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Diego Tomasi Appointed as New Director of Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

15 November, 2021

Diego Tomasi Appointed as New Director of Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG November 15, 2021, Solighetto – The board of directors of Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG is proud to announce Diego Tomasi as its new director, following the election of President Elvira Bortolomiol. "We are extremely pleased with this new appointment. We have dedicated the first months of our mandate to the search for a figure who could fill this important position" announces the newly elected President Elvira Bortolomiol "There are many challenges and opportunities that we need to undertake,” continues the President, "the authoritative profile of Diego Tomasi and his knowledge of the denomination, together with his scientific expertise, will be the strong points on which to base the work that awaits us.” Diego Tomasi is a renowned researcher at CREA-VE (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics- Veneto, Italy) an expert on the terroir of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, and has now accepted the position of director at Consorzio di Tutela. After decades of study, and research, Tomasi has recently been awarded a special mention by the OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) for his publication on the origin of the quality of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG wines. "I am ready to commit myself alongside the President and the entire Board of Directors" states Tomasi, "I am motivated, above all, by the competence of my new colleagues, a precise vision of the denomination, and the prestige of the role I am going to play. Climate, soils, the quality of our grapes, tradition, human endeavours, and the landscape are just some of the elements that will have to be studied, in order to raise the international recognition of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, to an even higher level," he explains.  "I am very excited to make my experience and scientific expertise available to the Consorzio and the Denomination, as well as the climate change, the demand to meet green challenges imposed by the European community and enhancing the unique landscape of our hills and its Rive sites. Tomasi, adds, "this unique landscape has always been the subject of my studies and it will be combined with UNESCO recognition in order to collaborate with the Association for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, on strategies for monitoring, and enhancing the value of the area in accordance with the UNESCO’s guidelines.” The future looks bright, as newly appointed director, Diego Tomasi, is fully equipped to take on his endeavors, with a team of thirteen dedicated staff eager to collaborate using the most cutting-edge tools in the industry. About the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.    The Consorzio is a private body created to represent vine-growers, winemaking companies, and bottlers from Conegliano Valdobbiadene and to safeguard the standards of what are now the D.O.C.G. criteria in crafting wines of the highest quality and distinct provenance. Their work is focused on three major areas: protection, promotion, and sustainability. They improve sparkling production methods, provide assistance and training, and supervise all stages of winemaking to guarantee the quality of this outstanding, Italian viticultural region. Prosecco Superiore exports to over 180 countries.   Created in 1969, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore was one of the first Italian appellations to earn D.O.C recognition, obtaining the D.O.C.G. status in 2009. These sparkling wines come from the historic area of Prosecco production, a unique, hillside terroir that was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Conegliano Valdobbiadene is situated in the northeast of Italy, between Venice and the Dolomites (at the foothills of the Alps), offering a mild, temperate climate ideal for grape growing, producing serious food wines with pairing versatility, showcasing a range of different styles, aromas, and flavor characteristics.   Connect with the Consorzio on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or visit prosecco.it to learn more about the region and its sparkling wines.   About Charles Communications Associates  Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook.  For interviews, imagery, or more information, please contact:    Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates: kcharles@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463.
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Bâtonnage Launches Level Three of Mentorship Program with Domaine Carneros Work Placement

14 November, 2021

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

25 October, 2021

Domaine Carneros Announces New 2021 OfferingsWinery Launches New Iteration of Fan Favorite “Bubbles & Bites” Experience, and Gifting Ideas Abound! 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. There is always something new and exciting happening at the winery, so we thought we would round some of that information up here: Pictured: New “Bubbles & Bites” Experience Transports Guests to Morocco WHAT:  The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Bubbles & Bites Experience the versatility of sparkling wine in this unique food & wine pairing specially curated to highlight the flavors of Morocco! The third showcase menu in the winery’s popular “Bubbles & Bites” tasting experience transports guests on a palatal journey to Northern Africa with five “bites” – four savory, one sweet – each expressing the rich, layered flavors of Moroccan cuisine, and thoughtfully paired with four vibrant sparkling wines: Roasted Beets with Fromage Blanc and Avocado Mousse, dressed with a delicate Rosewater Dressing; Paired with 2016 Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut Harissa Crusted Mahi Mahi on a Chickpea and Red Pepper Stew; Paired with 2016 Domaine Carneros Estate Brut Cuvée Moroccan Spiced Pork with Date Chutney and Orange Relish; Paired with 2017 Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé North African Spiced Beef Short Rib served on a Crispy Cous Cous Cake; Paired with 2016 Domaine Carneros Vermeil Demi-Sec Creamy Panna Cotta infused with saffron and topped with spiced mandarins; Also paired with 2016 Domaine Carneros Vermeil Demi-Sec Led by their most seasoned wine educators, this experience will open your eyes to a new side of sparkling wine. WHEN: Appointments begin November 1 (but are available to book now) Until the 1st, the Mexican Bubbles & Bites is still available to book 60-minute experience $95 / Club Members $76 (cost does not include gratuity or sales tax) Reserve online or by contacting the winery directly: 707-257-0101 x 150 or reservations@domainecarneros.com Available for groups sized 2-6, guests 21 years and older 48-hour cancellation Pictured: “Cheers to You! Gift Set WHAT: Domaine Carneros Holiday Gift Shop Bring sparkle to your favorite wine lovers-both near and far. Delight everyone on your list with luxuriously boxed wines, small-batch gourmet treats, and stylish accessories from Domaine Carneros: Cheers to You! ($110) The winery’s ever-elegant salmon hued 2017 Brut Rosé sparkles with notes of fresh peach and pink grapefruit. We’ve paired this blushing beauty with four whimsical hand-etched flutes, each glass a unique work of art. The ensemble is beautifully boxed and perfect for that one-of-a-kind friend who deserves a true one-of-a-kind gift. Sugar Cookie Sparkle ($79) The perfect recipe for togetherness, this delectable gift set is sure to spark a new family tradition. Red Velvet’s baking kit includes pre-measured gourmet ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and all the darling decorations to create a scrumptious sugar cookie tree. Simply add eggs, butter, and invite your favorite sous chefs. A bottle of 2016 Vermeil Demi-Sec, with its luscious flavors of apple cobbler and marzipan, will be ready to uncork as the nibbling begins. Merry Cocktail ($170) Make the hour happy indeed! Our rich, complex 2016 Estate Brut is presented with chic mixology accoutrements: a pair of glimmering vintage coupes, a gold brushed aluminum 4-piece bar toolset with marble base, a sleek stainless-steel shaker in glossy gold, gold rimming sugar, and a jar of decadent French brandied Cherry Griottines. An ideal gift for the sophisticated sippers on your list or a stylish addition to your home bar. WHEN: Holiday gift items and gift sets will be available early November.   Please visit the winery’s online marketplace for additional information and to make a purchase. Pictured: “Crème de la Crème Duet” Corporate Gift Set WHAT: Domaine Carneros Corporate Gifting Options + Virtual Tastings Delight clients or colleagues with a luxurious wine gift from Domaine Carneros! They carefully box each wine gift in their Carneros cellar, complete with personalized words of cheer on a customized holiday card, always ensuring a winning presentation. This is a wonderful option for Domaine Carneros fans who might be looking to customize gifts or place large orders. Looking for a way to connect across the miles? Guests can consider gifting a Personal Virtual Tasting Experience,   WHEN: Corporate gifting sets are now available year-round. More information is available on their corporate gifting page. Customers are encouraged to contact the winery directly 1.800.716.2788 ext. 128 or businessgifts@domainecarneros.com to build their custom gift sets. WHAT: Domaine Carneros Gift Cards Now Available Giving the gift of sparkle has never been easier! A gift card is the perfect answer when you simply can’t decide. A personalized Château greeting card will be sent to the recipient’s mailbox; OR customers can choose to send a virtual e-gift card straight to the recipient’s inbox. WHEN: Available now. Visit their gift card page for additional information or to make a purchase. ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS  Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  In March of this year, the San Francisco Chronicle named Domaine Carneros one of the top 25 Best Bay Area Wineries to Visit.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has been a leader with respect to a vast array of environmental undertakings. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and this year, a state-of-the-art microgrid system will be installed which will help the winery with 85% of its energy needs.  Two of the most recent awards, were the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices," and in 2020, the Napa Climate Now Climate Champion in the Business category. For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.  
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The Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG announces results of the 2021 harvest

