Adam Sullivan

Balzac Communications & Marketing Hires Wine Industry Veteran Mark Feinberg

Balzac Communications & Marketing Hires Wine Industry Veteran Mark Feinberg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Wangbickler

Balzac Communications

Phone: 707-255-7667

Email: mwangbickler@balzac.com

 

 

Balzac Communications & Marketing Hires Wine Industry Veteran Mark Feinberg

 

Napa, CA (April 4, 2016) – Balzac Communications & Marketing is proud to announce that Mark Feinberg is joining its team of dedicated and creative professionals. Feinberg brings a wealth of wine marketing industry experience to Balzac – experience that will complement the current services provided by the company to its wide range of wine clients.

 

“As we enter our 25th year in business, I am excited to bring Mark on board to offer additional expertise and value to our current and future winery partners. It will be exciting for us to support our valued clients with such an asset,” says Michael Wangbickler, Chief Executive Officer and Partner. “Mark and I have worked together over the years and it will be great for us to work together once again.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Balzac Team over the years and have always admired their creativity, professionalism and dedication to great customer service,” says Feinberg. “This is a great opportunity to be a part of such a talented team, and I’m looking forward to sharing my wine marketing background to the benefit of their diverse customer base.”
Feinberg’s background in beverage alcohol began in craft beer in the 1990s (General Manager, Devil Mountain Brewery) to wine, where he contributed significantly to well-regarded wine companies including Sebastiani Vineyards, Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Constellation Brands, White Rocket Wine Company (Kendall-Jackson), Vintage Wine Estates, Don Sebastiani & Sons, and most recently, King Estate Winery. Feinberg’s extensive wine marketing experience encompasses New Product Development & Launch Strategy, Brand Strategy & Planning, Industry & Category Trend Analysis, Package Design, Consumer Research and Off & On Premise Promotions.

Adam Sullivan

An Award Winning Year for Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company

An Award Winning Year for Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mark Feinberg/Ema Ripley

Balzac Communications

Phone: 707-255-7667

Email: mfeinberg@balzac.com, eripley@balzac.com

 

An Award Winning Year for Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company

 

April 6, 2016 (Suisun Valley, CA) Local artisan extra virgin olive oil producer Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company continues its quest to make the highest quality olive oils receiving numerous Best of Show, Best of Class, and Gold and Silver medals from The 2016 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition and The 2016 California State Fair Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is in its 17th year of judging oils from around the world. The 2016 Northern Hemisphere division of the Competition received 571 extra virgin olive oils from 369 producers. The Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company oils, from the 2015 Vintage, were well-recognized for their superb quality: the Frantoio Extra Virgin Oil – gold medal, the French Blend Extra Virgin oil – silver medal, the Mandarin Orange co-milled oil (or flavored oil) – silver medal, and, the Jalapeno Lime co-milled oil – Best of Class and a gold medal.

The California State Fair Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition yielded Il Fiorello a Best of California award, Best of Show award, 3 gold medals and 3 silver medals. Their co-milled oil, Diavolo, took Best of California, Best of Show and a gold medal. The other Il Fiorello oils awarded were: the Green Valley Blend Extra Virgin oil – gold medal, the Jalapeno Lime co-milled oil – gold medal, the Mandarin Orange co-milled oil – silver medal, the Athena’s Blend Extra Virgin oil – silver medal, and, the Suisun Valley Community Blend Extra Virgin oil – silver medal.

“It is our goal at Il Fiorello to make the best possible extra virgin olive oils. Awards from competitions like the Los Angeles competition confirm that experts in the industry are impressed with the quality of our products. With over 65 medals in the past five years, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished” say Ann and Mark Sievers, co-owners of Il Fiorello. “We certainly hope consumers will feel the same way about our olive oils, and we look forward to serving them in our visitor center!”

