List includes North American vintners, growers, educators, media and trade members
Santa Rosa, Calif. – The cover feature for the November-December 2013 issue of Vineyard & Winery Management (V&WM) magazine, a bimonthly trade publication based in Northern California, recognizes the “20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry.” Among the “Most Admired” are winemakers, grape growers, educators, media members, and other industry professionals.
The list was compiled by V&WM editors with the input of a judging panel comprised of winemakers, grape growers, wine writers, educators, buyers, sommeliers and consultants throughout North America. Panelists were asked to nominate their industry heroes, then given a list of 50 finalists and asked to vote for their top candidates.
“This is not a list of the most powerful nor influential people in the wine business, although there are certainly people on our list who fit those descriptions,” said V&WM editor-in-chief Tina Caputo. “We thought it would be more interesting to ask people who they admire, because it opens up a discussion about the traits and actions that inspire esteem. We often admire people for their success, but factors like vision and integrity also come into play.”
When the final votes were tallied, 20 nominees – diverse in their backgrounds and accomplishments – rose to the top. Because no individual person received significantly more votes than the others, V&WM chose to list the winners in alphabetical, rather than numerical, order.
The Top 20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry include:
Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic, The New York Times
Ted Baseler, CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Andy Beckstoffer, Chairman/CEO, Beckstoffer Vineyards
Dan Berger, Wine Writer/Publisher, “Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences”
Jean-Charles Boisset, President, Boisset Family Estates
Cathy Corison, Founder/Winemaker, Corison Winery
Paul Draper, CEO/Winemaker, Ridge Vineyards
Merry Edwards, Founder/Winemaker, Merry Edwards Winery
Randall Grahm, Founder, Bonny Doon Vineyard
Jerry Lohr, Founder, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Larry Mawby, Proprietor/Winemaker, L. Mawby Vineyards
Dr. Carole Meredith, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology/Co-owner, Lagier Meredith Vineyard
Lucie Morton, Viticulture Consultant/Ampelographer
Luca Paschina, General Manager/Winemaker, Barboursville Vineyards
Joel Peterson, Head Winemaker, Ravenswood Winery
Johannes Reinhardt, Winemaker, Anthony Road Wine Company and Kemmeter Wines
Jim Trezise, President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Carolyn Wente, CEO, Wente Vineyards
Dr. Jim Wolpert, Viticulture Extension Specialist Emeritus, UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology
Kevin Zraly, Wine Educator
To read the full story, including profiles of the award winners, visit: http://www.vwmmedia.com/magazine/current_issue.asp
About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is a family-owned multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM’s conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include the International Wine Channel TV Awards, The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition/West Coast Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.
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