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As California’s new mandatory Responsible Beverage Service Certification deadline looms, San Francisco Wine School offers ABC accredited live training for 1 million servers in need

27 June, 2022

As California’s new mandatory Responsible Beverage Service Certification deadline looms, San Francisco Wine School offers ABC accredited live training for 1 million servers in need All alcoholic beverage servers & managers are required to certify for responsible beverage service by August 31, 2022, per the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control June 27, 2022 - The State of California has issued a new mandate for Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) certification, for all 56,000 licensed businesses in California where alcohol is served that goes into effect this Friday, July 1.  The brand-new training and certification requirement is mandatory for everyone from servers to bartenders to bouncers, anyone who is part of the on-premise alcohol sales and service process for consumers.  These individuals and their managers must be trained through an approved RBS program and pass the California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control’s (ABC) certification exam by August 31, 2022.   On-premise licensees who do not have all alcoholic beverage service staff and managers certified by this date will be out of compliance with the ABC when enforcement begins.  This legislation was part of Assembly bills 1221 and 82, which charged the ABC to create this training and certification process.   There are only a handful of certifying organizations within the state like San Francisco Wine School, (SFWS) whose program is approved by the ABC to offer live, instructor-led training online, at their education and event center in South San Francisco, and at client locations throughout the state. A noted certification-focused wine education and event organization, SFWS has been in operation since 2011, offering 25 different programs, along with a wide array of workshops, public events, and private experiences for both trade and consumers.   Recognizing that this mandate needed to serve a wide audience in a short period of time, co-owners David Glancy, MS and Kristin Campbell jumped into action and began developing their program last year.   SFWS has their 4-hour certification class available publicly on July 26, August 22, and September 27 for a cost of $45 per person with opportunities for group discounts.  In addition, the school offers groups, associations, and individual wineries, bars, and restaurants this training privately, allowing them to focus discussions on areas and examples that are most relevant to their particular business.  SFWS’ RBS program is also expected to be available in Spanish in the coming weeks. According to Campbell, "RBS training educates persons seeking employment or who are currently employed as servers for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages. It aims to provide these important staff and managers with the necessary skills to responsibly serve alcoholic beverages and mitigate alcohol-related harm in California communities. We used our deep industry knowledge to create a curriculum that is in strict compliance with the ABC’s requirements with the goal of successful certification for all students and are one of only ten approved “in-person” providers authorized to teach live throughout the state."  SFWS has also pioneered hybrid room/zoom offerings during the pandemic where attendees can either attend live in-person or online and receive custom tasting kits across the US when wine is part of the experience.   “Using our state-of-the-art AV system for RBS training will allow us to conveniently and effectively train servers across the state and minimize travel expenses for those who want to participate from home or work.”  Important to note, TIPS, ServeSafe, and LEAD programs and certification completed prior to May 2021 do NOT satisfy the requirements for California’s Responsible Beverage Service Certification.  How the RBS Training and Certification Process Works at San Francisco Wine SchoolOnce registered for a training program at https://sanfranciscowineschool.com/rbs, each on-premise server and manager is required to register with the ABC at https://abcbiz.abc.ca.gov/ before the program start date and pay a $3 fee to obtain their Server ID. This Server ID is presented to SFWS who then certifies their class participation after the training, thereby opening their exam.  They must then pass the ABC's online RBS exam with a score of 70% or higher within 3 attempts after completion of the program to earn the state mandated RBS certification.    About California's Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act and Related Certification Passage of California Assembly Bill 1221 in 2017 created the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act. The bill required the Alcoholic Beverage Control to create the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) to ensure servers and their managers of alcoholic beverages are educated on the dangers of serving alcohol to minors and over-serving alcohol to patrons with the intention of reducing alcohol-related harm to local communities. The mandate creates a new training requirement for roughly 1,000,000 alcohol servers and managers of alcohol servers at an estimated 56,000 ABC licensees with on-premise alcohol sales privileges. The alcohol servers and managers who work at those locations must register with the ABC, be trained by an ABC approved program, and pass an ABC exam to be certified within 60 days of the enactment or after their first date of employment whichever is later. This certification must be renewed every 3 years by all alcohol servers as mandated by these new regulations. The passing of Assembly Bill 82, on June 29, 2020, extended the date in which this requirement is enacted to July 1, 2022. This change was made to alleviate the financial strain on the hospitality industry caused by the COVID-19 state of emergency. Effective July 1, 2022, all alcohol servers and their managers must obtain a valid RBS certification though an ABC accredited RBS training provider within 60 calendar days from the effective date or their first date of employment.  Uncertified Servers, Managers and Licensees will be out of compliance with this law beginning August 31, 2022, when enforcement begins. To learn more about SFWS' RBS program, visit here or contact help@sfwineschool.com or 650-763-1324.  For media inquiries, images, or interviews, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064. # # #  
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Here's the Scoop! Humphry Slocombe and Domaine Carneros Team Up Once Again for Rosé Inspired Ice Cream Flavor

2 June, 2022

Here's the Scoop! Humphry Slocombe and Domaine Carneros Team Up Once Again for Rosé Inspired Ice Cream FlavorRenowned Napa Valley Winery and Small Batch Ice Cream Present the Perfect Summer Treat (San Francisco, Calif.) June 2, 2022—Just in time for National Rosé Day on June 11th, San Francisco small-batch ice cream brand Humphry Slocombe - known for its imaginative ingredient-driven flavors - has partnered with the Napa Valley’s first name in top quality sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros, to revisit its smash hit “Rosé All Day” flavor, this time as a dairy-based ice cream. This year’s iteration of “Rosé All Day” is a deliciously refreshing Rosé ice cream made with Domaine Carneros 2018 Brut Rosé and a hint of lemon. This boozy ice cream is the perfect complement to backyard cookouts, afternoons by the pool or beach, or anywhere you want to have #RoséAllDay this summer. Humphry Slocombe Co-Founder and Chef Jake Godby says, “Pink bubbles make everything better, and ‘Rosé All Day’ is like summer in a cup or cone.” “We love this really delightful interpretation of our Brut Rosé, and we know our diehard rosé fans, and rosé newbies alike, will go crazy for it,” commented Domaine Carneros’ CEO, Remi Cohen. The 2022 “Rosé All Day” ice cream is available the entire month of June for $11/pint at Humphry Slocombe’s original scoop shop in the Mission District, as well as at their Ferry Building location and their locations in Oakland and Berkeley; in addition, the flavor is available as of June 2nd via Goldbelly as part of a special 4-pack, offered for $94.95 (including tax and shipping; available while supplies last). The 4-pack includes two pints of the “Rosé All Day” flavor and two pints of Tahitian Vanilla.  About Humphry Slocombe: Known for its unique and creative flavors, Humphry Slocombe has established itself as a pioneering ice cream destination that sources local fruits, veggies, spices and booze for its one-of-a-kind inventions. Co-Founders Jake Godby (Chef) and Sean Vahey (Food & Beverage Manager) relied on their extensive culinary backgrounds to create never before seen, or tasted, flavors when they opened Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco in 2008. Recently named one of San Francisco’s “Most Delicious Instagram Accounts” by 7X7 Magazine, Humphry Slocombe has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and Bon Appetit, along with several television appearances, such as the Food Network’s “Top 5 Ice Creams in America.” About Domaine Carneros: Founded in 1987 by the Taittinger family, and helmed by CEO and Remi Cohen, Domaine Carneros produces notable sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from California’s Carneros appellation from six estate vineyards totaling close to 400 acres. The Domaine Carneros Château and Terrace are open to visitors for tasting flights and elevated experiences from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by appointment daily. For more information, please call 800.716.2788 or visit www.domainecarneros.com.  Website www.humphryslocombe.com www.domainecarneros.com Social: Humphry Slocombe Instagram | www.instagram.com/humphryslocombe Twitter | www.twitter.com/humphryslocombe Facebook | Facebook | www.facebook.com/humphryslocombe Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram |  www.instagram.com/domainecarneros/ Twitter |  www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/DomaineCarnerosWinery ### FOR MORE INFORMATION: FOR DOMAINE CARNEROS, PLEASE CONTACT KIMBERLY CHARLES AT 415-730-0064 OR KCHARLES@CHARLESCOMM.COM FOR HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE, PLEASE CONTACT SEAN VAHEY AT 415-248-6369 OR SEAN@HUMPHRYSLOCOMBE.COM  
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Star Vintners and Top Innovators in Food & Wine Take the Stage at 9th Annual WineaPAWlooza June 24 & 25, 2022

