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Parallel Napa Valley Appoints Paula Kornell as General Manager

13 February, 2014

Napa Valley, CA – The partners of Parallel Napa Valley are pleased to announce the appointment of wine industry veteran Paula Kornell to the position of General Manager for the winery. Having just celebrated their first decade of vintages in 2013, the partners were seeking a savvy GM to focus on the next stage of growth. A Napa native, Kornell grew up immersed in wine business and culture on her family’s vineyard in St. Helena. For the last thirty plus years, Kornell has held management, sales and leadership positions throughout the wine industry both in Napa and Sonoma encompassing financial management, retail and wholesale sales, DTC, co-marketing partnerships, vineyard certification, winery general management among many other skills. Highlights included GM positions most recently at Oakville Ranch, and previously at Carmenet and Vichon wineries. She also served a term as President of the Napa Valley Vintners board as well as board member for 9 years. Of the appointment, Park City, Utah based partner Mac MacQuoid states, “Paula’s holistic business sense, encompassing both traditional and new approaches to sales and marketing, as well as strongaccountability for P & L, offered Parallel Napa Valley the chance to enter into our second decade with an informed strategic approach to a continuously evolving marketplace.  “I am thrilled in becoming the newest member of team Parallel. It is a joy to be working with partners that possess genuine enthusiasm about the wine business and their brand. It is also an honor to have the opportunity to work with one of the greatest winemakers in our time.” About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Philippe Melka, well regarded by leading critics as one of the pre-eminent wine consultants in the U.S. and beyond. The winery was established formally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley, where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home. In addition to making a great wine, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are dedicated philanthropists and have made it a priority to extend their wine and its success to support their communities and various charities. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at 415.701.9463 or press@charlescomm.com. #   #   #
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Parallel Napa Valley Live Auction Lot Earns $100,000 at 33rd Annual Auction Napa Valley

27 June, 2013

Napa Valley, CA – Parallel Napa Valley, which joined forces with Lail Vineyards and Vineyard 29 for a live auction lot at Auction Napa Valley 2013, secured a solid winning bid of $100,000 helping towards the $16 million fundraising effort that broke all records this year.  The winning bid went to Carl Thoma, formerly of Thoma Cressey Equity Partners based in Chicago and the lot included a collection of four Limited Edition Double Magnums from the three wineries and a package to experience the 2014 Winter Olympic Games being held in Sochi, Russia, from the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley in the hometown of Parallel partners, Park City, Utah. The auction lot was displayed at the renowned Barrel Auction held at Raymond Vineyards. Appropriate for the heat, red, white and blue snow cones were served by a former US Olympic skier, Jenny Lathrop and her twin sister, Abbi. The head butler of all the Americas for the St. Regis Luxury Collection of hotels, Alexander Mattinson, was also on site; well qualified for his position, he had once worked at Buckingham Palace. The complete lot featured a double magnum of the Limited Edition Meritage Gold Wine, a blend of the best from Lail Vineyards, Parallel Napa Valley and Vineyard 29 and one of only six ever produced by renowned winemaker, Philippe Melka. Additionally, the lot included 3 vintners dinners, a spa package at the St. Regis, 4 VIP “Gold Passes” from the U.S. Ski Team, 4 pairs of custom skis and U.S. Ski Team logo wear. Following upon a tradition since the brand’s inception with Parallel supporting high level ski events, including the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team over the years, this will be one of many Parallel Olympic-related activities. The brand will also be donating wine to help fundraise for the first ever Olympic U.S. Women’s Ski Jump Team, who will be competing in 2014. The 33rd annual fundraiser hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners raised a record-breaking $16.9 million during the weekend of June 1st, 2013. The fundraising proceeds of the auction go towards healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County. Continuing Parallel Napa Valley’s ongoing philanthropic efforts, the winery is proud to be a part of such an incredible and beneficiary event that gives back to the local Napa community. About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Philippe Melka, praised as one of the world’s most influential wine consultants by Robert Parker in 2008. The winery was established formally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley, where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home. In addition to making a great wine, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are dedicated philanthropists and have made it a priority to extend their wine and its success to support their communities and various charities. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Skye Morgan of Charles Communications Associates at 415.701.9463 or press@charlescomm.com.     # # #
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Parallel Napa Valley Appoints Lindsay Faith Weinhold Manager of Business Development

