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Parallel Napa Valley

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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 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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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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