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<h3>Mike Benziger</h3> Co-founder and winemaker &amp;nbsp; Benziger Family Winery &amp;nbsp; 1883

London Ranch Rd. &amp;nbsp; Glen Ellen 95442 &amp;nbsp; 888-490-2739 &amp;nbsp; www.benziger.com

&amp;nbsp; Sales and marketing: Chris Benziger

Mike Benziger is co-founder of Benziger Family Winery and serves as winemaker.

He purchased the family ranch on the eastern side of Sonoma Mountain in

1980. He?s at the forefront of biodynamic farming and environmentally responsible

winegrowing for the winery?s 240,000 cases made annually.

<h3>Bruce Cakebread</h3> President and chief operating officer &amp;nbsp; Cakebread Cellars &amp;nbsp;

8300 St. Helena Hwy. &amp;nbsp; Rutherford 94573 &amp;nbsp; 707-963-5222 &amp;nbsp; www.cakebread.com &amp;nbsp; Finance: Josef Wally &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Dennis Cakebread &amp;nbsp; Winemaking: Julianne Laks

Bruce Cakebread is president and chief operating officer of Cakebread Cellars,

which produces 95,000 cases a year. He rose to the position in 2002 after

serving as winemaker since 1979. His father, Jack, started the winery in

1973.

<h3>Don and Rhonda Carano</h3>Proprietors &amp;nbsp; Ferrari-Carano Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery &amp;nbsp; P.O. Box 1549 &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp; www.ferrari-carano.com &amp;nbsp; Winemaking: Aaron Piotter and Sarah Quider &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Stephen Meisner

Nevada transplants Don and Rhonda Carano purchased 90 acres of vines in

Dry Creek Valley in the 1970s and built a winery that produces an estimated

200,000 cases a year.

<h3>Dennis Carroll</h3>President &amp;nbsp; Purple Wine Co. &amp;nbsp; P.O. Box 390 &amp;nbsp;

Graton 95444 &amp;nbsp; 707-938-9229 &amp;nbsp; www.purplewine.com &amp;nbsp; Proprietor and CEO: Derek Benham &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Robin Nehasil &amp;nbsp; Marketing: Susan Durbrow &amp;nbsp; Sales: Ron Janowczyk &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Alex Close

Dennis Carroll runs day-to-day operations for the 220,000-case-per-year

company started in 2002 by Blackstone creator Derek Benham. Purple Wine?s

brands are Avalon, Mark West Winery, Rock Rabbit and Blue Jean.

<h3> Tony Cartlidge</h3> President &amp;nbsp; Cartlidge &amp;amp; Browne Winery &amp;nbsp;

205 Jim Oswald Way, Suite B &amp;nbsp;

American Canyon 94503 &amp;nbsp;

707-552-5199 &amp;nbsp;

www.cartlidgebrowne.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Steve McKeon &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Robert Babbe &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Paul Moser

Tony Cartlidge and former securities trading firm managing partner Glenn

Browne started the wine company in 1980. It expanded to a 100,000-square-foot

facility in American Canyon and opened a tasting room there in 2004. It

produces more than 210,000 cases a year of the namesake brand plus Rabid

Red, Manzanita Canyon and Stratford.

<h3> Roy Cecchetti</h3> President &amp;nbsp; Langtry Estate &amp;amp; Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 1146 &amp;nbsp;

Middletown 95461 &amp;nbsp;

707-987-2385 &amp;nbsp;

www.guenoc.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Gary Hawke &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Robert Broman

A Hawaii-based real estate investment trust has owned Guenoc Winery in

Lake County since 1963 but decided last year to expand the brand by hiring

Roy Cecchetti as president. The county?s oldest and largest winery, capable

of bottling a half-million cases a year, peaked at 120,000 cases annually

several years ago. Mr. Cecchetti has launched a five-year plan to reach

higher production goals and brought in winemaker Bob Broman to make California,

Lake County and reserve tiers of wine.

<h3> Ray Chadwick</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Diageo Chateau &amp;amp; Estate Wines Co. &amp;nbsp;

240 W. Gateway Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94558 &amp;nbsp;

707-299-2600 &amp;nbsp;

www.aboutwines.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Shawn Blom &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Robert Hunter, Joel Aiken &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Neil Tallantire

Ray Chadwick, president of the premium wine division of U.K.-based drinks

giant Diageo, has been at the lead of winery consolidation for the past

three decades, first in the 2001 Seagram-Diageo merger, then in the 2004

acquisition of Napa-based Chalone Wine Group. Local brands include Sterling,

Beaulieu Vineyard and Glen Ellen.

