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Domaine Carneros Announces Fall Offerings

9 September, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9 2020 Contact: Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com ***MEDIA ALERT*** Domaine Carneros Announces Fall Offerings The much adored Bubbles and Bites experience is coming back! 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. WHERE:  Domaine Carneros Winery 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559 With their reopening this summer, important changes have been made to Domaine Carneros’ guest experience to protect both the visitor and the winery team. Masks and social distancing are required. Please review this document before arriving. Pop your trunk! Contactless curbside pickup has been and is available. Call to place your order 1-800-716-2788 ext. 100. Available M-F 10-5 Prefer to have your bubbles dropped off at home? During the month of September, enjoy $10 standard shipping on any 6+ (750ml) bottles to a single address ($5 for club members)! 50% off standard shipping on 6+ to AK, HI, and NJ. For each purchase of one of their featured 6-bottle packs , Domaine Carneros will sponsor a “Stay Healthy” kit from Heart to Heart International. This organization works to improve health access and provide humanitarian development worldwide. WHAT: Outdoor Tastings on the Terrace From your table overlooking the rolling hills of Carneros, enjoy a flight of sparkling or still wine. All tastings are seated and led by an experienced wine professional. Take a look at the tasting menu here. WHEN: Reservations are required and are available daily beginning at 10am with the last reservation at 4:30pm. Please make reservations by clicking the reserve button on their visitors page. or by calling 1-800-716-2788 x 150. WHAT:  The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Bubbles & Bites Experience the versatility of Sparkling wine in this Food & Wine Pairing specially curated to highlight the flavors of Asia. This experience will include four savory and one sweet Asian-themed bites paired with four of their Sparkling wines—Ultra Brut, Estate Brut, Brut Rose, and Vermeil Demi-Sec. Led by their most seasoned wine educators, this experience will open your eyes to a new side of Sparkling wine. WHEN: Available by appointment beginning September 7 60-minute experience  $90 / Club Members $72 (cost does not include gratuity or sales tax) Reserve: 707-257-0101 x 135 or reservations@domainecarneros.com 48-hour cancellation WHAT:  The Ultimate Chips & Dip Caviar and sparkling wine are the food and wine pairing equivalent of Cracker Jacks and baseball – they simply go together. Add rich crème fraîche and the crunch of a potato chip and you have elevated the pairing to a new level. In this experience, you will sample three of the estates most highly treasured wines alongside three ½ ounce servings of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar’s finest artisanal caviars: Estate, Reserve and the rarest, Crown Jewel. Due to the seasonal nature of caviar, please note the specific caviar selections may vary. This experience is designed for two guests and includes three tastes of Domaine Carneros sparkling wines paired with three ½ ounce portions of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, accompanied with gourmet potato chips, toast points, and crème fraîche. WHEN: Available by appointment $350 per couple / Club Members $280 (cost does not include gratuity or sales tax) To Reserve: 707-257-0101 x 161 or tours@domainecarneros.com ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS  Intent on staking a future in California’s promising wine industry, the Taittinger family purchased a 138-acre vineyard in the heart of Carneros in 1986. The appellation that spans the southern tip of both Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Carneros’ cool climate is ideally suited for cultivating exceptional chardonnay and pinot noir, perfect for producing the elegant, balanced wines that Domaine Carneros is now known for. 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 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 continues to be expanded.  The most recent award, one of many from Federal, State and local government; was the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices." For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.   ###  
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2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Fundraiser Kicks Off

24 August, 2020

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                          Contact: Charles Communications Associates                                                                         press@charlescomm.com                                                                         415-730-0064   2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Fundraiser Kicks Off Wine Industry Marketing Professionals Regroup to Fundraise for Wine Regions Under Threat in California San Francisco, CA  August 24, 2020 – Today, five wine industry marketing professionals are launching a fundraising campaign for direct relief for those in California’s wine country affected by the statewide lightning fire complex. Many wine regions throughout the state have come under siege due to the fires that unleashed in the pre-dawn hours of August 15th. As of this writing 19 fire complexes comprising 949,697 acres total are affected. This includes the wine regions located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, which have experienced loss or are under threat. One week in, containment numbers are less than 20% for most of the fires, which has been recorded as the largest in terms of acreage.    The California wine industry makes 81% of U.S. wine and is the world’s 4th largest producer.   Representing 635,000 acres, its 3,900 wineries and 5,900 grape growers contribute approximately $114 billion annually to the U.S. economy providing 786,000 jobs and $35 billion in wages, according to the Wine Institute. During the 2017 wine country fires, the team, comprised of Tia Butts, Katie Calhoun, Kimberly Charles, Rebecca Hopkins launched a GoFundMe campaign, raising close to $100,000 for direct relief focused on farmworkers who are a vital part of the wine industry's fabric. This campaign will have a similar objective, supporting various regions' most essential needs and is joined this year by southern California based Katherine Jarvis. A GoFundMe page has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/f/2020-wine-country-fire-relief-fund and the team has identified a number of causes included on the attached work in progress addendum that will be in receipt of funding. In 2017,  One Hope’s CEO and Co-Founder Jake Kloberdanz provided a generous matching gift to the fund.  For more information, please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.   Please consider donating and share this campaign with friends, colleagues and those who love and appreciate the great wines of California.   Again, contributions can be made here. Social Media: Follow the Facebook Page for updates: 2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Fund Stay updated via social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at:  #winecountryfirerelief and #WCFR and #2020winecountryfirerelief  Other helpful topics to follow include:  #calfire, #california, #californiawildfire, #2020californiafires, #2020winecountryfires, #californiafires, #LNULightningComplex, #SCULightningComplex #CZULightning, #RiverFire Organizations targeted for 2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Funding American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/donate/ World Central Kitchen https://donate.wck.org/give Firefighters Relief - California Fire Foundation https://linktr.ee/cafirefound Providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Napa County Napa Valley Community Foundation https://www.napavalleycf.org/ Sonoma County Sonoma County Vintners Emergency Relief https://sonomawine.com/foundation/ https://undocufund.org/ Sonoma Family Meal https://www.sonomafamilymeal.org/ Monterey County Monterey County Community Resilience Program https://montereyco.recovers.org/ https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/ Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties https://www.ksbw.com/article/how-to-help-the-central-coast-fire-victims/33674589 General Info Regular Updates on the Fires and containment https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/ XXX
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Cycles Gladiator Murals Honoring 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote Artist Update