5 September, 2012

Napa Valley, CA – After over a decade of a successful launch and establishment of a brand guided by its founding partners, Parallel Napa Valley has announced the appointment of their first employee, Lindsay Faith Weinhold. Lindsay Faith has joined the Parallel team as the Manager of Business Development, representing the luxury wine portfolio in all capacities, from sales & marketing to new business development efforts.  She is responsible for the creation and execution of all hospitality experiences for Parallel’s visitors in Napa Valley, as well as the establishment and servicing of direct to trade accounts nationally. Formerly the Director of Hospitality and Marketing for von Strasser Winery, Lindsay Faith acquired several years of experience in both direct to consumer marketing as well as national sales representation. She also boasts several years of experience in hospitality with the Hillstone Restaurant Group, as well as business management with Monitor Group. The blend of her background of organization and business administration made her an ideal fit for the artisan brand of Parallel Napa Valley, which has maintained a continuity of successful accolades and awards since its inception.  2012 has been a particularly remarkable year given that the winery took home “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” from the San Francisco International Wine Competition as well as “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” at the first annual Mainly Meritage wine competition. Of her appointment, Partner Mike Doilney states, “As Parallel interviewed potential candidates for a Direct Sales position, we looked for an experienced, confident and creative self starter. When we interviewed Lindsay Faith, we found that the job could incorporate much more and ultimately, we discovered a professional who not only fills the needs we initially identified, but who also owns the management skills to reach loftier goals.” About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Philippe Melka, praised as one of the world’s most influential wine consultants by Robert Parker in 2008. The winery was established formally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley, where they are originally from, and Napa Valley their second home. In addition to making great wine, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are dedicated philanthropists and have made it a priority to extend their wine and its success to support their communities and various charities. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Skye Morgan of Charles Communications Associates at 415-701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com. #   #   #
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Parallel Wines Reaping Big Awards in 2012

16 August, 2012

San Francisco, CA – Parallel Wines of Napa Valley has had a bountiful harvest of accolades just as veraison sets in this year.  Parallel’s 2008 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was named “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition in June 2012. The Parallel Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon won a Double Gold medal in the same competition. The event, which was held from June 15th to June 17th, boasted a field of over 4,500 wines, the largest in the 32-year history of the competition. Only 202 Double Gold awards were given. Shortly afterwards in July 2012, the 2009 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was voted “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” by the Mainly Meritage International Wine Competition. Launched by renowned wine writer and competition director, Robert Whitley, this was the inaugural year for the competition, featuring wines made exclusively from traditional Bordeaux varietals. The 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded three stars by the Decanter Tasting Panel as well. Also the Melka wines auction lot, which included a magnum of the 2009 Parallel “Black Diamond” Cabernet Sauvignon and six other 2008 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml bottles, received the second highest bid at the Auction Napa Valley E-Auction, with a bid of $7,751. In early August, the Beverage Testing Institute and it’s World Wine Championship competition awarded Gold Medals to Parallel 2008 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon (rating 94 points) and to the Parallel 2009 Cabernet, Napa Valley (rating 92 points). Finally in recent days, Parallel’s 2009 Black Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon received 93 points and a “Best of the Best” commendation from the Quarterly Review of Wines, who has been rating wines for 28 years. Additionally, the 2009 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon received 91 points. About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Food & Wine’s 2005 winemaker of the year, Philippe Melka and viticulturalist Jim Barbour of Barbour Vineyards. The winery was established formally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley, where they are originally from, and Napa Valley their second home. In addition to making great wine, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are dedicated philanthropists and have made it a priority to extend their wine and its success to support their communities and various charities. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Skye Morgan of Charles Communications Associates at 415-701-9463 or skye@charlescomm.com. #   #   #
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Melka Wines and Parallel Napa Valley Win Second Highest Bid at Auction Napa Valley’s E-Auction