17 May, 2022

Star Vintners and Top Innovators in Food & Wine Take the Stage at 9th Annual WineaPAWlooza June 24 & 25, 2022 Photo Credit: Emma K. Morris Real-world leaders champion solutions to the most critical issues facing our local and global communities and demonstrate what we can do today to save animals, humanity, and our planet at one of Napa Valley’s top wine auctions. (Napa, Calif.) — May 17, 2022 — Jameson Humane, a solutions-based nonprofit and animal sanctuary which educates to inspire change on behalf of companion and farmed animals, is holding its signature fundraising event, WineaPAWlooza 2022, live and in-person on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at 5pm, PT. Combining two things that are universally loved (wine and animals), WineaPAWlooza has consistently earned its place as one of the top 10 wine events in the country, as cited by Wine Spectator. The money raised from this spirited and highly anticipated event supplies the critical funds necessary for Jameson programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save lives. Innovators in Food & Wine Join This Year’s Impact-Driven Fundraiser This newest iteration of Jameson’s annual fundraiser expands on Jameson’s mission, which is to improve animal welfare through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. Bringing together leaders in the food and wine industry to discuss innovation, behavior, and action-oriented change to our food system, including wine—for the health of animals, humans, and the planet—takes place on Friday evening, on Pritchard Hill. Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant, and Brian Cooley of CNET, will be co-moderating a panel of prestigious vintners and food industry leaders, including a Q&A with noted model and activist, Christie Brinkley, and WineaPAWlooza Co-Chair, Vanessa Conlin MW, on June 24th from 5-7:30pm to vividly illuminate where wine and animal welfare intersect and offer solutions for the planet, by way of thought-provoking questions and conversation. The cuisine will be curated by Little Saint, a Healdsburg plant-based restaurant overseen by Kyle Connaughton of three Michelin-star SingleThread. Panelists Eric Schulze, PhD., UPSIDE Foods; Alison Kilmer, Miyoko’s Creamery; Tamearra Dyson, Souley Vegan; Christopher Jackson, Jackson Family Wines, Rooted for Good; Carlo Mondavi, RAEN Winery, Monarch Tractor; Molly Sheppard, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery The Grand Tasting, Animal Parade, & Wine Auction with Celebrity Guest, Christie Brinkley Saturday June 25th 5-10pm Returning this year in-person to the famed Beckstoffer Farm Center, Saturday evening includes the Grand Tasting showcasing handcrafted wines and the vintners who make them from 50 of the “who's who” of Napa and Sonoma Valley’s wine glitterati (click here to see Participating Vintners), plus special guest, Christie Brinkley, showcasing her vegan, organically grown, Bellissima Prosecco & Wines. “When I heard about the work that Jameson Humane does for animals and the planet, I knew that I had to be a part of this year’s WineaPAWlooza. Being a lifelong vegetarian and activist; sustainable and vegan or vegetarian-friendly causes are extremely important to me. In fact, this is the central belief with my own brand, Bellissima Prosecco & Wines. At Bellissima, we are devoted to being “Better-for-You” and “Better-for-the-Planet”. We produce our wines with 100% organic grapes and of course the wines are all certified vegan.”   “What’s even more unique about the work we do at Bellissima is that we go beyond the bottle - we are committed to giving back to the planet and supporting animals and communities in need. We at Bellissima are honored to partner with inspiring organizations such as One Tree Planted and Jameson Humane! We are humbled to be able to contribute to these beautiful missions.” The legendary Animal Parade will be led by Grand Marshal, Rick Hayes of Napa Hanlees Subaru, and celebrity wine auctioneer and personality, Fritz Hatton, followed by a delectable plant-based menu designed and executed by Deborah Blum, Operating Partner of San Francisco plant-based restaurant Wildseed and Founder of Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary. The evening will culminate in the much-anticipated live auction of 20 spectacular lots, featuring cult wines, one-of-a-kind experiences and trips to global wine destinations. Examples include large formats of Screaming Eagle and Schrader, a magnum collection from Andy Beckstoffer’s personal cellar, a surprise barrel lot from an iconic Napa Valley vineyard, trips to Piemonte, Italy and Bordeaux, France, a Pappy Van Winkle dinner, and a David Beckstoffer handcrafted guitar autographed by Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, to name a few.  WineaPAWlooza will be hosted by world-renowned wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, as well as Jameson Humane and former 750 Wines founders Monica and David Stevens, and Chief Wine Officer, Wine Access, Vanessa Conlin MW. Andy and Betty Beckstoffer will be presented with a Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement award. “This year’s WineaPAWlooza is bigger, better, and more important than ever. Not only do we have the best-of-the-best, most generous vintners and winemakers sharing their most sought-after wines, but we take our mission to the next level with true innovators and disruptors in the food and wine industry who join us to share their solutions for the future and to benefit all of us, the animals, and the planet. The time is now to innovate, learn, share, and enjoy all that our wine country and its community have to offer.” – Jameson Humane Co-Founder and WineaPAWlooza Co-Chair, Monica Stevens  “I'm thrilled that we are back in person for Wineapawlooza 2022! Our Friday night format will showcase everything Jameson Humane does not just on behalf of animals but also for the people and the entire planet. Having Christie Brinkley lend her star power and participate in WineaPAWlooza truly shows us the great work that Jameson does is being noticed and supported on a larger scale. The funds we will raise on Saturday are more important now than ever and our amazing vintners and donors will make the future brighter through their generous contributions.” – Vanessa Conlin MW, WineaPAWlooza Co-Chair. Jameson Humane would also like to thank this year’s Event Sponsor and auction lot donor, NetJets, and our contributing sponsors and partners: Hanlees Subaru Napa, Bellissima Prosecco & Wines, Wealth Enhancement Group InConcert Napa Valley, Beau Wine Tours, Zapolski Real Estate, Wine Vault, Coldwell Banker, Brokers of the Valley, Poppy Bank, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Platypus Tours, Minuteman Press, Cartons & Crates, Miyoko’s Creamery, Aperture Media, Charles Communications, Noël Burgess, Malloy Imrie & Vasconi Insurance Services, LLC, Good Art Project, The McClelland House, Venu Magazine, Napa Valley Photo Booth Company, DiNoci Dairy Free, The Lonely Genome Project Event Information, Proxy Bidding, and eLots: www.wineapawlooza.com Maral Papakhian, Director of Marketing & Communication, maral@jamesonhumane.org  415.845.7205 WineaPawlooza 2022 Steering Committee Andy & Betty Beckstoffer, Honorary Chairs Vanessa Conlin MW & Monica Stevens, Co-Chairs Fritz Hatton, Auctioneer Steering Committee: Giovanna Bagnasco, Ashley Brandner, Patrice Breton, Samantha Breton, Haley Duncan, Matt Duncan, Robert Emery, Scott Gould, Greg Gregory, Dr. Amy Herold, Jesse Katz, Diane Kemple, Armen Khachaturian, Maayan Koschitzky, Allison Kozeny, Sylvie Laly, Kerrin Laz, Scott Lewis, Naomi Linnell, Jessica Loesch, Jen Lombard, Bob Long, Amanda McCrossin, Nancy McIntosh, Juan Mercado, Sarah McElroy, Carlo Mondavi, Sep Pirchner, Lance Plott, Christophe Smith ABOUT JAMESON HUMANE Jameson Humane is an impact-driven nonprofit organization that collaborates and educates to inspire change in animal welfare, not only in local communities, but around the world. Monica and David Stevens founded Jameson Humane in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit to improve animal welfare through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. The organization was named in memory of the Stevens’ beloved dog Jameson, an adopted Great Pyrenees who lived to the age of 14 and inspired the spirit and mission. Jameson Humane operates multiple solutions-based programs to create a truly unique animal welfare organization that is unlike any other animal rescue or sanctuary for the benefit of the greater community and its animals. Every day, Jameson’s work is guided by how animals, the environment, and the community are all inextricably connected. ABOUT WINEAPAWLOOZA WineaPAWlooza is Jameson’s annual fundraiser, an event that has earned its place as one of the top ten wine events in the country according to Wine Spectator magazine. The money raised from this sought-after event supplies the critical funds necessary for Jameson’s programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save animals’ lives. Because of WineaPAWlooza, Jameson has been able to help thousands of animals and their humans in our community, and beyond, through vital programs that work across the inextricable web between animal welfare, our community, and the environment. This year’s event will help ensure these programs thrive as we continue to effect real change. # # # For more information on Jameson Humane, please contact: Maral Papakhian Maral@jamesonhumane.org or 415.845.7205 For media queries, please contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles. Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064  
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Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG will be at Prowein 2022