<h3> Don Chase</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Kunde Estate Winery &amp;amp; Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 639 &amp;nbsp;

Kenwood 95452 &amp;nbsp;

707-833-5501 &amp;nbsp;

www.kunde.com &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Marcia Kunde Mickelson &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Tim Bell

Don Chase is president of 100,000-case-per-year Kunde, which the Kunde

family started in 1904. The winery owns 800 acres of vines. Mr. Chase also

is 2005-07 president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners &amp;amp; Growers Alliance.

<h3> Tom Christensen</h3> Chief operating officer &amp;nbsp;

Hambrecht Wine Group &amp;nbsp;

4035 Westside Road &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-433-8236 &amp;nbsp;

www.belvederewinery.com &amp;nbsp;

Owner and chairman: William Hambrecht &amp;nbsp;

Marketing and P.R.: Robin Oden &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Melissa Bates, Troy McEnery

William Hambrecht started Belvedere Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery in Russian River

Valley in 1982. Today, the company makes 50,000 cases a year from nearly

200 acres of vines the Hambrecht family owns in Russian River, Alexander

and Dry Creek valleys. Brands include Belvedere Winery, Bradford Mountain

Winery, Floodgate Vineyard, Carneros Creek Winery and Jest Red Cellars.

<h3> Fred Cline</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Cline Cellars Inc. &amp;nbsp;

24737 Arnold Drive &amp;nbsp;

Sonoma 95476 &amp;nbsp;

707-940-4030 &amp;nbsp;

www.clinecellars.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Doc Adams &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Larry Holman &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Charles Tsegeletos

With an inheritance from maternal grandfather and spa pioneer Valeriano

Jacuzzi plus a degree in agriculture science and management from University

of California Davis, Mr. Cline founded the winery in Oakley in 1982. Mr. Cline

and his wife, Nancy, moved it to the Sonoma County side of Los Carneros appellation in 1991. From 800 acres in Contra Costa County, Petaluma and Carneros, Cline makes more than 100,000 cases a year. Cline sold its Red Truck and White

Truck brands to Axiom Wine Co. in December 2005, retaining the Cline Cellars,

Jacuzzi Family Wines and Oakley Vineyard brands.

<h3> Hugh Davies</h3> President and CEO &amp;nbsp;

Schramsberg Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

1400 Schramsberg Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Calistoga 94515 &amp;nbsp;

707-942-6668 &amp;nbsp;

www.schramsberg.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Fred Zammataro &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Laurent Sarazin &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Craig Roemer

Last year, Hugh Davies was promoted to president and CEO of the 41-year-old

sparkling wine house where he was general manager and winemaker. He?s also

current president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association. With a master?s

degree in enology from the University of California at Davis, Mr. Davies

worked at Moet et Chandon, Petaluma Winery in Australia and Mumm Napa. Schramsberg makes 55,000 cases per year.

<h3> Bryan Davison</h3> General manager and winemaker &amp;nbsp;

Martin Ray Winery &amp;nbsp;

412 Aviation Blvd., Suite A &amp;nbsp;

Santa Rosa 95403 &amp;nbsp;

707-543-7199 &amp;nbsp;

www.martinraywinery.com &amp;nbsp;

Owner and president: Courtney Benham &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Tiffany Garcia

Bryan Davison runs the former Martini &amp;amp; Pratti winery for founder Courtney

Benham, who acquired it in 2003. The winery has more than 1 million gallons

of storage and has more than 20 winemaking clients beyond the 200,000-case-per-year

Martin Ray brand. Mr. Davison worked in Chateau St. Jean?s sparkling wine

division for 13 years then spent the past decade specializing in custom

winemaking.

<h3> Bryan Del Bondio</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Markham Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 636 &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-5292 &amp;nbsp;

www.markhamvineyards.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: David Flanary &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Jennifer Scott &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Kimberlee Nicholls

Bryan Del Bondio joined the winery as general manager in 1978, when Bruce

Markham from Inglenook bought the 127-year-old Laurent Winery north of St.

Helena and 225 acres of vines. Mr. Markham sold the winery to Japan-based

Mercian in 1988, and Mr. Del Bondio was named president that year. Markham

owns 350 acres of Up Valley vines and produces 300,000 cases a year, 160,000

cases of Markham, 135,000 cases of premium-tier Glass Mountain Quarry and

4,500 cases of high-end La Jota Vineyard Co.

<h3> David Duncan</h3> General manager &amp;nbsp;

Silver Oak Cellars &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 414 &amp;nbsp;

Oakville 94562 &amp;nbsp;

707-944-8808 &amp;nbsp;

www.silveroak.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Rickie Pina &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Tim Duncan &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Daniel Baron

David Duncan is general manager of Silver Oak Cellars, which, according

to estimates, produces 70,000 cases of cabernet sauvignon wines annually.

