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Charles Communications Associates Announces Distribution of Funds for Fire Relief for Napa and Sonoma Counties

20 February, 2018

For Immediate Release                                                                                           Contact:                   Charles Communications Associates                                                                                                                                       press@charlescomm.com                                                                                                                                                                     415|701-9463       Charles Communications Associates Announces  Distribution of Funds for Fire Relief for Napa and Sonoma Counties One Hope Foundation Matching Campaign   February 14, 2018 – San Francisco, CA – On this Valentine’s Day, our hearts are particularly full at Charles Communications Associates as we announce the distribution of funds for Napa and Sonoma County fire relief from our successful GoFundMe campaign which raised close to $60,000 in the weeks following the devastating fires of October 2017. Motivated to spring into action and help communities who have helped so many others over the years, Charles Communications Associates Founder & President Kimberly Noelle Charles felt compelled to activate a network of journalists, colleagues, clients and friends to raise money for both immediate and midterm needs for fire relief.     The week of the fires, which broke out Sunday October 9, 2017, the Charles Communications Associates team, along with a network of peers including Beck Hopkins of Folio Wine Company, Katie Calhoun of Calhoun & Company and Tia Butts of Tia Butts PR, mobilized a supply run to 7 different shelters and organizations in Sonoma and Napa Counties with funds from the campaign, as well as the generous in kind support of Target and Costco. Recipients included the MentorMe organization based at the Cavanaugh Recreational Center in Petaluma which created four shelters for those displaced by the fires. In Napa, supplies were distributed to Puertas Abiertas, the Salvation Army, Mentis and the Cope Family Center.     Generous donors from around the country contributed to a fund that exceeded initial expectations, prompting Kimberly Charles to implement both immediate and longer term needs for communities that were affected given the scale of devastation, which included 44 lives lost, 162,344 acres burned (Atlas, Nunns, Tubbs and Pocket fires) and 7,799 structures lost, including two dozen wineries in the two counties which were either fully or partially destroyed. The fires were part of a statewide firestorm which has been recorded as the deadliest and costliest in California history.The latest numbers indicate losses of upwards of $8 billion alone.    Wanting to specifically address communities that support and provide the wine industry with labor and services, Charles Communications Associates (CCA) and its peer team identified Undocufund.org, Ole Health Clinic and Support707.org to receive a total of $37,000. The ONEHOPE Foundation, led by Jake Kloberdanz, generously offered to match the funds for both Ole Health and Undocufund in addition to its very successfully separate campaign for fire relief.   The GoFundMe campaign is still active and accepting donations for ongoing needs by contributing here:  https://www.gofundme.com/fire-relief-napa-sonoma-counties. Ever resilient, the communities and towns are in the midst of rebuilding much of which will take years to recover given the scale of loss.   About Charles Communications Associates  Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing.   Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook.   For more information, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.   # # #
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Charles Communications Associates Announces its 2018 Quarterly Client Update

20 February, 2018

For Immediate Release                                                              Contacts:                  Kimberly Noelle Charles,                                                                                                                                         Louise Jordan, or Alexandra Fondren                                                                                                               press@charlescomm.com                                                                                            415|701-9463                                                                                                                                               Charles Communications Associates Announces its 2018 Quarterly Client Update Signs Key Clients at Start of the Year    San Francisco, CA, February 20, 2017 – Charles Communications Associates (CCA) is pleased to announce the addition of five new clients to its roster as of the beginning of 2018. The roster includes three former clients who have reengaged with CCA for the firm’s original and fresh marketing approach in addition to its public relations suite of services. Wente Vineyards and Murrieta’s Well of the Livermore Valley AVA and Domaine Carneros of the Carneros AVA worked with CCA previously and the Consorzio for Prosecco DOCG and Smith Story Wine Cellars are new clients as of late 2017/early 2018.   The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows:    New as of 2018  Domaine Carneros, Carneros, CA from 1987-1998, 2007-2011 & 2018 Consorzio Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Italy 2018 Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley 2009-2013 & 2018  Smith Story Wine Cellars, Sonoma County & Anderson Valley, 2018 Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley 2009-2013 & 2018   Existing clients  Broadside Wines, Paso Robles, CA since 2013 Cycles Gladiator, California since 2013 Crocker & Starr, St. Helena, CA since 2016 Fess Parker Addendum, Napa, CA 2000-2007, and since 2017 Gonzalez Byass Chilean portfolio, since 2016 (Veramonte, Ritual, Neyen & Primus)  Onward Wines & Farmstrong, California since 2017 Wine Hooligans, Novato, CA since 2013   Please feel free to reach out to either Kimberly Noelle Charles, Louise Jordan or Alexandra Fondren via email at press@charlescomm.com or by phone at (415) 701-9463About Charles Communications Associates  Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing.   Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook. Discover more at www.charlescomm.com.     ###
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Memorial Event for Bruce Cass

