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Rajat Parr, Charles Banks and Sashi Moorman Join Oregon’s Evening Land Winery

February 4, 2014

Three high-profile figures in California wine have joined Evening Land, which has produced some of Oregon’s highest-rated Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays and also makes wine in Sonoma County and Burgundy. The majority owners, a Texas partnership led by venture capitalist Steve Webster, will remain, but CEO Greg Ralston is leaving after two years in charge, Wine Spectator has learned. Coming in as minority partners and taking over operations are Rajat Parr, Charles Banks and Sashi Moorman.

“We’re investing capital and taking over running of the business,” said Banks, a former partner in Screaming Eagle in Napa Valley, whose Terroir Capital owns and manages wineries in California and South Africa. “We can manage the infrastructure and the sales and marketing, and let the talent do what they do.”

Isabelle Meunier remains as winemaker in Oregon, and Burgundian vigneron Dominique Lafon remains consulting winemaker. Parr, longtime wine director for chef Michael Mina’s restaurants and founder of Sandhi Wines in Santa Barbara, said the focus will remain on the Seven Springs Vineyard, a 70-acre vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

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