 

About Il Fiorello:

Il Fiorello, a family owned, organic, premium olive oil producer located in Suisun Valley CA, is one of the leading premium olive oil producers in the USA, with more than thirty five gold medals won at national and international olive competitions around the world. Il Fiorello makes a variety of extra virgin olive oils and co-milled olive oils from thirteen varieties of olives grown on over 2,700 Italian, Spanish, French and Greek olive trees cultivated on their farm twenty minutes from the famous Napa Valley. Il Fiorello offers tours, tastings, and a full range of visitor experiences including cooking classes with Executive Chef Marvin Martin in their olive oil visitor center in Suisun Valley, CA.

For more information visit: www.ilfiorello.com.

Adam Sullivan

Wente Family Estates and Murrieta’s Well Showcase Wines at 9th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Wente Family Estates and Murrieta’s Well Showcase Wines at 9th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Wente Vineyards: Tiffany Van Gorder, tvangorder@balzac.com
Murrieta’s Well: Emma Thomas, ethomas@balzac.com
Balzac Communications & Marketing
(707) 255-7667

 

Wente Family Estates and Murrieta’s Well Showcase Wines at 9th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Two of the Livermore Valley’s most historic estates pour select wines at grand tasting
For the second year in a row, Wente Family Estates and Murrieta’s Well will be pouring select wines at the Grand Tasting event on the first Saturday and Sunday in April. Featured wines from Wente Vineyards will include the Single Vineyard Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir Rose from The Winemakers Studio. Murrieta’s Well will be featuring their flagship white and red blends, The Whip and The Spur.

“We are very excited to return to this coveted event that is held in one of the most beautiful locations on the West Coast,” said Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower and Chief Executive Officer of Wente Family Estates. “This is one of the most popular food and wine festivals of the year, drawing thousands of people from around the country to Pebble Beach. It is a wonderful opportunity to promote the quality and unique style of wines coming out of Livermore Valley to the most respected tastemakers in the world.”

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country. Led by fourth and fifth generations, the family winery creates an outstanding portfolio of wines from their sustainably farmed estate vineyards.

At Murrieta’s Well, acclaimed winemaker Robbie Meyer handcrafts terroir-driven, limited production wine blends using grapes sourced exclusively from the historic estate in Livermore Valley. With a commitment to the art of blending and a small lot approach to making wine, Meyer applies his unrestrained winemaking philosophy to create blends that showcase the best of the estate each vintage.

The Wente Family Estates and Murrieta’s Well tables will be located on opposite sides of the Grand Tasting room in the back corner of Tent B.

Any media who are planning to attend the tasting and are interested in scheduling appointments with winery representatives should contact Tiffany van Gorder or Emma Thomas at Balzac Communications at 707-255-7667.

Adam Sullivan

#LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction raises more than $150,000 for Valley Fire Relief

#LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction raises more than $150,000 for Valley Fire Relief

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Paul Wagner
Balzac Communications & Marketing
(707) 255-7667
pwagner@balzac.com

 

#LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction raises more than $150,000 for Valley Fire Relief

St. Helena, CA (March 22, 2016) – Lake, Napa and surrounding county residents joined #LakeCountyRising to raise more than $150,000 at the Charity Wine Auction on Sunday at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA.

More than 100 guests gathered for the Charity Wine Auction, among whom were Linda Reiff of Napa Valley Vintners, Cyril Chappellet of Chappellet Winery, and Clay Shannon, owner of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines. Proceeds from Sunday’s auction were generated from the event’s 10 live auction lots, 20 silent auction lots, ticket sales, and donations from attending guests and supporters.

Since the devastating Valley Fire, which scorched more than 115 square miles, destroyed 1,300 homes, and claimed the lives of four Lake County residents, #LakeCountyRising has raised nearly $1 million for Valley Fire Relief. At the Charity Wine Auction, it was apparent the overwhelming support from community members and wine industry supporters continues, even six months after the fire.