9 May, 2017

Memorial Event for Bruce Cass Thursday May 25, 2017  Bruce Cass 1948-2016 WHO: A celebration of the life of writer, educator, author and bon vivant Bruce Cass who passed away September 20, 2016.   WHAT: A Smackdown party in the tradition of Bruce Cass’ infamous annual gatherings at Ft. Miley on Ocean Beach in San Francisco after the Bay to Breakers run.  It will be an evening of conviviality, hedonism and friendship. WHEN:  The Smackdown celebration of Bruce Cass’ life will be held Thursday May 25th from 6:30-9:30 PM at the University Club of San Francisco.   Wine & appetizers will be served and guests are invited to bring a bottle of wine to share (please note Bruce’s wishes as it relates to the definition of “wine”[1] appropriate to bring to such an affair.) WHERE: The University Club of San Francisco 800 Powell Street.  We will have both the Black Cat Bar and adjoining room for the party.   Guests should RSVP to Kimberly Noelle Charles, DWS at kcharles@charlescomm.com.  Additionally, we will have a PA system. Those interested in speaking about Bruce should contact Michael Denny at  mike@dennyconnect.com to coordinate.  We expect many contributions regarding this extraordinary man.     MORE: For more information about Bruce and his life and work, we invite you to read more here and visit his website.   In addition, please see this lovely tribute from Jancis Robinson, MW his co-author for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America.    #   #   # [1] “WINE - Do not skimp on this half of the equation! In the NBA one does NOT go meekly into the paint! And neither should you come to the Smackdown with some weak, refinery product from the grocery store. Save bottles with cute animal names for Poker Night. The ironclad rule is each adult in your group must bring a bottle of wine costing at least $20. This crowd tends to be very wine savvy. Ribald, and a bit licentious, but very interested in rare and unusual wine tasting opportunities. Prominent wine personalities fly in from New York, Chicago, and Australia to talk trash at this event. Every bottle gets passed around to 15 or 20 strangers, so you don't want your name associated with any weak offerings. If you've been wondering when you are going to meet people worthy of that 15-year-old magnum bottle of South African Cabernet in your closet, this event IS the answer.”
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Spring 2017 Client Update

3 April, 2017

San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2017 – As we at Charles Communications Associates (CCA) usher in the spring season, we would like to share our quarterly current client roster.   The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows:    Broadside Wines, Paso Robles, CA since 2013 Cangria, California* Cycles Gladiator, California since 2013 Crocker & Starr, St. Helena, CA Emeritus Vineyards, Russian River Valley since 2014 Fess Parker, Santa Barbara & Napa, CA* 2000-2007, 2017 re-engaged Gallica Wines, St. Helena, CA* Greenbar Distillery, Los Angeles, CA* Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA since 2011 Maison Corbeaux, San Francisco, CA since Onward Wines & Farmstrong, California* Parallel Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA Wine HooligansPaso Robles, CA  *Denotes new as of our last quarterly announcement    Please feel free to reach out to either Kimberly Charles or Alexandra Fondren via email at press@charlescomm.com or by phone at (415) 701-9463.     About Charles Communications Associates  Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media and wine markets in the country.    Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook.  
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Charles Communications Associates Has Been Named to Handle Georges Duboeuf PR and Marketing Communications in the US

