Sergio Martinez, who assumed the position of cellar master at the Spanish Sherry producer Bodegas Lustau last summer when his predecessor suddenly died, was named “Best Fortified Winemaker” at the International Wine Challenge Awards gala in London.
After more than 13 years at the House of Lustau, Martinez” assumed the role of cellar master last summer following the sudden passing of his predecessor and mentor, Manuel “Manolo” Lozano, who had earned the International Wine Challenge Best Fortified Winemaker Award for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015.
“I am enormously proud of being part of the Lustau team,” he said after receiving the award. “This prize is recognition for each and every one of us working at Lustau. I feel incredibly blessed for having had Manolo Lozano’s guidance throughout my career. He was a great teacher and an extraordinary individual. Always generous, creative and visionary. Thank you, Manolo, for showing me the way!”
Member Of Rombauer’s Third Generation Wins Promotion
Reagan Rombauer Blackwood, granddaughter of founder Koerner Rombauer, was named sales and marketing support manager at Rombauer Vineyards. She was the first member of the family’s third generation to be employed at the 37-year-old Napa Valley winery in 2016.
In her new role, Blackwood will conduct sales presentations and assist with sales program development, represent the winery at industry conferences, promotional and philanthropic events, and assist in identifying strategic market opportunities, including exports.
“Reagan has worked with the winery for over a year, representing the company and family at customer functions across the country and in the international market,” said Bob Knebel, Rombauer Vineyards’ chief operating officer. “Her experience has well prepared her to take on additional duties and responsibilities as Rombauer strives to remain strong in an increasingly competitive market.”
Blackwood, daughter of Sheana Rombauer, grew up in Napa Valley and, like her mother, spent a good portion of her youth working at the family owned winery. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boise State University and worked as a project manager in Boise’s International Business Organization.
“Having grown up in the wine industry, I’m thrilled and honored to take on a larger role in my family’s winery, and excited to apply the learnings and experience I’ve gained in other industries to my new role,” Blackwood said.