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Benovia Winery Welcomes Nick Finarelli

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, February 12, 2010
Benovia Winery Welcomes Nick Finarelli

Fresno State Grad Joins the Benovia Winemaking Team

Twitter Pitch: @benoviawinery hires Nick Finarelli as Enologist.

Summary: Nick Finarelli is a Fresno State grad who worked his way up from the bottom in the wine business and brings a fresh perspective to Benovia Winery.

Santa Rosa, CA (February 11, 2009) – Benovia Winery, a producer of top quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay based in the Russian River Valley, has hired enologist Nick Finarelli to assist winemaker Mike Sullivan. As enologist, Finarelli will be responsible for day-to-day winery operations, including bottling and harvest.

Finarelli has been an intern at Benovia Winery since August of 2009, and was hired on fulltime as of January 1, 2010.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with Mike Sullivan and the Benovia team for around six months now, and have been very impressed with what I have seen,” said Finarelli. “At Benovia, I see the groundwork being laid for something very promising. I really like the style and direction that Mike Sullivan is taking these wines, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Finarelli started his career in wine at the bottom, beginning on a bottling line at Amador County-based Renwood Winery. The management was impressed enough to offer him a job in the cellar, and within a few years he found himself Cellar Master. Driven to succeed, Finarelli wasn’t satisfied with stopping there. He was accepted to Fresno State University, where he began study in the viticulture and enology department. While at FSU, he continued to learn the trade by working at Sunfire Estate in Fresno, and studying abroad in Switzerland, Tuscany, and Burgundy. He was the president of the Enology Society and was honored with the Most Outstanding Undergraduate award from his program in his senior year.

“Nick has shown me his drive and determination during his internship at the winery,” said Mike Sullivan, Winemaker and co-owner. “His attention to detail and desire to grow has made him a natural fit for my winemaking team. I’m glad to have a second set of hands to help me make Benovia wines the best they can be.”

Prior to being bitten by the wine bug, Finarelli worked briefly in sports television. He is an avid outdoorsman. In his free time, when he isn’t hiking with his wife Jana, he can be found on the links playing 18 holes.

He lives with his wife and newborn daughter Jordyn in Forestville, California.


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About Benovia Winery

Founded by husband and wife team, Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, and winemaker partner Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery farms 71.67 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel from estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. In addition, the winery purchases fruit from four of the most noted vineyards in Sonoma County, including Martinelli, Savoy, Dutton, and Peterson. The name of the winery is derived from the owners’ fathers’ names, Novian Anderson and Ben Dewane. For more information, interested parties may visit the website at or call (707) 526-4441.

Contact Information:

Michael Wangbickler

Balzac Communications

Phone: (707) 255-7667


Twitter ID: @mwangbickler