Lundquist to chair winemaker board

Bruce Lundquist, co-founder of Rack and Riddle Custom Wine Services in Healdsburg, has been named as board chairman of Family Winemakers of California.

From its headquarters in Sacramento, the nonprofit trade group represents small, family-owned wineries in political advocacy as well as trade and consumer marketing across the state.

Lundquist has been in the wine industry for almost 20 years. He was the general manager at J Vineyards and Winery, then a partner at Longboard Vineyards before founding Rack and Riddle with Rebecca Faust in 2007. He has been a board member of FWC since 2005.

“My energy and focus will be directed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the California wine industry. Whether those issues be regulatory, legislative, or market access — Family Winemakers will work to ensure a continued vitality and success for our entire membership,” Lundquist said in a statement.

Wallace joins SSU’s Wine Business Institute

Tim Wallace, former co-owner and president of Benziger Family Winery, has joined Sonoma State University as its wine business executive in residence. Wallace will work in the School of Business and Economics’ Wine Business Institute.

For 27 years, Wallace worked at Benziger in Glen Ellen, which was one of the wine industry’s leaders in sustainability as well as biodynamic farming. He left the company last year after it was sold to The Wine Group out of Livermore.

“The time has come for me to reorient my professional growth from one that has historically focused on success to one that now focuses more squarely on significance. Quite simply, the time has come for me to give back, and in doing so assist others on their journey to success,” Wallace said in a statement.

‘Judgment of Paris’ to be commemorated

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “Judgment of Paris” winetasting competition in 1976 with two events May 16 and 17. California wines garnered international prominence in the aftermath of the competition when they scored higher in blind tastings against French wines.

The museum will hold an event entitled “American History (After Hours): The Judgment of Paris & American Wine,” on May 16, and the “Judgment of Paris: Celebrating America’s Winning Wines,” on the following day.

Guests include Steven Spurrier, the organizer of the 1976 event, and Warren Winiarski, the winemaker of the winning 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon, among others.

On the 20th anniversary of the tasting in 1996, the museum collected bottles of the two winning vintages. They are now on display in the “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950–2000” exhibition.

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