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Kevin Travis joins Buccella

Submitted By: Julie Ann Kodmur, May 26, 2012
Kevin Travis joins Buccella as Brand Manager, reporting to founders and proprietors Bill and Alicia Deem. “We are excited to welcome Kevin to our small team. As we continue to develop our business, Kevin offers the expertise that will be a significant asset in the ongoing success of our winery,” the Deems explain in announcing Kevin’s new position.

“I look forward to working with the winery’s distributors and building more awareness for these prestigious wines,” Travis adds. “We look forward to adding Buccella to many more restaurant wine lists in the upcoming months, “ he says.

Travis is based in San Francisco and can be reached at 310/488-7973, Kevin Travis moved to San Francisco from Hawaii to take on his new responsibilities for Buccella. Most recently he was the Beverage Director for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Wailea (Hawaii). A graduate of Colorado State University, Travis helped open Savory in Malibu (California) and the Lazy Ox Canteen in Downtown Los Angeles; he was also the General Manager at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood and in Santa Monica.

Founded in 2002 by Bill and Alicia Deem, Buccella (pronounced ‘boo-kehl-ah’) produces three Napa Valley red wines in extremely limited quantities. Current releases are all 2009 vintages---Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cuvée Katrina Eileen (also a Cabernet). “Our mission is to produce small amounts of handmade, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot,” Bill Deem explains. “Our Cabernets come from several sites in the Valley, while our tiny run of Merlot comes from Larry Hyde’s vineyard in Carneros.” The winemaker is Rebekah Wineburg and Celia Welch is the Consultant Winemaker. The business manager is Lisa Maass.

“We chose the name “Buccella,” which means “mouthful” in Latin, to evoke the big, bold, concentrated layers that make our wines so luxuriously flavorful. Our logo is inspired by the idea of a perfect mouthful, a contemporary interpretation on the tastevin, the small silver cup traditionally used by sommeliers,” Alicia Deem says. “The logo comes to life on each Buccella bottle, with a play of oval shapes and the heavy wax seal which results in a bold and graphic brand-identity, that is immediately recognizable.”

Buccella welcomes visitors by appointment only: to visit, call 707/944-1000 x17.

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