July 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Contact: Mike Hyland – 707/245-9559
SONOMA, CA.—Tom Meadowcroft, winegrower and founder of Meadowcroft Wines (www.meadowcroftwines.com) announces longtime co-worker and winemaker Petar Kirilov to the position of Winemaker for the Meadowcroft, Thomas Henry and Foyt Family labels. Kirilov joined Meadowcroft Wines in 2008 as a winemaker to oversee the production of small lot wines. During the past four years, the winery has increased its annual production from 3,500 cases to 25,000 cases.
“Petar Kirilov has a rare talent in the winemaking industry: to be able to assemble a series of different wines, while maintaining our excellent wine stylistic direction from vintage to vintage,” said Tom Meadowcroft. “Doing this with more than ten different wines is a very complex task and requires a high level of alchemy.”
In addition to his work with Meadowcroft, Kirilov is also the founder of VinoEnology.com, (www.VinoEnology.com) the successful and unique wine industry website created to assist winemakers, winegrowers, marketers and other wine industry professionals with winemaking calculators, an industry directory, marketplace and wine news. The site is utilized by wine industry professionals around the world.
Kirilov grew up in Bulgaria, graduating from the prestigious University of Food Technologies in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Beverage Technology, with a specialization in wine, beer, spirits and soft drink technology. He began his professional career at a Bulgarian factory specializing in high alcohol beverages. In 2003 he decided to leave for California and learn more about the winemaking process. He interned at Truchard Vineyards in Napa, being promoted to assistant winemaker. In 2005 he joined Vinovation, a hi-tech wine company, as winemaker and was involved in numerous research and development projects.
The Meadowcroft winery is located in Sebastopol, California. The tasting room, which opened in October, 2010, is located at the CornerStone Gardens complex at 23574 Arnold Drive/Hwy 121 in Sonoma, California. The tasting room serves the Meadowcroft, Thomas Henry and Foyt Family wines.
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