjens named chief financial officer at Wente Family Estates
Hartjens spent 18 years at E. & J. Gallo Winery, where he gained a wealth of experience in winery financial oversight. Most recently, he led the business and operation teams for the Asia region. As chief financial officer, Hartjens will oversee the financial success of the business and support Wente’s drive for long-term growth. (Press release)
Scott Diaz named senior vice president of global brand strategy and marketing at Demeine Estates
Diaz was the vice president of marketing and brand management for Wilson Daniels for 13 years, where he developed strategic marketing and budget plans for some of the world’s top wineries. He will work closely with Demeine Estates president Philana Bouvier and the estates’ direct-to-guest programs, and he will lead brand management, price positioning, trade marketing, recruitment of new producers, business strategy, and more. Diaz’s appointment comes just after the Napa Valley-based négociant hired a full sales team to propel growth. (Press release)
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, hires Julie Cohen Theobald as executive director
After the 2018 Master Sommelier exam invalidation and a reckoning over sexual harassment and racial equity, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas has hired an executive director from outside the organization. Theobald has experience in both nonprofit and corporate leadership, most recently as the first female executive director and CEO of nonprofit arts organization Educational Theatre Association. She was also the marketing director at Procter & Gamble, where she oversaw the international launch of Febreze and drove growth for Tide.
Theobald’s appointment marks the first time that Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas has had an all-female leadership team. Along with chair Emily Wines, MS, vice-chair Kathryn Morgan, MS, and director of operations Kathleen Lewis, Theobald will work to create a more equitable space for wine education. She will also be responsible for selecting candidates for four non-Master Sommelier board seats. (Press release)
Ted Henry joins Groth Vineyards & Winery as director of winegrowing
Most recently, Henry was the director of winemaking at Clos du Val, a company he had been with for five years. He has also held positions at Jarvis Estate and Artesa Winery and Vineyards. As director of winegrowing, Henry will oversee all aspects of wine production, from vineyard to winery. (Press release)
Rothbaum is the editor for the Daily Beast’s Half Full section, and Wondrich is a James Beard Award winning author, cocktail historian, mixologist, and educator. Debuting October 14, 2021, the forthcoming Companion will include spirit-based drinks from around the world alongside production processes, history, and culture.
Ingrid Best promoted to executive vice president, head of global spirits marketing, at Combs Enterprises
Best was formerly a vice president at Combs Enterprises, where she built a strong team by hiring seven top Black marketing executives to drive growth for Cîroc and DeLéon while leading by example in a predominately white male dominated spirits industry. She joined the team in March 2020 and has driven double digit growth for both brands. Best formerly held positions at Bacardi and Moët Hennessy. (Press release)
Michael David Winery in Lodi names Larry Holman as president
Holman has over 40 years of experience in the wine industry, including executive roles at Cline Cellars, Constellation Brands, and E. & J. Gallo. He will report to co-owners Michael and David Phillips and will oversee all facets of the winery, increasing production and achieving sales goals. (Press release)
Franck Bijon named president of Crus Bourgeois du Médoc
Bijon was elected on June 15 after former president Olivier Cuvelier’s five-year tenure came to an end. Bijon has worked within the Allianz wine estates (which include Château Larose Trintaudon, Château Larose Perganson, Château Arnauld, and Château Tour de Pez) since 1989 and has been the managing director since 2016. Bijon will oversee the continued deployment of the 2020 classification, which includes 249 châteaux. (Press release)
Matt McHargue promoted to senior vice president, fine wine and craft spirits division, for Constellation Brands
McHargue has been with Constellation Brands for more than 11 years, most recently leading wine and spirits sales for the Mid-Atlantic region. The promotion is part of Constellation’s recently created, standalone fine wine and craft spirits business unit; McHargue will be responsible for driving the unit’s vision and strategy, including brand building, management, and commercial capabilities across DTC ecommerce, DTC hospitality, and 3-tier ecommerce and wholesale sales. (Press release)
The new wine bar is slated to open in August, and a new sandwich shop, Via Porta, will open next door. The move, Garry says, was prompted by changing dining preferences during the pandemic.
Leonardo Bellaccini named president of Castelnuovo Berardenga subzone of Chianti Classico
Bellaccini is the winemaker and estate director for top Chianti Classico producer San Felice. The news comes as the Chianti Classico Consortium announces the approval of new regulations that will recognize 11 subzones, or Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive, within the region.
Jaimee Anderson named national sales manager for Mayacamas Vineyards
Anderson was most recently the western regional sales manager for Heitz Cellar, a position she took on after leaving the restaurant floor in 2019. She held positions as the beverage director at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT in Beverly Hills, California and as the wine director for Le Gabriel in Paris. Anderson will manage markets within the U.S., with a focus on California, the South and the Midwest. (Press release)
Quintessential hires Gianni Acireale as vice president, national accounts, and Joanna Plakopitas and Hannah Michael as marketing specialists
Acireale has more than 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry and will manage on-premise national accounts business while working with the off-premise national accounts team to grow distribution. Plakopitas was most recently a digital marketing specialist for a boutique wine and spirits importer, and she will specialize in Quintessential’s Old World wineries. Michael will be the content manager for the company, working to streamline current digital content and create new content for the website and social media platforms. (Press release)
Bobby Richards named head winemaker for Seven Hills Winery as cofounder Casey McClellan retires
Richards joined the Walla Walla winery in 2013 as an intern and has studied under McClellan to learn every role in the cellar and vineyard. He has also interned at Tranche Cellars in Washington State and Benton-Lane in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. McClellan will remain with the winery in a consulting role post-retirement. (Press release)
Lauren Van Ness named director of sales for Memento Mori
The boutique Napa Valley winery appointed Van Ness as their first director of sales to further curate guest experiences at Memento Mori’s downtown Napa tasting salon. Van Ness was most recently the general manager for ACME Fine Wines in St. Helena, and was formerly the maître d’ and director of private events for the French Laundry. (Press Release)
Demeine Estates hires 10 fine wine industry leaders to its team
The Napa Valley-based négociant has undergone exceptional growth recently. Its new hires include: Leila Pearson as senior vice president of sales; Matt Adler as director of wholesale operations; Patrick Hakes as sales operations manager, John Vidal as regional sales director, West; Moxy Castro as regional sales director, Central; Scott Leverenz as regional sales director, East; Joanne Schmidt as regional manager, Upper Midwest; Jennifer Sollinger as regional manager, Southeast; Mariana Larsen as western regional manager; and Heidi Van de Ryt as executive assistant and office manager. (Press release)
Jessica Koga named winemaker for Schramsberg Vineyards
Koga has been the associate winemaker at Davies Vineyards, overseeing red wine production for the Davies family (owners of Schramsberg Vineyards), since 2015. She initially joined the Schramsberg team in 2003 as a lab intern and was a full-time enologist from 2004 to 2007. Koga has also held positions at Gundlach Bundschu Winery and Vineyard 29, and she has worked harvests at Cloudy Bay Vineyards in New Zealand and Bedell Cellars in New York. (Press release)
Chris Conrad named president of sales and marketing for Martignetti Companies
Conrad joined the New England wine and spirits distributor in 1995 as wine manager, northern New England division, having started his food and beverage career working for the Marriott Corporation and Sky Meadow Country Club. Through the years he has been promoted to general sales manager, vice president of sales, and, most recently, senior vice president of wine for all Martignetti divisions. Conrad is succeeding Mark Fisher in this role, who previously announced his retirement. (Press release)
Olivier Lemasson, winemaker behind Les Vins Contés in the Loire Valley, has died
The young winemaker, known for his natural “vins de soif,” passed away last week. A sommelier who developed a passion for natural wines while working in Brittany, Lemasson worked and studied with Marcel Lapierre before settling in Touraine, where he teamed up with Hervé Villemade for the négociant project Les Vins Contés in 2002. Lemasson took over Les Vins Contés in 2006, expanding the project and purchasing his own vineyards in 2016. He won over wine lovers around the world with his vibrant, playful, nuanced wines.
Lede Family Wines names Dina Clark as senior director of national sales
Chicago-based Clark brings nearly 25 years of industry experience to Lede Family Wines, having most recently served as the Midwest regional director of sales for the Boisset Collection. She also spent nearly a decade working with Terlato Wines International. In her new role, Clark will oversee national sales and distribution for Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa Valley and FEL Wines in the Anderson Valley. (Press release)
Pedro Pascal named spokesperson and ambassador for Casillero del Diablo
The Chilean-American actor will appear in Casillero del Diablo’s global Wine Legend campaign, starring in new advertising programming which will appear across television, video, and social media. Pascal will also serve as the Chilean brand’s first global brand ambassador. (Press release)
Merryvale announces Steele Cooper as director of sales, central/east region
Based in Dallas, Texas, Cooper will oversee sales and brand engagement for the Napa Valley-based Merryvale Family of Wines, parent company of Merryvale Vineyards and Starmont Wines, working in conjunction with the Pacific Highway Wines team. Cooper most recently served as vice president, sales, at Rémy Cointreau for LOUIS XIII and previously worked at RNDC as director of supplier business management, and as a region manager for The Plumpjack Group.
Alejandro Fernández, founder of Pesquera de Duero, passed away at age 88
Fernández was the driving force behind Spain’s Ribera del Duero, and helped the region achieve Designation of Origin status in 1982. In 1972, Fernández purchased a 16th century stone wine press with his wife, Esperanza Rivera, and began producing wine under his Tinto Pesquera label, a tribute to his hometown, Pesquera de Duero. Alongside his wife and daughters, Alejandro founded wineries in different areas: Condado de Haza, also in Ribera del Duero; Dehesa La Granja in Zamora; and El Vínculo, the latter in the La Mancha area of Ciudad Real. The wines of Bodega Pesquera are considered among the most renowned in all of Spain.
Bacardi names A-K Hada as national brand ambassador
Based in New York City, Hada has served as the creative force behind some of hospitality’s biggest names, including New York’s iconic PDT and, most recently, at Dante where she oversaw the beverage programs for their partnerships with Jean-Georges at The Greens and with The Snow Lodge in Aspen. Beyond the bar, Hada has also held leadership positions at Existing Conditions and led the apprenticeship program at Tales of the Cocktail for the last five years. She was a two-time national finalist in the USBG World Class competition, and a Spirited Award finalist.
21Seeds appoints Pierrick Bouquet vice president of marketing
A 14-year industry veteran, Bouquet most recently led growth for Provence’s Château d’Esclans brands, Whispering Angel and Rock Angel. Prior to that, he served as cofounder and CEO of Rosé Lifestyle, where he developed lifestyle events including Pinknic, La Nuit en Rosé, and The Great Gatsby Party.
In his new role, Bouquet will work alongside co-founder and CEO Kat Hantas to further grow and expand awareness for 21Seeds among consumers, retailers, and distributors nationally. Founded by three women in pursuit of an approachable, flavorful tequila that is as drinkable as a glass of wine, 21Seeds is infused with real fruit and bottled at 35 percent ABV.
Fetzer elevates Margaret Leonardi to winemaker
The first woman to lead winemaking for the 50 year-plus old producer, Leonardi has overseen flagship label Fetzer’s white wines in recent years, garnering more than 20 “Best Buy” commendations. She takes the reins as the sustainability leader unveils new packaging which elevates its commitment to do right by the planet.
A California native, Leonardi studied winemaking and agribusiness at California Polytechnic State University. She joined the Fetzer Vineyards winemaking team in 2015, before which she ran a pilot program experimenting with unique grape varieties and made wine for an array of brands.
Demeine Estates names Philana Bouvier as president
Bouvier has nearly two decades of wine industry leadership experience, most recently as vice president of fine wine, supplier business development at RNDC. Prior to that, she led new business development at Young’s Market Company (now known as RNDC) and served as executive vice president, general manager Young’s Hawaii.
Bouvier served chair of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), and is one of the founding members of the Advisory Board. She also cofounded Be the Change, with the mission to create a diverse beverage industry through facilitating job placement with drinks companies. In 2019, SevenFifty Daily named her a Drink Innovator of the Year for her efforts.
At Demeine Estates, a Napa Valley-based négociant of fine wines founded by the Lawrence family and sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr., Bouvier will be responsible for overseeing all brands and distribution channels.
Jim Clendenen, founder of Santa Barbara’s Au Bon Climat, dies at age 68
Clendenen launched the pioneering Au Bon Climat winery in 1982 in California’s Central Coast when the region was under-the-radar compared to Napa and Sonoma. Inspired by the style of Burgundy, his Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs became renowned for their delicacy, restraint, and ageability. His style inspired countless others in decades to follow, and he was an inaugural member of California’s In Pursuit of Balance movement, founded in 2011 to champion winemaking that aims for lower alcohol and less overtly ripe fruit flavors.
Peter Willmert appointed CEO of Hudson Ranch in Napa Valley
With over 20 years of experience in wine and luxury goods, Willmert will be responsible for Hudson’s vineyards, wines, ranch, and grocery. Willmert most recently served as vice president at Estates & Wines, North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy, responsible for the development of their international wine portfolio in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Founders and owners Lee Hudson and Cristina SP Hudson will continue to be active and engaged in Hudson Napa Valley.
Folio appoints new sales executive leadership
The Napa Valley-based Folio Fine Wine Partners has named Thomas Vogele as vice president, national sales, and Ludovic Panciera as vice president, business development. Both roles report to CEO Paolo Battegazzore.
Following roles at Robert Mondavi Winery, Trinchero Family Estates, and E and J Gallo Winery, Vogele joined Folio Fine Wine Partners in 2005 and held various sales roles until 2014 when he left to pursue his own business. He returned to Folio in March 2020 as director of national accounts, off-premise.
Panciera joins Folio in the newly created role of vice president business development for luxury channels and private client business. A 20-year veteran of the fine wine business, he joined Groupe EPI (the majority shareholder in Folio) in 2011 and transitioned to the Folio team in early 2021.
Julka Villa named head of Campari’s new RARE division in New York City
Campari Group, the world’s sixth leading spirits company, has created this new incubator division to focus on its super-premium and above offerings with a new route-to-market architecture. Villa, who will retain her role as global strategic marketing spirits managing director, will operate RARE distinct from Campari America under the direct aegis of the Group CMO.
In June 2021, the division will kick-off with the relaunch of the iconic cognac, Bisquit & Dubouché, and later in the year, the group’s first French champagne acquisition, Lallier fine champagne. In the first year, the RARE division will concentrate on California, Texas, and Florida.
Neal Rosenthal announces partnership with Incline Equity
After four decades of organic growth, legendary importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant (RWM) will collaborate with Incline Equity in order to expand its portfolio of artisan growers, refine its internal operations, and grow its distribution footprint in the US. David Townsend, former CEO of The Country Vintner, will join the board to assist with growth and strategic direction. Neal Rosenthal will continue running day-to-day operations and making all decisions regarding portfolio development as CEO of the Mad Rose Group, the holding company for importer & distributor Rosenthal Wine Merchant New York, distributor Rosenthal Wine Merchant California, and Mad Rose Specialty Foods (Rosenthal’s gourmet food line).
Martha Sheldon named Central Coast regional manager for Alma Rosa Winery
Sheldon will manage direct sales in Santa Barbara County for the premium Sta. Rita Hills producer. Previously, she spent six years with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits after spending 17 years honing customer service skills at Nordstrom. (Press release)
100 percent of proceeds from the sparkling rosé, made from Monterey County Pinot Noir, will benefit the mentorship program for Bâtonnage, an organization dedicated to stirring up questions about women in wine and promoting equity in the industry. The can’s label artwork is a self-portrait by Sommer, a freelance writer and photographer, and Olszewski will also be a mentor for the Bâtonnage mentorship program.
Winebow promotes Marie Flatau to vice president of wholesale sales in Georgia
Flatau joined Winebow in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry, working at companies like Vias Imports, Georgia Crown Distributing Company, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. She is also an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. (Press release)
Greg Freeman named winemaker for Chalone Vineyard in Monterey County
Freeman has held winemaking positions for nearly two decades, serving as the winemaker for Messina Hof Winery in Texas and Georis/Cowgirl Winery in Carmel Valley, California. He also worked as the winemaker at Hahn Family Wines, where he worked with a range of the company’s brands. (Press release)
Estes passed away at his home in Ashland, Oregon on April 25. He was 75. Known as one of tequila’s fiercest champions, the southern California native first brought a passion for tequila to Amsterdam through his Mexican restaurant Café Pacifico. Estes became the official tequila ambassador for the EU in 2003, and in 2008, he cofounded Tequila Ocho with distiller Carlos Camarena.
Gable unexpectedly passed away in his sleep last week, as confirmed by his father Ralph Erenzo in an April 26 Facebook post. He was 41. Gable and Ralph, along with co-owner Brian Lee, founded New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits in 2003, which was best known for producing Hudson Whiskey. After both ventures were sold to William Grant and Sons, Gable created the distillery, retail shop, and tasting room Gardiner Liquid Mercantile, which has become a Hudson Valley destination. He leaves behind his wife, Cathy, and two young sons.
Scheid Family Wines promotes Casey Di Cesare to winemaker for Sunny with a Chance of Flowers, Metz Road, and Grandeur
Di Cesare has been the enologist and assistant winemaker at Scheid Family Wines for more than four years, where he helped spearhead the creation and launch of low-alcohol brand Sunny with a Chance of Flowers. He has also held positions with Cinquain Cellars, Ithaca Beer Co., and South Hill Cider. (Press release)
Joshua Mendoza-Widaman named estate winemaker for Pine Ridge Vineyards
The 20-year winemaking veteran was most recently the winemaker at Lewis Cellars, and he has also held winemaking positions with Chimney Rock Winery and Pahlmeyer. As estate winemaker for Pine Ridge, Mendoza-Widaman will oversee all estate vineyards, with a special focus on producing Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros. (Press release)
George Staikos launches education and consulting firm The Educated Grape
Over the past two decades, Staikos has held senior sales and marketing positions with top luxury wineries, including Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Huneeus Vintners, and Ramey Wine Cellars. He is also an experienced educator, heading the wine program at the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. The Educated Grape will harness this experience to provide sales, marketing, and branding consulting for small wineries and virtual educational programs for wine enthusiasts. (Press release)
Lani Montoya appointed chief human resources officer for Pernod Ricard North America
Montoya has been with Pernod Ricard for 15 years, most recently leading global talent management and diversity and inclusion for the company, where she worked to achieve Pernod Ricard’s goal of Better Balance. She is succeeding Paul Holub, who is retiring after a 25-year career with Pernod Ricard North America, Corby Spirit and Wine, and Hiram Walker & Sons. (Press release)
Bill Harlan appoints his son, Will Harlan, as managing director of Harlan Estate and family domain
Will will now oversee Harlan Estate, BOND, Promontory, and The Mascot, while Bill will hold the role of founder and chairman. Will officially entered into the family business with The Mascot, founded in 2012 and introduced in 2013, and in 2017, he took over leadership for Promontory. Cory Empting has also been promoted to managing director of winegrowing for the domain. Empting joined the company in 2001 and was promoted to winemaker in 2007. (Press release)
Matthew Johnson named executive vice president of sales for Winesellers, Ltd.
Johnson was most recently the senior vice president of national sales for Opici Wines & Spirits, and he has also held positions with major suppliers like Palm Bay International and Frederick Wildman & Sons. In this newly created position, Johnson will lead the entire sales team while strengthening and expanding the wholesaler network and attracting revenue-generating brands and suppliers. (Press release)
Ravi DeRossi and chef Shenarri Freeman open Cadence in New York City’s East Village
Cadence will reimage southern and soul food at this plant-based restaurant as Freeman reimagines family recipes from her Virginia upbringing. The restaurant’s wine list will also spotlight Black-owned wineries in the U.S., France, and South Africa. Cadence is located at 122 E. 7th St in New York City. (Press release)
Chris Underwood named chairman of the board for WSWA
Underwood, who is on the board of managers for RNDC-West, will hold the chairman of the board position for 12 months. In his acceptance speech, he challenged the WSWA board of directors to “shape the change for wholesalers today and tomorrow” by “adapt[ing] to ensure our tier is providing value to [the] future marketplace.” (Press release)
Megan and Hilary Cline of Cline Family Cellars launch Gust Wines from the Petaluma Gap AVA
The second generation of Cline Family Cellars, Megan and Hilary created Gust in 2017 to celebrate the cool-climate fruit from their family’s Petaluma Gap vineyards. Winemaker Tom Gendall is crafting a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah under the new Gust label. (Press release)
Marty Collins named vice president of ecommerce and digital marketing for Winebow
Collins has over 15 years of digital marketing experience, most recently as the head of revenue and strategy at Zillow Group. In her new role, Collins will oversee all digital sales aspects of Winebow, including developing the company’s B2B ecommerce platform and expanding its data capabilities to create an excellent customer experience. (Press release)
Hosted by Martin R. Reyes, MW, the panel will feature Jancis Robinson, Charles Bieler, and Laura Varpasuo in a discussion about the carbon footprint of the wine bottle. The panelists will explore what is happening in the industry to address this issue, alternatives in the market, consumer and trade perspectives, and producers’ willingness to address the wine bottle’s impact on the climate. Register using the link above.
Bollinger CEO Etienne Bizot announces acquisition of Ponzi Vineyards in Oregon
The acquisition marks the Bollinger family’s first purchase outside of France and cements the Ponzi family’s legacy as champions of the Willamette Valley and its excellent Pinot Noirs. In addition to Champagne Bollinger, the Bollinger family also owns Champagne Ayala, Domaine Chanson in Burgundy, Delamain in Cognac, and Langlois-Chateau in the Loire Valley. The purchase includes Ponzi’s winery and hospitality facilities, as well as 35 acres of vineyard land; current president Anna Maria Ponzi will lead sales and marketing while the company recruits a new CEO, and Luisa Ponzi will remain as director of viticulture and winemaking. The Ponzi family will retain 100 acres of vineyard land and will grow and sell the grapes to Ponzi Vineyards under a long-term contract. (Press release)
Crystal McIntyre named national sales manager for Miller Family Wine Company
Most recently, McIntyre was the vice president and national sales manager for Wente Family Estates, and she has also held sales positions with Fetzer Vineyards/Concha y Toro and Jackson Family Wines/Regal Wine Company. In her new role, McIntyre will spearhead wholesale efforts for both Miller Family Wine Company and Bien Nacido Estates, overseeing regional sales and national accounts, managing the sales team, and handling export and private label businesses. (Press release)
Neal Rosenthal moves headquarters of Rosenthal Wine Merchant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Rosenthal Wine Merchant (RWM) will move into the 22nd floor of Ten Grand Street in September, which will not only serve as the offices for the import business, but as an event space as well. Rosenthal plans to use the space as an opportunity to connect wine with food, design, travel, and the arts, and he plans to expand the RWM sales team in the coming years as well. (Press release)
Adam Krieger and Micaela Tuttle named regional sales managers for North Berkeley Imports
To expand the sales network for their portfolio of fine French and Italian wines, North Berkeley Imports has hired new regional sales managers for California and the Midwest. Krieger will represent the portfolio in southern California, joining the company from Lyra Wines, where he was the key accounts sales manager. Based in Nashville, Tuttle will represent the portfolio in the Midwest and South, covering Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Michigan. (Press release)
Three winemakers promoted within the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates team
Within the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE) portfolio, Katie Nelson will oversee winemaking for the company’s flagship brand, Chateau Ste. Michelle. She joined the company in 1999 and most recently oversaw winemaking for Columbia Crest and ēlicit Wine Project. Will Wiles will replace Nelson as the winemaker for Columbia Crest and ēlicit Wine Project, having worked with both brands in the past; he has been part of SMWE since 2010. Leah Adint will join the winemaking team at Erath Winery alongside winemaker Gary Horner, having previously served as red winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Chief winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca will oversee all of SMWE’s newly appointed winemakers. (Press release)
Vianney Gravereaux named sales and marketing director for Ornellaia and Masseto in Tuscany
Gravereaux will work alongside estate director Axel Heinz, taking over for Tim Banks, who held the position for nine years. Most recently the international sales manager for Masseto, Gravereaux has also formerly worked with renowned brands like Philipponnat, Salon and Peugeot Saveurs. (Press release)
Tara Hannaford named chief operating officer of canned wine brand Nomadica
A beverage industry veteran, Hannaford was most recently consulting for a variety of beverage alcohol brands after previously serving as the vice president of sales for Casamigos. She has also held positions with Stoli Group USA, DeLeon Tequila, Peligroso Spirits, and Hawaii Sea Spirits. Hannaford joins an all-women executive team at Nomadica. (Press release)
Frédéric Drouhin appointed president of the Bourgogne Wine Board
Drouhin, fourth-generation family member and CEO of Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, will serve as the Bourgogne Wine Board’s (BIVB) president until December 2021; the BIVB’s former president, Louis-Fabrice Latour previously resigned from his position for personal reasons. (Press release)
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers recognizes new Master of Wine Kryss Speegle
Speegle, who leads corporate wine and spirit sales for O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, was recently inducted into the Institute of Masters of Wine. Prior to spending the last decade with the company, she worked in winemaking positions at some of California’s top wineries. Speegle joins nine other new Masters of Wine from around the world: Álvaro Ribalta Millán, MW, Tze Sam, MW, Susan Lin, MW, Melissa Saunders, MW, Clare Tooley, MW, Moritz Nikolaus Lueke, MW, James Doidge, MW, Gabriele Gorelli, MW, and Sophie Parker-Thomson, MW. (Press release)
Tai, who was sworn in as U.S. Trade Ambassador on March 18, had previously expressed the need to rebuild trade relationships between the U.S. and its allies. Her confirmation gives hope that the temporary suspension of tariffs on wine and spirits products from the EU and the U.K. will become permanent when the four-month suspension period has ended. Organizations like the Wine Origins Alliance have applauded Tai’s confirmation, calling on her to resolve the ongoing aircraft dispute and better protect wine place names in the U.S. market.
Chris Luke named vice president of wholesale sales, broad market in Washington State for Winebow
A sign of Winebow’s commitment to Washington’s wine industry, Luke will lead the company’s sales growth in the state after holding the same role in Georgia since 2015. Winebow will also expand its warehouse capacity in Washington by moving to a new distribution center. (Press release)
Nancy Chira-Garcia and Anthony Marzella join national sales team for Scheid Family Wines
Chira-Garcia will join the national sales team as the sales representative for Monterey after seven years of working with Scheid Family Wines in various capacities. She has held positions in the tasting room and on the hospitality team. Marzella, a 30-year veteran of the industry, will join the team as northeast regional sales manager. Marzella most recently worked as the northeast division manager for Quintessential Wines and also spent 16 years working with The Winebow Group. (Press release)
Giovan Battista Basile named chairman of the board for Montecucco consortium in Tuscany
The owner of Basile Winery, Battista Basile moved to Cinigiano (Province of Grosseto) with his family in the late ‘90s, arriving in the heart of the Montecucco region right when the DOC denomination was being established. He purchased raw land and began farming organically. In his new role, Battista Basile will help promote the region’s commitment to sustainability; nearly 70 percent of Montecucco’s DOC and DOCG production is organically certified.
Pop-up holiday cocktail bar Miracle names Nick Nemeth as director of operations
Nemeth, who most recently held the position of senior manager at Boston Pizza International, brings 16 years of hospitality and service industry experience to Miracle, as well as a specialty in beverage program and training development. In his new role, Nemeth will focus on standardizing training and operating procedures across Miracle’s many pop-ups, developing an intranet to house all operational resources, and more as the company continues to expand. (Press release)
Michael Beaulac appointed senior winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery in Russian River Valley
Beaulac joins the Chalk Hill team from Pine Ridge Vineyards, where he oversaw the winery estate as general manager and winemaker for more than a decade, and he also served as vice president at St. Supéry Vineyards for eight years. During his decades-long career, Beaulac has also held winemaking positions at Markham Vineyards, Murphy-Goode, Merry Edwards, and Laurier Winery. (Press release)
Spurrier died on March 9, 2021 at his home, the Bride Valley Vineyard estate in Dorset, England, surrounded by family. He was 79. Perhaps most famously known for staging the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting, which pitted Napa Valley wines against top Bordeaux and Burgundy and subsequently elevated the status of California wine worldwide, Spurrier has had a hand in numerous parts of the wine industry. After joining London wine merchant Christopher and Co in 1964, Spurrier moved to Paris and opened wine shop Les Caves de la Madeleine and wine school L’Academie du Vin in the 1970s. In more recent years, Spurrier worked as a wine consultant and journalist, and he planted a vineyard at his wife’s Bride Valley estate in southern England in 2009.
On Friday, March 5, the U.S. and EU mutually agreed to suspend aircraft and non-aircraft products (including alcohol and food) related to the World Trade Organization aircraft dispute for a period of four months, temporarily ending the immense burden levied on the American wine and spirits industries. “We believe the U.S. and EU would not have chosen a four month time frame if they did not have good reason to believe they were far enough along in negotiations to resolve the Large Civil Aircraft case permanently, and quickly,” says Ben Aneff, president of U.S. Wine Trade Alliance. The day prior, the U.S. and U.K. had agreed to mutually suspend beverage alcohol tariffs for the same four-month period.
Towns Franken brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to her new role, including an 11-year tenure as wine director of Boston’s Grill 23 & Bar. Through her consulting firm, Towns Franken Consulting, she has also launched successful wine programs, taught educational seminars, and participated in tastings and panels nationwide. An advocate for diversity in the wine industry, she is a board member of Wine Unify. In her new role, Towns Franken will lead product and innovation in Archer Roose’s wine portfolio.
Sponsored by Lewis Cellars, the $5,000 scholarship is awarded in honor of Debbie Lewis, who cofounded Lewis Cellars with her husband Randy in 1992. Women pursuing upper-level professional wine studies—including Master of Wine Stage 2, the Master Sommelier exam, and any accredited college or university program in viticulture, enology/winemaking, or wine business/marketing—are eligible. Applications are due March 28, 2021, by 11 pm Pacific time.
Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative nominee, gives hope for suspension of wine and spirits tariffs
In her Senate confirmation hearing, Tai expressed the need to rebuild trade relationships between the U.S. and its allies, giving hope that her confirmation could signal an end to tariffs on wine and spirits products from the E.U. and U.K. In a statement, the Distilled Spirits Council said they were encouraged by these comments, urging immediate suspension of the tariffs while underlying disputes are resolved. (Press statement)
Fetzer Vineyards appoints Chris McFerran senior vice president, sales
A 20-year industry veteran, McFerran will be responsible for strategic national sales for the company’s portfolio of wines from California, Chile, and Argentina, as well as whiskeys from Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. McFerran has led strategic national accounts for some of the nation’s largest portfolio beverage alcohol companies, most recently as vice president, alcohol, for the Beyond Beer Business Unit at Anheuser-Busch InBev. His other roles include leadership sales positions at Treasury Wine Estates and Delicato Family Vineyards. (Press release)
Teresa Heuzenroeder named senior winemaker and manager for Accolade Wines’ Tintara facility in McLaren Vale
Huezenroeder will also be the senior winemaker for the company’s Petaluma and Croser brands, following Mike Mudge’s decision to step down as senior winemaker and manager for Petaluma. Huezenroeder joins Accolade after a 26-year career at Yalumba, where she held senior winemaking positions at many Yalumba and Hill-Smith Family Vineyards brands. (Press release)
Harry Bigelow named president, North America of Stoli Group
Bigelow is an experienced consumer brand leader in the beverage space, having held executive positions at companies like Diageo, Guinness USA, and E. & J. Gallo. As the company works to accelerate growth, CEO Damian McKinney points to Bigelow as a “transformational leader.” (Press release)
Wente Family Estates in Livermore Valley promotes winemakers Elizabeth Kester and Andy Lynch
Kester has been promoted to head of winemaking, while Lynch has been promoted to head of quality; both were already winemakers with the company. Kester has worked with Wente Family Estates since 2010, where she oversaw all wine production activity and developed Wente’s phenolics program. She will now add strategic alignment between viticulture, marketing, and sales to her responsibilities. Lynch will ensure all systems and resources address all aspects of quality from the winemaking process through to the consumer. He joined the Wente team in 2005 in the lab and became the enologist and winemaker in 2014. (Press release)
Nick Africano launches sherry brand Buelan Compañía de Sacas
A Brooklyn-based sherry specialist and songwriter, Africano is working with forward-thinking sherry innovators Willy Perez of Bodegas Luis Perez and Ramiro Ibañez of Cota 45. Africano is also the founder of En Rama Sherry Co., a pop-up bar, wine club, and event company. The new sherry brand will feature barrel-selected sherries and launch with the release of Las Canciones No. 1 Mirador Manzanilla. (Press release)
Chad Webb named COO of Island Brands USA
As COO, Webb will direct all facets of the Island Brands business as the company grows, including partners, vendors, operations, and sales. The industry veteran joins the premium beer brand after serving as vice president and general manager for KW Beverage d.b.a. Budweiser of Greenville, and he has also held management positions at Bealer Wholesale and Anheuser-Busch. “Chad knows the beer industry inside and out and comes to the table with a long and proven track record for scaling business operations,” says co-founder/CEO and CRO Scott Hansen. (Press release)
Riccardo Cotarella appointed lead winemaker for Italy’s Venturini Baldini
Cotarella, a renowned winemaker with more than 50 years of winemaking experience in wineries across all Italian regions and around the world, will take on the role previously held by Carlo Ferrini. Cotarella and his team will work alongside the longstanding team at Venturini Baldini to produce the winery’s organic Lambrusco wines in the Emilia-Romagna region. Over the past five years, the 321-acre estate has been elevated to new heights through the ownership of Julia and Giuseppe Prestia. (Press release)
Freixenet Mionetto USA promotes Joseph LoSardo and Robert Kiernan as sales executives
LoSardo, formerly the senior vice president of sales, has been promoted to chief sales and operations officer, where he will oversee sales, logistics, and commercial finance, as well as route-to-market optimizations, forecasting, planning, and sales training. He previously held senior leadership positions at Santa Margherita, Domaine Select Wine Estates, and Frederick Wildman & Sons. Kiernan, a 36-year industry veteran, has been promoted to vice president of sales and will be responsible for managing the national sales team. (Press release)
Byron Elmendorf named head winemaker at Macari Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork
Elmendorf joined the Macari team in the fall of 2020 after spending five years as a winemaker at Boeger Winery in the Sierra Foothills of California. Together with his wife, he is also the founder of boutique Sierra Foothills winery Clime Wines, which specializes in Italian varieties. Elmendorf will work with the Macari family to push innovation in the estate’s winemaking and champion the region and its wines. (Press release)
Denver Beer Co. hires Andy Parker as director of innovation
Parker previously worked at Avery Brewing Company, where he spent 18 years developing nearly every beer the brewery produced during that time. As director of innovation, Parker will lead the Denver Beer Co. and Cerveceria Colorado brewing teams in recipe formulation, manage the barrel aging program, and act as creative lead for beverage production. (Press release)
Vintage Imports expands into New York State with Bill Sciambi as lead consultant
Vintage Imports, Inc, has formed a wholesale fine wine and spirits division in New York State and began operations on December 1, 2020. The company already has wholesale operations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and it has nearly 100 wine and spirits brands already distributed in New York. Previously, Sciambi was chairman of the board for Verity Wine Partners after serving as president and CEO for four years. Prior to that he worked for nearly 25 years at Lauber Imports. (Press release)
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Women’s Leadership Council announces advisory board and officers
As WSWA chair Philana Bouvier of Young’s Market departs, the organization names Jessica Cyr of Martignetti Companies as chair and Hillary Wirtz of Breakthru Beverage as vice chair. Jenn Engel of Republic National Distributing Company will be a new advisory board member for the WSWA WLC. (Press release)
Todd Nelson named vice president, marketing and public relations, of Winesellers, Ltd.
In his new role, Nelson will build and manage brand launches, cultivate relationships with lifestyle and wine media, and be responsible for repositioning and growing established brands. Nelson has been part of the Winesellers, Ltd. team for nine years, most recently as the director of marketing and public relations. (Press release)
Second-generation vintner Maya Dalla Valle named winemaker at Napa’s Dalla Valle Vineyards
Having joined the winery as director of the estate in 2017, Maya will now succeed her mother, Naoko Dalla Valle, as winemaker. Naoko, who founded Dalla Valle Vineyards in 1986, will continue to consult and oversee other aspects of the winery. Prior to joining her family’s winery, Maya gained international winemaking experience at Ornellaia e Masseto, Bodegas Rolland, Château Pétrus, and Château Latour. (Press release)
In a recent virtual celebration, the International Wine Center (IWC) celebrated seven new WSET Level 4 Diploma graduates: Teresa Eiland, Kara Joseph, Cara Patteson, Matthew Rossiter, Christopher Sachs, Courtney Schiessl, and Ashley Sherman. The 25th graduating class joins a group of 363 graduates who earned their WSET Diploma through the IWC.