13 June, 2012

Napa Valley, CA - Parallel Napa Valley is honored to have been a “Top Producer”, achieving the second highest bidding E-Auction lot for Auction Napa Valley out of 149 in the competition. The Melka Wines winning bid was $7,751, which included 49 bottles of Napa Valley wine made by renowned winemaker, Philippe Melka. The Melka Wine E-Auction lot featured a magnum of Parallel Napa Valley’s 2009 “Black Diamond” Cabernet Sauvignon and six other 2008 Parallel Napa Valley 750 ml bottles, in addition to 42 other Melka Wines, a lunch for four and a wine cooler. The 32nd annual fundraiser hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners raised over $8 million during the weekend of May 31st, 2012. The proceeds of the auction will support various housing, health & wellness, youth and other community non-profits. As an avid proponent of charities around the nation, Parallel Napa Valley is proud to have been part of such an extraordinary and beneficiary event. About Parallel Wines Philippe Melka, Food & Wine’s 2005 winemaker of the year, has been winemaker for Parallel Napa Valley since its inception in 1999. As a partnership, Parallel Napa Valley’s goal has always been to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines.  Forging an early relationship with Melka in 2001 was a great foundation for creating Parallel.  His expertise with Bordeaux varietals has lead to the production of some of Napa Valley’s greatest and most sought-after wines. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Skye Morgan of Charles Communications Associates at 415-701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com. #   #   #
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Parallel Wines: Napa’s Latest “Cab” A Natural for Celebrating The Ski Season and Toasting Torino

6 February, 2006

The partners of Parallel Wines – ski buddies for the past twenty years – are excited to introduce their new wine, just in time for the height of the ski season and the Olympics. Fine wine and skiing have always been a great match for après ski. That dynamic combination has truly come to life with the launch of Parallel Wines (www.parallelwines.com). Named for the parallels between the wine and the ski worlds and the classic dual lines cut by skis on the first run of the day, Parallel Wine is a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctive ski track design on its label. Crafted by top winemaker Philippe Melka, recently named the 2005 Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine magazine, in collaboration with highly acclaimed vineyard manager, Jim Barbour, Parallel Wine was conceived by a eight close friends from Park City. “We all met skiing twenty years ago and have shared many glasses of wine, so it’s fitting that Parallel Wines celebrate what brought us together,” shares Mac MacQuoid, one of the Parallel Wine partners. “People who love skiing love a great glass of wine. After a special day on the slopes, we want friends to gather around a fire and enjoy a glass of Parallel while they cheer on the USA in Torino.” The premiere release of the wine, Parallel 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. is a blend of grapes from Howell Mountain and Calistoga in Napa Valley. It’s priced at $44 per 750 ml bottle, marking it the first time that Melka and Barbour – generally known for their higher priced offerings - have collaborated on a wine that is both affordable and available to the general public. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot and is a wine with deep color that exhibits a beautiful bouquet of black currants, blackberries, dried herbs, smoke, vanilla and Asian spices. The mouthfeel is generous and packed with ripe flavors of rich cherry jam and black fruits. It finishes with dense tannins, and a wonderful licorice character. According to Melka, “This wine is distinctive and reflects a sense of harmony and sophistication.” The first release of Parallel is currently sold in ski area wine shops and restaurants in the Intermountain West and in California and New Jersey/New York. It is available online for shipment where legal at www.parallelwines.com. For more information on Parallel, visit www.parallelwines.com. Editors contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at (415) 701 9463 or kcharles@charlescomm.com. Photos are available upon request. # # #
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