12 May, 2022

Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG will be at Prowein 2022Solighetto, Italy - May 12, 2022 - From May 15-17, 2022 the Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG will be in Düsseldorf, Germany for Prowein, attending with 24 wineries. Notable launches and events: Masterclass on 16th May with Sommelier & Journalist, Sebastian Bordthäuser* Launch of the 2021 vintage The German market is second only to the UK for both volume and value: in 2021 exports to Germany increased to 7.6 million bottles (+10.5%) and 47.2 million euros (+10.4%). Exports to the UK increased to 9,6 million bottles (+18,2%) and 50 million euros ( +7,5%). These figures reflect the investment of the Consorzio in sustained and innovative programs of education and promotion in key export markets with the objective of communicating the differentiating style and quality of their denomination. The Consorzio will launch the 2021 vintage at Prowein. Characteristis of the 2021 growing season started with temperatures slightly above average, followed by a mutable spring with variable temperatues and rainfall. Summer, on the other hand, was stable. June was exceptionally warm.  The resulting wines express a well-balanced Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore profile with pleasing acidity and expressive fruit character. Visitors to the stand (D05 Hall 15) can also learn more about the denomination and its unique subzones and categories, including Rive and Cartizze. There will also be a wide range of wines from the newest style types, Sui Lieviti and Extra Brut. A masterclass on Rive and Cartizze will be led by Sebastian Bordthäuser on May 16th at 2pm at Meininger Verlag Stand Halle 4 / A 20. The class will conducted in the German language only.  Registration is at the door and no prior sign up is required. For more information on the Consorzio and its growers and producers, please visit www.prosecco.it. For more information on Prowein 2022, visit https://www.prowein.com/ For U.S. journalists attending the event who would like to arrange a visit to the booth, please contact the U.S. marketing agency for the region, Charles Communications Associates, Ashley Petersen at ashley@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.  
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Domaine Carneros Announces New Iteration of Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience

11 May, 2022

Domaine Carneros Announces New Iteration of Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience WHO: Founded in 1987, in the Carneros appellation of Northern California by the Champagne Taittinger family, Domaine Carneros is a grower producer of ultra-premium sparkling wines and limited production pinot noirs. Domaine Carneros has become the benchmark for California sparkling wine, reflecting both the individuality of the Carneros’ terroir and the craftsmanship of its French legacy. The popularity of the Bubbles & Bites tasting menu, first launched in 2018, has been a special experience for visitors who wish to explore the versatility of sparkling wine with different cuisines.   To date, the winery has focused on Asian, Mexican and Moroccan pairings and now announces its next cuisine of focus...Spain!   Pictured: New Spanish-Inspired “Bubbles & Bites” Experience Launched May 2 (photo credit: Sakhon Nhek) WHAT:  The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Bubbles & Bites Experience the versatility of sparkling wine in this unique food & wine pairing specially curated to highlight the flavors of Spain! The fourth showcase menu in the winery’s popular “Bubbles & Bites” tasting experience transports guests on a palatal journey throughout Spain with five “bites” – four savory, one sweet – each of which is thoughtfully paired with a vibrant Domaine Carneros sparkling wine: Pan de Pisto A slice of toasted baguette is topped with a classic Spanish stew of tomatoes, onion, eggplant, green & red peppers, and shaved Manchego cheese Paired with 2017 Ultra Brut Tortilla Espanola with Mojo Rojo y Verde Omelet of egg and potato served with a vibrant sauce of garlic, chili, smoked paprika and cumin Paired 2017 Estate Brut Cuvée Gambas al Ajillo Sauteed shrimp in garlic and Spanish olive oil Paired 2018 Brut Rosé Solomillo with Romesco Sauce Juicy pork tenderloin accompanied by a classic Romesco sauce of tomato, roasted red pepper and toasted almonds Paired 2017 Vermeil Demi-Sec Tarta Vasca with Rosemary Caramel Rich cheese tart with a rosemary-scented caramel Paired 2017 Vermeil Demi-Sec Led by their most seasoned wine educators, this experience will open palates to a new side of sparkling wine. WHEN: Appointments begin May 2nd 60-minute experience $95 (cost does not include gratuity or sales tax) Reserve online or by contacting the winery directly: 707-257-0101 x 150 or reservations@domainecarneros.com This unique tasting experience is available for groups sized 2-6, guests 21 years and older. 48-hour cancellation. The winery does offer specialized versions of this experience for parties of 7 or more. Please call for more details. NB *dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please call the winery to discuss any specific needs. ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS  Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie owned by Taittinger family in France's Champagne region.  In March of this year, the San Francisco Chronicle named Domaine Carneros one of the top 25 Best Bay Area Wineries to Visit.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has been a leader with respect to a vast array of environmental undertakings. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and this year, a new state-of-the-art microgrid system will help the winery with 85% of its energy needs.  The winery has a continued commitment to creating a lighter footprint on the earth. Two of its most recent environmental awards were the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices," and in 2020, the Napa Climate Now Climate Champion in the Business category. For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.
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Covenant Winery Summer Music Series Debuts Memorial Day Weekend—Monday May 30

15 April, 2022

Covenant Winery Summer Concert Series Debuts Memorial Day Weekend—Monday, May 30th Eight Weekends of Live Music and Wine Starting with Parisian Jazz Pianist Franck AmsallemMay 9, 2022, Berkeley, CA - The Covenant Winery Summer Concert Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend in Berkeley with acclaimed French/American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Franck Amsallem. Franck has recorded ten CDs under his own name as well as a collaboration, "New York Stories," with (Berkeley’s own) Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Danny Gatton on Blue Note. Born in Oran, French Algeria in 1961, Franck grew up in Nice, France. He spent 20 years in New York City, where he played as a sideman with Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Chambers, Maria Schneider, Kevin Mahogany and Harry Belafonte as well as Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, and Blood Sweat and Tears. In 1992 Franck released "Out a Day", an award-winning trio CD with the late bassist, Gary Peacock, and drummer Bill Stewart. The recording established him internationally as an in-demand jazz pianist and composer. Franck returned to France in 2001, and his most recent album recorded there is "Gotham Goodbye", a quartet featuring Cuban saxophonist Irving Acao. It has garnered superb reviews worldwide. East Bay Connection What brings Franck to Covenant Winery, in Berkeley? In the mid-1970s, young Franck was part of a jazz big band at the French National Music Conservatory in Nice, France. Also in the band was Covenant founding winemaker (and saxophonist), Jeff Morgan, who eventually performed with Franck for some 20 years in New York and Europe before trading in his horn for a wine thief and a second career as a winemaker. But in 1987, the two musicians were co-band leaders for the house band in Monte Carlo at Prince Rainier’s Grand Casino in Monaco. Their last gig together was New Year’s Eve 1995 at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City. That’s the year Jeff officially retired from the music business to become a wine journalist and winemaker. During the recent Covid pandemic, Jeff had some time on his hands and started practicing his saxophone again. It had been more than 20 years since he’d touched the instrument. Today, a year later, Jeff has regained his playing chops. He’ll be joining Franck at Covenant Winery for their first performance together in 27 years on May 30. Also performing will be Bay Area musicians Gerald Cleaver on drums and Jeff Denson on bass. “Franck and I have been best friends for nearly 50 years,” says Morgan. “But I’ve been steeped in wine for so long, I never thought I’d play music again—especially with Franck. It’s a little scary to get on the bandstand with one of the world’s top jazz pianists. But it’s also really exciting! I’m looking forward to this long overdue musical reunion.”    Other bands to be featured in the music series include the Cyril Grimsich Trio, Felsen, and Morgan’s own funk band, Free Run, featuring personnel from the Bay Area. For the complete Covenant Winery concert schedule, click here.  Performances take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Except for Amsallem’s Monday, Memorial Day appearance, all concerts are on Sundays. Door opens at 1:30. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and $20 will get you a glass of wine (choice of white, rose or red), light snacks and concert admission.  Advanced reservations can be made here. Covenant Winery is located at 1102 Sixth St. in Berkeley, California. For images, interviews and information, please contact Kimberly Charles at 415-701-9463 or kcharles@charlescomm.com.  
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San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Opens Applications for New Membership

15 April, 2022

San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Opens Applications for New Membership Philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality now accepting self and peer-nominated applications for membership SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 18 2022—The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is now accepting applications for membership as it furthers its mission to support and nurture the next generation of women leaders in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries. For the first time, prospective members may apply directly to the organization without a nomination from an existing chapter member. This national policy change aims to provide women with an easier path to apply to LDEI for a more equitable nomination process that furthers the organization’s commitment to diversity. Prospective members may also be nominated by existing chapter members, as in years past. In 2022, the San Francisco Chapter of LDEI (LDEI-SF) welcomed a record-breaking 16 new members. In the 2022-2023 nomination period, the chapter will induct 10 new Dames, who will join a membership of accomplished leaders in food, beverage, wine, hospitality, publishing, media, public relations, and agriculture. Dames of the LDEI-SF engage in events, programs, and philanthropy. “The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier has always been blessed with a membership of forward-thinking professionals with diverse backgrounds,” said Pam Mazzola, President of LDEI-SF. “We are striving to propel and support women in positions of leadership across the many facets of the hospitality industry.” All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply via the online form through the self-nomination process. Women may also be invited to join LDEI by existing chapter members. LDEI-SF seeks nominees who will be active members of the Chapter. Members are requested to attend at least two member events per year and participate in the organization as volunteers, committee members, or chairs, host an event or serve on the Board of Directors. To qualify, nominees should: Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in their respective field Possess the highest qualities of professionalism Be willing to actively contribute their time and talent as members Support the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Mission, Vision, and Basic Values Applicants will be asked to secure a letter of recommendation from a current Dame of the San Francisco Chapter. If the applicant is nominating themselves, a letter of recommendation will be provided if the applicant meets the criteria for membership. For a complete list of requirements, please review the application page on the LDEI-SF website. Completed applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022. Please contact LDEI-SF Membership Chair Frankie Whitman with any questions about nominations at frankiewhitman@gmail.com. ### About Les Dames d’Escoffier International LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. To do this, 2,500 members in 43 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities. For more information, visit LDEI.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, Linked-in and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI can be accessed at lesdamessf.org. Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf. Media Contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET Charles Communications Associates 415-730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com     
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Parallel Napa Valley Promotes Adrienne D.A. Smith to General Manager / Partner