Anne Amie Vineyards in Willamette Valley names Gabriela Vignes as winemaker
Vignes will oversee all production and winemaking operations for Anne Amie Vineyards. Originally from Chile, she has worked in cellars and vineyards in Chile, France, New Zealand, Australia, and California. Vignes made her home in Oregon in 2016.
Climaco, who opened Tropicale in the summer of 2020, has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 32 years old. After years of running a thriving mobile bar business in Portland, the Mexico native opened his first brick-and-mortar bar last year, which was quickly embraced for its vibrant cocktails and Climaco’s welcoming spirit. SevenFifty Daily spoke to Climaco in November about his dream of sharing and celebrating Latin traditions through food and drink. (GoFundMe)
Quintessential grows sales team in four key markets
Steve and Dennis Kreps, owners of Napa-based fine wine import, sales, and marketing company Quintessential have named Stephen Buckmore southwest regional sales manager, covering Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Timothy Gorton is appointed Illinois district manager. Prior to joining Quintessential, Gorton was a key account manager for a number of off- and on-premise chains. Two sales managers have joined Quintessential’s Florida team: Ed Blakely is district sales manager in South Florida, and Justin “Chip” Matthews is district sales manager in Central and Northern Florida. Blakely has worked as a manager for two of the state’s largest grocery chains. Matthews past experience includes roles at both importer and distributor companies. (Press release)
Four Gramercy Tavern alums open Rolo’s in Queens
Howard Kalachnikoff, Rafiq Salim, and Paul Wetzel are collaborating on the food, while partner Ben Howell oversees the beverage program at Rolo’s, a new neighborhood restaurant, cafe, and grocery shop in Ridgewood, Queens. Highlighting seasonal ingredient-driven cooking in a wood-burning oven, the restaurant opens for take-out and delivery with a rotating pre-set weekly dinner menu. Additionally, Rolo’s opens their cafe and grocery shop, which offers freshly prepared and frozen foods, meats butchered in-house, to-go cocktails, and wines, as well as locally sourced produce and provisions. Later this year, Rolo’s will open for indoor and outdoor dining with an expanded menu. (Press release)
Heaven Hill Brands appoints Andy Shapira vice president, external business development
Shapira will be responsible for pursuing strategic acquisitions and providing the Louisville-based company with insight about emerging market conditions. With two decades of experience in investment banking and in the distilled spirits industry, he will help “ensure that Heaven Hill remains an enduring, family-owned company for generations ahead,” says Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Brands. (Press release)
NEFT Vodka Fills Five Senior Management Roles
Tom Wilen will serve as global strategic advisor responsible for the growth of NEFT’s global presence. With over 40 years’ experience in spirits, including serving as the president of Allied Domecq North America and as the chief operating officer for Jim Beam Brands.
Robert Sylvia is named vp of sales, western division. Sylvia spent 13 years as a division manager for Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits.
Adam Opalek, one of the first employees at Utah’s High West Distillery and western states sales manager when Constellation acquired that brand, has been appointed vp of business development.
Kieran Walsh will serve as senior advisor sales and marketing. Also part of the High West Distillery team, Walsh has worked at Laws Whiskey House and PorchJam Distillery.
Kevin Alfaro has been appointed chief financial officer. Alfaro has nearly 30 years’ experience as a CPA, primarily within the wine industry. (Press release)
Partnering with Steve Thompson, owner of Kentucky Artisan Distillery, and Ludwig Vanneron, a 20+ year veteran winemaker and global wine consultant, Yangarber has launched Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, the first 100 percent rye whiskey finished in Bordeaux wine barrels. Coalition’s whiskey comes in three expressions, Margaux Barriques, Pauillac Barriques, and Sauternes Barriques ($90), as well as a barrel proof base rye ($130).
Lavanya Chandrashekar named Diageo North America chief financial officer
Effective July 1, Chandrashekar will succeed Kathryn Milkells to direct financial operations for North America, the company’s largest division. She joined Diageo in July 2018 from snack-food giant Mondelez International Inc. and was given additional responsibility for investor relations in October. Before Mondelez, Ms. Chandrashekar worked for over 18 years at Procter & Gamble Co. (Press release)
Brianna Pachmayer hired as vice president, national sales manager at ASV Wines
Pachmayer, in this newly created position, will direct sales across the business while driving growth of the Delano, California-based company’s more than 15 brands. Now based in Denver, she has worked in sales and marketing at Don Sebastiani & Sons, Beam Global Spirits & Wine/Future Brands, and most recently at Crimson Wine Group. (Press release)
Trinitas Cellars, Napa, names Kale Anderson as consulting winemaker
With 20 years of experience crafting wine in Napa and Sonoma, Anderson has worked at many top wineries, including Colgin Cellars, Cliff Lede Vineyards, and Pahlmeyer Winery, where he was director of winemaking. He began working at Trinitas just before the 2020 harvest and will be responsible for continuing the estate’s bold, rich, approachable style, says proprietor and CEO Garrett Busch. (Press release)
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits appoints Jamie Gruwer to vice president, supplier and customer collaboration
Gruwer will report to Mark Chaplin, vice president, sales & marketing, and will be responsible for creating new efficiencies and additional revenue opportunities, as well as create value for the company’s supplier and customer partners. Prior to this role, she was senior director, supply chain and operations strategy. She joined the company in 2016 after several years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Advisory, where she worked on the 2016 merger of Southern Wine and Glazer’s, Inc. (Press release)
A 16-year veteran of Washington state winemaking, Devison joins the team for the g3, Cascadian, and Goose Ridge Estate wine programs and will work closely with the Monson family and Andrew Wilson, director of winemaking. Born and raised in Halifax, Canada, Davison worked his way through the University of British Columbia running wine programs and stocking wine shelves then studying winemaking and working harvests in New Zealand and Australia. He arrived in eastern Washington for the 2004 harvest.
Perroy will be based in San Francisco and collaborate with the Americas leadership team to focus on continued growth and profitability. The Americas is the largest regional market for the ten-year-old app, which sold nearly $150 million of wine globally in 2019 and is on track to do more than double that in 2020. Perroy’s previous experience in the industry includes a stint at NakedWines.com before it was acquired by Majestic Wines in 2017.
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) announced on January 2, 2021 that partner Alan Dreeben officially has stepped down from his role as board member, with son-in-law Marc Sachs taking his place. Beginning his career path in 1966, working for the Gallo Winery, Dreeben has been a vital part of RNDC’s growth for nearly two decades. He served as vice chairman and director of Block Distributing and continued in this role after the merger with Republic, culminating in his current position as a partner of RNDC. Marc Sachs is a 25-year sales and marketing professional. In 2005 he joined Block Distributing; through its growth as RNDC, Sachs has managed and led multiple sales, marketing, and organizational development strategic initiatives.
Chappellet in Napa Valley appoints Leslie Sullivan as marketing director
Sullivan comes to Chappellet from Huneeus Vintners, where she spent the past five years as the winery’s portfolio marketing director. She began her career in wine at Treasury Wine Estates, beginning as marketing assistant and ultimately becoming trade marketing manager for the company’s luxury portfolio. (Press release)
Burzynski will be responsible for all market execution in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., as well as Bacchus Imports, the company’s fine wine specialty business. He will also serve as the primary point of contact for Breakthru’s Connecticut affiliate, CDI. Burzynski has over three decades of experience across the supplier and wholesale tiers, and most recently served as Breakthru’s Canada president.
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas announces Kathryn Morgan as vice chair
Morgan’s selection, through a ranked-choice survey of the full CMSA membership, was announced by Emily Wines, chair of the organization. This is the first time in the organization’s history that two women have concurrently led the organization. Morgan’s platform for the election focused on creative ways to make the organization’s environment more hospitable for those who have felt unwelcome in the past; another major point of her platform focused on exam transparency and modernization of programmings. For 15 years, Morgan worked as a sommelier in Washington, D.C., before relocating in 2016 to New York and taking on the role of director of wine education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of New York. (Press release)
Beto returns to SGWS after serving as the vice president of sales for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Prior to his time at Joseph Phelps, he was the vice president of key accounts for Southern Glazer’s of California for 16 years. Before his career at Southern Glazer’s, Beto was the food and beverage director at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Frick honed her knowledge of Italian wine at Frasca in Boulder, Colorado, working her way from the office and polishing room to the wine team, later joining Frasca’s sister restaurant Tavernetta, in Denver, and moving up to become lead sommelier. Based in New York City, Frick will cover Italy while Jeb Dunnuck will continue to focus on the wines from California, Washington, Southern France, and Bordeaux. JebDunnuck.com is a subscription-based, bi-monthly publication.
Based in Arizona, Hewitson joins the senior national sales management team after 19 years with Youngs Market, having started as a distributor sales representative before becoming a key account manager, division manager for the fine wine division, and subsequently vice president of sales in Arizona.
Gérard Bertrand named ‘Green Personality of the Year’ by Drinks Business
The Drinks Business Green Awards are selected annually by a jury of sustainability experts chaired by Patrick Schmitt, MW. Gérard Bertrand began converting his 16 estates in the South of France to biodynamics early in 2002, covering a diversity of terroirs over 880 hectares. Bertrand and his teams have become an international benchmark, sharing their research across the region and industry, notably for partnerships supporting growers shifting from traditional methods to those more harmonious with nature. (Press release)
Hotaling & Co. in San Francisco appoints Eric Gilliland to vice president of operations
In this new position, Gilliland will oversee the importer and distiller’s supply chain, encompassing processes, workflow, and strategic planning. Gilliland joins Hotaling & Co. from Purple Brands, where he served as vice presidnet of operations; he began his career in wine in 2008 at Chateau St. Jean, followed by Beringer. (Press release)
Erik Olsen named chief operating officer for Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, California
Olsen succeeds Cindy DeVries, who is retiring after nearly 28 years; over that time she helped steward Fetzer through two ownership transitions, and oversaw a renaissance in sustainability (Fetzer achieved B Corporation certification in 2015). Erik Olsen was most recently vice president/general manager for Constellation Brands’ Clos du Bois Winery; he also spent 10 years as winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington State. (Press release)
Vara Winery in New Mexico announces collaboration with winemaker Laurent Gruet
Gruet, who came to the U.S. at age 18 and helped his family introduce méthode Champenoise winemaking to New Mexico via their eponymous winery in Albuquerque, joins current winemaking team of Louisa and Bob Lindquist, and winery cofounders Doug Diefenthaler and Xavier Zamarripa. Vara celebrates the historical connection between Spain and New Mexico, and acquires fruit from the high-quality growers of Spanish grape varieties in the U.S. then produces the final cuvées in Albuquerque. (Press release)
At the culmination of the 2020 Bartender of the Year program, the full class of finalists was honored. The final competition was originally structured to take place in June; however, the pandemic forced the organizers to pivot midway through the regional semifinals to a virtual format. The eight bartenders, each awarded $5,000, are: Arthur Boothe, Sanford, FL; Michael Buonocore, Denver; Christopher Lemperle, New York City; Justin Levaughn, Orlando; David Mor, Chicago; Anton Nguyen, Wailuku, HI; Michelle Salgado, El Paso; and May Su, Los Angeles.
Along with a statement asserting that it “welcomes its membership’s and larger community’s ideas, tough conversations, and willingness to hold the organization accountable as it fundamentally transforms for the better,” the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas (CMS-A) announced 11 newly elected members of its board, effective December 2, 2020: Christopher Bates, MS; Robert Bigelow, MS; Brahm Callahan, MS; Keith Goldston, MS; Michael Meagher, MS; Kathryn Morgan, MS; Joshua Nadel, MS; Sabato Sagaria, MS; Mia Van de Water, MS; Emily Wines, MS; and David Yoshida, MS. Subsequently, the new board of directors unanimously selected Emily Wines for a one-year term as chair, beginning December 4.
Kim Haasarud (Phoenix), Bobby Dagostino (Cleveland), and Ingrid Rodriguez (Tampa) will each return for another two-year term. USBG executive director Aaron Gregory Smith, noted, “By returning for another term, Kim, Ingrid, and Bobby bring continuity and a level of stability to the board that is perhaps more valuable now than ever before.”
A veteran estate manager, sales specialist, and sommelier, Anderson will focus on direct-to-consumer sales and member relations for the winery, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Anderson was previously the estate manager for the Spire Collection Alexander Valley of Jackson Family Wines.
Altarez joined Southern Glazer’s in 2001 as a retail/restaurant and hospitality account manager for the Mid-Atlantic Midwest region and has continued in management roles in multiple states. Most recently, Altarez was vice president and general manager for Michigan and was recognized for starting a key division for large supplier portfolios.
Breakthru Beverage Group promotes Julian Burzynski to East U.S. region president
Burzynski will work to implement the distributor’s long-term strategic initiatives, oversee the company’s cross-functional alignment in the region, and optimize sales performance. Burzynski will report directly to chief commercial officer E. Lloyd Sobel and assume his new role on January 1, 2021 when industry veteran Kevin Dunn retires. (Press release)
Wente Family Estates promotes Tyson Overton and Aly Wente in sales and marketing
Overton, named chief sales and marketing officer, has been with Wente Family Estates since 2014, most recently as executive vice president and chief sales officer. His prior wine industry background includes 10 years at E.. & J. Gallo Winery in both domestic and export markets. Fifth-generation family member Aly Wente has been promoted to director of marketing after joining the winery in 2019 following four years with Constellation Brands, where she managed a portfolio of luxury wines. (Press release)
Alex Schrecengost launches new event platform, Virtual With Us
Schrecengost, founder and chief executive officer of Virtual With Us, was formerly the head of communications and digital at Wilson Daniels. The new company utilizes a network of sommeliers and beverage professionals to curate and lead virtual tastings and events for businesses, organizations, trade, and consumers.
Mack Hoehner and Catherine Jamison join Grounded Wine Co. sales team
A 30-year veteran in wine sales, Hoehner began his career with E. & J. Gallo and most recently was senior vice president, national sales manager for Vintage Wine Estates. Catherine Jamison brings 20 years of retail experience, most recently as director of sales, strategic retail for California-based Young’s Market Company. Grounded Wine Co., founded in 2019 by Napa Valley winemaker Josh Phelps, produces California, Oregon, and Washington wines. (Press release)
Casa Komos Beverage Group (CKBG), founded in 2019 by Richard Betts and Joe Marchese, produces Superbird canned cocktails and Komos Tequila. Jay Brown is a 20-year-plus veteran of the music industry and the co-founder of Roc Nation. Rudy Ruiz has worked in the beverage alcohol industry for four decades, most recently serving as executive vice president at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; prior to that he was president and CEO of Bacardi USA.
Eric Hund named senior vice president of U.S. sales for Heaven Hill Brands in Bardstown, Kentucky
In his new role, Hund will lead sales activities for the diverse Heaven Hill spirits portfolio. Hund brings with him 25 years of spirits industry experience, having joined Heaven Hill in 2016 as Vice President of Sales for the Deep Eddy Vodka division. Prior to joining the company, Hund was a vice president of sales at Republic National Distributing Company in Texas. (Press release)
Bacardi appoints of Mauricio Vergara as president and chief operating officer of Patrón Tequila
A seven-year Bacardi veteran, Vergara has held positions across marketing and management in both mature and emerging markets. Most recently he served as managing director for Bacardi-Martini Australia and New Zealand, while also leading the international integration of Patrón Spirits following its acquisition by Bacardi in 2018. (Press release)
David Dearie named president and chief executive officer at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in Washington
The announcement coincides with Jim Mortensen retiring on November 1, 2020. Dearie previously held leadership positions at Treasury Wine Estates where he served as CEO, as well as at Fosters Wine Group and at Brown-Forman Corporation, where he was president and COO. (Press release)
Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross launch Legend Australian Wine Imports in the U.S.
The wife and husband team are U.S.-born sommeliers who met at New York’s Eleven Madison Park and moved to Australia in 2017. Their new wine import and wholesale company will focus on boutique Australian wine producers. Legend aims to educate wine trade professionals and build enthusiasm for Australian wine in the U.S. market. (Press release)
Lindenmuth, who will assume the role at the end of 2020, joined M. Shanken Communications as a contributing editor to Food Arts magazine in 2000, and has served as the executive editor of sister publication Whisky Advocate since 2016. He takes the helm from Thomas Matthews, who is stepping down after a 33-year career at Wine Spectator.
Danny Brager joins Customer Vineyard’s board of directors in Santa Rosa, California
Danny Brager’s role will be to provide guidance and insight as Customer Vineyard brings its data-driven marketing services to market. Brager was most recently the senior vice president of Nielsen’s beverage alcohol practice area, where he supported relationships with Nielsen’s clients in the beer, wine, and spirits industry, as well as with key industry groups and media. (Press release)
Monterey-based Scheid Family Wines appoints two to sales force
Joanne Schmidt, based in Milwaukee, becomes the area sales manager covering Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Patrick Baker joins the production sales team, based at Scheid’s winery campus in Greenfield, California. Schmidt previously held similar positions with Gerard Bertrand, Sokol Blosser Winery, and Huneeus Vintners. Baker brings 17 years of experience in winemaking, viticulture, and winery management. (Press release)
Hunt stepped down on October 22, after almost five years in the position and 13 years at the global company. Previously Hunt had worked for Diageo and was CEO of Malibu Kahlua International, part of Pernod Ricard. A successor has not yet been named; in the interim, William Grant & Sons chairman Glenn Gordon and CFO Giles Wilson will assume Hunt’s responsibilities.
Libby Waghorn Levett promoted to general manager at Astrolabe Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand
Succeeding her mother, Astrolabe’s cofounder Jane Forrest-Waghorn, Libby and her husband Peter Levett moved home to Marlborough to take a more hands-on role in the company in August 2019. The brand also launched new packaging with their 2019 vintage wines released in Spring 2020. (Press release)
A to Z Wineworks in Dundee, Oregon, appoints Leslie Kruempel as director of marketing
Kruempel will manage creative initiatives that elevate the brand’s consumer connection, entering the wine industry after holding positions of marketing and mission leadership at Organic Valley, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative and one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands. (Press release)
Séverine Frerson becomes 8th cellar master at Perrier-Jouët in Champagne, France
Succeeding esteemed cellar master Hervé Deschamps, Séverine Frerson was inducted on October 15 as Maison Perrier-Jouët’s eighth cellar master—and the first woman to hold this position. (Press release)
Caine Thompson named managing director of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles, California
Thompson joins Robert Hall Winery after three years as president of Rabble Wine Co. and has over 15 years of industry experience. Founded in 1999, Robert Hall Winery was purchased by Larkspur-based O’Neill Vintners & Distillers in 2016. (Press release)
Stoli Group appoints Damian McKinney to global chief executive officer in New York
McKinney will build on his success as a military leader in the Royal Marine Commandos, where he earned numerous awards for courage and distinguished service on active duty, and his experience building a global consultancy, McKinney Rogers, which he founded in 1999 and sold in 2017. (Press release)
Caroline Begley named vice president of marketing for wine at Corby Spirit and Wine in Toronto
Begley, most recently vice president of marketing for wine and Champagne at Pernod Ricard USA in New York City, will oversee Corby’s owned brands such as J.P. Wiser’s and Pike Creek Canadian whiskies, Ungava Gin and Polar Ice Vodka, while working to increase the Canadian market share of leading Pernod Ricard brands such as Absolut, The Glenlivet, and Jameson. (Press release)
Disaronno appoints Ignacio Llaneza to vice president of brand & trade marketing for the U.S.
Llaneza joins Disaronno International with over 20 years experience in the industry, at firms including Moët Hennessy, Diageo, Heineken USA, and Coca-Cola. He will oversee Disaronno International’s brand and trade marketing, including media and public relations strategy for the growing wine and spirits portfolio. (Press release)
3 Badge adds east and west managers to mixology sales team
3 Badge Beverage Corporation, a wine and spirits négociant headquartered in Sonoma, California, has added Amanda Goggin as the east market manager, based in Boston; and Andrei Kissin as the west market manager, based in Los Angeles. (Press release)
Bill O’Neill named tri-state director for Napa-based Quintessential Wines
Wine importing, marketing and sales company Quintessential has appointed O’Neill to oversee sales and operations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Most recently with Opici Wines, he began his career on-premise as a sommelier and bar manager for an independent restaurant group in New York. (Press release)
Ido Lewinsohn, head winemaker at Barkan in Israel, becomes Master of Wine
Lewinsohn is only the second Israeli to join the elite group of 408 Masters of Wine in the world, as well as one of the fewer than 100 winemakers to hold the title and one of only two Israeli MWs making kosher wine, at Barkan, Israel’s largest Israeli winery. (Press release)
Institute of Masters of Wine elects Neil Hadley as new chair
Hadley, the 55th chair of the Institute, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. He has been an MW over half his life, passing the exam in 1993; at the time, he was the youngest MW at just 26 years of age. His career in wine started in the UK wine trade, joining retailers Lay & Wheeler in 1984, after which he spent time traveling and working through the vineyards of Australia, moving there permanently a few years later. (Press release)
Christopher Lynch named chief executive officer for Opus One Winery in Napa Valley
Lynch succeeds David Pearson, and brings more than 30 years of global wine industry experience to the role at Opus One, having served serving in a variety of leadership capacities at companies including E. & J. Gallo, LVMH’s Chandon Estates, Pernod Ricard, Beam Wine Estates and Terlato Wine Group. (Press release)
Bogle Vineyards expands national sales team with three new hires
Bogle Vineyards and Winery has announced the hiring of three wine industry veterans in expanding its nationwide sales team. Matt Mitchell, formerly with Jackson Family Wines, becomes east/southeastern sales director. Heather Peterson, also most recently at Jackson Family Wines, is now northeast/midwest sales director. Robin Parranto, who has held roles at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Diageo, is now key accounts manager-central region. Current Bogle director of national accounts, James Eichel, 12 years with Bogle, adds the duties and title of director of sales-west. (Press release)
Matthieu Perrin named president of Primum Familiae Vini
Perrin follows his cousin Marc Perrin, also of Famille Perrin in the Rhône Valley, to lead this association of 12 historic, family-owned wine producers. Traditionally the PFV presidency passes from one family to another at the annual summer conference, but the global pandemic forced the postponement of the gathering until 2021. (Press release)
Gaspar Roby promoted to vice president, winemaking and viticulture, for Terlato Wine Group in Napa
Roby, a native of Argentina, was previously Terlato’s director of viticulture, responsible for all aspects of more than 350 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley and Red Mountain, Washington. (Press release)
Ian Downey named to oversee new leadership team for Winebow Imports in New York
Beginning October 1, Downey will oversee a new sales and marketing platform for Winebow Imports, comprising two external sales divisions, Heritage and Pioneer, and three centralized support divisions: marketing & global brands, portfolio management, and national accounts. The new role appointments are: Ted Campbell, senior vice president of Heritage; Kathy Marlin, senior vice president of Pioneer; Liz Mathews, senior vice president of portfolio management; and Diego Lo Prete, senior vice president of marketing & global brands. (Press release)
Andrea Sengara appointed to vice president, marketing for Campari America in New York
Sengara joins Campari America with more than 20 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry and will lead all facets of marketing for Campari Group’s premium portfolio of brands, from innovation to digital transformation. (Press release)
Ken Fredrickson assumes managing partner role at Connoisseur Wines Limited in Niles, Illinois
The announcement coincides with the sale of Connoisseur Wines, a 30-year-old fine wine distributor, to Fredrickson and partners. The founder of craft spirits importer High Road Spirits, Fredrickson has a history in the distribution world, most recently as the founder of Tenzing Wine & Spirits, which was sold to Breakthru Beverage Group in 2017. (Press release)
Pernod Ricard USA names John Barrett and Vincent Turpin to its executive committee
John Barrett is named senior vice president, chief commercial officer, effective September 14. Vincent Turpin, currently director/chief finance officer, Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers, is named senior vice president, finance, Pernod Ricard North America, effective October 1. (Press release)
Steve Lauth is promoted to president and chief executive officer of Tequila Partida
Lauth most recently served as chief operating officer of the company, headquartered in San Francisco, and started his career with Partida in 2009 as the director of finance and operations. (Press release)
Julio Alonso is appointed executive director for Wines of Chile USA in New York
Alonso comes to the U.S. following a successful tenure as Wines of Chile’s executive director, Asia, during which time China surpassed the U.S. as Chile’s biggest export market and Japan became the third. Currently, Chile is the seventh largest source of U.S. wine imports. (Press release)
Oak Ridge Winery in Lodi names Jason Dodge winemaker and general manager
Dodge joins Oak Ridge, Lodi’s oldest operating winery, as general manager and chief winemaker. He was most recently with Constellation Brands as the senior director of winemaking and general manager of Central Coast winemaking and operations. (Press release)
Quintessential Wines expands regional sales team
Napa-based wine importing, marketing, and sales company Quintessential has announced the hiring of four industry veterans to its growing sales team. John Marshall joins Quintessential as New England regional manager, David Strathy as northwest division manager, Chris Hayes as regional manager in charge of the Columbia, Oregon territory, and Andrea Rogers as Colorado state manager. (Press release)
New leadership at Diamond Creek Vineyards
Following the Napa Valley acquisition of Diamond Creek Vineyards, Maison Louis Roederer has appointed Nicole Carter as president and Graham Wehmeier as winemaker. Carter also became president at Merry Edwards Winery in October 2019; Wehmeier joins Diamond Creek with a rich background at well-known wineries in Napa and Sonoma such as Futo, Cornell, and Merryvale. (Press release)
J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery names co-owner Lawrence T. Lohr chief operating officer
The second-generation co-owner first began working for J. Lohr in the 1980s on the bottling line. Since 2014, Lohr has spent his career on the vineyards side. In his new role, Lohr will continue working directly with J. Lohr Vineyards staff and will work alongside his father, Jerry, on the day-to-day operational oversight of the company.
Ryan Schnall takes new finance role at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has appointed Ryan Schnall to the role of senior vice president, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), to lead the continued development of the FP&A Center of Excellence, as well as to institute financial reporting tools. (Press release)
Rodney Strong Wine Estates in Sonoma promotes national sales team
The has promoted Anthony Capobianco to vice president, national sales, and Jenny Sage to vice president, national accounts. (Press release)
Wilson Daniels names three national accounts directors
Wilson Daniels has relaunched its national accounts division with three new additions. Chris Pedersen, now national accounts director (Western U.S.), was most recently with Young’s Market Company as director of national accounts. Tom Galli, national accounts director (Eastern U.S.) has held positions in marketing, regional sales, and national accounts for Banfi VIntners, Santa Margherita, Deutsch Family. Brian Phillips, national accounts director (Central U.S.), was most recently with Darden Restaurant Brands; he has held numerous positions in the hospitality sector in Texas and Florida and is an advanced sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. (Press release)
Copalli Rum appoints Elayne Duff and Julie Reiner as global ambassadors
Reiner and Duff are widely recognized for their work in reshaping the cocktail landscape. They will lead training and education programs for trade and consumers, while partnering with bartenders to drive support for Belize-based Copalli’s zero impact operation. (Press release)
Napa’s Cakebread Cellars names Aaron Fishleder vice president of operations
In the newly created role, Fishleder will oversee all operations, including viticulture, winemaking, and facilities. He comes to Cakebread from Far Niente, where he progressed to president of their farming operation over his 20+ years there. (Press release)
Chronic Cellars in Paso Robles welcomes winemaker Kip Lorenzetti
During Lorenzetti’s decade-long winemaking career he has specialized in California’s Central Coast, most recently at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards. (Press release)
Hahn Family Wines promotes Thomas Duhameau to president
Duhameau joined the Santa Lucia Highlands-based producer in 2012 as chief financial officer, and in 2015 was named “CFO of the Year” by the North Bay Business Journal. (Press release)
Napa’s Lede Family Wines appoints Tony Baldini as president and chief operating officer
Baldini, most recently at Hahn Family WInes, will oversee Cliff Lede Vineyards with its flagship wine Poetry, located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and FEL Wines, based in Anderson Valley. (Press release)
Brad Vassar named strategic advisor to chief executive officer of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
In the new role of strategic advisor to the chief executive officer of SGWS, Vassar will also become a member of the Company’s Board of Managers, effective September 8, 2020. He will continue to report to chief executive officer Wayne Chaplin, as well as continue oversight of the company’s Exceptional Leaders Program. Vassar first joined the company in 1991; his most recent role was executive vice president and chief operating officer. (Press release)
The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) elects board of directors
Jake Holshue of Rogue Ales & Spirits (OR) and Colin Keegan of Santa Fe Spirits (NM) were re-elected. Gina Holman of J. Carver Distillery (MN), Jessica J. Lemmon, of Cart/Horse Distilling (PA), and Tom Potter of New York Distilling Co. (NY) were elected this year. The installation follows a digital election, with voting participation from nearly 70 percent of the ACSA’s membership. (Press release)
Mary Melton joins Napa-based Trellis Wine Group as “czar of the bar”
Melton has 30 years experience in the on-premise, including 15 as vice president of beverage and bar hospitality at P.F. Chang’s. Based in Phoenix, she will focus on national and key on-premise accounts for Trellis in this newly created position. (Press release)
Breakthru Beverage Group appoints Cristina Desmond to executive vice president, Pennsylvania
Desmond, who has been with the company for nearly two decades, will be responsible for leading all aspects of Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania’s business operations. Her most recent role at the company was vice president, national accounts retail. (Press release)
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) presents its annual Grande Dame Award to Carolyn Wente, CEO of Livermore, California-based Wente Family Estates
Over four decades, Wente has guided America’s longest continuously operated family-owned winery and developed the Wente family’s lifestyle businesses. A co-founder of LDEI’s San Francisco Chapter, she also has served on the national Board of Directors. (Press release)
Winebow promotes Jessica Partington to vice president of wholesale spirits, sales, and Monique Huston to vice president of wholesale spirits, portfolio
Each moves up from within, and will continue reporting to Richard Driscoll, who is leading Winebow’s spirits initiative. Partington joined Winebow in 2019, and currently serves as vice president, wholesale spirits east. Huston joined Winebow in 2015 and currently serves as vice president, wholesale spirits west. (Press release)
Constellation Brands names Kate Voyten senior vice president, brand management for the company’s wine and spirits portfolio, based in San Francisco
Voyten will lead the development and execution of Constellation’s wine and spirits portfolio vision and brand marketing strategies; she was most recently with Hertz Global Holdings Inc., where she led the digital transformation for the company’s loyalty programs, and previously served over 17 years at Procter & Gamble across brand management roles. (Press release)
Remi Cohen appointed chief executive officer of Carneros-based sparkling specialist Domaine Carneros
Cohen succeeds Eileen Crane, founding winemaker and CEO, retiring after a 33-year career at Domaine Carneros. Cohen most recently was COO at Lede Family Wines, and holds master’s degrees in both viticulture and business administration. (Press release)
PJ Horgan has been named executive vice president of Breakthru Beverage Delaware in New Castle, Delaware
Horgan will lead all aspects of the company’s Delaware business. He succeeds Bob Trostel, who becomes vice president, state industry relations, working to advocate state issues, social responsibility, and the three-tier system. (Press release)
Demeine Estates, a new négociant of fine wines based in Napa Valley, has appointed its inaugural executive team
Christopher Avery will serve as president, Nick Holmes vice president of sales, and Drew Ross executive director of marketing. Demeine was created by the Lawrence family, owners of Napa Valley’s Heitz Cellar, and Carlton McCoy, Jr, CEO, as a curated portfolio of wine brands. (Press release)
Scott Nava has joined WX Brands of Novato, California as trade marketing manager
He will be responsible for initiatives in both the retail and restaurant environments. In his 20-year career, Nava previously held positions at Jackson Family Wines, Treasury Wine Estates, and E. & J. Gallo Winery where he supported sales teams in landing key national accounts and created new trade processes and practices. (Press release)
Russell Joy has been named general manager of Napa Wine Company in Oakville, California
He brings over 30 years of industry experience to the company, which specializes in custom crush operations, most recently as director of California strategy for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. (Press release)
Dorian Sowell has been named vice president of sales – U.S. division for Western Spirits Beverage Company in Bowling Green, Kentucky
He was previously vice president of sales for the central division. Prior to his tenure at Western Spirits, at White Rock Distilleries Sowell managed 17 distributors in over 11 states, and spent over eight years with Pernod Ricard. (Press release)
Eastside Distilling in Portland, Oregon, appoints Paul Block chief executive officer
Block initially joined Eastside as chairman in April 2020. He has held various positions at different companies including Miller Brewing Company, Guinness Import Company, and Allied Domecq’s Premium USA Spirits Division. He also served as chief executive officer at Sara Lee Coffee and Tea USA, Merisant Worldwide, and SVP Worldwide. (Press release)
Stoli Group names Dave McNulty global chief marketing officer
McNulty previously served as vice president of marketing and communications, and brings 20 years of experience in senior roles involving brand management, public relations, and more. (Press release)
The Cooper Spirits Co. in New York names Bryan Townsend vice president of sales
Townsend has returned to the company after serving as vice president of sales for The 86 Co. He is responsible for driving sales and business development. (Press release)
Breakthru Beverage Group appoints Brian Albenze to executive vice president, United Division
Albenze will assume responsibility of Breakthru’s Diageo and Moët Hennessy USA business, leading national strategies and long-term planning efforts on behalf of the brands. He will also manage the United Division team and support Diageo and Moët Hennessy USA’s initiatives. (Press release)
Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles announces Josh Beckett as head winemaker
Beckett, a 20-year industry veteran who owns the winery with his brother Jake, is returning to reprise his role as winemaker. (Press release)
Raventós Codorníu in Spain appoints Sergio Fuster chief executive officer
Fuster is joining Raventós Codorníu and will focus on raising brand awareness globally. (Press release)
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits names Carlos Ferrandiz executive vice president and general manager of Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits of New York
Ferrandiz has more than 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry, having held leadership roles in Empire Merchants North and Allied Beverage Group. He also held sales and management positions with Moet Hennessy, Peerless Importers, Trinchero Family Estates, R&R Marketing, and Gallo Wine Sales of New Jersey. (Press release)
Delphine Nathalie Gardère to lead Société du Rhum Barbancourt in Haiti
Delphine Gardère is the 5th generation in the Gardère family. She will work to raise awareness for Rhum Barbancourt internationally as well as launch new products. (Press release)
Harris began his wine career in Canada and Virginia and was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers and IntoWine.com’s Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the U.S.
Winebow in New York announces key leadership positions
Theo Koebel will now serve as executive vice president of portfolio management, Arjun Dewan will serve as executive vice president of wholesale sales, and Erle Martin will serve as executive vice president of business development, effective July 1. (Press release)
Spanish wine company Raventós Codorníu appoints Mike Jackson president, North America
Jackson previously worked at companies including E&J Gallo, Summerland Wine Brands, and Delicato Family Vineyards, where he served in numerous executive leadership positions in sales and marketing. (Press release)
Distill Ventures in New York names Heidi Dillon Otto managing director
In her new role, she will oversee the direction and operations of Distill Ventures North America, replacing founding member Gonzalo de la Pezuela. She previously served as portfolio manager since 2018. (Press release)
McIvor previously served as general manager since 2015, where she oversaw many projects for the company, including facility improvements and overhauling direct-to-consumer sales.
Fahy served as assistant winemaker at Anthony Road Winery in the Finger Lakes and at Trisaetum in Oregon.
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America announces key leadership personnel
Catherine McDaniel, formerly vice president of federal affairs, is now senior vice president; Kari Langerman has been named vice president, meetings and conventions; and Dawson Hobbs and Jo Moak were also named executive vice president but will continue their focus on government regulations. (Press release)
Balletto Vineyards in Sonoma names Maureen McElroy director of events
McElroy, who previously served as executive director of the Santa Rosa Convention and Visitors Bureau, is now responsible for future events at the winery’s new, state-of-the-art events center, and winery activities in the community. (Press release)
Kritzinger had served as the company’s chief financial officer in 2014, and held a consulting role for the company over the years.