The winery owns 100 acres of vines in Napa Valley, 200 acres in Alexander

Valley and wineries in both places. Mr. Duncan?s father, Duncan, and Justin

Meyer started Silver Oak in 1972, and Ray Duncan acquired it in the late 1990s.

In 1999, the family bought 158 acres of vines at Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern

Napa Valley and launched Twomey Cellars in Calistoga.

<h3> Chris Ferhnstrom</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Icon Estates &amp;nbsp;

801 Main St. &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-7111 &amp;nbsp;

www.iconestateswine.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: John Whitson &amp;nbsp;

Sales: Jim Russell &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Leslie Litwak &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Greg Fowler

Senior vice president of marketing from 2002 to January 2006, Chris Ferhnstrom

is president of Icon Estates, the fine wine subsidiary of Constellation

Brands that produces American, Australian, Italian, New Zealander and Chilean

brands, including Robert Mondavi, Franciscan Oakville Estate, Ravenswood,

Mount Veeder and Simi. Previously, he was in senior management at Domaine

Chandon and Wine.com. Total annual case production for Icon brands is 2.7

million.

<h3>Tom Selfridge</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Hess Collection Winery &amp;nbsp;

4411 Redwood Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94558 &amp;nbsp;

707-255-1144 &amp;nbsp;

www.hesscollection.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Stuart Bockman &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Dave Guffy &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Mary Lawler

Tom Selfridge started as president of Hess Collection

Winery in 2005. Part of the Switzerland-based Hess Group, the winery?s holdings include

more than 1,000 acres of vines in California, with about 700 in Napa Valley

and 300 in the Soledad area of Monterey County. The winery operates out of

the historic former Christian Brothers Mont La Salle winery and a new winery

and barrel-aging facility in American Canyon.

<h3> Katrina Frey</h3> Director of sales &amp;nbsp;

Frey Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

14000 Tomki Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Redwood Valley 95470 &amp;nbsp;

707.485.5177 &amp;nbsp;

www.freywine.com &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Jonathan Frey

Katrina Frey manages the daily operations of Frey Vineyards, which at 62,000

cases a year is the said to be the largest and oldest organic winery. Jonathan,

Matthew and Paul Frey, the eldest of 12 children, opened the winery in 1980

in Mendocino County?s Redwood Valley winegrowing region.

<h3> Matt Gallo</h3> Vice president, coastal operations &amp;nbsp;

Gallo of Sonoma &amp;nbsp;

3387 Dry Creek Road &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-431-5500 &amp;nbsp;

www.gallosonoma.com

Matt Gallo is vice president of coastal operations for E&amp;amp;J Gallo, overseeing

the Gallo of Sonoma winery and 5,000 acres of vineyards along the California

coast. In January 2005, Gallo bought million-case Barefoot Cellars and still

produces Barefoot Reserve from Sonoma County grapes.

<h3> John Grant</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates &amp;nbsp;

425 Aviation Blvd. &amp;nbsp;

Santa Rosa 95403 &amp;nbsp;

707-544-4000 &amp;nbsp;

www.kj.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: John Bridendall &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Randy Ullom &amp;nbsp;

Sales: Rick Tigner &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Ruth Souroujon

Since June 2001, John Grant has been president of Kendall-Jackson Wine

Estates, which produces 5 million cases year, not counting about 1 million

cases made by wineries in the Jackson family's Artisans &amp;amp; Estates group.

He led brand extensions in the Kendall-Jackson Great Estates and Stature

tiers as well as launches of the La Crema, Pepi and Camelot brands. He directed

the launch of the Collage brand in the United Kingdom, Villa Arceno in Italy,

Vina Calina in Chile, Tapiz in Argentina, Yangarra in Australia, charity

brand Dog House and 1.5-liter boxed wine Wine Block.

<h3>Mike Grgich</h3> Co-owner and winemaker &amp;nbsp;

Grgich Hills Cellar &amp;nbsp;

1829 St. Helena Hwy. &amp;nbsp;

Rutherford 94573 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-2784 &amp;nbsp;

www.grgich.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Marlene Lampert &amp;nbsp;

Co-owner and operations: Violet Grgich &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Michael Updegraff

Thirty-one years ago, Miljenko ?Mike? Grgich put Napa Valley on the world wine map when his 1973 Chardonnay for Chateau Montelena bested French wines in a blind tasting in Paris. He and Hills Brothers Coffee co-owner Austin Hills formed Grgich in 1977. The winery makes 75,000 cases a year from 365 acres of organically and biodynamically raised estate vines, making Grgich arguably the largest such winery in the U.S.

