Sonoma County Barrel Auction honors winemakers

The Sonoma County Vintners association will honor three winemaking veterans at the annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction Friday at the Vintners Inn.

“The Sonoma County wine landscape has been shaped by a long line of trailblazing visionaries and it is important that the region honor these three modern icons,” said Jean Arnold Sessions, the trade group’s executive director, in a statement.

The honorees are:

Jim Bundschu of Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. Bundschu in 1969 started replanting vineyards on his family’s lot, and a year later became president of the revived Gundlach Bundschu Winery. The winery has since created a name as one of the most well-known family wineries in the area, with a focus on sustainable winemaking.

Jim Pedroncelli of the Pedroncelli Winery in Geyserville. In 1963, Pedroncelli and his brother, John, bought the winery and he took over as head of its sales and marketing department. Pedroncelli was among the first to add “Sonoma” to its wine label. He has served on the board of the Wine Institute, the Sonoma County Vintners Co-Op and the Sonoma County Winery Association, the precursor to the vintners group.

Angelo Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards in Sonoma. Sangiacomo helped move his family’s business in the 1960s from growing pears to growing grapes. The company now has more than 1,600 acres of planted vineyards in Sonoma County, one of the largest in the area. He was also a pioneer in establishing vineyard designated and single vineyard wines.

Mendocino grape grower summit coming up in May

Mendocino Winegrowers will hold a grape growers summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

The event is entitled, “What you Need to Know to Drive Success in 2017 and Beyond.”

Topics that will be discussed include developments in mechanization that will help alleviate a tight labor market, new trends in labor regulations, and the state of the grape and bulk wine market in Mendocino County.

For more information, visit the trade group’s website at

Crimson Wine Group’s annual meeting, July 28

The Crimson Wine Group will hold its annual shareholder meeting on July 28 at the Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg.

Napa-based Crimson is one of the few wine companies that is traded publicly. It has 11 brands in its portfolio, including Seghesio and the Pine Ridge Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap area of Napa Valley.

The company’s stock price closed at $10.55 per share on April 13, which is at a five-year high.

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