Johnson is now the sales manager for Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties for the winery equipment company. She has 28 years of sales management experience in the wine industry.
Toast Distillers in Miami, Florida names David Garretson chief financial officer
Garretson previously served as chief financial officer for Invest Hospitality and senior vice president of finance for The ONE Group Hospitality. (Press release)
Joseph Phelps Vineyards in St. Helena appoints Kim Beto vice president of sales
Prior to this appointment, Beto served as president of key accounts in Northern California for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. (Press release)
Walsh, who was most recently the senior vice president of marketing for Daou, has also worked for companies including Treasury Wine Estates and Trinchero Family Estates.
Henry Kotzé to lead winemaking team for Mulderbosch Vineyards in South Africa
Kotze, who has over 20 years of vineyard experience, has worked at other Stellenbosch wineries including Morgenster, Eikendal, and Neil Ellis Wines. He transitions to his new role in June. (Press release)
Pierce has over 17 years experience in the wine industry, and has worked for wineries including Time Winery, Black Hills Estate Winery, and Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery.
Foss, previously of Young’s Market Company, will now lead the company’s digital strategy.
Alstrin will oversee all day-to-day operations, including vineyard and winery, marketing, and sales. Prior to joining Adelsheim, he worked for Argyle Winery.
Olds is responsible for operations, hospitality, DTC, marketing, winemaking, viticulture, and sustainability. Prior to joining, she had worked for Newton Vineyards and Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.
Bargetto, who previously served as cellar master, will now assist winemaker Nathan Carlson in overseeing all winemaking activities.
Hidinger, who previously served as assistant winemaker, has also worked for Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, Oyster Bay in Blenheim, New Zealand, and Justin Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles, California.
He will lead Empire’s metro and upstate New York businesses. Most recently Pfeil served as executive vice president at Breakthru Beverage Florida, where he worked for the last 16 years.
Frost, who has been with Sextant Wines since 2015 and previously served as assistant winemaker, has also worked for Talley Vineyards in Edna Valley and Viña Requingua in Chile.
Berube, who worked for companies including Altos Las Hormigas and Fries Family Wines, will now be responsible for leading the company’s marketing efforts.
Breakthru Beverage Group names Sean O’Connor executive vice president, Florida
O’Connor will be responsible for leading the organization’s business operations, including growth strategies for suppliers and customers. (Press release)
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America bring on Danny Wirtz as chairman of the board
Wirtz, who is the vice-chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group, will serve 12 months in this leadership role. (Press release)
Lonborg previously held positions at Halter Ranch, Justin Vineyard & Winery, and Orcutt Road Cellars.
Joll is now responsible for overseeing vineyards, wine production, marketing, sales, hospitality, and business operations.
Beck Family Estates in McMinnville, Oregon, appoints Heath Payne viticulturist
Payne now works closely with winemaker Alban Debeaulieu on vineyard management, regenerative agriculture, and grape sourcing for the Angela Estate. In his previous role, he served as assistant winemaker at Bethel Heights. (Press release)
The Sorting Table in Napa appoints Catherine Miles vice president, business development
Miles, who previously served as chief marketing officer for Broadbent Selections, is now responsible for leading business development and will work in tandem with The Sorting Table’s executive team. (Press release)
McGrew, who previously served as senior director of communications for the company’s beer division, will now be responsible for overseeing all aspects of communications, which include internal and external global communications, public relations, branding and reputation, investor relations, and corporate social responsibility.
Boyd, who previously served as central U.S. sales manager, is now responsible for creating a national sales program as well as managing the company’s sales team. He has worked for companies including Heck Estates, Calistoga Cellars, Vinum Global, White Cottage Ranch, and Rock Wall Wine company.
Victory Wine Group in Texas names John Samuels general manager
Samuels, who has over two decades of hospitality and wholesale experience, is now responsible for overseeing sales, brand, and operation teams and improving company processes and procedures. (Press Release)
Turner, who previously worked as a winemaker, is now responsible for building new client relationships and raising brand awareness for the winery management software.
Diezhandino will serve as chief marketing officer after current chief marketing officer Syl Saller steps down in July. Diezhandino held the role of global category director for Scotch and of managing director for Reserve. Some of her notable accomplishments include the Johnnie Walker flagship center in Edinburgh.
Ewer will lead sales teams responsible for the Bogle, Phantom, and Juggernaut brands. Previously, Ewer served as chief sales officer for Seattle’s Precept Wine, and before that, worked for Young’s Market Company where he managed Bogle wines as senior vice president.
Weinbach is now responsible for key retail chain accounts nationwide and will also serve as the liaison between Shannon Ridge Family of Wines and its national distributor network.
Mahlan, who has served the company for 19 years, will retire in June. She will be succeeded by Debra Crew, who previously served on the board.
Roberts is responsible for expanding international and domestic distribution. He brings over 20 years of wine sales and marketing experience.
Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley names Master Sommelier Jay James vice president and general manager
James will be responsible for overseeing Larkmead’s operations, using his experience in wholesale growth, distribution, wine education, and hospitality. (Press release)
Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley names Tory Britton Sims as chief financial officer
Sims has been in the industry for over 25 years, and worked for companies such as Silver Oak Wine Cellars, Rombauer Vineyards, and Seghesio Vineyards, among others. (Press release)
The Master of Wine was one of the most famous names in the global wine trade and served as chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers’, president of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and chairman of The Benevolent.
Ella Brasileira, which will open later this year, is Brazilian chef Manoella Buffara’s first project in the U.S. The food and drinks menu will be inspired by Brazilian cuisine, and the food menu will rotate daily.
Graham, Thibodeau, and Donovan own Ska Street Brewery and Peach Street Distillery, and this venue is a mixture of both. The establishment will feature a 10 BBL brewing system, a 450-liter still, thirty taps, and a mixology program.
Kirshner previously served as vice president of sales and Murphy served as vice president of operations.
Gary’s Wine & Marketplace names Chris Poulous beverage purchasing and sales manager for Gary’s Napa Valley
Poulos, an industry veteran, is now responsible for devising and leading new business offerings, such as custom consumer tastings. (Press release)
Devonna Smith is now the chief executive officer, Maggie Kruse has been promoted to oversee both winemaking and winegrowing, and Dana Grande is now the grower relations manager.
Burtnick, previously of Bistro Agnes, will not have a cocktail menu for the venue. Instead, he will create a drink for patrons based on what they describe they want. There will also be wine on offer, as well as a small selection of bottled beers.
Originally a cider producer, Currie, the founder and head cider maker, is entering retail. The venue will have 12 taps and will rotate Swift ciders, craft beer, wine, guest cider taps, and hard seltzer, and will host a grand opening March 6.
Pease will work alongside founding winemaker Damian Grindley.
Melka has been hired on to serve as the consulting winemaker for Phantom Creek’s red wine program and will work with winemaker Francis Hutt.
The venue, from the team behind Kon-tiki, is set to open next month. Aivaliotis created the drinks menu, which features classics like martinis as well as tropical drinks.
Lapierre began his new role February 1, after serving as the company’s chief wine officer for two years.
Archer Roose in Boston appoints Bill Dillon and Aaron Moore to its sales team
Dillon is now vice president of sales and marketing, and has recently served in the same role for Lord Hobo. Moore is now the national accounts director, and previously served as vice president of sales for Pampellone Sparkling Wines. (Press release)
Nicolas-Jay in Willamette Valley appoints Kevin Schlachter as national sales director
Shlachter was most recently the regional sales manager at Kobrand, and prior to that, he served in various roles for companies including Wine Group LLC and Young’s Market Company. He also holds certifications from the Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers. (Press release)
Hall Family Wines in St. Helena appoints Megan Gunderson director of winemaking
Gunderson will be responsible for the production and direction of all wines produced under the Hall, Walt, and Baca brands. Gunderson brings over 19 years in the winemaking business, and most recently served as head winemaker for Walt Wines since 2010. (Press release)
Miller is responsible for expanding distribution within the U.S. market. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and most recently served as national sales manager for Peachy Canyon Winery.
Vasquez, formerly of PDT, has teamed with Sorensen, who has worked with Au Cheval Chicago, to open this upscale cocktail bar and restaurant owned by HK Hospitality. The two say the drinks menu is experiential. Offerings include several specialty cocktails, such as Witch of the West Side made from mezcal, tequila, and a liquid smoke bubble.
The couple that started out as homebrewers who distributed their brew to local bars has now opened their own 7,500-square-foot brewery and bar. They currently offer a limited selection of their pale ales, IPAs, and red ales, but plan to add more of their beers at a later date.
The bar will feature under-$50 bottles, as well as a “minis and mags” list which includes half-bottles, cans, and magnums. There will also be cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and beers on offer.
Zenzius will be responsible for creating new programs to drive the winery’s growth and driving engagement through channels to reach consumers.
Nightingale is responsible for researching the character of Cuvaison’s vineyard blocks as well as producing legacy, small, and micro-lot wines in collaboration with winemaker Steve Rogstad.
Vaughn is responsible for business development in Sonoma County, Oregon, and the Central Coast, among other territories. He brings over 13 years of wine industry experience, and has worked in fine-dining restaurants, wholesale and distribution of wine and spirits, and as a wine ambassador.
The industry veterans intend to make sustainability and ethical practices a focal point for their bar by implementing hospitality best practices in regards to kitchen waste, appropriate wages, and community education. The pair created a cocktail list that features innovative interpretations on classic cocktails, and plan to have special events throughout the year.
Goldie has worked for founding winemaker Steve Devitt for 15 years. She holds a Master’s in Enology from U.C. Davis and has worked for companies including Opus One, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Stag’s Leap Winery.
Anthony Giglio to lead the Beverage Studies wine course of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York
Giglio, a 25-year industry veteran, will educate students in a 16-lesson course on the fundamentals of wine service beginning in February. (Press release)
Marello will be in charge of cultivating new supplier partners, developing new customer relationships, and continuing the growth of its current suppliers.
Schwartz has more than 25 years of brewing experience, and has most recently served as the founding brewmaster for Stony Creek Brewery. Dockside Brewery is slated to open in March.
Stuck has spent over 20 years in brand building and the promotion of wines from Paso Robles. He worked for California wineries including Bonny Doon Vineyard, Halter Ranch Vineyard, and Hope Family Wines.
Wolff will oversee marketing, communications, and public relations for the company. Wolff has over 20 years of industry experience, and most recently served as vice president of marketing for Opici Wines & Market Street Spirits.
Jerry plans to showcase eight beers on tap from microbreweries around the country, in an effort to provide craft beer to patrons not otherwise available in Milwaukee.
Knutsen joined BevMo in 2018 and most recently served as head of merchandising, where he ran all aspects of BevMo’s merchandising for its beer, wine, and spirits business lines.
Click is known for founding and serving as the CEO of Click Wine Group, a wine import company which he sold to The Winebow Group in 2008. He will represent Ste. Michelle’s portfolio of wineries in over 100 countries and manage an international sales team.
Brockmans Gin names Guy Lawrence managing director
Lawrence, previously the CEO of Mast-Jägermeister U.K., will focus on international expansion as the company begins its plan to double sales within five years. His main focus will be expanding the presence of Brockmans Gin within the U.S. (Press release)
Buckley has been with the wine import, marketing, and sales company for four years. He is now responsible for brand management of Quintessential’s South American and South African portfolios, as well as Foppiano Vineyards in California.
Evans will be responsible for sales enablement in the southwestern and western U.S. He will also serve as brand manager for most of the company’s California portfolio, as well as for Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Australian wineries.
Rosenbloom is now responsible for spearheading the company’s national expansion within retail. Prior to her promotion, she served as southern California chain market manager.
Robitschek, previously of Eleven Madison Park, has worked with Sydell Group in the past, having opened New York bar venues NoMad and Elephant. He is now responsible for overseeing all of the restaurants at Sydell’s hotels, which include NoMad and the Line, among others.
De Luca is responsible for managing grape sales for Bien Nacido, Soloman Hills, and French Camp vineyards. He brings over 24 years of wine industry experience, and has worked for various California wine companies including Cline Sellers, Fisher Vineyards, and Dierberg-Star Lane Vineyards, among others.
Burnham is responsible for spearheading public relations efforts for Delicato Family Wines. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the public relations and wine industries, which includes having led public relations efforts for Beam Global’s wine division.
Banville Wine Merchants is an importer of wine, spirits, and beer. The company distributes in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Traverse City Whiskey Co. in Michigan appoints Andrea K. Yorgy as chief financial officer
Yorgy, the company’s first CFO, brings over 20 years of experience. She is known for leading finance for Angel’s Envy Bourbon from its startup phase through theacquisition by Bacardi. (Press release)
Hunter first joined Wayfarer in 2014 as the company’s Western Division Sales Manager U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Wayfarer, he worked 24 years in wholesale distribution for companies including Admiralty Beverage and Young’s Columbia Distributing, both in Oregon.
Glennon is responsible for managing sales for Western Spirits Beverage Company’s newly formed Ready-to-Drink division. Prior to joining the company, he held sales leadership roles for companies including Atomic Brands, Sidney Frank Importing Company (Mast-Jägermeister US), and Beam Global Spirits and Wine.
Revelette will take over all winemaking responsibilities as founding winemaker Adam Lee switches to consulting for Jackson Family Wines’s Pinot Noir programs. Revelette, who joined the team in May 2019, previously held winemaking roles with Sojourn Cellars, Williams Selyem, and Kosta Browne.
The venue will feature beers on draft as well as canned and bottled products available for on- and off- premise sale. It is set to open December 13.
Ward now works with Clay Brock, the director of winemaking. She brings over 20 years of experience to the role, having worked for California wineries including Terravant Wine Company, Vincent Vineyards, and Center of Effort Winery, among others.
Neil, formerly of Turrentine Wine Brokerage, has over 16 years of industry experience. He started in production at Seavey Vineyards, Bryant Family Vineyards, and others, and transitioned to the supplier side having worked with Bouchard Cooperages, and Seguin Moreau.
Giroux, previously the vice president of marketing at Colio Estate, is responsible for marketing and promoting Californian wines in Canada. Giroux has over 15 years of wine industry sales and marketing experience, having been responsible for marketing, brand development, and event management.
Lambert Bridge Winery has promoted Katie Fay, formerly the retail sales and hospitality manager, to director of marketing. Nicole Penney has been hired as hospitality manager, having served in the role for various wineries including Wren Hop Vineyards. They are both responsible for growing the company through its direct-to-consumer-only business model.
Martin is responsible for leading the development and execution of corporate branding, communications, and social responsibility programs for the Victor, New York-based company. Social programs she will be spearheading include environmental sustainability, community engagement, and philanthropic initiatives.
Wright has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry, and previously served 8 years as a national accounts director at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. He will be responsible for expanding the reach of the Goose Ridge Winery’s portfolio within the United States.
Faury has worked in vineyards throughout the world, including Barolo, Bordeaux, Australia, and Mendoza. He has also worked in Napa Valley for wineries like Robert Mondavi, The Napa Valley Reserve, and Harlan.
Boone has 5 years experience in the industry, having worked in numerous wineries with responsibilities including managing a tasting room and wine club.
A U.K.-born bartender who moved to the United States in the 1970s, Gary “Gaz” Regan was author of the The Joy of Mixology and The Bartender’s Bible, among others, and a renowned speaker and educator who was beloved by the cocktail industry.
The second location is now open in Daly City. The 2,900-square-foot venue features Gilman Brewing beers including IPAs, double IPAs, hazy IPAs, tart sours, and fruit-forward beers, among others, and a farm-to-table food menu, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Oppenheimer, previously regional president for the control states and Canada, has been promoted to president of East region, and Chaplin, previously director of sales and commercial operations for the East region, has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing.
The “old-school” European restaurant comes from Maialino and Marta chef Nick Anderer. The menu comes from Anderer’s interpretations of older recipes, including those from Charles Ranhofer. Johnson, who is also the general manager, created a drinks menu that focuses on classic cocktails, which includes pre-batched martinis and manhattans, over 500 wine bottles on offer, and 22 by-the-glass options.
Emeritus Vineyards names Mari Jones president
After serving 7 years as the winery’s chief operating officer, Jones has been promoted to president. She will lead winemaker David Lattin and vineyard Manager Kirk Lokka, be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Emeritus Vineyards, and will focus on furthering the brand’s reputation for high-quality Pinot Noirs. She is a second-generation family member. (Press release)
Locke previously served as Treasury Wine Estates’s senior vice president of the direct-to-consumer team in the Americas, and has more than 20 years of wine industry experience in the United States.
Rosbrook has over 20 years of experience in technology, software, finance, and investment banking. The producer-focused company raised $8 million in funding.
Master Sommelier Will Costello is now responsible for Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates, in addition to continuing his duties as brand ambassador.
Still & Stir bar, from Niche Hospitality Group, is set to open Friday. Grimm, formerly beverage director for local Deadhorse, is leading the bar. The drinks selection will include classic and modern cocktails, as well as bottled and draft selections, and the bar will feature a rotating food menu. Still & Stir will feature a seasonal Miracle pop-up bar, to start November 25.
Bottarel will be responsible for business development, brand promotion, and supporting consortium members. He will focus on brand building in international markets, such as Japan, United States, and Baltic countries, and is backed by extensive experience collaborating with foreign wineries in Germany and Switzerland, among others.
Gallion has nearly 20 years of hospitality, food, and wine experience, and has previously worked for Vineyard 29 and Miner Family Winery, as well as working numerous culinary stints at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Hadley will lead the company’s newly-formed Champion Restaurant Group and will oversee the development of a restaurant, an outdoor venue, and a taproom, as well as leading the company’s first investment round. He was brought onto the team after selling his popular local restaurant, Boylan Heights.
Prosenjak was promoted to president and chief executive officer following Bill Hatcher’s move to chair of the board. She has worked at the company since 2007, serving in roles such as chief financial officer and president. During her tenure, she helped grow the company’s production output, from 80,000 cases per year in 2007 to more than 350,000, and led the company to its certified B Corporation status.
The Korean restaurant, set to open this week, comes from Sungchul Shim, former chef of the now-shuttered Neta. The menu focuses on an interpretation of Korean royal cuisine, using French technique and Japanese ingredients. The drinks menu will feature classic cocktails with Korean ingredients, including the perilla leaf, Korean plum extract, and ginseng. There will also be an emphasis on high-quality soju, both in cocktails and served straight.
McDowell, who is based in Florida, is now responsible for Signorello Estate and Edge and Trim on- and off-premise sales in the Southeast region. She previously represented over 200 brands through wholesale management of Republic National Distribution Company, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and Opici Family Distributing.
The Forbidden Cove features rare craft beers and “undistilled cocktails” in a tiki-inspired setting. Instead of using spirits, the lounge’s low-ABV cocktails are made using Kilowatt’s Zeily Hard Beverage, a cane sugar-derived hard seltzer, which is mixed with fruit purees, juices, and spices. The undistilled cocktails clock in at 10 to 15% ABV.
Flying Embers hired Gilmore, an industry veteran, to assist with the brand’s portfolio expansion throughout the United States, and to develop future products. Gilmore most recently served as Diageo’s vice president of national accounts, category development, and commercial innovation for its beer unit.
Kabashima, who owns and serves as beverage director of ROKC restaurant in West Harlem, drew inspiration for the venue’s concept from 19th century Japan. The drinks menu includes specialty and classic cocktails, sake, wine, and beer. The food menu, from chef Isao Yoenda, offers snackable fare, like karaage fried chicken and pork buns.
Kemple, the founder of Milwaukee Comedy, a comedy production company, will open the comedy club and bar in January, in the same space of two previous breweries: Sprecher Brewery Taproom and Brenner Brewing Co. The drinks menu will feature spirits and craft beer from Wisconsin.
Crawford, who currently advises venture funds, brings over 20 years of executive experience to the software company, having lead business development, finance, and technology initiatives for wine brands including Beringer and Chateau St. Jean, among others. She is responsible for leveraging her cross-industry experience to continue growing the company.
Reno has 40 years of wine industry experience, including founding the Thomas Jefferson Wine Company and creating, as well as directing a division for Jackson Family Wines. Catherine Miles, previously the senior vice president and director of marketing, has also been added to the executive team, having been appointed chief marketing officer after working with the company for 18 years.
The second iteration of the venue will offer more food options and space. The wine list features mostly family wineries, small producers, and female winemakers. The venue is scheduled to open October 31.
The green-house styled, 1,500 square foot space, referred to as Trillium Fenway, includes a one-barrel brew system where patrons can watch production. The venue offers 18 draft beers as well as cans to go.
Proprietors LLC, the company behind Death & Co., is the driving force behind this new concept, set to open in November. The cocktail program is a collaboration between Proprietors partner Devon Tarby and beverage director Mary Bartlett, who also owns a gin company, called Future Gin, in L.A. The upscale bar will feature custom cocktails as well as elevated classics.
The team behind East Village wine bar Ruffian plans to open Kindred over the weekend, with winemaker-hosted events for the RAW Wine Fair. The extensive by-the-glass list focuses on Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian selections, and an accompanying food menu will be similarly focused around the Adriatic Sea. A specialty cocktail menu is also on offer.
Degraff, a Certified Specialist of Wine, will be responsible for leading the organization, including leading strategic initiatives, trade partnerships, and consumer events. Based in Booneville, California, the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association’s main goal is to support its 62 wineries and promote wines from the region.
Balagna worked with co-owner Ping Ho of Nest Egg hospitality group to create wine and sake pairings for the food menu, which includes oysters, clams, and rolls, among other items. Nest Egg aims to open the venue in November.
The bar is set to open as a pop-up during Tales of the Cocktail, in July 2020, with a permanent location scheduled for later in the year. Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit’s New York beverage director, said the 12-cocktail menu will replicate the original bar’s offerings.
The jazz-focused wine bar, set to open in spring 2020, will feature a variety of wines, emphasizing those from women and minority winemakers.
Stancliff will be responsible for overseeing Pfendler’s three vineyards, including monitoring grape growth and overseeing vineyard crews, and will start with overseeing the production and bottling of the 2019 vintage. She is also a winemaker Trombetta Family Wines and serves as Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance’s president of the board.
Rebold, a longtime homebrewer, will offer at least 9 of his own brews on tap at the brewpub, including a kettle sour and a fruited gose, among others. The venue is slated to open in November.
Robertis is responsible for hosting private tastings and events, establishing connections with new collectors, and driving DTC sales. Robertis has years of experience, during which she owned her own marketing firm, served in marketing roles at wineries, and worked in public relations.
Brian Huff, the former food and beverage director at AC Hotel by Marriott in Worcester, designed the drinks menu to be locally focused, mostly serving New England-based craft beers and liquors.
Geschwender, who previously served as director of sales for Grgich Hills Estate, has more than 20 years of experience in sales, brand building, and distributor management.
The 4,000 square foot space is set to re-open Mid-October. Flint Whistler, formerly of Rockaway Brewing Co., will be head brewer.
Cate, owner of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, is a rum and exotic cocktail expert, and Sellers is a hospitality entrepreneur who owns two other restaurants, HopCat and Stella’s Lounge. The drinks menu consists of both traditional and specialty tiki drinks and cocktails.
Zimorski joined the Education staff and will teach WSET classes. She currently represents Moët Hennessy Champagnes.
The 4,000-square-foot taproom and brewery will include three bars, a kitchen, a patio, and a 10-barrel brewing system. The venue is slated to open late 2020.
Starting today, Carter is responsible for all business activities, including working with head winemaker Heidi von der Mehden. Carter has decades of experience in the wine business, having served in executive roles for Hess Family Wine Estates and Treasury Wine Estates, among others. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, holds certifications from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and more.
Bartender Matt Belanger and beverage director Tyson Buhler created drinks offerings unique to the location. There will be 25 drinks on the menu, which is organized by categories including “fresh and lively,” “elegant and timeless,” “light and playful,” and “boozy and honest.” Patrons could also order from 1,000 cocktails that Death & Co. has served elsewhere. The bar is slated to open in November.
During King’s 30-year career in the drinks industry, he cofounded Austin Eastciders, served as a VP for Anheuser-Busch and Beam-Suntory, and has held key roles in Twisted X Brewing and BeatBox Beverages. At Great Lakes, he will be leading daily operations and driving the company’s growth and development strategy.
The team behind The Hightower (now-closed), Chad Dolezal and Victor Farnsworth, are converting the space into a bar and record store, with The Hightower bar manager Schnell staying on to oversee the drinks program. For this new venture, Dolezal and Farnsworth have partnered with Dan Pluckett and Blake Carlisle, cofounders of End of An Ear record store.
Markovich worked in the industry for 18 years, holding sales roles for companies including Clos La Chance Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, and Robert Mondavi, among others. He will manage sales and distribution in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Gadabout’s bar features mostly small-batch spirits, including aquavits, mezcals, and shochus, as well as local beers and nonalcoholic cocktails.
Mathieu worked for the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Medoc since 2010, having most recently served as communications manager. Her immediate focus is marketing the launch of the three-tier classification system for Medoc AOCs, including Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, which comes into effect by the end of February 2020.
Bokeh’s drinks menu features classic cocktails, as well as a rotating list of specialty and seasonal cocktails.
Stern, who held executive roles at Crimson Wine Group and Treasury Wine Estates, among others, is now charged with expanding CRU’s wine club and direct-to-consumer sales, as well as securing key wholesaler relationships.
Smith, a 30-year drinks veteran who held positions at Palm Bay International and RNDC, will now oversee IBG’s global sales team.
Monteiro will be responsible for consumer and category insights, innovation, and new product development across beer, wine, and spirits.
Located in the restaurant Tahona—which has an agave-focused beverage program—Oculto 477 will lean more towards classics-inspired cocktails.
Zell is also a co-founder in Chicago-based Intelligentsia coffee. Beverage director Brandon Acuña is responsible for the wine bar and attached bottle shop, which features 60-plus bottles of predominantly natural wine.
The restaurant will be located in the new Hilton-owned Candler hotel, and operated by celebrity chef-turned-restaurateur Hugh Acheson. Thorn and Grubbs, who run beverage programs at Acheson’s other properties, will craft a cocktail and French-leaning wine list.
Rodriguez, an advanced sommelier, will work on the company’s PR and events accounts, tapping his experience in the beverage trade to better work with wine and spirits clients.
The brewery is known for its culinary-style beers, IPAs, and barrel-aged and sour style products.
The label will feature the Nine of Swords tarot card, meant to be interpreted as anxiety and doubt, two subjects common in Malone’s music.
The brewery is known for experimenting with ingredients and flavors, and the tasting room’s 20 taps will reflect that, serving a wide range of brews at any given time. The sprawling space also features indoor and outdoor seating, space for food trucks, and a soon-to-open coffee shop to create an all-day space.
Cynthia Lohr, a second-generation co-owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, named company’s new chief brand officer
Lohr will be involved in day-to-day management of the brand alongside brothers and co-owners Steve and Lawrence Lohr, including managing internal teams focused on direct-to-consumer sales and brand strategies. (Press release)
Applbaum is the former chief marketing officer for Patrón Tequila and Grey Goose vodka, and left his role at the end of August to help build the fast-growing company, which produces cannabis-based products.
Leese’s new role at the distiller and spirits importer—which was founded as Anchor Distilling Co. before being sold to Sapporo Holdings in 2018—will be to bolster the company’s relationships with national accounts.
Soendker has been with Deutsch for 10 years, and in her new role, will be responsible for leading the company’s 125-member sales team.
The Edrington-owned Scotch brand has created a brand-new six-person “Whisky Mastery” team, helmed by Campbell, to build and develop The Macallan’s portfolio.
Called Rhodora, Rich’s new project serves natural wine selections with plans to offer beer, cocktails, and nonalcoholic drinks. The restaurant has partnered with Zero Footprint, an industry nonprofit that helps restaurants offset greenhouse emissions through a number of initiatives.
The vice president of national sales at Skurnik Wines & Spirits publicly announces her move to the supplier tier, where she will help develop the dry-wine spritzer brand.
RNDC also announced other leadership appointments, as regional presidents Mark Moser, Joe Gigliotti, and Taylor Sommer each expand their territories.
Angelis starts the role in January 2020, and will lead the company’s marketing strategy. She most recently served as senior vice president and marketing director for Brown-Forman’s international division.
Robinson will lead the brewery’s sales force and help execute its expansion plans.
Clark and Madero both have extensive international trade and government experience, in Canada and Mexico, respectively.
In her new role, Derton will scale up marketing to support the company’s expansion plans, and help drive brand awareness efforts.
The industry vet’s new bar will feature bottle selections around $35-$45, plus classic cocktails made with local spirits.
Allen will be responsible for daily operations for the Bennett Valley estate and the Healdsburg tasting room, plus DTC sales.
Ferguson was previously senior brewer at Stone Brewing in Escondido, California and helped launch that company’s production facility in Richmond, Virginia.
Haley is the company’s first ever VP of marketing. Her role will encompass strategizing and leading the company’s advertising, creative, and communications efforts.
Monique Huston promoted and Jessica Partington appointed to new positions at Winebow
Both Huston and Partington will assume the title of vice president, spirits for Winebow’s wholesale west and east divisions, respectively. The new roles reflect the company’s intent on growing it spirits business. (Press release)
Miller will be responsible for allocations, pricing and marketing projects, and working with sales members, distributors, négociants, and accounts.
Haywood was a James Beard Award semifinalist and co-owner of the shuttered Kitchen713. He has already crafted 15 new drinks for the cocktail menu.
After working nine years in the wine industry, Zeman is stocking her new wine shop with selections ranging from $10 to $140 retail, working with global female importers or winemakers to represent lesser-known regions.
The committee is made up of executive leaders throughout the three tiers and across the country. It was created to help members push for increased gender diversity and inclusion in the beverage alcohol industry.
Britt Kulsveen, president of Willett Distillery, announces opening of new bar in Bardstown, Kentucky
The bar will feature vintage Willett whiskeys from the distillery’s collections, while bartender Andrew Pope’s bar program will showcase classic cocktails. (Press release)
According to county records, the vineyard was purchased for $12.5 million, and includes 32 acres of planted vineyards, a 20,000-gallon winery, and a residence for the vineyard manager. The new owners plan on creating a new wine label.
Fresnet is the current cellarmaster at Champagne Henriot, where he’s been since 2006. He will continue in his current position until the end of the year before moving to Pernod Ricard-owned Mumm next year.
The restaurant specializes exclusively in Georgian wines, with an extensive list of Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, and kvevri wines.
The husband-wife team, who own another property called Torpedo Coffee, purchased the bar from its previous owners with plans to change the concept. Close Quarters will feature six taps pouring Colorado beers and nitro cold brew coffee, plus a select food menu.
Bruhin will serve on Breakthru’s executive leadership team, overseeing the implementation and execution over the company’s technology strategy.
Justin Catalana, a cofounder and CEO of Fort Point Beer Company in San Francisco, announced the opening of the company’s first beer hall
Fort Point Valencia is set to open October 7, featuring the brand’s line-up of beers but also guest brews, and bar food from chef Eric Ehler. (Press release)
Sullivan is the winery’s founder and managing partner. The winery is set to open on September 27, with eight wines sourced from Sonoma, though the winery will eventually harvest its own grapes—the vines are currently 2-years-old.
The new distillery will focus on distillery operations, while the attached cocktail bar will feature drinks on tap.
The co-owners opened the brewery in the city’s Gateway District, which will serve 33 beers on tap.
Blessing, who most recently served as head sommelier at Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, will be responsible for the training and development of associate talent within the guest relations department.
Opening in October, the shop will be stocked with beer and wine by the glass and bottle, as well as holiday gifts and a small food menu.
He will help manage Wormtown’s growth, which includes the completion of a second taproom location adjacent to the New England Patriots’s stadium.
King will lead the association’s growth efforts, tapping his skills in marketing, public relations, research and government affairs.
Marks will lead the company’s business development goals, create course content, and instruct.
Opening this week, the restaurant will feature Wurster’s inventive molecular gastronomy-inspired cocktails like the Canton of Fribourg, made with gruyere-infused gin.
Michael C. Mathews has joined Round Pond Estate winery as vice president of finance in Rutherford, California
Mathews will oversee all financial operations. (Press release)
The taproom will serve Grammer’s own beer brand, Faith American Ale, which he launched last year.
The wine list is comprised of 150 bottles, of which 65 percent hail from France, with prices starting at $45 ranging up to about $350, though a few choice bottles will be priced higher.
The 80,000-square-foot space will sell more than 1,200 wines, 800 spirits, and 500 beers. The location is the company’s eighth, all independently owned and operated.
The multihyphenate urban winery, restaurant, bar, and music venue will take up 35,000 square feet.
Neptune’s role will encompass consumer and trade tastings, press seminars, and events featuring the FGB portfolio, including Faire la Feta sparkling wines, made in Limoux, France.
Kollhoff has been named director of hospitality and direct sales. Martin’s role will be wine club and member services director.
Chambers & Chambers is an importer and distributor with offices in California and Hawaii. Hogan is the former president and CEO of Henry Wine Group.
The shop will focus on natural and organic wines, along with bread from Tarlow bakery, She Wolf.
Lee Campbell will run the beverage program, which will feature natural wines, craft beer, and classic cocktails.
Belluci, formerly of SoBou in the W Hotel, will create and manage the absinthe-focused cocktail list.
Bozovic has partnered with former Employees Only Miami team members Jesus Perez, Milos Velickovic, Jason Tune, Strahinja Marjanovic, and Nikola Dragojevic in the new bar, which will focus on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as tropical drinks.
The distillery is only one of two certified organic distilleries in Colorado. The second location’s permit does not allow distilling, but it will feature a tasting room and tapas-style kitchen, with Rising Sun’s entire line of spirits on offer.
Pelican Brewing plans to break ground in 2020, with a public opening in 2021. The company also announced its new sustainability measures, like recycling wastewater and other water conservation initiatives.
With 12-plus years of wine industry experience, Ruehle will lead international and domestic sales efforts for the estate-grown, family-operated biodynamic producer.
Phantom Creek Estates, located in the Okanagan Valley, is slated to open April 2020. Francis Hutt has also been named winemaker for the winery.
The wine bar will operate above the Grigri’s existing restaurant, Good King Tavern, and will feature a French-leaning wine list of about 130 bottles.
The breweries—two of Michigan’s largest—will continue operating as distinct brands, and there are no expected layoffs, according to reports.
During the day, the bar will serve kombucha, kefir, and smoothies, and at night, cocktails made with ingredients like goji berries will be available.
Bozzo will lead a newly-expanded team that will focus on retail, on-premise, category development, and national account client services.
Osminkinia-Jones will become the company’s first chief innovation, research and development, and ready-to-drink strategy officer, covering regions for products made outside of Japan, specifically North America.
The winners, all under the age of 30, will range from sommeliers to retail and events professionals.
Deloney’s new role will be vice president of external affairs, tasked with building the company’s government and association relations. He previously served as an administrative commissioner and chairman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
Moreno will oversee all sales management and development for the company. WX Brands develops wine brands for international retailers, sourcing from 14 countries, selling about 4 million cases annually.
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas announced seven new Master Sommeliers in St. Louis
Nick Davis (Medium Plus, Seattle); Mariya Kovacheva (Pernod Ricard, West Palm Beach, FL); Justin Moore (Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas); Vincent Morrow (ONE65, San Francisco); Joshua Orr (Broadbent Selections, San Diego); Jeremy Shanker (Michael Mina, San Francisco); and Jill Zimorski (Champagne Specialist Representing Moet Hennessy Champagne Portfolio, Chicago). (Press release)
Located in the base of the Siren Hotel, Paramita Sound is a duel-concept wine bar-record shop, with a bar program created by Atanassova featuring wine-based cocktails, packaged beers and about 30 wines.
Dean McKillen joins Grassini Family Vineyards as national sales manager in Santa Barbara, California
Prior to his new role, McKillen worked with on- and off-premise wine sales at J&L Wines, where he worked with the Grassini brand for five years. (Press release)
Vallat—who previously served as CEO of Rémy Cointreau’s flagship Cognac brand, Rémy Martin—will succeed Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet as CEO, according to reports. Chapoulaud-Floquet said that she plans to step down by the end of the year.
The popular Champagne-focused wine bar will open this month.
The proprietors also own The Rose, a popular neighborhood wine bar and bottle shop. Their second venture will focus on local gins and an all-natural wine list managed by The Rose’s wine buyer, Katie Fawkes-Moore.
Spurrier, of “Judgement of Paris” fame, will join 60 other international judges to evaluate entries from more than 30 countries. The SFIWC enters its 39th year.
