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Emma Criswell Marks Six Months

We’re thrilled to report that Emma Criswell is celebrating her six-month anniversary with the company. Criswell has a decade of experience in the wine and spirits industries and her addition adds key expertise to the management team. Not content to simply rule California, our president, Michael Wangbickler has plans to expand the company’s footprint nationally.…

Napa County Agricultural Preserve Celebrates 50 Years

Napa County Agricultural Preserve Celebrates 50 Years Activities planned throughout the year to celebrate golden anniversary   Napa, CA (February 22, 2018): The Napa County Agricultural Preserve marks its 50-year anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this momentous milestone, community leaders from the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund and other organizations from…

Wine Paths Adds Napa Valley to its Curated Collection of World-Renowned Destinations

Wine Paths Adds Napa Valley to its Curated Collection of  World-Renowned Destinations   On its way to becoming the world’s leading luxury wine tourism brand www.winepaths.com   December 7, 2017 (Napa, CA) – Top destinations in the Napa Valley have now joined Wine Paths, the first digital platform featuring bespoke luxury wine, spirits and gourmet travel…

Atze’s Corner 2015 Estate Grown Barossa Valley Shiraz Selected as one of Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines For 2017

  Atze’s Corner 2015 Estate Grown Barossa Valley Shiraz Selected as one of Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines For 2017    Focus on Estate-Grown Fruit and Minimalist Winemaking Techniques Results in An Exceptional Wine   Santa Rosa, CA (November 14, 2017) – Atze’s Corner 2015 Estate Grown Barossa Valley Shiraz has been selected to be one of the Wine Enthusiast Top…

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Matter of Taste Returns to New York

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Matter of Taste Returns to New York Global Series of Exclusive Wine & Food Experiences to Feature Top-Rated Wines from Around the World on Sunday, December 3, 2017     New York, NY (November 9, 2017) – Robert Parker Wine Advocate (RobertParker.com),the leading authority on wine, announces the return of its international Matter Of Taste tour to New York…

TEXSOM Continues to Grow and Improve

  TEXSOM Continues to Grow and Improve Company Enters Strategic Alliance and Makes Investments in Infrastructure   Dallas, Texas (November 7, 2017) –– TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks today announced several developments that better position the TEXSOM entities to fulfill and expand their mission, including a strategic alliance with Keeper Collection,…

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Inaugurates “Extraordinary Wine Awards”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Inaugurates “Extraordinary Wine Awards” This year’s awards recognize greatest wineries in North and South America   New York, NY (November 6, 2017) – Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com, the world’s most widely read independent consumers’ guide to fine wine, announced on Monday the recipients of the publication’s very first annual…

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Matter of Taste Returns to San Francisco

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Matter of Taste Returns to San Francisco Global Series of Exclusive Wine & Food Experiences to Feature Top-Rated Wines from Around the World on Saturday, November 4, 2017 San Francisco, CA (September 25, 2017) – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (RobertParker.com), the leading authority on wine, announces the return of its international…

Celebration of 2018 MICHELIN New York City Guide and Launch of Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards

Celebration of 2018 MICHELIN New York City Guide and Launch of Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards in New York City on 2017, Oct 30. NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2017 – Michelin and Robert Parker Wine Advocate are pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the release of the 13th edition of the MICHELIN…

TEXSOM Announces Prowein Contest Winners

TEXSOM ANNOUNCES PROWEIN CONTEST WINNERS Sommeliers Amie Hendrickson and Julia Dixon selected to attend ProWein 2018 Irving, Texas (September 11, 2017) –– TEXSOM today announced that Sommeliers Amie Hendrickson and Julia Dixon were selected as winners of the ProWein social media contest that took place during TEXSOM 2017. The two winners will attend ProWein 2018, the world’s leading trade fair…

Balzac Communications & Marketing Announces Management Changes

Balzac Communications & Marketing Announces Management Changes Paul Wagner retires and Michael Wangbickler takes title of President Napa, CA (August 31, 2017) – Balzac Communications & Marketing, a leading craft food and beverage marketing communications agency, announced today that Paul Wagner has stepped down as President of the company and relinquished the title to current Chief…

