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​Laurel Glen to Host Signature Sonoma Valley’s Annual Retrospective Tasting on May 18th

4 March, 2019

   Laurel Glen to Host Signature Sonoma Valley’s Annual Retrospective Tasting on May 18th  Glen Ellen, CA, 4 March, 2019 – Laurel Glen Vineyard, is pleased to announce it will host a very special tasting during the third annual Signature Sonoma Valley vintage retrospective, during the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance’s flagship weekend event series. The iconic Sonoma winery will host the tasting at its eponymous Sonoma Mountain estate vineyard on Saturday, May 18, 2019 (from 2-4:30pm).   The tasting will bring together wine aficionados and collectors for an extremely rare showcase of Laurel Glen vintages across four decades. Current winemaker Randall Watkins will be joined by the estate’s founding winemaker, Patrick Campbell, as well as Proprietor and Managing Partner Bettina Sichel and winegrower Phil Coturri to provide ‘behind the vine’ perspectives. This special event will be moderated by Esther Mobley, wine critic and journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, who will provide insight and perspective on the nuances of each vintage.   “We could not be more thrilled to host this year’s retrospective tasting,” says Sichel. “We are especially honored that Esther Mobley has accepted our invitation to moderate, and look forward to an illuminating discussion. We recently tasted through the 15 vintages we’ve selected to pour and were impressed with how well they showed. I cannot wait to share these rare wines with a new audience at Signature Sonoma on May 18th!”   The retrospective will commence with Laurel Glen’s debut 1981 vintage, and include a curated selection of 15 vintages spanning four decades that demonstrate the winery’s consistent depth, elegance and focus. The winery’s signature sophisticated style has never wavered since it joined the ranks of first generation “cult” Cabernets from California in the 1980s, and – thanks to the ongoing policy of holding back a portion of cases upon release – Laurel Glen has become known for its deep library of wines from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s; many of which are featured on some of America’s most prestigious restaurant wine lists, including French Laundry in the Napa Valley, Mastro’s Steakhouse in Houston and Gotham Bar & Grill in New York City.   Though tickets for the Signature Sonoma Valley retrospective are nearly sold out, Laurel Glen will also offer a special library flight the weekend of May 17-19 in the estate’s Glen Ellen tasting room. The Cabernet Sauvignon vintages offered in the flight will evoke the spirit of the retrospective and include the 1986, 1999 Reserve, 2006, 2009, 2012 Lot 44. Cost will be $75 per person and guests should plan to reserve at least 48 hours in advance.   Laurel Glen wines will also be featured in the Legends: Collector’s Dinner at 6:30pm on May 18th, the capstone event of Signature Sonoma Valley, which celebrates the heritage vineyards of the region. Tickets can be purchased here.   Signature Sonoma Valley is an exclusive, four-day immersion into the acclaimed wines, historic vineyards and welcoming community of Sonoma Valley. Tickets for all events are now on sale and available at SonomaValleyWine.com/Signature-Sonoma-Valley. Seating is limited and all events will sell out, so early purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, please call 707.935.0803 or visit SonomaValleyWine.com.   “Signature Sonoma Valley shapes how wine collectors view Sonoma Valley as a wine region, and we could not be more thrilled to showcase over three decades of Laurel Glen vintages in the capstone retrospective tasting,” said Maureen Cottingham, Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. “Our greatest hope is that guests will leave Signature Sonoma Valley with a deeper connection to our vineyards and an appreciation for the caliber of wines coming out of Sonoma Valley, and Laurel Glen’s impressive track record more than supports that message.”     About Laurel Glen Vineyard Laurel Glen Vineyard wines have a proven track record for longevity and grace. They are among the most sought-after examples of classic California Cabernet Sauvignon, and can thus offer a true study in how the variety can perform from a great vineyard site.   Originally planted to mixed red varietals by German immigrants at the end of the 19th century, Laurel Glen vineyard was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1968 on the eve of a modern proliferation of vineyards in California. Today, the 14-acre estate is farmed organically and planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, and in particular the Laurel Glen clone of Cabernet Sauvignon, certified as a unique clone by the University of California at Davis.   In 2011, Bettina Sichel, a veteran of the California wine industry, became the steward of Laurel Glen Vineyard. Among other quality oriented improvements, she has overseen the vineyard’s transition to CCOF organic certification in 2014.   About the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving more than 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry.  Sonoma Valley comprises six of the 17 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) of Sonoma County: Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley.  The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has raised more than $25,000,000 through Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and supports youth and children for future success, preserving our environment, and improving health and welfare of our local communities.  For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.   For press inquiries and images, please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415.701.9463.
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Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Announces 22nd Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 17-19