The afternoon opened with speakers Andy Beckstoffer and US Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), who commented on the deep and historic connection between Napa and Lake Counties. Focusing on the growth of Lake and Napa counties in the last 150 years, Beckstoffer highlighted the deep-rooted connection between the two counties, reminding guests that prior to 1851, Lake was actually part of Napa County.

In recounting the fire’s devastation, Congressman Mike Thompson shared numerous anecdotes from evacuees and supporting community members who came together in the days following the Valley Fire’s devastation. His personal accounts of residents like Karen Cakebread, who provided meals to evacuees at the emergency shelter at the Calistoga fairgrounds, further demonstrated the joint coalition between Lake and Napa county residents.

The two most popular live auction lots from Sunday included (1) “Personal Barrel Lot of 2016 Cabernet from Beckstoffer’s famed Georges III Heritage Vineyard and Crafted by Sinegal Estate”, and (2) “Taste of Napa Valley Heritage”, which included dinner for two couples with Andy and Betty Beckstoffer at PRESS Napa Valley, four magnums from Beckstoffer’s Heritage Vineyards, a selection of famed Napa Valley wines to complement dinner, and a copy of Kelli White’s Napa Valley Then & Now. After receiving competitive bids from multiple bidders, both auction lots were made available to the first and second bidders, which raised a combined $81,000 for Sunday’s event.

Apart from auction lots, the event also showcased Lake County wines, poured by Aliénor Wines, Boatique Winery, Bodkin, Brassfield Estate Winery, Calvino Jones, Chacewater Winery, Fore Family Vineyards, Fults Family Vineyards, Gregory Graham Wines, Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Jelly Jar, Langtry Estate, Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, R Vineyards, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Six Sigma Ranch, Sol Rouge and Steele Wines.

A special thanks is given to notable bidders, particularly Dwight Haldan, Tor Kenward and Todd Zapolski, who greatly contributed to the success of Sunday’s event.

In addition to these contributors, the event would not have been possible without the generous support of Tom Bensel, Bob Bath, and the faculty and staff at the Culinary Institute of America, including Andy Wild, who not only led the culinary team at Sunday’s event, but headed a team of chefs at the evacuation center in the weeks following the Valley Fire.

About #LakeCountyRising

#LakeCountyRising is a collaborative fundraising effort of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association and Lake County Wine Alliance to support long-term rebuilding in response to the devastating Valley Fire.

For more information, please visit www.lakecountyrising.org

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Adam Sullivan

Thompson, Beckstoffer and Hatton to Lead #LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction

Thompson, Beckstoffer and Hatton to Lead #LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2016

 

Contact:    Paul Wagner

Balzac Communications & Marketing

Phone:      707-255-7667

Email:        pwagner@balzac.com

Thompson, Beckstoffer and Hatton to Lead #LakeCountyRising Charity Wine Auction

Sunday, March 20, 2016

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Culinary Institute of America – Greystone

St. Helena, California

 

Lake County, Calif. – Congressman Mike Thompson and grape-grower Andy Beckstoffer have agreed to assist legendary auctioneer Fritz Hatton as he manages the #LakeCountyRising charity wine auction to be held on March 20, 2016, in St. Helena at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to support the long-term rebuilding efforts after the devastating Valley Fire in southern Lake County. “Think of us as the three auctioneers” says Hatton of the trio’s presentation of the collaborative fundraising effort of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association and Lake County Wine Alliance.

Seating for the event is limited and advance registration is required. Tickets are $150 and may be still purchased online at www.lakecountyrising.org/charity-auction, but a few tickets are being reserved for sale at the door. “We promise not to turn any bidders away!” says Beckstoffer.

The auction has assembled a remarkable collection of lots and experiences, led by the Napa Valley Vintners, Lake County Winery Association and other wine region associations around the state.

