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Franck Amsallem Trio With Essiet Essiet and Sylvia Quenca

19 June, 2024

Franck Amsallem TrioWith Essiet Essiet and Sylvia QuencaAnd featuring guest, Jeff MorganSunday, June 30, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 1102 Sixth St.; Berkeley, CA Renowned French jazz pianist Franck Amsallem returns to Berkeley to perform at Covenant Winery’s Summer Music Festival with his trio that includes Essiet Essiet on bass and Sylvia Quenca on drums. Franck has recorded and played with such jazz stars as Ron Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Josh Redman, Roy Hargrove, Bill Stewart, Randy Brecker, Gary Peacock and even the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts. Joining Franck on bass will be Essiet Essiet, who has performed and recorded with the likes of Art Blakey, Kenny Garrett, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Frank Morgan, Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman. And on drums will be the talented Sylvia Quenca, who not only played with the late, great tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson, but who is also married to Essiet. Covenant founding winemaker, Jeff Morgan, joins them on tenor saxophone. Jeff played internationally with Franck for some 20 years prior to becoming a winemaker and founding Covenant Winery. Sets begin at 2 p.m. $25 entry includes a glass of Covenant wine to pair with the music. Reservations on line at  www.covenantwines.com  
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Domaine Carneros Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

15 April, 2024

Domaine Carneros Celebrates Earth Day Every Day Releases first "Powered by the Sun" Rosé, Experiments with lighter weight glass, New Director of Vineyard Operations focuses on Sustainability Napa, CA – April 15, 2024 – Adding to its multi-decade legacy of environmental stewardship, Domaine Carneros is pleased to share new initiatives that build upon its commitment to producing outstanding wine while continuously striving for best practices in sustainability. Installation of groundbreaking new microgrid technology in 2023 increased Domaine Carneros’ commitment to renewable energy.  In celebration, the winery is proud to release its first microgrid-powered wine, the 2023 Avant Garde Pinot Noir Rose, “Powered by The Sun.” The wine will go on sale on the winery's website on April 22nd, Earth Day. The winery's commitment to renewable energy began in 2003 when they installed the largest winery solar installation of its time.  Twenty-one years later, the winery has ‘amped up’ its solar commitment by doubling its solar capacity and connecting to a state-of-the-art microgrid battery system which supplies the winery with approximately 75% of its energy needs. CEO Remi Cohen shares, "Microgrid technology is revolutionary in its ability to store the solar energy that the panels collect.   At Domaine Carneros, the battery bank becomes charged over the course of a day and the stored energy is utilized to offset peak energy times and can be used in the evenings and overnight. Additionally, the microgrid ensures an independent power source during natural disasters."  In an ongoing effort to safely reduce the weight of their sparkling wine glass while maintaining the structural integrity needed to withstand 70-90 psi pressures, Domaine Carneros has initiated use of a 7% lighter weight bottle while continuing to strive toward future reduction. Seeking a reduction in the impact of shipping those bottles, the winery partners with Wine Direct to ship its wine club shipments, all of which are carbon offset.  The appointment of Allison Wilson as Director of Vineyard Operations early in 2024 brings a wealth of expertise in sustainable farming to its 400 acres of estate vineyards in the Carneros AVA. She brings with her 15 years of experience in sustainable vineyard operations, much of it centered in the AVA she now tends.  From inception, the intention at Domaine Carneros has been to create the best wines and most memorable sparkling wine experiences through healthy land, vines, and people. For the 37 years since its founding, Domaine Carneros has held itself to a high standard with respect to sustainable practices to ensure that the winery lives as lightly on the land as possible while producing excellent grapes, and, of course, wine. Domaine Carneros has sought and received certifications from numerous prestigious sustainable organizations including California Certified Sustainable Winegrowers, Napa Green, Bay Area Green, and Fish Friendly Farming.  Annual assessments and audits seek out new areas to improve upon rigorous standards of sustainability not only for the winery, but also for its place in the community and as an employer.  The winery implements the following measures towards continuous improvement: Re-use and recycling Through composting, recycling, and reuse, over 90% of solid waste is diverted from landfills. Water used in the production process is treated and  used to irrigate the estate vineyards, saving millions of gallons per year   A decade-long packaging reuse program, whereby 20-25% of cases and inserts are reused for in-house purposes. Sustainability Practices Solar energy has long been a crucial aspect of Domaine Carneros’ sustainability plan, having installed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world when it was implemented in 2003. In 2023, Domaine Carneros was among the first wineries in the Napa Valley to install a solar microgrid and battery system, which supplies 75% of the winery’s power, and ultimately allows the winery to be self-sustaining during power outages.  The winery’s use of skylights, building into the earth, and employing night cooling systems to maintain cellar temperatures all contribute to energy conservation as well as robust employee involvement in daily conservation efforts.  The winery practices Integrated Pest Management using natural controls for vineyard pests such as boxes to attract owls which feed on voles and using cover crops that attract beneficial insects to control insect pests. Grape pomace from harvest is used to feed local cattle in a region of California with historic ties to the dairy business. Commitment to Employees Domaine Carneros holds strong principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and its staff is reflective of that commitment. Through a practice of open book management, employees are inspired and invited to be an integral part of collective success. The winery fosters and encourages mentorship for its staff and embraces professional development in the broader wine industry in the form of scholarship offerings and a fellowship. The winery has been awarded several prestigious honors from the state of California and other well-respected organizations. In April 2023, the winery received the RISE Leadership Award for outstanding waste prevention and greening of its supply chain. In 2020, the winery received the Napa Climate NOW! award for being a Climate Champion in the Business Category.  The winery also received the California Green Medal Business Award in 2019 for "demonstrating smart business through efficiencies, cost savings, and innovation from implementing sustainable practices." Only four wineries are awarded the medal each year, so the honor is quite significant given the number of wineries in the state. Domaine Carneros has been a Bay Area Green Business since 2014, Fish Friendly Farming certified since 2015, Napa Green Vineyard & Winery since 2014 and is Certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance since 2015.   ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the methode traditionelle of sparkling wine production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to chardonnay, and 250 acres planted to pinot noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production pinot noirs. For additional information, images, and interview requests, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.
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Allison Wilson Appointed Director of Vineyard Operations at Domaine Carneros

