Nestled between a PG&E plant, a Burger King and a hot-sheets hotel in Antioch, California, Evangelho Vineyard dates back to the 1890s when the sandy stretch of land was planted with Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre and other varieties to make a unique field blend.
Morgan Twain-Peterson, owner and winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co., has been making wines from the Evangelho vines since 2011. Second-generation caretaker Frank Evangelho will remain as an adviser.
Manuel Carranza, the vineyard’s longtime foreman, will stay on as well. “He’s the tie that binds out there,” Twain-Peterson said.
In the deal announced last week, Bedrock purchased 10 acres of the vineyard from Evangelho, though financial terms were not disclosed. The remaining 26 acres are owned by PG&E and are leased to Evangelho. Bedrock has taken over that lease.
Cambria Winery Welcomes Jill DelaRiva Russell as Winemaker
Cambria Winery, a Santa Maria Valley winery known for its Pinot Noir, has announced that Jill DelaRiva Russell will be its new winemaker. She succeeds Denise Shurtleff, who has been promoted to winery general manager.
Part of Jackson Family Wines, Cambria is in the coastal ridges of Santa Maria and its wines are 100-percent grown, produced and bottled on the estate.
Russell developed her winemaking and regional expertise as assistant winemaker at Stephen Ross Wine Cellars in San Luis Obispo, followed by a harvest with Domaine Henry Pelle in Morogues, France. She returned to California in 2015 and served as assistant winemaker at Paul Lato Wines, focusing on Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley and St. Rita Hills. A longtime San Luis Obispo resident, Russell has a bachelor’s degree in wine and viticulture from California Polytechnic State University.
International Beverage names Steph Ridgway manager of Brand Education, NA
The International Beverage Group, a marketing agency, announced the appointment of Steph Ridgway to the newly created position of manager of Brand Education–North America.
A veteran of the hospitality industry with a passion for spirits, Ridgway will be responsible for providing education in key markets and across all channels to raise awareness and encourage trial of the International Beverage core single malt and gin portfolio. Principal brands include Speyburn, Old Pulteney, Balblair, and anCnoc single malt whiskies along with Caorunn Gin.
Ridgway will work closely with the 375 Park Avenue Spirits team, which markets and sells the spirits in the United States.