Winners of a Michelin 3-Star live auction lot will indulge in a dining experience for three couples at The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley. They will enjoy six sumptuous full tasting menus with wine pairings (inclusive of tax and service). Winners will also take home three bottles each of sought-after Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from the renowned wineries: 2011 Harlan Estate Red Wine, 2005 Heitz Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2012 Scarecrow Wine Mt. Etain Red Blend.

A personal barrel lot by Beckstoffer Vineyards will provide a half ton of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the 2016 harvest of the Georges III Heritage Vineyard in Rutherford and includes the expertise of the winemaking team at Sinegal Estate who will custom crush, craft, barrel, age, bottle, and label the finished wine specifically for the successful bidder.

A 2016 Polaris Ranger EV is being offered as the “green” live auction lot and comes fully loaded with 100 bottles of the finest Napa Valley wines. This environmentally-friendly electric off-road utility vehicle is known for its smooth ride and quiet operation. The wines are from Napa Green Certified vintners: Benessere, Charles Krug, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Davies Vineyards, Franciscan Estate, Frank Family Vineyards, Frog’s Leap, Gamble Read More Family Vineyards, HALL, Heitz Wine Cellars, Jones Family Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Keenan Winery, Laura Michael Wines, Merryvale Vineyards, PEJU, Raymond Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Saintsbury, Salvestrin, Signorello Estate, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, Starmont Winery & Vineyards, Swanson Vineyards, The Hess Collection Winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards, Vineyard 29 and ZD Wines.

An ultimate San Francisco Giants game experience at AT&T Park has been created for another lucky live auction winner. With luxury transportation to the ball park, 12 guests will luxuriate in a private VIP Suite filled with gourmet food and Napa Valley wines, and will take home a signed baseball from Barry Bonds to remember the day.

Another live auction lot includes four magnums of wine from several of Beckstoffer Vineyards’ Heritage Vineyards and the opportunity for two couples to join Andy and Betty Beckstoffer at PRESS Napa Valley in St. Helena for a curated dinner complemented by several To Kalon wines. Each couple also will receive a signed copy of sommelier Kelli White’s new book, Napa Valley Then & Now.

A silent auction item from the “Heart of the Valley,” includes dinner for four at Mustard’s Grill in Yountville and a mixed case of Napa Valley wine including: two bottles Far Niente 2013 Chardonnay; two bottles Joseph Carr Wine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; two bottles Tom Scott Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; two bottles Grgich Hills Estate 2012 Chardonnay; two bottles The Prisoner 2014 Red Blend; one bottle Faust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; and one bottle Silver Trident 2012 Red Blend.

The “Hillside Heaven” silent auction item features lunch for four at The Bistro & Bar at Aubérge du Soleil in Rutherford, and a mixed case of Napa Valley hillside wines including six bottles of 2013 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, and six bottles 2013 Viader Vineyards & Winery Tempranillo.

“Northern Exposure” is a silent auction item of dinner for four at Sam’s Social Club in Calistoga and a mixed case of wine from the northern end Napa Valley, including: one bottle Arietta 2013 White Blend; one bottle Behrens Family Winery 2012 Homeland Cabernet Sauvignon; one bottle Behrens Family Winery 2011 The Collector Red Wine; one bottle Bridesmaid 2012 White Blend; one bottle Bridesmaid 2012 Red Blend; one bottle Clark-Claudon Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; one bottle Markham Vineyards 2013 Merlot; one bottle Saint Helena Winery 2008 Red Blend; two bottles Ballentine Vineyards 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel; and two bottles Castello di Amorosa 2012 Sangiovese.

From the Napa Valley’s southern end comes a silent auction item named “Distinctly Southern” and includes dinner for four at Cole’s Chop House in downtown Napa and a mixed case of Napa Valley wine, including: five bottles Arrow & Branch 2013 Sauvignon Blanc; five bottles Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; and two bottles Rocca Family Vineyards 2011 Red Blend.