13 February, 2024

Allison Wilson Appointed Director of Vineyard Operations at Domaine Carneros Napa, CA February 2024 -  Domaine Carneros is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Cellini Wilson as Director of Vineyard Operations effective January 2024.  In her new role, Wilson, will lead a dedicated team, overseeing six estate vineyards totaling over 400 acres in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  These estate vineyards, all located within a few miles of the winery, are renowned for producing premium fruit that forms the basis for Domaine Carneros’ esteemed méthode traditionelle sparkling wines and pinot noir program.    Bringing over a decade of experience in vineyard management with expertise to her new position, Wilson is well equipped to navigate the complexities of sustainable certification programs, grower relations and integration with winemaking teams.  Prior to joining Domaine Carneros she spent nine years at Cliff Lede Vineyards, rising from Viticulturist to Director of Vineyard Operations.   Wilson will lead a talented team including viticulturist Gita Mallya, assistant vineyard manager Jorge Flores and a crew of fifteen dedicated vineyard professionals.   Expressing her enthusiasm for this new chapter in her career,  Wilson remarked,  "I am thrilled to take on this role and collaborate with an experienced winemaking team to elevate our viticulture and vineyard management practices. Cultivating grapes for sparkling wine production presents an exciting challenge, and I am eager to implement best practices to enhance wine quality." Under the guidance of CEO Remi Cohen, Domaine Carneros fosters a culture of mentorship and professional growth, and Wilson is poised to leverage her expertise to advance both her team and the winery's overarching objectives. Known for her commitment to excellence, Wilson's leadership extends beyond her role at Domaine Carneros, as evidenced by her involvement on the Napa County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, participation as a Mentor with the Bâtonnage Forum, and her contributions as a reviewer for the American Vineyard Foundation. Commenting on Wilson's hire, Cohen stated "I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Allison in the past, and her talent and expertise will undoubtedly propel our vineyard operations to new heights." Wilson's profound understanding of  sustainable practices further fortifies Domaine Carneros' robust sustainability program, which holds certifications from CSWA, Napa Green, Bay Area Green, and Fish Friendly Farming.  Long recognized for conservation leadership, Domaine Carneros has earned prestigious accolades including the California Green Medal Business Award and the Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award. A native of Lafayette, California, Wilson's journey in agriculture began during her childhood visits to her uncle's vineyards.  Her passion for viticulture solidified during her studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she pursued a major in Fruit Science. Her early experience working at a tasting room in Paso Robles crystallized her career path affirming her dedication to the art and science of winemaking. ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating 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 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. Visitors to the chateau enjoy seated tastings of methode traditionelle sparkling wines and small-lot pinot noir in the elegant Jardin d’Hiver or on the broad terrace overlooking the rolling vineyards of Carneros. Domaine Carneros limited production wines are available onsite, via ecommerce, and are distributed nationally by Kobrand Corporation which, founded in 1944, remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies in the United States. The winery 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 with a state-of-the-art microgrid launched in 2023.  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 415-730-0064.
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Merriam Vineyards declares 2023 a “first class” vintage; concludes inaugural harvest in newly California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Certified Winery