7 October, 2021

The Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG announces results of the 2021 harvest. October 7, 2021, Solighetto - The Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG announced this week the successful conclusion of harvest 2021.  It kicked off in mid-September in the Conegliano area and moved westward towards the heroic territories around Valdobbiadene around the end of September, concluding on October 3rd  for the entire region.    The denomination concludes the most important moment of the year resting on the solid foundations of its most recent successes. More than 64 million bottles have been certified to date in 2021, and given the reduced yields of 2020, now the region is back to  normalizing the production quantities laid out in the regulations. "We are really pleased with the positive results that the denomination has achieved both at the close of 2020 and in 2021,"states Elvira Bortolomiol, President of the Consorzio di Tutela - "The analysis of the fruit in the vineyard assures us of a vintage that we will remember for its quality. We are proud of the work that all the winegrowers have achieved again this year. Our commitment shows not only our passion for wine, but also for the land, which is our most precious asset. Meteorological trends in 2021 From a meteorological point of view, 2021 was a cool year compared to the last 15 years; for this reason, the development of the vines and consequently the ripening of the grapes were significantly delayed, about ten to twelve days for each phenological phase. A cool spring carried on through April and May, with rains in May falling evenly throughout the region. In contrast to previous years, the summer months of June and July were less rainy and this had the advantage of having to deal with less disease in the vineyards. The vines yielded healthy bunches of grapes, which avoided sunburn or dehydration. The range of temperatures in August and a cool start to September led to good levels of acidity, which is essential for obtaining top quality sparkling wines with a marked freshness. Harvest operations began in the southeastern zone, on the slopes most exposed to the sun, and then moved towards the northwest during the month of September.  Given the characteristics of the terrain, marked by very steep slopes and ups and downs that are difficult for machinery to access, in Conegliano Valdobbiadene 600/700 hours per hectare per year of manual work are required, compared to an average of 150/200 hours per hectare in the flat areas, where mechanization is advanced. For this reason, the heroic harvest represents the moment of maximum ingenuity of the area's wine growers and is a time honored tradition that among other factors, distinguishes its DOCG status. About the Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.   The Consorzio is a private body created to represent vine-growers, winemaking companies and bottlers from Conegliano Valdobbiadene and to safeguard the standards of what are now the D.O.C.G. criteria in crafting wines of the highest quality and distinct provenance. Their work is focused on three major areas: protection, promotion, and sustainability. They improve sparkling production methods, provide assistance and training and supervise all stages of winemaking to guarantee the quality of this outstanding, Italian viticultural region. Prosecco Superiore exports to over 180 countries.  Created in 1969, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore was one of the first Italian appellations to earn D.O.C recognition, obtaining the D.O.C.G. status in 2009. These sparkling wines come from the historic area of Prosecco production, a unique, hillside terroir that was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Conegliano Valdobbiadene is situated in the northeast of Italy, between Venice and the Dolomites (at the foothills of the Alps), offering a mild, temperate climate ideal for grape growing, producing serious food wines with pairing versatility, showcasing a range of different styles, aromas and flavor characteristics.     Connect with the Consorzio on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or visit prosecco.it to learn more about the region and its sparkling wines.  About Charles Communications Associates Founded in 2003, Charles Communications Associates, LLC (CCA) is an independent creative marketing communications and public relations firm based in San Francisco, California, that helps local and global companies create, build, and launch brands. Recognized as one of the most effective marketing firms in the wine industry, CCA is also known for success in the gourmet, natural, and organic food and beverage categories, as well as for top shelf spirits and luxury products marketing. Please socialize with us @CharlesComm on Twitter, and @AlltheSwirl on Instagram and Facebook. Photo Credit: Arcangelo Piai For interviews, imagery, or more information, please contact:   Kimberly Noelle Charles at Charles Communications Associates: kcharles@charlescomm.com or (415) 701-9463.
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Glancy Wine Education Foundation Announces Fall Fundraising Drive and Addition of Two New Board Members

31 August, 2021

Glancy Wine Education Foundation Announces Fall Fundraising Drive and Addition of Two New Board Members Industry veterans Kimberly Noelle Charles DipWSET and Master Sommelier Vincent Morrow to join board SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 31, 2021) – The Glancy Wine Education Foundation has begun the annual fundraising drive leading up to its annual gala celebration event in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the San Francisco Wine School on November 6, 2021. In addition, two new members have been added to the organization’s volunteer board of directors: Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET, a marketing executive for her own firm Charles Communications Associates with more than 30 years of experience in the wine industry, and Master Sommelier Vincent Morrow, who currently serves as the Wine Director for PRESS Napa Valley and is chairperson of the diversity committee for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. “We’re positively thrilled to have Kimberly and Vincent join the board,” said board Vice President, Alder Yarrow. “They both have demonstrated career-long commitments to wine education and supporting diversity in this industry, which makes them a perfect fit.” The foundation’s annual gala celebration plays a crucial role in raising the funds required to provide wine education scholarships to wine and hospitality professionals in need of assistance. Donations of silent auction items, ranging from wine to services to experiences are being sought for this fundraising event and sponsorships of various types are also available. Interested parties should contact board President Cheryl Halloran at cheryl.gwef@gmail.com or 408-806-3757. Donations and sponsorships can also be arranged online at: https://sanfranciscowineschool.ejoinme.org/donateauctionitem. Professionals in need of financial aid are encourage to apply for scholarships year-round at GlancyWineEducationFoundation.Org. About The Glancy Wine Education Foundation Established in 2020, The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is a registered a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and minority communities with scholarships to further their professional wine education, increase diversity, and raise earning power. Find out more at GlancyWineEducationFoundation.Org.  
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Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG announces appointment of new President Elvira Maria Bortolomiol