Burroughs Blind and Erik Elliott join Heitz Cellar in St. Helena, California
Blind will take on the role of director of direct-to-guest sales, leading ecommerce, tasting room, and wine club sales. Elliott will assume the title of director of hospitality and education. He was most recently lead sommelier at The Little Nell, under current Heitz president and CEO, Carlton McCoy. (Press release)
Fulton is formerly of Dirty French in New York City and will run the 400-bottle wine list. Pernoi is from chefs Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi, and is opening this week.
The 18,000-square-foot brewery is slated to open in 2020, with a taproom, outdoor beer garden, and special event space.
Spate, who most recently served as lead winemaker and director of Masstige winemaking at Treasury Wine Estates, will oversee the winery’s seven million case wine production.
Towers, who previously held positions at Southern Wine and Spirits and Young’s Market, will take on the role of client solutions specialist.
The pair purchased the property in 2017 with the goal of opening a winery built out of recycled materials, dubbed Deschain Cellars.
Deraisme, who is now responsible for the Loire Valley portfolio, will help develop a global growth strategy for the company’s still and sparkling portfolios in North America, Asia, and Europe.
A graduate of the Appalachian State Fermentations Sciences Program and former brewer at Devil’s Backbone Brewing, Friedheim will oversee brewing operations and also manage the company’s new 2×4 Brew Pub and taproom.
The rosé-only winery was shuttered since spring 2018 due to zoning decision by the board of Southold. The partners purchased the winery in spring of this year for $1.3 million, and reopened after reaching an August 2 settlement with the town’s zoning board.
The brewery’s new location will feature a food menu for a neighboring restaurant, plus 20 taps with 16 devoted to CraftHaus brews and four guest beers, while other products like coffee and wine will also be available.
Owner and sommelier Kuller’s contemporary Spanish-style restaurant will heavily feature wines from the country alongside lowcountry versions of Spanish fare.
The 9,000-square foot production facility will also feature a taproom to serve the signature Belgian-style beers.
Davis will oversee daily operations of the bar and cafe, as well as the attached wine shop. The bar features 150 wines by-the glass and bottle and over 40 sherry and vermouth selections.
The chefs behind world-famous Cosme and Pujol will be opening Damian/Ditroit this fall, which will feature a mezcal bar within the two distinct spaces.
Steiner was a founder and beverage director of the former concept, which champions female winemakers and distillers.
Dante won the award for World’s Best Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this year. The new location will take its cues from Spain’s Basque region.
The natural wine-centric shop will be tucked into the Market Line food hall on the Lower East Side, with an adjacent wine bar
The wine list will source natural wines from California and Austria.
The company produces sparkling CBD drinks in lime, ginger, and cola flavors, which will be used in both cocktails and mocktails. The bar will also serve wine and beer.
The new brewery and taproom will open in 2020, with a production capacity of about 30,000 barrels once operational. The 3,500-square foot taproom should accommodate 300 guests at one time.
The venue’s new name is Seoulju, reflecting its new focus on drinks featuring the Korean spirit, plus a menu of drink-friendly bar snacks.
The other MWs to earn their designation are: Julien Boulard MW (China), Thomas Curtius MW (Germany), Dominic Farnsworth MW (UK), Lydia Harrison MW (UK), Heidi Mäkinen MW (Finland), Christine Marsiglio MW (UK), Edward Ragg MW (China). According to the Institute of Masters of Wine, 14 total members have been added in 2019, bringing the global membership of the elite group to 390.
Fotieo is a Grand Rapids native, and this second location will feature many of the same organic, sustainable, and biodynamic European wines the Brooklyn shop has been known for.
In this brand-new expansion of the Chicago steakhouse of the same name, Caballero will oversee a wine list with 400 selections, about 30 by-the-glass, to pair with chef Danny Grant’s modern steak-centered menu.
The wine list, created by David Keck MS and Rodil, features producers from Spain, Italy, France, and some New World offerings.
The bar within 8Arm restaurant will rebrand into a natural and biodynamic wine bar, with extensive by-the-glass options, plus a gong fu-style tea service. Fryer’s wine program will feature a variety of wine specials throughout the week.
Dubbed Villa One, the tequila is produced at Stoli Group’s Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery by distiller Arturo Fuentes, in Jalisco, Mexico. The brand will be available in silver, reposado, and añejo styles when it is launched in September.
The co-founders, who met as neighbors, started brewing beer in a garage in 2018. The budding brewery currently makes four beers (a lager, a blonde ale, a pale ale and an IPA) with experimental brews in the works.
The wine club will feature mostly California selections upon launch, with such labels as Scribe, Matthiasson, Massican, Kanpai, Marietta, and others. The Drops of God manga has a fanbase of over 300 million people.
Previously the corporate assistant wine director, Smith’s new role will oversee the combined 1,700-selection wine program for both restaurants.
The team behind the New York City bar will open their Windy City outpost in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood this fall, partnering with industry veteran Toby Maloney (of Violet Hour).
Kelly Wheeler is the new Southeast broker for Tuscan Vineyard Imports in Atlanta, Georgia
In his new roll, Wheeler will work with TVI’s Italian portfolio. He also founded distributor Con Vinum, and is currently a senior instructor at Atlanta Wine School. (Press release)
Cabral is a renowned winemaker who garnered the first 100-point score for an American Pinot Noir from a wine publication during his tenure at Williams Selyem Winery. He will continue as director of winemaking at Three Sticks Wines and his eponymous label.
The all-day restaurant from the James Beard-nominated entrepreneur will serve affordable wine and cocktails.
The Italian-American dining spot is owned by restaurateurs Tiffani Faison and Kelly Walsh. Callahan will run beverage, including a cocktail program featuring martinis and a mobile bar cart, while Gaeta will manage the wine program.
Zak Miller promoted to sparkling winemaker at Domaine Carneros, in Carneros, California
Miller has worked at the family-owned winery for 11 years, joining the team in 2008. He will lead daily sparkling winemaking operations. (Press release)
McKendrick will lead SWA’s efforts to boost Scotch whisky’s global exports, among other duties. He previously held a post in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, negotiating on international agreements in the Middle East and North Africa.
Farmer will lead Beck Family Estates’ national sales team as vice president of sales. Marchesi, who managed her family’s winery, Montinore Estate in Willamette Valley, has been appointed vice president of winery operations.
McPherson has been with the company for eight years, most recently as managing director. He will be based in Oakland, California and will lead sales strategies for U.S.-based brands including Beringer, Beaulieu, Provenance, Chateau St. Jean, and Etude.
Weaver will open the new distillery to honor the country’s first known African-American master distiller and brand namesake, Nearest Green. Phase one of the distillery includes a horseshoe bar for sampling and drinking Uncle Nearest whiskies, a full retail store, and a hard hat tour of the space. The distillery will open on September 14.
The two U.S. Air Force veterans opened their 10-acre property in Mill Creek, with a 4,944-square-foot winery.
The three owners behind Paris-style cocktail den, Victor Bar, opened their second spot in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, offering 20 signature cocktails alongside local craft beers from Maplewood, Cruz Blanca, and Begyle.
Teller is the latest celebrity to back an alcohol beverage brand. He will be joining The Long Drink founders founders Ere Partanen, Sakari Manninen, and Mikael Taipale, helping lead creative strategy as the brand grows in the U.S.
The distillery’s first spirit, the Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651, was launched in collaboration with three top bartenders: author Gary Regan, bar owner Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and NoMad Hotel bartender Leo Robitschek.
The restaurant is the first of three concepts to open in Miami by Invest Hospitality, the group behind chef Joël Robuchon’s restaurants. Santana and bartender Dushan Zaric (an Employees Only veteran) will helm the drink program, which will feature non-alcoholic drinks made with vegetable juices, teas, herbs, and other ingredients, alongside proprietary cocktails.
Sophie Burton in as beverage director of Bar Politan in forthcoming Houston food hall
The distillers also own sister brewery, SLO Brew, which will supply the beer to create the SLO Stills whiskey and bourbon.
Panicali will oversee and coordinate Opici’s marketing efforts, including building brand strategy and developing her team.
Sunday’s husband, Jerry Sunday, will run the pot still, and the owners plan to operate a tasting room for its forthcoming gin, rum, and bourbon products.
The restaurant from mother-son owners Yesoon and Danny Lee will offer contemporary Korean fare by chef Angel Barreto, paired with drinks selected by Anova. “Anju” is the Korean term for food to consume with alcohol, so expect large-format cocktails made with soju, plus a global wine list and makkoli (a sparkling rice wine) on tap.
The vineyard was acquired by Maison Louis Latour in 2003. Espitalié was formerly director of operations at La Chablisienne, and winemaker at Cave de Rabastens.
Walther, who works at Jeffrey’s in Austin, Texas, beat out other participants in a three-part wine examination. She won a $2,500 scholarship to be used towards her Court of Master Sommeliers education.
Lopez and her family run the acclaimed Oaxacan restaurant, Guelaguetza, in Los Angeles. When it opens in the Park MGM on August 28, Mama Rabbit will serve mezcal and other agave-based spirits, plus original craft cocktails.
The Moersch family-owned winery, brewery and distillery’s new tasting room will serve Round Barn wines (white, red, sparkling, and fruit wine) as well as its rum, gin, and vodka products.
Haas, who is also a partner and general manager at Tablas Creek Vineyard, will help set the strategy and messaging for Free the Grapes, a national trade group advocating for streamlined direct-to-consumer sales.
Gonzales spent the last two decades with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in a series of leadership roles. He will head up the company’s Western Division.
The wine bar will serve 125 wines, selected by wine director Ryan Cooper. It is the debut project for the Goodnight Hospitality group, which is opening two additional restaurants in the area.
Nelson joins lead brewer Will Arnaiz’s team, which is responsible for producing 8 year-round beers, 3 seasonal offerings, and limited-edition beers under the brewery’s Up & Comers and B-Track brands.
The new bar is a sister to cocktail destination, Hide, where Jenkins currently serves. Toller will feature 12 original cocktails on tap alongside frozen drinks, wine, and beer.
The beverage program leans toward French and Spanish family-owned wineries and small producers, plus cocktails and beer.
The restaurant will feature a varied drinks list of original cocktails, plus beer, cider, and wine by the glass. The restaurant’s namesake Champagne will also be available, for both on-premise consumption or the retail bottle shop.
Erin Robertson joins Round Pond Estate winery in Napa Valley as director of marketing
Robertson will be responsible for the Rutherford-based winery’s marketing strategy, branding, public relations, and digital marketing. (Press release)
Ontiveros’ Rancho de Ontiveros Wine will share space with Cisko Kid, a new restaurant from chef Conrad Gonzales.
Szpigel is joined by four other co-owners with ties to the beverage industry. The brand is positioning itself as a premium product, first entering the market in Miami with four-packs retailing at $9.99.
Fox was elected chair and Warbritton elected vice-chair. Fox is CEO of Henry A. Fox Sales, a beer and wine distributor in Grand Rapids. Warbritton is president of family-owned beer and wine distributor Rave Associates, in Ann Arbor.
The distillery will take over a former brewery space, with plans for a tasting room and bar that will serve cocktails plus guest beers and wines on tap.
The forthcoming family-run distillery will launch with gin, vodka, and rhum agricole products made from local sugarcane, with hopes of bringing tourism to the area.
Champion will lead traditional and digital marketing efforts, plus in-store activations and e-commerce initiatives. BevMo comprises 170 retail locations operating in California, Arizona, and Washington.
The acclaimed bartender will be serving up tiki cocktails and about 230 rums in a 3,400-square-foot space.
Hamilton will oversee a beverage list focused on affordable Italian and biodynamic wines. The restaurant is helmed and owned by husband-wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson (veterans of New York’s Del Posto, Dell’Anima, Per Se, and Le Bernadin, among others)
The new brewery will feature its own products but double as an incubator and experimentation space for other up-and-coming brewers.
The membership-based wine club sells Walla Walla, Washington-grown rosé, Grenache, and Syrah made by winemaker Sean Boyd. Proceeds will benefit the singer’s Looking Out Foundation, a nonprofit that donates funds to a number of causes, including health, civil rights, community organization, and others.
Lever, the brewery’s current operations manager, is taking the reins from Luke Livingston, the company’s founder. Livingston announced his retirement from the brewery on Monday, effective September 13.
Gomez joined the company in 2017 as director of marketing. She is recognized for her work on various fronts, including the company’s private label program, and leading efforts across both wine and spirits portfolios.
The industry vets from such establishments as Hopscotch, Trick Dog, and Bon Voyage are bringing on Tartine Manufactory chef Christa Chase to lead the kitchen.
The company will expand operations to include a craft distillery, coffee and cocktail bar, private event space, and rooftop bar.
Alden holds both Advanced Sommelier and Certified Cicerone distinctions.
The new tasting room with be the brand’s first satellite location in Oregon—Bledsoe Family Winery is based in Walla Walla, Washington.
Gelardi Law will specialize in agribusiness, land use and natural resources law. With ten years of experience, Gelardi has advised wine businesses as well as managed complex land and water development projects throughout Oregon and Washington.
The brewery makes a golden ale, a cranberry sour, and a hazy New England-style IPA, and also doubles as an all-day restaurant.
The forthcoming Blossom Market hall will include Angel & Mason, a beer and wine bar serving local products.
The winery also announced filling other key roles in the marketing and hospitality operations. Lauren Martins has been promoted to associate marketing manager, while Tom Markakis is also joining the winery as the new assistant retail operations manager.
The new Diageo Lebanon Distillery will cost $130 million and will be fully operational by 2021.
The restaurant still awaits its liquor license, but will feature a full cocktail menu when implemented.
The new restaurant from partners behind Coquette will be more casual than its sister, with a focus on Gulf Coast and Southern fare. Beverages include original cocktails, beer, cider, and wine, with bottles maxing out around $40.
The Chicago-based brewery, known for its experimental, botanical-driven beers, will expand into Ohio with a 12,000-square foot space, expected to open in November.
The 100% employee-owned brewery is stepping into the wine space, dubbed the Odell Wine Project, with a projected launch date of summer 2020 for the first products. A new tasting room and wine cellar will be built adjacent to the existing Fort Collins brewery.
The restaurant’s liquor license is in the works, but upon its approval, the beverage program will focus on sake.
After years of “nomadic” brewing, the popular brewery will soon open its doors in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.
Oakes, chef-owner of Boulevard, and Weinberg, a local restaurateur, are joined by designer Fulk in taking over the restaurant from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. Their goal is to reopen by winter 2019, with an Italian focus.
The industry vets (Castañeda is the fourth-generation owner of his family’s cigar company while Basnayake has stakes in various nightlife spots) will be serving 45 different rums, as well as offer a lounge space for smoking cigars.
The restaurant, which started as a pop-up, is the first of three projects by the duo’s Out to Lunch Hospitality group—other plans include revamping neighborhood dive bar Happy Village and opening a new cocktail spot called X. Good Fortune’s wine program will be helmed by wine director Steven Mendivil, with cocktails by bar director Miranda Breedlove.
Both located in the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, the Jean-Georges Philadelphia and JG Sky High lounge will be helmed by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, with an emphasis on French technique and global influences. The 325-bottle wine list will likewise represent France and the U.S., among others.
Micah Ochej joins Tower Brewing as new brewer in Sacramento, CA
Ochej, who spent the last three years at Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks producing wild ales, joins brewer Mike Ungerbuhler at the East Sacramento brewery. (Press release)
The new location is the first Southside to offer full dinner service, including an extensive wine list featuring 36 California wines by the glass or carafe.
The bar features eight cocktails on draft, created by local bartenders, plus a selection of cider, beer, and wine.
Along with wife Natacia, Rodriguez purchased the FLX wine country restaurant, which is known for its commitment to locally sourced food and wine. Rodriguez, who is also executive chef at Glenora Winery, will reopen Graft in the fall with new offerings that tap his Latin roots.
Following last week’s announced joint venture partnership agreement with Young’s Market Company, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has named Jay Johnson region President of YMC, now the Western division of RNDC. Johnson will be based at the company’s Tustin location.
Featuring a 12-seat horseshoe-shaped bar and capacity for 60 people, the cocktail bar’s “farm-driven” menu makes use of preserved and pickled fruits and vegetables, as in the tomato gibson.
Kortbaoui, who grew up in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, will incorporate ingredients from his homeland like jallab (a rosewater and date syrup) and orange blossom water into the beverage menu.
Wanner will over Presqu’ile’s visitor experience as well as direct-to-consumer and wholesale sales.
The winemaker of Bordeaux-style label, Aperture, will build the 23,000-square-foot winery and 6,500-square-foot hospitality center on his 40-acre vineyard.
Master distiller Shannon Mosley will run the on-site distillery, which for now will focus on clear spirits like vodka and gin, eventually working up to single-malt whiskey. The space will also feature a restaurant and bar.
The fifth-generation winemaker behind the successful Meiomi brand will initially launch five wines, four Pinot Noir bottles and one Chardonnay, sourcing grapes from appellations like Santa Lucia Highlands, Russian River Valley, and Santa Maria Valley.
The duo behind now-iconic cocktail den Trick Dog are lending their bar expertise to beverage programs throughout the forthcoming arena, slated to open in September.
The immersive restaurant and bar will run through January features chefs like JJ Johnson and Japan’s Takayoshi Watanabe. Chetiyawardana’s famed London bar, Lyaness, has been replicated in the space, and serves $16 cocktails alongside wine and beer.
Located inside the Equinox Hotel—the first for the fitness and lifestyle brand—and helmed by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, Electric Lemon’s drinks will have a “green” bent, using ingredients like sorrel juice and syrup made from leftover pea shells.
Van de Ven will take over the brand’s global growth strategy. His career includes stints at Diageo, Heineken, and Japan Tobacco International.
Langan joins Sokol Blosser from K Vintners/Wines of Substance in Washington, where he worked the past four years.
Ray Signorello, proprietor of Signorello Estate, announced that he named DiMinno to the newly created position. DiMinno will oversee all domestic and international sales for Signorello Estate, as well as other brands from the Wines of Ray Signorello portfolio.
The brewery’s new 21,600-square-foot facility will feature 18 rotating beers on tap in the large taproom, two private event spaces, and a seven-barrel brewhouse. The brewery will also soon open a restaurant on-site called Fina.
Effective immediately, Clark is taking over the brewery’s production staff and brewing operations.
Hansen will join the organization August 5, with responsibilities encompassing strategic development, financial management, membership recruitment, and community outreach efforts.
Ackerman will oversee the production of the company’s red wines.
JR Velazquez joins Las Vegas-based Toast Spirits as chief financial and operating officer
Most recently serving as worldwide controller at Patron Tequila, Velazquez will head up Toast’s Beau Joie Champagne brand’s growth strategy. (Press release)
The new restaurant from chef Dale Talde will feature European wine and cocktails like a green tea-infused vodka drink. Goosefeather will be located inside the Tarrytown House Estate hotel, slated to open mid-August.
Started as a wine and beer delivery and e-commerce site, the brand has expanded into eight retail locations, selling wine, beer, and spirits alongside food and coffee. The company opened its first Dallas location in June, with plans for a second later this year, in addition to more locations within Chicago.
Founded in 2017 with its first product launched in 2018, Bev is a canned rosé produced in Venice, California. Hannaford was previously vice president of sales of Tequila-brand, Casamigos.
Current head brewer Tom Walsh will retire this fall, handing over day-to-day production duties to Yates. Yates began his career in 2012, and since then won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival for his Kawi Coffee stout and a gold medal from the World Beer Cup for his Dry Irish stout.
The first American outpost for the Aussie Brewery is now open. The 6,300-square-foot taproom is now pouring 36 beers and serving an all-day menu by chef Ian De Leoz. Founded in 2000, Little Creatures was purchased in 2012 by Lion, a subsidiary of Japanese brewery Kirin.
Nahabedian’s list will feature wines from Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece alongside cousin and famed chef Carrie Nahabedian’s southern European-meets-northern African coastal cuisine. The restaurant is slated to open in October.
The project is his first solo opening, with a beverage list made up of Old World wines and craft cocktails.
Samra Morris joins Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Santa Barbara, California, as assistant winemaker
Born and raised in Bosnia, Morris holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Food Sciences from the College of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Sarajevo. Morris was most recently quality control manager for Free Flow Wines in Sonoma, California, which she joined in 2017 as lab assistant. (Press release)
Giuffré was most recently harvest assistant winemaker at Simi Winery in Healdsburg, California, and has served as enologist at Joel Gott Wines in Saint Helena and lab technician at E&J Gallo in Healdsburg.
Terry McNeese has been named general manager and wine director of Blackbird restaurant in Chicago
Taking over management of Blackbird’s award-winning wine list, McNeese’s credits include running operations and building wine lists at Chicago establishments such as Le Sud, The Gage, Bistro 110, Le Lan, and Chicago Firehouse. (Press release)
McManus will be responsible for oversight of marketing, direct-to-consumer sales, and hospitality for both Markham Vineyards and Textbook wines. McManus will also work closely with the in-house marketing teams at both Argyle Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma County.
After running its wine program for eight years, Rolek’s last day at Minneapolis’ award-winning Bachelor Farmer will be August 9.
Knowles joined the brand two years ago as estate manager, and in his new role, will oversee hospitality, sales, and IT, amongst other things.
Along with partners Moshe Schulman and chef Josh Ochoa, the Oh My Gato group’s newest East Village restaurant will source wines from Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy, with food and cocktails inspired by the Adriatic region.
Schiffer will also become CEO of Foley-owned California distributor, Epic Wines & Spirits.
The beverage program will feature local craft brews, small-batch soju, sparkling wine, and non-abv drinks.
Slated to open on July 30, the Capitol Hill wine bar will serve 40 wines, plus cocktails and beer.
Working alongside winemaker Dan Petroski, Heelan will manage the cellars, wine production, and grape-growing, among other tasks.
Slated to open July 29, the wine bar will feature 135 global bottles, many from the Pacific Northwest, available by the ounce, glass, and bottle.
The new Israeli family-style spot from the owner of Bellina Alimentari will feature a by-the-glass and bottle list of wines from Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey. The business opens July 25.
Anne Brown joined Columbus Wine and Spirits as Virginia state manager
Brown will take on sales and education duties for the whole Columbus portfolio, covering the Virginia and D.C. markets. (Press release)
Wente will lead, develop, and execute the Wente brand’s strategic marketing plans. Wente spent four years with Constellation Brands, where she most recently managed a portfolio of luxury and super-luxury wines.
Roth and her husband Steve Marchese are opening their South Side brewery this fall, with an eye toward diversifying the city’s craft beer scene.
The chef and proprietor of Folkart Management said in a press release that the cocktail bar will be located in Optimist Hall, a food hall concept set to open in August, and will be headed up by long-time Billy Sunday mixologist Stephanie Andrews.
Covenant produces both California and Israeli wines. Rochwarger, who lives in Israel, will work closely with the company’s Israeli operations.
Called Yapa and opening in late August, Goldman’s new venture with partner Richie Lopez will feature small plates, shareable dishes, and Nikkei-style cocktails when it opens in Little Tokyo.
O’Brien, who oversees beverage operations for chef Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard restaurant company, will offer a rotating selection of 15 cocktails to pair with the restaurant’s 15 menu items, along with a dozen draft beer taps. Cold Beer opens July 23.
The second location of the Washington, D.C. restaurant will eventually offer a selection of over 200 wines, including 22 by the glass. Valera’s focus is on wines mostly from Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon, which will be paired with chef Ghassan Jarrouj’s Mediterranean cuisine. Agora Tysons is now open.
Lapeyssonnie’s wine program is dedicated to natural wines from small producers all over the world, with around 10 wines by the glass available. L’Accolade is now open.
Williams’s new venture will feature a combination of cocktails, small plates, and desserts, and live and recorded jazz music. Construction on the Provost Listening Room is scheduled to be completed in September 2019.
Ned Benedict, a partner of Grand Cru Selections in New York City, passes away
The wine community is mourning the loss of Ned Benedict, a partner of Grand Cru Selections in New York City, who died unexpectedly last weekend. Members of the wine industry are remembering Benedict as a fixture of the industry, known for his quick wit, strong relationships, and joyful approach to wine—and life.
Benedict fell into the New York restaurant industry in the mid-1980s, falling in love with wine while working his way up through spots like Keens Steakhouse and Bouley and making several pilgrimages to Burgundy, which would become his specialty. He became Aureole’s first wine director before leaving five years later to focus on the Burgundy program as a wine buyer for Zachys. The relationships cultivated and maintained throughout Benedict’s career helped to launch Grand Cru Selections in 2010 with a small but high-quality portfolio, which has grown into one of the country’s most sought-after.
But it wasn’t just his professional accomplishments that made Benedict so beloved by the wine community. Benedict was always looking out for people, his friends and colleagues say, and he had a huge impact on the careers of many in the industry. He never forgot those that he met over the years, and he maintained those relationships over time, always willing to connect people or make a call on their behalf. Laughter and energy seemed to surround Benedict—his sense of humor was “indescribable.”
“Ned was loved by so many people,” says Elise Pfannenstiel, a partner of Grand Cru Selections who has known Benedict for 17 years. “He was such a force and a unique spirit. He will be mentioned and toasted countless times in the years to come. We miss him.”
Green’s wine program will launch with over 2,500 bottles, with a goal of over 3,500 labels after one year. Selby’s opens July 23.
Rice will focus entirely on natural wine at the upcoming wine bar, offering over 100 wines including 20 or so by-the-glass selections, procured with consultation from Jill Mott of Jill Mott Selections. Bar Brava is slated to open fall 2019.
Schoettler, who holds that title for MGM Resorts International, has designed a cocktail program for the upcoming speakeasy contained within Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar that highlights classic cocktails from specific time periods, with an emphasis on Italian ingredients and flavors. The opening is set for August 2019.
Durney’s Brooklyn venture will feature a selection of around 170 natural wines, along with a minimal beer list and classic cocktails. Red Hook Tavern is now open.
Parson, formerly of Agern, is emphasizing organic wines and Japanese whiskey to pair with the Tibetan and Chinese-influenced cuisine of chefs Tashi Gyamtso and Kevin Chen. Red Paper Clip is now open.
Brown, a former brewmaster, will offer an array of craft beers on draft as well as in can and bottle at the new restaurant, along with a selection of wines and cocktails, in addition to hosting wine dinners and educational tastings. Stalk & Vine opens July 20.
Lotz, who also serves as beverage director for Bar Mazzana, and Shore Leave/No Relation, will offer minor tweaks on classic cocktails like the gimlet, along with a selection of draft beer and small-production wines. Black Lamb is now open.
The new distillery and brewery, operated by head distiller Rikk Munroe and head brewer Nathan Rice, will open offering a light whiskey with minimal aging, with plans for a Texas gin as well as straight whiskey in conjunction with a range of craft beer styles. Maverick Whiskey opens July 23.
Hamilton, formerly senior vice president, chief customer and commercial leadership officer at Coca-Cola, will assume the role starting August 5.
Mrotek, formerly the director of drinks at Norseman Distillery, will oversee the bar programs at the steakhouse, while Jeff Rogers, who formerly held the title, has been promoted to beverage director for parent company Jester Concepts.
Fletcher joins the winery, owned by Terlato Wines, after serving as general manager and winemaker at Bien Nacido Vineyards. He will oversee day-to-day vineyard and winery operations in the new role.
The upcoming brewery and taproom will feature over 30 taps from head brewer Tyler Cox, with an anticipated opening in fall 2019.
Bernard Farges elected president of Bordeaux Wine Council
He will serve a three-year term. (Press release)
Kruse has spent the last 13 years at the winery, most recently as assistant winemaker. The move comes as Rob Davis, who has been with Jordan since their inaugural vintage in 1976, transitions into the newly-created role of winegrower.
Farber, formerly the national accounts strategic manager at VINTUS, will be responsible for managing national account programs and initiatives in the newly-created role for the wine importer and marketer.
Didier Porteaud named director of estate sales for Cristom Vineyards in Salem, Oregon
Porteaud is the former general manager and wine director at Portland, Oregon’s RingSide Steakhouse. He will work with director of membership & education Gaironn Poole to launch a year-round ecotourism program, two new tasting salons, and a new garden patio terrace. (Press Release)
Christian Gourdin named district manager, San Francisco for The Winebow Group
Gourdin formerly served as San Francisco area manager for Epic Wine & Spirits before taking on his current role with the national wine and spirits importer and distributor. (Press release)
Murnaghan is the former vice president of marketing at Vans, and joins the northern California brewery, owned by Heineken, to continue to expand the brewery’s reach into new markets.
The upcoming tiki-themed bar will offer flights of rum, tequila, and mezcal as well as a range of classic and updated tiki drinks along with Polynesian-meets-Mexican cuisine. Tiki on 18th is scheduled to open July 20.
Van Aller, formerly regional sales manager at Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, will focus on growing the presence of Ehlers Estate within California.
Garner, formerly the sommelier at Orchids, will oversee the beverage program at he soon-to-open rooftop bar from local restaurateur Juan Imeroni, offering a range of specialty cocktails, wines, and beers on tap. The View at Shires’ Garden opens July 19.
The duo, who co-founded Bar Lab, will offer a wide selection of natural wines and low-alcohol cocktails based around amari, aperitifs, and vermouth when Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar opens this winter.
Farrell, formerly a vice president at Starbucks, is offering two different super-premium blended rums, one white rum and one aged rum.
Robson, who also oversees the beverage program at the adjacent Here Nor There speakeasy, will draw inspiration from European aperitivo bars for the new venture, with a selection of spritz cocktails and natural wines. No opening date has been announced for In Plain Sight.
The wine importer and marketer has also added Danni Lynn Simross as Texas state sales manager, Danielle Clark as a Texas sales representative, and Jules Symon as district manager for Illinois.
Joseph Hernandez named senior editor of SevenFifty Daily in New York City
Hernandez, formerly a senior travel editor at Thrillist and a deputy editor of food and dining, overseeing drinks coverage, at the Chicago Tribune, has joined SevenFifty Daily’s editorial team. As senior editor, Hernandez will help shape the future of SevenFifty Daily, breaking new ground with high-quality content that serves the needs of the drinks industry and showcases the people and ideas moving the industry forward.
Costello serves as the president and chief executive of Stoli Group USA. Namita Malik has also been named global chief financial officer for the spirits company.
Herpst’s promotion from quality assurance manager comes amidst other changes at the longtime craft brewery, including Richard G. Norgrove assuming the role of chief executive from his father, co-founder Richard R. Norgrove.
Mezzetti will offer a wide range of wines by the glass as well as a limited bottle list at the small seasonal bistro and wine bar, which will also host occasional wine dinners. Candor is now open.
Latham previously served as executive vice president, finance, group performance management, at Unilever, and will take on the new title starting in September 2019.
Antoinette Cattani named national market development manager for Ming River Sichuan Baijiu
Cattani, formerly the U.S. brand ambassador for Fernet-Branca, will aim to increase awareness and placements for the Chinese grain spirit. (Press Release)
Schrader, who has been with the national winery chain for five years, is the first female head winemaker in the company, and will oversee production at both Chicago locations.
Timoteo joins the longtime Washington winery after working as a brand and category manager for a UK-based confectionery company. In her new role, she will aim to grow the winery’s national presence and portfolio
Lasseigne New, formerly the assistant manager at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit in New York City, will work to elevate the Long Island winery’s presence in New York City.
Benkovich has been with the subsidiary of MillerCoors for 16 years, and most recently served as the craft and import development director for the Pacific region.
Ingalls will work to incorporate herbs and flowers grown on-site into her cocktail program, along with beer and wine selections. Shilling Canning Company opens July 10.
Kristen Barnhisel named president of American Society for Enology and Viticulture in Davis, California
Barnhisel, also the winemaker for white wines at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, will oversee the research-focused professional society with over 2,000 members nationwide for 2019-2020. (Press Release)
Bitz, a retiring officer in the US Navy, will focus on vodka and gin initially, with intentions of adding bourbon to the roster over time. Aerodrome Distilling is slated to open summer 2019.
The couple, longtime San Francisco industry professionals, will focus the cocktail program on early California influences, while also stocking an ample selection of California beer and wine. They hope to have California Gold open by late summer 2019.
Walsh, formerly the president and chief executive at Pittsburgh Brewing Co., will oversee operations for the parent company of Smuttynose Brewing Company.
Smedley has moved from sister restaurant Daniel to take over the two wine programs, with aims to expand the collection of Mediterranean offerings at Boulud Sud and the large-format offerings at Bar Boulud.
Dennehy joins the wine distributor after serving as sales director at BIBA International. He will be responsible for expanding the current team structure and portfolio offerings, while also overseeing day-to-day operations for the New York and New Jersey divisions.
Caradonna joined the brewery earlier this year as chief financial officer and chief administration officer, and was previously co-founder of O’Fallon Brewery. She replaces the interim chief executive Emily Parker-Lampe, who has been named chief of brewery operations.
Quillé, who last year joined the wine company with holdings throughout the west coast, will continue to serve as chief winemaking and operations officer as he takes over for former chief executive Patrick DeLong.
Wieland, who has been at the Union Square Hospitality Group’s restaurant inside the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan, has taken over the 2,900-bottle list, with intentions to expand the restaurant’s Champagne and West Coast holdings.
Carrillo is overseeing the wine program at the new L.A. outpost, which is based on the original location in San Francisco, and is focusing on wines from Southern California along with an emphasis on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley among the restaurant’s nearly 1,400 listings.
Perez’s cocktail program is divided into three categories, encompassing custom creations, riffs on classic cocktails, and draft cocktails, connected to the restaurant’s Mexican-American theme. Draft beer as well as wine are also available.
Woltz was formerly the wine director at Babbo in Manhattan. In his new role, he will oversee the wine and beverage programs at the company’s four New York locations and one in Denver.
Muse and bartender Tyler Woodard will overhaul the cocktail program at the revamped restaurant from chef Eric Nelson, focusing on Spanish-style aperitif cocktails like the Bamboo and agua fresca, as well as a range of gin and tonics.
Marks, who also owns the sports bar the Vig, will offer 100-ounce towers of drinks like mimosas, bellinis, and sangria along with a complement of beer, wine, and spirits. The Whale opens July 5.
Stamos’s wine program dovetails with the restaurant’s eastern Mediterranean focus with a selection of wines from Georgia, Armenia, and Lebanon, along with selections from France and Italy. Ilona is now open.
Mudaliar, the co-founder of RAM Wine Country Tours, will work to ensure a more consistent brand experience nation-wide, as well as overseeing the winery’s relations with collectors. Emily Floyd will also join Covert Estate as director of hospitality & sales, having previously worked at Ram’s Gate Winery.
The new wine bar, adjacent to Paon Restaurant, will offer over 30 wines by the glass and sport a wine list with more than 650 bottles. Paon Wine Bar & Bistro is now open.
The new wine bar and sipping lounge is located near their other venture, Me Gusta Tacos, and offers a range of wines by the glass and flights, along with small plates. The Local is now open.
Lumsden, owner of fellow Seattle bar Damn the Weather, will focus on Champagne, natural wines, and original cocktails at the upscale diner, slated to open mid-August.
Miller, a former home brewer, will aim to offer four core beers and additional seasonal offerings to fill the taps at his upcoming taproom that’s scheduled to open in late 2019.
The couple, who also operate American Beauty Bistro in Massapequa, will offer a wide selection of craft beers on tap, as well as plays on classic cocktails. Effin Beauty is now open.
McGill, who also owns Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island, will focus on Italian wines and cocktails at the new Roman-style pizza restaurant. Bar Taglio is set to open summer 2019.
The new bar will focus on tiki cocktails, including classic concoctions and creative expressions of rum from around the world. Jungle is scheduled to open July 9.
The duo have been hired by owner Ramzy Hattar to oversee the new Moroccan-inspired cocktail bar, with a range of tropically-themed cocktails and a pair of frozen drinks. Two Wrongs is slated to open July 10.
Bobson joins the wine investment company after serving as marketing manager for the Washington State Wine Commission. In the new role he will support Ackley Beverage Group’s portfolio of brands primarily through digital marketing and ecommerce.
The new Peruvian restaurant, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, heavily emphasizes pisco in the cocktail program. Mission Ceviche is now open.
Keating is partnering with chef David Racicot on the venture, which features a range of custom cocktails that emphasize house-made ingredients and artistic presentations. Bridges & Bourbon is now open.
