Industry Announcements

Signorello Estate Winery after the Atlas Peak Fire.
Signorello Estate Winery after the Atlas Peak fire / Photo by Adrian Gregorutti

When the Atlas Peak Fire ravaged more than 51,000 acres in Napa County and destroyed his Signorello Estate winery, owner Ray Signorello Jr., vowed to rebuild. On January, 3, 2018, he announced hiring architects and a construction company to begin the process.

Signorello hired Taylor Lombardo Architects to oversee the design and Nordby Construction Company to build the new winery and cave facility.

“The world saw Signorello Estate as the face of the Napa Valley fire, soon they will see it as a leading symbol of this region’s comeback,” the partners said in a press release.

Taylor Lombardo Architects will design an open structure that takes advantage of the beautiful site and it will have a professional kitchen—a central part of  Signorello Jr.’s vision for the visitor experience—which will allow for extensive food pairings with the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Nordby will install an estimated 8,000-square-foot cave system for aging wines. The caves will also have a hospitality section that will serve as a temporary tasting space for visitors while the winery rebuilds.

Jordan Winery Goes Toe-to-Toe With S&P 500 Companies

Sonoma’s Jordan Winery said it would join companies like AT&T, Comcast, Bank of America and American Airlines by offering its 85 eligible employees $1,000 bonuses as a result of the passage of the 2017 federal tax cut.

“The heart of any successful business is its employees,” said John Jordan, the 45-year-old CEO of the winery and the philanthropist behind The John Jordan Foundation.

“In a tightening labor market, it’s more important than ever for employees to feel valued and acknowledged,” Jordan said in a statement. “Just imagine if we can get 5,000 small businesses, each with around 200 employees, to join us in giving $1,000 bonuses to their employees. We’d be putting close to $1 billion into the pockets of working Americans even before the withholding tax tables change.”

CNN reported January, 3, 2018, that just a fraction of corporate America has decided to share the tax bonanza directly with workers.

Only 18 companies in the S&P 500 have responded to the tax overhaul by raising wages, handing out bonuses or improving employee benefits, according to the White House. If smaller publicly traded companies such as GoDaddy and Sinclair Broadcasting are included, the list expands to about four dozen.

Skurnik named South African Producer’s U.S. Importer

Skurnik Wines and Spirits is now the sole U.S. importer for South African producer Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.

On their farm on Kasteelberg Mountain in Swartland, Chris and Andrea Mullineux produce many wines. This includes their flagship Syrah, a traditional Old Vines White and a select range of single-terroir Chenin Blanc. They also produce Syrah from the granite, schist, quartz and iron-based soils of the region. These are sold under the Mullineux brand.

They recently launched a range of wines from old-vine heritage vineyards in Franschhoek called Leeu Passant. Wine Enthusiast granted Andrea Mullineux the 2016 Wine Star Award for Winemaker of the Year.

Published on January 3, 2018
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