15 November, 2023

Merriam Vineyards declares 2023 a “first class” vintage; concludes inaugural harvest in newly California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Certified WineryThe winery also details its exciting outdoor tasting environments expansion in partnership with top California landscape designer Munden Fry Landscape Associates (MFLA). November 15, 2023 – Sonoma, CA Merriam Vineyards, located in California’s Russian River AVA, wrapped up the 2023 harvest with much to celebrate.  Winemaker William Weese states that this year is poised to produce a “great and first-class vintage” for Merriam’s award-winning cool-climate varieties, especially its Pinot Noir. Throughout Sonoma County and many AVAs within California, the 2023 vintage is already anticipated to be one of the best in decades. “Being a cooler year with long hangtime was extremely beneficial,” Weese says. “We were getting phenolic ripeness on fruit without having to deal with high Brix. The acid was there, too. I never felt like I needed to pick or press a wine off earlier than I wanted to, to make room for the next wine, so all the wines we made got all the attention they deserved.”  Weese adds that the excellent conditions also resulted in minimal intervention in winemaking, resulting in a direct expression of the vineyard and a chance for the “fruit to speak for itself.” This harvest marks the first for Merriam as a fully CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers)-certified winery, following decades of commitment to organic and sustainable practices in their vineyards and beyond. Founded in 2000 by husband-and-wife Peter and Diana Merriam and focusing on estate-grown Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties, Merriam previously achieved CCOF vineyard certification for its Los Amigos estate property in 2012. Purchased in 2022, the Eastside estate is currently certified sustainable through the CSWA California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and the Windacre vineyard—the first vineyard purchased by the Merriams in 2000—is currently certified sustainable with the Sonoma Sustainable designation.  The 2023 vintage of several vineyard designates from the Los Amigos property, named after three generations of Merriam women including Diana's Pinot Noir, Danielle's Fumé Blanc, and Evanthea's Chardonnay, will include "made with organic grapes" on the label. “The CCOF certification has been a nice progression through our sustainable journey,” says Peter, adding that they “immediately” began pursuing certification after founding the winery. “Its arduous nature means we must abide by strict rules and materials, and everything must be planned, proactive and approved. On the winery side, that includes strict regulations inside the facilities such as keeping the organic materials isolated, triple rinsed, sanitized, and sterilized, and documenting everything along the way.” “My family has been farming organically since 2012 because we believe it produces world-class wines, and with this newest certification we are able to continue to educate consumers on the quality that comes from holding ourselves to higher standards and practices,” adds estate manager Evan Merriam. An extension of its ongoing commitment to sustainable farming, the winery also introduced 800 Babydoll sheep into the estate vineyards last spring to mow down clover and other cover crop. Too small to damage vines, the sheep improve vineyard soil health by providing natural fertilizer and reducing the need for heavy machinery, which means less soil compaction and improved soil fertility and structure. Merriam also has 25 head of cattle grazing the outlying hills above the vineyard for range management and fire protection. Outdoor design expansion of its 21-acre estate has been an additional project for Merriam this year,  in partnership with Munden Fry Landscape Associates (MFLA). The project elevates guest experience while respecting and showcasing the property’s natural environs. “A connection to the vineyard and the sustainable farming practices provided the foundation for the renovations of the tasting terrace, new Garden Rooms and a reorientation of the visitors experience when entering the property.” says MFLA Partner James Munden.   Begun in 2021, the plan includes a row of antique olive trees with a rich underplanting of ornamental grasses, leading visitors to the various tasting areas. Hedges create green walls defining the outdoor tasting rooms under a bosque of plane trees for shade from the summer heat. A stone water wall feature mitigates sound from nearby Hwy 101 and encloses one side of the Tasting Terrace. Creating a more enjoyable and immersive winery experience aligns with the Merriam family’s early vision of bringing visitors outside, emphasizing the vineyards, views and natural habitats that are the focus of the winery’s environmentally progressive efforts. About CCOF Founded in 1973, the non-profit CCOF is a leader in the organic agricultural movement and specializes in education, advocacy, promotion and certification for California farms, livestock, operations, retailers, restaurants and more. The CCOF is globally recognized for its comprehensive and strict standards and is USDA accredited.  The rigorous certification process for wineries includes review of soil quality, pest and weed control, the use of input materials and animal husbandry, among other focuses.  For more information visit www.ccof.org. About MFLA Munden Fry Landscape Associates is a landscape and urban design studio established in 1990 that blurs the boundaries between land, architecture and art. Led by British transplant, James Munden and original studio founder, Marta Fry, MFLA strives to create vibrant, enduring, and compelling environments that consider both the built & natural ecologies equally. With an established reputation for delivering high quality private and public works across a diverse portfolio, James and Marta share a common-sense approach. The result is environmentally grounded designs with integrity, substance, and an inherent sense of timelessness. For more information, contact Amber Munden at ambermunden@mflasf.com. About Merriam Vineyards Established in 2000 in Sonoma, CA’s Russian River AVA by husband and wife Peter and Diana Merriam, Merriam Vineyards specializes in Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties and was born from the couple’s love of Old World wines and extensive European travels. Recognizing the immense potential for producing distinctive single-vineyard wines in Sonoma, the Merriam’s acquired what would become known as the Windacre Vineyard in 2000, adding Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec plantings beyond its existing Merlot vines and establishing the quality of Bordeaux varieties in a region primarily known for cool-climate wines. The couple expanded its estate into Burgundian varieties with the acquisition of its Los Amigos property in 2009 and in 2022, purchased the hillside Eastside Estate, with a focus on core col-climate Pinot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery’s rigorous, decades-long commitment to sustainable viticulture and production resulted in the prestigious CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certification for its Los Amigos estate (2012) and winery (2023), as well as CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certification for its Windacre property and Sonoma Sustainable for its Eastside Estate. Son Evan Merriam represents the Merriam’s next generation as estate manager. For more information about Merriam Vineyards, visit www.merriamvineyards.com or on Instagram @merriamvineyards.  For further information, interviews, or images contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescommm.com or 415-730-0064.  
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The T.J. Martell Foundation 3rd Annual Napa's Best Cellars Dinner to Honor Esteemed Wine Industry Veteran Remi Cohen, CEO of Domaine Carneros

6 November, 2023

THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION 3RD ANNUAL NAPA’S BEST CELLARS DINNER TO HONOR ESTEEMED WINE INDUSTRY VETERAN REMI COHEN, CEO OF DOMAINE CARNEROS IN NAPA AT THE SILVERADO RESORT ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 Napa, California – November 6, 2023 – The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s leading foundation that provides funds for innovative cancer research, is thrilled to announce the honoree for the 3rd Annual Napa’s Best Cellars Dinner. The esteemed wine industry veteran Remi Cohen, the CEO of Domaine Carneros will receive the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Corks and Commitment Award for her outstanding dedication to raising awareness of cancer research and support for patients. Remi's tireless commitment to fundraising, philanthropy, and her advocacy for cancer research aligns perfectly with our foundation's mission to find innovative treatments and cures. Her leadership in the wine industry, coupled with her passion for making a difference, makes her a deserving recipient of this prestigious award. Scheduled for November 16 at the Silverado Resort, Napa’s Best Cellars Dinner benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation, the non-profit entity championed by the music and entertainment industry which has raised more than $280 million to support innovative, early-stage research at leading research facilities, and, at University of California Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. According to Co-Chair and Board of Trustee member, Marc Reiter of Metallica, “Our goal is to create higher public awareness that the Foundation fills an important niche in the field of cancer, focusing on funding early-stage cancer research. Our investments in early cancer research play a critical role in developing the “proof of concept” necessary to unlock more significant National Institutes of Health grants needed to pursue clinical trials and exciting new treatments and cures for cancer.” Co-Chair Scott Lewis of the V Wine Cellar in Yountville explained that “The Napa’s Best Cellars Dinner combines an evening of superb wines, gourmet cuisine, and an auction with the tremendously important mission of combating these diseases and eventually finding a cure through research. Warren Christensen, Danny Cooper, Max Duley, Bruce Gearhart, Dave Graham, Scott Lewis, Dino Paredes, Marc Reiter, Jeff Smith and I are grateful for the generous support already extended, and we were especially delighted to honor Remi Cohen the CEO of Domaine Carneros as a special guest at this third annual dinner. Cohen is one of the most respected people in the wine industry, with a long list of admirers here in the Napa Valley and throughout the world. Like so many of us, her life has been touched by cancer, and we are both heartened by her energy and desire to actively join our efforts to eradicate this evil and relentless disease.” The Napa’s Best Cellars Dinner commences at 5:30 PM with a reception that showcases sparkling wines from Domaine Carneros. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to indulge in tastings of the finest red wines that Napa Valley has to offer, including selections from renowned vineyards such as Brilliant Mistake wines, Dakota Shy Winery, Detert Family Vineyards, Jay Smith Selections, Pneu Wines, Rewa Vineyards, Riise Wine, and more. This event provides a unique experience where California's top wine collectors and wine connoisseurs will generously share wines from their private cellars. They will do so while enjoying an elegant four-course gourmet dinner complemented by exceptional Grand Crus and vintage wines. This is an occasion where influential community and business leaders come together to savor outstanding wines and cuisine. Guests are drawn to an enticing range of high-end auction items, sparking enthusiastic bidding. These selections include deluxe travel adventures, VIP tickets and access to various events and festivals, unique experiences like a bass guitar lesson from Metallica's Robert Trujillo, and the opportunity to enjoy a dinner for ten prepared in their home by Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio. Additionally, the auction features distinctive music memorabilia and rare wines and spirits from across the globe. Lynn-Anne Huck, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation, highlighted that the organization is the music industry's foremost foundation dedicated to financing medical research aimed at discovering cancer cures. She expressed gratitude for the unwavering support from Californians, whose contributions play a pivotal role in advancing vital research efforts that ultimately benefit individuals affected by these diseases. For more information regarding purchasing tickets or tables for the dinner please visit: https://TJMARTELL23NAPA.givesmart.com About T.J. Martell Foundation: The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at nine flagship hospitals in the United States. For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation visit www.tjmartell.org. For more information follow us on www.facebook.com/tjmartellfoundation, www.twitter.com/tjmartell, www.pinterest.com/tjmartellfndn, and www.instagram.com/tjmartellfoundation For media inquiries: Michelle Gilmore mgilmore@tjmartell.org For more information about Domaine Carneros contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles, kcharles@charlescomm.com Photo Credit: Mario Piombo
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Domaine Carneros announces 2023 Holiday Sparkling Gifts