22 March, 2022

Parallel Napa Valley Promotes Adrienne D.A. Smith to General Manager / PartnerNapa Valley, CA, March 21, 2022 – The partners of Parallel Napa Valley are pleased to announce the promotion of their General Manager Adrienne D.A. Smith to General Manager and Partner.  After four years with the company, Adrienne has overseen strong growth for the brand in her role overseeing marketing, hospitality, sales and operations with an innovative and high energy approach.  She was appointed by the partners to oversee their next stage of growth in 2018 and quickly moved from Director of Hospitality and Marketing to the General Manager role six months into her tenure. With an MBA in Finance as well as an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Smith has brought to Parallel Napa Valley a sound business mind and a savvy knack for wine hospitality. During her tenure, Direct-to-Consumer Sales has grown by nearly 200% while membership in their Black Diamond Wine Clubs has increased by nearly four-fold. Parallel Napa Valley utilizes the stylish, appointment-only tasting rooms and wine-making facility at Brasswood Napa Valley, just a few miles north of St. Helena in the beautiful Napa Valley.  Smith works closely with internationally renowned Winemaker Philippe Melka (who has been with Parallel Napa Valley since its inception in 1999) and his Atelier Melka Team in order to best translate and promote his inimitable style to Parallel Wines devotees.  Smith also takes Parallel Wines on the road fairly often, meeting with wine club members, working closely with chefs on pairing menus with the wines and attending high touch marketing events that showcase the wines.    Upcoming events and important dates include: High Museum Atlanta Auction, March 24-26, Atlanta, GA: Parallel Napa Valley is pleased to participate once again alongside their Atelier Melka colleagues in this event which raises critical funds to provide educational programs and various outreach efforts to local youth and to consistently deliver world-class art exhibitions that make Atlanta proud. https://www.highmuseumwine.org/ 33rd Annual California Winemasters, May 13, Burbank, CA: This extraordinary event showcases 57 international chefs and 75 of California’s finest wineries. “Winemasters” has raised more than $34 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. https://www.cawinemasters.org/new-events/33rd-annual-california-winemasters Parallel Napa Valley Bud Break Party, May 21, St. Helena, CA: Celebrating the spring release of their limited production 2020 Napa Valley Chardonnay. In addition, the winners of the 2018 Name the Vintage Contest will be presented with an etched 3L of the 2018 Black Diamond Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Captivator" - a black diamond ski run at Mt. Rose Ski Resort, Tahoe, CA. Additional vintages of Parallel Wines will be poured along with amazing dishes from the Brasswood Kitchen, plus music and fun on the outdoor courtyard lawn! Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here: https://www.parallelwines.com/product/Parallel-Wines-2022-Bud-Break-Party. Of Smith’s promotion, Park City, Utah based partner Mac MacQuoid stated, “Adrienne has consistently overdelivered in her role as GM of our winery, adapting creatively and ahead of the curve during a challenging yet exciting time for wine sales.  Her programming ideas, sales drive, deep knowledge of food and beverage and strong hospitality gene are just the right alchemy to take our brand forward.  She deserves this recognition, and as a close group of partners, we are thrilled to see her succeed." Smith says, “I am beyond excited to take on an even deeper role with Parallel Napa Valley and its founding partners. We have collectively put in a lot of work together over the past four years (and had a lot of fun!), and it’s rewarding and extremely humbling that they feel so confident in my abilities to carry the brand forward as a next generation vintner. I am proud to serve in this role and continue their 23+ year legacy in Napa Valley with the Atelier Melka Team." About Parallel Napa Valley Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery producing less than 700 cases annually of top-quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Philippe Melka (and his Atelier Melka Team), 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 close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley (in Park City, Utah) where they have spent more than 40+ years, 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 the reserve wines are named for famous ski runs. 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 in Utah, California and across the country. 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 in 1999.  For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at 415.730.0064 or press@charlescomm.com.  
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Domaine Carneros Celebrates Sustainability Highlights for Earth Day 2022

17 March, 2022

Domaine Carneros Celebrates Sustainability Highlights for Earth Day 2022 Napa, CA – March 17, 2022 – In anticipation of the upcoming Earth Day, April 22nd the Domaine Carneros team will be toasting this year, with a glass of sparkling wine, no doubt! Most likely, one crafted from their Carneros AVA estate vineyards, which have been cultivated sustainably for decades. Since its founding in 1987, Domaine Carneros has put sustainability initiatives at the forefront of their daily practices, consistently working to minimize their environmental impact as true stewards of the land.   The intention at Domaine Carneros is to create the best wines and most memorable sparkling wine experiences through healthy land, vines, and people. For the past 35 years, Domaine Carneros has pushed the sustainability envelope to ensure that the winery lives as lightly on the land as possible while producing excellent grapes, and, of course, wine. In pursuit of the highest standards, Domaine Carneros has sought and received certifications from numerous prestigious sustainable organizations.  Annual assessments and audits seek out new areas to improve upon rigorous standards of sustainability not only for the winery, but also for its place in the community and as an employer. The winery implements the following measures towards continuous improvement: Re-use and recycling Through composting, recycling and reuse, over 90% of solid waste is diverted from landfills. Water used in the production process is recycled and used to irrigate the estate vineyards. Two thirds of the winery’s water is reclaimed and reused.  A decade-long packaging reuse program, whereby 20-25% of cases and inserts are reused for in-house purposes. Sustainability Practices Solar energy has long been a crucial aspect of Domaine Carneros’ sustainability plan, having installed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world when it was implemented in 2003. In 2022, Domaine Carneros will be among the first wineries in the Napa Valley to install a solar microgrid and battery system, which will supply 75% of the winery’s power, and ultimately allow the winery to be self-sustaining during power outages.  The winery’s use of skylights, building into the earth, and employing night cooling systems to maintain cellar temperatures all contribute to energy conservation as well as robust employee involvement in daily conservation efforts.  The winery practices Integrated Pest Management using natural controls for vineyard pests such as boxes to attract owls which feed on voles and using cover crops that attract beneficial insects to control insect pests. Grape pomace from harvest is used to feed local cattle in a region of California with historic ties to the dairy business. Commitment to Employees The winery has strong principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and its staff is reflective of that commitment. The winery practices open book management, inspiring all employees to be a part of a collective success. The winery fosters and encourages mentorship for its staff and embraces professional development beyond the team in the form of scholarship offerings.                                                  The winery has been awarded several prestigious honors from the state of California and other well-respected organizations. In 2020, the winery received the Napa Climate NOW! award for being a Climate Champion in the Business Category.  The winery also received the California Green Medal Business Award in 2019 for "demonstrating smart business through efficiencies, cost savings, and innovation from implementing sustainable practices." Only four wineries are awarded the medal each year, so the honor is quite significant given the number of wineries in the state. Domaine Carneros has been a Bay Area Green Business since 2014, Fish Friendly Farming certified since 2015, Napa Green Land & Winery since 2014 and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing since 2015.   Looking towards the future, CEO Remi Cohen reiterated the foundations of the winery's philosophy which she is carrying forward, "Domaine Carneros has always been a leader in thoughtful winemaking and vineyard management, looking towards furthering our sustainability practices and initiatives.  As we meet new climate challenges, the winery will always look to be a leader with a light footprint." ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the methode traditionelle of sparkling wine production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs. For additional information, images and interview requests, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.   ###  
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San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Hosts "Upcycling! The Future of Food and the Planet" as Part of “Table Talks with Les Dames”