10 August, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                            Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles                                                                                                                                                                                                               Phone 415|701-9463                                                                                                                                                                                            Email: press@charlescomm.com                                                                                                                                                                                           Walls for Women- Murals Progress Cycles Gladiator Sponsors Mural Festival Honoring 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote Tennessee’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment   Santa Rosa, CA August 10, 2020 —This summer, the well-known national wine brand, Cycles Gladiator has partnered with Walls for Women, a public art and awareness campaign to mark the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Conceived by Tullahoma, Tenn.-based nonprofit DMA-events, eight new murals are being painted around the state by talented women, traditionally underrepresented in the public art movement. To date, two murals have been completed: “Wisteria Maiden” by Juuri of Oklahoma City in Tullahoma, Tenn. and Jenny Ustick of Cincinnati, Ohio whose mural “Hebe, the Moon, the Rivers and the Land” comprises four motifs within one, was installed in McMinnville, Tenn. last week.           The muralists selected by DMA-events, which is dedicated to curating artistic expression in public places, will also include Paris Woodhull whose work will grace the Printshop Beer Co. in Knoxville, Tenn. and Nicole Salgar, who is painting at Bike ‘N Tri in Maryville, Tenn. this and next week. Meanwhile, a duo of painters Cymone Wilder and Sarah Painter are collaborating on a mural nearly 200 feet in length at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, and artist Kim Radford will soon begin an installation in Nolensville, Tenn. Additional artists will include Whitney Herrington and Tara Aversa for a total of five Tennesseans and the balance from out of state.  The schedule for the installations is listed below.  Follow Cycles Gladiator Wine and DMA-Events and  on Facebook for regular updates: McMinnville: July 18-27 Tullahoma: July 19-24 Knoxville: Aug. 1-10 Maryville: Aug. 4-18 Nashville: Aug. 6-18 Centerville: Aug. 28-31 Nolensville: TBD Dates are subject to modification pending weather and extenuating circumstances The murals are painted on walls in high-visibility locations with the subject matter selected by the individual artists’ professional talents with no creative restrictions. “At DMA-events, we believe in giving the artists full artistic freedom. The murals themselves will not necessarily be about the suffrage movement directly,” says Walls for Women Organizer Kristin Luna. “They will be whimsical, thoughtful and drive forward the state’s century-old commitment to female equality and empowering rights.” “This was an epochal event in American history,” said Cycles Gladiator Founding Winemaker Adam LaZarre.  “And it was the state of Tennessee with its ratification of the amendment that gave the deciding vote granting  American women the right to vote. One hundred years later we want to say ‘thank you’ to all Tennesseans for their forebears’ commitment to moving women forward by commissioning exciting new art.” Director of Marketing for Cycles Gladiator’s parent company, Wine Hooligans, Anna Frizzell stated, “In this election season with the news dominated by many important issues, we are proud to have signed on as a sponsor earlier this year. Our longstanding commitment is to empower women at all levels.” Luna added, “We’re grateful to Cycles Gladiator for recognizing this historic moment for women and wanting to empower female artists through the support of this festival. It’s so important that all industries, not just public art, commit to the hiring of women going forward.” Belle Époque-inspired, Cycles Gladiator’s wine packaging features a woman suspended in mid-air, liberated by the bicycle, a new invention in the 19th century. Cycles Gladiator was the name of the Paris-based bicycle company, whose evocative posters inspired women to get out of the house and explore the larger world, a seismic shift after so many years of domesticity. The Belle Epoque period in history spanned from 1871 to 1914 and was a period of social, cultural and technological innovations, with much of the inspiration coming from France. About Walls for Women: Kristin Luna and Scott Van Velsor started 501(c)(3) DMA-events in May 2018 as a way to harness and inspire the imaginative spirit found in all of humanity by removing some of the barriers to entry of the creative process. Walls for Women focuses exclusively on capturing female creative energy for artistic placemaking in communities in need of joy, hope and color during Tennessee’s Centennial of the 19th Amendment. All DMA murals are updated on the website map in real time, and a Walls for Women trail map will be available at WallsForWomen.com at the conclusion of the festival. About Cycles Gladiator: Noted award-winning winemaker Adam LaZarre started Cycles Gladiator in 2005. His goal: to make really great wines that taste two to three times the price and to know that on any given night, someone somewhere is enjoying his wine. Based in Paso Robles, California, LaZarre guides the whole process from selecting the best vineyards from the Central and North Coasts, to working with growers, to complete control of the winemaking, producing five expressive and tasty wines – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For more information, interviews and images please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415|701-9463. ##  
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Les Dames d’Escoffier International Announces Its 2020 Grande Dame Award Winner As Carolyn Wente

29 July, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com | (415) 701-9463   Les Dames d’Escoffier International Announces Its 2020 Grande Dame Award Winner As Carolyn Wente Joins Lidia Bastianich, Joan Nathan, Edna Lewis and Alice Waters in Honor LIVERMORE, CA (July 21, 2020) – Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) prestigious Grande Dame Award will be presented this year to Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Family Estates, America’s longest continuously operated family-owned winery. Wente has guided the expansion and growth of the Wente Family Estate’s portfolio of wines and the development of the Wente family’s lifestyle businesses for four decades. A co-founder of LDEI’s San Francisco Chapter, Wente has been a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier for 31 years and has served on the national Board of Directors as well as in San Francisco. LDEI is an organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Its Grande Dame Award honors a lifetime of outstanding professional achievement, excellence, and charitable/community contributions within the culinary industry and is bestowed annually. Wente, the sixteenth recipient of this international honor, will receive the award at LDEI’s first virtual conference to be held in October. Joining the family business in the early 1980s, Wente’s culinary career in wine spans over 40 years and she is a part of the fourth generation of Wente’s family-owned vineyards, sustainably cultivating over 3,000 acres. “There are very few family businesses that survive past the third generation,” shares Wente. “I am proud to be a member of the fourth generation in a successful and growing family business in a very competitive global environment.” Under Wente’s leadership, the company has become a world-renowned destination located in the idyllic settings of the Livermore Valley and Monterey County, California. The first step to realizing the family’s dream for a new appreciation of wine as part of America culture was the opening of the Wente Vineyards Visitors Center and Restaurant in 1986. In that same year, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards was launched featuring musical artists including James Taylor and Sheryl Crow. In 1998, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Australian golfing great Greg Norman was developed. And in 2010, the course was awarded with the esteemed “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” status.   Wente has authored two books. In 2003, “The Casual Vineyard Table” was published, sharing wine and food pairing along with everyday meal planning. Prior to its publication, she co-authored “Sharing the Vineyard Table: A Celebration of Wine and Food from the Wente Vineyard Restaurant” with Kimball Jones. Over the last several years, Wente has been awarded numerous honors, perhaps most notably the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2002 sponsored by J.P. Morgan, Baccarat and Hermes. Additionally, she was awarded Winery CEO of the Year 2019 by North Bay Business Journal; the “20 Most Admired People in the North America Wine Industry” in 2013 from Vineyard & Winery Management; the Women Leadership Award in 2012 from Girl Scouts of America; and the American Winery of the Year Award in 2011 from Wine Enthusiast — among many others. Wente is well-known for her generosity of time and community outreach as seen through her board service with the Stanford Athletic Advisory, the U.S. Department of State’s Fine Arts Committee, and more. She also has the distinction of being the fifth member of the Wente family to serve as Board Chair of the California Wine Institute (2014-2015). Currently, Wente is heading efforts to meet her family’s goals for Wente Family Estates: continued business growth, strengthening the brand promise, and developing a high performing organization — each integral to ensuring transition where the fifth and future generations take over a healthy profitable business to include both family and non-family members. Wente says, “As a family, we are always pushing the quality envelope for our wines. With our lifestyle businesses, the same holds true, providing a quality experience that exceeds our guests’ expectations.” Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide philanthropic organization of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of over 2,400 women in 44 chapters across the US, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. For more information, visit ldei.org About Wente Family Estates  Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards has been resoundingly celebrated for its industry-wide contributions to innovation as the longest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country, now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family.  The company portfolio is comprised of Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well, Hayes Ranch, Ravel & Stitch, entwine and Angel’s Ink brands.  The winery draws from certified sustainable estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding array of fine wines that are distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide.  In 2010, it joined the top 4 percent of  California wineries who meet all three tiers within the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing codes & designation. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and is among the top 30 wineries in the United States according to Wine Business Monthly, (February 2020).  2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California from France. Today, the Wente clones of Chardonnay are the most widely planted in California.   Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. In 2018, the winery took a leadership role in its longstanding mission to inspire employees and guests to make time for what really matters, as realized through Wente Vineyards’ best practices, outstanding wines and wine country experiences. The property features wine tasting, world-class concerts, award-winning fine dining and championship golf.  Wente Vineyards is also proud to have 100% estate grown wines and have the Certified Sustainable designations across their vineyards and winery through California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.   For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com. For interviews, imagery, or more information, please contact:  Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates: press@charlescomm.com  or (415) 701-9463. ###  
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Remi Cohen appointed as new CEO of Domaine Carneros