30 October, 2023

Domaine Carneros announces 2023 Holiday Sparkling GiftsGifting ideas for November and December Holidays Available Now Luxury Boxed sets, Cocktail Inspiration, Gourmet Treats and More October 30, 2023 Napa, CA - Domaine Carneros, the award-winning California grower-producer of Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines, joyfully announces its 2023 holiday wine gift collections that feature creative new offerings and the comeback of popular favorites.  Curated by the team at the French-inspired château situated at the gateway to wine country in northern California, the winery enjoys dreaming up gifts and offering them with the ease of online shopping. New this year is the Sonoma Sampler ($170 plus tax & shipping) which includes a hand-picked array of Sonoma County delights: organic McEvoy Ranch EVOO, champagne vinegar, lemon olive oil, Italian Bruschetta, artichoke and almond tapenade, rosemary and olive oil flatbread plus Saucisson Sec from Journeyman Meat Company, paired expertly with the 2017 Domaine Carneros Late Disgorged Brut.  For every Sonoma Sampler sold, $5 will be donated by the winery to Feeding America, matched by McEvoy Ranch, which supplies 100 meals.   Another new offering is the Blissful Brunch gift set ($126 plus tax & shipping) which adds a sparkling flair to any holiday brunch. Consisting of a bottle of the 2018 Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut brimming with notes of pineapple and pear, along with a trio of brunch essentials: Finding Home Farms signature pancake mix, Runamok pure maple syrup from Vermont and Teaspressa's all-natural handmade instant mimosa cubes in orange, grapefruit, and lemon.  The Merry Mingling Set ($155 plus tax & shipping) which has been an Instagram and Tik Tok darling since it was recently launched, is also part of the winery’s holiday offerings. This elegant instant party includes a bottle of the 2021 Domaine Carneros Avant-Garde Pinot Noir sourced from all six estate vineyards, innovative appetizer trays, a trio of handmade small-batch party snacks from Black Bow Sweets in California: savory cashews, rosemary truffle candied almonds and perfectly sweet kettle corn.   All wine and gifts are available for winery pickup.  For receipt by Thanksgiving, the last day for ground shipping outside of California is November 13th, within California, November 18th.  For receipt by Christmas, the last day for ground shipping outside of California is December 13th, within California, December 18th.  Club members enjoy a 20% discount on all gift sets with $1 shipping on all orders of $149 or more, non-club members enjoy $10 shipping from November 1 till December 31, 2023.   For more elegant, thoughtful gift ideas, delicious recipes, or delightful pairings for your festive entertaining this season, please visit the Domaine Carneros blog. Happy Holidays! A votre santé! About Domaine Carneros     Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines limited production pinot noirs grown on their estate vineyards For more information, visit: www.domainecarneros.com. Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram | www.instagram.com/domainecarneros Twitter | www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/domainecarneroswinery Media Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064 {High Resolution photos are available for holidays items}
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Master Sommelier Writes Definitive Wine-Tasting Guide for Professionals and Novices