15 March, 2022

San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Hosts "Upcycling! The Future of Food and the Planet" as Part of “Table Talks with Les Dames”Everyone’s Invited to the LDEI Table for Virtual Events  During Women’s History MonthSan Francisco, CA – March 15, 2022– The San Francisco chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) will host a virtual event entitled "Upcycling! The Future of Food and the Planet: Thinking Bigger About Food Waste" on Monday, March 21st at 5:30 PM PST. Tickets are $25 and all are welcome to sign up here. The event is part of LDEI’s “Table Talks with Les Dames” – a month of virtual events hosted by LDEI chapters around the world. The San Francisco “Tables Talks with Les Dames” event will feature Claire Schlemme and Caroline Cotto, founders of Renewal Mill, moderated by Dame Alice Medrich.  Food waste from agriculture and food production represents a $1 trillion loss annually, from produce and byproducts that are never eaten.   Upcycling is essential to create a food system that is more sustainable and resilient, as well as environmentally friendly. This panel will share insights into this philosophy, and how one female-owned Bay Area startup is meeting the challenge of food waste by creating upcycled ingredients.    “We look forward to welcoming new faces to our table at this event,” said San Francisco LDE Chapter President Pam Mazzola. “Women’s History Month is a perfect time to shine a light on women in our industry through this series of fun and educational events.” In addition to the San Francisco LDEI event, dozens of other LDEI chapters around the world are hosting events, ranging from cooking and baking demonstrations with accomplished chefs, interviews and panel discussions with authors, journalists, chefs, restaurateurs and other leaders in their field, food and beverage tastings and more. The complete calendar of events can be seen here. A portion of the proceeds from all “Table Talks with Les Dames” virtual events will support the scholarship and philanthropy programs for each local chapter. About Les Dames d’Escoffier International LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. To do this, 2,500 members in 43 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities. For more information, visit LDEI.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, Linked-in and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI can be accessed at https://lesdamessf.org.   Follow our chapter activities at IG https://www.instagram.com/lesdamessf/?hl=en @lesdamessf.   Register for this event here.   Credentialed members of the media can attend as our guests.  Please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064 for more information. ### Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET 415-730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com  
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Thought Leader Amanda Wittstrom Higgins Launches Full Cup Solutions, a full-service consulting firm for future-forward agriculture and beverage industry businesses

7 March, 2022

Thought Leader Amanda Wittstrom Higgins Launches Full Cup Solutions, a full-service consulting firm for future-forward agriculture and beverage industry businessesThe bespoke advisory model taps multi-faceted expertise to offer long-term planning, innovation, advising and accountability   PASO ROBLES, CA, March 7, 2022 – Leveraging her knowledge of—and networks in—all aspects of the alcohol beverage space and propelled by a deep personal investment in the agricultural world, industry notable and business strategist Amanda Wittstrom Higgins recently launched Full Cup Solutions (www.fullcupsolutions.com), a full-service firm specializing in results driven unconventional planning in the marketing, sales, operations, employee development sectors and beyond. The venture offers fresh eyes, experience, a collaborative mindset, and vetted expertise in the disciplines that can launch businesses into next-level success. The unique approaches include a custom “advisory board” made of visionaries, C-suite leaders and industry legends recruited by Higgins and based on client needs. The firm’s approach is based on its core principles of crafting products with soul, enacting industry change, creating opportunity for others and honoring and understanding of the agricultural world. “The modern professional world requires an almost impossible level of expertise in so many disciplines—something even the best businesses cannot hope to achieve,” says Higgins. “I love bringing talented people together and collaborating on solutions that benefit both the client and the industry. Full Cup’s goal is to ensure businesses are operating at a best-in-class level in every capacity, while at the same time building for the fast-evolving future.” Higgins’ passion for and diverse expertise in the alcohol beverage business— from DTC, national distribution and operational streamlining to social media, marketing and in-person and digital events—as well as a commitment to promoting the California Central Coast wine region worldwide, have established her as a key voice in evolving the American wine and spirits’ market. Prior to launching Full Cup Solutions, she was Executive Vice President at Ancient Peaks Winery in Paso Robles, co-founded the Wine Speak Paso Robles trade event and Dream Big Darling events and educational platform, and was named a Wine Enthusiast Top 40 Under 40 honoree. She was also named Central Coast Wine Industry Person of the Year, and a SLO Tribune Top 20 Under 40 notable. A fourth generation Central Coast resident, Higgins previously served on the boards of the SLO Coast Wine Collective and Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.  “Amanda is one of those rare people who consistently overdeliver,” says Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director of Catena Zapata in Mendoza, Argentina. “She understands the power of charisma, the power of communication, the power of connection and the importance of a budget. I look forward to working with her over the years to come.”  For a consultation or more information about Full Cup Solutions, visit www.fullcupsolutions.com or email Amanda Higgins at connect@fullcupsolutions.com. For interviews, images and further information for the media contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415|701-WINE (9463).  
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Domaine Carneros Announces 2022 Scholarship and Mentorship Programming