23 July, 2021

Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG announces appointment of new President Elvira Maria Bortolomiol   Solighetto, Italy July 23, 2021- The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG recently announced the election of their new President, Elvira Maria Bortolomiol. Ms. Bortolomiol is the first female President in the history of the Consorzio and was unanimously elected by the board. The role of President revolves every 3 years and is always led by a producer of the Consorzio. Of her position, she states "I am very honored to have been elected president of the Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG." "I was born into a family that has seen the history of Prosecco grow in the world and has been a part of it. There are still many challenges ahead of us, the territory in which we have our roots requires it because it must be protected and enhanced in terms of landscape and environmental sustainability and the competitiveness of the global market requires it, which as we have already experienced, rewards the excellence of our product. The next few years will be an exciting stimulus to continue the promotion and communication of the Denomination in Italy and worldwide."  The focus for the Consorzio in the coming years will be to continue to build on the quality image of the   denomination, through communications campaigns, and fairs and events for trade and consumers, both in Italy and abroad.  The region was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO two years ago, and the Consorzio will be continuing with its focus on conservation of the landscape and - in line with UNESCO values - ensuring its protection for future generations in a way that allows both nature and community to thrive.  Another key objective is to ensure the sensitive and sustainable development of growing tourism and eno-tourism in the territory. The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG was founded in 1962 as a private entity to guarantee and oversee compliance with the production regulations of Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The sparkling wine produced in the hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (TV) was certified Controlled Denomination of Origin in 1969 and Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin in 2009. The production area includes 15 municipalities: Conegliano, San Vendemiano, Colle Umberto, Vittorio Veneto, Tarzo, Cison di Valmarino, San Pietro di Feletto, Refrontolo, Susegana, Pieve di Soligo, Farra di Soligo, Follina, Miane, Vidor, and Valdobbiadene. The Consorzio, currently chaired by Innocente Nardi, is based in the town of Solighetto in Pieve di Soligo, and brings together 192 sparkling wine cellars and 442 winemakers. The Denomination includes a total of 3400 families of the territory that are engaged in the production of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. It operates in three main areas – the protection and promotion of the product in Italy and abroad-, by promoting knowledge through training, event organization, and public relations. Finally, it provides technical assistance to consortium members that covers all aspects, from the vineyard to the cellar. For media interviews, images and further information, contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates, kcharles@charlescomm.com, or 415-730-0064.  
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Parallel Napa Valley Kicks off Summer with a Road Show

18 June, 2021

Parallel Napa Valley Kicks off Summer with a Road Show, Onsite food pairings at Brasswood Napa Valley and the Popular Online Experiences Continue Napa Valley, CA June 18, 2021 - As the summer season kicks off, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are pleased to announce a full dance card of activities for fans old and new.   Kicking off with a 4-city tour led by consulting winemaker Philippe Melka of Atelier Melka, Parallel Napa Valley will be pouring along with other top wines he's produced for 11 different wineries, at select private venues in Atlanta, GA (June 15th), Austin, TX (June 17th), Dallas, TX (June 18th) and Houston, TX (June 19th). Showcasing XYZ wines, tickets are $145 each, a portion of which will go to local charities.  For more information and to register, visit here. Parallel Napa Valley was among the first wineries to offer at home tastings when the pandemic hit full force in March 2020, and this offering remains popular and available, however, travelers are eager to hit the vine trails and are making reservations to experience wine country in person.  Parallel offers a Wine Pairing Lunch which features a set menu of three seasonal courses paired with three Parallel Wines, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Diamond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon plus a special pour from Parallel’s Library Selection. General Manager Adrienne Smith states, “We are fortunate to be a nimble and responsive winery and will always be in a position to offer versatile and relevant guest experiences to our clients.  We adapted quickly during various lockdowns around the country and state, and now that the summer season is here, and things are opening up, we are thrilled to recommend this popular offering. Our wines really shine with the delicious seasonal dishes prepared by Brasswood Chef David Nuno, and the whole experience makes for a delightful and memorable day in the beautiful Napa Valley.” For those who are seeking a lighter pairing experience that is expertly calibrated, the Apres Wine Tasting gives visitors the chance to enjoy the same three Parallel Wines plus a special reserve pour paired with a selection of small bites and cheeses from the Brasswood Bakery.   Reservations for the Parallel Private Wine Pairing Lunch are available seven days a week starting at 11:30AM. Appointments for the Apres Wine Tasting are available at 10:00AM, 12:00PM or 2:00PM daily. Reservation requests for parties of up to six  people for both experiences can be made online or by contacting Adrienne Smith directly at adrienne@parallelwines.com or by phone at (707) 486-1100. Guests will be able to purchase Parallel Wines on-site or place orders to be shipped to their homes in states where permitted.  Wine Club members enjoy special discounts for both experiences. Online Tasting Experiences to Continue If travel to California isn't in the cards this summer, Parallel still offers its private online tasting option, hosted by their Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and General Manager, Adrienne Smith, which offers guests three bottles of current-release Parallel Wines, including Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Diamond Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as food pairing suggestions and tasting notes, for $95 per person. If you want some great nosh with your wine selections, Parallel added an optional array of food pairings from St. Helena’s Panevino that can be added to any wine tasting experience for $35, including Rosemary Mixed Nuts, Saucisson Provencal and Oil-Cured French Olive and Provencal Herb Grissini. “Each specialty item was chosen to pair with one of the three stunning Philippe Melka Parallel Wines featured in the online tasting,” added Smith. “All the guests need to do is provide the glasses and wine opener for a complete Parallel Napa Valley tasting experience in their own home.”  About Parallel Napa Valley  Parallel Napa Valley is an artisan winery that produces top quality Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, created by Philippe Melka, well-regarded by leading critics as one of the pre-eminent wine consultants in the U.S. and beyond. The winery was established originally as a partnership in 1999 by close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley (in Park City, Utah) where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home. The Parallel Napa Valley label captures the essence of the lines carved by skis on the first run of the day, and the wines are named for famous black diamond ski runs. In addition to making great wines, the partners of Parallel Napa Valley are dedicated philanthropists and have made it a priority to extend their wine and its success to support their communities and various charities.  Parallel Napa Valley’s hospitality and winemaking home is located in the stylish, appointment-only tasting room in Brasswood, just a few miles north of the town of St. Helena. It offers a sophisticated food pairing tasting menu, which can be booked for daytime tastings, lunches, and receptions. The beautiful facility also can be available to host private dinners - even weddings - in the Brasswood Restaurant or a private room.   About Charles Communications Associates  Charles Communications Associates, a leading marketer of fine wine brands and regions is proud to have represented Parallel Napa Valley since the founding of the brand. For media inquiries, images and interviews, please contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at 415.730.0064 or kcharles@charlescomm.com.                                                 
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JAMESON HUMANE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AUCTION WINEAPAWLOOZA 2021