4 March, 2019

                      Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Announces  22nd Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 17-19 Three-day wine event focuses on wines made from Pinot Noir grapes exclusively grown in Anderson Valley    Anderson Valley, CA, 4 March, 2019 – The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association is pleased to announce that the 22nd annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will take place May 17, 18 and 19, 2019. Wine lovers are invited to sip, sample and savor Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (plus rose and sparkling wines) from more than 50 producers, enjoy mouth-watering food pairings by the region’s best chefs and local caterers, and listen to live music while bidding on exquisite auction lots for local charity.   The much-anticipated weekend’s events range from educational seminars to a live music BBQ, grand tasting, winemaker dinners and free winery open houses – all hosted amidst the spectacular beauty of Anderson Valley's vineyards and towering redwood trees. Music lovers will be happy to learn about an added bonus – this year Camp Navarro will host a concert on Saturday evening. The events have achieved a loyal following for being distinctively uncrowded and unpretentious, with an array of Pinot Noir styles that serve as the ideal introduction (or refresher course!) to the Anderson Valley.   “We could not be more thrilled to celebrate the 22nd annual Pinot Noir Festival,” says Kristy Charles, President of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association and Owner of Foursight Wines. “Our aim is that revelers will leave the festival with a deeper connection to our vineyards and an appreciation for the caliber of wines coming out of Anderson Valley.”   A full list of events can be found below, as well as at avwines.com/pinot-noir-festival.   Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Lineup - Friday 5/17, Saturday 5/18, Sunday, 5/19: Friday Technical  Conference  (9:30am – 4:30pm) $100 Camp Navarro Attend a full day of educational seminars about winegrowing and winemaking. There are many winemakers who are spearheading the effort this year and it will be a Tech Session you don’t want to miss! Plan to taste wine from neutral barrel and have a lively discussion on vineyard microclimates + and selling AV in the marketplace. A light breakfast & full lunch is included. Friday night Casual BBQ  (5pm – 8pm) $60 Goldeneye Winery   Limited tickets left – already almost sold out! A delicious meal, stunning views and live music. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. It's an eat, drink, and boogie down kinda night! Saturday Grand Tasting (12pm – 4pm) $130   DD Tix $75 Camp Navarro   Bring friends, stay onsite or book in AV or the Coast – rooms are filling up! Taste world-class Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs from more than 50 producers beneath towering red woods. Savor perfectly paired foods designed to complement the exceptional Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. Saturday Winemaker Dinners (6pm – 9pm) Varied Various locations Small & intimate dinners to be held throughout different restaurants within the valley, plus one on the coast!   Tickets on sale at noon, March 15th. Dinners sell out quickly! Saturday Buffet Dinner and/or Concert: Tracorum & The Real Sarah’s   Tickets open to non-PNF attendees! Concert Only $25   + Dinner = $55 Camp Navarro   Tentative schedule: Band 1: 5:00-6:15 Dinner: 6:00-7:30 Band 2: 7:30-10 Campfire: 10pm Tracorum & The Real Sarah’s performance under the redwoods. Stay onsite of the Grand Tasting & evening events! Cabins, yurts, tents & RV hookups available. Bring your own bedding and sleeping bag. Rentals for Camp Navarro overnight are typically $30 per person/bed, as required.  Sunday Winery Open Houses  (11am – 5pm) Complimentary Wineries Throughout Anderson Valley Stop at participating winery tasting rooms with the purple flags for a little extra wine tasting, more music, delicious bites, and special wine sale discounts. A great way to bookend the weekend before getting back to ... the real world...     Tickets are available for individual events as well as for weekend packages. Discounted ticket packages are available when booked together, and limited.  Winemaker dinners will be announced on Friday, March 15 at noon and often sell-out quickly. Sign up for the AVWA mailing list to be informed of event updates. Tent and cabin accommodations at Camp Navarro are available Thursday through Sunday on their website: campnavarropresents.com/anderson-valley-pinot-festival.   Event tickets are limited and will sell out, so early purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, please call 707.895.9463 or visit avwines.com/pinot-noir-festival.     About Anderson Valley Anderson Valley, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, is an area blessed with a temperate cool coastal climate. Classified in viticultural terms as a Region 1 growing area, this designates it as the coolest climate in which grapes may be commercially grown with any success. Cutting laterally through the coastal range rather than lying between ridges, the west or “deep end” of the Anderson Valley is only a few miles from the cold Pacific Ocean, while the town of Boonville is some 20 miles to the east. The combination of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights and mornings allow the grapes from this region to mature slowly and to develop to the height of their varietal character. The planted acreage in the Anderson Valley consists primarily of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling. There are also small acreages of other varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Merlot.    In addition to producing superb Pinot Noirs and Alsace varietal wines, the valley is home to three methode champenoisesparkling houses.    About the About the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) is a not-for-profit trade group created in 1983 to promote the grapes and wines of the Anderson Valley winegrowing appellation. The AVWA is supported through the dues paid by its membership, generous sponsorships, and proceeds from the festivals and events the association produces each year.   Along with promoting the Anderson Valley as a viticultural region, AVWA also works to build its community. To date over $400,000 has been donated to local community groups such as the Anderson Valley Health CenterAnderson Valley Housing AssociationAnderson Valley Ambulance, the Anderson Valley Fire Department, as well as the Community Foundation of Mendocino County Disaster Fund for the most recent fire relief and recovery efforts. For more information on the AVWA, please visit www.avwines.com.   For press inquiries and images, please contact Courtney DeGraff of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association at courtney@avwines.com or 707.895.9463 or reach out to Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415.701.9463.   ###
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González Byass Announces First Organic Certified Bottling for its Chilean Portfolio

12 February, 2019

González Byass Announces First Organic Certified Bottling for its Chilean Portfolio 2018 Sauvignon Blanc marks the first in what will eventually be a 100% ECOCERT® certified portfolio of wines   Casablanca Valley, Chile, 12 February 2019 – González Byass has announced the very first ECOCERT® certified organic wine for its Casablanca Valley, Chile-based Viñedos Veramonte: the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $11.99). Veramonte is the standard bearer within the González Byass umbrella of Chilean labels (which also include Ritual, Primus and Neyen), and this release marks the first of what will eventually become a 100% organic/biodynamic stable of all its Chilean wines.   The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc was certified by ECOCERT®, the France-based inspection and certification body that is considered the benchmark in organic certification worldwide. Considered the definitive expert and pioneer in organic food certifications, ECOCERT® is an independent body recognized by international public authorities. They offer worldwide inspection and certification services according to public regulations or private standards.   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 this important certification, and will eventually convert González Byass’ vast vineyard holdings in the Casablanca, Colchagua and Apalta Valleys to 100% organic and biodynamic - a project of ambitious scale.             So far 500 hectares of vineyards have been certified organic, and 2020 will mark the first Veramonte vintage that will also include Demeter’s Biodynamic Certification across all vineyards. 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.   At Veramonte, quality compost application was implemented in order to increase soil biodiversity, using stems and pomace collected during harvest season. Cover cropping in between vineyard rows improved soil structure, reduced erosion and added key nutrients for vines. Animal husbandry was introduced in the form of a flock of sheep, in order to help with minimal impact grass mowing (as well as to obtain healthy manure). Vast, and rather breathtaking, habitat breaks (with their natural corridors for beneficial wildlife) have always been an essential component in Veramonte’s unique terroir, as they provide a critically self-regulated ecosystem, eliminating any need for herbicides or pesticides of any kind.   In the winery, native yeast fermentations and minimal intervention allow the vineyard expression to take center stage. By naturally making the wine from vine to bottle, the result is the clearest, most complex expression of the vineyards’ diverse terroirs.   With its decomposed granitic soils and ample biodiversity, Casablanca Valley is one of the wine regions best suited for quality organic wine. Certified organic has been one of the fastest growing Chilean wine categories in recent years, and with the ECOCERT® certification, Veramonte is single-handedly changing perceptions of how such ethical wines can be produced accessibly and for a wider audience.   About González Byass   González Byass is a family-owned, collection of wineries founded in 1835 which spans across Spain’s most important wine producing regions. From its foundation the González family have been dedicated to making fine Sherries and brandies in Jerez, Spain, creating such well-known brands as Tío Pepe Fino Sherry and Lepanto Brandy de Jerez.   Today the fifth generation of the family are the custodians of these exceptional brands having built the company into a family of wineries which produces wine in some of Spain’s most famous regions; Bodegas Beronia (Rioja and Rueda), Cavas Vilarnau (Barcelona), Finca Constancia (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla), Finca Moncloa (Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz), Viñas del Vero (Somontano) and Pazo de Lusco (Rías Baixas). In each of these regions the family strives to make the best possible quality wines respecting the local terroir and the environment.   At the same time the company has also expanded its interests further in the premium spirits business and has created pioneering brands such as The London No.1, MOM Gin, Druide Vodka and Nomad Outland Whisky.   González Byass is now one of Spain’s most well-recognized brand owners world-wide. Their passion for quality wine production and respect for long-standing traditions, whilst at the same time innovating, have been the guiding principles that have led to the company’s global success. In 2018, they were recognized by the Wine Star Awards as the Best European Winery of the Year at the annual gala held in Miami, Florida. Learn more at www.gonzalezbyass.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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Parallel Napa Valley Appoints New General Manager Adrienne D. Capps

