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Carneros alliance elects board Napa, Calif.—The Carneros Wine Alliance announced that Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the new chair of the board and Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards is the vice chair. T.J. Evans of Domaine Carneros continues to serve as treasurer. The rest of the board includes Anne Moller-Racke of Donum Estate, Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards, Jennifer LaRosa of Poseidon Vineyard, and Sam Jamison of Carneros Hills Winery. According to a statement released by the alliance, Crista Johnson has been on the Carneros Wine Alliance board since 2014. In addition to serving on the alliance board, Johnson runs marketing communications at Schug Carneros Estate Winery. She obtained her first wine industry job at Negociants USA in Napa, where she built up her experience and knowledge while handling sales and marketing for imported Australian and New Zealand wines. In 2011, Crista accepted a position in the marketing department at Schug Carneros Estate Winery. Carla Bosco has served on the Carneros Wine Alliance board since 2014 and previously served as secretary of the alliance. Bosco formally ran marketing and public relations for the national non-profit Women For WineSense. Three years ago she joined Bouchaine Vineyards.  

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Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery named Chair and Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards is named Vice-Chair of the non-profit alliance's board

Carneros, Napa and Sonoma, CA, January 11, 2016— The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced today that a new board of directors has been elected. Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery has been named Chair of the board and Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as Vice-Chair. TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as Treasurer of the Carneros Wine Alliance, a position that he has held for the past year. Additional board members include Anne Moller-Racke of The Donum Estate, Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards, Jennifer LaRosa of Poseidon Vineyard, and Sam Jamison of Carneros Hills Winery.

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The Carneros Wine Alliance celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding and the Year of the Ram ("carneros" in Spanish) at an intimate food and wine event over the weekend. Attendees enjoyed  a broad selection of Carneros wines from 20 wineries paired with locally sourced appetizers from Stag Dining, a food and wine pairing experience from Fine & Rare, live music from the Max Bonick trio, and prizes and art at the stunning di Rosa property in the heart of Carneros. A portion of the proceeds from the celebration benefitted di Rosa, a non-profit contemporary art museum celebrating the artists of Northern California.

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It’s Carneros Wine Alliance’s 30th anniversary, and they’re celebrating with a bao bar and ice cream from the Stag Dining guys, charcuterie-and-wine pairings from Fine & Rare, blind tastings and just... you’re drinking wine this weekend.

Spanning some 37,000 acres extending into both Napa and Sonoma counties, “Los Carneros AVA” is a hot-bed for cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, as well as for sparkling wines, typically produced in the traditional method. The name of the AVA means “the ram” in Spanish, and this year marks the 30th anniversary since the Carneros Wine Alliance was founded.

To celebrate, the Alliance is hosting a “Year of the Ram” birthday bash on July 25, 2015 and details are here. To help celebrate, we’re putting our educational caps on and butting heads with some hard facts about Carneros, which is a complex appellation defined by its climactic characteristics and not by political boundaries.

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The Carneros Wine Alliance celebrates its 30th anniversary and the Year of the Ram, its namesake, with a Birthday Bash at di Rosa on Saturday, July 25 between 3:30pm-6:30pm. The Carneros region, bordering the cool San Pablo Bay in Sonoma and Napa counties, is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Festivities include art-walking tours of di Rosa’s modern art collection, cork craft tables, raffle drawings, and a blind tasting contest. Vintners will pour both current release and library wines alongside delicious bites and live music. Tickets are $100 per person with a portion of the proceeds supporting di Rosa, an art destination with over 200 acres of beautiful preserved land in the heart of Carneros. Di Rosa has one of the most significant holdings of northern California contemporary art with nearly 2,000 works by 800 local artists in its permanent collection.

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This month, the Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros AVA, will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a Year of the Ram Birthday Bash.

Carneros means ram in Spanish and this year is the Year of the Ram in the Chinese zodiac calendar, making the timing all the more perfect.

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The nonprofit Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA) will host a “Year of the Ram” 30th Birthday Bash from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding as well as the 2015 Year of the Ram (“carneros” in Spanish) in the Chinese zodiac calendar.

This event will feature a broad selection of Carneros wines paired with appetizers from Stag Dining Group, a food and wine pairing experience from Fine & Rare, live music from the Max Bonnick trio, prizes and art at the di Rosa property in the heart of Carneros.

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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.