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Parallel Napa Valley is the story of the parallel lives and friendships of eight close friends and skiers from Park City, Utah. The acclaimed mountain-grown Napa Cabernet and Russian River Valley Chardonnay represent a decade of collaboration between those friends and two of the top winemaking professionals in the industry today: winemaker Philippe Melka, and veteran oenologist Jim Barbour.

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Parallel Napa Valley Announces Spring "Bud Break" Party on May 4th

11 April, 2019

  Parallel Napa Valley Announces Spring "Bud Break" Party on May 4th Saturday event will begin at the Culinary Institute of America and lead into a party at the Parallel tasting room and winemaking home, Brasswood   WHO:     As part of their 20th anniversary celebration year, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are excited to announce the schedule for their 2019 Spring "Bud Break" Party Weekend on May 4th, 2019. Parallel is renowned for its artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted since the inception by Philippe Melka, one of the most celebrated and respected wine consultants in world.   WHAT:   Parallel’s Saturday event is open to the public, and will take place across two different venues, beginning with a Cabernet Sauvignon class at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and culminating in the Spring “Bud Break” Party at Parallel’s winemaking home and tasting room at Brasswood, St. Helena.    Mastering the Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 2:00 - 3:30PM  Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA   In this Culinary Institute of America Wine Education series class, guests will focus on eight common characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon, plus how to examine the wine for color, acidity, alcohol level, tannin, and the ever elusive “complexity.” After some sensory warm-up, guests will be able to taste through a flight of five wines from all around the globe, including Parallel Wines, pick their favorites, and describe them like an expert. Helpful tips regarding shopping, aging, storage and food, and wine pairing will be shared along the way.    Each $100 ticket includes this informative and fun course, plus a bottle of Parallel Wine to take home. Tickets are non-refundable after Friday, April 26th. Click here to purchase tickets.   2019 Spring "Bud Break" Party 4:00 - 7:00PM Brasswood, St. Helena, CA Guests are invited to celebrate the start of the 2019 growing season, and Parallel’s 20th year in Napa Valley with a “Bud Break” party at the winery’s tasting room and winemaking home at Brasswood.   The $125 ticket (waived for club members) includes food, live music, friends, activities and of course Parallel Wines! Tickets are non-transferable, and non-refundable after Friday, April 26th. Click here to purchase tickets.    WHERE:   Mastering the Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Culinary Institute of America-Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574 Spring "Bud Break" Party Brasswood 3125 St. Helena Highway North (Highway 29) St. Helena, CA 94574     WHEN:   Saturday, May 4th, 2019 2:00 - 3:30PM:          Mastering the Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 4:00 - 7:00PM:          Spring "Bud Break" Party     TICKETS & INFORMATION:   Tickets for these events, as well as others throughout the spring and summer, can be purchased online here. For questions about this event or to RSVP complimentary club member tickets, please contact Adrienne D. Capps, Parallel Napa Valley General Manager, at (707) 486-1100 or adrienne@parallelwines.com.       About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley-designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The wines are 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 originally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley (in Park City, Utah) where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home. The Parallel Napa Valley label captures the essence of the lines carved by skis on the first run of the day, and each top tier wine is also named for a famous ski run. 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.   Charles Communications Associates, a leading marketer of fine wine brands and regions, is proud to have represented Parallel Napa Valley since the founding of the brand.  For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at 415.701.9463 or press@charlescomm.com. ###
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Parallel Napa Valley Appoints New General Manager Adrienne D. Capps

