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The Carneros Wine Alliance, a nonprofit association of wineries and grapegrowers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) announced its board leadership for 2019.

Hilary Berkey of Vintage Wine Estates and Emily Byrne of Etude Winery have been elected co-chairs. Nichole Peterson of Artesa was elected vice-chair, and Carneros Wine Alliance ambassadors Carla Bosco and Crista Johnson will serve as treasurer and secretary, respectively. Bosco served as board chair in 2017 and 2018, and Johnson was chair in 2016.

Additional board members include Mike Cox, Schug Carneros Estate; Scott Billeci, ZD Wines; Anne Moller-Racke, The Donum Estate, and Alison Crowe, Garnet Vineyards.

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Carneros, Napa and Sonoma, CA, January 29, 2019— The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) today announced its board leadership for 2019. Hilary Berkey of Vintage Wine Estates and Emily Byrne of Etude Winery have been elected Co-Chairs and will share governance responsibilities. Nichole Peterson of Artesa was elected Vice-Chair, and Carneros Wine Alliance ambassadors Carla Bosco and Crista Johnson will serve as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Bosco served as board chair in 2017 and 2018, and Johnson was chair in 2016.

“For more than three decades, the Carneros Wine Alliance has worked to build partnerships and programs that raise awareness for our region,” said Carneros Wine Alliance co-chair Hilary Berkey. “There’s a lot of energy here, with new hospitality experiences, winemaking talent and culinary destinations to share.”

“Our goals for the year ahead are to host some compelling events, bring more visitors to experience our member wineries and tasting rooms, and most of all, to celebrate world-class cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,” continued Emily Byrne, Carneros Wine Alliance co-chair.

Co-chairs Berkey and Byrne both joined the Carneros Wine Alliance in 2017. Berkey is a Marketing Director with Vintage Wine Estates. She followed a passion for wine from her home state of Oregon to the sundrenched vineyards of South Africa before settling in California. Byrne has a background in art and design but was hooked on wine after working harvest at a custom crush facility. She’s now an Associate Brand Manager for Etude Winery.

Additional board members include Mike Cox, Schug Carneros Estate, and Scott Billeci, ZD Wines, Anne Moller-Racke, The Donum Estate, and Alison Crowe, Garnet Vineyards. All board positions were effective as of January 1, 2019 and continue for one calendar year.

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Carneros, Napa and Sonoma, CA, January 29, 2019— The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) today announced its board leadership for 2019. Hilary Berkey of Vintage Wine Estates and Emily Byrne of Etude Winery have been elected Co-Chairs and will share governance responsibilities. Nichole Peterson of Artesa was elected Vice-Chair, and Carneros Wine Alliance ambassadors Carla Bosco and Crista Johnson will serve as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Bosco served as board chair in 2017 and 2018, and Johnson was chair in 2016.

“For more than three decades, the Carneros Wine Alliance has worked to build partnerships and programs that raise awareness for our region,” said Carneros Wine Alliance co-chair Hilary Berkey. “There’s a lot of energy here, with new hospitality experiences, winemaking talent and culinary destinations to share.”

“Our goals for the year ahead are to host some compelling events, bring more visitors to experience our member wineries and tasting rooms, and most of all, to celebrate world-class cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,” continued Emily Byrne, Carneros Wine Alliance co-chair.

Co-chairs Berkey and Byrne both joined the Carneros Wine Alliance in 2017. Berkey is a Marketing Director with Vintage Wine Estates. She followed a passion for wine from her home state of Oregon to the sundrenched vineyards of South Africa before settling in California. Byrne has a background in art and design but was hooked on wine after working harvest at a custom crush facility. She’s now an Associate Brand Manager for Etude Winery.

Additional board members include Mike Cox, Schug Carneros Estate, and Scott Billeci, ZD Wines, Anne Moller-Racke, The Donum Estate, and Alison Crowe, Garnet Vineyards. All board positions were effective as of January 1, 2019 and continue for one calendar year.

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Forty years ago, the Carneros had hopes of becoming the Burgundy of California. It didn’t – but neither did anywhere else. Now, it’s back in the limelight just by being itself.

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Los Carneros, late 1970s. Duhig Road veers off from Route 12 and heads south, splitting in half this hilly region where Napa and Sonoma valleys come together at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains before both fizzle out into the marshlands bordering San Pablo Bay. It is an early fall afternoon, and a drive down Duhig and its side roads is mostly a serene one. Here and there, rectangular patches of vineyards, now green but turning red and yellow, stretch across dune-like rolling hillsides. From time to time, a truck full of grapes makes its way north...

 
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...I've got a few wines from Carneros beginning with a fine, quite flavorful Sauvignon Blanc from Cuvaison that is aged in concrete (or "beton" in French) and has a lovely purity. Still in the white department, the Truchard Roussanne has been one of that estate's signature wines for years.Moving on to red, but staying in the Carneros breeze, I've got a few Pinots as well, starting with the beautifully aging Saintsbury reserve, that was probably pretty hefty in its youth, but is aging into a seamless and complex whole that is really appealing...
 

 

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On Nov. 13, the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA) hosted “Unusual, Unknown and Aged Wines” seminar and tasting, showcasing some of the top wine producers from the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) who are making use of the region’s specific mesoclimate and varied topography in unique ways.

Carneros has built a reputation on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine production, but the region is not limited to these two grape varieties alone. The CWA event brought together a few winemakers who are looking beyond the usual suspects the dual Napa-Sonoma AVA has to offer...

 

 

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Carneros is the coolest of all AVAs nested within the Napa Valley AVA. In my opinion, it is also the most versatile of them. It produces crisp sparkling wines but also excellent Merlot and Syrah.

The Carneros AVA actually straddles the Napa-Sonoma County line though. It even represents more acreage in Sonoma County than in Napa County. But, Sonoma County has so much vineyard acreage in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Carneros’ cool-to-moderate climate is less unique to Sonoma County than it is to Napa County....
 

 

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Carneros Wine Tasting & Cornhole Tournament: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 11. ZD Wines, 1080 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. This Carneros Wine Alliance event, a benefit for the Carneros and Schell-Vista fire departments, includes a walk-around wine tasting of Carneros all-star wines, followed by a lively cornhole tournament. $40.
 

 

Carneros Wine Alliance
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the only appellation located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Influenced by the maritime breezes and fog from its southern border with the San Pablo Bay, Carneros produces the region’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of the grapes and wines from Carneros.