15 July, 2020

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles  Charles Communications Associates 415.701-9463 | kcharles@charlescomm.com   Remi Cohen appointed as new CEO of Domaine Carneros July 15, 2020 - Remi Cohen, a seasoned executive across the realms of management, finance, sales, marketing, viticulture and winemaking joins Domaine Carneros this August as CEO just before harvest kicks off. With 20 years of experience that began in the Carneros region at Saintsbury just after receiving her master’s degree in viticulture, Cohen comes full circle after building a multi-faceted career focused on fine winemaking, superb viticultural know how, managing teams, and directing strategic sales and marketing programs in the luxury wine space. Her most recent position was that of COO at Lede Family Wines, where she built a decade long career earning her many accolades including in 2015, Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 recognition as a tastemaker and influencer in the Napa Valley. Cohen has long held Domaine Carneros and its management in high regard stating, “I admire the incredible talent, leadership, and vision that luminary Eileen Crane has provided for the winery.  I take great pride in the opportunity to continue to develop this foundation of excellence.”  After a sparkling 33-year career as founding winemaker and CEO, Crane will hand over the reins in August while overseeing her last harvest and blending the 2020 cuvees following.   Cohen’s education and experience make her a well-rounded executive for the world class winery that has built an enviable Direct to Client sales and hospitality reputation, alongside a robust three tier distribution marketplace with Kobrand Corporation, its national marketing and distribution partner. She received a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of California, Berkeley, and then went on to receive master’s degrees in Viticulture from University of California, Davis and an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University.  Among her many accomplishments at Lede Family Wines was the fine tuning of winemaking and viticultural practices, taking the winery next level in terms of critical scores. As an advocate of sustainability practices, in perfect line with the sensibility and standards at Domaine Carneros, she presided over the receipt of Napa Green certification for the land and winery. Her management style of open communications, cross team engagement and customized personnel guidance match well with the open book leadership style Crane embraced over the recent decade. When queried about her plans for the winery she shared, “The wine industry is at a pivotal time, with changing consumer demographics.  I look forward to using data-driven and team decision-making processes to create innovative, benchmark hospitality programs as well as wine club and consumer engagement tactics to attract and retain a broad membership and consumer base.” Of the hire, Eileen Crane states, “I have had a long and satisfying career guiding Domaine Carneros to where it is today.   My dream from the age of eight was to make delicious sparkling wine. From a little girl in New Jersey through a path of many adventures with twists and turns, eventually I found the career that has been more than a dream come true. And it has been a great pleasure to work with the Taittinger family for 33 years.  Remi has all the qualities and more to take us to the next evolutionary step, particularly during a challenging time in the wine business.  Her adaptability to the changing demographic and cultural landscape will guide the winery into the future with a steady hand at the helm.” Crane also underscored the high value that the founding Taittinger family has for female leadership.   The Taittinger family’s CEO is Vitalie Taittinger, who was the company’s first female president since its founding.   Of Crane’s departure she states, “Eileen Crane will forever be a name associated with the golden age of Carneros.  We look forward to Remi Cohen’s vision for the winery as it enters its 34th year in 2021.”    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.  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, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.   The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has taken on a vast array of environmental efforts. 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 continues to be expanded.  The most recent award, one of many from Federal, State and local government; was the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of  “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.” For information, images and interviews please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates either by email kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463. ###
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Virtual Events for the Summer