16 August, 2016

     San Francisco, California, August 2016 – Charles Communications Associates has been retained by Quintessential, the family owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, CA, to spearhead its public relations and marketing communications efforts for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in the US.   Quintessential was named exclusive importer of Georges Duboeuf-branded wines in the US on January 1, 2016 in an effort to re-introduce their Villages, Cru, Domaine and Chateau wines to the wine trade (distributors, retailers, restaurants, etc.) and consumers, and to underscore the enthusiasm and joie de vivre surrounding the traditional “end-of-harvest” November release of Beaujolais Nouveau.     When seeking an agency to work with on Georges Duboeuf’s PR campaigns, Charles Communications Associates appealed to Quintessential based on the agency’s expertise and track record with the French wine industry and proven success refreshing brands.  Founded in 2003 by Kimberly Noelle Charles, Charles Communications Associates is a pioneering boutique marketing firm with deep knowledge of French culture, wine, and gastronomy.   In announcing the appointment, Dennis Kreps, co-owner of Quintessential with his father, Stephen D. Kreps, said, “For 35 years, Georges Duboeuf has been a leading name in French wine in the US. We’re confident that Charles Communications’ experience and successes with other wine clients, especially in the public relations and social media realm, can help us in our efforts to bring the wines of Georges Duboeuf to a wide range of consumer audiences. They will focus primarily on the introduction of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau, and also on the 2015 vintage, already acclaimed as one of the greatest ever from Beaujolais, that will be available in the country by the end of August.”   As head of public relations at Kobrand Wine & Spirits in New York City for 13 years, Kimberly Charles worked primarily with French brands including Maison Louis Jadot, Champagne Taittinger, among other leading brands, where she developed key messaging, creative marketing campaigns, led press trips to France, secured partnerships with top Michelin chefs and leading hotels, and putting her fluency in French to use. The Charles Communications team shares Charles’ passion for French culture, and her senior staff has ample experience marketing Bordeaux en primeur campaigns and even working a Burgundy harvest.   Of working with the Duboeuf brand, Charles shares “Having a deep passion for France and her gastronomy, the region of Beaujolais offers much in the way of charm and seriousness, depending on what the wine lover is seeking.  The Beaujolais appellation has wines for every occasion, be it a casual gathering or a serious sit-down wine tasting. Georges Duboeuf as a brand has innovated the category, and offers an incredible educational and interactive experience at Hameau Duboeuf in Romaneche-Thorins. Over my career, I’ve noted that Beaujolais is often the favorite wine of choice to drink with family and friends among leading retailers, chefs, consumers. My team is eager to help spread the passion for this beautiful region to new and established audiences.”   With 30+ years of experience in the wine world, Charles Communications’ senior team has shaped many brands, both major and minor, through innovative marketing strategies. Some of Charles Communications Associates’ past and recent clients include E. & J. Gallo, the Wines of Lodi, California (from 2012-2016), Square One Organic Vodka, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the Wines of Uruguay among many others. Charles Communications plans to deliver the charm and appeal of the Beaujolais region to Georges Duboeuf audiences via strategic social media campaigns, media relations, and event coordination, publicity and promotion.   About Quintessential    Founded in 2002 by father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps, Quintessential is a family owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, CA. It is dedicated exclusively to representing multi-generational, family owned-and-operated producers who have the same passion for winemaking as Quintessential has in strategically marketing and selling their wines. These producers, from most of the top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards.   Quintessential’s roster of “top-quality” family producers include Bodega Valentin Bianchi, New Age, Sensual and Pascual Toso from Argentina; Henry’s Drive, Pillar Box, Shirvington, Paringa, 3 Rings, Kay Brothers and Frankland Estatefrom Australia; California’s Ironstone Vineyards, Eponymous and Two Angels; Brazil’s Bodegas Perini and Macaw wines; the Chilean wines of Vina Koyle, Matetic Vineyards and TerrapuraLes Vins Georges DuboeufGustave Lorentz, Chateau Ferry-Lacombe, Cachette and Esprit du Rhone from France; the Karolyi Estate wines from Hungary; Villa Huesgen Rieslings from Germany; Italy’s La MannellaAttilio Ghisolfi, Paolo Manzone, Luca Bosio, Bel Colle, Ascevi Luwa, Vino dei Fratelli and Villa de Varda Grappas and Liqueurs; the Portuguese wines of Quinta do Vallado, Vila Nova and Alexandre Relvas; Spain’s Bodegas Muriel, Vina Eguia, Conde de los Andes, Marquis de Elciego, Real Compania, Pazo Cilleiro, Figuero, and Bodegas Farina, and South Africa’s Simonsig Estate.     About Charles Communications Associates  Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media and wine markets in the country.  For more information please contact press@charlescomm.com or 415.701.9463.  
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Charles Communications Associates Quarterly Company Update Client Roster and Staffing Update Summer 2015