13 October, 2023

Master Sommelier Writes Definitive Wine-Tasting Guide for Professionals and Novices October 13, 2023 - Rio Rancho, NM – Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser has released an updated version of Message in the Bottle: A Guide to Tasting Wine (ISBN: 978-1955750479). The book is a valuable resource for professional tasters, as well as an outstanding guide for the casual enthusiast who wants to learn more about how to appreciate a glass of wine. Message in the Bottle is a compilation of Gaiser’s thirty-plus years of international wine-tasting and teaching experience. After working on the text for over ten years, Gaiser finally had the opportunity to put the manuscript together during the 2020 COVID pandemic. On release, the wine-tasting guide quickly surged to the top rankings on Amazon. “The original intent was to write something for “Jedi Knights in training,” as a colleague calls students in the wine certification programs,” Gaiser says. “However, a dear friend and fellow Master Sommelier colleague pointed out that once the book was released, consumers just getting into wine would also be interested it. I realized that I needed to make the text as user-friendly as possible." With that, Gaiser went back to the drawing board and rewrote all the chapters to include introductions and recommendations on how to use the information. The result is a comprehensive resource for the serious wine student, as well as a clear-cut guide for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of tasting wine. As Emily Wines, Master Sommelier and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, states "For all of those who've struggled with the art and technique of blind tasting, this is the ultimate guide." Peter Marks, Master of Wine, agrees, stating “'Message in the Bottle'” should be another standard in anyone’s wine library along with “The Oxford Companion to Wine” and “The World Atlas of Wine.”  A Decanter Magazine review states that "this Guide to Tasting Wine compiles strategies and insights gained over more than 30 years of teaching and working as a sommelier. While many sections are aimed at helping sommeliers pass the tough MS exam, there are useful tools for wine novices through to those wanting to brush up on blind tasting skills." Somm Journal publisher, Meredith May, wrote, "Applying his three decades of experience in tasting, teaching, and writing, Gaiser divides and conquers concepts both objective and subjective. For those prepping for exams, Message in the Bottle may be one of the most valuable tomes in your arsenal." Beyond requisite skills, the Message in the Bottle includes an entire section on strategies for improving focus, concentration, and smell and taste memory—all using visualization. It also features a list of suggested producers for tasting practice, instructions for writing tasting notes and wine tech sheets, and a series of essays on wine, making it not only the go-to reference for aspiring sommeliers and wine professionals, but an enjoyable read about one of life’s greatest, most enduring pleasures. Message in the Bottle: A Guide to Tasting Wine was published by Networlding Publishing in December 2022 and is available in both eBook and paperback formats from major distributors. For more information, images, interviews, or review copies please contact tgaiser@earthlink.net. About Tim Gaiser, MS Tim Gaiser is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer. He is one of less than 300 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier title. He is the former Director of Education and Education chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, and an instructor for the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Over his 30-plus year career, Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors. He has experience in all phases of the wine industry: online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurants. Tim has written for several publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and the Somm Journal and also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients. He has served as the author and lead judge for the Best Young Sommelier Competition and the Top Somm Competition. Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He currently lives with his family in New Mexico.
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Domaine Carneros Announces Official Start to Harvest 2023

25 August, 2023

Domaine Carneros Announces Official Start to Harvest 2023 August 25, 2023 - Napa, CA - Domaine Carneros, a leading grower-producer of estate grown method traditionelle sparkling wines and clonal driven Pinot Noir wines, announces the official kick off for harvest 2023 Friday, August 25th.   Given that sparkling wine requires high acidity for the process of secondary fermentation in the bottle, sparkling wine houses are always among the first to announce the start of harvest.  This year, given the prevailing cooler conditions up until mid-July, the harvest is slightly later than average. In addition, per CEO Remi Cohen, "A significant achievement for us this year is that the 2023 harvest was made possible by solar power with the winery's state of the art microgrid, an innovative technology that allows for energy independence." Sparkling winemaker  Zak Miller, who marks 15 years with the winery this year, and who took over the title of Sparkling Winemaker when founding winemaker and former CEO Eileen Crane retired in 2020, shared his thoughts on this season. "As we begin the third latest harvest in our history of 36 harvests, we anticipate that our patience and hard work throughout the year will be rewarded with high-quality grapes.   This year’s wet winter and cool growing season was a welcome relief but required intensive farming to bring us this beautiful fruit.  I love the extended hangtime that has allowed for maximum flavor development.   2023 reminds me of other cool growing seasons like 2018 or even 2011 which produced spectacular sparkling wines.  On top of that, our yields are finally back with slightly below average crop for chardonnay and above average crop for pinot noir, which is an increase from the last few low-yielding vintages due to drought." As CEO Cohen shares, "Great winemaking starts in the vineyard, and we are fortunate to have over 400 acres of sustainably- farmed vineyards, ensuring consistent top-quality fruit as a grower producer."   The winery has been awarded several prestigious honors from the state of California and other well-respected organizations. In April 2023, the winery received the RISE Leadership Award for outstanding waste prevention and greening of its supply chain. In 2020, the winery received the Napa Climate NOW! award for being a Climate Champion in the Business Category.  The winery also received the California Green Medal Business Award in 2019 for "demonstrating smart business through efficiencies, cost savings, and innovation from implementing sustainable practices."   ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the methode traditionelle of sparkling wine production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to chardonnay, and 250 acres planted to pinot noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production pinot noirs. Domaine Carneros has been a Bay Area Green Business since 2014, Fish Friendly Farming certified since 2015, Napa Green Vineyard & Winery since 2014 and is Certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance since 2015.   For additional information, images, and interview requests, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.
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Barnett Vineyards Celebrates their 40th Anniversary Announces a Charitable Donation Program Benefiting the St. Helena Fire Department

