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News Briefs for November 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

•Geyserville, California-based Marietta Cellars has appointed Brian Lynch as vice president, sales and marketing. Lynch joins from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, where he was director of national sales; prior to that he served as national sales manager for SakeOne and national sales manager, vice president business relations and education for Wilson Daniels. Marietta owns and farms 310 acres of vineyards and produces 50,000 cases annually, led by its Old Vine Red ($19). The company recently partnered with New York-based Vintus on a long-term distribution agreement.

•Winebow is donating $50,000 to support the wildfire relief efforts in Northern California. The donation will be divided between the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to help provide much needed aid to residents in the region. Winebow operates as a distributor in 19 markets across the U.S., and represents more than 100 estates from Europe and the Southern Hemisphere through its Winebow Imports unit.

•Napa Valley’s Groth Vineyards & Winery has announced the retirement of winemaker emeritus Michael Weis after a 26-year career with the company. Weis is succeeded by director of winegrowing Cameron Parry, whom he recruited to the winery in 2014. Among Weis’ contributions are the replanting of Groth’s Reserve Vineyard, overseeing the rebuilding of Groth’s winery, doubling barrel and fermentation capacity, and modernizing the facility to handle new blocks of grapes. Groth’s Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve 2016 ranked No.-4 among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2019.

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