27 August, 2015

San Francisco, CA – As we at Charles Communications Associates (CCA) prepare to welcome September, we would like to share our quarterly current client roster as well as some exciting staffing updates:   The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows:   The Bank of Wine & Spirits at Wingtip, San Francisco, CA* Broadside Wines, Paso Robles, CA Cycles Gladiator Wines, Central Coast, CA Emeritus Vineyards, Sebastopol, CA Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA Huneeus Vintners, Chile, South America Matter of Taste, Nationwide, USA 2015-2016 Parallel Wines, Napa Valley, CA Popelouchum Crowdfunding Project with Randall Grahm, San Juan Bautista, CA* SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR SherryFest, New York, NY The Lodi Winegrape Commission, Lodi, CA The Wines of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay Wine Hooligans, Paso Robles, CA Temecula Olive Oil Company, Temecula, CA* *Denotes new as of our last quarterly announcement   Additionally, CCA would like to announce the appointment of Ana Roselli, as Account Coordinator starting October 6th.  Ana recently completed her MBA in Social Venture/CSR and hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in addition to her work as a key part of the account team, she will help focus on growing the socially responsible client base.    Please feel free to reach out to either Kimberly Charles or Alexandra Fondren via email at press@charlescomm.com or by phone at (415) 701-9463.   About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media and wine markets in the country.     ###
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Charles Communications Associates is seeking a sharp, savvy, serious intern for 2015 fall/winter/spring semesters

27 August, 2015

San Francisco, CA, August 25th 2015-  Charles Communications Associations is an independent creative marketing communications firm focused on media, marketing and branding that helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective firms particularly in the international wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. Realizing the constantly growing potential of new media as marketing platforms, Charles Communications develops and executes strategies for clients driven by an in-depth understanding and experience with social network sites, blogs and other platforms.   We are seeking a fall and/or winter intern at our agency and are accepting resumes of qualified candidates. Criteria are included here:   Opportunities Available: Fall/Winter 2015 Internship Available    Job Description: We are looking for a part time intern (3-4 days a week) who can work at our hip downtown Financial District #FiDi San Francisco office and who will jump in and contribute to our smart, fast paced team. We need a smart, detail oriented, resourceful individual who is self-motivated, not afraid to ask questions, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.  Responsibilities: Be familiar with CCA’s clients and our general marketing strategies Assist with CCA’s social media channels Work on client projects as needed such as event support, social media, research, press releases and more Assist with general office operations Qualifications: Familiarity with Macs & Excel in particular Up-to-date on the latest social media trends and social media savvy in a variety of channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. THIS IS KEY -we want STRONG STRATEGIC experience in social Timeliness, attention to detail and accuracy are key to this position Excellent written & verbal communications skills Ability to work well with others while also running projects independently at times Applicants must have at least 1 prior internship in an agency environment Takes ownership of each task, being thoughtful and thorough in execution Familiarity of CisionPoint, MailChimp, and Vertical Response is a plus! Knowledge of the food & wine industry   Highly motivated and eager to learn   Compensation: This internship offers a combination of school credit and a bi-weekly stipend. Several of our internships in the past have resutled in full time employment.    To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter, along with the answers the following questions:   1.     What most interests you about working in Marketing? 2.     What are the top 5 media outlets you read in your free time and why? 3.     What is the most recent memorable food and/or wine experience and what made it so?   For further information and background, visit our website at www.charlescomm.com. Also visit our blog at www.alltheswirl.com, our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @CharlesComm or on Instagram @AlltheSwirl.   ###
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Charles Communications is looking for a Fall intern!

28 July, 2014

    About Charles Communications Associates: We are an independent creative marketing communications firm focused on strategic marcomm both new and traditional who helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective firms particularly in the international wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. Realizing the constantly growing potential of new media as marketing platforms, Charles Communications develops and executes new media strategies for clients driven by an in-depth understanding and experience with social network sites, blogs and other platforms.   Job Description: We are looking for a part time intern (3 days a week) who can work at our San Francisco office and who will jump in and join our fast paced team. We need a smart, detail oriented, resourceful individual who is self-motivated, intrepid, enthusiastic, and willing to learn. The internship start date is Monday, August 18th and will last for 3 months (or more if there’s a good fit).   Responsibilities: ·      Be familiar with CCA’s clients and our general marketing strategies ·      Assist with CCA’s social media channels ·      Work on client projects as needed such as event support, social media, research, press releases and more ·      Assist in sending product sample sends to media ·      General office assistance, phones, meetings, errands    Qualifications: ·      Familiarity with Macs & Excel in particular ·      Up-to-date on the latest social media trends and social media savvy in a variety of channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. ·      Timeliness, attention to detail and accuracy are critical to this position ·      Good written & verbal communications skills are essential to this role ·      Ability to work well with others while also running with projects independently at times ·      Knowledge of the food & wine industry is a plus ·      Previous PR experience or communications education is a plus ·      Highly motivated and eager to learn   Compensation: This internship offers school credit only. Several of our internships in the past have resulted in full time employment.    Food & wine knowledge a major edge for this position.  To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter, along with the answers the following questions to jordan@charlescomm.com:     1.     What most interests you about working in Public Relations? 2.     What are the top 5 media outlets you read in your free time and why? 3.     What is the most recent memorable food and/or wine experience and what made it so?
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Charles Communications Associates Quarterly Update: Client Roster Update & Staffing Update