1 June, 2023

Barnett Vineyards Celebrates their 40th Anniversary Announces a Charitable Donation Program Benefiting the St. Helena Fire Department Spring Mountain, CA June 1, 2023 – In honor of its 40th anniversary this year, Barnett Vineyards, known for its highly regarded Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon wines, has announced a donation program for the St. Helena Fire Department in recognition of the tremendous efforts made by the local fire department in responding to the devastating 2020 fires. The donation is part of the winery's commitment to supporting the local fire department and community that helped to save many of the Spring Mountain properties that were in harm’s way of the fire. The 2020 fires caused widespread destruction and displaced many families and businesses in Napa Valley and greater northern California. In recognition of the efforts of the firefighters, Hal and Fiona Barnett, founders and proprietors of Barnett Vineyards, are donating a percentage of the sales of the 2021 vintage of Cabernet Franc wine sales to the St. Helena Fire Department. The funds will be used to support the firehouse's ongoing efforts to keep the community safe and to help firefighters obtain the equipment and training they need to respond to future emergencies. “We are deeply grateful to the firefighters who worked tirelessly to protect our community during the 2020 fires," said Hal Barnett "We believe that supporting the local community is an essential part of our business and are committed to doing our part to make sure that everyone thrives after enduring such a hardship.  We celebrate 40 years of our family winery this year, and we have had great opportunities and challenges along the way.  This is our way of expressing gratitude for first responders and their selfless efforts.” The donation is part of the winery's ongoing commitment to supporting the local community. In addition to this donation, Barnett Vineyards has participated in numerous community events and supported many local charitable organizations. Fiona Barnett is active board member with Larkin Street Youth, a non-profit in San Francisco that helps to keep young people off the streets by providing healthcare, housing, employment and education services.  About Barnett Vineyards Barnett Vineyards was founded in 1983 by Hal and Fiona Barnett and today, the family-owned winery celebrates 40 years in the Spring Mountain American Viticultural District (AVA). The Barnetts had a vision, took a risk and planted a vineyard on a series of hand-tilled terraces, slopes, forests and winding roads. Now, four decades later, the Barnetts continue their dream, living on the estate where the wines are grown and made. The rocky, volcanic soil on the Barnett estate, high elevation as well as steep hillside conditions, produces fruit of great intensity as well as complexity. Winemaker and General Manager, David Tate has worked alongside the Barnetts since 2007 and has helped to evolve production to between 7,000 and 8,000 cases while maintaining quality and the artisanal winemaking that has made these award-winning wines so in demand. The founding of Barnett Vineyards on Spring Mountain is a story of a family that for 40 years has put its blood, sweat and tears into a place, with the enduring expectation that every day they endeavor to make it better. They love where they live, and they love what they do. For more information on the winery, its wine and its owners, and to purchase wine, please visit www.barnettvineyards.com or visit @barnettvineyards on Instagram.  For information, interviews, and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at 415-730-0064 or kcharles@charlescomm.com.  
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Domaine Carneros Debuts New Menu for the Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience A Journey Through Southeast Asia

24 May, 2023

Domaine Carneros Debuts New Menu for the Popular “Bubbles & Bites” Experience A Journey Through Southeast Asia  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:  The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Bubbles & Bites  The popularity of the Bubbles & Bites tasting menu, first launched in 2018, has been a special experience for visitors who wish to explore the versatility of sparkling wine with different cuisines.  To date, the winery has focused on Asian, Mexican, Moroccan and Spanish pairings and now announces its next cuisine of focus...a journey through Southeast Asia.  Pictured: New Southeast Asian “Bubbles & Bites” Experience Debuts June 1st Experience the versatility of sparkling wine in this curated food & wine pairing which highlights the flavors of cuisines around the globe. This limited-edition menu takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia. Celebrate the diversity of cuisine in Vietnam, Thailand, and India, and discover unexpected and delightful pairings with sparkling wine. Join us for this food & wine pairing experience that includes four savory and one sweet bite, each of which has been specially designed to pair with four of Domaine Carneros’ top-rated estate grown sparkling wines – Ultra Brut, Estate Brut Cuvée, Brut Rosé, and Verméil Demi-Sec. Led by the winery’s most seasoned wine educators, this experience will shed a new light on the versatility of sparkling wine. Menu Vietnamese style Shrimp on Rice Noodles Lemongrass marinated shrimp served atop rice noodles tossed in a cooling nuoc cham vinaigrette. Paired with 2018 Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut Massaman Curry with Paneer Seared Indian paneer cheese served over a nest of crispy rice sticks and bathed in a traditional Thai Massaman curry. Paired with 2018 Domaine Carneros Estate Brut Cuvée Pork Banh-Mi Marinated thinly sliced pork on a homemade roll, dressed with traditional pickled carrots & daikon, fresh cilantro, sriracha aioli, and mushroom duxelles. Paired with 2019 Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Thai style Chicken Larb Ground chicken with lemongrass, chili, garlic, cilantro & mint, and Chinese long beans served on a bed of crisp lettuce. Paired with 2018 Domaine Carneros Verméil Demi-Sec Pandan Custard Cake Thai custard cake infused with Pandan leaves and topped with fresh basil whipped cream. Paired with 2018 Domaine Carneros Verméil Demi-Sec *Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please call the winery to discuss personalization $99 cost, does not include gratuity or sales tax. $35 per person deposit is required for booking.  This unique tasting experience is available for groups up to 8, guests 21 years and older. 48-hour cancellation. Domaine Carneros offers specialized versions of this experience for larger parties. Please call 707-257-0101 extension 150 for inquiries. WHERE:  Domaine Carneros Winery 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559   About Domaine Carneros     Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines limited production pinot noirs grown on their estate vineyards. For more information, visit: www.domainecarneros.com Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram | www.instagram.com/domainecarneros Twitter | www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/domainecarneroswinery MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064  
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Domaine Carneros Celebrates Sustainability for Earth Day 2023