7 February, 2019

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

6 February, 2019

    Wente Vineyards Announces Inaugural Release of Niki’s Pinot Noir Rosé LIVERMORE VALLEY, CA – Valentine’s Day 2019 – Wente Vineyards is tickled pink(!) to announce the inaugural release of the 2018 Niki’s Pinot Noir Rosé (SRP $30), just in time for Valentine’s Day. Wente Vineyards remains the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, and this bottling marks the newest addition to an internationally respected stable of top quality, appellation-driven California wines.    2018 Niki’s Pinot Noir Rosé is the brainchild of Viticulturist and 5th Generation Winegrower, Niki Wente. Niki partnered with her cousin, Wente Vineyards’ Chief Operating Officer and Winemaker Karl Wente, to create a crisp, pure rosé with notes of cantaloupe, rhubarb, white strawberry and mandarin zest, while maintaining a sophisticated, almost rose quartz-like acidity. The lingering finish makes this the perfect pairing to elevate weekend brunch (though it’s also great on its own, perhaps with a slice of manchego cheese). The sleek, tapered bottle and the bright, fresh look of the label prove an enticing complement to the wine inside.   Wente Vineyards is coming off its 135th anniversary, when it was resoundingly celebrated for its industry-wide contributions to innovation, especially with regards to vineyard sustainability. As the Viticulturist for Wente Vineyards, Niki is now the face of that commitment. Her first priority is always the vineyard, and she loves the Pinot Noir grape for its clonal diversity and ability to translate terroir into a uniquely elegant flavor profile. Niki wanted to make a wine that best reflects the quality farming of the Arroyo Seco (Monterey) appellation, where the cooler climate creates a longer growing season and allows the grapes to develop optimally. This single vineyard Pinot Noir starts with 8 clonal selections, establishing a unique complexity before the wine is ever made. It is completely dry and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain its bright, crisp acidity.   Niki believes rosé of Pinot Noir is the ideal vehicle to express the elegant terroir she cultivates in a leaner style. Color was extremely important to her, so she and the team were very intentional with how they developed color and the pale pink hue of this wine reflects her visual and subsequent flavor aesthetic.  Niki’s uncle Eric Wente has a namesake Chardonnay (Eric’s Chardonnay) that was crafted to reflect his love of lean, mineral driven Chablis – this rosé is literally the next generation of that flavor profile.   Niki said, “My family has a passion for stewardship of our land. I absolutely love being able to continue this legacy and maintaining quality in our vineyards. Sustainability in the vineyard has always been our practice and we wouldn’t still be here after 136 years otherwise. Being able to farm the land I love and make a beautiful wine from the grapes is such a meaningful experience and I’m so excited to share it.” She shares more about her vineyard philosophy and sustainable practices in this video released just before Valentine’s Day. About Wente Vineyards Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country, now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from certified sustainable Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide.  In 2010, it joined the top 2% 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 a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 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. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.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 and Noted Cocktail Alchemist Scott Beattie Kick Off Holiday Season with a Signature Cocktail

8 November, 2018

      Mixologist Scott Beattie's* Domaine Carneros "Cherry Fizz" Cocktail The perfect sparkling cocktail for your holiday entertaining   SAN FRANCISCO - Coinciding with Domaine Carneros’ collaboration with Humphry Slocombe on a brut-based “Cherry Fizz” ice cream, author and mixologist Scott Beattie created a cocktail also based on sparkling wine and cherry flavors. Perfect for holiday entertaining, the cocktail is easy to prepare and refreshingly light because of it’s sparkling base. Useful as both an aperitif or digestif, the “Cherry Fizz Cocktail” is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.    Cherry Fizz Cocktail (single serve) 5 oz Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage Cuvée  .5 oz Luxardo .25 oz Raspberry Gum Syrup (Small Hands Foods makes a wonderful one!) .5 oz fresh lemon juice 1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters Zest of orange Preparation:  Chill all ingredients prior to mixing. When chilled, combine the Luxardo, Raspberry Gum and lemon juice in cocktail glass. Add the Brut and finish with a dash of the bitters. Stir very gently to mix ingredients (without breaking the bubbles).  For garnish, using a paring knife or citrus peeler, cut a long, thin piece of orange rind. Twist over the drink to release oils, run the peel around the rim of the glass, form into a curl and set on the edge of the cocktail.    For larger parties, Scott recommends pre-batching the ingredients (other than the wine) and chilling in advance to make preparation incredibly simple and ensure that you spend more time with guests and less time in the kitchen or behind the bar! (Please see below for batching instructions for 25)   Base For 25 Cherry Fizz Cocktails 12.5 oz Luxardo 6.25 oz Raspberry Gum Syrup 12.5 oz fresh lemon juice .75 oz Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters Zest of orange (Chill this base down to very cold prior to use)   To make the drink in the glass for guests using base ingredients pre-mixed: Add to the glass 1 oz chilled Base Add 5 oz Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage Cuvée over the base ingredients Stir gently to mix, twist orange zest over the drink to release oils, run the peel around the rim of the glass, form into a curl and set on the edge of the cocktail.    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 while 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 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 Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has farmed sustainably since the late 1980s. 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. Eileen Crane, CEO & Founding Winemaker, has overseen 31 harvests at the château and in 2018 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of the winery’s luxury cuvée, Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs.     About Scott Beattie First establishing himself at the legendary Michelin-starred Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, Beattie’s use of fresh, natural ingredients soon earned him fame throughout the country as a master mixologist. He is also considered one of the early proponents of farm-to-bar mixing, using local ingredients whenever possible. His first book, Artisinal Cocktails, was published in 2008 to much acclaim. The New York Times called it “the indispensable cookbook of farm-to-glass cocktails.” In recent years, Scott has served as Beverage Director at acclaimed Meadowood Napa Valley, where he creates beautiful, local ingredient-driven cocktails for the property’s exclusive private events and weddings.   Photography by ClubSoda Productions/Henry Dombey
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Domaine Carneros and Humphry Slocombe Create Sparkling Ice Cream