3 June, 2021

       JAMESON HUMANE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AUCTION WINEAPAWLOOZA 2021: WHERE ANIMAL ADVOCATES AND WINE LOVERS MEET JUNE 19, 2021 – VIRTUAL Once Again Jameson Humane Presents a Virtual Live Auction Produced by Jason and Christina Wise of SOMM Films and SOMM TV; Get Your Ticket Today!   (Napa, Calif.) — June 3, 2021 — Jameson Humane (Jameson), an impact-driven nonprofit that educates to inspire change on behalf of companion and farmed animals in need is holding its signature fundraising event, WineaPAWlooza 2021, VIRTUALLY on Saturday, June 19 at 5pm, PT, during the summer solstice. Combining two things that are universally loved (wine and animals), WineaPAWlooza has earned its place as one of the top 10 wine events in the country for the past 5 years, cited by Wine Spectator magazine, with 2020’s WineaPAWlooza having been viewed by over 500 people from across the United States and around the world, including Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia, and even Norway. Special Guests to Present During the Broadcast and More Tune in to enjoy this fast-paced, virtual event that features rare, handcrafted wines from 50 of the “who's who” of Napa Valley wine glitterati (click here to see Participating Vintners) and a live, interactive auction of 15 sensational  lots, headlining wine and sports celebrities. Lots feature not only one-of-a-kind experiences and wines from the cult brands of Scarecrow, Screaming Eagle, Opus One,  Silver Oak, and Bevan Cellars, but also weekend wine extravaganzas; once-in-a-lifetime dinners cooked by celebrity chefs, like San Francisco's Michelin Star Chef Dominique Crenn; and socializing with famed athletes who love wine and animals, such as baseball player Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm of the US Olympic Soccer team, Logan Ryan of the New Your Giants,  L.A. Lakers Kyle Kuzma, and more.  About the Event Produced by Jason and Christina Wise (SOMM Documentary Films and SOMM TV), the 75-minute live event and auction will be hosted by Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin, Head of Wine at Wine Access, world-renowned auctioneer Fritz Hatton, as well as Jameson Humane and 750 Wines Founders Monica and David Stevens; and will be broadcast on SOMM TV, merging the excitement of a live auction with pre-recorded auction lot content. Preceding the event, Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant, will be interviewing a collection of prestigious vintners to vividly illuminate where wine and animal welfare intersect by way of thought-provoking Q&A sessions. The money raised from this spirited and anticipated event supplies the critical funds necessary for Jameson Humane's  programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save animal lives, especially in times of a disaster. Jameson Humane would also like to thank this year’s premiere sponsors: Coravin, Poppy Bank, Overflow, as well as CellArt. Thank you for your participation! Tickets are available here: https://jamesonhumane.ejoinme.org/wineapawlooza2021 Ticket pricing and levels span a range of packages, which include rare wines, broader access to the event, and special offers. To inquire about ticketing, please contact: Arwen Gallenkamp, Development Manager at arwen@jamesonhumane.org or 707.337.9409. WineaPawlooza 2021 Steering Committee HONORARY CHAIRS Betty & Andy Beckstoffer CHAIRS Vanessa Conlin MW, Head of Wine, Wine Access Monica Stevens, Cofounder  Jameson Humane & 750 Wines COMMITTEE Jaime Araujo, Trois Noix and Stella & Graham Victoria DeCrescenzo, Bevan Cellars Matt Duncan, Silver Oak Ian Fenwick, Hourglass Wines Greg Gregory, Silicon Valley Bank Dr Amy Herold, CMO, Queen of the Valley Lawrence Fairchild, Fairchild Estate Jordan Felling, One Hope Winery Scott Gould, Opus One Scott Lewis, V Wine Cellars Amanda McCrossin, Somm Vivant Juan Mercado, Founder, Realm Cellars Christophe Smith, Global Wine Consultant David Stevens, Cofounder Jameson Humane & 750 Wines Brooke Winther, Relic Wines Jason and Christina Wise, SOMM TV “In the hopes that this will be the last time we host WineaPAWlooza virtually, we’re going to make history under the summer solstice, the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and we raise our paddles just as high for the betterment of animals. The event is a symbol that marks the generosity and collaboration of our vintners and community, coupled with the spectacular support of our donors from around the country, auction committee, and the entire team at SOMM TV, reaffirming our belief that everyone understands how important our mission is. We bring awareness, educate, and respond to needs when a disaster strikes; the community supports us—together we save animals lives and make world a better place.” – Jameson Humane and WineaPAWlooza Cofounder Monica Stevens ABOUT JAMESON HUMANE In 2014, Monica and David Stevens founded Jameson Humane in Napa Valley to improve animal well-being through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. Guided by instincts, Jameson has not followed the traditional path of “animal rescue” but instead listened to the community and responded holistically to the needs of animals and human guardians. As an impact-driven nonprofit organization that collaborates and educates to inspire change in animal welfare, not only in local communities, but around the world, Jameson’s program model includes a variety of novel solutions and approaches driven by education. Every day, Jameson’s work is guided by how animals, the environment, and the community are all inextricably connected. ABOUT WINEAPAWLOOZA WineaPAWlooza is Jameson’s annual fundraiser, an event that has earned its place as one of the top ten wine events in the country according to Wine Spectator magazine. The money raised from this spirited and anticipated event supply the critical funds necessary for Jameson programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save animal lives. Because of WineaPAWlooza, Jameson has been able to help thousands of animals and their humans in our community and beyond through vital programs that work across the inextricable web between animal welfare, our community, and the environment. This year’s event will help ensure these programs thrive as we continue to affect real change. # # # For more information on Jameson Humane, please contact: Brad Schomburg at brad@jamesonhumane.org or 414.708.3935 For media queries, please contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles. Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064  
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Humphry Slocombe Again Partners with Domaine Carneros