Elliot, formerly the general manager at sister bar Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company, is focusing on mezcal and other agave spirits at the new venture, which will also feature a collection of Mexican dishes from Guadalajara-based chef Fabian Delgado. Encima is scheduled to open July 5.
Weiss, the founder of Bai Antioxidant Beverages, is offering eight different flavors of seltzer, which are about 4% alcohol by volume. Crook & Marker will soon be available nationwide.
Trumble, a longtime wine industry veteran, will look to expand distribution and brand recognition for the producer of Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deegan will oversee the entirety of the company’s wine and spirits sales organization, and will also serve as a part of the company’s wine and spirits leadership team.
Longo oversees the beverage program at the newly-opened, hybrid French-Japanese restaurant in midtown Manhattan, with a focus on French wines. Longo is also now directing the beverage program at sister restaurant and neighbor Le Jardinier, which opened in May.
Genter, a longtime sommelier, will now oversee food and drink throughout the hotel, including at rooftop bar Nuvolé.
The duo have hired Daniel Baeza and Raul Pool to create a cocktail program for the bar, with a focus on classics like the Mai Tai and Old Fashioned, along with several beer-and-shot combinations. Lowboy opens June 26.
Spence, formerly the chief operating officer at Carlsberg, will assume the newly-created role in October, overseeing global strategy across all categories.
The Gin Bar, located within the Arrive East Austin Hotel, will have a collection of over 50 gins from around the world when it opens July 10.
Evis Savvides in as operating partner at Distill Ventures in New York City
Savvides, formerly president at Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, will focus on planning and operations for all North American operations for the Diageo-backed drinks accelerator. (Press Release)
Megali, an accomplished home brewer, will be aided by newly-hired assistant brewer Jack Haltom at Terre Haute Brewing Company, the nation’s second-oldest brewery.
Schaff was previously a part of the winemaking team at Jamieson Ranch Vineyard. In her new role, she will oversee production for the red blend, which is owned by parent company WX Brands.
Stielow joins the beverage company after serving as head distiller at Breckenridge Distillery in Colorado. He will oversee the operations at the upcoming distilling facility that Eagle Park Brewing Company hopes to launch in late 2019.
The new wine bar in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood emphasizes wines from less-familiar Mediterranean countries like Bosnia, Lebanon, and Turkey, along with French, Italian, and Spanish bottlings. Speakvino is now open
The new cocktail lounge is housed on the second floor of Claudio’s Restaurant, and features a substantial cocktail list along with a private dining wine cellar. Up Stirrs at Claudip’s is now open.
Thacker, formerly the sommelier at the Sagemore Pendry Hotel, is partnering with Corey Laub on the new restaurant, which will focus on natural and biodynamic wines, along with a flight of three different Negroni variants. Coelum is scheduled to open July 1.
The duo, who are also partners in Bond Brothers Beer Co. and Ancillary Fermentation, are launching the new brewpub with an emphasis on classic pub-style beers like IPAs, lagers, and porters. Standard Beer and Food is slated for a fall 2019 opening.
The bar, located inside the former Bozeman Hotel, focuses on classic cocktails and tiki drinks. Room 1 is now open.
The business partners, who own three bars in Asheville, will collaborate with Gar Ragland on the cocktail bar located inside Ragland’s upcoming vinyl pressing plant, which will also feature a cafe and coffee bar. No opening date has been announced.
Lee, formerly the head sommelier at New York’s Eleven Madison Park, will work to make the restaurant’s wine program more accessible, while adding more tiered pricing for wine pairings.
Titcomb, who has been with the company since 2011, is launching the new venture with a range of spirits including gin, akvavit, and whiskey. The new distillery will also feature a cocktail bar with a range of drinks created in consultation with Chicago bartender Nandini Khaund. Three Floyds Distillery opens June 21.
Maffucci previously served as director of operations for the brewery, which focuses on English-style ales.
Binikos, a bartender and visual artist, and Jutras, a photographer and designer, are focusing on visually-impressive cocktails at their new Harlem venture, including using spheres of ice with flowers frozen inside in a few different cocktails. Sugar Monk is now open.
Wilson, proprietor of Verve Wine in both New York and San Francisco, will be partnering with chef Austin Johnson on the venture, which will reportedly be a fine-dining, prix fixe-focused restaurant. No name or opening date has been announced.
The duo will focus on a range of offerings, from creative takes on classic drinks to non-alcoholic cocktails to a wide range of sparkling wines, when Dos Mamis opens June 28.
Finkelman will be working with bartender Hannah Pare on a cocktail menu that will feature a balance of classics and creative originals when The Automatic opens in late July 2019.
Berthoud, a Sonoma native, is a recent graduate of the University of California-Davis viniculture & enology program. She will aid winemaker Richard Arrowood in her new role.
Alonso, formerly the organization’s executive director, Asia, will be based in New York City and will work with new Wines of Chile president Aurelio Montes to further the promotion of and education around the nation’s wine exports.
Pola will emphasize tiki cocktails at the new venture, which will eventually boast a list of over 350 rums, along with custom glassware and large format cocktails for up to 10 people. Esotico Miami is opening summer 2019.
Marchio will focus on hazy IPAs, along with farmhouse ales featuring locally sourced and foraged ingredients, at the new brewery and taproom, scheduled to open July 4.
Espinosa will focus on tropical drinks at the upcoming Santa Monica bar, which will also feature live music nightly as well as DJ sets. Canary is slated to open summer 2019.
The upcoming natural wine bar will be located near Campanale’s existing Prospect Heights Italian restaurant Fausto, with chef Ashley Rath on board. LaLou is scheduled to open in late June.
Riojas is overseeing two outdoor bars with an emphasis on frozen cocktails, punch bowls, large-format beverages, and other summery libations. Lotti Dotti is now open.
The couple, both long-time industry veterans, will focus on wines and craft cocktails at the new venture, which will also offer small plates. No opening date for Law Bird Bar has been announced.
The couple, who own Palo Alto Brewing Co., are focusing on natural wines at the new wine bar, with offerings from France, Spain, and California prominently featured. Salvaje is now open.
Connor will oversee relations with a wide range of national and regional retailers for the family-owned wine importer, marketer, and producer.
The brewery and taproom will focus on Ifergan’s renditions of lagers, raw ales, and farmhouse ales. Ørkenoy is slated for a late 2019 opening.
Johnson is overseeing the second location of the craft-focused bar from founders Jonathan Frank and Dennis O’Connor, which features 20 beers on tap and a selection of house cocktails available at two main bars, along with a smaller upstairs bar called Aloha Cowboy that will focus on more complex cocktails. Home & Away is now open.
Chappellet joined the winery in 2015 as director of operations, but will now be charged with maintaining the winery’s winemaking standards while also formulating a long-term strategic plan for the family-owned estate.
Grimes serves as bar manager at the newly-opened restaurant, focusing the cocktail program on the classic Indonesian spirit arrack, as well as other commonly-found spirits like Dutch genever, as well as a selection of both local and Indonesian beers.
Larkin, formerly a regional manager at Cuvaison Estate Wines, will serve as division sales manager for the north central region, while Laubach, previously southeast regional manager for O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, will take over as division sales manager for the southeast region.
Johanna is focusing on using food ingredients in her cocktails, along with offering a rotating collection of craft beers. The Linwood Restaurant & Cocktails is set to open June 18.
Arce’s newest venture is a live music club underneath her previous venture, Niche Niche, in Manhattan. It features a collection of Champagnes, sake, and craft cocktails, as well as allowing guests to order from the Niche Niche wine list. Special Club is now open.
The quartet, who founded the beverage consultancy Cocktail Cartel in 2015, will launch their first bar August 2019, focusing on creative takes on classics with a nod to Miami’s many cultural influences, along with creative presentations.
Diedrich, who also operates Pacific Cocktail Haven, is drawing on night markets from around the world for inspiration for the new venture. Night Market is slated to open by the end of 2019.
Ferrone previously served as vice president, eastern region for the wine and spirits importer. The company also announced that Tom O’Hara had been promoted from general manager, New York to vice president northeast.
Helena Tubis promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Kelvin Slush Co. in New York City
Tubis formerly served as the director of sales for the Brooklyn-based producer of organic frozen cocktail mix. (Press Release)
Tellez, also the winemaker at fellow Napa Valley winery Sodaro Estate, will oversee the production of Ackerman’s range of organic red and white wines.
Maguire, formerly director of sales for Empire Merchants’ Reserve Group, will look to expand distribution of the canned gin-based cocktail in his new role.
Chapman will focus on local beers and seasonal cocktails to align with chef Mark Liberman’s rotating menu, while consultant Allegra Angelo curated the wine program. Mägo is now open.
The recently-formed partnership will provide consulting to wineries, importers, distributors, and regions, with an emphasis on brand positioning and oenotourism. (Press release)
Rahl, formerly of the Four Seasons, has created a list of signature cocktails for the bar, located inside the Fareground food hall. Beer and wine will also be available when Ellis opens June 10.
Miranda has focused on playful takes on classic cocktails, priced between $12-15, at the newly-opened Manhattan spot. There’s also a selection of beer, cider, and wine.
Laval is teaming with Ignacio Torras and Luis Roger, owners of sister restaurant BCN, to focus on Madrid-influenced drinks. He will offer an extensive gin and tonic menu, along with a selection of Spanish wines, when MAD opens June 19.
Lledó will focus on his Spanish heritage at the new venture, which will replace the existing Slate Wine Bar in August 2019 offering a range of Spanish wines, as well as vintage Port and Madeira. Rachael Buehrer is also onboard as the restaurant’s general manager.
The brothers are collaborating on the project: John Graves owns a pair of vineyards in California, and the venture would largely showcase his efforts, along with other hard-to-find bottlings. The Tasting Room is set for a summer 2019 opening.
Fazio’s cocktail program emphasizes classic cocktails and whiskey, along with a selection of beer and wine. Whiskey & Oyster is now open.
Newton, who also owns the cocktail bar Twelve Mile Limit, worked with bar manager Luis Zepeda on a program featuring wines from cans, boxes, kegs, or corkless bottles in an attempt to minimize waste. The Domino is now open.
Mosier, formerly the vice president of finance for E&J Gallo Winery’s premium wine division, will oversee the wine company founded by Charles Smith, including Sixto, K Vintners, and Substance.
Ornstein oversaw sales strategy for a range of brands for the beer behemoth, including spiked seltzer and energy drinks. The Saint Louis-based company has not yet announced a replacement.
Marold has been with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer for four years; she previously served as head of its direct-to-consumer and marketing programs.
Joe Fortune promoted to chief commercial officer of White Plains, New York-based Mast-Jägermeister US
Fortune, formerly the company’s chief financial officer, assumes the newly-created title to oversee the company’s commercial team as well as overseeing sales and marketing. (Press Release)
The venture, a partnership between Delicious Hospitality and the dating app Bumble, will feature Reynold’s range of 15 wines by the glass along with a bottle selection when it opens fall 2019.
Kinkade, formerly the assistant winemaker at Lewis Cellars, will work with winemaker Steve Ledson on the more than 70 wines that Ledson Winery produces each year.
Antinao, formerly of Bakai Wine Bar, will focus on a mix of local Monterey County wines as well as offerings from Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Argentina, along with a selection of craft beer and cider.
Watkins, formerly the brewery’s chief financial officer, is taking over with the intent of narrowing the business’s focus, primarily on canned beers and its contract brewing business.
The new wine and cheese bar from the operators of Mission Bay Wine & Cheese, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, and Oxbow Cheese and Wine will be located in the upcoming food hall adjacent to the Golden State Warriors’ new arena and is slated to open August 2019.
Dietrich, formerly of Stranahan’s, is replacing founder Dave Pickerell, who passed away in 2018. Blackened is made in partnership with rock band Metallica.
Rouse, the chief executive officer of Braxton Brewing Co., is opening the new barrel house and tap room to allow for increased production of barrel-aged beers. Braxton Barrel House is set to open fall 2019.
The quartet, deeply connected to Seattle’s music scene, are focusing on vinyl records and a wide range of cocktails at the new bar and lounge, which is now open.
Vintner Michael Kennedy launches Vin Fraîche distribution company
Kennedy, founder of Component wine company in Napa, and formerly the head sommelier for acclaimed chef Eric Ripert, will be focusing on wine distribution in the new venture, including the soon-to-be-released wines from Gagnon-Kennedy Vineyards, made in collaboration with winemaker Marc Gagnon. Longtime wine sales professional Doug Banks has also joined Vin Fraîche as national director of sales. (Press release)
Estrin joins the acclaimed producer of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir after serving at associate winemaker at Littorai Wines. He will work with winemaker Steve Doerner on all aspects of viticulture and wine production.
The trio are collaborating on the newly-opened tiki bar, which features a wide range of riffs on classic tiki drinks, along with draft cocktails.
Jason Brandt Lewis in as wine education director at Santa Cruz, California-based Equinox Wines
Lewis, formerly the sales manager for Adventures in Wine, will oversee staff training and public-facing education for the sparkling wine producer. (Press Release)
Turner will focus on Greek and Mediterranean wines and spirits at the upcoming restaurant, set for a June 17 opening.
The cousins will focus on Irish spirits like single malt whiskey, liqueuers, and gin as well as vodka and bourbon at a space adjacent to the existing Surly Brewery. No opening date for O’Shaugnessy Distillery has been announced yet.
Callan, who has served as the winery’s cellar master since 2013, will continue to work alongside winemaker Sherman Thacher to expand plantings and production.
The mother-daughter duo are focusing on classic cocktails at their incarnation of a classic Midwestern supper club, including a version of the restaurant’s namesake cocktail. The Martinez is now open.
The couple, owners of fellow Seattle bars Rob Roy and No Anchor, will focus on natural wines selected by sommelier Bryn Hagman, with a wide selection of wines by the glass and affordably-priced bottles, along with a selection of cocktails. Vinnie’s Raw Bar is slated for a June 14 opening.
The duo will team up with Ping Ho, owner of the Royce and Marrow, on the wine program for their new venture, a small wine bar also offering beer, sake, and cider, which will also feature a menu heavy on appetizers. Mink is schedule to open September 2019.
David Francke named managing director at Napa Valley’s Chappellet
Francke joined the board of directors of the family-owned winery in 2017, but in his new role will oversee all of the winery’s operations, including sales and marketing, hospitality, and strategic planning. (Press Release)
Price, who previously oversaw the whiskey division at Campari America, will look to expand the company’s market presence in the United States.
Ibarra, currently of Celeste, will focus on spirits and cocktails from Latin America at her upcoming bar, which will also feature a menu based on street food from Mexico City. Ibarra is hoping for a late summer opening for Barra.
Gaston, formerly of Clive Common and Pepe Le Moko, will focus on natural and sustainable wines at her wine bar, which will also feature small bites and craft cocktails. Bar Diane is scheduled to open August 2019.
Rosenstiel, formerly director of marketing at Round Pond Estate, will assume the newly-created position to oversee all marketing, branding, public relations, and social media efforts on behalf of the family-owned winery.
Monti and Waller, former school teachers turned home brewers, will feature 20 rotating taps as well as a home brew shop at their new taproom, slated to open May 31.
Kaplan, formerly of Sake Bar Decibel in New York, partnered with chef Charles Namba to focus on sake at the new bar and restaurant, which features a wide range of sake available by the glass and bottle. Ototo is now open.
Gabbett has been with the brewery for a decade, most recently serving as head of the barrel, brewing, and cellar program.
Pollock launched the distillery with her brother and parents, and the new tasting room will offer a full bar along with space for classes and other events. It opens May 29.
Boerger will be the company’s new vice president of national sales for off-premise accounts, while Miskiewicz will serve as senior director of national accounts for on-premise accounts. The duo replaces outgoing vice president of national sales Bridget Lasda.
Zivanovic oversees beverage operations for the company’s 14 locations around the county. This is the second Austin location for Perry’s, which is now open.
Rigler, formerly the retail director for the wine and spirits wholesaler, is replacing retiring president Jim Howard in overseeing operations in Indiana.
Demarville, currently the cellar master at Veuve Clicquot, will take over from the retiring Michel Fauconnet at the Champagne house at the end of 2019. No replacement for Demarville has been announced.
Ferraro, formerly of Fazeli Cellars, will work with the Bien Nacido Estate and Miller Family Wines to both market and sell the wines, with a particular focus on the direct-to-consumer market.
Bernbach will design the beverage programs at Max Kuller’s two new ventures: Oyster Oyster, an oyster bar that will feature herbal cocktails and biodynamic wines, as well as Estadio Charleston, which will feature an expansive gin and tonic program as well as a selection of sherries. Both Oyster Oyster and Estadio Charleston are slated for summer 2019 openings.
Kristi Devine appointed director of hospitality and sales at Brand Napa Valley
Devine, previously with Covert and Fantesca, will oversee those departments at the 100-acre property founded in 2009. (Press Release)
The bar and music venue will feature a range of craft cocktails, along with a selection of draft beers and wines. Bartender Leo Gutierrez will run the bar program. Valencia Room opens May 25.
McCartney oversees the wine program for the combination restaurant and retail shop, which also includes space for wine classes and cooking demonstrations. Lead bartender Derek Hoch is overseeing the cocktail program.
Crowe is overseeing the wine program at the 17th location for the seafood and steakhouse chain, where he’s selected over 200 wines, with an emphasis on California, in addition to the 150 wines the chain stocks at all locations.
The duo will open the wine and amaro bar in the historic Ingraham Building in downtown Miami in fall 2019.
The cocktail bar, located in Manhattan’s East Village, focuses on mezcal, tequila, and rye to pair with Mexican-focused small plates and street food. The Cabinet is now open.
Friedman, also the president of Philly Wine Week, will oversee the category for the restaurant company. Her newest project is the upcoming charcuterie bar and pizza restaurant Alimentari, set to open in June 2019.
Harris, formerly the head bartender at Gramercy Tavern, has focused on tropically-inspired cocktails that take cues from 1950s-era drinking culture at the new Manhattan bar, which is now open.
Chou’s cocktail program draws inspiration from his family’s sister restaurant, Yen Ching Chinese, while also offering craft beer, wine, and a limited menu from Yen Ching’s kitchen. Bei Lounge is now open.
Pearce, currently the head bartender at Aba, will look to create new takes on classic cocktails while also emphasizing waste reduction. Her husband, Jonathan Meyer, will serve as head chef when the restaurant opens this summer.
Dixon, who also is head brewer at sister brewery Magnuson Brewery in Seattle, will focus on a range of beers with a Korean influence, to accompany the new brew pub’s Korean cuisine. Kobrew is set to open June 2019.
The new facility, set to open on May 25, will allow the brewery to produce up to four times as much beer as their initial facility, which opened in 2014. In addition to a core roster of four beers, the new tap room will feature guest beers and a selection of cocktails, along with a full kitchen.
Wall, previously the assistant winemaker at the Applegate Valley estate winery, will now oversee winemaking and viticulture, as the winery pursues Demeter biodynamic certification.
Willers has focused on house-made canned cocktails for the newly-opened bar atop the Jacquard Hotel, as well as beer and wine.
The bar will serve as a companion to her Italian restaurant centro, and will emphasize a wide selection of amari, with 30-40 being available as well as heavily featured in house cocktails. Bar centro opens May 22.
Fredricksen will offer a wide range of beer styles at the taproom, which will also contain a live music space. Thesis Beer Project is aiming for a July 2019 opening.
The trio, who own and operate several restaurants and bars in Paris, have focused on cocktails that draw from French aperitif culture, New Orleans history, and Caribbean influences, as well as a mostly French wine list dominated by natural and organic bottles. Bar Marilou is now open.
Parker, who founded the Wine Advocate in 1978 and eventually and became the most influential wine critic in the world, has slowly ceded his review and editorial duties this decade.
Cross, formerly the wine director for Culinary Lab restaurant group, will now oversee the wine program at the restaurant, which is located inside Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
The duo will focus on bourbon and rye whiskey when the combination distillery, cocktail bar, and event space opens in summer 2019, followed by vodka, gin, and rum.
McCrea, the longtime winemaker at McCrea Cellars, will focus on local wines, including wines from Spanish varieties he produces under the Salida label. La Vida Wine Bar opens May 17.
The duo will center the cocktail program at the new bar atop the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg around fruity, low-alcohol cocktails inspired by Italian aperitivo culture. Lemon’s is set for a May 22 opening.
Edwards, most recently the chief operating officer and executive vice president of sales for Foley Family Wines, will work out of the wine distributor’s Benicia, California offices to expand Winebow’s operations and sales in the state.
The duo, who have been brewing their range of mixed fermentation sours in a small facility nearby, will open the taproom with a range of sour beers on May 17. The new space will also allow Dirty Couch Brewing to expand production.
Fuller was previously with Accolade Wines, and will look to drive growth for the Sydney, Australia-based subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, which produces wines in the United States, Europe, and Oceania.
The new wine bar will offer 1,500 wines by the bottle when it opens in fall 2019. Carlin Karr will serve as wine director while Carla Klein will be the lead sommelier, focusing on off-the-beaten-path wines from both the Old and New World.
Rosa, who also operates two locations of the bar and bottle shop Pint Sized, will also offer a small selection of spirits and craft beers along with a range of wines. Post Wine Bar + Kitchen is scheduled to open May 24.
Luther will focus on a mix of classic cocktails and original creations at the 11th-floor bar, which is slated to open atop the Conrad Hotel on May 20.
Emborski, a long-time sommelier in the coastal and northern Virginia region, will oversee wine operations at the three restaurants on the property: Grain, Saltine, and Varia.
Prokoshyn, formerly of Pearl and Ash, now oversees the wine program at chef Daniel Boulud’s iconic Upper East Side French restaurant.
Kennedy will offer riffs on classic cocktails like the Last Word, while restaurant partner Eduard Seitan is responsible for Cafe Cancale’s selection of wines, drawing largely from France. Cafe Cancale is now open.
Fowle, who will be based in London, will aim to help the auction house, which currently focuses on wine in the beverage alcohol world, expand into the spirits realm through single-cellar sales, direct consignments, and live auctions.
Smith, formerly a co-founder of and brewmaster at San Diego’s Societe Brewing Company, will oversee brewing operations at the new venture, slated for a summer 2019 opening.
The trio, who operate the acclaimed Death & Co under the name Proprietors, LLC., will open a rooftop bar with multiple spaces, including an outdoor patio with a separate cocktail program from the interior bar, though both will draw on local ingredients and influences. Sparrow opens May 16.
The move comes as former chief executive Rich Lindsay departs the brewing company best known for the Smuttynose Brewing brand. Broom is the owner of Runnymede Investments, which purchased Finestkind in March 2018.
Sammons, who also owns wine bar 13 Celsius, will aim to make this new wine bar more approachable to patrons who might find wine bar culture intimidating. How to Survive on Land and Sea is scheduled to open July 2019.
Ramos, formerly of The David Burke Organization and Bobby Flay Restaurants, will oversee the food and beverage programs at the convention center.
Wilson most recently served as winemaker at Napa’s Vine Cliff Winery. He will oversee all aspects of winemaking for the family-owned winery in Rutherford, which focuses on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Gong, also the owner of fellow cocktail bar Copycat Co., has designed a loosely tiki-themed cocktail program to pair with his Sichuan food menu. Astoria is now open.
Potts and fellow co-owner Brian Nasajon have revamped their previous venture, Boombox, and turned it into the cocktail and coffee bar, which will feature Potts’s cocktails, which paying homage to Miami’s cultural and culinary history. The Sylvester is now open.
Cristal will oversee sales for the wine company in East Coast states and the District of Columbia. He was previously an account manager at Vintage Epicure in New York.
Gonzalez has created a list of approximately 100 wines to pair with chef-owner Brad Kilgore’s classic American cuisine, with wines from around the globe, most under $100. Ember is slated to open May 2019.
Schlegel, a former sommelier, will focus on wines from his newly-purchased vineyard in Piedmont, Italy at the new venture. Schlegel is also the co-founder of Snooze, a chain of 37 breakfast-focused restaurants throughout Colorado, California, Arizona, and Texas. Attimo is targeting a Fall 2019 opening.
Gordon, who founded the craft brewery along with partner Dean Biersch sold a large portion of his stake in the company in 1995, but is now heading an investment group that has acquired a majority share in the company.
Morrow will oversee the wine programs on site, including a selection of more than 900 wines from France and the U.S., at upcoming fine-dining restaurant O’ by Claude Le Tohic, and a 75-bottle list of international offerings at the Bistro at One65. Both restaurants are aiming for a June 6 opening.
Wood, who has spent 15 years with the winery, was previously an assistant winemaker, but with the promotion of Steve Peck to director of winemaking, Wood will now oversee all red wine production for J. Lohr.
Tilbury, formerly the Pacific regional sales manager for Hope Family Wines, will oversee sales for the spirits importer in 12 western states.
The husband-and-wife team will emphasize regional Italian wines and amari on Ca’ Lucchenzo’s beverage list and feature a selection of housemade pastas on the food menu.
Michael Shearin named VP of sales at LaBarge Winery in Lompoc, California
Shearin, formerly the California sales manager for Golden State Wines based in Van Nuys, will now oversee sales for the estate winery. (Press Release)
McNeill will focus on wine service, food, and sales education for the McDonough, Georgia-based full-service beverage distributor, which has wholesale operations in Georgia and Alabama.
Jahnke is focusing on original cocktails with house infusions at the royalty-themed bar, which will also offer weekly cocktail classes. King of Cups is scheduled to open on May 9.
Thorpe, who was previously the chief executive officer at Pabst Brewing Company, will aim to expand Lion’s presence and sales in North America, as well as assist the company in purchasing and investing in existing North American craft breweries.
Mahaffey, formerly of Diageo and Treasury Wine Estates, will oversee wholesale sales on the west coast for the wine producer, which has wineries in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Eisenberg will oversee the bar program at the rooftop bar, which is scheduled to open in downtown Detroit in late May. The Monarch Club will feature craft cocktails along with wine, beer, and small plates.
Perrin previously served as chief marketing officer at Bel Brands USA. He will oversee brand management and digital marketing for Ste Michelle.
The equestrian-themed bar emphasizes sustainability and zero-waste principles. The beverage menu offers riffs on classic cocktails and a selection of organic, biodynamic, and natural wines. Run for the Roses is now open.
The move comes after Signorello announced the retirement of its longtime winemaker Pierre Birebent. French previously worked at Dalla Valle Vineyards in Napa. She is joined by fellow new hires Celia Welch, the consulting director of winemaking, and Steve Matthiasson, the consulting viticulturalist.
Keene, previously of Knights Bridge Winery, will assist in overseeing production of the winery’s To Kalon, Napa Valley, and Oakville bottlings.
The duo will convert their former restaurant, The Garage, into a beer-focused bar and bottle shop with over 30 taps. Shine Beer Sanctuary is slated to open July 2019.
The location will be the third for the distillery, based in Union, Maine, which focuses on using local ingredients in their gin and other spirits. The tasting room is schedule to open May 22.
Tyree, the head sommelier at Mavens & Aficionados in Chicago, was the only person to pass the exam in this most recent round of testing by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Blaney, previously the director of brewing at Mason Ale Works, will oversee recipe development and day-to-day operations for the upcoming brewery and event space, which is scheduled to open summer 2019.
Fein, previously with Constellation Wines, Jackson Family Wines, and Banfi Vintners, will focus on developing and managing major on and off premise retailer programs for the company, which produces wine from a number of different California appellations.
Dempsey, a long-time and award-winning home brewer, will offer a range of beers for the new venture, scheduled to open summer 2019.
The couple will focus exclusively on California wines at their new Brooklyn wine bar, which will feature a wide range of varieties and appellations from the state’s many wine growing regions. They aim to feature over 100 wines by the glass and bottle. Coast and Valley opens May 1.
Pilcer-Pitman, formerly director of retail development and strategy for the longstanding craft brewery, will replace the outgoing Bryan Simpson, who spent 21 years with the brewery, effective May 10.
Johnson’s wine list will focus on bottles from Italy at a wide range of price points, while beverage director Monique Cioffi-Hernadez will lean on Italian spirits for her cocktail menu. B.B. Italia is slated to open May 2.
Will Jones named NYC sales consultant for New York-based David Milligan Selections
Jones, formerly a wine representative at International Wine and Craft Beer in Birmingham, Alabama, will aim to increase New York metro area sales for the wine importer.
Soma, a sake expert who also serves as the restaurant’s chef, will offer flights of sake along with bottles available for retail purchase when Hannyatou opens on May 7.
Michaels will be joined in the venture by brewers Elliot Kehoe and Bryan Harris, all of who met working together at Denver’s Great Divide Brewing. The new venture, set to open fall 2019, will also feature a restaurant incubator and test kitchen.
The duo will focus on agave-based tiki cocktails at the new venture, which is slated to run at least six months, and will also feature house made syrups and juices. Tropical Thunder opens May 2.
Kownacki will focus on grapes from Michigan for his urban winery, along with mead and cider production. Tasting flights and glass pours will also be available. Detroit Vineyards opens to the public May 3.
Colliau, formerly the bar manager at Long Now, is focused on technical flourishes at the new cocktail bar, stirring drinks with digital thermometers to measure dilution and hand-cutting ice, as well as offering a range of in-house-made canned cocktails. Here’s How is now open.
Montero’s cocktail program focuses on house-made syrups and mixers to pair with the cocktail bar’s eponymous spirits. Tequila & Mezcal is now open.
Lloyd, who also owns the restaurant Salted Slate in Providence, will be replacing his existing Mercer’s Delicatessen with the new wine bar concept, slated to open on Thursday, May 2.
The couple launched the urban winery and tasting room in support of their wines, previously made at a custom crush facility. The new venue will support tastings and bottle purchases, along with hosting live music and other evening events. Coomber Craft Wine is now open.
Hanson, formerly a member of the board of directors, has resigned from that role in order to take charge of the wine and spirits division starting on June 3. Hanson was previously the chief executive officer at John Hardy Global Limited.
Prifold, previously a hotel consultant, replaces the outhgoing Brandon Anderson in the role. He will continue the restaurant’s focus on smaller producers to sit alongside some of the best known wines in the world.
Hakkinen’s new project will focus on French spirits like Cognac, Armagnac, and eaux-de-vie as the basis for cocktails, along with a collection of Champagne and other French wines. Roquette is scheduled to open late summer 2019.
DeHass, along with her husband David Fritzler, is focusing on natural wines and craft beers and ciders at the newly-opened restaurant and retail shop.
Chacon-Rodriguez, formerly the director of operations at Safe Harbor Wines in Napa, California, will oversee crush operations and wine production at the university, as well as instruct students and assist in wine research and trials.
Hoover, who serves as director of beverage for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, will focus on domestic and French wines at the newly-opened Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, while she will emphasize sparkling and white wines at Lincoln Social Rooftop, which is slated to open April 30.
Kirmse’s wine selections draw largely from France and California at the new fine-dining restaurant, while bar manager Tyler Groom has emphasized an extensive selection of martinis on the cocktail list. The Vault is now open.
Burns, who previously served as brewer at Garage Project Brewing in Wellington, New Zealand, joins the Idaho brewery as it prepares to open a new 30-barrel brewing system, with a focus on European beer styles.
Maniace, who also oversees the wine program at sister restaurant Che Fico, will offer over 200 bottles , which can also be purchased and taken home, with an emphasis on hard-to-find Italian wines from smaller producers. Che Fico Alimentari is set to open April 30.
The upcoming cocktail bar and Vietnamese restaurant, slated for a winter 2019 opening, will feature a list of 15-20 cocktails with elaborate recipes and presentations, often calling on obscure ingredients and Asian influences.
The new restaurant and bar from restaurateur Teddy Sourias will focus on natural wines and cocktails to pair with the menu, which is inspired by street and comfort foods, with 8 cocktails on draft to go along with 20 beer and cider taps. Blume opens on April 25.
Vann is focusing on natural wines at the new spot from restaurateurs Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu, which is now open.
Short, previously the president at Florida’s Major Eagle, Inc., will fill the chief executive role vacated nearly a year ago by David Pillsbury’s departure from Canarchy, the nation’s eighth largest craft brewery.
Bennett will oversee the drinks program at the newest venture from restaurateur Danny Meyer, housed in the newly-opened Hudson Yards development. He will focus on creative takes on classic cocktails at the all-day bar, which also features a wine list from Union Square Hospitality Group’s sommelier John Ragan. Cedric’s is set to open April 24.
McKee assumes the new role while former master distiller Pamela Heilmann transitions into serving as master distiller emerita and distillery manager Matt Bell replaces McKee as distiller. The moves will take effect May 2019.
The new venture, which will be coupled with an expanded brewery and tap room, will feature Rouben’s beers in a fine dining setting with food from new executive chef Jared Wentworth. Rouben will explore different presentations, ages, and temperatures for beer service during the 10-course tasting menu. The Dining Room is set to open summer 2019.
Thomas will oversee the restaurant’s bar program in the new role, and will emphasize sustainable cocktails and fresh ingredients on her menu.
Gilla, the founding winemaker at Forgeron Cellars, will focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah at the new winery, which is set to open to the public on April 27 and is owned by Spanish wine company Bodegas Valdemar.
Bradbury, who joined the company in 2007, will continue to oversee Precept’s partnerships with key accounts in the new role, while also working to develop new national business for the wine producer.
Sheehan, formerly of Chelsea Brewing in New York City, partnered with owners Tom Rachelski and Steve Bauer on the brewery, where he’ll feature six permanent beers as well as a rotating selection of seasonal brews. Ghost Hawk Brewing Company is now open.
Hobbs, a former sommelier, will eventually offer around 250 wines at the newly-opened wine shop, along with a selection of wines by the glass and small plates.
Stevens previously was vice president of wine in the state of Georgia for the wine and spirits distributor.
Klus, co-owner of La Moule and the original curator of spirits at Multnomah Whiskey Library, will offer a wide range of spirits in addition to beer and wine. Scotch Lodge is set to open May 2.
Smith’s cocktails will focus on original recipes using unique spirits like Bolivian brandy, along with small-production wines that will also be available for retail purchase. Baker’s is scheduled to open on April 29.
Tatum joins the bourbon distillery, owned by Stoli Group USA, after serving as vice president and director of portfolio innovation at Brown-Forman.
Hanover serves as beverage director for Manhattan’s Sister City hotel, where he’ll also preside over the beverages at soon-to-open Floret. The rooftop bar, offering cocktails, beer, and wine, is now open.
Gorsky, previously the vice president of marketing for Pernod Ricard, will now oversee sales in Washington, D.C. for the second-largest wine and spirits distributor in the country.
Cooper’s wine bar will feature over 400 bottles, as well as an extensive wine-by-the-glass selection, charcuterie, and other small plates. Velvet 49 is scheduled to open on May 3.
Gonzalez designed the cocktail program around flavors and ingredients from the Amazon, to match with chef Enrique Limardo’s Latin American cuisine. Seven Reasons is now open.
Warthen and her husband Paul, a chef, have taken over ownership of the farm-to-table restaurant where they’ve worked for the last two years. The deal becomes official on April 29.
The pair of homebrewers will offer a wide range of beers, including multiple stouts and IPAs.They are aiming aiming for a late May 2019 opening.
The expansion, which took four years to complete, allows the bourbon distillery to produce double the quantity of spirit it was previously capable of, as well as to expand its offerings of higher-proof bourbon. The new facility is now open to the public.
Coronado will oversee the bar program at the third D.C. location for the Cuban restaurant, with an emphasis on Caribbean classics like the daiquiri, piña colada, and Cuba Libre, plus draft cocktails. Colada Shop is scheduled to open in fall 2019.
Debeaulieu, formerly of 00 Wines, will oversee winemaking at the new winery from Beck Family Wines. The property consists of 60 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines and a state-of-the-art winery still under construction. Abbott Claim will release its first wines in early 2020.
This is the fifth location for Berendt and partners Reed Clemons and Beth Lasita. The newly-opened spot features 50 wines by the glass and over 200 by the bottle.
Schwenk has focused on unique takes on classic cocktails, like a cream soda old fashioned or a Cosmopolitan made from all recycled ingredients. Vandyke Bed & Breakfast is set to open April 19.
Ball, owner of the cocktail bar Garage, next door to the upcoming modern Mexican restaurant, will be designing the cocktail program, which will offer Mexican-inspired twists on classic cocktails. No opening date has been announced for Comedor.