<h3> Dennis Groth</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Groth Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery &amp;nbsp;

750 Oakville Cross Road &amp;nbsp;

Oakville 94562 &amp;nbsp;

707-944-0290 &amp;nbsp;

www.grothwines.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Carl Ebbeson &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Ken Uhl &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Michael Weis

Dennis Groth is president of Groth Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery, a 62,000-case-per-year

operation he and his wife Judy started in 1982, while a top executive at

software maker Atari. After the sale of Atari in 1984, he focused on wine.

Mr. Groth has been a leader in the sustainable agriculture and was chairman

of the public policy committee of the San Francisco-based Wine Institute

that helped craft a code of sustainable best practices.

<h3> Gary Heck</h3> Owner, president and chairman &amp;nbsp;

Korbel &amp;nbsp;

13250 River Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Guerneville 95446 &amp;nbsp;

707-824-7000 &amp;nbsp;

www.korbel.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Matt Healy &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Paul Ahvenainen

Gary Heck?s Korbel is composed of 124-year-old Korbel Champagne Cellars

in the Russian River Valley, brandy house Heck Cellars, still-wine maker Lake

Sonoma Winery in Dry Creek Valley, Kenwood Vineyards in Glen Ellen, 143-year-old

Valley of the Moon Winery in Sonoma Valley and 2,000 acres of vines. Korbel

shipped 1.21 million cases last year; Lake Sonoma, 22,400 cases; Kenwood,

552,000 cases; and Valley of the Moon, 43,550 cases. Mr. Heck put Lake Sonoma

on the market for sale late in 2005, citing the winery?s remote location.

<h3> Rodolfo Hrosz</h3> CEO &amp;nbsp;

Domaine Chandon &amp;nbsp;

1 California Dr. &amp;nbsp;

Yountville 94599 &amp;nbsp;

707-204-7622 &amp;nbsp;

www.chandon.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Matthieu Gomart &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Tom Tibiurzi &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Ryan Harris

Rodolfo Hrosz was promoted to CEO of Domaine Chandon in June 2004. Before

that, he held senior management positions there, playing a vital role in

the company?s strategic plans leading to double-digit growth in 2003 and

2004. The winery produced 400,000 cases last year.

<h3> Peter Huwiler</h3> President and CEO &amp;nbsp;

Merryvale Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

1000 Main St. &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-2225 &amp;nbsp;

www.merryvale.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Glenn Ochsner &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Sean Foster &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Remy Cointreau USA

The Schlatter family appointed Peter Huwiler to run Merryvale Vineyards

in 1996. In the past 10 years, Mr. Huwiler directed a large production expansion

and the Starmont Winery set to open on the 708-acre Stanly Ranch in the

Los Carneros appellation by harvest this year.

<h3> Judy Jordan</h3> Owner and CEO&amp;nbsp;

J Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery&amp;nbsp;

11447 Old Redwood Hwy.&amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448&amp;nbsp;

707-431-5400&amp;nbsp;

www.jwine.com&amp;nbsp;

Finance: Bruce Lundquist&amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Oded Shakked

A Stanford University varsity tennis champion, Judy Jordan graduated f

in 1984 with a BS in applied earth science. In 1987, she and her father,

oilman and vintner Thomas Jordan Jr., launched J as a sparkling wine house.

She rose to managing partner in 1991 and then purchased her father?s share

in 1998. Today, J has 250 acres of estate vineyards.

<h3> John Jordan</h3> CEO&amp;nbsp;

Jordan Vineyard &amp;amp; Winery &amp;nbsp;

1474 Alexander Valley Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-431-5250 &amp;nbsp;

www.jordanwinery.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Ron Kampel &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Rob Davis &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Gordon Palmateer

John Jordan replaced retiring CEO Harley Conner this year. Mr. Jordan?s

father, Jordan Oil &amp;amp; Gas Co. owner Thomas Jordan Jr., acquired several

hundred acres in Sonoma County?s Alexander Valley in 1972 and opened the landmark

chateau-like winery in 1976. Case production is roughly 100,000 a year.

<h3> David Kent</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

The Wine Group &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 90 &amp;nbsp;

Tracy 95378 &amp;nbsp;

415-986-8700 &amp;nbsp;

Operations: Brian Vos &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Richard Mahoney &amp;nbsp;

Sales: Ken Lizar &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Laurie Jones

David Kent is president of San Francisco-based The Wine Group, a 40-million-case-per-year

company that purchased publicly traded Napa-based Golden State Vintners

in 2004 for $111 million. Other brands the company produces are Franzia,

Corbett Canyon, Foxhorn, Tribuno, Mogen David, Glen Ellen, Concannon, Casarsa

and Fish Eye.

