Tag: Wine

Wine industry exec joins Bank of Marin on California Central Coast

If industry enthusiasts believe making wine is a roller coaster ride — especially in the age of western wildfires and COVID-19 — then Michael Brughelli should feel right at home, considering he once planned to either go into mechanical engineering like his father or design roller coasters.

In joining two others on a Bank of Marin wine lending team for the Central Coast, Brughelli takes the newly created position of vice president and market officer. Since 2018, the Novato-based financial institution has focused on the region as an area of increased wine lending potential. The industry has shown it deserves its own financial division for some banks.

Brughelli, 38, has a background in agriculture starting with his childhood, working on a farm then majoring in viticulture. His experience in the winemaking business spans 15 years.

The winemaker-turned-banker has already counseled many winery owners and managers about how to navigate their

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Gonzaga launching courses designed around wine industry

Gonzaga, the mid-major powerhouse in basketball, is seeking a No. 1 ranking in another field: wine.

The Gonzaga University School of Law is partnering with the university’s schools of Business Administration and Leadership Studies to offer a certificate program focused on the business, management and legal aspects of the wine industry.

“Gonzaga is the first university in the country to develop such a unique curriculum in partnership with private wineries,” Jacob Rooksby, dean of the law school, said in a news release. “We are excited to offer this lifelong-learning and professional development opportunity to people around the country.”

The Gonzaga University Wine Institute offers continuing education courses related to the wine industry and organized events in the U.S. and abroad. The program consists of 16 online courses taught both by Gonzaga faculty and experts in the wine and hospitality fields. Students will study history and classification of wine, drafting and

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LPGA star and vintner Cristie Kerr has a thirst for knowledge when it comes to wine

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On the morning of Feb. 7, 2017, as master sommelier Randall Bertao scanned the list of 79 students who were set to spend the next two days taking the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam, one name jumped off the page.

He wasn’t expecting to see Cristie Kerr, seeking her third major championship at this week’s rescheduled ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, among those taking the first step toward earning that fabled sommelier pin identifying them as some of the world’s foremost experts in wine.

Even though Bertao had yet to meet her, he knew exactly who Kerr was — but not for her success on the course, where the 20-time LPGA Tour winner is third all-time on the tour’s money list.

Rather, he knew Kerr as a vintner.

Kerr had started making wine in 2008 under the Curvature label, and

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Female Led Small Business Takes Center Stage for Virtual Orange Wine Week

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In 2018 National Orange Wine Day was established by wine media producer The Real Housewine, Amanda Claire Goodwin. This wine holiday is celebrated annually on October 6. Recent expansion efforts now include a completely virtual celebration of orange wines due to social distancing recommendations led by the industries leading professionals, many of whom are women.

Orange wine is still very unknown to the general wine consumer and many assume it’s made from the orange fruit. It’s actually white wine grapes that are essentially treated like red wine grapes. They undergo grape skin contact during the fermentation process. Virtual Orange Wine Week seeks to educate consumers on this lesser known style of wine. Additionally, selected panels and classes are available for wine trade professionals.

Highlighted classes for wine trade professionals will be led by Pascaline Lepeltier, MS on Austrian Wines,

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