14 July, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 21st, 2020 Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com | (415) 701-9463                                                                                          ***MEDIA ALERT*** Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. 2020 Communications Campaign for U.S. Audience Virtual Events for the Summer WHO:  The Consorzio of vine-growers, winemaking companies and bottlers from Italy’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene region, was established to safeguard the standards of what eventually became the D.O.C.G. criteria in crafting wines of the highest quality and distinct provenance.  Their mission is to increase the recognition of D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and its nuanced, complex, world-class sparkling wines. The United States is the 4th largest importer of Prosecco Superiore, and the Consorzio hopes to further engage its loyal audience while introducing new sparkling wine lovers to the D.O.C.G. category. The aim of the U.S. campaign, as always, is to educate the trade and public about everything Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. has to offer - regionality, authenticity, and high standards in winegrowing and winemaking.  Understanding the nuances of high elevation winegrowing, regional variation between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the typologies of the wines from the region on a dryness scale, the Martinotti method among many other production cues helps the gatekeepers in the trade share the tremendous selling points of the region, particularly with its great price to quality ratio. Series of Master Classes – For Wine Trade Only Past Events: June 29th: Master Class on Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore hosted by Jon McDaniel via Zoom July 20th: Master Class on Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore hosted by Anthony Giglio via Zoom Upcoming Events: WHERE: Please email kristen@charlescomm.com for seminar link. The class will be held via Zoom.  Currently, the class is subscribed for samples, however trade are most welcome to join.  WHAT:  Join Master Sommelier Alpana Singh for a one-hour Master Class on Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore presented on Zoom. You'll learn about the region, situated in the heart of the larger Prosecco DOC region in the Veneto, the different typologies and styles of Prosecco Superiore, and how these wines earn their DOCG status. Instructor Alpana Singh will focus on the single "crus" of Prosecco Superiore, including Rives, Cartizze and single-vineyard wines. This class will help you explain how Prosecco Superiore differs from Prosecco DOC and help you sell to your customers. This free Master Class is presented by the Consortium of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The Consortium is able to provide samples to the first 30 people who sign up, but all are welcome to join!  WHEN: August 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EST WHERE:  Please email kristen@charlescomm.com for seminar link. The class will be held via Zoom. Happy Hours – For All to Enjoy WHAT:  Consumer-focused edutainment Happy Hours with noted author and TV personality and author Leslie Sbrocco. Take a “sipping trip” through the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore region, exploring the elements that set Prosecco Superiore apart, how Prosecco Superiore is enjoyed locally and what it might be like to visit one day! WHEN: July 15th and July 29th. Airing on Instagram at 5:00pm PST/ 8:00pm EST and Facebook at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST WHERE: @lesliesbrocco on Instagram and Facebook Stay Tuned for Updates  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 130 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, aroma 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. Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook. For interviews, imagery, or more information, please contact:   Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates: press@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463.   # # #  
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Parallel Napa Valley Moves Private, By Appointment Tastings at Brasswood in St. Helena Outdoors as Private, Online Tastings Continue

14 July, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com Tel 415-730-0064   Parallel Napa Valley Moves Private, By Appointment Tastings at Brasswood in St. Helena Outdoors as Private, Online Tastings Continue Following Napa County protocols both tastings are held outdoors Napa Valley, CA – July 14, 2020 – Following the recent update on Napa County regulations, which requires tasting rooms and restaurants to move all tastings and dining outside, Parallel Napa Valley announced it will be hosting their in person tastings outdoors. At Parallel’s winemaking and hospitality home, Brasswood in St. Helena, there is plenty of stunning outdoor spaces to privately host guests for both their Apres Wine Tasting and Lunch & Wine Tasting Experiences. Both of these in-person tasting options continue to follow the strict state and county protocols in place for hygiene, sanitation and social distancing. The Parallel Wine Pairing Lunch features a set menu of four seasonal courses paired with four Parallel Wines, which are crafted by renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Diamond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a special pour from Parallel’s Library Selection. “We are very excited to welcome guests once again for an unforgettable wine pairing lunch experience at Brasswood,” said Parallel General Manager Adrienne Smith. “We’ve offered this experience for more than two years, and it is one of our most popular. Our wines really shine with the delicious seasonal dishes prepared by Brasswood Chef David Nuno, and the whole experience makes for a delightful and memorable day in the beautiful Napa Valley.” The Apres Wine Tasting gives visitors the chance to enjoy the same four Parallel Wines with a special selection of small bites and cheeses from the Brasswood Bakery. Reservations for the Parallel Private Wine Pairing Lunch are available seven days a week with the earliest appointment at 11:30AM. Appointments for the Apres Wine Tasting are available at 10:00AM, 12:00PM or 2:00PM daily. Reservation requests for parties of up to five people for lunch and up to six for the Apres Tasting can be made online or by contacting Adrienne Smith directly at adrienne@parallelwines.com or by phone at (707) 486-1100. Guests will be able to purchase Parallel Wines on-site or place orders to be shipped to their homes in states where permitted. Online Tasting Experiences to Continue Since the Covid-19 pandemic forced so many shut-downs, Parallel Napa Valley has seen great success with its online tasting experiences. In March, Parallel launched a private online tasting option hosted by their Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and General Manager, Adrienne Smith, which offers guests three bottles of current-release Parallel Wines, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Diamond Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as food pairing suggestions and tasting notes, for $95 per person. Most recently, Parallel added an optional selection of food pairings from St. Helena’s Panevino that can be added to any wine tasting experience for $35, including Rosemary Mixed Nuts, Saucisson Provencal and Oil-Cured French Olive and Provencal Herb Grissini. “Each specialty item was chosen to pair with one of the three stunning Philippe Melka Parallel Wines featured in the online tasting,” added Smith. “All the guests need to do is provide the glasses and wine opener for a complete Parallel Napa Valley tasting experience in their own home.” 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 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 the wines are named for famous black diamond ski runs. In addition to making great wines, 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.  Parallel Napa Valley’s hospitality and winemaking home is located in the stylish, appointment-only tasting room in Brasswood, just a few miles north of the town of St. Helena. It offers a sophisticated food pairing tasting menu, which can be booked for daytime tastings, lunches, and receptions. The beautiful facility also can be available to host private dinners - even weddings - in the Brasswood Restaurant or a private room.   About Charles Communications Associates  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 kcharles@charlescomm.com.                                                ###
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Viñedos Veramonte Announces New Design for its Portfolio of Wines