Andres Blanco of Caracol Restaurant Named Best Sommelier At 13th Annual TEXSOM

  ANDRES BLANCO OF CARACOL RESTAURANT NAMED BEST SOMMELIER AT 13th ANNUAL TEXSOM 2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Presented by Texas Monthly Irving, Texas  – TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced at the TEXSOM Grand Tasting presented by ProWein that Andres Blanco of Caracol Restaurant in Houston is the…

Furmint: The Grape with Momentum

Furmint: The Grape with Momentum FurmintUSA Continues to Attain Recognition for Dry Furmint Wines in the U.S. Market (Budapest, Hungary)  – Tokaji wine has long enjoyed a high-class reputation (King Louis XIV called it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”). Now dry versions, moderately priced, aromatic, and complex, have positively captured the…

Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine Releases Inaugural New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

  Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine Releases Inaugural New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Complements Portfolio of Iconic Wines From Around The World   (Napa, CA) – Locations Wine, the first true ‘maverick’ wine concept, created by winemaker Dave Phinney, has released its inaugural New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The island nation of New Zealand…

Jeffrey Stambor Offers Winemaking Services

Contact: Jeffrey Stambor jeffrey@jstamborwines.com   Jeffrey Stambor Offers Winemaking Services Napa, CA – After nearly three decades of making iconic wines at Beaulieu Vineyard, Jeffrey Stambor announces the formation of Jeffrey Stambor Wine Consulting. Services include full spectrum winemaking, ongoing consulting support, and one-off projects. “At Beaulieu I had the unique opportunity to work closely with…

Seventh Annual Barbera Festival Highlights California’s Unsung Varietal Wine

Seventh Annual Barbera Festival Highlights California’s Unsung Varietal Wine New this Year — Limited Selection of other Italian Varietals (Plymouth, California) – More than 70 California wineries will present their wines at the 7th Annual Barbera Festival, taking place on September 16, 2017 at Terra d’Oro Winery in the Amador Foothills. New this year, wineries will…

Richard Mendelson’s Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure Wins International Prizes

  Contact: Richard Mendelson rpmendelson@gmail.com   Richard Mendelson’s Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure Wins International Prizes   Napa, CA – Richard Mendelson’s Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure has now won three prestigious international book awards. The International Organization of Vine and Wine awarded the book its Grand…

HEADS OF STATE AND INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES WILL TASTE THE SELECTIONS OF CARPENÈ MALVOLTI AT G7 SUMMIT IN TAORMINA

  HEADS OF STATE AND INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES WILL TASTE THE SELECTIONS OF CARPENÈ MALVOLTI AT G7 SUMMIT IN TAORMINA The historic Winery of Conegliano will pay homage to Heads of State with a literary work on the life of Founder Antonio Carpenè and with Pvxinvm, one of their most significant “enological works” (Taormina, Italy) –…

FURMINTUSA ROADSHOW HITS SIX STATES

    FURMINTUSA ROADSHOW HITS SIX STATES Hungarian Furmint Wines Continue to Gain Recognition (Budapest, Hungary) – Winemakers from Hungary, under the FurmintUSA marketing initiative, recently completed a promotional roadshow to six states, conducting 38 tastings and participating at the Wine & Spirits Wholesales of America (WSWA) 74th Annual Convention & Exposition. Taking place in…

Parducci Celebrates 85 Years

Parducci Wine Cellars Celebrates 85th Anniversary  The Original Mendocino Winery Releases a Special Cuvée, 85, and Opens its Cellars for a Vertical True Grit Petite Sirah Tasting Encompassing the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Vintages Ukiah, CA – Parducci® Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, is celebrating its 85th anniversary with the release of 85, a special…

Consorzios of Valpolicella and Lugana Demonstrate Their Fine Wines In the U.S. Market

FOR MORE INFORMATION Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella DOC Olga Bussinello info@consorziovalpolicella.it  Consorzios of Valpolicella and Lugana Demonstrate Their Fine Wines In the U.S. Market Wines poured for the first time in California, in both  San Francisco and Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA: Finding the right consumer for a product and being flexible in business are key…

La Rioja Alta, S.A. releases limited collection of Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000

La Rioja Alta, S.A. releases limited collection of Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000 Seventeen-year-old wine epitomizes brand’s graceful evolution Haro, La Rioja, Spain  – La Rioja Alta, S.A., one of the world’s most iconic Rioja producers, is releasing a limited collection of its seventeen-year-old Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000 into the US market. Over the last 75…