14 February, 2022

Domaine Carneros Announces 2022 Scholarship and Mentorship Programming with University of California Davis, The Culinary Institute of America, and Bâtonnage Forum CEO prioritizes mentorship and scholarship as part of winery's core tenets   Napa, CA - February 2022- Domaine Carneros, the Napa Valley based premier producer of sparkling wine, proudly announces a 2022 program of mentorship and scholarship for deserving diverse professionals seeking training and financial support to grow professionally within the wine industry.   Grounded in the winery’s philosophy of visionary female leadership, CEO Remi Cohen framed out Domaine Carneros' commitment to the advancement of diversity, via several programs.   The goal? To offer diverse professionals the pathways to success for realizing their career goals. In December, the winery announced its partnership with Bâtonnage Forum, to launch Level Three of their Mentorship Program, which equips candidates to enter and grow in the wine industry by creating hands-on work opportunities.  Domaine Carneros and Bâtonnage Forum co-created a custom-built job placement at the winery, which started in January and will conclude in November 2022.   Level Three of the Bâtonnage Mentorship Program builds upon the networking, guidance, and education offered in Levels One and Two to give mentees a more in-depth, career enhancing experience. The program aims to provide access to departmental heads and exposure to hands-on work, while providing an environment where mentees feel empowered to ask questions, grow, and gain full operational knowledge. Of this program, CEO Remi Cohen stated, "We are excited to be supporting something of this importance. The tenets of the Bâtonnage mission align with our business philosophy to support, encourage, and provide pathways to success for our team. We have a history of women in leadership at Domaine Carneros and now at our founding company, Champagne Taittinger, and are thrilled to partner in this mentorship opportunity." For more information about Bâtonnage Forum and the Mentorship Program, contact Katie Canfield at katie@odonnell-lane.com. In addition to the mentorship program, the winery is working closely with the University of California at Davis and The Culinary Institute of America, collaborating on scholarships and mentor programming to support aspiring students.  The scholarships are called the Le Rêve "The Dream" Scholarship after the winery's eponymous prestige cuvée. The UC Davis scholarship focuses on graduate enrollees in the Viticultural and Enology program.   Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, earning a graduate degree, and who are committed to promoting diversity and sustainability in the wine business, will be awarded scholarships.  The winery has committed to a total of four Le Rêve scholarships at UCD over the next few years.   The first will be awarded this fall, for more information on the program please contact Karen Block at klblock@ucdavis.edu Domaine Carneros is also creating a Le Rêve Scholarship program for students in The Culinary Institute of America’s master’s degree program in Wine and Beverage Management. Beginning in March 2022, the four-year commitment will award one scholarship each year to an individual whose application essay demonstrates a commitment to supporting diversity and sustainability in the wine industry. Now in her second year as CEO of Domaine Carneros, Remi Cohen states of all three programs, "Our team at the winery is excited about mentoring and supporting the future leaders of our wine industry by collaborating with like-minded partners.  We are glad we can be a part of making dreams a reality." About Domaine Carneros     Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production pinot noirs.   About Bâtonnage Forum Founded in 2018 by Stevie Stacionis and Sarah Bray, Bâtonnage Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a community for all those who identify as women working in the wine industry. In addition to the annual forum—which educates about the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field have faced historically and present-day—the platform encompasses a mentorship program, designed to create a positive course forward wherein individuals who have traditionally been overlooked or spoken overachieve equal opportunities and equal representation across all sectors and tiers of the industry. For more information and to join the conversation, visit batonnageforum.com. About UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program Over the past century, UC Davis has steadily advanced cutting-edge research, driving innovation in grape growing and winemaking – giving California vintners a place of pride at the global table and changing how the world makes wine. From helping to revitalize the California wine industry after Prohibition and shaping modern sanitation standards, to debuting drought-tolerant grape varieties and energy-efficient processing technologies that set the gold standard for sustainability, UC Davis consistently has defined the leading edge in innovative solutions. Today, as the world’s top-ranked research institution for viticulture and enology and the global academic leader in sustainability and agriculture, UC Davis’ leadership is more crucial than ever in responding to the global challenges and opportunities facing the wine industry. Our vision is to steward a new era of grape growing and winemaking, driven forward by groundbreaking research and teaching that focus on challenging climate change with world-class innovation, from genetic sequencing that sheds new light on drought tolerance and disease resistance, to defining greener industry best practices; pushing the boundaries of wine chemistry and microbiology to uncover the molecular processes and sensory characteristics that contribute to an exceptional wine; creating next-generation technologies that yield more sustainable models of grape growing and elevates standards of wine production; and preparing the next generation of grape growers and wine innovators to lead these efforts forward, through unmatched experiential learning and continuing education opportunities throughout their careers. About The Culinary Institute of America Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality, the private, not-for-profit college offers bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The CIA’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers master’s degrees in sustainable food systems, food business, and wine and beverage management, as well as executive education and certificate programs. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry, and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit www.ciachef.edu. MEDIA CONTACTS: For Domaine Carneros Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET Charles Communications Associates (415) 730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com   For Bâtonnage Forum Katie Canfield, DipWSET O’Donnell Lane (530) 720-1138 katie@odonnell-lane.com For UC Davis scholarship Karen Block Director of Industry Relations University of California Davis klblock@ucdavis.edu For The Culinary Institute of America Amanda Secor Senior Manager, Marketing Communications The Culinary Institute of America amanda.secor@culinary.edu  
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Glancy Wine Education Foundation Offers Scholarship Opportunities with more than $100k in Funding

15 December, 2021

Glancy Wine Education Foundation Offers Scholarship Opportunities with more than $100k in Funding Non-profit organization provides wine education scholarships to wine and hospitality professionals in need of assistance.     SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 2021) – The Glancy Wine Education Foundation, on the heels of its fall fundraiser, announces that it has more than $100k in funding available for wine and hospitality professionals seeking certification in wine studies. Wrapping up a successful year, the organization awarded 79 scholarships since November 2020 to the tune of $149,000.    The wine and hospitality industries have had both challenges and opportunities during the last two years with the pandemic affecting employment and opportunities dramatically. The hospitality sector, which accounts for 25% of the entire U.S. work force, has been hit the hardest due to the pandemic.  Many professionals have had to pivot to find new roles within the industry, start new endeavors, or up their game with improved credentials. GWEF scholarships for wine classes offer a great pathway for advancement of knowledge, making job candidates more competitive and better informed.   The foundation’s mission is to provide wine education scholarships to wine and hospitality professionals in need of assistance, with a focus on BIPOC and female candidates.  The average scholarship awarded is $1800. Fifty-seven percent of the awardees are BIPOC, 60% of which are female, 40% male, with an average age of 40. More than half of the candidates are currently unemployed. For those who have lost hours or their entire jobs, using the downtime to advance their careers makes a lot of sense. It’s a great time to apply! Professionals in need of financial aid are encouraged to apply for scholarships year-round at GlancyWineEducationFoundation.Org.  Those interested in supporting the organization with a year-end tax deductible donation, can contribute here. About The Glancy Wine Education Foundation Established in 2020, The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is a registered a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and minority communities with scholarships to further their professional wine education, increase diversity, and raise earning power. Find out more at GlancyWineEducationFoundation.Org. Its volunteer board represents a diverse group of wine professionals, dedicated to education and opportunity for all. For interviews, images and further information, contact board member, Kimberly Noelle Charles, of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-701-WINE (9463). # # #  
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Diego Tomasi Appointed as New Director of Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