30 June, 2020

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                   Contact: Charles Communications Associates                                                                                                                                                                          press@charlescomm.com 415-701-9463   Viñedos Veramonte Announces New Design for its Portfolio of Wines #VeramonteOrganic unveils stunning new package inspired by the property’s organic winegrowing practices     Casablanca Valley, Chile June 30, 2020– Eight years ago, the winemaking and vineyard teams at Viñedos  Veramonte in Chile undertook an ambitious project to convert their substantial biodiverse land holdings in the Casablanca and Colchagua Valley to organic winegrowing practices. In the span of four years, they managed to transform the totality of their vineyards, now 1,235 acres to 100% organic farming.   With the 2018 vintage, they released their first ECOCERT® certified wine on the U.S market, the Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc.   With the 2019 vintage, a fresh new look kicks off #VeramonteOrganic debuting in the U.S. market this summer. The stunning new package was designed by the Chilean-based firm Piano & Piano whose interpretation of the winery’s story is reflected with eye-catching, fresh design.  The various label colors reflect the different grape varieties planted on the property intermixed with flora and fauna which contribute to healthy living soils through cover crops and a diverse agriculture. This design theme of a Biodynamic Cosmos was derivative of the  influences and training from the gurus of organic and Biodynamic winegrowing practices who guided the Viñedos Veramonte team, namely the late Alan York and Chile’s Alvaro Espinoza.  The winery’s marketing team translated this reverence for the land working closely with the Piano team to deliver a label reflective of the aliveness of the property and its wines.  The label material was crafted from cotton not paper, reinforcing a full circle commitment to sustainability.  Known as #VeramonteOrganic going forward, other varieties in the Veramonte line follow suit beginning with the 2018 Pinot Noir and 2018 Carmenere followed by the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2020 Chardonnay. In Chile, there are roughly 5,000 hectares planted with organic grapes, which means approximately 10% of organic grapes in Chile are currently from Viñedos Veramonte.   Certified organic has been one of the fastest growing Chilean wine categories in recent years, and #VeramonteOrganic is single-handedly changing perceptions of how such ethical wines can be produced accessibly and for a wider audience.  In 2018, winemaker Sofía Araya took over as Head Winemaker, receiving the reins from her renowned predecessor and mentor Rodrigo Soto. Together, they spent six years integrating the organic methods which would eventually lead to the ECOCERT designation from the French based international organic certification organization. All of Veramonte’s estates follow organic practices including; composting in the vineyards, cover cropping, preserving biodiversity, and utilizing sheep to help maintain the grass and soil. These practices are done with the intention of producing wines that are a snapshot of the vineyards, with resulting wines that show typicity of the varietal and the region.  Viñedos  Veramonte is part of the Spanish based González Byass,  a family-owned collection of wineries founded in 1835.  Other Chilean brands in the portfolio include Ritual, Primus and Neyen.  For more information on the U.S. importing arm Gonzalez Byass USA please visit https://www.gonzalezbyassusa.com/  Follow Vinedos Veramonte on Instagram @VeramonteWines. For more information, images or interviews about Viñedos  Veramonte please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415 |701-9463.   # # #  
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Alder Springs Vineyard “A Case for a Cause” Program Extended Indefinitely to Help More Beneficiaries

22 June, 2020

For Immediate Release Contact: Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com 415|701-9463 Alder Springs Vineyard “A Case for a Cause” Program Extended Indefinitely to Help More Beneficiaries  Each $395 Case Comes with a $200 Donation to a Beneficiary of the Customer’s Choosing   Laytonville, CA – June 22, 2020 – In response to the unprecedented hardships caused by world events, Alder Springs Vineyard is re-committing to and re-naming its philanthropic program to offer support to more beneficiaries, over an indefinite period of time. For every 12-bottle case of wine purchased from Alder Springs Vineyard, owner Stuart Bewley will forward your $200 donation to any beneficiary that the customer chooses.   “The world’s never seen anything like these times,” said Bewley. “I wanted to do something to help as so many people have lost jobs and loved ones and suffered loss of personal property.  Non-profit organizations of every kind are hurting for funds. So, I’m letting my customers choose where the donation from each case goes.”    The Case for a Cause program launched on April 29 as the Shelter-in-Place Support initiative, but after stay-at-home orders were lifted, Bewley decided to keep the program in place indefinitely – which called for a new name: A Case for a Cause. The Alder Springs Vineyard team is actively reaching out to non-profit organizations across the country inviting them to promote the program to their own supporters to help generate needed funds.  A longtime grower supplying grapes to over 30 winery clients of top repute across California, Bewley began making his own wines 14 years ago and offers an enticing array of red and white wines from his high-altitude vineyard in Mendocino County. His signature Syrahs and Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays are highly regarded for their balance and freshness, rooted in meticulously farmed vineyards.   Do Good and Drink Well When customers log on to the Alder Springs Vineyards website, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: Click on Select a Beneficiary. Choose “Beneficiary of Your Choice” and write in the name and address of the organization to which a check can be sent – or select a cause from the list. Select your case of 12 wines. Customers can select from all red or all white wines, or a case containing both. Please note: order placed during summer months may be held for shipping if temperatures are too high to keep the wine in top condition. The donation will still be sent. Check out with a credit card. The amount billed will be $395 plus local tax (shipping is included!) Alder Springs Vineyard will then send a check to your chosen beneficiary with a note that says it is from you. In the event a customer needs a recommendation for a charitable cause, Alder Springs Vineyard offers a selection of non-profit organizations on its site that customers can choose to receive the $200 donation. Organizations listed support a number of causes, ranging from struggling restaurant and hospitality workers, to hunger relief, to health, the environment, animal welfare, domestic violence, reproductive health and human rights and equality. One $200 donation can be made per order. The Alder Springs Vineyard “A Case for a Cause” initiative represents a generous savings off its regular 12-bottle case price of $540. Because $200 of each $395 case order is a donation, the case of wine costs the customer $195 (shipping is included in the price, but sales tax is not).     Alder Springs Vineyard has been producing world-class grapes since owner Stuart Bewley broke ground on the vineyard in 1993. The property spans 6,000 acres, with 140 acres planted to multiple white and red varietals including Chardonnay, Grenache, Picpoul Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne , Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Counoise, Malbec and Tannat. The Alder Springs team practices a unique “bonsai” style of pruning, shedding up to 75 percent of the fruit on each vine to attain maximum concentration of flavor. Its grapes are in demand by esteemed wineries up and down California. Bewley launched his own Alder Springs Vineyard label in 2006, selling wines online to customers in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Washington, D.C. Visit  www.alderspringsvineyard.com for more information. For interviews, images and more information, contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.   # # #
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces 2020 U.S. Communications Campaign