13 April, 2023

Domaine Carneros Celebrates Sustainability for Earth Day 2023 PowerFlex Microgrid represents Next Generation of Solar Power Napa, CA – April 13, 2023 – Earth Day 2023 brings a vibrant green to the terrain and vineyards of Domaine Carneros as the 2022-23 winter rains have provided much needed relief from the past five years of drought in California.  2023 will mark a significant advance in the winery's record of sustainability when a new solar microgrid and battery system comes online, providing the winery over 75% energy independence.  Since its founding in 1987, Domaine Carneros has put sustainability initiatives at the forefront of their daily practices, consistently working to minimize their environmental impact as true stewards of the land.   The intention at Domaine Carneros is to create the best wines and most memorable sparkling wine experiences through healthy land, vines, and people. For the 36 years since its founding, Domaine Carneros has pushed the sustainability envelope to ensure that the winery lives as lightly on the land as possible while producing excellent grapes, and, of course, wine. In pursuit of the highest standards, Domaine Carneros has sought and received certifications from numerous prestigious sustainable organizations.  Annual assessments and audits seek out new areas to improve upon rigorous standards of sustainability not only for the winery, but also for its place in the community and as an employer. The winery implements the following measures towards continuous improvement: Re-use and recycling Through composting, recycling, and reuse, over 90% of solid waste is diverted from landfills. Water used in the production process is recycled and used to irrigate the estate vineyards.   A decade-long packaging reuse program, whereby 20-25% of cases and inserts are reused for in-house purposes. Sustainability Practices Solar energy has long been a crucial aspect of Domaine Carneros’ sustainability plan, having installed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world when it was implemented in 2003. In 2023, Domaine Carneros will be among the first wineries in the Napa Valley to install a solar microgrid and battery system, which will supply 75% of the winery’s power, and ultimately allow the winery to be self-sustaining during power outages.  The winery’s use of skylights, building into the earth, and employing night cooling systems to maintain cellar temperatures all contribute to energy conservation as well as robust employee involvement in daily conservation efforts.  The winery practices Integrated Pest Management using natural controls for vineyard pests such as boxes to attract owls which feed on voles and using cover crops that attract beneficial insects to control insect pests. Grape pomace from harvest is used to feed local cattle in a region of California with historic ties to the dairy business. Commitment to Employees The winery has strong principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and its staff is reflective of that commitment. The winery practices open book management, inspiring all employees to be a part of a collective success. The winery fosters and encourages mentorship for its staff and embraces professional development beyond the team in the form of scholarship offerings and a fellowship.                                                  The winery has been awarded several prestigious honors from the state of California and other well-respected organizations. In April 2023, the winery received the RISE Leadership Award for outstanding waste prevention and greening of its supply chain. In 2020, the winery received the Napa Climate NOW! award for being a Climate Champion in the Business Category.  The winery also received the California Green Medal Business Award in 2019 for "demonstrating smart business through efficiencies, cost savings, and innovation from implementing sustainable practices." Only four wineries are awarded the medal each year, so the honor is quite significant given the number of wineries in the state. Domaine Carneros has been a Bay Area Green Business since 2014, Fish Friendly Farming certified since 2015, Napa Green Vineyard & Winery since 2014 and is Certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance since 2015.   Looking towards the future, CEO Remi Cohen reiterated the foundations of the winery's philosophy which she is carrying forward, "Domaine Carneros has always been a leader in thoughtful winemaking and vineyard management, looking towards furthering our sustainability practices and initiatives.  As we meet new climate challenges, the winery will always look to be a leader with a light footprint as well as a strong investment in the future of its team and the industry." ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the methode traditionelle of sparkling wine production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to chardonnay, and 250 acres planted to pinot noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production pinot noirs. For additional information, images, and interview requests, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.   ###
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Covenant Winery Announces 2023 Summer Concert Calendar

4 April, 2023

Covenant Winery Announces 2023 Summer Concert Calendar Second year of popular series at the urban winery tasting patio in Berkeley, California Berkeley, CA, April 2023 - The Covenant Winery Summer Music Series, now in its 2nd year, will kick off at their Sixth Street Winery in Berkeley on Sunday, April 23rd, and continue through the end of July, just before harvest season starts. Showcased at the winery's new outdoor tasting lounge, fans of wine and music can enjoy the vibe of the Berkeley Drinks District, while sipping a nice array of wines from throughout California's diverse wine regions.   Covenant founding winemaker Jeff Morgan, who owns the winery with his wife and CEO Jodie, has a deep history with music as a performer, specifically as a saxophone player. After a formal education at the French National Music Conservatory in Nice, France Jeff became a co-band leader for the house band in Monte Carlo at Prince Rainier’s Grand Casino in Monaco.  He took a hiatus from playing music for the last 20+ years, but during the COVID lockdown, he had some time on his hands and returned to his saxophone. Jeff’s funk band—Free Run—will launch the series on April 23; and his jazz quintet—Jeff Morgan Jazz-will perform on April 30. Free Run returns May 14, June 11, June 25, July 16, and July 30. Other bands to be featured in the music series include French Jazz pianist, Franck Amsallem, bassist Jeff Denson’s trio, jazz ensemble Charged Particles,  Conjunto Guarajuba (soulful Bossa and Brazilian) and the classic rock band Felsen. For the complete Covenant Winery concert schedule, and to purchase tickets, go to https://covenantwines.com/tasting-patio/.  Performances take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and $20 will get you a glass of wine (choice of white, rosé, or red) and concert admission.  Reservations can also be made at wine@covenantwines.com. In honor of the winery's 20th anniversary, 2023  features several special events, tastings and celebrations commemorating the family-owned winery's achievements.   Stay tuned for more details by following the winery on Instagram @CovenantWines or signing up for one of several winery clubs at www.covenantwines.com or emailing wine@covenantwines.com. Media queries: For images, Interviews, and any additional information, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET at Charles Communications Associates at 415-730-0064 or kcharles@charlescomm.com. # # #  
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Barnett Vineyards Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2023