<h3> Tom Klein</h3> Proprietor &amp;nbsp;

Rodney Strong Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 6010 &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-433-6511 &amp;nbsp;

www.rodneystrong.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Tobin Ginter &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Rick Sayre &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Dan Wildermuth

Tom Klein has led Rodney Strong Vineyards from $3 million in annual sales

when his family bought the business in 1989 to about $60 million and 600,000

cases a year today. During that time, he has guided about $60 million in

investments in vineyards and facilities upgrades.

<h3> Somchai Likitprakong</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Domaine St. George Winery &amp;amp; Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

1141 Grant Ave. &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-433-5508 &amp;nbsp;

www.domainesaintgeorge.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Leo Hu &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Bob Fredson &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Yu Yee

Somchai Likitprakong has been in top leadership at the winery since 1973,

when the Mahaguna family acquired Cambiaso Winery. In 1985, he oversaw the

name change to Domaine St. George and a multimillion-dollar investment in

the winery and vineyards. In 1996, the family appointed Mr. Likitprakong

president. He also directs San Francisco-based wine marketing company Cannon

Wines. The winery produces 200,000 cases a year.

<h3> Larry Maguire</h3> Partner, president and CEO &amp;nbsp; Far Niente Winery &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 327 &amp;nbsp;

Oakville 94562 &amp;nbsp;

707-944-2861 &amp;nbsp;

www.farniente.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Laura Harwood &amp;nbsp;

Sales: Bruce Mooers &amp;nbsp;

Communications: Mary Grace &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Stephanie Putnam

Larry Maguire is the managing partner with Winemaking Director Dirk Hampson

and other partners Beth Nickel, Erik Nickel and Jeremy Nickel. Mr. Maguire

started at the winery in sales and marketing in 1983, when the late Gil

Nickel acquired the historic Far Niente winery near Oakville. The partners

started the 20,000-case-per-year Nickel &amp;amp; Nickel in 1997 and also have

the late-harvest Dolce brand.

<h3> Erle Martin</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Rubicon Estate Winery &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 208 &amp;nbsp;

Rutherford 94573 &amp;nbsp;

707-968-1100 &amp;nbsp;

www.rubiconestate.com

Erle Martin is president of the winemaking ventures of movie director Francis

Ford Coppola and his wife, Eleanor. With the acquisition of the Chateau

Souverain winery facility near Geyserville in February 2006, Mr. Martin

renamed Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery as Rubicon Estate Winery for the Rubicon

and Edizione Pennino high-end labels.&amp;nbsp; Mass-market brands Diamond Series,

Rosso and Bianco, plus a new brand made from Sonoma County grapes, will

be produced at the Geyserville facility, which is set for a renovation as

a less-formal wine tourism destination. Case production is reportedly about

750,000 a year.

<h3> Rob McNeil</h3> Vice president of Napa Valley winemaking and operations &amp;nbsp;

Mumm Napa &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Drawer 500 &amp;nbsp;

Rutherford 94573 &amp;nbsp;

707-967-7770 &amp;nbsp;

www.mummnapa.com

Rob McNeil oversaw winemaking and operations at 200,000-case-per-year Mumm

Napa before Pernod Ricard Wines USA acquired the sparkling wine house along

with U.K.-based Allied Domecq in July 2005. Before Mumm, he was at sparkling

wine houses Scharffenberger Cellars in Mendocino County, Piper Sonoma in

Sonoma County and Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley. Mumm Napa started

in 1979 when French Champagne maker G.H. Mumm and Joseph E. Seagram &amp;amp;

Sons sent winemaker Guy Devaux to locate a site for a California winery.

<h3> Peter Mondavi Jr. and Marc Mondavi</h3> Co-proprietors &amp;nbsp;

C. Mondavi &amp;amp; Sons &amp;nbsp;

2800 Main St. &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-967-2200 &amp;nbsp;

www.charleskrug.com

The third generation of founders Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, Marc and Peter

Jr. run day-to-day operations for Napa Valley?s oldest winery, Charles Krug,

started in 1861. They are about half-way through a nine-year, $21.6 million

project to replant the company?s more than 800 acres of Napa Valley vines

and refit the winery to take the Charles Krug brand further upscale. The

winery?s other brand is the mass-market-oriented CK Mondavi.