18 June, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com | (415) 701-9463                                                                                              Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces 2020 Communications Campaign for U.S. Audience SAN FRANCISCO, June 18th 2020 The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. is pleased to announce its 2020 communications program for the United States. The Consorzio of vine-growers, winemaking companies and bottlers from Italy’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene region, was established to safeguard the standards of what eventually became the D.O.C.G. criteria in crafting wines of the highest quality and distinct provenance.  Their mission is to increase the recognition of D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and its nuanced, complex, world-class sparkling wines. The United States is the 4th largest importer of Prosecco Superiore, and the Consorzio hopes to further engage its loyal audience while introducing new sparkling wine lovers to the D.O.C.G. category. Coming on the heels of the recent economic report wherein it was reported that close to 44% of the volume of the region is exported, with the U.S. accounting for close to 250,000 cases and a growth in value of 5% from 2018 to 2019 totaling close to $14 million, the future looks bright for the American market.  The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a 27% increase in volume in the off-premise in the U.S. with consumers enjoying more wine at home.     The aim of the U.S. campaign, as always, is to educate the trade and public about everything Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. has to offer - regionality, authenticity, and high standards in winegrowing and winemaking.  Understanding the nuances of high elevation winegrowing, regional variation between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the typologies of the wines from the region on a dryness scale, the Martinotti method among many other production cues helps the gatekeepers in the trade share the tremendous selling points of the region, particularly with its great price to quality ratio. While Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. wines tend to be priced slightly higher than traditional Prosecco, the wines are still immensely affordable given the quality, making them desirable for a range of trade and consumers.  Their versatility and lower alcohol by volume are also in keeping with today’s trends towards lighter alcohol and more diverse cuisines being enjoyed at the American table. The trade campaign includes a series of three master classes with noted sommeliers and wine experts Jon McDaniel (June 29), Anthony Giglio (July 20) and Alpana Singh (Aug. 10) along with consumer-focused edutainment Happy Hours with noted author and TV personality and author Leslie Sbrocco on July 15 and July 29 and author and wine educator Karen MacNeil. Other educational outreach includes a WEVO Tastings seminar (June 18) on the wines of the region conducted by educator Liz Barrett and master classes for WSET Diploma level students. A focused ad campaign highlighting the theme #SparkleAtHome encouraging the support of restaurant takeout to pair with Prosecco Superiore at home, along with a general campaign focused on the region is part of the 2020 plan.  For the third consecutive year, the Consorzio will be working with select ambassadors in key markets to activate online education for the trade, as well as act as social and traditional media spokespeople. The press campaign includes a sampling program, social media engagement centered around the #sparkleathome hashtag and ongoing press outreach. The press campaign includes a sampling program, social media engagement centered around the #sparkleathome hashtag and ongoing press outreach.    “After a very challenging start to the year in Italy, we are pleased to support one of our stronger export markets with ongoing education and programming," says Innocente Nardi, President of the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. “We are pleased to see America continues its strong desire for top quality sparkling wine, now perhaps more than ever.”  The list of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. wineries that will participate in the U.S. communications campaign include Adami, Andreola, Anna Spinato, Bellenda, Biancavigna, Bortolomiol, Ca’ Di Rajo, Canevel, Ciodet, Col Sandago, Col Vetoraz, Colesel, Conte Collalto, Drusian, La Farra, La Gioiosa, La Marca, La Tordera, L’Antica Quercia, Le Colture, Le Vigne di Alice, Marsuret, Masottina, Mongarda, Perlage, Prapian, Riva Dei Frati, Ruggeri, Sommariva, Tenuta Degli Ultimi, Trevisiol, Val D’Oca, Valdo, Villa Sandi and Vinicollina Tesini. 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 130 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, aroma 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. Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook. For interviews, imagery, or more information, please contact:   Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates: press@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463. # # #  
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Exclusive Philippe Melka Portfolio Limited Time Offering Includes Parallel Napa Valley June 17-23, 2020

17 June, 2020

                                                                                                                                            Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles                                                                                                                                                                           Charles Communications Associates                                                                                                                                                                           415|701-9463                                                                                                                                                                           press@charlescomm.com   Exclusive Philippe Melka Portfolio Limited Time Offering Includes Parallel Napa Valley June 17-23, 2020 June 17, 2020 – Parallel Napa Valley is pleased to announce an exclusive wine offering created with five additional vintners held in high esteem. All six wineries in the collection are brought together by a common thread - small production wines made by noted, top-rated consulting winemaker, Philippe Melka. On offer June 17-23, participating wineries include the following top tier, collectible portfolio:  Parallel Napa Valley, Davis Estates Phase V., Seavey, Skipstone, Moone-Tsai and Alejandro Bulgheroni. Collections include: The Discover Collection $630 2017 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Skipstone Preface Proprietary Red 2016 Davis Estates Phase V Petite Sirah 2017 Moone-Tsai Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Seavey Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate Lithology Napa Valley The Enthusiast Collection $1,225 2016 Parallel Black Diamond Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Limelight” 2016 Skipstone Oliver’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Davis Estates Phase V Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillsides Blend 2014 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon The Connoisseur Collection $1,850 All 12 wines from The Discover and Enthusiast Collections * Pricing are inclusive of tax and temperature-controlled shipping where legal. A rare and special presentation of these wines, they make a great Father’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, or Quarantine Survival gift from a winemaker whose wines continually earn top-notch ratings and awards from many notable wine publications and the highest bids at the Napa Valley Wine Auction. To purchase one of the Exclusive Melka Vintner Collections visit Parallel Wines. About Philippe Melka   A native of Bordeaux, Melka grew up intrigued by the intricacies of the lands around him. When it came time for college, he acted on his childhood interests, earning a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux. A class in winemaking in his final year was a turning point, propelling him to earn a Master’s Degree in Agronomy and Enology. His first job out of school was at Chateau Haut-Brion.  From there he took a position with the Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley proved to be a revelation for him.  He set out traveling, dividing time between soil study and winemaking at world renown wineries Badio a Coltibuono in Chianti and Chittering Estate in Australia.  He returned to France in 1993 to deepen his expertise at Chateau Petrus.  A year later, Napa Valley was lucky to have him return where he has been since.  He has served as consulting winemaker for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties under the company name Atelier Melka.   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 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 the wines are named for famous black diamond 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.  Parallel Napa Valley’s hospitality and winemaking home is located in the stylish, appointment-only tasting room in Brasswood, just a few miles north of the town of St. Helena which is currently complying with the Shelter in Place regulations, but is offering a number of tasting options including on-site and virtual private tastings, including a complimentary tasting for frontline medical workers in the month of June and most recently, a private wine pairing lunch experience at Brasswood Restaurant.    For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at 415.701.9463 or kcharles@charlescomm.com. #  #  #
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Viñedos Veramonte Partners with WEVO Tastings for a Virtual Wine Vacation to Chile

17 June, 2020

Contact: Kimberly Charles Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com 415|701-9463 Viñedos Veramonte Partners with WEVO Tastings for a Virtual Wine Vacation to Chile on July 2 Chicago – June 17, 2020 – With vacation planning looking a little different this summer, Viñedos Veramonte is offering a fun and delicious online wine vacation to Chile on Thursday, July 2nd with WEVOTastings.com. For $59.99, guests will receive three bottles of Chilean wine from the González Byass portfolio and a link to an entertaining and educational one-hour interactive tasting with Certified Specialist of Wine Liz Barrett. Guests will receive Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, Ritual Pinot Noir and Primus The Blend, and can sign up here. These are three great gate-way wines for a tour of the Casablanca and Colchagua and Apalta Valleys. Host Liz Barrett will introduce guests to these beautiful regions, and tell the stories of the people who craft these wines, the unique geography of Chile as well as offer delicious food pairing ideas – with a focus on grilling for the upcoming holiday weekend.   “With the 4th of July holiday weekend approaching and summer plans getting more creative, we wanted to find a way to share these versatile, approachable wines with more people and inspire delicious pairings for weekend grilling and other summer celebrations,” said, Ted Emerson, Director of Marketing for González  Byass USA. “Chilean wines represent an amazing value, offering excellent quality at really accessible price points, and the WEVO Tastings platform makes it easy.” WEVO Tastings fulfills wine orders through Wine.com and asks that guests sign up for the July 2 tasting by June 24, to allow time for shipping. Each sign-up can involve multiple people and the Zoom link will be sent following sign-up. Sign up here! About González Byass  González Byass USA is a Chicago based importer for a strategically selected portfolio of fine wine and spirit brands from around the world including Spain, Chile, Italy, Austria and the US. González Byass USA is the US subsidiary of González Byass headquartered in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and is a family-owned, collection of wineries founded in 1835.  The four Chilean brands in the Portfolio include Veramonte Wines, Ritual, Primus and Neyen.  In 2012, the winemaking and vineyard teams at Viñedos Veramonte in Chile’s Casablanca Valley undertook an ambitious project to convert their substantial biodiverse land holdings to organic winegrowing practices. In four years, they managed to transform the totality of their vineyards, now 1235 acres.  With the 2018 vintage, they released their first ECOCERT® certified wine on the U.S market, the Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc. Learn more at https://www.González byassusa.com/ For press inquiries and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415.701.9463.    ###
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Domaine Carneros is Reopening with New Safety Protocols in Place