7 February, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Charles  Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com   Parallel Napa Valley Appoints Adrienne D. Capps as General Manager    Napa Valley, CA, February 7, 2019 – The partners of Parallel Napa Valley are pleased to announce the promotion of food, wine and hospitality industry veteran Adrienne D. Capps to the position of General Manager for the brand.  Capps joined Parallel last June as Director of Hospitality & Marketing. 2019 marks Parallel’s 20th anniversary, and the partners had been seeking a savvy GM to focus on this important year, as well as the next stage of growth.     With an MBA in Finance as well as an Associates Degree from the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone in Napa Valley (where she earned the second highest GPA, two graduation awards and three scholarships to boot!), Capps brings to Parallel a sound business mind and a savvy knack for wine hospitality. For the last 20+ years, she has held progressive leadership roles in nonprofit advancement, marketing and communications, while building her own brand as a successful food blogger, writer, recipe developer and educator with local, regional and national exposure. In 2015, she founded Capps Consulting in order to work with start-up food, wine and hospitality clients on recipe development, hospitality platform creation, chef consulting, as well as start-up fundraising and recruitment.   Capps has also served as Vice President of Development for Napa Valley Community Foundation, where she assisted in collecting more than $18M for the Napa Fire Complex in 2017, and Assistant Dean for Development & External Relations at the UC Davis School of Education, proving adept at strategic leadership and fundraising.   In her new capacity, as General Manager at Parallel, Capps will run the day-to-day Napa Valley operations at the stylish, appointment-only tasting room in Brasswood, just a few miles north of St. Helena. Using her CIA training, Capps has developed a sophisticated new food pairings tasting menu, which can be booked for daytime tastings, lunches, and receptions, though the beautiful new facility will also enable her to host private dinners - even weddings - in the Brasswood Restaurant or a private room. She will work closely with internationally renowned Winemaker Philippe Melka (who has been with Parallel since its inception 20 years ago) in order to best translate and promote his inimitable style to a new generation of Parallel devotees.   Capps will also be taking Parallel Wines on the road fairly often, working with top chefs to create thoughtful pairings for the wines (she just returned from beautiful series of dinner events that included venues as revered as New York City’s Lincoln Center and Baltusrol Country Club in New Jersey). She is looking forward to upping the ante on creative events through which to showcase Parallel wines, both in and out of Napa Valley.   Upcoming events and important dates include:   Feb 12 & 13: Jackson, WY for a tasting with the Teton Pines’ Members as well as market visits Feb 14 & 15: Bottling 2016 Russian River Chardonnay and 2016 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Feb 16: Tahoe, CA Kirkwood Community Association Tasting Feb 22: Napa Valley, CA Atelier Melka, Brasswood Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 13: Napa Valley, CA (Lodi Lane) Wine Country Inn Tastings Feb 25: 2015 Black Diamond Reserve Cabernet “Reward” Wine Club Shipment & Release: 94+ Wine Advocate Mar 7-9: Park City, UT Red, White & Snow - info about Vintner Dinner here Mar 11-20: East Coast Tour, including NYC, NJ, PA and VT ski resorts as well as: Mar 14: Phila., PA VIP Reception for Philadelphia Youth Basketball at the hottest new social club in Phila., The Fitler Club Mar 18: Phila., PA Silicon Valley Bank, Office/Client Tasting May 4: Napa Valley, CA Parallel’s Spring “Bud Break” Party, Brasswood   Of Capps’ appointment, Park City, Utah based Managing Partner Mac MacQuoid states, “Adrienne’s holistic business sense, encompassing both traditional and new approaches to sales and marketing, as well as strong accountability 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.”   Capps says, “I’m ecstatic to work with Parallel in this exciting new role. Since day one, my partnership with the team has really clicked - and I am looking forward to having fun building on their years of success with them, as well as with one of the most important winemakers I’ve ever had the honor to meet, let alone work with.”   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 originally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley (in Park City, Utah) where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home. The Parallel Napa Valley label captures the essence of the lines carved by skis on the first run of the day, and Parallel names its limited production, select barrel wines - known as the Black Diamond Series - after great ski runs around the country. 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.   Charles Communications Associates, a leading marketer of fine wine brands and regions, is proud to have represented Parallel Napa Valley since the founding of the brand.   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 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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