25 May, 2021

Humphry Slocombe Again Partners with Domaine Carneros  “Rosé All Day” Sorbet Back by Popular Demand, Just in Time for the Warm Weather (San Francisco, Calif.) May 25, 2021—Back by popular demand, and just in time for National Rosé Day on June 12th, San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe, the small-batch ice cream brand synonymous with inventive, ingredient-driven flavors, has once again partnered with the Napa Valley’s first name in top quality sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros, to create a “Rosé All Day” sorbet. Sweet, tart, and refreshingly (lightly) alcoholic, “Rosé All Day” sorbet is delicately infused with Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé. Given the national movement toward dairy-free alternatives, this version is on trend, as it contains no dairy. It’s a bright, balanced, and sophisticated treat that will surely be your delightful “go-to” this summer (if you don’t enjoy it all in one sitting, that is!)  Humphry Slocombe Co-Founder and Chef Jake Godby says, “pink bubbles make everything better, and ‘Rosé All Day’ is like summer in a cup or cone.” Domaine Carneros’s CEO Remi Cohen, commented, “Leave it to the maestros at Humphry Slocombe to capture the essence of our Sparkling Rosé in a sorbet! Our Rosé fans are going to love this surprising interpretation.” Available June 1st at Humphry Slocombe’s Mission District and other locations by the scoop ($4.95) or pint ($9.99) and via Gold Belly in a 4 pack for $79 including tax and shipping, “Rosé All Day” will stay on the menu until June 27th (while supplies last). Fans nationwide can get their hands on “Rosé All Day” (officially available June 1st, but available for pre-order now) via goldbelly.com/humphry-slocombe. It’s the perfect complement to backyard cookouts, afternoons at the pool or beach, bridal showers or anywhere you want to have #RoséAllDay this summer. About Humphry Slocombe: Known for its unique and creative flavors, Humphry Slocombe has established itself as a pioneering ice cream destination that sources local fruits, veggies, spices and booze for its one-of-a-kind inventions. Co-Founders Jake Godby (Chef) and Sean Vahey (Food & Beverage Manager) relied on their extensive culinary backgrounds to create never before seen, or tasted, flavors when they opened Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco in 2008. Recently named one of San Francisco’s “Most Delicious Instagram Accounts” by 7X7 Magazine, Humphry Slocombe has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and Bon Appetit, along with several television appearances, such as the Food Network’s “Top 5 Ice Creams in America.” About Domaine Carneros : Founded in 1987 by Champagne leader Claude Taittinger, and helmed by CEO and Remi Cohen, Domaine Carneros produces notable sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from California’s Carneros appellation from six estate vineyards totaling close to 400 acres. The Domaine Carneros Château and Terrace are open to visitors for  tastings from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. by appointment daily. For more information, please call 800.716.2788 or visit www.domainecarneros.com.  Website www.humphryslocombe.com www.domainecarneros.com Social: Humphry Slocombe Instagram | www.instagram.com/humphryslocombe Twitter | www.twitter.com/humphryslocombe Facebook | www.facebook.com/humphryslocombe Social: Domaine Carneros Instagram |  www.instagram.com/domainecarneros/ Twitter |  www.twitter.com/domainecarneros Facebook | www.facebook.com/DomaineCarnerosWinery ### FOR MORE INFORMATION:  FOR DOMAINE CARNEROS PLEASE CONTACT KIMBERLY CHARLES AT 415-730-0064 OR KCHARLES@CHARLESCOMM.COM FOR HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE PLEASE CONTACT SEAN VAHEY AT 415-248-6369 OR SEAN@HUMPHRYSLOCOMBE.COM  
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An invitation from the Producers’ Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. to join #AtTableWithUs #ATavolaConNoi

21 May, 2021

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charles Communications Associates Kimberly Noellle Charles, DipWSET cell 415-730-0064 press@charlescomm.com www.charlescomm.com   An invitation from the Producers’ Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. to join #AtTableWithUs #ATavolaConNoi A toast to Your Favorite Restaurants San Francisco, CA, May 21, 2021– The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G.  launched a national campaign in Italy and now in the U.S. called "A Tavola Con Noi" or "At Table with Us." Following the successful 2020 #SparkleAtHome campaign which encouraged bubbly lovers in the U.S, to start their evening with a glass of wine to lift the mood during Shelter in Place, now that indoor dining options are slowly coming back, the At Table with Us  campaign encourages people to support their favorite restaurants and to consider pairing their food with the ever versatile sparkling wines of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Among the many sectors affected by the pandemic, the hotel, restaurant and catering businesses are the most closely linked to wine.  And while diners and restaurants are still having to exercise caution and safe practices for dining, the Consorzio created the campaign to show support whether it's onsite dining or take away food. In the U.S. 15 million people are employed by the restaurant industry, 1 in 10 workers. As a result of the pandemic, the losses in jobs amount to 3 million in the U.S. or 20% total.  There has never been a more critical time to support our community.       During the pandemic, sales of sparkling wine enjoyed a robust growth, largely attributable to consumers no longer putting off consumption for special occasions only. The sparkling wines of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore offer an enticing quality/price ratio for those who enjoy the wine as an aperitif or with the meal. To support restaurants across the country, we are recommending pairing Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore with your favorite dishes, and the versatility of these wines make them suitable for a wide range of cuisines. On May 15th,  the campaign will officially be kicked off in U.S. social media, and we encourage you to take a photo of  your preferred Prosecco Superiore with a pairing of your favorite dish and share it with the hashtag #AtTableWithUs   Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.,  is the flagship wine of the Veneto region in Italy, and it is most representative of the high elevation winegrowing area, having always been synonymous with  the start of the meal as an aperitif , and now foodies are discovering its versatility throughout the meal.   Let's share this beverage from a storied place, designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2019 - a beverage which is both personal and collective – with our communities on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts: #AtTableWithUs. For more information on the region, its wines and history, please contact  Charles Communications at press@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064  www.charlescomm.com. The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is the private body, founded in 1962, that guarantees and controls adherence to the production regulations for D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The sparkling wines produced on the hillsides between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the Province of Treviso, obtained Denominazione di Origine Controllata status in 1969 and the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita in 2009. The production zone includes 15 municipal areas: Conegliano, San Vendemiano, Colle Umberto, Vittorio Veneto, Tarzo, Cison di Valmarino, San Pietro di Feletto, Refrontolo, Susegana, Pieve di Soligo, Farra di Soligo, Follina, Miane, Vidor and Valdobbiadene. The Consortium, whose current President is Innocente Nardi, has its headquarters in the village of Solighetto in Pieve di Soligo. It groups together 182 sparkling wine producers and 480 vinifying companies. For the Denomination, this means that there are 3,400 local families involved in producing Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. It operates principally in three areas: protection and promotion of the product, both in Italy and abroad, encouraging knowledge of the product through educational activities and the organization of events, as well as relations with the press. It also offers technical assistance to its members, from the vineyard to the winery.  
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Gabriel-Glas Announces the Launch of DrinkArt