Stewart, formerly vice president of marketing at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, will assume the same role at the craft brewery, overseeing marketing strategy as well as planning new product launches.
The new tasting room will allow guests to taste and purchase the honey wines the duo produces, as well as try various mead-based cocktails. Recolte Meads is now open.
The brothers, who currently own Batch Craft Beers & Kolaches, intend to add brewing their own beer to the business. They’ve brought in Heath Shuford to take charge of their IPA program, with an emphasis on small batch and rotating brews. Batch Brewing is scheduled to open in June 2019.
Uku will curate the selection of wines at the upcoming shop, which will connect to a large garden and seating area where patrons can consume bottles they’ve purchased. Cocktails and wines by the glass will also be opened. Saint Vincent is set to open in fall 2019.
Mitchell, who formerly worked at the wine-focused neighborhood restaurant, will now oversee operations, with a continued emphasis on affordable European wines as well as a wide selection of Champagne. Dudley Market is now open.
Jacobs will work with national sales manager Justin Taliaferro as a part of the newly-created national sales team for the newly-launched division of Thornhill Companies.
Fraga will be overseeing the beverage program at the first Midwest outpost of chef Michael Schwartz’s restaurant company. She’ll emphasize Old World and classic styles of wine, along with classic cocktails and beers. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is scheduled to open on April 12.
The couple will seek to explore Cheung’s childhood in the north of Hong Kong at the new restaurant, where Thompson, the beverage director and general manager, has designed a cocktail program around batched cocktails that utilize flavors from Hong Kong’s cuisine, as well as plenty of cognac. Queen’s English is now open.
Parsons, who also operates Whole Cluster Consulting, has designed the wine list to highlight bottles from chef Christophe Émé’s home in France’s Loire Valley, with the remainder of the list focusing on the rest of France, Europe, and California. KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant is now open.
Abbott, beverage director for Hill Restaurant Group, is overseeing the revamp of the restaurant company’s previous restaurant, the Mexican-themed Tio Javier. The new venture will focus on tiki drinks and frozen cocktails to compliment the large rooftop deck. Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille is set to open in late April 2019.
Dunaway, previously the head sommelier at the restaurant housed within the Little Nell Hotel, replaces outgoing wine director Carlton McCoy in overseeing the restaurant’s 2,800-bottle list.
Ramirez, a long-time Milwaukee bartender, will split his cocktail menu between classics, remedies, and a rotating selection of themed cocktails. The Mothership will also feature draft beer. It is scheduled to open April 18.
Teubner, formerly vice president of U.S. sales for Tequila Casa Dragones, will join the two-year-old brand to lead all national sales, brand strategy, and marketing efforts. (Press Release)
Alex Holman in as winemaker at Notre Vue Estate Winery in Windsor, California
Holman, formerly of Rack and Riddle, will take over production of the winery’s estate bottlings. Notre Vue also named Daniel Charles as viticulturist and Kirk Tomiser national sales and marketing manager. (Press Release)
The rooftop bar, contained within a greenhouse atop chef Matt Baker’s restaurant Gravitas, will offer a drinks menu that features gin and absinthe, as well as offering the full wine list from Gravitas. The Conservatory is slated to open late spring 2019.
The trio, owners of two locations of craft beer bar Craft + Carry, have opened within the Turnstyle Underground Market, contained within a midtown Manhattan subway station, offering beer and cocktails, with pub fare soon to come. Merchant’s Gate is now open.
Kempland, formerly marketing director at Louisville Distilling Company, is in as the managing director for the producers of Papa’s Pilar dark and blonde rums, while Myatt is in as chief communities & conservation officer.
Linsey Weinstein, formerly of Rebel Rebel and Wine Bottega, is overseeing the wine, amaro, and spirits program at the new bar focusing on whiskey-based cocktails and natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. The Quiet Few is now open.
Wiznitzer, formerly of The Seamstress and Dead Rabbit, will design the cocktail program for the 13th-story bar atop the soon to launch The Kixby hotel in Manhattan, which is slated for a May 2019 opening.
Mondavi will now serve as director of chains off-premise, west for the family-owned wine company. Additionally, Spencer Tirschek has been promoted to director of national accounts on-premise, and the company also added Christopher Mouriski, formerly director sales operations for Treasury Wine Estates, as sales vice president, west.
Carnes joins the craft brewery after serving as east coast regional manager for Chicago-based Revolution Brewing. In his new role, he’ll seek to expand DC Brau’s profile in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
The brothers, owners of fellow Dallas restaurants Veritas Wine Room, Boulevardier, and Rapscallion, will be offering a dozen local beers on draft along with a curated wine list and a full cocktail list emphasizing popular classics like the Aperol Spritz and Boulevardier. Hillside Tavern is now open.
The new space within the hotel will allow for private dinners and wine tastings, with an inventory of over 30,000 bottles of wine. The Cellar is now open.
The new facility will allow the distillery to offer tours and tastings to the public, as well as increase production of the company’s gins and vodka, with rye whiskey to come as well. The new facility is slated for a June 2019 opening.
Eason, formerly the chief operating officer at Serrallés USA, will officially take over the head role at the luxury tequila producer on April 16.
Eagle, formerly the wine buyer at Wine Club in San Francisco, will offer coffee and wine at the newly remodelled space, with a limited food menu to come. Breck’s is now open.
Zaremba, beverage director for Boka Hospitality Group, is emphasizing classic cocktails at the new 65-seat bar inside the Hoxton Hotel. Lazy Bird opens April 4.
Quimby is overseeing the bar program at the newly-opened rooftop bar situated on top of the Virgin Hotel in SoMa. His cocktail list features unique creations with an emphasis on larger-format cocktails. Everdene is now open.
Comfort joins the California winery association and promotional body after having previously founded The Artemis Group, a planning and consulting firm for the wine industry.
Meisler, who joined the spirits importer in 2009, previously served as sales director. In his new role he replaces outgoing chief operating officer John Eason.
Coursey has been with the fine wine importer since 2015, starting off as northeast division manager. In her new role, she will manage the company’s national sales teams and distributor relationships nationwide.
Empson, the daughter of founder Neil Empson, will now manage all operations for the Italian wine exporter Empson & Co. and its subsidiary import companies.
Vargas, one of several partners in the new modern Mexican restaurant and bar, has created 20 different margaritas for the bar, which will also offer a range of Mexican and craft beers. Peso is set to open mid-April 2019.
Munroe, formerly of Ben Milam Whiskey, is overseeing the soon-to-open distillery, which will focus on whiskey but will also produce gin and beer. Maverick Whiskey is scheduled to open later in 2019.
Moreno, who also owns Moreno’s Liquors, is opening the Latin-influenced cocktail bar with an emphasis on agave spirits, including bottles from his collection of rare and old tequilas, mezcals, and whiskies. Osito’s Tap is scheduled to open June 2019.
Stanton, who previously worked for apparel company Under Armour, will lead the government relations team for the beverage alcohol company, as well as oversee community affairs, the company’s charitable and social responsibility arm.
Poulsen was on board when the winery launched in 2006, but left in 2013 to serve as director of winemaking and executive manager at Acumen Wines. Current winemaker Jean Hoefliger will transition into a role as consulting winemaker.
Johnson, previously the marketing director for Purple Wine & Spirits, will oversee all marketing efforts for the company’s range of national brands and private label wines.
Lopez, who along with her family owns the Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza in Los Angeles, will feature a wide range of tequilas, mezcals, and agave-based cocktails when Mama Rabbit opens in late July 2019.
Caradonna has spent over 25 years in the brewing industry, most recently as general manager for O’Fallon Brewery. In her new position, she will oversee daily administrative operations for the producer of Schlafly Beer, as well as managing company-wide financials.
Baladi, who previously served as chief operating officer for the spirits producer and distributor, has been with Beam Suntory for eight years. He replaces Matt Shattock, who is now the chairman of the board of directors.
The new property will allow brewmaster Larry Foor to expand the brewery’s capacity from a five- to fifteen-barrel system, which will provide beer to the couple’s multiple restaurants and outlets. It’s scheduled for a summer 2019 opening.
Abraham oversees the beverage program at the recently-opened cocktail bar, contained within the loft of larger D.C. bar Sign of the Whale. The cocktail program features on classics, with some custom riffs on classic formulations. The Ella Grace is now open.
The wine program at the relocated steakhouse offers a similar, but smaller, set of selections at the new Upper East Side location, with the same emphasis on California Cabernet, Bordeaux, and Burgundy.
The new venture from Chetiyawardana replaces his award-winning Dandelyan, which will feature a list of seven core ingredients that guests can choose from to assemble a cocktail. Lyaness is now open.
Guy, who also owns Anna’s Fine Wines, will offer a wide range of wines from both the New and Old World at the upcoming fine dining restaurant. Alice’s Restaurant will also feature a wine bar and wine cellar. The venue is scheduled to open May 2019.
The two sisters, daughters of Peju Province Winery founders Tony and Herta Peju, will focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Carneros winery, which opens to the public on March 29. Sara Fowler is on board as winemaker.
Adam Duley, a longtime home brewer, will serve as master brewer for the new venture, which is currently offering other local beers on draft. Duley’s intention is to focus on small-batch and seasonal beers.
The bar, opening on March 28, will offer a combination of tiki classics and custom riffs on those classics. Donnally previously operated the tiki bar Drift Lounge in Scottsdale from 2002-2012.
Lysyj joins the brewery after serving as the U.S. president for Welch’s Foods Inc. She will oversee the planning, development, and execution of the company’s brand development, marketing, and advertising initiatives.
The couple, who also own Tujague’s Restaurant and Bar Frances, will focus on wine, cocktails, and charcuterie at the new venue, which will also feature an outdoor courtyard. Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar is set for an early May 2019 opening.
The bar will have a special focus on sustainability efforts, such as minimizing waste, and ethical business practices that revolve around inclusive employment and competitive wages. Morris, formerly of The Pontiac in Hong Kong, is designing the cocktail program. The proprietors are hoping for a late April 2019 opening for Expo.
The wine bar will feature 30 wines by the glass from around the world, as well as a selection of bottles for retail purchase and a menu focused on pizzas and charcuterie. Whim Wine Bar is scheduled to open in June 2019.
Day, previously the global chief sales officer at Diageo, will oversee operations for the large beer distributor. Outgoing chief executive Raymond Guerin will continue to serve as chairman of the company.
The move, set for April 1, comes after Bacardi Ltd. acquired Patrón Spirits a year ago. Going forward, president of Bacardi North America Pete Carr will lead both groups, while Wilson will remain a senior advisor to Patrón Spirits.
Green previously served as global chief of staff for the international craft beer company. BrewDog also announced the promotion of Tanisha Robinson to chief disruption officer.
Sergio Ungureanu promoted to wine director at SER Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia
Ungureanu will oversee the beverage program at the acclaimed Spanish restaurant, with an extensive, all-Spanish wine list. (Press release)
Schor and Split-Rail restaurant general manager Michelle Szot will open the cocktail bar in the basement of the restaurant, with a wide range of spirits, wines, and beers available. Szot and Schor are looking to launch Dorothy in summer 2019.
The venture, located in an Atlanta suburb, will focus on distilling gin and vodka at first, while also serving as a modern art exhibition space. Watson intends to eventually add whiskey and liqueurs to the product line at the Distillery of Modern Art, scheduled to open fall 2019.
Sloan will focus on local wines at the upcoming venue, which will also feature a full bar and craft beer. Bloom is targeting a late spring or early summer opening.
The duo have been working on the project for four years, with seven beers on draft to start and Detroit-style pizza based on a recipe that Johnson, a Detroit native, perfected. Assembly Brewing opens March 29.
The cocktail and natural wine-focused bar will replace Sourias’s previous venture, a cider and beer bar named Cinder Copper & Lace. Sourias is targeting an April 2019 opening for Blume.
Schmiege, formerly assistant brewmaster at Deschutes Brewing, was hired by the brewery’s new owners, father-and-son duo Bruce and Andy Rhine, who acquired a 75% share of the brewery in October of 2018.
Eaves, who serves as master distiller for recently-opened Castle & Key Distillery, will utilize the remodeled train station as a cocktail bar and tasting room for visitors who want to further sample the distillery’s products. Taylorton Station is now open.
Gowan, formerly the brewery’s head brewer, assumes the role in the wake of the departure of founding brewmaster Travis Smith, announced March 22.
Lowe will oversee the wine program at the Italian and Polish restaurant co-owned by baseball manager Joe Maddon and chef Tony Mantuano, while Ken Pritz will run the cocktail program. Maddon’s Post is set to open spring 2019.
Perry, previously the east coast sales manager at Diamond Wine Imports, will head up the Napa Valley winery’s national sales and distribution efforts.
The couple, Portland bar industry veterans, will focus on beers on draft, with a particular emphasis on oak-aged beers, though a full bar will also be available. Tulip Shop Tavern is slated to open May 2019.
Wunder, previously vice president of spirits sales at Constellation Brands, will head up the Kula, Hawaii-based distillery’s sales efforts in the United States and Canada.
Barrington was formerly the chairman of Altria Group, which owns approximately 10% of the multinational beverage giant. Other newcomers to the board include Cecilia Sicupira, daughter of former board member Carlos Alberto Sicupira, and Xiaozhi Liu.
Ragonese, who previously served as the Salt Lake City brewery’s chief marketing officer, replaces outgoing president Steve Mills. Ragonese will seek to bring stability to the struggling company, which has seen a decline in market share and the departure of several executives over the last few years.
Peha, who had previously headed up the event’s private barrel auction, will now oversee the entire operation, which is the third largest charity wine auction in the United States, which raised over $4.3 million in 2018.
The team behind the bar Sundry and Vice will offer a combination of craft cocktails, coffee, and a co-working space at the new venue, which will feature two different bars, with larger-format cocktails and wines being more central to the menu. Comfort Station is scheduled to open summer 2019.
Joyce, previously regional general manager for Uber US & Canada cities, will look to bring her experience with customer recruitment and technological development to the beer, cider, and hard seltzer producer.
Racine will oversee a service team composed exclusively of sommeliers to serve chef John Fraser’s three-course modern American menu, with a wine pairing or pairings accompanying each course. 701West, located inside the recently-opened Edition hotel, launches March 19.
Collins previously served as distillery supervisor at Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery. He will oversee production of the distillery’s five different whiskies.
Flug joins the alcohol e-commerce company after serving as general counsel to the New York State Liquor Authority in hopes of allowing Drizly to continue to expand its reach and offerings throughout North America.
Sundh joins the acclaimed bakery as it adds dinner and wine service to its offerings. She will focus on sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines to pair with the establishment’s Scandinavian influences.
Gallagher will succeed the retiring chief executive, Clay Gregory, effective May 1, taking over operations at the tourism marketing organization.
Feist was previously the vice president of sales for the U.S. at French winery Gérard Bertrand.
The new venue will offer over 20 beers on draft, as well as classic and frozen cocktails and a wide selection of wines. Manny’s Grant Park is set to open on March 22.
Campbell, previously the resort’s director of outlets, previously spent over two decades with Walt Disney World in their food and beverage division. He will oversee food and beverage operations at the golf resort’s clubhouse, rental properties, and event spaces.
Esposito has previously helmed High West Distillery, as well as serving as president of Bacardi USA, Moët Hennessy USA, and Stoli Group USA. The move comes amidst a series of changes to the distillery’s board and executive team.
McShea, a partner in Grind & Prosper Hospitality, will offer unique takes on classic New Orleans cocktails like the Vieux Carre and Ramos Gin Fizz, as well as larger-format punches. Louisiana Purchase opens March 15.
Wood has been with the wine company since 2016, when he was hired as vice president of operations.
Fitzgerald, formerly of Gramercy Tavern, will be teaming with Momofuko’s beverage director Jake Lewis on the new project, set to open on March 15 in the new Hudson Yards development in midtown Manhattan. Fitzgerald’s wine program will focus on France and rising stars in the New World.
Mayeux will focus on approachable cocktails and beer at the music-themed bar, which will also offer record raffles and have an extensive record collection on hand. Long Play Lounge opens March 18.
Bell, an accomplished home brewer, will open the brewery and tap room inside the former Exeter Sun-Gazette warehouse with an emphasis on blonde ales and IPAs. Bell Craft will open later in 2019.
Weston will oversee the rooftop bar, and will be partnering with chef Chris Ono. Sorra is targeting a summer 2019 opening.
Vanessa Rae in as wine director at Boston’s Eastern Standard
Rae, previously the assistant wine director at Union Square Cafe, and the head sommelier at Chefs Club, will now oversee the wine program at the brasserie, which focuses on classic European wines and unique domestic offerings. (Press Release)
Dezzutti, the chief executive officer at Charleston, South Carolina’s Striped Pig Distillery, will be producing vodka, gin, tequila, and whiskey in the space within upcoming development The Stables. It will also feature a tasting room and distillery museum. No opening date has been announced.
Greene, an author and former brand ambassador for William Grant & Sons, will work with head brewer Jordan Osborne and master distiller Marlene Holmes to expand the reach of the distillery.
Croskrey, co-founder of the Spokane’s Bellwether Brewing, will continue his focus on historically-inspired beers with an emphasis on local ingredients. No opening date for Kith Fermenations has been announced.
Asimont has spent over 20 years in the California wine industry. In the new role, she will work directly with winemaker Stephanie Jacobs to manage the winery’s holdings of nearly 600 acres of vineyards.
Flynn’s cocktail menu offers his personal takes on classics like the Old Fashioned, along with a selection of original creations. Paper Daisy is now open.
Sullivan, a veteran of the New England restaurant scene, will operate as the metro Boston sales representative for the Italian wine importer and wholesaler, maintaining existing accounts while seeking to open new ones. (Press release)
Stewart, previously the area sales director, Asia Pacific for Delicato Family Vineyards, will look to develop the global export market for the winery, particularly in Asia.
McGrath, who formerly oversaw the US wine department for Bonhams, will aid in growing the company’s Bay Area business, lending her years of expertise in assessing and valuing private wine connections.
Lukic previously served as vice president of on sale at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. In the job, Lukic will work with proprietors Georges and Daniel Daou in overseeing all sales channels.
Wilson, founder of the Austin-based Wine for the People, will use the new space as a tasting room for her wine brand, as well as it serving as wine bar, bottle shop, and education space. Citizen Wine is targeting a 2020 opening.
Buenaventura, formerly of Knee High Stocking Company, is focusing on a range of cocktails from classics to original creations, with a robust selection of dessert cocktails. Currant Bistro is now open.
Chattan will replacing the retiring Dennis Hill, who founded the winery in 2006. She has previously worked with other Sonoma County wineries Ridge, Cline, and Geyser Peak. Hill will remain a consultant to the winery.
The two co-owners previously worked together at Trifecta Tavern, and will focus on affordable cocktails in a casual setting, aiming to strike a balance between craft cocktails and a neighborhood bar. 5 & Dime is set to open March 13.
Kurtz, formerly the president at Bai Antioxidant Beverages, will work with chief executive officer Ben Weiss and the rest of the leadership team to inform the company’s strategic vision.
Pierce and her husband Luke will focus on unique and creative cocktails and unusual wines, with a particular emphasis on orange wines, at the upcoming bar. No opening date has been set for Law Bird.
Peachey joins the wine producer and importer after serving as vice president for brand strategy and direct-to-consumer marketing at Kosta Browne. She will oversee the newly-formed and growing fine wine division at Fetzer.
Andrew Brooks serves as the brewer for the new venture, which will mix classic beer styles with more experimental brews and barrel-aged beers. Talking Cursive Brewing Co. opens March 7.
The new iteration of the bar, called Magpie, will offer a range of lower-proof cocktails along with a few stronger drinks, and will keep later hours than the previous incarnation which opened in late 2018. Magpie is set for a March 15 debut.
Berg, formerly of Wicked Wort, is partnering with Dan Herman and Andy Rutledge on the new project, which will produce a wide range of beer styles available in the taproom. Falling Knife Brewing Co. is slated to open later in 2019.
The couple, owners of the popular wine store Bay Grape, will offer a three-course, $29 supper inspired by the cooking of Stacionis’ grandmother. Baldivino will create a small, global list of affordable bottles along with a reserve list of more special wines. Mama is scheduled to open June 2019.
Coleman was previously the director of bottling at Trinchero Family Estates, and will oversee processes and communications as a member of the winery’s executive team.
LaCharite, a veteran of Maine’s brewing industry, will focus on Belgian-style beers, mixed fermentations, and barrel-aged beers. Brewery Extrava will open summer 2019.
The distillery will produce a range of spirits, from vodka and gin to bourbon and blended whiskey, as well as beer and wine. Quick will oversee guest experiences at the distillery, slated to open summer 2019.
Rodil will join the restaurant company as it prepares to open three new restaurants in Houston in 2019. As vice president of operations at Austin-based McGuire Moorman Hospitality, she opened the eponymous June’s and has created beverage programs throughout the company. She will retain her stake in June’s.
Bartram, who was previously the fine wine strategic account manager, central division for Delicato Family Vineyard, will oversee national off-premise account sales, as well as regional wholesale in the southwest.
The two long-time home brewers and brothers-in-law will focus on split-batch brewing, aiming to offer 15 different beer styles. HopWin’s Brewing is slated to open spring 2019.
Rush, formerly a regional sales manager for the winery, has been promoted to director of off-premise national chain accounts, while Mowforth will now be director of on-premise national accounts.
Westhoven, who joined The Family Coppola in 2003 and previously served as vice president of national accounts, will oversee domestic and international sales teams for the company’s wine, spirits, and food brands.
Steiner, who also is co-owner of Himitsu, and Bran-Leis, owner of Taqueria Del Barrio, will emphasize a Latin vibe and women-owned products at the upcoming cocktail bar and wine garden, slated for a late April opening.
Montgomery previously served as vice president of business to consumer sales at Nespresso U.S.A., and joins the wine preservation technology company as it looks to expand its global sales and utilization.
Gerber assumes the newly-created role within the wine importer and distributor after his 2018 departure from the New York distributor he co-founded, Martin Scott Wines.
Farrell will oversee the cocktail and wine bar titled Show of Hands housed within the larger dining venture, where he will focus on lower-proof drinks featuring housemade spirits like limoncello, vermouth, and absinthe. The Roost is scheduled to open fall 2019.
Pape, who has been with the Italian wine importer since 1991, most recently served as senior vice president, national sales manager. Pape is being replaced in that role by Steven Menter.
Atcharawan’s newest venture focuses on Riesling, Champagne, and Chablis to compliment his modern Thai cuisine. Lamaii is now open.
Hall now oversees beverage service at the complex’s numerous restaurants and bars, as well as banquets and events.
Acre, owner of Air’s Champagne Parlot and Tokyo Record Bar, will host $40 wine tastings that can turn into dinner parties with an additional purchase, with visiting winemakers and other luminaries in attendance.
Demers, also owner of Montreal’s Coldroom, will base the upcoming bar on traditional British pubs, with an emphasis on unfiltered and non-carbonated beers and cocktails inspired by the 1850s. Parliament is scheduled to open spring 2019.
The duo have been operating the brewery on a contract-brewing basis for the last two years, but through crowdfunding intend to open a physical brewery and taproom in early 2020.
Ketelhut is partnering with Jacques Driscoll on the punk rock cocktail bar, which will feature a selection of classic cocktails as well as a few originals. Bagley Central is slated to open April 2019.
Weinstein, along with her husband Joshua, will emphasize natural, organic, and biodynamic wines at the comfort food-focused restaurant, along with whiskey-based classic cocktails and amari. The Quiet Few is scheduled to open March 2019.
The couple, along with their son Kai, focuses on European wines served in a casual, living room-style setting. 1915 Wine Cellar is now open.
Arline will compile a list of approximately 100 wines from around the world to compliment the food of chef Eric Bost, as well as offering beverage pairings to go with the multi-course menu. Auburn is scheduled to open March 15.
Porter intends to triple brewing capacity for the upstate New York brewery, both by purchasing the Gilded Otter in New Paltz, a brewery and restaurant, as well as building a new facility in Pine Island, New York.
Bensch, the founder of Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing, will be developing the new brewery concept situated inside the upcoming My Yard Live entertainment and restaurant space, which will feature an arcade, outdoor play area, and concert venue in addition to the restaurant and brewery. My Yard Live is scheduled to open June 2019.
Brosseau will be producing estate bottlings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc under the Brosseau Wines label, centered on his family’s estate within the Chalone AVA in Monterey County.
The couple, owners of two other Charleston restaurants, will emphasize Spanish wine and food at the new venture, slated to open on March 5.
Wine importer Edward Lauber passes away
Laubner, the founder of New York-based Laubner Imports over 25 years ago, emphasized wines from Europe, California, and South America. Laubner was 87 years old. (Press Release)
Master of Wine Mary Gorman-McAdams named director of the International Wine Center in New York City
Gorman-McAdams also works as a wine consultant, educator, and judge, and will assume oversight of the organization’s academic programs as well as business growth and general management when she formally assumes the title on May 1. (Press Release)
Cedeno was selected to be the first participant in the soon-to-open food hall’s bar incubator program. Lockwood Station, which will focus on mid-century classics, will operate inside the food hall for one year before seeking a permanent home elsewhere in Houston.
Cooper was formerly with New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, Michigan, and will aim to continue Champion Brewing’s growth and expansion in Virginia.
The duo opened the bar with minimal fanfare last week, with an emphasis on straightforward cocktails, sherry, and draft beer to compliment the selection of housemade charcuterie. Nommo is now open.
Edouard Maijot of France, Nicholas Jackson of the United States, Brendan Jansen of Australia, Jonas Röjerman of Sweden, Harriet Tindal of Ireland, and Jonas Tofterup of Spain were all given the title after passing their final exams and completing their research papers.
Hammond will serve as head distiller at the soon-to-open distillery and farm-to-table restaurant. Pacific Coast Spirits’ offerings will include a wide range of products, with multiple gins, brandies, and whiskeys on offer as well as vodka and agave spirits. Pacific Coast Spirits is set to open spring 2019.
Faghani previously served as eastern regional sales director for fellow Napa Valley winery Truchard Vineyards & Winery. In the new role, she will oversee sales for the estate’s domestic and export markets.
Whelan, previously of New York-based Skurnik Wines, joins the direct-to-consumer wine platform to attempt to grow their portfolio of small-production wines.
The bartending duo, originally from Los Angeles, will focus on Caribbean-inspired cocktails as well as classics, with nods to tiki as well. Dalila’s is set to open February 26.
Salazar spent over two decades at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was instrumental in introducing wild ales and wood-aged beers to American consumers. In the new role, he will oversee the brewery’s production of those styles.
Douglas’s cocktail program incorporates sweet, savory, and herbaceous cooking ingredients into many of the cocktails, which are inspired by dishes like a spicy Thai salad. Hank’s Oyster Bar is now open.
Miller also serves as the vice president of sales and marketing for Santa Maria, California-based The Thornhill Companies, which farms grapes throughout the Central Coast appellation.
Roche will join the online wine retailer founded by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble after serving as chief operating officer at The WineTasting Network. She will look to lead the company through an anticipated high-growth phase.
Quimby, formerly of Michael Mina Group, will oversee the bar program at the soon-to-open rooftop bar in the newly-launched Virgin Hotels SF. Everdene is set to open March 2019.
Wilson will aim to develop branding and sales strategies for the company’s spirits portfolio in the newly-created position.
Bamforth is a brewing and malting scientist who retired from the University of California-Davis in 2018. In the newly-created role he will evaluate all aspects of beer production as well as provide staff education and training.
Mingers will oversee operations and planning for the international wine and spirits trade fair, which now also has iterations in China and southeast Asia. Mingers previously served as senior project manager at ProWein from 2011-2015.
McCoy joins the iconic winery after previously serving as wine director at Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado. McCoy intends to expand the offerings and brands connected with Heitz’s vineyard holdings throughout the valley.
Breslin joined the Victor, New York-based beverage alcohol giant in 2010, most recently serving as vice president, digital marketing. In the expanded role she will lead the company’s media, e-commerce, and digital marketing teams.
While avoiding the natural wine label, the bar will focus on natural wines and other wines with interesting stories at the wine bar, slated to open in spring 2019.
Lucchetti, previously the import specialist for the Estates Group at Young’s Market Company, will be responsible for sales to key on- and off-premise accounts in northern California.
Larkin, previously the senior vice president, Americas at VOSS Water, will focus on increasing on-premise sales for the wine group, owners of Great Oregon Wine Company and Duck Pond Cellars, among other labels.
Jazayeri and partner Joshua Lewin will be teaming up on their second restaurant, with Jazayeri running the wine program with an emphasis on smaller producers from Italy and Spain, along with other Mediterranean selections. No opening date has been announced.
The trio, who famously run fellow New York bar Death & Co., will be collaborating on the small, hidden bar inside the lobby of the Hotel 3232 in midtown Manhattan. The cocktail menu will feature categories devoted to the four traditional elements, priced between $14-16. Lost Hours opens February 15.
Piotrowski will launch the brewery and taproom with six different craft beers in a space intended to foster community engagement, with an outdoor beer garden and commercial kitchen to follow. Delta Beer Lab is slated to open in late February 2019.
Schemanski will oversee wine pairings to accompany the restaurant’s frequently-changing tasting menu, along with collaborating with bar manager Paul Fradeneck on cocktails and beer.
McGrew served previously as the vice president, corporate communications for the Victor, New York-based beverage alcohol company. In the new role he will continue to lead and oversee the company’s communications teams.
The Bamboo Room will have 22 seats and will focus on tableside service of cocktails and more technically demanding and time-consuming drinks. The Bamboo Room opens February 14.
The couple will launch their brewery and taproom on February 16 with 20 taps, including five of their own beers, with the rest featuring breweries from around Florida.
Tucker is a recent wine school graduate who will serve as head vintner at the new project, which will work with grapes from Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington. It will also feature a large tasting room and smaller tasting lounge. Decant Urban Winery opens February 13.
Massar previously served as eastern regional sales manager for Cuvaison Wine Estates. In her new role, she will be responsible for on- and off- premise sales for the producer of estate-grown Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The small oyster and wine bar will offer a selection of beer and wine to go along with oysters from both the West and East Coasts when it opens this summer.
The couple, who also own the gastropub Hopfields, have launched the Latin American-inspired cocktail bar along with general manager Pedro Carvalho, with an emphasis on in-house ingredients and responsibly sourced products from Central and South America. Nicolaza’s is now open.
Harris, formerly the chair of Pennsylvania’s House Liquor Control Committee, has joined the beer trade association in the newly-formed position to lobby for the modernization of Pennsylvania’s liquor laws, through outreach to and engagement with the state’s many craft breweries.
Baker has previously held similar roles with other Napa Valley wineries including Chateau Montelena and Grgich Hills Cellars. In the newly-created role, he will look to expand the reach of the 20-year-old winery.
Robichaud, along with his children Colleen and PJ, will focus on fine wine and tastings in the space that previously housed Robichaud’s tool store. They will offer collectable and back-vintage wines with an emphasis on Bordeaux and Champagne. Joe’s Liquors is now open.
Stasinowsky, along with his parents, sister, and brother-in-law, are renovating a 100-year-old church to house the wine lounge, which will offer a proprietary wine list app as well as iPad menus to facilitate education. Mary’s Vine is scheduled to open in April 2019.
Kidd serves as head distiller for the newly-launched distillery, which current offers two different kinds of vodka and gin, with bourbon and American single malt whiskey to come later. The space also features a cocktail bar and kitchen. Storyhouse Spirits is now open.
The couple will offer 40 wines by the glass at the soon-to-open wine bar, which will also offer craft cocktails and local beers.
Pfriem, who serves as brewmaster and is one of the co-founders pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon, will oversee the construction of a new production and warehousing facility in nearby Cascade Locks. This second location will allow for higher production capability as well as the installation of a canning line.
Varga, who spent 20 years as a sommelier at the Four Seasons in Boston, has created wine pairings for the restaurant’s three-course tasting menu, as well as a selection of craft cocktails. Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is now open.
Capps joined the winery as director of hospitality & marketing in 2018, but will now run all day-to-day operations at the winery, including creating a food pairing menu, as well as traveling to represent the brand across the United States.
Both are longtime members of the San Diego craft brewing scene: Mark Saldivar spent twenty years working for the San Diego Brewing Company, and Rebecca Saldivar has worked in numerous breweries in the area. The Hop Stop will be a kid- and pet-friendly beer garden and kitchen scheduled to open spring 2019.
Slingsby will serve as head brewer for the aviation-themed brewery. The new brewery and taproom will feature an airplane fuselage as a key part of the decor, and will feature a dozen beers from the brewery on draft. FlyteCo Brewing is scheduled to open on March 2.
Burns was previously the associate winemaker at fellow Willamette Valley winery Brittan Vineyards. He replaces Jesus Guillén, who passed away in late 2018, and will maintain Guillén’s practices in the vineyard and winery.
Sullivan and bar director David Fisher are preparing to launch the coastal Italian restaurant with Australian restaurateurs Jason Scott and Robert Marchetti. The duo also currently operate Peppi’s Cellar, located under the main restaurant, with a focus on Italian wines and amari.
Gilbertson is also the North American vice president of mergers & acquisitions, treasury, and corporate real estate for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He becomes one of the two board members appointed by AB InBev as a component of their minority ownership of the beer company.
Thaheld’s company, Snake Oil Cocktail Company, will manage all concessions at the newly-opened Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, which will house the La Jolla Music Society and produce a range of musical performances.
Dustin Chabert, the Illinois market manager for DNS Wines and a sommelier at Spiaggia, won the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale’s inaugural U.S. competition after two days of blind tastings, food pairing suggestions, and wine service conducted in a second language. Chabert will compete on behalf of the U.S. at ASI’s Best Sommelier of the World 2019 competition in Belgium in March.
Walsh was previously the vice president of commercial strategy and on-premise for Treasury Wine Estates. In her new role, she will oversee all marketing efforts for the winery.
The two will oversee the beverage program at the restaurant, cocktail bar, and cafe development coming to the office park in the San Diego suburb. The venue will also feature two acres of outdoor space with fire pits and bocce ball. The Florence is set to open March 2019.
Steinhauer previously ran Napa Valley-based 6539 Consulting, and will be charged with providing leadership and implementation of marketing and brand-building initiatives for the Central Coast wine region’s promotional efforts.
The new location, which will also feature a beer hall, rooftop bar, and event space, will allow O’Cain to experiment with a wider range of beer styles, including hazy IPAs, fruited sours, and other wild sours. The space is slated to open to the public summer 2019.
Patricia and Grewal will partner on the wine and craft beer bar and retail shop. Patricia works as a Champagne specialist for Moët Hennessy while Grewal previously worked at fellow San Francisco wine bar Birba.
Racine is overseeing the wine program at the newly-opened restaurant within the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will be offering wine pairings to compliment chef John Fraser’s vegetable-focused dishes, as will bar director Salvatore Tafuri.
De Ranieri is partnering with chef Brian Burns on the Spanish-themed restaurant, which will focus on the cuisine and beverages of coastal Spain, with classic Louisiana influences as well. Costera opens February 6.
The new distillery, set to open on February 8, will offer vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum, as well as a cocktail bar that will feature beverages made from the distillery’s spirits. Tours and tastings will also be available.
Mueninghoff will manage major wine states and target new retail and restaurant accounts for the importer of French wines. She was previously the central regional manager at Craft + Estate, a fine French wine-focused importer.
Amodeo, the founder of amaro distillery Don Ciccio & Figli, will unveil the new cocktail bar and production space to offer tastings and tours, as well as amaro-focused cocktails. Bar Sirenis is slated to open spring 2019.
Seay most recently owned a vineyard consulting business focusing on Central Coast wineries, but will now oversee grower relations and grape acquisitions for the Cabernet Sauvignon-focused winery.
Finnigan was formerly the brewing manager at Avery Brewing Co., as well as serving as head brewer at Edge Brewing in Barcelona, Spain. He will continue the brewery’s focus on IPAs, stouts, and sour beers.
Perlman, along with partners Jason Vincent and Ben Lustbader, will focus on Asian cocktail ingredients to fit the Chinese-American theme of the bar, along with a range of wines that pair well with spicier food. Chef’s Special is slated to open in summer 2019.
Jacoby will run the wine program at the intimate, wine-focused restaurant from French chef Christophe Émé, with an emphasis on wines from France and other Old World locales. Kass is set to open February 1.