15 November, 2021

Diego Tomasi Appointed as New Director of Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG November 15, 2021, Solighetto – The board of directors of Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG is proud to announce Diego Tomasi as its new director, following the election of President Elvira Bortolomiol. "We are extremely pleased with this new appointment. We have dedicated the first months of our mandate to the search for a figure who could fill this important position" announces the newly elected President Elvira Bortolomiol "There are many challenges and opportunities that we need to undertake,” continues the President, "the authoritative profile of Diego Tomasi and his knowledge of the denomination, together with his scientific expertise, will be the strong points on which to base the work that awaits us.” Diego Tomasi is a renowned researcher at CREA-VE (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics- Veneto, Italy) an expert on the terroir of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, and has now accepted the position of director at Consorzio di Tutela. After decades of study, and research, Tomasi has recently been awarded a special mention by the OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) for his publication on the origin of the quality of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG wines. "I am ready to commit myself alongside the President and the entire Board of Directors" states Tomasi, "I am motivated, above all, by the competence of my new colleagues, a precise vision of the denomination, and the prestige of the role I am going to play. Climate, soils, the quality of our grapes, tradition, human endeavours, and the landscape are just some of the elements that will have to be studied, in order to raise the international recognition of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, to an even higher level," he explains.  "I am very excited to make my experience and scientific expertise available to the Consorzio and the Denomination, as well as the climate change, the demand to meet green challenges imposed by the European community and enhancing the unique landscape of our hills and its Rive sites. Tomasi, adds, "this unique landscape has always been the subject of my studies and it will be combined with UNESCO recognition in order to collaborate with the Association for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, on strategies for monitoring, and enhancing the value of the area in accordance with the UNESCO’s guidelines.” The future looks bright, as newly appointed director, Diego Tomasi, is fully equipped to take on his endeavors, with a team of thirteen dedicated staff eager to collaborate using the most cutting-edge tools in the industry. About the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.    The Consorzio is a private body created to represent vine-growers, winemaking companies, and bottlers from Conegliano Valdobbiadene and to safeguard the standards of what are now the D.O.C.G. criteria in crafting wines of the highest quality and distinct provenance. Their work is focused on three major areas: protection, promotion, and sustainability. They improve sparkling production methods, provide assistance and training, and supervise all stages of winemaking to guarantee the quality of this outstanding, Italian viticultural region. Prosecco Superiore exports to over 180 countries.   Created in 1969, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore was one of the first Italian appellations to earn D.O.C recognition, obtaining the D.O.C.G. status in 2009. These sparkling wines come from the historic area of Prosecco production, a unique, hillside terroir that was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Conegliano Valdobbiadene is situated in the northeast of Italy, between Venice and the Dolomites (at the foothills of the Alps), offering a mild, temperate climate ideal for grape growing, producing serious food wines with pairing versatility, showcasing a range of different styles, aromas, and flavor characteristics.   Connect with the Consorzio on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or visit prosecco.it to learn more about the region and its sparkling wines.   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. 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Bâtonnage Launches Level Three of Mentorship Program with Domaine Carneros Work Placement

14 November, 2021

Bâtonnage Launches Level Three of Mentorship Program with Domaine Carneros Work Placement Domaine Carneros will offer one mentee a 360-degree view of the wine business over the full calendar year NAPA, CA, November 14, 2021— Bâtonnage Forum, a nonprofit organization aimed at opening up a conversation about women in wine and fostering opportunities that create equity, has officially launched Level Three of their Mentorship Program, which equips candidates to enter and grow in the wine industry by creating hands-on work opportunities to further their career progress in the wine industry. The first Level Three opportunity is a comprehensive, custom-built job placement at the Domaine Carneros winery, based in Napa, CA, to start in January 2022. Level Three of the Bâtonnage Mentorship Program builds upon the networking, guidance, and education offered in Levels One and Two to give mentees a more in-depth, career enhancing experience. With all Level Three placements, the program aims to provide access to departmental heads and exposure to hands-on work, while providing an environment where mentees feel empowered to ask questions, grow, and gain full operational knowledge. The first Level Three placement will take place at Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley. Founded by the Taittinger family and helmed since its inception by women, the sparkling wine house has a long history of championing women in wine across various sectors of the industry. During nearly a full calendar year—from approximately January 17 to November 11, 2022—the mentee will receive a comprehensive understanding of the wine business, working across departments from sustainable viticulture and winemaking to marketing and sales. “We are thrilled to launch Level Three and to partner with Domaine Carneros to offer a truly unique wine business experience. This is a tremendous opportunity for candidates to gain knowledge about all areas of the business and to help define their next steps in the wine industry,“ says Priyanka French, Bâtonnage board member and winemaker at Signorello Estate. Domaine Carneros CEO Remi Cohen states: "We are excited to be supporting this important program. The tenets of the Batonnage mission align with our business philosophy to support, encourage, and provide pathways to success for our team. We have a history of women in leadership at Domaine Carneros and now at our founding company, Champagne Taittinger, and are thrilled to partner in this mentorship opportunity." As part of the Level Three programming, Bâtonnage will work closely with Level Three mentor organizations to ensure mentees are supported professionally, socially, and financially for the duration of the placement. “Our number one priority is the success of our mentees,” says Bâtonnage executive director Sarah Bray. “We are committed to making sure that Level Three offers challenging yet authentic, informative, and enriching experiences that will propel these individuals forward in their wine industry careers. Candidates interested in the Domaine Carneros mentorship position may apply through the online form no later than this Friday, November 19, 2021. Bâtonnage and Domaine Carneros will work collaboratively during the selection process and grant one mentee the opportunity to participate in the full-year training position—to be announced on December 15. Review the description of the role and qualifications in the full job description.  For more information regarding the mentorship program, visit batonnageforum.com/mentorship-program or send email to mentorship@batonnageforum.com. For media inquiries, please contact Katie Canfield at katie@odonnell-lane.com or 530-720-1138. ### About Bâtonnage Forum Founded in 2018 by Stevie Stacionis and Sarah Bray, Bâtonnage Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a community for all those who identify as women working in the wine industry. In addition to the annual forum—which educates about the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field have faced historically and present-day—the platform encompasses a mentorship program, designed to create a positive course forward wherein individuals who have traditionally been overlooked or spoken over achieve equal opportunities and equal representation across all sectors and tiers of the industry. For more information and to join the conversation, visit batonnageforum.com. About Domaine Carneros   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Media Contacts: For Bâtonnage Forum Katie Canfield, DipWSET O’Donnell Lane (530) 720-1138 katie@odonnell-lane.com For Domaine Carneros Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET Charles Communications Associates (415) 730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com  
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