30 June, 2014

Charles Communications Associates Quarterly Company Update Client Roster and Staffing Update Summer 2014   San Francisco, CA – As we at Charles Communications Associates (CCA) prepare to close out the second quarter of 2014, we would like to share our current client roster as well as some staffing updates since our spring quarterly missive:   The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows:   Casey Flat Ranch, Capay Valley, CA Charles Krug, St. Helena, CA Emeritus Vineyards, Sebastopol, CA Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA The Lodi Winegrape Commission, Lodi, CA Parallel Wines, Napa Valley, CA Purple Wine Company, Graton, CA SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR San Francisco International Wine Competition, San Francisco, CA San Francisco World Spirits Competition, San Francisco, CA SherryFest San Francisco* The Wines of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay* *Denotes new as of our last quarterly announcement   Additionally, CCA would like to announce the appointment of Account Executive Alexandra Fondren who joined our dynamic team in the early spring. Her background in winemaking, retail, communications and global travel makes her a perfect complement to our client portfolio.     Please feel free to reach out to the CCA team as a resource for any needs by contacting us by email at press@charlescomm.com or by phone at (415) 701-9463.   About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media and wine markets in the country.   For further information and background, visit our website at www.charlescomm.com. Also visit our blog at www.alltheswirl.com, our page on Facebook , follow us on Twitter at @CharlesComm or on Instagram @AlltheSwirl.   ###
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Charles Communications Associates Quarterly Update: Client Roster Update & New Office Location for Winter 2014

12 February, 2014

San Francisco, CA – As Charles Communications Associates (CCA) brings in the New Year, we are pleased to share our current client roster and new office location for the winter of 2014.  The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows: Alto Cinco, Aragon, Spain Avalon, Napa, CA Beni di Batasiolo, Piedmont, Italy Bex Riesling, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany Bunnery Natural Foods, Jackson Hole, WY Casey Flat Ranch, Capay Valley, CA* Charles Krug, St. Helena, CA* Four Vines Winery, Paso Robles, CA Green Dog Rescue Project, Healdsburg, CA Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA The Lodi Winegrape Commission, Lodi, CA Parallel Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA Purple Wine Company, Graton, CA SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR * Denotes new as of our last quarterly announcement In addition, CCA would like to announce our new office location in the Merchants Exchange II Building (340 Pine Street, Suite 504), located in the heart of the Financial District in San Francisco. We welcome a visit anytime! Please feel free to reach out to the CCA team as a resource for any needs by contacting press@charlescomm.com or 415|701-9463. For further information and background, visit CCA’s recently enhanced website at www.charlescomm.com. About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City and McCue Marketing Communications in Los Angeles to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media markets in the country. Please visit our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @CharlesComm. # # #
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Charles Communications Associates 10th Anniversary Quarterly Update: Client Roster Update & Promotion for Skye Morgan, Senior Account Manager