14 May, 2021

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                              Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET                                                                         Charles Communications Associates                                                                         415-730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com   Gabriel-Glas, the notable Austrian producer of the "One for All" wine glass, announces the launch of DrinkArt --  stemless glasses for everyday drinking pleasure -- just in time for summer! Napa, CA, May 14, 2021 – Gabriel-Glas, the producer of the stunning One for All universal wine glass, is pleased to announce a new addition to its portfolio.  Dubbed DrinkArt, the stemless glasses are lead-free crystal, shaped with a broader base at the bottom of the glass and a gentle conical shape at the thin-lipped top, allowing the flavors and aromas of any style of wine to emerge in the glass.  DrinkArt, is an elegant stemless silhouette which closely resembles the company’s popular StandArt and Gold Edition stemmed glasses.  The DrinkArt glass is also perfect for cocktails, water and other libations, and promotes an easy, relaxed approach to beverage consumption.  In keeping with famed European wine authority René Gabriel’s vision for his brand, the DrinkArt stemless glass was designed for drinking pleasure. The shape of this crisply modern vessel takes its cue from the "One for All" design of the StandArt and Gold Edition glasses, their intuitive architecture is an example of “form follows function.” Gabriel’s wine glasses, stemmed or stemless, debunk the  necessity for varietal specific wine glasses, and they simplify life.  According to Gabriel-Glas North America LLC, CEO Tempe Reichardt, "DrinkArt's broad base enables a wine to have more surface to air contact, allowing unique nuances to unfold.   Durable, dishwasher safe and sophisticated, these glasses were made for casual wine drinking – but they’re also great for cocktails.  Given that they’re stemless, they won’t blow away during those gusty patio parties we’re all starting to enjoy over the spring and summer months!"   In addition to the DrinkArt stemless glasses Gabriel-Glas has released a sleek companion carafe, The DrinkArt Bottle. The Bottle has a similar broad-based bowl and conical top designed for perfect wine aeration, but it also serves as a sleek serving pitcher for margaritas, Aperol spritzes or high ball cocktails.  The DrinkArt Bottle retails for $68, the stemless glasses are $68 for a set of six ($ 11.33 per glass). For product information, reviews and pricing, visit gabriel-glasinternational.com, contact info@gabriel-glasinternational.com. About Gabriel Glas Gabriel-Glas is the brainchild of the renowned Swiss/German wine critic René Gabriel.  While authoring The WEINBIBEL, a comprehensive overview of the wine world written in German, Gabriel sought a versatile glass with an ideal shape he could use to effectively taste every style of wine—as an equal measure for each wine he needed to taste for his research. Unable to find any such glass that performed to his satisfaction, he grew frustrated by what he viewed as a marketing ploy—one that unnecessarily convinced the world of a varietal specific concept of stemware. He thus created Gabriel-Glas, a universal, all-purpose lead-free crystal glass, elegantly shaped to fully express any wine it delivers. Gabriel was able to solicit the highest level of technical expertise to create the Austrian-designed glass. After two-years of painstaking research and development, the “One for All” Gabriel-Glas was first introduced in Europe in 2010 to near immediate acclaim. The “One for All” Gabriel-Glas is made in two different qualities, both look exactly alike to the naked eye, and both are used for any style of wine. Strong by design, the Gold Edition and the StandArt glass are both seamless, making them more durable than many other glasses on the market.  The StandArt glass is molded with a wider base at the bottom of the glass and a conical shape at the top, designed to drive the bouquet and flavors of wine. The glass is wonderfully balanced, durable yet elegant, and space saving.  An everyday go-to glass. The Gold Edition glass is an exquisite mouth-blown vessel, painstakingly crafted by master artisans. The three-ounce, “lighter than air” Gold Edition glass offers the most discerning wine lover a sensational wine drinking experience.  It is supremely elegant and delicate, yet surprisingly durable.  Seven years ago,  Gabriel-Glas North America LLC was launched, headed up by Reichardt, as the exclusive US importer of the brand. Within a few years, Gabriel-Glas became a standard-bearer for quality universal wine glasses—and a cult sommelier favorite from coast to coast. In additional to the stunning “One for All” wine vessel, Gabriel-Glas also offers a beautiful range of beverage glasses, carafes, and a signature “Alpha” decanter. All Gabriel-Glas products are dishwasher safe, lead-free crystal and skillfully created by European craftsmen.   # #  #
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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. 2021 VITICULTURAL PROTOCOL

28 April, 2021

Charles Communications Associates Kimberly Noellle Charles, DipWSET cell 415-730-0064 kcharles@charlescomm.com www.charlescomm.com Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG Giulia Pussini – cell. +39 348 6838284 Giulia.pussini@prosecco.it www.prosecco.it 2021 VITICULTURAL PROTOCOL Advances in best practices for vineyard management in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene zone 114 Companies with SQNPI certification The ITAca fixed plant and the "Vecchi Ceppi" Old Vines project The New Edition of the Viticultural Protocol is an opportunity to see progress and results in sustainable viticulture Solighetto, Italy April 27, 2021 – The eleventh edition of the Viticultural Protocol of the Producers’ Consortium for Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. was presented recently. This document was drawn up by a commission of experts presided over by the Producers’ Consortium. It is customarily distributed to the Consortium members in order to promote and protect the production zone and the beauty of its countryside. Ever since its first edition, the goal of the Viticultural Protocol has been to encourage more environmentally friendly vineyard management, which is largely due to a reduction in the use of plant health products and the corresponding integration of agronomic practices that are more respectful of the area and its landscape. This is a commitment that has evolved and become more refined over the years, making agriculture in the zone increasingly more sustainable. “The Viticultural Protocol is a set of guidelines for the vine-growers which, year after year, we fine-tune as a result of our knowledge and research into the best possible agricultural practices for our area,” declares Innocente Nardi, President of the Producers’ Consortium. “We want it to be more than just a simple list of recommended substances for managing their vineyards and give our members a real handbook that can offer them effective support and point them towards practices that have increasingly less environmental impact. The results of this awareness-raising project can also be seen in the increasing number of our members who have obtained S.Q.N.P.I. (National Quality System for Integrated Production) Certification. As of today, 114 of our associate companies have certification; in 2019 there were 35. By the end of 2029 all the companies in the Denomination should be certified." To make reading the Protocol easier, in each chapter the chemical substances that are particularly useful for resolving the most common problems faced by the vine-growers have been highlighted. These are followed by an easy-to-consult list of products currently available and, lastly, more detailed articles have been included which deal with the most urgent topics in the field of protection against the most aggressive diseases and insects that are to be found in the Denomination, such as grapevine leafroll virus, flavescence dorée, and mealybugs. In conclusion, the Protocol insists on the adoption of methods of cultivation that are more compatible with the health of the vineyard, such as sexual confusion (whereby small diffusers are hung, containing natural insect pheromones to confuse pests) and hand-mowing of grass between the vine-rows. The new Viticultural Protocol maintains one of its principal functions, in other words putting the grower in a position to choose which methods to use for managing their vineyard, whether chemical or organic, based on the real time needs of the vines and of the field itself in any given moment. For this purpose, technological data-collection instruments have been operating for some time now which constantly “photograph” the vineyard conditions (i.e.the use of mini weather stations, publication of agronomic bulletins for the members, etc.). The status in the vineyards is conveyed by the Consortium to the growers so that they can choose the most appropriate action to take on their land, as well as the one with the lowest environmental impact. Apart from the Viticultural Protocol, there are other projects targeted towards environmental sustainability The Viticultural Protocol was created as a body of guidelines, but also as a stimulus for a radical change in the growers’ environmental awareness. The sensibility that the dissemination of the Protocol has generated can be measured in the growth of agronomic projects that seek to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. S.Q.N.P.I. Certification The Certification project began in 2019 and has as its goal to make the Denomination increasingly sustainable by means of S.Q.N.P.I. (National Quality System for Integrated Production) Certification of the vineyard-owning companies in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. denomination. This is a certification system that takes into account all the means used for production and for protecting crops from adversities, so as to reduce the use of synthetic chemical substances in the vineyard and validate proposed fertilization practices through the science of soil analysis. For all intents and purposes, this certification signifies a change in environmental awareness. It guarantees integrated vine protection in the zone. In order to obtain and maintain certification, certain control activities are required, above all analysis – on a significant sample of grapes that one has grown – that seeks to monitor adherence in one’s use in the vineyards of permitted plant health products (i.e., those authorized by the Veneto Region.) All the companies that turn grapes into bottled wine are eligible for certification. As a result, they will have the possibility to use the S.Q.N.P.I. “bee” logo on their products. Viticulturalists, too, can participate in the project, and they will also be eligible to put up signs with the “bee” logo in their vineyards which have certification. All of the above will also be entitled to use the logo that identifies S.Q.N.P.I. certification on their websites, social media, and publicity material. Valoritalia s.r.l. works alongside the Consortium as the certifying body. “ITAca” and “Vecchi Ceppi”   ITAca (Innovazione Tecnologica e Ambientale per la gestione dei trattamenti nella viticoltura eroica- Technological and Environmental Innovation in the management of treatments in “heroic” vineyards), in collaboration with the University of Padua and the Veneto Region: a project whose objective is to increase the environmental sustainability of viticulture and support growers’ ability to operate in a profitable manner. A fixed system, active in the Scandolera vineyards at Vidor, allows for pest control on two of the most common training systems, pergola and sylvoz, facilitating the work of wine growers in vineyards located on steep hillsides, where machines cannot be used. It interfaces with the LA.VI.PE platform to improve phytoiatric forecasts and the volumes of treatments to be applied, based on leaf development. The ITAca project also includes a centralized data collection on treatments so that one can have a statistical basis, both for evaluating their correspondence with the protocols and so that the data can be used from an epidemiological point of view.   The “vecchi ceppi” or Old Vines project, began in 2014 and year after year, is gradually giving positive results, has as its objective to safeguard the biological diversity of the vines in the area by means of multiplication from twelve 100+ year old vines which have been identified and selected, and which will be tested with the aim of becoming actual clones in the near future. The objective on which the Consortium has set its sights, is to provide the members with the opportunity to plant clones derived from these 100+ year old vines and so maintain the uniqueness of the region's wines also in the years to come.   Also, in support of the vine-growers’ sustainable activities, a project has been initiated in the region to try out pelargonic acid, a naturally formed herbicide, creating a test zone to be placed under observation and from which to obtain field research, which will be certified by the Consortium. The development of the Viticultural Protocol, in brief The first edition of the Viticultural Protocol was published 11 years ago, and since then it has acquired ever greater importance for the members as well as for vine-growers in other parts of Italy. The exclusion of all those formulas that contain products based on Folpet, Mancozeb and Dithianon dates back to 2013, and the same was true in 2016 for various other substances that the current laws would have allowed to be used. In 2018 a decision was taken by the local administrations to forbid the use of glyphosate. In 2019 this ban came into force, again ahead of the regulatory framework for the rest of Italy or Europe, thus making Conegliano Valdobbiadene the largest zone in Europe to have banned the use of the most controversial chemical substance of recent years, which continues to be employed in a great many Italian and European agricultural areas. Today the Viticultural Protocol is a document that encourages the grape growers to evolve towards organic or at least more sustainable practices, and it is the cornerstone of the sustainability activities of the Consorzio Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G.   About Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is the private body, founded in 1962, that guarantees and controls adherence to the production regulations for D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. The sparkling wines produced on the hillsides between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the Province of Treviso, obtained Denominazione di Origine Controllata status in 1969 and the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita in 2009. The production zone includes 15 municipal areas: Conegliano, San Vendemiano, Colle Umberto, Vittorio Veneto, Tarzo, Cison di Valmarino, San Pietro di Feletto, Refrontolo, Susegana, Pieve di Soligo, Farra di Soligo, Follina, Miane, Vidor and Valdobbiadene. The Consortium, whose current President is Innocente Nardi, has its headquarters in the village of Solighetto in Pieve di Soligo. It groups together 192 sparkling wine producers, 442 vinifying companies and 3400 families of vine-growers who are involved in the production of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. It operates principally in three areas: protection of the product; its promotion, both in Italy and abroad, furthering knowledge of the product through educational activities, the organization of events and relations with the press; and, lastly, it offers technical assistance to its members, from the vineyard to the winery.   ###
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Domaine Carneros’ Celebrates Sustainability Highlights for Earth Day 2021

