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Larry Stone Named President of Evening Lands Vineyards

Submitted By: Tara Thomas, August 16, 2010
For Immediate Release

Contact: Tiffany van Gorder

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Larry Stone, renowned master sommelier and former general manager of Napa’s Rubicon Estate Vineyard and Winery, will join Evening Land Vineyards as president, the company announced today.



"Larry’s rich background and experience make him uniquely suited to lead our enterprise and pursue our vision that terroir is all about the vineyard, winery and table,” said Mark Tarlov, CEO and Founder of Evening Land Vineyard. “We know Larry will take us to new levels in the industry."

Mr. Stone’s appointment signals a major strategic step forward for Evening Land, a growing producer of estate and regional wines with vineyards in a number of acclaimed terroirs, including the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rita Hills in California, the Eola Hills of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.



“Larry Stone is one of the most respected professionals in the wine business and we are thrilled to bring his expertise as a producer, manager and restaurateur to Evening Land,” said Tarlov. “We will be looking for Larry to help expand our footprint as a business, rounding out the varieties of wines we produce and opening up additional channels for our products in the retail and restaurant trades. I don’t know of a person with a better palate or commitment to making a high quality product.”



“I look forward to working with some of the best vineyards in Oregon, Sonoma, the Central Coast, and Burgundy," said Stone. “ELV has cultivated a very close working relationship with some of the top restaurants and sommeliers in the United States, many of whom are long-time friends. I am positive that this company will continue to grow with this groundwork already laid, and that I will be able to make a significant contribution to that growth.”



Stone brings with him a wealth of wine knowledge. Most recently, Stone was general manager of Rubicon Estate and a two-time recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service. An English-certified Master Sommelier, Stone passed the examination on his first attempt. He was elected to the board of directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004 and became a trustee of the James Beard Foundation in 2005. He is the only American to earn the title of Maître Sommelier from the Union de la Sommelerie Française. His wine-buying and management expertise brought acclaim to the wine programs at the Four Seasons Olympic, Ritz-Carlton and 900 North Michigan Hotels, Charlie Trotter’s restaurant, and finally Rubicon restaurant, which was an iconic destination in San Francisco for 15 years.



Larry will remain centrally located in Napa Valley, making frequent trips to the various vineyard regions in the West Coast.



About Evening Land

“The Evening Land” has long been a symbol of the dream quest for the perfect garden. From ancient Greek myth to now, the search for The Evening Land is synonymous with adventure and romance that inevitably leads to the extremes of America's west coast.



Evening Land Vineyards has brought together a collection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in the three great growing regions of the American west. From the Eola Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley, to the true Sonoma Coast in the town of Occidental, California and ending on the western lip of Santa Barbara County's Santa Rita Hills, Evening Land organically farms over 120 acres of heritage vineyards that produce 13 Estate wines imbued with this unique spirit of place. An orchestrated mix of old vine own-rooted Oregon and California heritage clones, cuttings from the great established Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards of Burgundy and an experimental block of Pinot Noir grown from seed, the vineyards of the Evening Land present a vivid view of Burgundy’s legendary grapes raised in the amazing diversity of America’s climate and soil. The California vineyards are under the direction of dynamic young winemaker Sashi Moorman, who crafts intense yet complex Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills and Sonoma Coast's Occidental Vineyard. The winemaking both in Burgundy and Oregon is directed by Dominic Lafon, one of the most accomplished artisans in the world with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He is assisted in Oregon by Isabelle Meunier and in Burgundy by Christophe Vial.