5 September, 2013

San Francisco, CA - As Charles Communications Associates (CCA) continues its yearlong celebration of its 10thyear anniversary, we are proud to share our client roster and a promotion announcement for the summer of 2013. The list of CCA’s current clients is as follows:   Avalon, Napa, CA Balverne Winery, Windsor, CA* Beni di Batasiolo, Piedmont, IT Bex Riesling, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany Bunnery Natural Foods, Jackson Hole, WY Chef Elizabeth Binder, Napa, CA Four Vines Winery, Paso Robles, CA Green Dog Rescue Project, Healdsburg, CA* Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA The Wines of Lodi, Lodi, CA Murrieta’s Well, Livermore, CA Parallel Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA Purple Wine Company, Graton, CA River Network, CA SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR Scharffen Berger Tasting Rooms, Healdsburg, CA & Napa, CA* Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA Wines of Uruguay, Uruguay* (September 2013 event)   * Denotes new as of our last quarterly announcement   CCA is also pleased to announce that Skye Morgan has been promoted to Senior Account Manager. Morgan joined the company in the summer of 2011 and this is her second promotion. She brings energy, enthusiasm and great skills to her role and continues to lead accounts with creativity and results. “It’s wonderful to have a team member such as Skye grow and thrive at CCA, she cares about our clients as if they were her own business, and what more could anyone ask for in business?” stated founder, Kimberly Noelle Charles.      Please feel free to reach out to the CCA team as a resource for any needs by contactingpress@charlescomm.com or 415|701-9463.   For further information and background, visit CCA’s website at www.charlescomm.com. Stay tuned for CCA’s new website, coming early Fall 2013.   About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013, CCA formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City and McCue Marketing Communications in Los Angeles to better provide clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media markets in the country.   # # #
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Charles Communications Associates 10th Anniversary Quarterly Update

25 March, 2013

San Francisco, CA – As Charles Communications Associates (CCA) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we are proud to share a list of our current clients, which we will now do quarterly to keep media and trade abreast of our clients and exciting projects.  The following is a list of CCA’s current clients: Arista Winery, Russian River Valley, CA Avalon, Napa, CA Beni di Batasiolo, Piedmont, IT Bex Riesling, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany Bunnery Natural Foods, Jackson Hole, WY Chef Elizabeth Binder, Napa, CA Four Vines Winery, Paso Robles, CA Hourglass Vineyards, Napa, CA The Wines of Lodi, Lodi, CA Murrieta’s Well, Livermore, CA Parallel Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA Purple Wine Company, Graton, CA River Network, CA SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA Please feel free to reach out to the CCA team as a resource for any needs by contacting press@charlescomm.com or 415|701-9463. Please visit our website for further information and background www.charlescomm.com. About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. In 2013 we formed a strategic alliance with Cornerstone Communications Ltd in New York City and McCue Marketing Communications in Los Angeles to better provide our clients with contacts and a network in two of the most important media markets in the country. # # #
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Charles Communications Associates and Cornerstone Communications Ltd. Announce Strategic Alliance

11 December, 2012

San Francisco/New York — Two of the wine industry’s most respected marketing communications firms, Charles Communications Associates headquartered in San Francisco and Cornerstone Communications Ltd. in New York City, have announced a strategic alliance. With a mission to provide excellent client service, greater coverage and expert coordination between the respective agencies, this alliance will provide existing and future clients with more reach on both coasts. As San Francisco is the anchor for the majority of the California wine market and New York the hub for leading wine importers, aligning the two cities reflects the totality of U.S. wine sales (66.6% domestic wine and 33.4% imported wine.*) Appropriate given that in 2011 the U.S. wine market became the second largest in the world at a value of $44 billion (347 million bottles sold), wine associations, wineries and growers have an ever growing need for the tools and resources both agencies offer to deliver exceptional results. Bringing strategic marketing communications, social media & marketing savvy, creative events management, and branding expertise to the world of wine, spirits and gourmet food products, the two agencies have a track record of building and nurturing some of the leading brands in the U.S. wine market. These include, among others, Wente Family Estates, Boisset Family Estates, Purple Wine Company, Alto Adige Wines, Rías Baixas Albariño, and Winebow Imports. With the objective to further client satisfaction and retention, as well as offer a more in-depth expertise within their respective suite of services, the alliance now offers clients greater reach and access across the country and a proven history. In 2013, Cornerstone Communications will commemorate its 23rd anniversary and Charles Communications Associates will celebrate its 10th. Marsha Palanci, Cornerstone Founder and CEO commented, “With Cornerstone’s focus on international wineries and brands, the powerful strategic momentum created by allying our agency with Charles Communications and their California-focused portfolio was a natural fit.  We are pleased that this bicoastal alliance will offer our clients even greater capabilities and reach to manage today’s increasingly complex marketing environment.” Kimberly Charles, Founder of Charles Communications Associates said of the alliance, “I’ve had great respect for Marsha and her company over the past 20 years. We collaborated historically on marketing programs and given our keen interest and expertise in both domestic and imported wines, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients a strong on-the-ground team in the media capital of the world.” For more information on the two agencies, visit cornerstonepr.com and charlescomm.com or view their Twitter accounts at @marshapalanci and @charlescomm. *Source: Gomberg & Fredrikson Annual Wine Industry Review Media Contacts Kimberly Charles                                                   kcharles@charlescomm.com T: 415-730-0064 Marsha Palanci mpalanci@cornerstonepr.com T: 212-605-0370
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New Additions to CCA