BOTTLE TALK WITH RICK AND PAUL Now Part of the Capital Public Radio Podcast Lineup

Bottle Talk with RICK and PAUL Join CPR Podcast Lineup What next? The Apocalypse? Sacramento, CA – Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR station, is now featuring Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul in its podcast lineup alongside such NPR standards as Fresh Air, MarketPlace, A Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  Go…

FurmintUSA Continues to Build on Recent Successes with Additional Accolades and Events in Key Markets

FurmintUSA Continues to Build on Recent Successes with Additional Accolades and Events in Key Markets Budapest, Hungary – FurmintUSA, a marketing initiative helping to promote Hungarian wines made from the grape Furmint, experienced further successes with its efforts over recent months. Chief among the initiatives was a sponsored hospitality suite at the annual TEXSOM Conference…

Mendocino Wine Co. Acquires OFFbeat

Mendocino Wine Company Acquires OFFbeat Brands Portfolio of Lifestyle Wines Mike Kenton, OFFbeat Brands creator to Join Mendocino Wine Co. June 30, 2016 (Ukiah, CA) – Mendocino Wine Company, owners of Parducci® Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, has purchased the fast-growing, innovative wine portfolio of OFFbeat Brands. Zin-Phomaniac, Tie-Dye, Jellybean and Slices Sangria, join…

Warren Winiarski sponsors anniversary event

Warren Winiarski featured in Judgment of Paris 40th Anniversary Celebrations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Paul Wagner Balzac Communications Phone: 707-255-7667 Email: pwagner@balzac.com Warren Winiarski featured in Judgment of Paris 40th Anniversary Celebrations National and regional events highlight the occasion  Napa, CA (May 24, 2016) –  Napa Valley winemaker Warren Winiarski, who made the Cabernet Sauvignon that…

FurmintUSA Creates a Buzz

FurmintUSA Creates a Buzz with U.S. Marketing Blitz and Bi-Coastal Promotional Tour For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Wangbickler Balzac Communications & Marketing Phone: 707-255-7667 Email: mwangbickler@balzac.om  (Budapest, Hungary – June 1, 2016) – FurmintUSA conducted a marketing blitz through March and April in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles, showcasing Hungary’s…

THREE PASS MASTER EXAM FOR COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS

COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, AMERICAS WELCOMES THREE NEW MASTERS TO ITS PRESTIGIOUS RANKS Michael Wangbickler, CEO Balzac Communications & Marketing mwangbickler@balzac.com Kathleen Lewis, Executive Director Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas klewis@mastersommeliers.org COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, AMERICAS WELCOMES THREE NEW MASTERS TO ITS PRESTIGIOUS RANKS David Keck, Kyungmoon Kim, and Jim Rollston Named Master Sommeliers ASPEN,…

Carpene Malvolti

Carpenè Malvolti Raises Bar for Quality with Release of PVXINVM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emma Thomas Balzac Communications & Marketing ethomas@balzac.com (707) 255-7667 Carpenè Malvolti Raises Bar for Quality with Release of PVXINVM Ancient vine Prosecco pays homage to its history in the region Conegliano, Italy (April 28, 2016) – Carpenè Malvolti, the first company…

Mendelson publishes “Appellation Napa Valley”

Mendelson’s Book “Appellation Napa Valley” Offers an Inside Look at America’s Most Famous Wine Region For Immediate Release April 25, 2016 Contact: Paul Wagner/Ema Ripley Balzac Communications & Marketing Phone: 707-255-7667 Email: pwagner@balzac.com/eripley@balzac.com Napa, California – Richard Mendelson, the leading expert on appellation and wine law in the USA, has released “Appellation Napa Valley –…

Pure TIn sponsors Somm session

Pure Tin Label Sponsors Sommelier Training at the 2016 CIA Sommelier Summit and the Napa Valley Wine Academy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2016 Contact: Michael Wangbickler Balzac Communications & Marketing Phone:            707-255-7667 Email: mwangbickler@balzac.com Pure Tin Label Sponsors Sommelier Training at the 2016 CIA Sommelier Summit and the Napa Valley Wine Academy (Napa, CA)…

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…

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 &…

#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…

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…

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  …