<b>Rynders named consulting winemaker at Jackson Family Wines</b>

Jackson Family Wines announced that Tony Rynders will be consulting winemaker for its Zena Crown property in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Rynders will work closely with winemaker Shane Moore, who relocated to Oregon in early 2013. Both Rynders and Moore share expertise crafting Oregon pinot noir, the company said in a news release.

Rynders has more than 20 years of experience producing wines in the Willamette Valley and Moore had focused on pinot noir as associate winemaker at La Crema.

"Tony's concentration on the luxury wine category and his experience as one of the top winemakers in Oregon made him the perfect fit for us," said Barbara Banke, proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, in a statement.

The Zena Crown vineyard is planted with 80 acres of pinot noir.

<b>Malone joins wine M-A firm Maher Advisors</b>

Maher Advisors, a wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm based in St. Helena, announced the appointment of Ian Malone as senior vice president.

Malone is a 10-year wine industry veteran with more than a decade of finance, investment and M-A experience. He specializes in advising wineries, vineyard owners and craft beer companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other strategic matters.

"His strong background in wine, particularly in vineyards and vineyard economics, as well as his recent experience in the Craft Beer industry, will add depth to our practice and position us well for the future," said Sean Maher, principal at Maher Advisors, in a statement.

Previously, Malone was with Global Wine Partners, where he advised on a number of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Global Wine Partners, he was a managing director at Premier Pacific Vineyards

<b>Tickets on sale for VinOlivo Weekend</b>

Tickets are on sale for the 9th annual VinOlivo Weekend presented by Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance.

The event will be held over President's Day Weekend and showcases more than 60 wineries and 25 top restaurateurs in Sonoma Valley.

The Feb. 14 Grand Tasting marks the largest event of Sonoma Valley's three-month-long Olive Festival and celebrates the birthplace of California winemaking, the Alliance said in a news release. The Grand Tasting will take place from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Lodge at Sonoma.

For more information visit www.sonomavalleywine.com or call 707-935-0803.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.