14 February, 2012

San Francisco, CA - Charles Communications Associates (CCA) is pleased to announce two new hires to its creative marketing communications firm. Katie Hunter is joining CCA as an account executive and as social media director. CCA is also excited to announce that Skye Morgan, has been promoted to account coordinator. Katie Hunter got her start in the wine industry in Washington D.C. as a media specialist for Heritage Link Brands, a South African wine importer. Hunter also brings with her an abundance of philanthropic experience from working at Arabella Advisors, a company whose client list includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NFL Player Care Foundation. Working with small companies to develop social media strategies and campaigns, Hunter has created successful social media based campaigns that have gained recognition in publications such as Inc. Magazine. Her knowledge of wine and experience in social responsibility makes her an excellent addition to the agency given CCA's focus on companies with a minimally sustainable approach to their business. Skye Morgan originally joined CCA as an intern. Her passion and knowledge for the wine and food industry contribute to her growing talent in this field. Growing up in Napa Valley with her parents, wine makers and cookbook authors, Morgan was educated in the world of food and wine at an early age. She spent a year abroad in Bordeaux, France for a year, which cultivated her love and understanding of wine. Her organizational skills and contagious enthusiasm are a great asset to the CCA team and its clients. About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC is an independent creative marketing communications firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories. CCA also specializes in marketing for top shelf spirits and luxury products. CCA is a nimble, energetic and focused team that infuses our work with enthusiasm, originality, and strategy to help our clients thrive and grow. The company has helped brands such as Boisset Family Estates, Wente Family Estates, Square One Organic Vodka, Cameron Hughes, Parallel Napa Valley, Domaine Carneros and many others establish a strong identity and point of differentiation that has captured market share, helped them move to the next business level or cemented them in the minds of their audiences.
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Charles Communications Associates Celebrates Eighth Anniversary

10 May, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO- May 10th, 2011- Today, Charles Communications Associates (CCA), the leading food and beverage creative marketing communications firm is proud to celebrate its eight-year anniversary. Honored to represent and to have worked with some of the most successful and progressive companies in the food and beverage realm, CCA has strategically expanded its activities over the years while remaining true to its founding values of integrity, social responsibility and originality. Founder Kimberly Charles has worked on some of the most compelling brand campaigns in the food and beverage arena, including the re-launch of Gallo of Sonoma from 1998-2001, the debut of America’s first organic rye vodka Square One Organic Vodka, the launch of Cameron Hughes Lot Series wines, the debut of Domaine Carneros sparkling winery as well as more recent campaigns, among many others. Kimberly and her team at CCA continue to create campaigns that are imbued with meaning and purpose. A diploma holder from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London who started out her career working with some of the most renowned names in the wine, spirits and luxury consumer goods industries, Kimberly enlisted her experience to ensure that CCA history would be paved with successes that cover all areas of expertise of the agency. Today the team at CCA works closely with a diverse array of clients including Archery Summit Vineyards, Bar Bambino, Boisset Family Estates, Beni di Batasiolo, Benziger Family Winery, Chamisal Vineyards, Diam, Four Vines, Mark West, Michael Osborne Design, Purple Wine Company, SakéOne, Scion Advisors, Stonescape Vineyards and Wente Family Estates. “The new American food movement has been extremely exciting these last years. We are very proud of having successfully addressed our clients’ needs in terms of strategic communications in both traditional and new media within this ever-evolving environment. We want to thank the media and marketing partners with whom we have created long-lasting and trusting relationships and who support the promotion of high-quality, sustainable products,” said Charles, “Our plan for the coming years is to extend our portfolio of great clients and continue to provide our existing clients with creative concepts while promoting sustainable development in the food and beverage industry.” Charles Communications Associates’ success reflects the passion and dedication of those who have nurtured it over the years. The agency’s team of highly energetic, intensely curious, and hard-working marketing and communication experts from diverse backgrounds, education and languages skills, with strong interest in socially responsible issues have been instrumental in this. Equally important are the clients whose talent and dedication to offer superior products remain a constant inspiration. Thanks to all of you for making Charles Communications a great vintage every year!
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