<h3> Bill Newlands</h3> President and CEO &amp;nbsp;

Beam Wine Estates &amp;nbsp;

375 Healdsburg Ave., Second Fl. &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-433-8268 &amp;nbsp;

www.beamwineestates.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Chris Stenzel &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Nick Goldschmidt &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Stephen Brauer

Bill Newlands is president and CEO of Beam Wine Estates, the U.S. wine

subsidiary of Illinois-based Beam Global Spirits &amp;amp; Wine Inc. The July

2005 acquisition of most Allied Domecq domestic wine brands gave Beam parent

Fortune Brands the brands Buena Vista, Clos du Bois, Cockburn's Port, Gary

Farrell, Geyser Peak, Harveys Bristol Cream, Haywood, J. Garcia, Jake's

Fault, Wild Horse, William Hill, Canyon Road, Hoffman Grove and XYZin. With

3 million in annual case sales, Beam is now among the five largest wine

companies.

<h3> John Ott</h3> President and general manager &amp;nbsp;

Adler Fels Winery LLC &amp;nbsp;

980 Airway Court, Ste. B &amp;nbsp;

Santa Rosa 95403 &amp;nbsp;

707-539-3123 &amp;nbsp;

www.adlerfelswinery.com &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Eileen O'Looney &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Harry Parducci Jr.

John Ott is president and general manager of Adler Fels, started by David

and Ayn Coleman in the Mayacamas Mountains east of Santa Rosa in 1979. Larry

Dutra, whose Westlake Village-based Adams Wine Group owns American Wine

Club and Royal Oak Winery in Santa Barbara County, reportedly purchased

the winery for more than $10 million in February 2005. Adler Fels has 60

acres of vines and produces about 350,000 cases annually, mostly of private

labels.

<h3> Bill Pauli</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Redwood Valley Cellars &amp;nbsp;

7051 North State St. &amp;nbsp;

Redwood Valley 95470 &amp;nbsp;

707-485-0322 &amp;nbsp;

www.redwoodvalleycellars.com &amp;nbsp;

Owner and P.R.: Martha Barra

Winemaker, general and tasting room manager: David Rosenthal

In 1995, Bill and Janet Pauli of Braren Pauli along with Charles and Martha

Barra of Barra of Mendocino started the custom-crush and tasting facility

Redwood Valley Cellars in Mendocino County. The facility has about 2.5 million

gallons of storage capacity and 9,000 tons crushing capacity. Tanks with

capacity of 2,500 to 60,000 gallons are available for various winemaking

needs.

<h3> Jim Pedroncelli</h3> Proprietor, director of sales and marketing &amp;nbsp;

J. Pedroncelli Winery &amp;nbsp;

1220 Canyon Road &amp;nbsp;

Geyserville 95441 &amp;nbsp;

707-857-3531 &amp;nbsp;

www.pedroncelli.com &amp;nbsp;

Sales: Richard Morehouse &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Julie Pedroncelli St. John &amp;nbsp;

Proprietor and winemaker: John Pedroncelli Jr.

Jim Pedroncelli has expanded sales to 70,000 cases a year at J. Pedroncelli,

the Dry Creek winery his father, John Pedroncelli Sr., started in 1927.

<h3> Michaela Rodeno</h3> CEO

St. Supery Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery &amp;nbsp;

8440 St. Helena Hwy. &amp;nbsp;

Rutherford 94573 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-4507 &amp;nbsp;

www.stsupery.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Jim Collins &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Michael Beaulac

Michaela Rodeno is CEO of St. Supery Vineyards &amp;amp; Winery. She began

her wine career at nascent Domaine Chandon in 1973, rising to vice president

of marketing. In 1988, owner Robert Skalli chose her to lead the newly formed

St. Supery. Since then, Ms. Rodeno has led the winery to be the 100,000-case-per-year

business it is today. She co-founded Women for WineSense and was a founding

director of Wine Market Council.

<h3> Alex Ryan</h3> General manager and chief operating officer &amp;nbsp;

Duckhorn Wine Co. &amp;nbsp;

1000 Lodi Lane &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-7595 &amp;nbsp;

www.duckhorn.com &amp;nbsp;

CEO: Daniel Duckhorn &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Margaret Duckhorn &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Zach Rasmusen and Mark Beringer

Alex Ryan has been general manager and chief operating officer since 2000.

He was made vice president of vineyard and winery operations in 1997. He

joined the winery in 1988. He helped founders Dan and Margaret Duckhorn decide

to create additional labels ? Decoy, Paraduxx, Goldeneye and Migration ?

for new varieties rather than add them to the existing Duckhorn brand. The

winery produces 75,000 cases of wine a year.

