Industry Appointments and Announcements

Stephanie Jacobs winemaker, Dennis Cakebread Chairman And Senior Vice President Of Sales And Marketing, Julianne Laks and Bruce Cakebread President And CEO.
From left to right: Cakebread Cellars' Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker; Dennis Cakebread, Chairman And Senior Vice President Of Sales and Marketing; Julianne Laks; Bruce Cakebread, President And CEO / Photo courtesy of Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars said Stephanie Jacobs, the winery’s assistant winemaker since 2008, will be its new winemaker, succeeding longtime winemaker Julianne Laks, who is retiring.

Jacobs, who has a degree in Viticulture & Enology, joined the winery in 2004. She was named Pinot Noir Project Leader in 2012 and has worked alongside Laks for more than a decade.

Winery President Bruce Cakebread said that Jacobs “already has a strong track record heading up our cellar and lab operations, as well as crafting world-class Pinot Noirs from our Anderson Valley vineyards.”

Laks began her career at Cakebread Cellars in 1986 as assistant winemaker.

“We’ve evolved a lot since Julianne joined the winery and have made many acclaimed wines during her tenure, including our esteemed Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon, which she first developed,” he added.

Rhonda Carano of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery.
Rhonda Carano of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery / Photo courtesy of Carano of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Rhonda Carano To Run Ferrari-Carano Vineyards

Rhonda Carano, who co-founded Sonoma’s Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery with her late husband Don Carano in 1981, will assume the position of senior executive officer and manager for the Ferrari-Carano brands. Don Carano died on October 3, 2017.

“As a team, Don and I shared a dream,” Rhonda Carano said, “His insight and visionary approach in the wine industry back in the early 1980s…is the backbone of Ferrari-Carano’s philosophy of creating memorable wines from vine to bottle.”

In 2017, Ferrari-Carano released its first nationally distributed rosé, the 2016 Dry Sangiovese Rosé. The Ferrari-Carano portfolio includes 24 certified-sustainable estate-owned vineyards spanning more than 1,900 acres in California’s North Bay region.

Amy Grantland Moves Up At Southern Glazer’s

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits said Amy Grantland was promoted to the newly created role of senior vice president, Revenue Management.

“The creation of this new role, combined with Amy’s exceptional experience, will help to ensure we are selling the right inventory to the right customer, at the right time, and for the right price,” said Brad Vassar, Southern Glazer’s executive vice president, and chief operating officer.

Previously, Grantland was the vice president for commercial finance for Southern Glazer’s.

Published on December 8, 2017
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