29 March, 2023

Barnett Vineyards Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2023 Spring Mountain, CA March 28, 2023- The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for the Barnett family who in 1983, seeking a respite from the pressures of city life in San Francisco,  found a special, high elevation property on Spring Mountain Road in the Napa Valley that was to become the renowned vineyard and winery it is today.   The 1980s was a nascent period for Napa Valley, and 1983 marked a decade since the founding of many legendary wineries such as Stag's Leap and Cakebread  Cellars, who were transforming the sleepy farm country into a serious wine destination.  The Barnetts made the commitment early on to live on the property full time raising their family and cultivating a vineyard, in other words, hands on vintners.   With a knack for finding great land and talent, and seeing ahead of the curve, the purchase of 40 acres became the foundation of what is today, Barnett Vineyards.   Hal Barnett's real estate savvy and Fiona Barnett's financial know how, helped them formulate a dream team of viticulturalists and winemaking, releasing their first vintage in 1989.  In 1991, they produced their first designated Spring Mountain wine, later bottled, and labeled in 1993 when the Spring Mountain AVA was formally approved by what was then, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. (BATF) The physical layout of the Spring Mountain District, 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, 25 miles north of the San Pablo Bay at elevations between 600-2600 feet (the Barnett Vineyard is at 2,100 feet), allows for cool climate winemaking resulting in wines of structure, balance, and intensity.     Prescient for these challenging times of climate change, the wines are a testimony to patience, rewarding those who prefer to cellar wines and appreciate the evolution that comes with time. Their famed Rattlesnake Hill vineyard on the property, came out of the gate with its first vintage in 1991 and earned a 96-point score from Robert Parker at The Wine Advocate and the Barnetts commitment to fine winemaking was cemented.  Working for the last sixteen years with noted winemaker David Tate, the wines crafted on the property continue to win awards and accolades, rewarding those who consider patience a virtue.   The fires of 2020 almost extinguished the efforts of three plus decades, but thankfully, quick thinking and action on the part of the employees, both past and present, using the property's pool water and pumps, they were able to put out the fire onsite.  The extent of the damage included many vines, trees, equipment, and the tasting platform on Rattlesnake HIll.   In 2022, a renewed planting effort of 4,000 vines along with a new deck helped set up the 40th anniversary year to come with a spirit of resilience and renewal. 2023 will consist of several special auction lots, limited edition bottlings, public and private events celebrating the vision of this visionary family and team.   Please visit www.barnettvineyards.com or follow the winery on Instagram @barnettvineyards For information, interviews, and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at 415-730-0064 or kcharles@charlescomm.com.   # # #
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Domaine Carneros commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Carneros AVA

2 March, 2023

Domaine Carneros commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Carneros AVAWith a celebratory new tasting experience only available during the month of March March 2, 2023 Napa, CA - Domaine Carneros, the award-winning California grower-producer of méthode traditionelle sparkling wines, introduces Colors of Carneros, a new tasting experience to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA). Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987, when the Taittinger Family, with the dream of making the finest sparkling wine in the United States, purchased a 138-acre parcel in the heart of the Carneros AVA. Colors of Carneros, a curated selection of the most-loved sparkling wines and classic pinot noirs all produced with estate fruit from Carneros, features the 2018 Estate Brut Cuvée, 2019 Brut Rosé, 2020 Avant-Garde Pinot Noir, and 2020 Estate Pinot Noir. Enjoy this flight at the château overlooking the vineyards amidst the scenic rolling hills of Carneros or purchase the flight of wines for a special occasion to be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home. The cost at the Domaine Carneros tasting room is $40 person ($32 for Château Society Members) not including gratuity or sales tax or purchase the set of wines for $165. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling the winery at 1-800-716-2788 x 150. With a history that dates to the 1800s, Carneros received its AVA status in 1983 and the Carneros Wine Alliance was formed shortly thereafter in 1985. Carneros was the first wine region in California to be defined by its climate characteristics rather than political boundaries, in large part due to the influence of the San Pablo Bay that straddles both Sonoma and Napa. The cool to moderate climate variations of the Carneros AVA offers some of the most versatile wines in the valley and produces grapes with the acidity levels needed to make sparkling wine and lively still wines. About Domaine Carneros     Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 150 acres planted to Chardonnay, 250 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines and limited production pinot noirs grown on their estate vineyards. For more information, visit: www.domainecarneros.com . Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram | www.instagram.com/domainecarneros Twitter | www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/domainecarneroswinery MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064  
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Charles Communications Associates Celebrates 20 Years in 2023 Wine Marketing Agency Reflects on two decades of excellence

1 February, 2023

Charles Communications Associates Celebrates 20 Years in 2023 Wine Marketing Agency Reflects on two decades of excellence San Francisco, CA January 31, 2023 - This year marks the 20th anniversary for Charles Communications Associates (CCA), a leading wine marketing firm headquartered in San Francisco, California.   What began at the dining room table of founder Kimberly Charles in 2003 with her first client, noted actor and vintner Fess Parker, has grown over the last twenty years to represent clients in Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the U.S with a dynamic team.  In 2021, Meininger's International named CCA one of the top 10 wine & spirits companies in the United States and Founder and President Kimberly Charles likes to say, "We have kept our momentum in these twenty years, pacing with changing technologies, media landscapes, larger trends within our industry and with consumer preferences.   That consistent push to keep relevant and nimble has been a big part of our success." Charles Communications Associates was early to the tech scene when it debuted the Brandlive platform in 2012, engaging with vintners and media via interactive video meet ups.   A precursor to today's ubiquitous zoom meetings, CCA saw early on the value of connecting from the comfort of one's home with vintners around the world.    Always with an eye to sustainability through innovative partnerships and impact investing as well as aligning with companies who espoused sustainable beliefs, CCA was an early adopter to what is today a new baseline for the way companies operate and market their brands.   Another pillar of CCA's core beliefs is in supporting women led or owned companies.   Many of CCA's client base have powerful women as CEOs such as Wente Vineyards, Domaine Carneros, the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene among others.  CCA has worked with a large majority of legacy families in the California wine business including the Wentes, the Mondavis, the Gallos among others, helping them to shape their narrative and claiming their place in the continuum of history.   At the core of the company's belief system, has been a dedication to continuous improvement and education.   Among the first U.S. cohort to earn the challenging Diploma certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, founder Kimberly Charles has always kept the educational focus front and center with her client programming, executing programs with substance, relevance and meaning.   Early to adopt a work/life balance with her team, she works with a network of associates in Cape Town, New York, California, and beyond.    When asked what's ahead of the next industry curve, Charles likes to share that relationships will always be the company's stock and trade.   Cultivating long term connections with clients, media and gatekeepers in the trade will continue.  As she shares, "A good story never goes out of style." Discover more about Charles Communications Associates at www.charlescomm.com or on Instagram and Facebook @AlltheSwirl.    
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