<h3> Jay Schuppert</h3> President, director of marketing and sales &amp;nbsp;

Cuvaison Estate Wines &amp;nbsp;

4550 Silverado Trail North &amp;nbsp;

Calistoga 94515 &amp;nbsp;

707-942-6266 &amp;nbsp;

www.cuvaison.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Tory Britton Sims &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Steven Rogstad

The Schmidheiny family in Switzerland brought Jay Schuppert to 36-year-old

Cuvaison in 1998 as director of marketing and sales. He is credited with

expanding the winery?s reach globally. For seven years before, he worked

in sales at Kendall-Jackson Wine Co. and launched its Regal Wine Co. distributorship.

Cuvaison produces 58,000 cases a year at 170-acre Brandlin Ranch on Mt.

Veeder in Napa Valley and a two-year-old winery among 400 acres of vines

in Los Carneros at the southern end of the valley.

<h3> Don Sebastiani</h3> CEO &amp;nbsp;

Don Sebastiani &amp;amp; Sons &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 1248 &amp;nbsp;

Sonoma 95476 &amp;nbsp;

707-933-1704 &amp;nbsp;

www.sebastianiandsons.com &amp;nbsp;

Chief operating officer: Richard Conley &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Marna Moretti &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Richard Bruno

Don Sebastiani is CEO of Don Sebastiani &amp;amp; Sons, a wine negotiant for

upscale brands. Launched three years ago, the company grew to more than

1.5 million cases sold last year, and 1.8 million cases are projected for

this year. Mr. Sebastiani has been garnering attention with a series of

whimsical wine brands, including Smoking Loon, Acquinas Napa Valley, and

twist-top enclosed Screw Kappa Napa.

<h3> E. Peter Seghesio Jr.</h3> CEO &amp;nbsp;

Seghesio Family Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

14730 Grove St. &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

707-433-3579 &amp;nbsp;

www.seghesio.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Barry Ackerman &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Ted Seghesio &amp;nbsp;

Sales and marketing: Cathy Seghesio

Peter Seghesio is CEO of Seghesio Family Vineyards, an 80,000-case-per-year

winery. The Seghesios have been farming a 400-acre ranch in Sonoma County?s

Alexander Valley since 1895 and making wine there since 1902.

<h3> Tom Shelton</h3> President and CEO &amp;nbsp;

Joseph Phelps Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

200 Taplin Rd. &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-2745 &amp;nbsp;

www.jpvwines.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: David Lockwood &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Craig Williams &amp;nbsp;

Communications: Kathie Fowler

Tom Shelton joined 80,000-case-per-year Joseph Phelps Vineyards as vice

president and national sales director in 1992 and has been president and CEO

since 1995. Since then, Mr. Shelton has been putting his bachelor's degree

in politics from Wake Forest University and graduate political science work

at the University of Maryland to work on various wine business issues such

as distribution bottlenecks, water and farm-worker housing. He was a founder

of Free the Grapes and a director for the Wine Institute and was active in

the Coalition for Free Trade. He also has been a member of Napa Valley watershed

protection groups.

<h3> Brent Shortridge</h3> Managing partner &amp;nbsp;

ZWineCo LLC &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 6979 &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94581 &amp;nbsp;

707-265-8523 &amp;nbsp;

www.waterstonewines.com &amp;nbsp;

Partner and winemaker: Philip Zorn

Chemist and importer/exporter Brent Shortridge teamed with winemaker Philip

Zorn to create ZWineCo virtual winery in 2000. The company produces about

60,000 cases a year for the Waterstone Winery, Mandolin and Z52 brands.

<h3> Christopher Silva</h3> President and CEO &amp;nbsp;

St. Francis Winery &amp;amp; Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

500 Pythian Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Santa Rosa 95409 &amp;nbsp;

800-543-7713 &amp;nbsp;

www.stfranciswine.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Bob Aldridge &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Nan Fontaine &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Tom Mackey

Roots reach deep into Sonoma County agriculture for former practicing attorney

Christopher Silva, who comes from the Zucchetti and Cassina dairy families

in Petaluma. Owners Joe Martin and Lloyd Canton gave him the helm of the

winery at the start of 2003 after he served as chief operating officer for

four years.

<h3> John Trefethen</h3> Proprietor &amp;nbsp;

Trefethen Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

1160 Oak Knoll Ave. &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94558 &amp;nbsp;

707-255-7700 &amp;nbsp;

www.trefethen.com &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: David Whitehouse Jr., Peter Luthi

John Trefethen acquired 850 acres around a historic Napa Valley winery

and started planting grapes with his father in the late 1960s. Trefethen

Vineyards? early production was limited, but its third vintage of chardonnay

was acclaimed ?Best Chardonnay in the World? at the World Wine Olympics

in Paris.

