Viticulture briefs: Inglenook to expand its wine caves in the Napa Valley

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Inglenook to expand its wine caves

Inglenook, the historic Rutherford winery owned by famed film director Francis Ford Coppola, will embark on a major expansion of its caves to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

The winery will add 122 stainless steel fermenting tanks, each of which will be dedicated to one of Inglenook’s 122 vineyard parcels. The project is slated to be completed in time for the 2020 harvest.

“Since it was founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook has been renowned for its creativity, quality, innovation and industry leadership,” Coppola said in a statement. “We continue that tradition and dedication with this significant cave expansion, led by our director of winemaking, Philippe Bascaules.”


Vintners group donates $1.1 million

Sonoma County Vintners Foundation has donated $1.1 million in grants to more than 60 local nonprofit organizations as a result of contributions from last year’s Sonoma County Wine Auction.

The grants target education, health and human services, environment, arts and culture, and fire relief. Nonprofits applied for grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for projects.

“We want to be able to continue supporting organizations like these not only now, but in the future as well, to ensure they continue to thrive for years to come,” Clay Mauritson, foundation board president, said in a statement.

The 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction will take place Sept. 21 at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard.


Constellation appoints wine, spirits head

Constellation Brands Inc. on Friday appointed Robert Hanson president to oversee its wine and spirits division.

Hanson had been a member of the Victor, New York company’s board of directors from 2013 until his new appointment. Constellation owns the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa and Simi Winery in Healdsburg. Earlier this month, it sold the Clos du Bois winery in Geyserville, including notable brands with local ties Mark West and Ravenswood in Sonoma, to E. & J. Gallo Winery.

Hanson previously had served as chief executive of John Hardy Global Limited, a luxury jewelry brand, where he will continue to serve as board chair.

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