Movers & Shakers
New York — Kevin Flannery, a certified sommelier and specialist of wine and spirits, takes over as General Manager of Ocean Prime New York. The Midtown steak and seafood house is part of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Flannery succeeds Zach Montgomery, who was recently named regional director at Ocean Prime.
Canandaigua, NY — Jim Trezise, for more than 30-years head of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, sent out his final weekly newsletter, Wine Press, this past weekend. Trezise said he would step down from the organization at the end of 2016, but he had kept his hand in by writing the weekly emails. He now heads to Washington, D.C.- based WineAmerica as president. Sam Filler, the executive director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, succeeds Trezise.
Davis, CA — Horticulture Professor Emeritus Alan Lakso of Cornell University, New York, will be this year’s Honorary Research Lecturer at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) 68th National Conference in Bellevue, Washington, June 26 – 29.
Open to all industry and academic representatives, the conference combines continued professional education and networking for members of all U.S. wine and grape regions, as well as international experts. For more information about ASEV’s 68th National Conference, please click here.
Heard It Through The Grape Vine
Salt Lake City — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed what the Washington Post called the “country’s toughest drunk driver standard.” Under the new law, drivers will be considered impaired at a blood alcohol content, or BAC, of 0.05 percent. In all other states, the legal threshold for impairment is 0.08. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States in 2014.
Santa Rosa, CA — The Sonoma County Vintners unveiled their official lineup of wines for the third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction, taking place April 21 at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, Calif. Comprised of 90 one-of-a-kind lots, the live auction will offer members of the wine trade “never before, never again” wines from Sonoma County’s top vineyards and vintners, available in the market only by resale to their customers. The full descriptions of all lots are available online at sonomawine.com/barrelauction.