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Pine Ridge Vineyards Appoints Michael Beaulac

30 April, 2009

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Pine Ridge Vineyards Appoints Michael Beaulac as Winemaker and General Manager

Stag's Leap District, Napa Valley, CA - Michael Beaulac has been appointed Winemaker and General Manager at Pine Ridge Vineyards after a long and thorough search to find the successor to a winemaking history dating back to 1978 when the winery was founded.   Inheriting the role shaped by Stacy Clark for over 25 years, Beaulac will bring his expertise in winemaking with an emphasis on Bordeaux varietals from his eight years as winemaker at St. Supery Vineyards and Markham Vineyards prior to that. "Pine Ridge has a tremendous portfolio of outstanding wines that capture the essence of our exceptional estate vineyards, thanks to Stacy and her dedication over the last few decades," says President and CEO of the Crimson Wine Group, Erle Martin. "Stacy was instrumental in bringing the winery to where it is today, and we are excited to now have Michael on board to build off of our legacy and usher Pine Ridge into a new and exciting era."

Since its founding, Pine Ridge Vineyards has been recognized and singled out for its excellent, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon from its 225 acres in five AVAs within the  Napa Valley As a complement to the Cabernet Sauvignon and a testimony to the strength of its vineyards, the winery has also excelled in Chardonnay and other red Bordeaux varietal offerings, as well as the charming Chenin Blanc/Viognier blend.

In his new role, Beaulac will be overseeing all grape growing and winemaking operations as well as facilities management at the winery, located on the famous Silverado Trail in the heart of the Stag's Leap district. "With the winery's exceptional reputation and collection of estate vineyards, this position is a winemaker's dream. I look forward to working with the seasoned team here to continue to produce classically proportioned wines that are the hallmark of Pine Ridge," says Beaulac.

Pine Ridge Vineyards is one of the gems in the collection of the Crimson Wine Group, a leading high end wine portfolio representing diverse varietals and AVAs in some of the most renowned winegrowing regions in California and Oregon. The portfolio also includes Archery Summit, a pioneer winery in the Dundee Hills appellation of Oregon, whose first vintage was 1993 and is known as a premier producer of Pinot Noir from its 120 acres of vineyards, along with Chamisal Vineyards, 80 acres that were the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973.

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