10 June, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                  Contact: Charles Communications Associates June 10th, 2020                                                                                                                                                            415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com   ***MEDIA ALERT*** The Chateau Gates at Domaine Carneros are Reopening Bubbles are chilled and the views await visitors. New safety protocols in place   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. WHAT:  Domaine Carneros has worked to provide moments of comfort, joy, and virtual connection these last few months. At long last, the Château gates are opening and the Domaine Carneros team will welcome back visitors starting June 11th!  WHEN: Starting on June 11th, reservations are available for all 21+ visitors. (Parties of six or fewer) The chateau is open for tastings Monday through Friday from 10:00-5:30 with the last reservation at 4:30. The weekends of June 13-14 and June 20-21 are reserved exclusively for existing club members. WHERE:  Domaine Carneros Winery 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559 Reservations can be booked online or by phone (1-800-716-2788 x 150). With their reopening, important changes have been made to their guest experience to protect both the visitor and the winery team. Protocols have been set up that should be studied before making a reservation to make the most of the visit. (see below) Domaine Carneros will still be offering curbside pickup services from 10 am - 5 pm. Please call (1-800-716-2788 x100) 9 am - 5 pm, to schedule a pickup. Prefer to have their bubbles dropped off at home? Enjoy $5 Ground Shipping or half-off Overnight Shipping  with a purchase of 12+ bottles.   Help Us Help You – A Note from Domaine Carneros Domaine Carneros is committed to a safe tasting experience for its visitors and appreciates everyone’s commitment to keeping the winery team safe as well!  A visit to Domaine Carneros may look slightly different these days, but what hasn’t changed are the high standards of hospitality. How We Are Protecting You Giving you space: Our open-air tasting space has been reconfigured to allow 6’ between tables. Additionally, to allow space for social distancing, only those with an existing reservation or a scheduled curbside pickup are able to be on the Chateau grounds. Keeping it clean: Tables and chairs are disinfected with commercial strength disinfectant before and after each reservation. All non-disposable items are sanitized with high heat or chemical cleaning. Our staff washes and sanitizes their hands before handling clean items. Masking up:  Our staff undergoes pre-shift health screenings and wears masks. They will remove their masks only if 6’ distance can be maintained. How We Ask You to Protect Us Respect our space:  Please observe our current reservations policy. We have limited the number of visitors to the property to ensure plenty of space to practice social distancing. Parties are limited to six or fewer guests.  We will meet you at the front gate to confirm your visit. While here, please diligently maintain 6’ social distancing from anyone not in your immediate party. Help us keep it clean:  Reservations are limited to 90 minutes to give us time to disinfect between each seating. We appreciate your cooperation. You will find hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout the property to supplement frequent handwashing. Wear a mask:  If you arrive without a mask, one will be provided for you. You’re required to wear it anytime you aren’t seated at your table enjoying your wine. Any guest failing to maintain social distancing or refusing to wear a mask will asked to leave. Be mindful:  This is new to all of us. Please treat our staff and fellow guests with patience and kindness. We promise to do the same and will do everything we can to make your visit truly enjoyable.   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.  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, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.   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 continues to be expanded.  The most recent award, one of many from Federal, State and local government; was the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.” For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463. ###
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Parallel Napa Valley Relaunches Private Wine Pairing Lunch Experience at St. Helena’s Brasswood Restaurant

3 June, 2020

Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com Tel 415-730-0064 Parallel Napa Valley Relaunches Private Wine Pairing Lunch Experience at St. Helena’s Brasswood Restaurant General Manager Adrienne Capps Will Host Small Groups Starting June 1 Napa Valley, CA – June 3, 2020 – Parallel Napa Valley is pleased to announce it has resumed its popular private wine pairing lunches at Brasswood in St. Helena, starting on Monday, June 1.  The Parallel Wine Pairing Lunch will feature a set menu of four seasonal courses paired with four Parallel Wines, which are crafted by renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Diamond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a special pour from Parallel’s Library Selection. “We are very excited to welcome guests once again for an unforgettable wine pairing lunch experience at Brasswood,” said Parallel General Manager Adrienne Capps. “We’ve offered this experience for more than two years, and it is one of our most popular. Our wines really shine with the delicious seasonal dishes prepared by Brasswood Chef David Nuno, and the whole experience makes for a delightful and memorable day in the beautiful Napa Valley.” Capps also notes that the team at Brasswood is working to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all, with strict protocols in place for hygiene and social distancing.  Tables will be spaced six feet apart, masks will be required for guests when not seated, as well as for all restaurant staff, and there will be a maximum of six guests per table, including a Parallel Wines host. In addition, tables, bathrooms, and the entire property will be thoroughly sanitized with great frequency. Reservations for the Parallel Private Wine Pairing Lunch will be available seven days a week, starting Monday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m.  Reservation requests for parties of up to five people can be made online or by contacting Adrienne Capps directly at adrienne@parallelwines.com or by phone at (707) 486-1100. Guests will be able to purchase Parallel Wines on-site or place orders to be shipped to their homes in states where permitted. Online Tasting Experiences to Continue Since the Covid-19 pandemic forced so many shut-downs, Parallel Napa Valley has seen great success with its online tasting experiences. In March, Parallel launched a private online tasting series hosted by Adrienne Capps which offers guests three bottles of current-release Parallel Wines, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Diamond Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as food pairing suggestions and tasting notes, for $95 per person. Most recently, Parallel added an optional selection of food pairings from St. Helena’s Panevino that can be added to any wine tasting experience for $35, including Rosemary Mixed Nuts, Saucisson Provencal and Oil-Cured French Olive and Provencal Herb Grissini. “Each specialty item was chosen to pair with one of the three Parallel Wines featured in the online tasting,” added Capps. “All the guests need to do is provide the glasses and wine opener for a complete Parallel Napa Valley tasting experience in their own home.” In addition, Parallel continues its “Glass of Gratitude” program, offering complimentary tastings – including two bottles of Parallel Wines – to front-line medical workers. “Participants have been so grateful for a night off from fighting the coronavirus,” added Val Chin, Partner at Parallel Napa Valley. “We’re happy to provide a bit of a break for these heroes during this difficult 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 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 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 the wines are named for famous black diamond ski runs. In addition to making great wines, 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.  Parallel Napa Valley’s hospitality and winemaking home is located in the stylish, appointment-only tasting room in Brasswood, just a few miles north of the town of St. Helena. It offers a sophisticated food pairing tasting menu, which can be booked for daytime tastings, lunches, and receptions. The beautiful facility also can be available to host private dinners - even weddings - in the Brasswood Restaurant or a private room.   About Charles Communications Associates  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 kcharles@charlescomm.com.                                                  ###
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. Announces 2020 Viticultural Protocol

