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Margie Healy of F. Korbel and Bros. Elected Wine Institute 2016-2017 Board Chairman

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Margie HealySAN FRANCISCO—Margie Healy, vice president at F. Korbel and Bros. in Guerneville, Sonoma County, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute’s 82nd Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected were Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, first vice chairman; Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, second vice chairman; Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, treasurer; and John Sutton, The Wine Group, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch is president and CEO of Wine Institute.

“I am honored to support the vital work of the Wine Institute on state, federal and international public policy. We will continue to focus on halting tax and fee bills across the country, reforming the federal excise tax on wine, and expanding privileges in direct-to-consumer wine shipping. We will work to avert devastating tariffs and advocate for a level playing field in international trade agreements. Wine Institute will also highlight the positive trends in our industry with our sustainable winegrowing program and promotions such as California Wine Month,” said Healy.

Healy has more than 40 years’ experience in the wine industry. In 1996, she joined Korbel as communications director and worked closely with Korbel partners to establish the brand as the top premium California champagne in the U.S. Previously, she was director of member relations at Wine Institute in San Francisco where her responsibilities included planning and executing industry events such as the first U.S. conference of the Office of International Vine and Wine (OIV). Since moving to Korbel, she remained active in Wine Institute, serving on several committees, including Public Policy. Healy has received many awards throughout her career, most recently the North Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business award.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group for nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, accounting for 95 percent of California wine production and 85 percent of U.S. wine production. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates of an active board of directors. The board elects the chairman and officers on an annual basis.

Wine Institute’s membership also elected new district- and at-large directors and alternates. District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations. They are:

DISTRICT DIRECTOR ALTERNATE
Northern Tracey Hawkins
Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Lower Lake
Kaj Ahlmann
Six Sigma Winery,
Lower Lake
Sonoma: Carmen Castaldi
Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Healdsburg
Louis M. Foppiano
Foppiano Wine Company, Healdsburg
Steven MacRostie
MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma
Julie Pedroncelli St. John
J. Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville
Debra Mathy
Dutcher Crossing, Healdsburg
David Oliver
Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma
Harry Wetzel
Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg
Vacant
Napa: Robin Baggett
Alpha Omega Winery,
St. Helena
Dennis Cakebread
Cakebread Cellars, Rutherford
Suzanne Groth
Groth Vineyards & Winery, Oakville
Alex Ryan
Duckhorn Wine Company,
St. Helena
Delia Viader
Viader Vineyards, Deerpark
Marketta Fourmeaux
Marketta Winery, Napa
Michael Reynolds
Hall Wines, St. Helena and Rutherford
Paul Leary
Blackbird Vineyards, Napa
Erik Ackerman
Jackson Family Wines, Santa Rosa
San Francisco Bay: William Cooper
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, Saratoga
Earl Ault
Cedar Mountain Winery, Livermore
Monterey Bay: Scott Scheid
Scheid Vineyards, Salinas
Vacant
Central Coast: Justin Baldwin
Justin Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles
Gary Eberle
Eberle Winery, Paso Robles
Frank Ostini
Hitching Post Wines, Buellton
Gretchen Roddick
Hope Family Wines,
Paso Robles
Laura Booras
Riverbench Winery, Santa Maria
Tara Gomez
Kita Wines, Lompoc
Nicholas Miller
The Thornhill Companies,
Santa  Barbara
Stephen Miller
The Thornhill Companies,
Santa Barbara
Southern: Alexander McGeary
Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery, Warner Springs
Vacant
Sierra: Steven Millier
Milliaire Winery, Murphys
Vacant
Northern Interior: David Phillips
Michael-David Winery, Lodi
Randall Lange
LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards, Lodi
Southern Interior: Michael Blaylock
Quady Winery, Madera
Bill Nakata
ASV Wines, Inc., Delano

All members elected 20 at-large directors who had been nominated by the Institute’s Finance and Administration Committee. Alternates were chosen by at-large directors.

AT LARGE DIRECTOR ALTERNATE
Giancarlo Bianchetti
Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland
Holly Killion
Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland
Virginia Clark
Constellation Brands, Victor
To be appointed
James Coleman
E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto
To be appointed
Cindy DeVries
Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland
Jorge Lyng
Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland
Michael Drobnick
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, Parlier
Matthew Towers
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, Parlier
John Franzia, Jr.
Bronco Wine Company, Ceres
Daniel Leonard
Bronco Wine Company, Ceres
Joseph Franzia
Bronco Wine Company, Ceres
Fredrick Irwin, Jr.
Bronco Wine Company, Ceres
Matthew Gallo
Gallo Family Vineyards, Healdsburg
Stephanie Gallo
E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto
Tobin Ginter
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg
Mark Mathewson
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg
Margie Healy
F. Korbel and Bros., Guerneville
Daniel Baker
F. Korbel and Bros., Guerneville
Chris Indelicato
Delicato Family Vineyards, Napa
Jolene Yee
Delicato Family Vineyards, Napa
Steven Lohr
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines,
San Jose
Thomas Selfridge
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines,
San Jose
James O’Malley
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville
Donald McClellan, Jr.
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville
John Sutton
The Wine Group, Livermore
Keith Bauman
The Wine Group, Livermore
Rick Tigner
Jackson Family Wines,
St. Helena
Jeff Wesselkamper
Jackson Family Wines,
St. Helena
Robert Torkelson
Trinchero Family Estates,
St. Helena
Anthony Torres
Trinchero Family Estates,
St. Helena
Roger Trinchero
Trinchero Family Estates,
St. Helena
Peter Larson
Trinchero Family Estates,
St. Helena
Brian Vos
The Wine Group, Ripon
Jeff Dubiel
The Wine Group, Ripon
Michael Walker
Constellation Brands,
San Francisco
Tiffanie De Liberty
Constellation Brands,
San Francisco
Christine Wente
Wente Family Estates, Livermore
Amy Hoopes
Wente Family Estates, Livermore

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