8 November, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore  Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com   Domaine Carneros and Humphry Slocombe Create Sparkling Ice Cream    Domainecarneros.com | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Humphryslocombe.com   SAN FRANCISCO November 8, 2018 - Time to pop some bottles—Humphry Slocombe is upping the ante for holiday parties this season with its newest ice cream creation, Cherry Fizz, its second flavor collaboration with acclaimed sparkling wine house Domaine Carneros. This holiday sparkling cocktail-turned-frozen delight is made with Domaine Carneros’ Brut Vintage Cuvée, ice cream, a splash of Brandy, Amarena cherries and a hint of orange zest, creating a sweet and bubbly dessert. Launching December 3rd, the festive flavor will be available at all Humphry Slocombe locations and online at Goldbelly.com as part of an $89 special edition holiday six-pint pack that also includes Tahitian V*n!ll@ and POG Sorbet (passionfruit, orange and guava sorbet), a perfect ingredient for sparkling wine floats. MASTERS OF BOOZY ICE CREAM As a follow-up to the runaway success of 2017’s Rosé All Day, its previous flavor collaboration with Domaine Carneros, Humphry Slocombe’s Cherry Fizz is another example of the company’s dedication to partnering with high quality artisanal brands to deliver unique, elevated flavors to its customers. Masters of boozy ice cream, Humphry Slocombe co-founders Jake Godby and Sean Vahey add Cherry Fizz to an innovative list of adult-only flavors, including best-seller Secret Breakfast (bourbon and cornflake cookies), Jesus Juice (red wine and Coca-Cola), and Anchor Steam Cream. Domaine Carneros also tapped nationally-renowned, wine country-based author and mixologist Scott Beattie to create a sparkling Cherry Fizz cocktail, made with Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage Cuvée, Luxardo, raspberry gum syrup, fresh lemon juice, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters and orange zest to serve as a festive complement to the flavor. (Recipe available here.) 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 while 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 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 Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has farmed sustainably since the late 1980s. 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. Eileen Crane, CEO & Founding Winemaker, has overseen 31 harvests at the château and in 2018 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of the winery’s luxury cuvée, Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs.   ABOUT HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE Since opening its first shop in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2008, Humphry Slocombe has amassed a cult following for its “out-of-the-carton”, culinary-driven ice cream. Its innovative and tongue and cheek flavors—such as Elvis the Fat Years and Government Cheese—have earned numerous industry accolades, including recognition as a ‘Top 5 Ice Cream in America’ by the Food Network.  Most recently, the brand won a Sofi Gold Award for their Black Sesame ice cream.  Additional flavors by Humphry Slocombe are available at Whole Foods Markets in California, Hawaii and the Rocky Mountains. Current scoop shop locations include San Francisco outposts in the Mission District, Ferry Building, Oakland, and a newly opened shop in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. ABOUT SCOTT BEATTIE  First establishing himself at the legendary Michelin-starred Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, Beattie’s use of fresh, natural ingredients soon earned him fame throughout the country as a master mixologist. He is also considered one of the early proponents of farm-to-bar mixing, using local ingredients whenever possible. His first book, Artisinal Cocktails, was published in 2008 to much acclaim. The New York Times called it “the indispensable cookbook of farm-to-glass cocktails.” In recent years, Scott has served as Beverage Director at acclaimed Meadowood Napa Valley, where he creates beautiful, local ingredient-driven cocktails for the property’s exclusive private events and weddings.  MEDIA CONTACTS:   Domaine Carneros/Charles Communications Associates  Please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore at press@charlescomm.com or call 415.701.9463. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook    Humphry Slocombe/Bread & Butter Public Relations  Tara Woodall                                      Talya Mirkin                                       909.786.9756                                      323.443.4691 Tara@breadandbutterpr.com             Talya@breadandbutterpr.com Instagram | Twitter | Facebook                ###
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Wente Vineyards Announces Fall Tasting & Tour Experiences

