Taaffe, formerly of Union Wine Group, will spearhead growth efforts for the makers of canned wine from Washington State.
Sagaria leaves the Union Square Hospitality Group to join the fast-growing chain of casual dining taco joints.
Mark Guillaudeu named beverage director at Oakland’s Commis
Guillaudeu was formerly the sommelier and manager at Roka Akor in San Francisco.
Bube is the central regional manager at Frederick Wildman & Sons.
Fineman is a sommelier at High Treason in San Francisco.
Morehouse is the wine director at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco
Nadel is the executive beverage director for Andrew Carmellini Restaurants in New York, as well as the founder of Gothic Wine, a producer of Oregon Pinot Noir.
Patrick is the beverage director for San Francisco’s Wingtip by On The Fly, as well as the cellar manager for Chai Consulting.
Rohrbaugh is the assistant wine director at Seattle’s Canlis.
Ross is the group sommelier for Melbourne, Australia’s The Lucas Group, as well as the former head sommelier at New York’s Eleven Madison Park.
Yoshida is one of the founders of California’s Pollux Wine.
Andrew Schawel launching Bullion in Dallas, TX
The former wine director at NYC’s Union Square Cafe will be the beverage manager and sommelier for the new French restaurant from acclaimed Dallas chef Bruno Davaillon (insider tip).
Jeff Gregory will captain the globe-spanning list at the long-standing Dallas institution, recently reopened after 16 months of renovations.
He’ll team with chef Jesse Schenker (the Gander) to launch the restaurant in Oyster Bay, NY with a list of approximately 500 bottles, including 350 from a “private stock” list of highly sought-after wines.
The highly-acclaimed sommelier of the Michelin-starred Sepia will join Danny Meyer’s New York restaurant empire in November. No replacement has been named as of yet.
The beverage director for John Fraser Restaurant Associates is creating a 100-bottle list for The Loyal, a casual NYC brasserie.
The San Francisco-based company has promoted Gregory Finch from president of East Coast sales to chief sales officer, promoted former vice president of marketing Morgan Rabbat to chief marketing officer, and hired Shannon Tracy as chief finance officer.
Lake, formerly the senior vice-president of sales (on-premise) at Young’s Market Co., will handle on-premise accounts for the Connecticut-based importer and marketer.
Crawford has been hired by the Santa Ynez Valley enterprise to both assist guests with the wine program as well as managing the newly-opened Bottlest Winery Tours of parent company Terravent Wine Company, the largest wine production facility in Santa Barbara wine country.
Stansfield will oversee the wine lists for all locations of the Vancouver, BC-based chain with locations in both Canada and the US.
The former Navy nuclear engineer has been with the Willamette Valley winery since 2011, most recently as assistant winemaker.
The Seattle-based winery has hired the former Chateau Ste. Michelle executive to promote Charles Smith’s Wines of Substance around the world.
Kosuge, a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist, will helm the Petaluma winery as well as his own B. Kosuge label.
Trout was promoted from chief operating officer of the Indianapolis company as the replacement for departed founder Smoke Wallin.
The former Remy Cointreau employee joins the Baltimore-based brewery, which currently sells beer in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
Vincent Nadalié will be president of the company and oversee national sales for the first French cooperage to open in America.
Philip will open a wine shop and academy this November at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Florida.
The former general manager at Locations Wine in Napa Valley was tabbed to head the fast-growing Paso Robles winery.
The 80-year-old Campbell and her husband have farmed over 100 acres of grapes in northern Michigan since the early 1990s.
Durette will oversee sales in eleven Western states after jobs with King Estate, Union Wine Company, and Wilson Daniels.
The former enology professor had worked around the world as a consulting winemaker in France, England, Turkey, Venezuela, and the U.S.
The former Diageo exec will front sales and marketing operations for the Irish distilling house.
Jewell joins the largest North American distributor of wine bottles after nine years in finance and operations at Constellation Brands.
Jaki Palacios hired as director of marketing for Cuvaison Estate Wines
The former brand manager for C. Mondavi and Family was hired to expand awareness of the Napa-based winery company.
Cuvaison Estate Wines names Steve Richards vice president of international and domestic sales
The former head of domestic sales will focus on expanding the reach of Cuvaison and Brandlin Vineyard overseas.
The London spot will focus on the cuisine and wines of the Loire Valley. Germond was previously the general manager and head sommelier at Pied à Terre.
Timm joins the Napa estate after previously serving as director of winery operations at Kosta Browne on the Sonoma Coast.
The former head of United Spirits was arrested at the request of the Indian government and charged with money laundering.
The 85-year-old founded the iconic Sonoma winery in 1981, and eventually added a winery in Mendocino County and several restaurants throughout the North Bay.
Byron is a well-respected winemaker specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, having established his reputation with his own B. Kosuge brand.
Neptune will spearhead ratings and critics for the San Francisco-based non-profit specializing in high-tech and robotic wine analysis and ratings.
Mäher-Besse previously was the general manager of Seguin Moreau, and will direct the operational management of barrel alternative supplier Vivelys and Boisé France.
Bruhn had previously worked for Diageo Plc. as the global brand director for Smirnoff.
The beverage behemoth has moved pieces around as it tries to push Goose Island into international markets. Stout will transition from president of the U.S. business into the newly-created presidency at Goose Island International. He’ll be replaced by Ahsmann, who previously ran New York’s Blue Point Brewing Company.
The longtime British Columbia wine industry veteran is now tasked with making the wines for Vanessa Vineyards in Canada’s Similkameen Valley. Planted in 2006, they transitioned from just grape growing into wine making in 2012.
John Anthony Family of Wines names former E&J Gallo executive Butler vice president product and creative. The Napa-based company produces wine under three brands: John Anthony Vineyards, FARM Napa Valley, and JaM Cellars.
Longtime Bacardi employee Madhavan officially stepped into the role of chief executive for the privately-held beverage giant after a seven-month transition period.
Richardson has been with C. Mondavi & Co. for nine years, during which he has served as the director of production and vice president of operations.
Simon served in senior positions at Diageo and others, and currently serves on the board of directors at Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc. Drizly is an online alcohol marketplace offering delivery or in-store pickup via local liquor stores.
Bertino joined the González Byass team in 2008 as international sales director for the wine and spirits importer.
Devore previously served as vice president of wine buying for Total Wine.