For the silent auction bidder who has an alternative mind-set, “Riveted by Reds,” includes a copy of the fine art photography book Perspectives Napa Valley, and a mixed case of Napa Valley alternative red varietals, including: two bottles Mira Winery 2011 Syrah; two bottles Castello di Amorosa 2012 Sangiovese; two bottles Viader Vineyards & Winery 2013 Tempranillo; two bottles Kenefick Ranch 2011 Cabernet Franc; one bottle Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc; one bottle Madrigal Family Winery 2012 Petite Sirah; one bottle Humanitas Wines 2012 Cabernet Franc; and one bottle Joseph Carr Wine 2012 Merlot.

A “Napa Valley Cabernet Fest” is a silent auction lot which includes a mixed case (one bottle each) of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Chateau de Vie 2009 Calistoga; Cimarossa 2011 Howell Mountain; Corison Winery 2013 St. Helena; FARM Napa Valley 2013 Napa; Faust 2012 Rutherford; Reverie Vineyard & Winery 2010 Calistoga; Lamborn Family Vineyards 2011 Howell Mountain; O’Brien Estate 2012 Napa; Joseph Carr Wine 2012 Rutherford; Silver Stag Winery 2012 Napa; Tom Scott Vineyard 2012 Yountville; Rudd Oakville Estate 2011 Oakville; and a copy of the fine art photography book Perspectives Napa Valley.

 

Those who would like to bid but aren’t able to attend can check the www.lakecountyrising.org/charity-auction web site after March 1 for lot descriptions and advance bidding details.

Those who aren’t able to attend but want to help can click the “Get Tickets” button, and then choose “Donation” instead of the “Live Auction” ticket to make a donation in any amount. Donations are tax-deductible.

#LakeCountyRising presents

Valley Fire Relief

Charity Wine Auction

Sunday, March 20, 2016

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Vintner’s Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

2555 Main Street, St. Helena, California 94574

About #LakeCountyRising and the Valley Fire Relief Charity Wine Auction

The Valley Fire Relief Charity Wine Auction is presented by #LakeCountyRising, a collaborative fundraising effort of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association and Lake County Wine Alliance to support long-term rebuilding in response to the devastating Valley Fire.

#LakeCountyRising would like to extend a special thanks to the communities in Napa, Sonoma and beyond for their generous support; to Thomas Bensel and the staff and students at the Culinary Institute of America; to Paul Wagner and the team at Balzac Communications; to Fritz Hatton; and to Linda Reiff of the Napa Valley Vintners Association for her guidance from the start.

For information, visit http://lakecountyrising.org/charity-auction

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Adam Sullivan

New Video Features Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser with A Key Tip for Aspiring Sommeliers

New Video Features Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser with A Key Tip for Aspiring Sommeliers

For Immediate Release

 February 2, 2016

 

Contact: Michael Wangbickler

Balzac Communications & Marketing

Phone:            707-255-7667

Email: mwangbickler@balzac.com

 

 

New Video Features Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser with

A Key Tip for Aspiring Sommeliers

Pure Tin Mark of Distinction Campaign

 

(Napa, CA) – In a newly released video, the Pure Tin Mark of Distinction Campaign presents an insight from Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser on how to pass the Certified Sommelier Exam. In fact it could all hinge on how you treat the bottle’s capsule while opening the wine. While discussing the correct steps for opening wine, Gaiser explains how pure tin capsules are extremely pliable, soft and cut very evenly.

“To someone who has been a sommelier and teaches sommeliers, this is really what we’re looking for. This is the best of all worlds. In terms of function and ease of removal, it’s the best capsule by far,” says Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier.

Tim Gaiser is joined in the video by Paul Wagner, Napa Valley College Instructor and founder of Balzac Communications and Marketing. The two cohorts have a lively discussion about pure tin capsules, exploring why they perform better than other capsules and how they positively affect packaging and brand identification.

“The Pure Tin Capsule lends itself to different colors and different designs. And I think it adds a lot of appeal and also just attractiveness to the packaging of the bottle,” adds Gaiser.