29 October, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Charles  Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com   Wente Vineyards Announces Fall Tasting Room Experience Updates October 17, 2018    WHO:   Wente Vineyards, celebrating their 135th anniversary in 2018, is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. The winery, located in the historic Livermore Valley of Northern California has updated their lineup of tasting and touring experiences for the harvest and holiday seasons.   WHAT:   With harvest in full swing, Wente Vineyards has updated the availability of their wine and food experiences at both their properties in the Livermore Valley.  From introductory to immersive, these experiences will allow guests to see the winery in the midst of harvest and to taste through their diverse, award-winning portfolio.   Harvest Tour ($45 Guests, $30 for Members) The Harvest Tour will serve as an expanded Estate Winery Property Tour, since guests will be able to actually witness ‘crush’ live and in-person as grapes are brought in. The focus will be on the season’s harvest, the estate’s signature winemaking practices and how the wines achieve their high quality. Due to popular demand, additional dates and times have been added to the schedule. This in-depth tour is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Guests can call or reserve on Cellar Pass now. Note: This replaces the Estate Winery Tour temporarily during harvest season The Vineyard Property Tour ($35) This tour spans some of the most iconic markers of the Wente Vineyards property, taking guests from the Cork Tree through the Cabernet Franc Vineyard, the Tirage Room, the historic sandstone caves (subject to availability), the ½ acre organic garden, ending in the Vineyard Tasting Room to enjoy a tasting of Wente Vineyards wines.  Guests will leave the tour with a comprehensive understanding of the rich history, winemaking and sustainability measures of Wente Vineyards. Perfect for anyone who is new to the Wente story or fans looking for a deeper dive. Offered daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guests can call or reserve on CellarPass now. Journey Flight Tasting ($20) This tasting, centered around the story of the Wente Family’s passion-filled journey, is customizable by guests, who can now choose which five red and white wines they want to include in their flight (depending on availability & releases).  Available in The Vineyard Tasting Room, The Estate Tasting room and Winemakers Studio (reservations not required).  Seated tasting experiences at The Estate Tasting room (Starting at $25) available with reservations through CellarPass. The Vineyard Table lunch at The Restaurant ($65 for Guests,  $55 for Members) The Vineyard Table is a wine & food experience at The Restaurant that features a new three-course, wine-paired menu every month. Wente Vineyards’ small lot wines are chosen by Wine Director Jorge Tinoco, to pair with seasonal, locally-sourced dishes from the culinary team led by Executive Chef Mike Ward and Executive Pastry Chef Kayleigh Guyon. Available Friday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For Reservations, call (925) 456-2450 or reserve on OpenTable.  Sunday in The Caves ($45) This unique offering at the Wente Vineyards estate caves features cheeses by local cheesemakers The cheeses are thoughtfully paired with Wente Vineyards selections (and will also be available for take-home purchasing). Tours begin in the Vineyard Tasting Room. Offered Sundays only and to private groups by request. Guests can call or reserve on CellarPass now. WHEN:   All tours and experiences are available now except for the Estate Winery Property Tour, which is being temporarily replaced by the Harvest Tour.   WHERE:   Various locations at Wente Vineyards depending on experience (see above). The Estate Winery & Tasting Room:  5565 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550 The Winemakers Studio:  5565 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550 Vineyard Tasting Room:  5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550 The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards:  5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550 MORE: About Wente Vineyards:   Acknowledged for their industry-wide contributions to innovation, sustainability and hospitality, and known widely as California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards is respected by both critics and consumers alike as a leader in crafting appealing, top quality, appellation-driven California wines. A wide array of initiatives and consumer events are planned for 2018 in celebration of the 135th anniversary, including the Make Time for Music & Wine event featuring Mat Kearney on October 27.   Check www.wentevineyards.com for more information and tickets.   CONTACT:  For information, www.wentevineyards.com   For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Charles Communications Associates at (415) 701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com
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Domaine Carneros Announces Debut of its Jardin D'Hiver

27 August, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles or  Erin Hunt Moore  Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com     ***MEDIA ALERT***   Domaine Carneros Announces the Debut of its Jardin d'Hiver with Asian Inspired Five-Course Pairing Experience and Expanded Hospitality Offerings August 27, 2018   WHO:   Domaine Carneros, a benchmark for California sparkling wine, reflecting both the terroir of the Carneros region and the craftsmanship of its French legacy, celebrates the completion and opening of its garden conservatory, Jardin d’Hiver, with an expanded hospitality space and five-course pairing experience.   WHAT:   This week marks the opening of the beautifully-designed Jardin d’Hiver – an Art Nouveau conservatory-style addition to the north terrace of the renowned Domaine Carneros château, which will allow guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of Carneros and surrounding vineyards while being shielded from the winds that define the region’s cool prevailing climate, perfect for sparkling wine production.   In keeping with the 18th century French design of the landmark château, which was modeled after the Taittinger family’s famed residence, the Château de la Marquetterie, the Jardin d’Hiver takes its inspiration from the glass buildings created by Gustave Eiffel in the mid-late 1800’s to protect plants and citrus trees on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.  With its custom-crafted, gracefully-curved glass walls, skylights, white marble tables, indoor-outdoor fireplaces and majestic new fountain, the Jardin d’Hiver offers guests an inviting and warm, yet elegant space to enjoy the fine wines, gracious hospitality and sweeping views for which Domaine Carneros is known. With the opening of the Jardin d’Hiver comes an expanded and unparalleled gustatory experience called “The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Asian Bites with Bubbles," an Asian-inspired, seasonally-driven five course food and wine pairing designed to showcase the versatility of sparkling wine. With vibrant, yet delicate flavors, Domaine Carneros sparkling wines are a perfect complement to Asian cuisine. The experience is offered once a day at 11:00 a.m. for $85 per person Monday-Friday. Reservations are required no later than 48 hours in advance and available for groups of no more than 8 guests. Wine club members enjoy a 20% discount.  Pairings are subject to change based on the seasonal availability of ingredients.   OPENING PAIRING EXPERIENCE Bay Scallops in Spicy Yuzu Sauce Paired with Ultra Brut Sautéed bay scallops with a yuzu citrus sauce, chiles and cilantro ~ Fresh Spring Roll with Daikon, Mango and Mint Paired with Estate Brut Cuvée Rice noodles, mango and carrots rolled in a rice wrapper with fresh mint, cucumber and Daikon radish sprouts ~ Sesame Ahi Tuna Poke Wonton with Avocado Mousse Paired with Brut Rosé Sashimi-grade ahi tuna mixed with English cucumber, wakame seaweed, scallion, cilantro and sesame seeds presented in a fried wonton and garnished with avocado mousse ~ Soba Noodle and Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce Paired with Verméil Demi-Sec Buckwheat soba noodles, shredded chicken breast, red bell pepper, purple cabbage and cilantro tossed with a spicy peanut sauce and presented in a lettuce cup ~ Green Tea Pudding with Black Sesame Tuile Paired with Verméil Demi-Sec Creamy Matcha grean tea pudding accompanied by a tuile cookie made with tahini and black sesame seeds     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 with the quality tenets of the traditional method production and extended aging.  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 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 18thcentury Château de la Marquetterie, the Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has farmed sustainably since the late 1980s. 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 in 2003. Eileen Crane, CEO & Founding Winemaker, has overseen 31 harvests at the château and in 2018 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the winery’s luxury cuvée, Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs.   For More Information  The stunning Domaine Carneros château and terrace are open to visitors for tours and tastings by appointment only from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, please call 800.716.2788 or visit www.domainecarneros.com.   For Press information Please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore at press@charlescomm.com or call 415.701.9463.               ###
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces Two Sommelier-Targeted Contests

