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Duckhorn Wine Co. buys Central Coast producer

Duckhorn Wine Co. in St. Helena purchased Calera Wine Co., a well-regarded Central Coast producer of premium pinot noir.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the sale included the Calera winery in Hollister and its tasting room, an 85-acre estate vineyard and all of its inventory and assets.

The label was founded in 1975 by Josh Jensen and helped establish the Central Coast as a premier wine region, especially for pinot noir. Its vineyards are at an elevation between 2,200 and 2,500 feet above sea level and have limestone-rich soils.

“Calera is my life’s work. In this era of industry consolidation, it was vital to me that I choose a partner that not only shares the values that have always defined Calera, but that also has the market presence to provide our wines a continued strong and secure route to market,” Jensen said in a statement. “Duckhorn is one of the most respected luxury wine companies in the world, and for good reason.”

Calera winemaker Mike Waller will remain at the winery. Jensen, 73, will join Duckhorn’s board of directors. TSG Consumer Partners, a San Francisco private equity firm, last year bought Duckhorn from GI Partners.

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Water Board issues draft rules for local wineries

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has released a draft rule to regulate general waste discharge from wineries into the San Francisco Bay region.

Most wineries in the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Livermore wine regions would be covered by the order, according to the Wine Institute, the trade group that represents California vintners. Those that discharge winery wastewater to land in these regions would be under such oversight.

The board intends to hold its first public hearing on the proposal on Dec. 13, though the meeting may be delayed if the agency receives substantial comments on the draft, the Wine Institute said in a statement.

The board recently issued final rules to wineries on their storm water runoff into San Pablo Bay.

For more information, visit the board’s website at http://bit.ly/2v5Y5gX.

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Three promoted at Hall and Walt wines

Three people have been promoted at the Hall Group, owner of Walt wines in Sonoma and Hall wines in Napa Valley.

Emily Harrison has been promoted to vice president of direct relationships, overseeing the membership, marketing, public relations, electronic commerce and shipping departments. Harrison joined the company in 2015 and previously worked for iCrossing, a digital marketing agency that represented such alcohol beverage clients as Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam.

Jamie Chandler has become director of marketing and messaging. He was previously creative manager for the company’s luxury cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir brands. Chandler also worked as studio manager at Giant Creative Strategy, a San Francisco-based creative agency.

Myriah Mutrux has been promoted to director of hospitality for its St. Helena tasting room. Mutrux previously oversaw the winery’s private experience department, including arranging private tours and tastings and hosting the 2015 Auction Napa Valley Barrel Auction.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to bill.swindell@pressdemocrat.com.

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