19 April, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                       Contact: Kimberly Noelle Charles                                                                                      Charles Communications Associates                                                                                     415.730.0064 | kcharles@charlescomm.com     Domaine Carneros’ Celebrates Sustainability Highlights for Earth Day 2021   Carneros, CA – April 19, 2021–. CEO of Domaine Carneros Remi Cohen is toasting the upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd with a glass of sparkling wine crafted from their Carneros AVA estate vineyards which have been cultivated sustainably for decades. Since its founding in 1987, the winery has put sustainable efforts at the forefront, ensuring their impact on the land is minimalistic. The best business practices instituted by long time former CEO Eileen Crane carry on today under Cohen's watchful eye.   Each year, the winery goes through an assessment and audit as part of its Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing certification.  With the matrix of benefiting the environment, employees, and the community, the winery implements the following measures towards continuous improvement: Re-use and recycling Through composting, recycling and re-use, over 90% of solid waste is diverted from landfills. Two thirds of the winery’s water is reclaimed and re-used.  A decade-long packaging reuse program, whereby cases and inserts are reused for in house purposes, has saved the winery on average $75,000 a year. Sustainability Practices 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. In 2003 the winery installed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world.  Today, a new microgrid system being installed this summer will provide the winery with 85% of its energy needs and will be self-sustaining in the event of a power outage. Commitment to Employees The winery has strong principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and its staff is a reflection of diverse ages, ethnicities, orientations. The winery practices open book management, inspiring all employees to be a part of a collective success.                                                  The winery has been awarded several prestigious honors from the state of California and other well respected organizations. In 2020 the winery and Crane received the Napa Climate NOW! award in 2020 as a Climate Champion in the Business Category with Dave Kearney-Brown, chairperson of county-wide climate non-profit, stating “Its deep commitment to sustainability, and a broad range of initiatives— all of which help lower its carbon footprint — make Domaine Carneros an exemplary business and a climate champion in the region.” The winery received the California Green Medal Business Award in 2019 for "demonstrating smart business through efficiencies, cost savings, and innovation from implementing sustainable practices." Only four wineries are awarded the medal each year so the honor is quite significant given the number of wineries in the state. Domaine Carneros has been a Bay Area Green Business since 2014, Fish Friendly Farming certified since 2015, Napa Green Land & Winery since 2014 and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing since 2015.   Looking towards the future, CEO Remi Cohen reiterated the foundations of the winery's philosophy which she is carrying forward, "Domaine Carneros has always been a leader in thoughtful winemaking and vineyard management, looking towards regenerative practices.  As we meet new climate challenges, the winery will always look to be a leader with a light footprint." ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS   Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  For information, images and interviews please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles of Charles Communications Associates at kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415-730-0064.   ###
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ANNUAL AUCTION WINEAPAWLOOZA 2021