31 July, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2018 Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore press@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463     Contest Alert! Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces Two  Sommelier-Targeted Contests  Winners to Visit the Historic Heart of Italy’s Prosecco Superiore Region during the  50th Anniversary of its Appellation Designation    SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2018 – Charles Communications Associates announces on behalf of its client, The Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G., the launch of two national contests for active U.S. sommeliers, wine buyers or beverage directors – offering winners the opportunity to win a trip to Conegliano Valdobbiadene, the historic heart and pinnacle of Italy’s Prosecco region, located 45 minutes west of Venice in the foothills of the Italian Alps. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the region’s D.O.C.G. appellation designation.   The two contests: an essay and Instagram competition, respectively, are a key part of the region’s trade-focused campaign designed to educate and inform beverage professionals about the legacy of leadership, tradition and dedication to quality of the Prosecco Superiore region.   CONTEST DETAILS:    Instagram Contest:  Active sommeliers, wine buyers or directors in the U.S can enter the competition by posting a photo of Prosecco Superiore alone or with a dish including a pairing note or caption, tagging @proseccocv and including #proseccosuperiore #proseccosuperioredocg #proseccoelevated #Somminstapic and that person will be entered to win an all-expenses paid, three-day trip to Conegliano Valdobbiadene in 2019, including airfare, accommodation and producer visits as a guest of the Consorzio. Candidates need to be working actively in their place of business as an employee or consultant.     Sommelier Essay Contest:   The Consorzio is also pleased to offer an opportunity to submit an essay of 1000 words on the subject of how Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. can be better integrated into beverage programs, wine lists and fine retail stores. The essay would be targeted to the buying audience, in essence, a business to business story. The winning essay writer will receive a 3-day trip to the region in 2019 including airfare, accommodation and producer visits as a guest of the Consorzio.  In addition, the winning essay will be published in the February/March 2019 issue of the Sommelier Journal.  As with the Instagram contest, candidates need to be working actively in their place of business as an employee or consultant.     Timing for Winner Selection: The contests will run from August 1, through November 30, 2018. The winner(s) will be selected and contacted by January 15, 2019.   Connect with the Consorzio on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or visit prosecco.it to learn more about the region and its sparkling wines.   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 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 of which the United States ranks 5th with over 2.76 million bottles (out of a total 35.8 million bottles) with a value of $17.12 million.   Created in 1969, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore was one of the first Italian appellations, 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 is now a strong candidate to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.   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 on  FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Discover more at charlescomm.com.   For more information, please contact:  Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore press@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463 ###
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Murrieta's Well Adds Music, Hiking and Epicurean Experiences to Summer Events Schedule

9 July, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles or Erin Hunt Moore Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com   ***MEDIA ALERT***   Livermore Legacy Property Murrieta’s Well Estate Vineyard Adds Expanded Music, Hiking and Epicurean Experiences to its Summer Events Schedule  July 9, 2018    WHO:   Murrieta's Well, celebrating its 135th year of grape growing in 2019, is one of California’s original wine estates. The estate was established in 1884 with plantings from famed French vineyards Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux. Today, the winery offers a range of limited-production estate wines including the refreshing White Wine Blend, “The Whip”, and intriguing Red Wine Blend, “The Spur.”   WHAT:   Well-timed for summer, Murrieta’s Well offers guests an expanded array of events and experiences on their Livermore Valley estate; pairing their acclaimed wines with live music, seasonally-driven cuisine, guided hikes and more.   Happier Hours (Complimentary Entry) Elevate your Happy Hour tradition with live music, Murrieta's Well wine and delicious bites crafted by the in-house culinary team while enjoying a view of the rolling hills and setting sun over the picturesque Livermore Valley.   Wines are available for purchase by both bottle and glass.   Happier Hours begin at 5:00 pm on most Thursdays this summer.  Reservations are required. Seated Tastings ($25 Tasting Fee) Expand your wine tasting skills and knowledge with an estate ambassador in a seated, small group tasting.  You and your guests will be guided through a tasting of limited-production, Bordeaux-influenced estate wines while learning about the rich history of the property.  For a broader experience, guests can enjoy food offerings prepared by the in-house culinary team. Reservations are required.   Wine & Food Experience ($65 Per Person) Find your perfect pairing with a specially designed food and wine experience offered by the property’s chef and culinary team.  Begin with a tour of the estate, glass in hand, followed by a relaxing seated tasting in the historic barrel room featuring seasonal bites paired with four of the estate wines. The experience runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00am and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Reservations are required 72 hours in advance and are available for 2-12 guests. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance.   Hiking in the Vineyards ($65 Per Person) Enjoy panoramic views of the Livermore Valley, picturesque wildlife, and the expansive estate vineyards on an educational and panoramic hike above and around the property.  Guests will see firsthand the acre-by-acre, small lot approach to grape growing and winemaking for which Murrieta’s Well is well known.  After the hike, guests can relax and taste through award-winning wines, while enjoying small bites from the culinary team. Hikes are scheduled on select Sundays through the summer and require closed-toe shoes. Reservations are required.   WHEN:   Please visit www.murrietaswell.com for specific timing and reservation information.   WHERE:   All events and experiences will be held at Murrieta’s Well located at: 3005 Mines Road Livermore, California 94550 Tel: (925) 456-2395   For more information visit www.murrietaswell.com   MORE:    Murrieta’s Well, located in the Livermore Valley, is one of California’s original wine estates.  Celebrating 135 years of grape growing in 2019, the estate began in 1884 with cuttings from famed French vineyards Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux.  Acclaimed winemaker, Robbie Meyer, creates all Murrieta’s Well wines with a small lot approach; farming 100 acres of vineyards block by block and crafting wines barrel by barrel. This creates an opportunity to blend exceptional wines that truly showcase the unique characteristics of the estate’s terroir.   CONTACT:  For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Charles Communications Associates at (415) 701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com   # # #
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Napa Vintners Erik Nickel & KR Rombauer III Acquire Majority Stake in govino®

