Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:09 p.m.
Crushpad buyers rename company The Wine Foundry
The embattled custom-crush facility formerly known as Crushpad has been renamed The Wine Foundry by its new owners.
The company, owned by Castlegate Capital Advisors, has relocated from an office at Sebastiani Winery to a wine production facility at 21660 8th St. East in Sonoma.
Castlegate acquired Crushpad’s assets earlier this year, avoiding a mass liquidation that could have occurred under a court trustee or assignee, the company said. Customers are incurring additional processing costs for their wines.
“The majority of private barrel clients are having us finish their orders, which gives us the opportunity to prove ourselves and regain their confidence,” Aaron Hayos, a director at Castlegate and a part owner of The Wine Foundry, said in a statement.
Partnership buys Christopher Creek winery
Christopher Creek, a small winery in Healdsburg, has been sold to Dominic Foppoli, Robert Dahl and Phil Lutgen.
The deal included the 4,000-case winery, brand, inventory and 10 acres of vineyards.
Foppoli declined to reveal the purchase price, but said it had been on the market for $3 million to $5 million. Funds for the purchase came from a wine export business Foppoli started during the recession, he said.
Michael Bruson, previously the winemaker at Michel-Schlumberger, will stay on as winemaker, Foppoli said. The new owners plan to add staff, upgrade facilities and host charitable events.
Foppoli also co-owns Foppoli Wines and Old Redwood Brewing Co. in Windsor, Dom Whitney Wines in Healdsburg and Benevolo Wines in Napa.
SSU hosts pair of viticulture seminars
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University will host two viticulture seminars next month.
“Practical Vineyard Management,” led by Aaron DeBeers, general manager at Teucer in Coombsville, will be held on Nov. 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. As owner and founder of Vinoptic Consulting, he has worked with Duckhorn Vineyards, Cakebread, Opus One and Paul Hobbs.
“The Experts’ Secrets to Selling Wine Grapes,” led by Nick Frey, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, will be held on Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. Frey will lead a panel discussion including Dave Magnasco, director of grower relations at Constellation and Randy Luginbill, vice president of winery relations at Silverado Premium Properties.
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