Casa Vinicola Zonin Appoints New U.S. Executive

Plus Israeli scientists rediscover ancient wines, and other news and notes from the world of wine, beer and spirits.

Italian wine producer Casa Vinicola Zonin recently announced the appointment of Timothy Matz as general manager and executive vice president of its U.S. division. With experience in domestic and international wine and spirits sales, marketing and management, Matz will implement new growth strategies for Zonin USA.

At Ariel University in Israel’s West Bank, Elyashiv Drori and his research team have identified 100 grape varieties unique to Israel, 10 of which are suitable for winemaking. His team is now sequencing the genomes of the grapes to compare them with vinous archaeological discoveries—like the remnants of 3,000-year-old grapes found near Jerusalem’s Old City. Drori eventually wants to use the research to work with winemakers in planting the indigenous grape varieties and recreating heirloom wines.

At the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held in Boulder on October 4, 1,309 breweries and 5,507 competition entries contributed to the event’s largest participation yet. Organized by the Brewers Association, the 28-year-old festival awarded 234 breweries with gold, silver and bronze medals across 90 categories and 145 different beer styles. Check out the full list of winners >>>

Harvey Posert, Jr., an influential leader in the California wine industry, died October 3, 2014, at the age of 84 after a brief illness. Posert’s award-winning career spanned nearly 50 years, first pioneering the Wine Institute’s program to educate Americans about California wine from 1965 to 1980 before joining Robert Mondavi Winery. He eventually started Harvey Posert Public Relations in 1996, where he counseled numerous regional wine associations, public affairs organizations and groups.

Rutherford, California-based Provenance Vineyards announced that it is donating $15,000 to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund in light of the recent Napa Valley earthquake. The fund, which is administered by Napa Valley Community Foundation, will help provide residents, business owners and nonprofits with the resources they need to rebuild. Read about the earthquake here >>>

Published on October 6, 2014



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