25 June, 2018

For Immediate Release    June 25, 2018                 Contact:  Keiko Niccolini 929-920-1403 or keiko@govino.com     Longtime Napa Valley Vintners Erik Nickel and KR Rombauer III GO BIG with govino®   Napa, CA - Napa Valley vintners KR Rombauer III, of Rombauer Vineyards, and Erik Nickel, of Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, En Route and Bella Union, have acquired a majority interest in govino®, the original ‘go anywhere’ wine glass, and will join its original creator and founder Joseph Perrulli in partnership. With the new partnership, govino®’s ties to the wine industry, and Napa Valley in particular, are reaffirmed. First launched in St. Helena in 2008, the polymer wine glasses with their trademark thumb-notch soon became standard at trade events, tasting rooms, festivals, and homes around the world. Today, govino®’s portfolio includes virtually shatterproof ergonomic glasses for red, white, and sparkling wines as well as decanters, beer, and whiskey glasses. Nickel and Rombauer were among the first to adopt govino®, and this venture offers up another opportunity to work closely with  Perrulli. “Erik and KR were two of my earliest supporters,” stated Perrulli, “In many respects, govino® is the brand it is today due to their influence. They both understand that govino®’s past is integral to its future. I look forward to growing the brand with them.”  “I have been a huge fan of govino® and Joseph from day one,” said Erik Nickel, “govino® is a brilliantly conceived go-anywhere vessel that blends innovative design and practicality with elegance. I am honored to join Joseph and KR as we celebrate govino®’s 10th anniversary. The future is bright!” “govino® has been my favorite ‘on the go’ wine glass since its inception,” stated KR Rombauer III. “If I can’t have fine crystal stemware the only other alternative is govino®. To be a part of this company now is an honor and a privilege.” govino®’s distinctive design has also garnered design awards from The International Design Society of America and Good Design from the Chicago Anthenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.  That said, creator Joseph Perrulli has always prioritized function over form. “I originally created govino® as a trade tool for professionals to use when selling wine. We not only created the category, we helped solve a global need for high-functioning shatterproof glassware,” said Perrulli, “Ten years later, vintners and consumers alike still rely on govino® to showcase their wines and elevate their experience whenever and wherever fragile stemware is prohibited or simply impractical. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our ten-year anniversary than to announce this dynamic partnership with Erik and KR.”   About govino® govino® is the original and only shatterproof wineglass of its kind to be validated and accepted by the wine industry. Made in the USA and distributed globally, all govino® products are comprised of a flexible yet highly durable, BPA-free high-strength polymer, which projects the aromatics and flavor profiles of all wines, beers and spirits. It’s been the glassware of choice at noted epicurean events including Aspen Food & Wine, the Nantucket Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Outside Lands, and BottleRock, as well as featured glassware at Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island estate and the 20th anniversary of Thomas Keller’s 3-Star Michelin French Laundry. govino®s were also adopted early on by some the world’s most renowned wineries, including Dominus, Continuum, Shafer, Frog’s Leap, Chateau Montelena, and Robert Mondavi. For more info visit www.govino.com. For images and interviews, contact Keiko Niccolini at keiko@govino.com or 929- 920-1403. ###
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Wente Vineyards Announces New Tasting & Tour Experiences

18 June, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Charles CharlesCommunications Associates  415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com     WENTE VINEYARDS INTRODUCES NEW TASTING & TOUR EXPERIENCES AT HISTORIC LIVERMORE VALLEY WINERY June 18, 2018   WHO:   Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, announced a new lineup of tasting and touring experiences at the family’s historic Livermore Valley estate in honor of their 135th Anniversary this year.   WHAT:   A series of seven new tasting experiences that range from introductory to immersive, enabling Wente Vineyards' guests and members to choose from an array of bespoke options:   Journey Flight Tasting ($20 ~ 45-60 mins.) This tasting, centered around the story of the Wente Family’s passion-filled journey, is customizable by guests, who can now choose which five red and white wines they include in their flight (depending on availability & releases).  Available in The Vineyard Tasting Room, The Estate Tasting Room and Winemakers Studio (reservations not required).  Seated tasting experiences at The Estate Tasting Room (Starting at $25) available with reservations through CellarPass beginning June 25th.    Sunday in The Caves ($45 ~ 60-90 mins.) This unique offering in the Wente Vineyards estate caves features cheeses by local cheesemakers Nicolau Farms. Like the Wentes, the Nicolau family is also a multi-generational family-run company, with similarly sustainable farming practices. The cow and goat cheeses will be thoughtfully paired with Wente Vineyards selections (and will also be available for take-home purchasing). Tours begin in the Vineyard Tasting Room. Offered Sundays only or to private groups by request. Guests can call or reserve on CellarPass beginning June 25th.   The Vineyard Property Tour ($35 ~ 60-90 mins.) The Property Tour spans some of the most iconic markers of the Wente Vineyards property, taking guests from the Cork Tree through the Cabernet Franc Vineyard the Tirage, the historic sandstone caves (subject to availability), the ½ acre garden and ending in the Vineyard Tasting Room while tasting Wente Vineyards wines.  Guests will leave the tour with a comprehensive understanding of the rich history, winemaking, and sustainability measures of Wente Vineyards. Perfect for anyone who is new to the Wente Vineyards story or fans looking for a deeper dive. Offered daily at 11AM and 1PM. Guests can call or reserve on CellarPass beginning June 25th.   The Estate Winery Property Tour ($35 ~ 45-60 mins.) The Estate Winery Property Tour is for guests hoping to learn more about the technical winemaking behind their favorite Wente Vineyards wines. The tour will commence at the Estate Tasting Room with an overview at the Winemakers Studio and continue on to a behind-the-scenes tour of the crush pad, Small Lot Room, Barrel Room and end in the Nth Degree Lounge while tasting Wente Vineyards wines. Available Monday - Friday 11:30AM & 2:30PM; Saturday - Sunday 11:30AM.  Guests can call or reserve on CellarPass now.   Harvest Tour ($45 ~ 45-60 mins.) A must during harvest season! The Harvest Tour will serve as an expanded Estate Winery Property Tour from August through late October, since guests will be able to actually witness ‘crush’ live and in-person as grapes are brought in. The focus will be on the season’s harvest, the estate’s signature winemaking practices and how the wines achieve their high quality. Guests can call or reserve on Cellar Pass beginning June 25th   Vineyard Tour & Dinner ($135 ~ 2.5-3 hrs.) An educational tour where guests can take The Livermore Wine Trolley deep into the estate’s most premium Nth Degree vineyard vines, with tastings along the way and a full catered dinner at the end. Guests will start at the Winemakers Studio before the trolley transports them behind the Estate Property and into the vineyards and olive grove. Dinner is at the Winemakers Studio (which is magically transformed into a dinner venue during the vineyard tour). Vineyard Tour & Dinner Dates: July 14, August 11, and September 15. Guests will be able to reserve on Cellar Pass or call The Winemakers Studio now.   The Vineyard Table at The Restaurant ($55 Club Members/$65 guests ~ 90 mins.) Lunch at The Vineyard Table, a new wine & food experience at The Restaurant. Enjoy a three-course wine and food journey, showcasing Wente Vineyards’ small lot wines chosen by Jorge Tinoco, Wine Director, and ingredient-driven dishes from the culinary team led by Executive Chef Mike Ward and Executive Pastry Chef Kayleigh Guyon. Available Friday - Sunday, 11:30AM - 2PM. For reservations, call (925) 456-2450 or reserve on OpenTable now.    WHEN:   Journey Flight Tasting and The Estate Winery Tour are available now.  The Vineyard Property Tour, Sundays in The Caves, and Vineyard Tour & Dinner experiences will be offered starting in July.  Harvest Tours will be given throughout harvest, approximately August through late October.   WHERE:   Various locations at Wente Vineyards depending on experience (see above). The Estate Winery & Tasting Room:  5565 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550 The Winemakers Studio:  5565 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550 Vineyard Tasting Room:  5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550 The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards:  5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550     MORE:    Acknowledged for their industry-wide contributions to innovation, sustainability and hospitality, and known widely as California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards is respected by both critics and consumers alike as a leader in crafting appealing, top quality, appellation-driven California wines. A wide array of initiatives and consumer events are planned for 2018 in celebration of the 135th anniversary, including an impressive lineup of artists for their Summer Concert Series.   Check www.wentevineyards.com for more information and tickets.     CONTACT:  For information, www.wentevineyards.com   For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Charles Communications Associates at (415) 701-9463 or press@charlescomm.com               ###
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces New US Communications Campaign