27 May, 2020

Contact: Charles Communications Associates press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463 The 2020 Viticultural Protocol: New Steps Forward for Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.’s path toward sustainability Presentation of the 2020 Edition of the Viticultural Protocol of the Producers’ Consortium for the Denomination Solighetto, Italy May 2020 – In spite of the current crisis that has immobilized much of Italy’s economic fabric, nature has not come to a standstill, nor has the Consortium’s commitment to sustainable agriculture. It is in this spirit that the denomination recently presented the 10th edition of the Viticultural Protocol, the document that each year, proposes and promotes an increasingly scrupulous system for managing the vineyards which enhances the protection of the vines. “This year we have produced the tenth edition of the Viticultural Protocol which, after the numerous goals we have set and attained – most recently the innovative and bold banning of glyphosate – is proceeding in an even more deliberate manner along the path of integrated pest management,” states Innocente Nardi, President of the Consortium. “In the last 10 years, the Consortium has been able to analyse various vineyard conditions with advanced technical instrumentation that is designed for our unique growing area. Moreover, thanks to the professionals who make up our technical staff, we can offer increasingly efficient support to our members in the management of their vineyards.” Following its widespread appellation-wide ban on the use of glyphosate, effective as of 2019, and thanks to the cooperation with the municipal governments within the Denomination, Conegliano Valdobbiadene is the largest zone in Europe to manage vineyards without this herbicide. Today the Consortium continues its activities of scientific observation of the zone, analysis of the gathered data, and development of strategies to assist its growers, in order to develop an ever-greater commitment toward environmental sustainability. One of the key functions of the Viticultural Protocol is to put the farmers in a position to choose what methods to use for managing their vineyards – whether organic or not – based on the real needs of their vines and soils at any given moment. To do this, the Consortium has made available technological instruments for gathering data that constantly photograph and document the activity in the vineyards (using small weather stations, publishing agronomic bulletins for the members, etc.) The real-time condition of the vineyards is transmitted by the Consortium to the growers so that they can choose the most appropriate action (notably with the least environmental impact) to take onsite. The Various Stages of the Viticultural Protocol The first edition of the Viticultural Protocol was published in 2011, and since then it has gradually become a point of reference for the denomination’s members, as well as for grape growers elsewhere in Italy. It is the cornerstone of the sustainability activities of the Consorzio Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. The Viticultural Protocol is a document aimed at the Consortium’s members to promote in the community of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene the importance of sustainability in the management of the vineyards. The Protocol is optional and the Consortium cannot intervene if its guidelines are not followed. Nevertheless, it is a policy that has also been positively received by local administrators. The objective of the Viticultural Protocol is to gradually eliminate practices and chemical substances that are considered to have too great an impact on the environment – even if they are still permitted under Italian and European regulations – and, conversely promote potential, less invasive forms of agriculture, setting the stage for swifter progress toward sustainability. The exclusion of amendments that contain the substances of Folpet, Mancozeb and Dithianon dates back to 2013, and the same was true in 2016 for various other substances that the current laws would have allowed.  S.Q.N.P.I. Certification 2019 was the year in which the S.Q.N.P.I. (Sistema Qualità Nazionale Produzione Integrata) Certification project was launched for the growers in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. Denomination. This certification system takes into consideration all of the methods used in the production and defense of crops against adversities, works on reducing the use of synthetic chemical substances to a minimum in the vineyards, as well as regulating fertilization practices. In order to obtain and maintain this certification, control activities have been put in place, such as numerous analyses of the grapes being grown, in order to ascertain the actual amount of use of chemical substances in the vineyard. Certification has been seen as a great opportunity for the zone and for the individual growers. Many growers now understand the greater potential value of the product when it is certified. Forty of the member companies immediately joined the Consortium’s certification project, encompassing an area of 575 hectares. In addition, there are several viticultural estates and cooperatives that applied independently for certification.  All of the wine-producing and bottling companies may participate in the project, and thus have the possibility to use the bee logo on their products. Vine-growers may also take part and will be able to put up signs with the bee logo in their certified vineyards. All of the above, moreover, will be able to use the identifying logo of SQNPI certification on their websites, social media and publicity material. The Consortium is assisted by Valoritalia s.r.l. as its certifying body. Valoritalia is the leading company in Italy authorized by MiPAAF (Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies), for the control and certification of wines with Denomination of Origin. Since its establishment in 2009, Valoritalia has set itself the ambitious goal of contributing to the growth of the wine system, to guarantee to the consumer the quality and origin of the wine through the control of every stage of production, from the vineyard to the bottle. About the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is the private body, founded in 1962, that guarantees and controls adherence to the production regulations for D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The sparkling wines produced on the hillsides between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the Province of Treviso, obtained Denomination di Origin Controlled status in 1969 and the Denomination di Origin Controlled e Garantita in 2009. The production zone includes 15 municipal areas: Conegliano, San Vendemiano, Colle Umberto, Vittorio Veneto, Tarzo, Cison di Valmarino, San Pietro di Feletto, Refrontolo, Susegana, Pieve di Soligo, Farra di Soligo, Follina, Miane, Vidor, and Valdobbiadene. The Consortium, whose current President is Innocente Nardi, has its headquarters in the village of Solighetto in Pieve di Soligo. It groups together 182 sparkling wine producers and 427 vinifying companies. For the Denomination, this means that there are almost 3,500 local families involved in producing Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. It operates principally in three areas: protection and promotion of the product, both in Italy and abroad, encouraging knowledge of the product through educational activities, and the organization of events, as well as relations with the press. It also offers technical assistance to its members, from the vineyard to the winery. For more information, interviews, images and inquiries for the U.S. market, please contact Charles Communications Associates at 415|701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com. ###
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