The couple, who also own the bar Bang Bang next door, will focus on a mix between conceptual cocktails in addition to new takes on classics like the Manhattan and the Negroni. Wonderly is set to open on February 1.
Shannon Berndt will oversee sales in the southwest region, while Pat Hiley will cover the southeast and Bryan Schoen will handle the midwest for the Willamette Valley producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Snapp, who is the beverage director for multi-state restaurant group Fox Restaurant Concepts, will feature a range of custom cocktails which combine unusual ingredients at the casual American eatery slated to open February 13.
Kulich’s wine program at the Japanese beef-centered restaurant will focus on the West Coast and France, while bar director Julian Bertrand will emphasize Japanese whiskeys and ingredients. Niku Steakhouse is set to open in early February.
Pronovost will convert Curio Coffee into the natural wine bar several nights a week, focusing on Old World, cooler climate offerings to pour by the glass.
The new brewery will be the first in Westmoreland County since the original Crescent Brewing Co. closed in 1919 at the outset of Prohibition. The two co-founders will feature a range of beers including and IPA, stout, and hefeweizen when New Crescent Brewing Co. opens on February 2.
Feral replaces her late cousin Henri-Frédéric Roch, who passed away last year, as co-director at the iconic Burgundy winery. She had previously held an advisory role at the estate.
Keyes, who previously served as president, North America at Brown-Forman, joins the spirits importer, which is the importer of Jose Cuervo Tequila, and is a subsidiary of Grupo Cuervo. The hiring is effective February 4.
Berkey is also a marketing wine director with Vintage Wine Estates, while Byrne is associated brand manager with Etude Winery. The two will oversee the efforts of the promotional organization for the American Viticultural Area shared between Napa and Sonoma Valley.
The two bartenders previously collaborated at the Teardrop Lounge, and will focus on seasonal ingredients and preserved items at the upcoming cocktail bar, which is slated for a late summer opening.
O’Driscoll will become just the fifth master distillery in the distillery’s 84-year history. Previously, he worked at fellow Kentucky distilleries Angel’s Envy and Woodford Reserve.
Davis will also serve as general manager at the combination wine bar, retail shop, and coffee shop. She will focus on organic and biodynamic offerings, with approximately 150 bottles for sale and 10 pours by the glass, as well as offering vermouths, amaros, and other spirits. Hazel Jane’s is set to open in March 2019.
Dumbauld will offer whiskey and gin that are made with ingredients derived from hemp. SoNo 1420 is set to open on February 3.
Guerguy was previously the western sales manager for the Windsor-based producer of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery has also added Michele Martindale to replace Guerguy as western sales manager.
McKinley’s cocktail program will feature a number of CBD-infused drinks without alcohol, along with a number of custom cocktails featuring traditional spirits. Young American is set to open on February 1.
Buttitta’s new tasting room showcases the wines from his Lake County winery of the same name, which focuses on Italian varietals. There will also soon be small plates available and monthly wine dinners. Prima Materia is now open.
Huddleston’s new ventures are housed within the newly-opened Hotel Bennett, including a pink-themed lobby bar called Camellias and the rooftop bar Fiat Lux, which features bottled cocktails served poolside.
Cerio joins the wine company after serving as vice president of operations for The Wine Group. He will oversee vineyard and winery operations for Terlato Wines in both California and Washington, as well as logistics and supply chain planning.
Barbizet joins the Paris, France-based multinational beverage alcohol company after previously serving as the chief executive officer at French wine company Artémis. In her new role, she will oversee shareholder engagement and corporate governance efficiency.
Virgilio, one of the co-founders of AleSmith Brewing Company, collaborated with head brewer Tommy Kreamer on the new project, which launched with 13 different house beers offered at a large-scale brewpub, along with a selection of collaboration and guest beers. Gravity Heights is now open.
Lanzalone will focus on carefree and easy-drinking cocktails, many featuring products from local rum distillery Cotton and Reed. Coconut Club is now open.
Keenan, also the lead singer for Tool and A Perfect Circle, will open the tasting room to showcase his northern Arizona wineries, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars. Keenan launched Caduceus Cellars in 2004, and the new tasting room is slated to open in March.
Cabrera’s bar menu is inspired by Cuban culture in Miami in the 1980s, with two separate bars turning out both classic rum-based cocktails and custom creations. Cafe La Trova opens on January 28.
Woodley joins the vodka-specific distillery after managing national sales and exports for Walla Walla, Washington-based Woodward Canyon Winery. He will oversee the national and international sales teams for the distillery.
The casual bar will focus on classic cocktails and macro beers in an attempt to be a neighborhood bar. Jake’s Tavern is set to open by the end of January.
The rum-focused distillery will offer amber and black spiced rums, as well as a yet-to-be-revealed “surprise” rum. An opening date has not been set.
Gorski had previously served as winemaker for the Woodinville, Washington-based winery. The promotion comes as DeLille Cellars readies to move into a new, much larger facility that was formerly the site of Redhook Brewing at the end of January.
Peterson joins the marketing and promotion organization based in Paso Robles, California from Firestone Walker Brewing Company, where he served as marketing manager. He will develop and execute the organization’s annual marketing plan.
Claeys joins the Charlotte, North Carolina-based brewery after serving as the head research & development brewer at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. He will oversee the brewery’s initial production as it prepares to open in spring 2019.
Esposito joins the Oaxaca, Mexico-based spirits company’s board after previous serving as chief executive officer at High West Distillery.
White joined the Chico-based brewery in 2013 from MillerCoors, and most recently served as chief operating officer. He is replacing brewery founder Ken Grossman in the role, though Grossman will remain on the board of directors.
Tribouilloy, also one of the owners of the pizzeria Ops, will focus on natural wines at the Brooklyn wine shop, with an emphasis on bottles between $12-15, as well as tastings and a wine club. Forêt Wines is now open.
The renovated distillery will utilize a distilling system that dates to 1753, and will also feature a cocktail bar run by head bartender Sevan Araneda. The Fort Nelson Distillery is set to open on January 31.
Case joins the St. Helena, California-based fine wine importer after serving as vice president of sales, southeastern U.S. for Vineyard Brands. He will oversee the company’s national accounts initiative, as well as overseeing sales in the southern U.S.
St. Jacques is joining the brewing giant on February 4 from The Kraft Heinz Company, where she serves as the global head of brands and capabilities. She will look to bring a fresh perspective to marketing and customer engagement for the Chicago-based company.
Foye’s tenure with the Melbourne, Australia-based wine behemoth ended due to an unspecified breach of the company’s internal policies. His responsibilities will be assumed by deputy chief operating officer Tim Ford effective immediately.
Doucette will focus on simple cocktails and natural wines at the lunch-focused restaurant, which will serve breakfast and coffee as well. Dandy is slated to open in February 2019.
Cirne’s list of over 400 wines at the wine bar and retail shop leans heavily on low-intervention wines from France, though also offering other European wines as well as bottles from California and Oregon. Verjus is now open.
Basset served as the president of the Court of Master Sommeliers, while also founding a chain of hotels in the United Kingdom. He was also won the World Sommelier Championship in 2010. Basset was 62 years old.
Pine will aim to grow sales for the distillery in the state of Illinois. He joins CH Distillery after previously serving as midwest division manager for Deep Eddy Vodka.
Owen joined the Fort Bragg-based brewery in 2018 as controller, but has been promoted to the executive role to replace Sam Kraynek, who will serve as the company’s chief operating officer.
Pelka, who currently operates a San Francisco location of the Champagne bar, will launch The Riddler this spring. There will be a wide selection of Champagnes and other sparkling wines, as well as a raw bar and full kitchen.
Reedy started with the wine company in 2012 as a cellar assistant. In his new role, he will oversee all winemaking at both the Healdsburg and Santa Rosa locations.
Shaeffer will replace outgoing head brewmaster Bert Boyce as the company prepares to open a new brewhouse later this year. Shaeffer currently serves as the production manager at Oskar Blues Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado.
Small is teaming with chef Alex Stupak on the second Manhattan location of the Mexican restaurant, housed within the Pod Hotel in Midtown East. Small’s cocktail program will offer innovative takes on Central American classics like the Margarita and Piña Colada. Empellon Al Pastor is set to open on January 18.
Gallagher will take on the head role at the marketing organization, which promotes wine tourism in the iconic region, starting on February 4. Gallagher previously served as vice president, international marketing for the California Wine Institute.
Neptune will work on wine experience and education programs for the private clientele of the wine company, as well as assist in procurement of unique and hard-to-find wines.
Vipond joins the Walla Walla, Washington-based winery from fellow Walla Walla winery Long Shadows Vintners, where he served as assistant winemaker. Vipond will oversee all aspects of the winemaking process in the new role.
Bodenheimer, who owns Cure in New Orleans, will oversee the cocktail program at the Gulf Coast-themed restaurant set to open later in 2019.
Chetiyawardana, who also owns Dandelyan and Super Lyan in London, will look to open Silver Lyan in D.C. by November 2019, with his customary focus on sustainability and molecular mixology.
Dorman also operates Raines Law Room and Dear Irving in Manhattan, but her latest venture features James Bond-inspired decor on the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel. Dear Irving on Hudson is partially open now, with the 41st floor space set to open on February 1.
Stewart will oversee the bar program, which ranges from house variants on classic cocktails in the Martini to a selection of low-proof spirits and drinks. Fort Oak is set to open on January 16.
Mann will also serve on the board of directors for the Seattle-based online wine auction company, which was purchased by a San Francisco private equity firm in 2017. Mann has been closely involved with several other Seattle area tech startups.
Boswell has spent ten years working for the California-based winery, most recently as the vice president of sales for the eastern United States. In his new role, he will be responsible for all wine sales within the US.
Jagodzinksi and Nigl are offering a range of classic and original cocktails at the Library, which housed inside the recently-renovated members-only Detroit Club. The bar itself, slated to open on January 14, will be open to the public.
Deluca had previously worked a number of hotels in Napa Valley before joining the Napa Valley winery, where he will oversee all direct-to-consumer programs, as well as work to develop a new culinary program for the winery.
Cowell, formerly the vice president of commercial operations in Florida for the national beverage alcohol distributor, will now oversee sales in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Newlands, formerly the president and chief operating officer of the multinational beverage company, is also set to become the chief executive officer in March. His election to the board of directors will expand that body to 13 members.
Brecher will head up the newly-formed, New York City-based American subsidiary of Fratelli Branca, the producer and marketer of a range of Italian liqueurs. Brecher was most recently the president of Infinium Spirits.
Roberts joins the winery after previously serving as the national sales manager for Locations Wine by Dave Phinney. In the new role, he will oversee relationships with on- and off-premise accounts as well as national chains.
Deglise, previously the chief executive of the Bordeaux-based wine and spirits exhibition Vinexpo, will take over the Beaune, France-based company on January 21.
Acre, also the owner of Air’s Champagne Parlor, will aim to create a dinner party vibe at the new Manhattan restaurant, which will feature a different wine expert’s selections each night. Niche Niche is set to open in February 2019.
Tunstall and his wife Angie, owners of the adjacent Stems & Skins wine bar, are teaming with Shuai and Corrie Wang of the Short Grain Food Truck on the east Asian concept, slated to open Summer 2019.
Simpson is joining the wine company after serving as the senior adult beverage buyer at Walmart. In her new role, Simpson will lead brand development, as well as marketing efforts for existing brands.
Toral will be teaming with bar manager Sam Ross on the new project from restaurateur John Kunkel, which is set to open February 2019.
Velez will partner with her husband, chef Michael Serpa, on the Parisian-style bistro set to open in fall 2019. Grand Tour will focus on American wines for the by-the-glass program, while offering both domestic and French wines on the bottle list.
The cocktail bar with an east Indian twist will be a partnership between Datta, currently of Ellē, and chef Suresh Sundas. Daru is set to open in late 2019.
Dorf, the founder of the New York City-based chain of wine and music venues, chose to locate the company’s first non-urban location in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Montgomery City Winery is set to open in fall 2019.
Keegan joins the board of the Durham, North Carolina-based distiller of Bedlam Vodka after serving as chairman of the board at both Goodyear and, most recently, Xerox.
Kilburn has spent his entire career with the Louisville, Kentucky-based distillery, has implemented a number of unusual techniques, including using a sweet mash and distilling to lower proofs.
Ehrlich joins the Stamford-based wine and spirits importer and marketer after serving as the San Francisco-based director of portfolio strategy for Constellation Brands. In the new role, he will oversee the company’s high potential and scalable brands.
Burkett, who previously worked in sales for the Hess Collection, will serve as the southeastern U.S. point person for the Santa Ynez-based winery’s distributor and retail accounts.
Smith joins the wine company from Young’s Market Company, where he most recently served as the vice president portfolio director for the wine and spirits distributor. In his new job, he will oversee sales for the various Wines of Substance brands in the southwest region.
Tartaglione was previously head sommelier at fellow New York Italian restaurant Marea, and will seek to bolster the restaurant’s ample Italian offerings.
The wine bar, which focuses on flights of three wines each, also offers wines by the glass and local craft beers, as well as sells retail wine and spirits.
Seibel previously worked with chef João Ferreira Pinto at the Michelin-starred Portland. The two are collaborating on the restaurant, which will feature a modern take on Portuguese cuisine, and is set to open on January 10.
Sprouse emphasizes sustainability and minimal waste at the newly-opened all-day cafe and bar in Brooklyn. She will also feature a range of non-alcoholic cocktails, as well as lower-alcohol drinks.
Momose offers a five-course omakase-style cocktail flight to bar patrons at the Japanese-influenced restaurant and bar, while customers in the dining room can order items a la carte.
Yu’s cocktails are available in the evenings, when Songbird transforms from tea and coffeehouse into a bar focusing on bitters and amari.
The seven-barrel brewery will focus on trendier beer styles like tropical IPAs and farmhouse ales, and will also have a 50-seat taphouse. Lower Left Brewing is set to open in spring 2019.
Anderson, the spirits director for Seattle-area restaurant company Fire and Vine, is focusing on barrel-aged cocktails, as well as drinks that utilize produce from Pike Place Market, where the newly-opened restaurant is situated.
Nicholson, formerly an operating partner at investment firm AGR Partners, will oversee all operations for the wine company.
The two brothers will oversee the wine import and marketing company. Their father, Yale, who founded the company over 40 years ago, will remain the chief executive officer.
Clearwater’s brewery will be housed within Steel City Coffeehouse. Clearwater’s offerings will include a coffee stout when the new brewery officially launches on January 30.
Fineman and husband Chris Gaither, also a sommelier, offer a full menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle. The entire service staff is comprised of sommeliers, another distinguishing feature for the newly-opened restaurant.
King is also the owner of Bridge Street Social in DeWitt, Michigan. Bar Mitena, set to open in Spring 2019, will emphasize Spanish cuisine and wine.
Watson, formerly the lead innovation brewer at Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, has teamed with a number of other luminaries in the Seattle brewing scene on the venture, which features barrel-aged beers.
Acott, formerly the vice president and general manager of Minnesota for the national distribution company, will now oversee sales for the Illinois market. Acott has spent over 16 years with the company.
Langdon will oversee the bar program at the Michelin-starred restaurant, along with sister bar Dabney Cellar. He previously served as bar manager at fellow D.C. establishment Dirty Habit.
Vogler’s long-awaited cocktail bar is intended to express his belief that people should be drinking spirits with a sense of place, with an emphasis on small-production rum. Obispo is now open.
The distillery and cocktail bar is heavily influenced by the distilling traditions of the United Kingdom, with London Dry-style gin, single malt whiskey, and naval rum being among the core offerings. Royal Foundry Craft Spirits is now open.
Lafranconi, also the executive director of mixology and spirits education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, will launch the cocktail bar, housed inside The Palms, on January 11.
Quist’s bar, inside the newly-opened Woodlark hotel, will feature playful combinations of spirit and mixer, with unique takes on combos like Red Bull and vodka, and Fernet and Coke. Abigail Hall is now open.
Magliulo joins the wine company after serving as head of direct-to-consumer sales at Martinelli Winery.
The new bar is the second for Bay Area bar company Future Bars, which also owns Bourbon & Branch. They previously operated Tradition in the space, but the new business will lean heavily into tiki with nearly 50 cocktails on the menu.
The duo, who also operate the nearby Long Island Bar, launched their new bar and restaurant in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn with an emphasis on cocktails and elevated New American cuisine.
Redfield will offer approximately 16 ciders on tap and over 150 domestic and European ciders in the bottle, when it opens on January 6 as the East Bay’s first dedicated cider bar.
Frost worked with the Santa Clarita cruise company to expand the number of selections available onboard, with an emphasis on affordability and a more global selection.
Gillespie has spent two decades with the company, becoming part-owner in 2015 as well as most recently serving as vice president of operations. He will oversee the brewery, as well as the company’s two restaurants in downtown Seattle.
Wise will officially join the winery on January 7. He was previously the head winemaker at nearby Phantom Creek Estate, having also worked in New Zealand and Ontario.
Nelson will oversee innovation wines and exclusive brands for the beverage company, where she previously served as brand manager for the innovation division.
Kuller is expanding the Spanish restaurant from its original location in Washington, D.C. to Charleston, with an emphasis on Spanish takes on local ingredients.
Percich joined the beverage company as chief financial officer in 2017 after serving in the same role at Foley Family Wines. He replaces Tom Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of 2018.
Tsilimigras comes to the California wine company to create, coordinate, and communicate all trade promotional activities, working with the marketing, promotional, and publicity teams to do so.
Scheid, who is also the executive vice president of Scheid Family Wines, will oversee the trade organization in a variety of research and marketing initiatives.
Cox will oversee the cocktail programs for both an indoor and outdoor bar at the large new development from Chad Robertson of Tartine in San Francisco and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s Pizzeria Bianco. No official opening date has been announced.
Elford had previously served as the assistant brewer at the first location of the New York Beer Project in Lockport, New York, but will open the second location, which features a gastropub, indoor beer garden, and production brewery, on February 14.
Quillé, the chief winemaking and operations officer for the Napa Valley-based Crimson Wine Group, completed his studies for the honor in three years.
Belluci is teaming with chef Hayley Vanvleet on the absinthe lounge, which will feature a wide collection of the spirit as well as updated New Orleans classics. SoBou is set to open in early 2019.
The Santa Ynez Valley wine company brings on Shull, who is the grand-daughter of the company’s founder, Fess Parker. She will also serve as a family representative for the winery and restaurant properties.
The distillery and bottle shop offers a range of vodkas, gins, whiskeys, and brandies, as well as serving cocktails at the attached bar.
They’ll be joined by a host of other well-known bartenders from around the country at the new nightclub set to open in the Park MGM on December 28.
Peterson’s list focuses on French wines, both from classic regions and lesser-known appellations. The Provençal restaurant also boasts a soundproof wine room with seating for 12. Aix and Tin Tin opened on December 14.
Janowczyk will oversee growth and expand strategic relationships for the collection of brands under the Wines of Substance heading. The Seattle-based wine company also named Britt Dimmick as vice president – west and Lisa Kaplan as vice president – east.
Wilcox, previously the bar manager at fellow D.C. bar Le Diplomate, rejoins the bistro where he previously worked as a bartender. Wilcox is expanding the wine list with more French wines, as well as introducing several new winter cocktails.
The two were previously managers at the now-closed Adega Wine Cellars & Cafe in the same location. Their new venture will offer over 200 wines, with an emphasis on local products, and is set to open in early 2019.
Vose will be revamping the iconic Manhattan bar’s cocktail list once the expansion is fully completed in early 2019. The first portion, a ground-floor taproom, is set to open on December 20.
The duo, who worked together at Hand in Hand, will open the conspiracy theory-themed bar in late 2019 or early 2020, with the decor and menu matching various monthly themes, along with a consistent selection of classic cocktails.
Osborne’s cocktail program will focus on both Oregon and Texas, the home state of chef Doug Adams, with a robust selection of canned beers, plus three versions of classic cocktails like Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and margaritas. Bullard opens on December 15.
Rosso, previously of Gloria Ferrar, will report to B.J. Valencia, vice president of sales, East, in the newly-created role. The wine company also named Andrew Lee as northwest division manager.
Grindstaff, who oversees beverage operations for chef Tom Colicchio’s Crafted Hospitality group, has focused on New York wines and spirits, with a 100-bottle list all priced at under $100. Small Batch is now open.
Torres, formerly of Giada, will oversee the wine program at chef Gina Marinelli’s upcoming Italian restaurant focusing on seasonally-inspired dishes and Italian classics. La Strega is set to open in January 2019.
Brown has spent nearly two decades with the company, which was acquired by Bacardi earlier in 2018.
The wine bar, an adjunct to their tapas restaurant La Feria, will focus on sherry, Spanish wine, and tinned seafood from Spain. Wines will be available by the glass or in flights. Cata Vino is set to open on December 14.
Troxell will helm the bar at the tiki-themed bar and restaurant, offering a selection of classic tiki cocktails as well as utilizing Caribbean and Southeast Asian flavors. The Toasted Coconut is slated to open in spring 2019.
Fein had previously served as vice president of sales for the eastern United States for the spirits company, while Matthew-Ellis Escobar has been promoted to vice president of sales for the central region of the US.
Natola is teaming up with cocktail consultants Russell Davis and Danny Ronen on a program that features locally-made spirits, with a particular emphasis on producers in the East Bay and local produce.
Lambert was most recently the chief operating officer at growth capital group Storied Craft Breweries, and joins the Scotland-based craft brewing company with the goal of expanding their presence in the United States.
Weber will offer around 100 bottles of wine and 50 or so beers at the shop, as well as wine by the glass and draft beer, with an emphasis on local breweries. Brothers and Sisters is set to open on December 12.
Heil, formerly the manager at Portland, Oregon’s Multnomah Whiskey Library, will team with co-owners Lauren Garaventa and Rustle Biehn on the project, which will combine a farm-to-table restaurant, cocktail bar, and butcher shop set to open on the island just west of Seattle in early 2019.
Ross, recently of New York City’s Attaboy, will be teaming with Toral and chefs Jamie DeRosa and Hedy Goldsmith on the new restaurant, which is hoping to open in early 2019.
Seo, previously of fellow Chicago bars Booth One and the Dawson, will look to overhaul the offerings at the neighborhood cocktail bar.
Davis will support the national and wholesale staff of the New York-based wine importer through education and enrichment. Davis was previously the regional manager of the Rocky Mountain area for Wilson Daniels.
Boulouque is teaming with Parisian chef Jean Imbert on the upcoming restaurant in Manhattan. The initial cocktail list will focus on wintery drinks, with a full selection of wine, beer, and spirits.
Westgard will guide the beverage program for the upcoming Charlotte, North Carolina-based brewery, which is set to open along with a taphouse in early 2019.
Albert is the bar chef while his son Jakob will incorporate molecular mixology at the bar. Mario Quimbay will also serve as sommelier.
After having the results of their examinations in September invalidated due to a cheating scandal, Dana Gaiser, Andrey Ivanov, Maximilian Kast, Douglas Kim, Steven McDonald, and Mia Van de Water passed a re-examination to regain the title of Master Sommelier.
McCroskie, a board member and managing director of The Macallan, will replace the outgoing Ian Curle as the head of the Scottish company in April of 2019.
Jones, an award-winning home brewer, is hoping to open the brewery and taphouse in early 2019.
Manfredonia takes the helm at the Portland, Oregon-based distillery, which is also the majority stakeholder in Big Bottom Distilling and Redneck Riviera Whiskey Co., after previously serving as vice president of of national accounts.
Dr. Megan Bartlett and Dr. Elisabeth Forrestel will join the university wine program as assistant professors in 2019. Bartlett specializes in understanding grape vine resistance to drought, while Forrestel has focused on plant diversity and adaptation.
The omakase-style, reservations-required cocktail bar is housed inside Lee’s existing bar, The Wolves, and offers a list of farmers market ingredients from which Lee crafts specialized cocktails for each guest. Le Néant debuts on December 6.
Quealy joins the Paso Robles-based winery after serving as wine club manager and tasting room manager at fellow Paso Robles winery Halter Ranch. Quealy will oversee all customer-facing aspects of the business in the newly-created role.
Collins will also serve as general manager at the nearly-opened restaurant, devising a cocktail program centered around fresh juices and housemade ingredients. The Gray Tavern is set to open on December 7.
Rutledge, the former master distiller at Four Roses, is partnering with three others on the proposed J.W. Rutledge Distillery. A site has not yet been chosen, and no opening date has been named.
Before joining the McMinneville, Oregon-based winery, Sichta served as national sales director for fellow Willamette Valley winery Chehalem Winery, with previous experience in wine distribution.
Werth comes to the Woodinville, Washington-based wine company from MillerCoors, where he served as chief customer officer.
Carter has been with the wine multinational since 2002, most recently as the head of on-premise sales, Australia
Pearson comes to the Dundee, Oregon-based winery from 3 Badge Beverage Company in Sonoma, California. In the newly-created role, she’ll look to expand sales and brand awareness, particularly of the “Joe to Go” canned wines.
Parr consulted on the 100-bottle wine list, which focuses on low-intervention wines, while Means designed the cocktail program, which balances tropical ingredients against bourbon and Japanese whiskey. The Hawaiian-themed restaurant in downtown San Francisco is now open.
Landan, the co-founder of fellow San Diego brewery Saint Archer, which was sold to MillerCoors in 2015, has teamed up with fellow former Saint Archer employees Jeff Hansson and Anthony Levas on the new brewery project, which recently distributed its first kegs to San Diego bars and restaurants.
Timmerman joins the Sonoma, California-based wine and spirits company after serving as vice president of sales at AmBrabev. He will oversee 3 Badge’s spirits portfolio.
Garth Hodgdon named director of national sales for Accendo Cellars
Hodgdon, formerly the US brand ambassador for Krug, will step into the newly-created position with the Napa Valley winery, overseeing sales and strategy for domestic distribution of the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. (Press Release)
The speakeasy will be accessible via a door within beer bar Common Theory, and will be themed after a futuristic apothecary. The cocktails will emphasize Asian ingredients and spirits, including teas, ginger, and baijiu. Realm of the 52 Remedies is set to open on December 10.
Sakolsky joins the brewery after serving as the co-owner of Deciduous Brewing Company in New Hampshire. His hiring comes as Black Shirt looks towards smaller-batch brewing.
Aceves serves as general manager at the saloon-themed speakeasy, which emphasizes rare whiskeys and cocktails dating to the 1800s, as well as an assortment of punches. The Residency is now open.
Klus was heavily involved in opening the iconic Multnomah Whiskey Library, and will again heavily focus on whiskey for the new venture, along with agave spirits and a selection of others. Klus will serve as floor manager at Scotch Lodge when it opens in January 2019.
Saint Urban will serve three course meals four nights a week, while functioning as a wine bar and event space two other nights. The menu and wine list will change weekly, with three different pour sizes for wines. Saint Urban is set to open in February 2019.
Tilley will focus on small coastal vineyards for the seafood-focused restaurant, while bartender Julian Cox has designed a nautically-themed cocktail program. Ayala is set to open on December 4.
David Cutter has been named chief sustainability officer after more than 15 years with the beverage giant, while Kate Gibson is joining the company as director of Diageo in society after serving as vice president, global corporate citizenship for InterContinental Hotels Group.
Bath will consult with the all three wineries under the Napa Valley-based wine company’s larger umbrella, working on direct-to-consumer, direct-to-trade, and wholesale relationships.
Cohn previously served as national sales director for the Napa Valley icon. In her new role she will focus on international growth and sales. Mayacamas has hired Elizabeth Huettinger, formerly of Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, to replace Cohn.
Meltzer, previously the president of the Bay Area branch of the US Bartender’s Guild, will focus on intricate versions of classic cocktails, as well as so-called “Ancient World” wines from places like Lebanon and Georgia, to pair with the eastern Mediterranean cuisine at Noosh.
The new production facility will have triple the capacity of their original facility, and will also focus on lagers. Plans are in the works for a taproom, but currently the space is only available for special events.
The new establishment replaces O’Hara & Flynn, a wine bar which shut down in March. Deschaine will focus on modern cocktails and fine spirits when the bar opens to the public on December 3.
Howard, the general manager, will team with bar manager Will Patton on the cocktail program for the new tasting menu-focused restaurant from chef Ryan Ratino, as well as the adjacent Bar Jônt. The trio also operates the Michelin-starred Bresca in D.C. Jônt is slated to open in the spring of 2019.
Manack and chef Mohamed Aboghanem returned to the restaurant space inside the Hotel Carlton that they closed two years ago, opting instead to move to Berkeley. They continue to operate that location of their Middle Eastern restaurant.
Arifi is the front-of-house manager and beverage manager for the Italian eatery and steakhouse, which currently features a 150-wine list that eventually will grow to over 300 bottles. Arifi and his brother, Augie, also operate two other Chicago-area restaurants.
Masso, a London bartending legend, is teaming with her fellow bartender Megs Miller and bar operators Eric Yu and Martin Malley on Fam bar and kitchen. The intimate bar will pay homage to many of London’s bar legends, as well as using recycled ingredients and local spirits whenever possible.
Richards, who will step down at the end of the year, has headed the United Kingdom-based organization, which administers and awards the Master of Wine accreditation.
Reed joins the New York-based exporter of American craft beer to expand awareness and market reach for their portfolio of craft beers.
Drankiewicz has designed cocktails and coffee drinks for the new venture, which will also feature a smaller basement bar called Chit Chat Lounge.
The plant and bottle shop recently obtained a permit allowing them to pour glasses of their natural and biodynamic wine selections to guests, bringing it more in line with her previous wine bar Fig & Thistle, also in San Francisco.
Butenschoen had served as executive director of the trade organization since 2005. The search for his replacement is underway.
The cocktail bar retains some of the touches of the dive bar it replaced, like karaoke twice a week, while utilizing fresh juices and craft spirits. Equal Parts is now open.
Schwartz has worked for the company for 14 years, most recently as chief commercial solutions officer. He replaces the recently-departed Greg Butler in the role.
Byers will oversee beverage pairings at the new restaurant, which exclusively offers an eight-course tasting menu at a 17-person chef’s counter for two seatings per night. Beckon is set to open on November 21.
Oyster, Oyster will showcase the vegetal cocktails and sustainable wines that Kuller hopes to offer at a future restaurant along with chef Rob Rubba and bar director Adam Bernbach. The pop-up will be house at the Maxwell Park DC on November 24 and 25.
Karnig had served as vice president of sales for the San Diego-based brewery for over five years. The search for Karnig’s replacement is currently underway.
Roch ran the iconic Burgundy property along with Aubert de Villaine, as well as owning Domaine Prieuré-Roch. Roch was 56 years old.
Koppen, who spent nine years with the New England Patriots, is the owner and brewer at LineSider Brewing Company, which is schedule to launch November 24th.
Messina will also serve as the restaurant’s general manager, serving a range of wines including house wines from Larson Family Winery in Sonoma County.
Brian Reames named marketing manager at 375 Park Avenue Spirits
Reames takes on the newly-created position within the Louisville, Kentucky-based spirits sales and marketing company after serving as vice president of marketing at The Warsteiner USA Group. (Press Release)
Hurst partnered with TV chef Andrew Zimmern in designing the cocktail program for the Chinese restaurant and tiki bar, with lots of nods to iconic tiki bar Trader Vic’s. Lucky Cricket opens November 19.
Kroll will partner with chef Michael Rafidi on the Middle Eastern restaurant, as well as a second location of Kroll’s own wine bar, Maxwell’s. Both entities are set to open summer of 2019.
Hobday joins the iconic Napa Valley-based wine company after serving as director of finance and accounting of wine entities for Pacific Union Company.
Pass had spent the previous three years as assistant winemaker at the Napa Valley vineyard and winery working under Tom Farella, who will remain with the company in the role of vintner.
Wambles also serves as the brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing, one of seven member breweries in the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. Once open in March of 2019, the brewpub will pour beers from all seven breweries as well as small-batch collaborations with other local breweries.
Santora joined the Willamette Valley winery as assistant winemaker in 2012 and was promoted to associate winemaker in 2016. She will oversee winemaking operations while reporting to vice president of winemaking Melissa Burr.
The late-night wine bar will operate out of the upstairs mezzanine of Dulle’s two Michelin star Lazy Bear, offering full access to the more than 1,000 wines on their list. December 1 will be the first day of service.
The second location for chef David Chang’s ramen restaurant is in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. Lewis is emphasizing natural-leaning wines and beers, while bar directors Lucas Swallows and Anne Robinson focus on highball cocktails. Momofuku Noodle Bar opened on November 15.
Hughes currently serves as general manager for North America for the beverage giant. He will replace Albert Baladi in the role starting on January 1. Beam Suntory previously announced that Baladi would serve as president and chief executive officer for the multinational corporation starting in April 2019.
The California-based wine company announced that second-generation proprietor Katie Jackson has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate and social responsibility. Additionally, Gayle Bartscherer has been named senior vice president, international marketing and development, Viviann Stapp has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel, Kristen Reitzell has been promoted to vice president of public relations, and Jane Catelani Howard has been hired as senior vice president of finance.
Ground Effect, which opens on November 15, will start with four beers: an American pale ale, a session porter, a West Coast IPA, and an East Coast IPA, though they plan to expand to saisons, sours, and lagers.
James is teaming with restaurateur Vicky Bayley on St. Ann Wine Bar, which will offer more than 40 wines by the glass along with small plates, and is set to open any day in the New Orleans suburb.
Zitelli also serves as vice president for legal and corporate affairs for Edrington Americas, which in September began handling sales, marketing, and distribution for the distillery.
The collaboration between the car manufacturer and famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer will feature a circular cocktail bar with a selection of custom cocktails as well as beer and wine. Intersect opens on November 15th.
Cole and Hi Neighbor co-owners Jason Kirmse and Tai Ricci will launch the fine-dining American restaurant in early 2019 with an emphasis on classic American wines and cocktails. They will also provide liquor and wine lockers for building tenants to store their bottles.
Muran has spent over six years leading the trade and tourism organization, and is leaving to pursue other interests. A six-person committee is currently leading the search for her replacement.
Lechner will oversee the beverage program at the newly-opened restaurant in Bothell, Washington, which will emphasize local wines and craft beers, as well as seasonal cocktails.
Wheeler and owner Keith Sherrill navigated a nearly two year process to open the brewery, during which they brewed and bottled their beers with a contract brewery in Mississippi.
Prokop joins the New York-based wine and spirits importer after serving as director of revenue management at William Grant & Sons. She will aim to build sustainable growth and value across the company’s portfolio.
Haselwood, who previously held the same title a decade earlier, rejoins the trade and marketing organization to replace April Mitchell, who resigned from the executive director role to pursue other business interests.
Tierney, a longtime Silicon Valley executive, will join the leadership group for the Napa Valley-based wine company, with holdings in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Gates will oversee operations at LoneWolf Distillery, the spirits arm of the multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland. Gates previously spent 27 years with Diageo, most recently as managing director. The move comes as the LoneWolf aims to expand beyond their current offerings of gin and vodka into whisky and rum.
The duo funded the newly-opened brewery in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with a Kickstarter campaign, promising to “never make the same beer twice.” Mahoney is a long-time home brewer, while Hepp has led craft brewery tours in the Milwaukee area.
Taliaferro moves to the newly-formed, California-based subsidiary of Thornhill Companies after serving as vice president of sales, central United States for Treasury Wine Estates.
Gleason’s cocktail program leans heaving on rum, scotch, rye, and bourbon at the second location for the newly-opened restaurant and bar, which focuses on beef jerky and other meat-focused dishes.
Svenberg joins the Napa Valley-based wine lifestyle company after serving as director of sourcing at Vinfolio. He will aim to heighten the caliber of wines and experiences that Soutirage delivers.
McShea will oversee the cocktail program at the upcoming New Orleans-themed restaurant and bar, set to open in January 2019. The drinks list will include classics like the Ramos Gin Fizz and Sazerac, as well as other Southern staples.
Boccino joins the Buffalo, New York-based distillery after serving as vice president for eastern sales for Wyoming Whiskey. In the new role, he will oversee the regional territory manager team and help to boost East Coast sales.
Guillén, the winemaker at White Rose, started at the Willamette Valley winery in 2002, eventually being appointed head winemaker in 2008. He was 38 years old.
Hocking, the founder of DeLéon Tequila and Virginia Black whiskey, is debuting Mod Sélection with a variety of different expressions of both vintage and non-vintage Champagne.