28 March, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Louise Jordan  Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com                                  Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces  New US Communications Campaign Charles Communications Associates Named Agency of Record   SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2018 -- The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. announces that Charles Communications Associates (CCA) is now their agency of record for the United States. The Consortium is a private body created to represent vine-growers, winemaking companies and bottlers from Conegliano Valdobbiadene and to safeguard the standards of 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 of which the United States ranks 5th with over 2.76 million bottles (out of a total 35.8 million bottles) with a value of $17.12 million.   Created in 1969, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore was one of the first Italian appellations, 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 is now in line to be recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site. 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.   The trade campaign will include working with two well-respected sommelier ambassadors in New York City and San Francisco, an in-depth restaurant educational program and participation in targeted trade events. The press campaign has a series of events, a sampling program, social media engagement and ongoing press outreach. The advertising campaign is focused on online partnerships with key wine and food influencers.   “We are excited to launch such a strategic and comprehensive communications campaign effectively targeting both trade and press," says Innocente Nardi, President of the Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. “The US is an extremely important market for our top quality, world class sparkling wines.”   Connect with the Consortium 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 on  FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Discover more at charlescomm.com.   For more information, please contact:  Kimberly Charles DipWSET or Louise Jordan DipWSET press@charlescomm.com or (415) 701.9463 www.charlescomm.com ###
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Wente Vineyards Celebrates 135th Anniversary in 2018

6 March, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Kimberly Noelle Charles or  Alexandra Fondren Charles Communications Associates 415.701.9463 | press@charlescomm.com                                  Wente Vineyards Celebrates 135th Anniversary in 2018   LIVERMORE VALLEY, CA – March 2, 2018 – Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery has achieved another benchmark, as 2018 marks the celebrated company’s 135th year. Acknowledged for their industry-wide contributions to innovation, sustainability and hospitality, and known widely as California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards is respected by both critics and consumers alike as a leader in crafting appealing, top quality, appellation-driven California wines.    The 135th year kicked off in January with an open letter to wine club members and fans from Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower & CEO, wherein she commemorated her family’s “love of the journey;” honoring the rich history of the 100% estate-grown vineyards while celebrating the Fifth Generation family vintners who are leading Wente Vineyards into the future.   Carolyn stated, “I am so very proud of the Fifth Generation of our family—Christine, Karl, Jordan and Niki—for choosing to join the business and driving to create some of the best quality wines that we’ve ever grown.  The innovations they have spearheaded have been invaluable, and include our renewed focus on the small lot farming program, not to mention countless technological upgrades in both vineyard and cellar, resulting in some of the best wines we’ve ever made at Wente Vineyards.  We also would not be here today without the hard work and commitment of our entire family of team members that, over the many years, continues to pour passion into every aspect of their work. We have loved every step of the journey that has led us to this 135th anniversary, and we look forward to the next 135 years continuing our restless pursuit of excellence, and bringing people together over our shared love of wine and the Livermore Valley lifestyle.”   In 1883, Carolyn’s great grandfather, C.H. Wente, purchased 47 acres in the Livermore Valley. He and the ensuing generations of his family are credited with establishing the Wente Clone of Chardonnay (over 80% of today’s California Chardonnays are derived from this Wente clone), releasing California’s first varietally labeled wines in 1933, pioneering the Arroyo Seco winegrowing region in Monterey in 1963, and being the first to offer the range of wine country experiences that have now come to define the estate’s special brand of hospitality, which include award-winning dining at The Restaurant, an Audubon Certified, Greg Norman-designed championship golf coursehistoric tasting rooms and tours, Winemakers Studio educational tasting seminars, Orbitz’s 2018 #1 “Best Place to Get Married” in California, and concerts that have featured headliners like Ray Charles and Colbie Caillat.   A wide array of initiatives and consumer events are planned for 2018 in celebration of the 135th anniversary:   135th Anniversary Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars A memorable evening celebration, toasting to 135 years over dinner, topped with a wonderful night of dancing under the autumn stars.   Spring and Fall Winemaker Dinners Intimate dinner celebrations hosted by Fifth Generation Winegrower Karl D. Wente and Executive Chef Jeff Farlow.   Dedicated Online Promotions Online wine specials and limited-time shipping discounts throughout the year, such as $1.35 shipping.   135th Celebratory Chardonnay Special Release A limited release of a special “Celebratory Chardonnay” will be released to commemorate the 135th anniversary, available DTC and in limited market distribution. The Chardonnay will feature a vintage label design, and 500 bottles will be signed by the Wente family.   Win the Ultimate Wine Country Experience with Wente Vineyards  Running from March 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018, this text-to-win national sweepstakes will award one lucky winner a trip for two to enjoy the full Wente Vineyards experience. The package includes round-trip airfare (Wente Vineyards is a quick 50 minutes from San Francisco), a stay in the cottage, breakfast at The Grill, a round of golf at The Course at Wente Vineyards, concert tickets, educational classes at Winemakers Studio and more. Text “WENTE” to 24587 and enter to win or visitwww.wvwinesweeps.com. Must be 21+ to enter.   About Wente Vineyards  Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country, now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from certified sustainable Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide.  In 2010, joined the top 2% 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 a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California from France. Today, the Wente clone of Chardonnay is 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. The property features wine tasting, world-class concerts, award-winning fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.   For press inquiries and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles or Alexandra Fondren at Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415.701.9463.   ###
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