<h3> Roger Trinchero</h3> Vice chairman and CEO &amp;nbsp;

Trinchero Family Estates &amp;nbsp;

100 S. St. Helena Hwy. &amp;nbsp;

St. Helena 94574 &amp;nbsp;

707-963-3104 &amp;nbsp;

www.trincherofamilyestates.com

Roger Trinchero took on sales and marketing at Sutter Home Winery in 1972

as its white zin was rolled out. Trinchero has been at the forefront of

wine innovation for the past couple decades, from single-serving bottles

to de-alcoholized wine to alternative bottle closures. In the late 1990s,

he directed the launch of a namesake ultrapremium brand. In 2004, the family

business acquired Folie a Deux near St. Helena. Australian brands Reynolds

Vineyards and Little Boomey.

<h3> Pat Voss</h3> Managing director &amp;nbsp;

Fetzer Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

12625 Eastside Rd. &amp;nbsp;

Hopland 95449 &amp;nbsp;

707-744-7600 &amp;nbsp;

www.fetzer.com

In spring 2004, Pat Voss became managing director of Hopland-based Fetzer

Vineyards, owned by Brown-Forman Wines. She also is responsible for operations

at the Valley Oaks winery and the Five Rivers winery in Paso Robles. Sales

of Brown-Forman brands produced in the North Coast ? Fetzer, Sonoma-Cutrer,

Bonterra, Virgin Vines, Little Black Dress, Sundial, Jekel and Five Rivers

? reportedly is about 4 million cases a year.

<h3> Don Wallace</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Dry Creek Vineyard &amp;nbsp;

3770 Lambert Bridge Road &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg 95448 &amp;nbsp;

www.drycreekvineyard.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Dru Cochran &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Kim Stare Wallace &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: William Knuttel

Don Wallace started his career in construction but shifted to wine after

he met founder and Chairman David Stare?s daughter Kim. Mr. Wallace has

overseen vineyard and winery operations since joining the winery from Murphy-Goode

in the 1980s. From 200 acres of vines in Dry Creek Valley, the winery produces

100,000 cases a year.

<h3> Richard Ward and David Graves</h3> Managing partner and general partner &amp;nbsp;

Saintsbury &amp;nbsp;

1500 Los Carneros Ave. &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94559 &amp;nbsp;

707-252-0592 &amp;nbsp;

www.saintsbury.com &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Jonathan Nahrgang

Richard Ward and David Graves have grown the pinot-noir-focused Carneros

winery from 2,000 cases at its launch 1981 to 60,000 cases a year today.

<h3> Scott Weiss</h3> Managing director &amp;nbsp;

Foster?s Wine Estates Americas &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 4500 &amp;nbsp;

Napa 94558 &amp;nbsp;

707-259-4500 &amp;nbsp;

www.fosterswineestates.com

With the Foster?s Group acquisition of Southcorp in July 2005, Southcorp

Wine the Americas President Scott Weiss became managing director for the

North American operations of Foster?s Wine Estates. The division includes

Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Chateau Souverain, Stags? Leap Winery, Meridian,

St. Clement, Etude, Windsor Vineyards and other New World wineries. To control

costs, Foster?s sold the Souverain facility in Geyserville and has been creating

a central bottling North Coast bottling facility in south Napa.

<h3> Julie Weinstock</h3> President &amp;nbsp;

Cosentino Family Winery &amp;nbsp;

P.O. Box 2818 &amp;nbsp;

Yountville 94559 &amp;nbsp;

707-944-1220 &amp;nbsp;

www.cosentinowinery.com &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Mitch Cosentino

Julie Weinstock rose from founder Mitch Cosentino?s assistant in 1997 to

communications director then vice president of operations in 2000. In June

2005, she was appointed president, overseeing Cosentino and CE2V Estate

Winery in Napa Valley and Crystal Valley Cellars in Lodi. In December 2005,

the winery went public on London Stock Exchange?s AIM startup board. In mid-May

2006, Cosentino acquired Lorenza Lake Winery?s virtual brand Blockheadia

from chef Michael Ouellette for $98,000. Sales of all the wineries were 54,000

cases in 2005.

<h3> Hank Wetzel</h3> General manager &amp;nbsp;

Alexander Valley Vineyards &amp;nbsp;

8644 Highway 128 &amp;nbsp;

Healdsburg, CA &amp;nbsp;

707-433-7209 &amp;nbsp;

www.avvwine.com &amp;nbsp;

Finance: Linda Wetzel &amp;nbsp;

Marketing: Katie Wetzel Murphy &amp;nbsp;

Winemaking: Kevin Hall

Hank Wetzel earned a bachelor's degree in fermentation science from the

University of California at Davis in 1974. His senior project was a plan for

a small winery, and he used it to launch the winery the following year. The

winery, with 14,000 square feet of cave barrel storage, produces more than

100,000 cases a year.