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Dobbes Family Estate Adds Top Talent


Leading Oregon Wine Producer Continues Marketing and Sales Momentum
Fall Grand Release Celebration on November 23, 2014

Dobbes Family EstateDUNDEE, OREGON, November  19, 2014 – Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe, one of Oregon’s most prominent and largest wine producers, has expanded its ranks and hired several seasoned professionals in the areas of consumer marketing, wine club management and sales. In addition, the company has promoted General Manager Gretchen Boock to COO and Josh Morrison to Cellar Master.  All of this at a time when the company’s wines continue to garner high praise across the range.

Recent wine accolades for Dobbes Family Estate include inclusion in Oregon’s 50 Best Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs (published by 50 Best), a 93 point Wine Spectator rating for the Dobbes Estate 2010 Quailhurst Pinot Noir, and six 90+ point ratings from Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar including 92 for both 2012 Patricia’s Cuvee Pinot Noir and 2012 Symonette single vineyard Pinot Noir.

“I continue to be exceptionally proud of the quality of our wines and the team here in Dundee,” remarked Joe Dobbes, Founder, President and Winemaker. “It’s always rewarding when people can grow with a company, which is exactly what Gretchen has done. She was my first employee and has been my right hand for over 10 years. Similarly, Josh has been making significant contributions to our winemaking team and tasting room for four years now. His dedication and enthusiasm are hallmarks of this place.”

Gretchen Boock continued, “It’s an exciting time at Dobbes right now. Our wines continue to get high marks; Joe is known for his outstanding Pinot Noirs as well as his esoteric white wines. We have opportunities in the Direct to Consumer side of our business, the tasting room and wine club, as well as the wholesale piece, and we are staffing up with top folks to support our needs and grow strategically.”

In addition to the promotion of Gretchen Boock to COO and Josh Morrison to Cellar Master, the company has hired Lauren Barnes as Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Tracy Smith as Wine Club Coordinator and Frank Alverson as NW Regional Sales Manager.

“We have much to celebrate this Sunday at our annual Winter Grand Release Party,” continued Dobbes.  “We are releasing our 2012 Chardonnay, our 2011 Circle Cuvee Pinot Noir, and a Syrah based port-style wine that I really love, the 2010 Mirror Image, all perfect for the holidays.”

Team Additions at Dobbes

Lauren Barnes, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, is an accomplished entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing, handling a wide range of products and clients for San Francisco agencies. In addition, for 10 years, Barnes owned and operated The Grand Papery, a luxury goods retail store in the Portland area.

Tracy Smith, Wine Club Coordinator, has 10 years of experience in the wine, beverage and retail industries.  Most recently, Smith was with the Cliff Creek Cellars winery in Newberg, OR.

Frank Alverson, NW Regional Sales Manager Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe, has a successful track record of over 28 years in the Northwest beverage industry.  Most recently, Alverson was the Regional Northwest Manager for Talking Rain Beverage, where he managed chains and distributors, including Fred Meyer, Whole Foods and New Seasons.  Prior to Talking Rain, he was the Northwest Regional Sales Manager at Don Sebastiani & Sons, a family owned and operated wine negociant, and was National Account Manager of Columbia Distributing for Oregon/Washington, one of the nation’s largest malt beverage, wine and non-alcoholic distributors. He was at Columbia for 20 years.

Dobbes Team

(L-R) Lauren Barnes, Joe Dobbes, Gretchen Boock, Frank Alverson, Tracy Smith, Josh Morrison

November Release Celebration November 23, 2014

November 23rd, 2014 from 11 am – 5 pm
Dobbes Family Estate, 240 SE 5th St., Dundee, OR 97115 / 503.538.1141
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About Dobbes Estate Wine/Wine by Joe

Joe Dobbes, an Oregon native, has built a thriving business by combining knowledge gained through invaluable apprenticeships in France and Germany and the experience of over 25 years of winemaking.  In 2001, Dobbes launched Wine by Joe, a multi-tiered business based in Dundee, Oregon.  Recognized for the elegance and craft of his wines, Dobbes is now one of the largest producers in Oregon with 214 acres of estate vineyards.  While an industry leader in custom winemaking and bulk wine production, Dobbes’ focus is on crafting traditional Burgundian style wine under his three different brands: Dobbes Family Estate, the luxury Pinot Noir label; Wine by Joe, a value-priced Oregon appellation label, and Jovino, an offering available on-premise. Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe is a Bacchus Capital portfolio company. For more information, visit: www.joedobbeswines.com.

About Bacchus Capital Management
Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.

Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.

Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.

For more information, visit www.bacchuswinefund.com

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