Roland-Billecart, a seventh-generation member of the Champagne family, will assume the head role in January 2019 from his cousin François Roland-Billecart, who has served as chief executive since 1992.
Trone, a Democrat, will represent Maryland’s 6th District after defeating Republican Amie Hoeber in a race that saw him spend over $16 million of his own money.
Carroll has worked for the California brewery and restaurant company for over a dozen years in a wide range of roles, most recently as head of beer distribution.
Tepper assumes the newly-created role for the Stamford, Connecticut-based importer and distributor after serving as the senior vice president and general manager for Diageo’s Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits division.
Davis, formerly of Staplehouse, will manage operations at the all-day cafe and wine bar, as well as a small bottle shop on the premises. Hazel Jane’s is set to open in mid-2019.
Briand is once again teaming up with chef Alex Harrell on the just-launched restaurant, located inside the newly-opened hotel Peter and Paul. The bar program focuses on classic cocktails and aperitifs, while the wine list emphasizes domestic bottles.
Woodhams joins the Sonoma County-based winery after serving as director-to-consumer director at Napa’s Trinitas Cellars. The move comes as the winery prepares to release the inaugural vintage of their new Legend red blend in early 2019.
Halkovich joins the iconic Napa Valley winery after serving as director of vineyard operations at fellow Napa winery Cakebread Cellars. The move comes after the sale of Heitz Cellars to Arkansas billionaire Gaylon Lawrence, Jr. earlier this year.
Pickerell was one of the founders of the Vermont distillery in 2009 after more than 14 years with Maker’s Mark. He was attending WhiskeyFest San Francisco at the time of his passing, from natural causes. Pickerell was 70 years old.
Fulginiti is overseeing the wine program for the latest incarnation of the Texas-based steakhouse chain, which opened on Saturday, November 3. Previously, she oversaw the wine program at the company’s Manhattan location.
Lacey had previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for the Healdsburg, California-based cidery. He will take over management responsibilities from co-founder Hunter Wade, who will shift his focus to strategic projects.
The Bay Area duo will be expanding from their original San Francisco location with a new wine bar in Mill Valley, California, located in Marin County. Like the first location, it will focus on limited production wines from producers throughout the West Coast. The second location is slated to open on November 30.
Sergio Dimoff helped Rue develop the cocktail recipes for the bar, now open in the Lower East Side.
The Italian grape beer bar and Roman food destination will also feature Liberati’s wine-brewed beer—made with grain, hops, yeast, and water and up to 49 percent fermented grapes or juice.
Moore will help his Aalto bar co-owners, Kate and Alex Wood, launch the bar this winter.
First launched in 1933, the post-Prohibition era bar at The U.S. Grant has been reimagined by Josenhans as a bistro for cocktails.
The two finally get a home for their two-year-old brewery, Jellyfish Brewing, in Georgetown.
Sesser aims to have the biggest selection of mezcals in the city when it opens in December.
The 14,000-square-foot facility is home to a tasting room, fermentation facility, wine cellar and more for Bledsoe’s Doubleback and Bledsoe Family wineries.
The 9,000-square-foot combined warehouse and annex will be the site of Belgian-influenced Brewery Faisan’s forthcoming brewing operations.
Most recently the winemaker at ADAMVS in Howell Mountain, Carothers returns to the Napa Valley winery, where she started as an intern.
After gaining approval to build a new winery in Dry Creek, the couple behind Wilson Winery will also take over the closed Sonoma Cider space in Healdsburg and turn it into a restaurant and taproom for their new label, Coyote Sonoma.
It’s a changing of the guard, though Edwards will remain CEO of the Sebastopol, California, Merry Edwards Winery.
Previously of Odyssey Beerwerks, Kaplan will oversee five flagship and two small-production beers for the Eagle, Colorado brewery.
After 34 years, Burningham, who most recently served as partner and vice president of winegrowing for Benziger Family Winery, will retire at year’s end.
Coming most recently from the post of president and chief operating officer at Pabst Brewing Company, Bousley will first focus on business development as Milestone looks to expand.
Faust will leave the company on January 31 for personal reasons, says CEO Maggie Timoney.
Hill joins founders James McDermott and Paul Ferguson on the senior management team.
Former Seamstress bartender Wiznitzer helms the downstairs bar and oversees the drink menu upstairs at the restaurant Henry located in the Life Hotel.
The pair’s bar will feature 50 rare bourbons by the bottle, six well whiskey options, a rotating roster of bourbons, whiskeys, wines, and local draft beers and more.
Rick Bayless and daughter Lanie hope to open the cocktail bar underneath Frontera Grill, in Chicago, next month.
The husband and wife co-owners will launch the Italian restaurant plus basement wine cellar and speakeasy in Denver by month’s end.
Berry will be behind the holiday cocktails being provisioned when Christmas bar pop-up Miracle returns to Detroit November through December.
Owner Verstraeten holds out hope the Chelsea wine destination might reopen, someday.
The duo behind Backspace Bar & Kitchen and “gentleman’s club” Rick’s Cabaret will open the taco bar-lounge in November.
Final approval for Hale Winery, a 25,000-case facility, 4 miles north of their flagship Wilson Winery on Dry Creek Road, came on Tuesday—13 years after the project was first proposed.
The three-floor restaurant and brewery, Trillium Fort Point, has landed in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood.
The three beat out somms from 17 states to compete in the January live sommelier wine and food pairing competition in Austin, Texas.
The Kentucky Owl founder joins the Nashville-based cocktail mixer company’s ownership group.
Valgiusti revealed the outdoor dining area at her restaurant, Birba, winner of the San Francisco 2017 Bar-of-the-Year award, this week.
A founding partner at Stryker Sonoma Winery and former senior director of marketing at Gallo Winery, Maley comes to Robert Young now from the GM spot at Electric Sky Wine.
The founders of the German-inspired brewery have brought the 100-seat beer hall, growler bar, and shop to New Haven, Connecticut.
The Wine Group, intends to continue working with Lodi producers as it takes over the zinfandel centric brand from Michael David Winery.
The force behind Spanish tapas bar La Feria will unveil the new wine bar and retail shop this fall.
The chef behind Seattle’s James Beard-winning June Baby will open his third restaurant—a bar by night; cafe by day—in November. In addition to grain-centric meals, the grain-based craft-cocktail program will focus on classics and highballs.
Purchase of the Vista Hills vineyards, in Dundee Hills, marks The Family Coppola’s entrance into Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Shuttered in August of 2017, the popular Houston bar returns in a new location.
When the bookstore-meets-bar opens it will feature Smith’s cocktail riffs on literary themes.
Expect craft beer and burgers, as well as cocktails largely comprised of rum, whiskey, and tequila.
In addition to Drake’s Brewery, Drake’s team also added to the property a pizzeria space, cocktail bar, 30,000 square feet of lawn, six fire pits, and two stages for shows and concerts.
An industry veteran, Mauceri worked a variety of sales and management roles, with companies like Wilson Daniels Ltd., King Estate Winery, Regal Wine Company, and more.
Longtime Napa Valley vintners Ray and Nancy Coursen sold the winery to locals Josh Peeples and Cheryl Foil, who will take over the winery, the inventory, a two-bedroom cottage and about 1 acre of vineyards. The new owners will focus on ramping up digital marketing, with millennials in focus.
The drinking destination is petite and tunnel-shaped, with a cocktail list that offers simple options.
The Blackberry Farm sommelier and food and beverage director will focus on sustainable wines and winemaking practices at the forthcoming flagship restaurant, which is built around a 10,000-bottle cellar.
Bill Newlands will take over from Sands as president and CEO in March, at which time Sands will take on the role of executive chair.
For beating nine other finalists in a head-to-head contest on October 16, Erkes will receive a one-week residency in Italy and advance to the global leg of the brand’s The Vero Bartender competition, to be held in Bologna, Italy.
The executive VP of winemaking, vineyards and operations will be replaced by Juan Muñoz-Oca, currently Vice President of Winemaking for Ste. Michelle.
In addition to taking the helm of the Distilled Spirits Council beginning November 12, Swonger will also serve as CEO and president of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
Following years as on-premise manager at Allied Beverage Group, Rivera joins the California winery to handle sales management for the northeast.
Steps away from glowing red dry-aged meat locker, Kasin takes charge of cocktails and the one-of-a-kind Champagne list at Cote’s new underground bar.
Melissa Markert, Kate Gerwin, and Maggie Morgan are among those culled from more than 100 competitors for the “Shake and Stir to Sustain the Land and the People” competition, which is judged by Trash Tiki.
Bon Voyage, the long-delayed sequel to Trick Dog, features cocktails influenced by Southeast Asia and Africa, with a healthy selection of slings and Collinses.
EEM meets at the intersection of smoked meats, Thai spices, and island drinks. The venue is slated to open New Year’s Eve.
The forthcoming La Viuda Negra will serve agave-focused cocktails, Mexican street food, and even pulque, says Zapata.
It’s said to be the first time an international wine critic has opened a wine bar with a full list of wines of which have scored at 90 points or higher. The wine bar and restaurant features more than 500 wines.
The former NW Beverages sales representative and photojournalist will lead day-to-day marketing operations for the family-owned brewery.
The bar, Sergeant York, claims a “hybrid Philly and Brooklyn vibe,” and will feature Quizzo nights, DJs, pub food, Pennsylvania-made beer and cider.
The Napa native returns from Shanghai to take over the role of CFO for the French cooperage’s USA business.
Porter will stay until the end of 2018 and will help to find and transition to a new executive director.
Gibson comes to the non-profit organization from the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as tourism and marketing manager.
Welsh will be responsible for overseeing the association’s activities, increasing membership, and promoting tourism.
The 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits champion will lead Mr Black’s coffee mixology focus.
Using a custom crush contract with Jackson Family Wines, the Hamilton Russell Vineyards founders will produce small lot of wines from Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs, Ribbon Ridge, and Eola-Amity.
In concert with business partner Keaton Cooper, Spring will launch Bad Bishop bar later this month. Offerings include playful bar food and inventive cocktails.
Matthew Biancaniello opens Mon-Li at The Calamigos Beach Club in Malibu
The 12-seat hideaway, Mon-Li at The Calamigos Beach Club, opens Thursday. The menu, centered around foraged ingredients, includes 12 liquid courses, and five food courses.
When Denver-based The Regional moves from its shipping-container Denver space and into a permanent restaurant space in Fort Collins later this month, it will bring a bar with it.
The former head brewer for Surly BC will manage operations at Fair State’s production facility in St. Paul, Minnesota. Co-founder Niko Tonks will remain as head brewer.
Marzo, from restaurant Lûmé in Melbourne, beat the 55 other bartender finalists in a four-day competition in Berlin.
The partner at Houston’s Axelrad Beer Garden and chef Pope will open Vinegar Hill Houston, which will feature a chef-in-residence program where chefs can work out their concept before launching solo. Each chef will work with the bar to create specialty cocktails that pair with her or his menu.
The beer hall, the Brakeman, will join the group’s cocktail lounge Evening Bar at the Shinola Hotel.
Expected to arrive in the Dairy Block in December, the brother-led California winery will share eight wines to start and will spotlight flights, wine by the glass, and bottles and growlers to go.
The 2018 Eater Young Gun semifinalist will bring more fermented drinks to the second restaurant from Daniel del Prado, which will be located in a former gas station.
The deal will return malört production to Chicago.
The newly-hired sommelier and assistant general manager of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar aims to turn the Winston-Salem restaurant into a French-focused wine destination.
The industry veteran, who began his career at the Philadelphia-based craft soft drink maker, rejoins the company from L&M Beverage Company, where he was vice president of sales and marketing.
Shanker, sommelier at Michael Mina Restaurant, came in third in the 2018 Young Sommeliers Competition, held in Mexico City, Mexico. Silver went to Australia’s Thibaut Broussier. Great Britain’s Aymeric Pollenne took the title, and first place.
Phil Cutti, currently the president of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Founder of Headlands Brewing Company, will replace director of brewing operations, Clay Jordan, at Hunters Point Brewery and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers as head brewer.
After 10 years in the role of CEO, including during the Beam and Suntory merger, CEO Matt Shattock will hand the reins of Beam Suntory over to current chief operating officer and president – North America, Albert Baladi.
The forthcoming restaurant will feature American cuisine, and drinks options will include a wall of 40 self-service taps featuring one-ounce pours of beer, wine, and Champagne, all of which will be purchased using an RFID-enabled bracelet.
Mott has 25 years in the wine industry, having worked for Chalk Hill Estate, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Maisons, Marques, & Domaines, among others. He will oversee accounts within Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Hawaii.
The Traverse City craft brewery will merge with younger competitor, Roak Brewing Co., out of the Detroit area, in an attempt to give both brands a boost among the state’s 300 craft breweries.
According to Louis Fabrice Latour, president of Maison Louis Latour there were bumper crops in the Maconnais and Chablis. Numbers for the final crop remain to be calculated, but indications suggest a substantial crop in white-producing villages across the region.
Randy Herron, most recently of Texas-based Messina Hof Winery, replaces winemaker Charles Gilmore, who served as head winemaker for the Napa winery for the past 2 years.
Even before recreational marijuana has been legalized, the legislature has voted to ban cannabis-infused drinks as a pre-emptive strike.
Someone broke into a Deidesham vineyard and, using a mechanical harvester, stole all the Riesling. German police suspect the thieves may be rival winemakers.
Treadwell Park opened a 200-seat beer-focused bar at 508 West 42nd Street and even the cocktails are inspired by beer.
Szpigel had been the president of the craft business unit for the brewing giant, but will now head an as-yet-undisclosed venture in the “beyond beer” category. He will be replaced by Marcelo Michaelis, current vice president of sales for region 7.
Smith handled cocktail design, which focuses on draft cocktails and hybrids, while Miller serves as bar manager for the newly opened cocktail spot, whose decor and concept are centered around popular wedding destinations.
The combination bottle shop and cafe will offer low-proof cocktails, beer, and sake in addition to wine available for consumption on site as well as to go. The establishment is set to open in early 2019.
Haney had occupied the position with the wine trade organization in an interim capacity since February. He previously served as director of membership for the group, and also makes wine under the Black Dog Cellars label.
Balagna will work with co-owner Ping Ho on the wine program, while designing a craft cocktail list for the combination restaurant and butcher shop, which will focus on lesser-known cuts from locally-raised livestock. Marrow is set to open on October 7.
The Colorado distillery added Christine Perich, formerly of New Belgium Brewing, to their board of directors, while Kieran Walsh was named vice president of sales. Walsh was previously the executive vice president, sales and marketing, for New Orleans-based Porchjam Distillery.
Koran will operate the family-friendly wine bar with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines, as well as a selection of craft beers. Wines will also be available for retail purchase. Sloan + Parker is slated to open in early November.
Symington has helmed the acclaimed Port house for 16 years, and will be replaced as chairman by his cousin, Johnny Symington. Paul Symington had worked for the family company for 40 years.
Hess has designed a cocktail program featuring a variety of original drinks, as well as drinks designed for sharing and a rotating draft cocktail selection. The space will also emphasize music, with a vinyl shop at the entrance and live performances by DJs and bands.
Trade will be a members-only club and social space for restaurant industry professionals, with a cocktail program run by bar manager Musa Ozgul. Trade is set to open in December 2018.
McNeese, in addition to overseeing the wine program, also serves as general manager at the newly opened restaurant focusing on the cuisine of southern France. French wine is the centerpiece of the wine program.
Head brewer Alex Shoenthal to open Lower Left Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina
Shoenthal will focus on IPAs and other hop-heavy beers, with a core lineup of four-to-six beers available year round with a number of seasonal or limited release beers as well. Lower Left Brewing is slated to open in early 2019.
Kuller, who owns the original location in Washington, D.C., will be involved in opening the smaller second location along with bar manager Adam Bernbach, which will include a focus on rare and vintage gins.
Eisner, a longtime bartender, will be operating a 10-barrel brewing system, while also opening a bar and open space that will offer seating and recreation. Party Beer Company is set to open in early 2019.
Siglin is helming the bar at the new restaurant, offering both original cocktail creations as well as several classic cocktails on draft, as well as beer and wine. Fernside is set to open on September 27.
Du Bois had previously run the bar program at Clifton’s Republic in Los Angeles, but will now take over the cocktail program at the three Michelin star restaurant, where he will emphasize cocktails with a sense of place, as well as bottled cocktails.
Pisani has been the winemaker at the Napa Valley-based winery since 1996. Assistant winemaker Brandon deLeuze has also been promoted to winemaker.
Thompson teamed with chef Carey Hynes on the venture. The cocktail list features a mix of esoteric brands and recognizable spirits, divided into groups like aperitifs, exotics, and group drinks.
The combination brewpub and 20-barrel brewhouse will focus on the company’s high-volume beers: ales, IPAs, and hefeweizen, while the newly opened State 48 Funk House Brewery will focus on sours and barrel-aged beers.
Bell, of New York’s PDT and Pastuszak, of New York’s NoMad have collaborated with spirits entrepreneur Jeff Menashe on the blend of California brandies, which was made by O’Neill Vintners and Distillers.
Daniels, who also serves as chief legal officer and secretary of Colgate-Palmolive, will become the twelfth board member of the multinational beverage alcohol company.
Kolk will serve as beverage director at the new cocktail bar, which will emphasize clear spirits, as well as draft and frozen cocktails. Kolk will continue to oversee the beverage program for sister restaurant Peached Tortilla as well.
The two longtime Oregon brewers will be taking over the former brewing system of the Astoria Brewing Company, with an emphasis on barrel-aged and farmhouse style beers. Lederfine also will continue to operate his separate beer label Awesome Ales.
Boutillat will take over wine production for the Champagne house. He previously served as cellar master for Champagne Cattier and Champagne Armand de Brignac.
Rancone will serve as beverage director at the new restaurant, which he co-owns with chef Thomas Boemer. The fine dining restaurant inside the Keg & Case food hall will offer cocktails, wine, and spirits, and is set to open on September 24.
Dramschak and his wife Debbie purchased a portion of Liberty Spirits distillery earlier this year, and will be producing vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, bourbon, and agave spirits, along with opening a small sports bar in the space.
Lawless is at the helm of the new cocktail bar located inside the Eaton DC Hotel, which emphasizes sake cocktails in addition to a lineup of beer, wine, and other spirits.
Saulnier’s wine program focuses on small-production and family owned wines, mainly from France, while Belanger Cateysson’s bar emphasizes zero-waste practices.
Ziegler is developing a national sales strategy for the import, sales, and marketing company owned by Mt. Beautiful New Zealand. Ziegler has previously held a variety of titles with both suppliers and distributors.
Crowe will organize and oversee marketing strategy, sales, and customer engagement for the Dexter, Michigan-based brewery, winery, and distillery. She has previously consulted with several other Michigan breweries.
LaVarnway will oversee guest experiences at the established Walla Walla, Washington winery. She previously served as hospitality and events manager at fellow Walla Walla winery Dunham Cellars.
Anderson has been at the speakeasy since February, and will continue current promotions like Tiki Thursday and Experimental Sunday. Anderson was previously the head bartender at B Side in Fairfax, Virginia.
Hack, a local industry veteran, will focus on local spirits and a range of housemade infusions and syrups. The bar is housed inside the Prince Solms Inn, and is set to open in mid-October.
Peck previously served as winemaker, red wines for the California winery, but will now oversee all wine production at the company’s Paso Robles and Monterey County wineries. Peck has worked for J. Lohr since 2007.
Busch, the president and chief executive officer of William K. Busch Brewing Co., intends the new facility to serve as the brewery for the Kräftig line of lagers, as well as craft whiskeys.
The new space will not only allow Russian River to double production to 35,000 barrels, but also offer visitors a chance to explore the brewing process. Brewing is underway at the new facility, which will open to the public in mid-October.
Alperin will head up the cocktail bar, which will be located inside Los Angeles’s Union Station and attached to sister restaurant and brewery Imperial Western Beer Company. Both spaces are slated to open later this fall.
Both served as bar directors at Chicago cocktail bars before partnering on the upcoming cocktail bar in the Chicago suburb. They will feature a rotating selection of seasonal cocktails. Common Good opens on September 21.
Monahan, formerly a supply chain strategy expert at A.T. Kearney, will be based in Richmond, Virginia. Stone Brewing is headquartered in San Diego, California but produces more than 125,000 barrels of beer at their Richmond facility.
Schoonover, who currently serves as bar manager at the whiskey-focused bar, will take over for departing beverage director Parker Girard.
The duo launched the Brooklyn brewpub over the weekend, offering a limited selection of Bravern’s beers with plans to expand to over a dozen selections in time.
Walker joins the California-based spirits importer after working in strategic retail programming and business development for parent company Young’s Market Company since 2010.
Kane joins the beer distributor lobbying group after serving as senior director of communications for the American Beverage Association, having previously worked at the White House and U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Beedle, formerly of The NoMad and Old World Hospitality, will serve as beverage director at the new vegan restaurant. The cocktail program focuses on avoiding waste by reusing ingredients, as well as plenty of housemade ingredients.
The cocktail bar, housed inside the Alexandria Hotel, is modeled on a late-19th century Parisian salon. Lee serves as bar director, and has designed a cocktail program centered around house-made amari, vermouths, and liqueurs.
McLain, formerly the distiller at Springfield, Oregon’s Swallowtail Spirits, will serve as master distiller for the soon-to-open combination distillery and restaurant. McLain intends to make gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum, as well as seasonal offerings like brandy.
Barrett joins the Central Coast, California-based wine company after working for Domaine Chanson in Beaune, France. She will work under director of winemaking Clay Brock.
Josenhans, food and beverage director for the U.S. Grant Hotel, is behind the soon-to-open cocktail bar within the hotel that serves as a tribute to the legendary post-Prohibition bar that was housed in the hotel. The bar will offer a variety of punch bowls as well as beer, wine, and other cocktails, and is set to open in late October.
Schmitt joined the company, which controls a network of beverage distributors in California, in 2016, serving as chief operating officer. He will take over for outgoing chief executive Mark Ramer on January 1, 2019.
Valdez got his start in the wine industry as a vineyard manager, and founded his Sonoma County winery in 2004, eventually turning winemaking responsibilities over to his daughter Elizabeth in 2016. Valdez was 49 years old.
Savage joins the Walla Walla, Washington-based winery after serving as vice president and director of supplier relations for New York-based Kobrand Corp. She will replace longtime general manager Debbie Frol, who is set to retire at the end of 2018. (Press Release)
Fischer is assuming the newly-created role at the Napa Valley-based winery after serving as director of winemaking at Banshee Wines. He will oversee small and micro lot winemaking, as well as managing research in areas like yeast, irrigation, and clonal selection.
Borsman will serve as beverage director for the soon-to-open French restaurant, which will focus on the classic dishes of Lyon. Drink offerings will focus on French wines, but with beer, cider, and cocktails also available. Bar Lyon is slated to open on September 14.
Fernandez will serve as bar manager for the new restaurant, which focuses on Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Fernandez will incorporate pisco heavily, as well as ingredients such as corn, salted plum, and yuzu which are featured in dishes. Kaiyo is set to open this week.
Chu serves as the bar manager at the cocktail bar, which features twelve signature cocktails named after the Chinese zodiac. Chu previously partnered with co-owner I-Miun Liu on the similarly-themed cocktail bar Dynasty Room, also in Seattle.
Conti previously held the title of vice president of sales for the beverage giant’s Ohio operation. In his new role he’ll report to Pete McLaughlin, executive vice president for Ohio and Kentucky.
Messina joined the spirits company in 2016 from Coca Cola, and will take over as chief marketing officer at Uber.
The former Green Berets, who served in Afghanistan, currently are producing their bourbon at another location, but hope to open the distillery this winter.
The two will handle brewing for the Schenectady, New York brewery, which aims to open later this year with the capacity to brew 4,000 barrels of beer, with the ability to handle another 10,000 barrels of contract brewing.
Manlove, who previously managed similar rooftop bar The Nest, will serve as general manager for the rooftop bar for the new Charter Hotel, offering original cocktails featuring local ingredients.
Eaves has been at the helm of the project to renovate the historic but derelict Old Taylor distillery since 2015. The 113-acre property is set to open to the public on September 19.
Ward joins the international spirits company after serving as vice president, division manager for Edrington Americas, and will help secure and service national and regional accounts for Quintessential’s various spirits brands.
Zouad will oversee the beverage program as chef David Bouhadana transforms the lobby bar at Hotel 32 32. He will also hold Sake Club events on site. The space is set to open in mid-November.
Tobin joins the wholesale arm of the wine importer from fellow importer Worldwide Wines, and will look to expand sales within his home market.
The restaurant-slash-cocktail bar will offer a 12-course menu with cocktail pairings, sometimes in the same glass. Mon Li will have only 12 seats, and is slated to open on October 11.
Hairston, after stints running Le DeSales and Bar Pilar, is now helming the beverage program at the bar located inside the Hotel Monaco.
The Columbian-American billionaire, who is also a major shareholder in Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased the minority stake in the iconic Bordeaux winery, with the total estate being valued at one billion euros.
Coyne was previously the chief financial officer at Potbelly Corporation, and will oversee finances for the wine and food service company, which has restaurants in 9 states and produces over 500,000 cases of wine from Washington, Oregon, and California.
Thorpe, who spent 21 months with the brewing giant, will be replaced by current chairman Eugene Kashper. Kashper previously served as chief executive from 2014 to 2016.
Lewis, formerly vice president and general counsel at Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. will oversee operations for the over 300 locations of the combination painting studio and bar. Founders Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney will remain with the company but no longer oversee day-to-day operations.
Rosenblum, a champion of California Zinfandel, founded the eponymous Rosenblum Cellars in 1978, eventually selling to Diageo in 2008. Shortly thereafter he founded Rock Wall Winery, working with his daughter Shauna. Rosenblum was 74 years old.
Cooke will compile a list of over 200 bottles from regions throughout the world for the upcoming modern fine-dining restaurant, slated to open later in September in downtown Detroit.
Tyler Alden, Scott Barber, Peter Bothwell, Dana Gaiser, Morgan Harris, Andrey Ivanov, Maximilian Kast, Douglas Kim, James Lechner, Jane Lopes, Steven McDonald, Vincent Morrow, Elton Nichols, Robert Ord, Joshua Orr, Dan Pilkey, Christopher Ramelb, Steven Robinson, Justin Timsit, Mia Van De Water, Greg Van Wagner, Steven Washuta, Jessica Waugh, and Jill Zimorski all earned the honor through passing the rigorous three-part examination.
Valencia will serve as North American beverage director for London-based hotel chain the Hoxton, which will open its first location this weekend. Valencia has designed the cocktail program for the all-day restaurant in the hotel’s lobby.
Harden joins the Napa Valley-based winery after working as the Bordeaux varietal winemaker at Robert Mondavi. He will take over production of Nickel & Nickel’s portfolio of single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.
The all-day wine bar will offer over 30 wines by the glass, each of which will be $5 before 5 pm. This will be the company’s second location in Texas and ninth overall, and it is set to open in 2019.
Green will lead the U.S. sales team for the New York-based wine importer and marketing agent as they look to grow sales and increase presence in the American market. Green was previously the division manager of the Genesis sales division of Palm Bay International.
McKechnie will work with malt master David Stewart to maintain quality and consistency in bottlings and will manage the currently maturing stocks. She was previously working for parent company William Grant & Sons as a whisky technologist.
Tarpey’s Richmond, Virginia-based brewery has two existing brewpubs in Richmond, but will expand to the Norfolk location in spring of 2019.
The bar management duo have launched their latest venture inside food and drink collective The Churchill, offering Latin-themed drinks like frozen piña coladas and plenty of rum and agave based beverages, all inside a used shipping container.
Americans Olga Karapanou Crawford, Lindsay Pomeroy, and Nicolas Quillé earned the honor alongside Elsa Macdonald of Canada, Barbara Drew, Regine Lee, Thomas Parker and Tim Triptree of the UK, Job de Swart of the Netherlands, and Almudena Alberca of Spain, bringing the global total of Masters of Wine to 380.
Whitehead has designed cocktails to match the aesthetic of the moody, deep sea-themed bar, offering both classics and original cocktails in the space, opened by chef Renee Erickson. It is housed within the newly-opened Amazon Spheres.
Rinaldi was one of the most acclaimed producers of Barolo and a fierce advocate for the region’s traditional winemaking methods. His wife Annalisa and daughters Carlotta and Marta will continue running the winery, as they had during his illness. Rinaldi was 69 years old.
The wine, beer, and spirits shop will also offer classes, including Wine and Spirits Education Trust certification. Stevens, a former sommelier, also owns an Amanti Vino in Montclair, New Jersey.
Van Treese joins the online wine retail website after serving as director of wine at the Napa Valley-based Bounty Hunter Rare Wine and Spirits. He will assist in launching its newest online venture, First Bottle, which debuts in September.
The bar, which replaces the recently-shuttered The Getaway, will emphasize classic cocktails that features Sherry, Madeira, and Fernet Branca.
Mathew purchased the brewery and distillery in July along with co-owner Kay Foster, and closed it down in order to do significant renovations. They anticipate reopening in late fall.
Phillips will oversee the cocktail and spirits program at the pizza-focused restaurant, which is set to re-open under new ownership in September after former owner Charlie Hallowell sold it amid controversy.
Segelbaum is the corporate wine director for Starr Restaurants, which is partnering with New York-based restaurateur Joe Carroll, who operates the original location in Brooklyn. It will offer 35 wines by the glass including some eclectic offerings from Turkey, Hungary, and Bolivia. St. Anselem is set to open on September 10.
Dorf’s partnership with the New York baseball franchise will result in the first wine bar inside the stadium, and will offer wines produced at the Manhattan location.
Padilla will assume the newly-created role with the Santa Barbara County winery. He previously held the role of vice president of winery sales and business development. He will focus on sales growth and customer acquisition.
Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Kitchen will be housed within the new Bravery Chef Hall, which is set to open in December of 2018. Diners will also be able to purchase retail cuts of meat.
Jaeger, formerly the chief executive of C. Mondavi & Family, will take the helm at the Napa Valley winery starting on October 1 following the retirement of current president Bruce Cakebread.
Mesa will helm the cocktail bar at the soon-to-open outpost, which has two sister locations in Miami. Pisco-based cocktails will be the focus of the bar program.
Fabian, who for the past three-and-a-half years worked with contract breweries, will soon be able to focus on more experimental beer styles. The space is set to open in the next two months.
McCrea, whose parents founded the iconic Napa Valley winery 70 years ago, will join the advisory board for the Napa Valley agriculture company, while his daughter Sarah will join the executive team. The McCreas will retain a stake in Stony Hill Vineyard.
Pendarvis, who owns several other restaurants in coffee shops in the state capitol, will aim for a moody and dark vibe for the whiskey-focused bar, which takes its name from a former employee who was killed in a car crash last year.
The co-owners will look to launch their first large-scale public space in early 2019, in addition to a small taproom in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. They’ll operate a full-service restaurant, but keep brewing operations in the Presidio.
The bottle shop is an adjunct to the recently-opened Tesse, and will offer over 1000 different wines ranging from $15 to several thousand dollars. The space will also host private events and act as an additional dining room for Tesse on busy nights.
De Santos has partnered with chef Khai Vu on the wine bar, which just received its liquor license, allowing him to offer wine, sake, beer, and sangria, to pair with the Japanese-influenced Spanish and Latin dishes.
Becerra will serve as beverage director at Treadwell Park, which will aim to celebrate female contributions to beer throughout history. This will be the third Manhattan location for the beer hall, but the first with the feminist theme.
The Santa Barbara County-based winery named Kelly Howell as south central division manager and Gerry Catanzano as northeast division manager. Howell most recently served as vice president of sales – strategic and national accounts at Purple Wine + Spirits, while Catanzano was northeast divisional manager for Mendocino Wine Company.
Guerra joins the Napa Valley-based winery after serving as chief sales and marketing officer for nearly eight years at Terravant Wine Company. He will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing for the winery.
Foley, the winemaker at Napa Valley’s Foley Johnson Winery and the son of vintner and wine entrepreneur Bill Foley, died of natural causes on August 12. He was 31 years old.
Chopin Imports Limited names Jeffrey Dechiro vice president of sales
Dechiro has been with the spirits marketing company since 2012, previously serving as central region division vice president. In his new role, he will be responsible for all sales-related company activity. (Press Release)
Coburn, formerly of High West Distillery, will be producing vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and more at the combination distillery, bar, and restaurant, which is set to open on August 25th.
Shine joins the Tennessee whiskey brand after over three decades in the beverage industry. The move comes as the whiskey rolls out in markets across the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and Japan.
Baseler has spent 17 years at the helm of the Woodinville, Washington-based wine company, leading the company in adding an importing division as well as acquiring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. His retirement will take effect October 1st.
Mortensen will replace retiring longtime chief executive Ted Baseler at the Woodinville, Washington-based wine company. He previously worked for Philip Morris International, most recently as senior vice president, human resources.
Eagle joins the Santa Barbara County winery after serving as senior director of business development at Vintage Wine Estates. She will oversee construction of the new winery facility, as well as help shift the business towards estate wines and direct-to-consumer sales.
Berard joins the Seattle-based wine investment company after serving as regional sales manager for Dusted Valley in Walla Walla. She will oversee wholesale and account relationships across several northwestern states.
Sebastiani’s family founded the winery in 1989, and he served as president of the winery when it sold to an investment group in 2005. It is now owned by Vintage Wine Estates, in which Sebastiani’s Sonoma Brands purchased a minority stake. Sebastiani’s brother, Christopher, will serve as the winery’s general manager.
Saxon formerly served as bartender manager at The Violet Hour. She’ll work on a cocktail program that is both adventurous and comforting. Machine is slated to open mid-fall.
The wine bar and bottle shop will focus on small production natural wines, along with light snacks.
This will be the third stint as president of the collection of family-owned estates for de Billy, who is also the head of Champagne Pol Roger.
Scott McLeod joins Cuvaison Estate Wines as consulting winemaker
McLeod served as director of winemaking at Rubicon Estate for 18 years before starting his own consulting business in 2010. He will join the Napa Valley wine company to assist winemaker Steve Rogstad in evaluating winemaking and viticulture practices. Cuvaison has also hired Kelly Maher, formerly of Domaine Chandon, as consulting viticulturalist. (Press Release)
Morris joins the Edna Valley, California-based winery after serving as assistant winemaker at Central Coast winery Talley Vineyards. She will work with winemaker Frederic Delivert.
Coulter will team with his wife Lauren on the wine bar, which will offer 60 wines by the glass. This will be the fourth location for the Louisville, Kentucky-based tapas bar. Louvino is set to open on August 21.
Alison Surgeon named national sales manager at Rombauer Vineyards
Surgeon joined the iconic Napa Valley winery in 2004, most recently serving as northern California and Hawaii regional sales manager. That role will now be filled by Kristine Pederson, previously a senior account specialist with Monterey Bay Wine Company. (Press release)
Storicks will serve as general manager for the latest outpost of the Michael Mina steakhouse. In addition to a 350-bottle wine list, the restaurant will also feature a large selection of Tennessee whiskeys.
Silver Trident Winery promotes Mallory McEligot to director of membership & events
McEligot joined the Napa Valley-based winery in 2015 as membership & industry relations manager. (Press release)
Ghiringhelli will provide more personalized client contact for the Napa-based American arm of French cooperage Tonnellerie Vicard.
Little, formerly of Ultreia, will serve as bar manager at the Israeli restaurant, teaming with famed New Orleans chef Alon Shaya. Safta is set to open on Saturday, August 18.
Meznarich, of local distributor Victory Wine Group, is partnering with owner Brian Doke on the modern American restaurant. Meznarich will curate the bottle and glasspour list, as well as beers and cocktails. The two are also teaming up on the nearby wine bar La Grande Rue. Savoir is scheduled to open in November.
The wine bar will focus on the wines of southern Oregon’s Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois valleys. They will offer over 250 different wines by the glass and bottle.
Klobas had previously served as policy director for the wine region’s policy organization. The move comes as the 700-member organization restructures with a greater emphasis on outreach.
Mocanu, formerly the bar manager at Nickel City, has recruited several acclaimed bartenders from around the city to open the vacation-themed cocktail bar.
Pithon established his winery in 1978, eventually rehabilitating the abandoned Coteau des Treilles vineyard in Beaulieu-Sur-Layon. That vineyard, along with 15 other acres of vines and a négociant business, were included in the sale. Pithon will remain on as winemaker for the next several years.