15 April, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jameson Humane 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road Napa, CA 94559 414.708.3935 | www.jamesonhumane.org Media Queries: Kimberly Noelle Charles Charles Communications Associates 415.730.0064 | kcharles@charlescomm.com  JAMESON HUMANE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AUCTION WINEAPAWLOOZA 2021: WHERE ANIMAL ADVOCATES AND WINE LOVERS MEET JUNE 19, 2021 – VIRTUAL Once Again Virtual Live Auction to be Produced by Jason and Christina Wise of SOMM Films and SOMM TV; Tickets on Sale Today (Napa, Calif.) — April 15, 2021 — Jameson Humane (Jameson), an impact-driven nonprofit that educates to inspire change on behalf of companion and farmed animals in need, announces that it will hold its signature fundraising event, WineaPAWlooza 2021, VIRTUALLY on Saturday, June 19 at 5pm, PT, during the summer solstice. WineaPAWlooza has earned its place as one of the top 10 wine events in the country, cited by Wine Spectator magazine, with 2020’s WineaPAWlooza having been viewed by over 500 people from across the United States and around the world, including Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia, and even Norway. This year’s fast-paced, virtual event features rare, handcrafted wines from more than 50 famed vintners and winemakers; a special video message from Jameson Humane volunteers and staff; and a live, interactive auction of 12 incredible lots led by auctioneer Fritz Hatton, all of which have been developed by the event's powerhouse auction committee (listed below). A prominent early lot from the owners of Scarecrow (who are very generous animal lovers) and a large format of Screaming Eagle, from its  Founder, Jean Phillips, another big-hearted animal advocate, have been secured as of this writing. Produced by Jason and Christina Wise (SOMM Documentary Films and SOMM TV), the 75-minute live event and auction will be hosted by Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin, Head of Wine at Wine Access, world-renowned auctioneer Fritz Hatton, and Jameson Humane and 750 Wines Founders Monica and David Stevens; and will be broadcast on SOMM TV, merging the excitement of a live auction with pre-recorded auction lot content. Preceding the event, Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant, will be interviewing a collection of prestigious vintners to vividly illuminate where wine and animal welfare intersect by way of thought-provoking Q&A sessions. Tickets go on sale today at https://jamesonhumane.ejoinme.org/wineapawlooza2021   Ticket pricing and levels span a range of packages, which include rare wines, broader access to the event, and special offers. To inquire about ticketing, please contact: Arwen Gallenkamp, Development Manager at arwen@jamesonhumane.org or 707.337.9409. WineaPawlooza 2021 Steering Committee HONORARY CHAIRS Betty & Andy Beckstoffer CHAIRS Vanessa Conlin MW, Head of Wine, Wine Access Monica Stevens, CoFounder  Jameson Humane & 750 Wines COMMITTEE Jaime Araujo, Trois Noix and Stella & Graham Victoria DeCrescenzo, Bevan Cellars Matt Duncan, Silver Oak Ian Fenwick, Hourglass Wines Greg Gregory, Silicon Valley Bank Dr Amy Herold, CMO, Queen of the Valley Lawrence Fairchild, Fairchild Estate Jordan Felling, One Hope Winery Scott Gould, Opus One Scott Lewis, V Wine Cellars Amanda McCrossin, Somm Vivant Juan Mercado, Founder, Realm Cellars Christophe Smith, Global Wine Consultant David Stevens, CoFounder Jameson Humane & 750 Wines Brooke Winther, Relic Wines Jason and Christina Wise, SOMM-TV “In the hopes that this will be the last time we host WineaPAWlooza virtually, we’re going to make history under the summer solstice, the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and we raise our paddles just as high for the betterment of animals. The event is a symbol that marks the generosity and collaboration of our vintners and community, coupled with the spectacular support of our donors from around the country, auction committee, and the entire team at SOMM TV, reaffirming our belief that everyone understands how important our mission is. We bring awareness, educate, and respond to needs when a disaster strikes; the community supports us—together we save animals lives and make world a better place.” – Jameson Humane and WineaPAWlooza Cofounder Monica Stevens ABOUT JAMESON HUMANE In 2014, Monica and David Stevens founded Jameson Humane in Napa Valley to improve animal well-being through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. Guided by instincts, Jameson has not followed the traditional path of “animal rescue” but instead listened to the community and responded holistically to the needs of animals and human guardians. As an impact-driven nonprofit organization that collaborates and educates to inspire change in animal welfare, not only in local communities, but around the world, Jameson’s program model includes a variety of novel solutions and approaches driven by education. Every day, Jameson’s work is guided by how animals, the environment, and the community are all inextricably connected. ABOUT WINEAPAWLOOZA WineaPAWlooza is Jameson’s annual fundraiser, an event that has earned its place as one of the top ten wine events in the country according to Wine Spectator magazine. The money raised from this spirited and anticipated event supply the critical funds necessary for Jameson programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save animal lives. Because of WineaPAWlooza, Jameson has been able to help thousands of animals and their humans in our community and beyond through vital programs that work across the inextricable web between animal welfare, our community, and the environment. This year’s event will help ensure these programs thrive as we continue to affect real change. # # #
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Domaine Carneros to Debut New On-Site Winery Offerings April 1, 2021

30 March, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                 Contact:   Charles Communications Associates                                                                                                                                                                              415.730.0064 | press@charlescomm.com Domaine Carneros to Debut New On-Site Winery Offerings April 1, 2021 Celebrated Napa Winery Introduces New “Bubbles & Bites” Menu, and an Exclusive Outdoor Sabrage Experience Carneros, CA – March 30, 2021 – As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted, Domaine Carneros, the highly lauded sparkling wine house in the Carneros AVA of California, is excited to introduce two new offerings, both available to visiting guests as of April 1st. The second iteration of their “Bubbles & Bites” food & wine pairing, specially curated to highlight the flavors of cuisines around the globe, now transports guests to Mexico. This new menu, beginning April 1, 2021, highlights the depth and vibrancy of fine Mexican cuisine, finding inspiration in history, family, and the freshest local ingredients. The experience is led by one of their most seasoned wine educators, and includes a seasonal menu of four savory bites and one sweet bite, each of which has been specially designed to pair with four Domaine Carneros sparkling wines – the Ultra Brut, Estate Brut Cuvee, Brut Rosé and Vermeil Demi-Sec. To book this experience ($90 per person excluding gratuity and tax), guests may call 707-257-0101 x 150, email reservations@domainecarneros.com or reserve online.     Additionally, beginning April 1st, Domaine Carneros will be offering a new unforgettable and elevated tasting experience: The Art of Sabrage. This experience, offered Monday through Thursday for parties of two to six people, shares the history, legend and technique of this dramatic ritual which dates back to the age of Napoleon. This experience includes four tastes of Domaine Carneros sparkling wines paired with a selection of local artisanal delights from Journeyman Meats, Cowgirl Creamery, and Tsar Nicoulai caviar and includes the sabering demonstration. To book this experience ($150 per person excluding gratuity and tax), guests may call 707-257-0101 x 150, email reservations@domainecarneros.com or reserve online.    ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS  Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production.  Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines largely estate grown and limited production Pinot Noirs.  Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region.  In March of this year, the San Francisco Chronicle named Domaine Carneros one of the top 25 Best Bay Area Wineries to Visit.  The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has been a leader with respect to a vast array of environmental undertakings. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and this year, a state of the art microgrid system will be installed which will help the winery with 85% of its energy needs.  Two of the most recent awards, were the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros’ demonstration of “Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices," and in 2020, the Napa Climate Now Climate Champion in the Business category. For information, images and interviews please contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com or 415-701-9463.   ###
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