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Wine Spectator: Brewer-Clifton Founders Sell Majority Share In Santa Barbara Winery

February 9, 2015

Brewer-Clifton, one of Sta. Rita Hills’ top producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has a new majority owner. A group of investors led by Ken Fredrickson, a master sommelier and wholesaler, has purchased a 70% stake in the winery.

Founders Greg Brewer, 44, and Steve Clifton, 50, as well as Crystal Clifton, 36, now each own 10 percent of the Santa Barbara County-based company. Fredrickson previously worked as a sommelier for Charlie Trotter and Wolfgang Puck before serving as vice president of wine marketing and sales for Wirtz Beverage Group, a Chicago-based wholesaler. He is now a partner at wholesaler Tenzing Wine & Sprits. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.

The sale marked the second new owner for a major California Pinot Noir producer in a week. The owners of Siduri, in Sonoma, sold their winery to Jackson Family Wines on Jan. 30. Wine Spectator has the full story here.

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