BENTON CITY, Wash. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Kimberley Drake has joined the sales team at Hedges Family Estate in Washington State to support North American sales initiatives, the winery announced today.
Drake will have a particular focus on California and other West Coast territories as well as other sales responsibilities in domestic and international markets for the 80,000-case winery, said Hedges co-founder Tom Hedges.
“We are very happy to have Kimberley join our team at Hedges as we look to bolster our sales initiatives on the West Coast,” said Hedges, who co-founded Hedges Family Estate in 1987 with his wife Anne-Marie. “We already have a very strong footprint up and down the West Coast, but we’re confident that Kimberley will be able to grow our market share significantly by leveraging her experience and network there.”
This is the second addition to Hedges’ national sales team in the past six months. In 2016, Kimberly Ruth Cavoores joined the Hedges’ team to support sales initiatives in Northeast and Midwest markets.
Drake is well-steeped in the wine and hospitality industries. She started her wine career as a sommelier at Jean Georges in New York City before moving to Hong Kong to be chief sommelier at Café Gray Deluxe.
Drake returned to the U.S. to work as corporate assistant beverage manager for the Michael Mina Group in San Francisco. In that role, she helped organize the wine and beverage programs for all new Mina properties as well as oversaw the 17 pre-existing beverage programs within the group.
In 2012, Drake returned to Asia to pursue consulting opportunities in Hong Kong. She worked with corporate clients such as 82 Co., Arcane Restaurant, Meiburg Wine Media, Applied Wine and managed individual cellars for private clients. While in Hong Kong, she helped Debra Meiburg MW launch WineSPIT, a prestigious conference and educational series for wine professionals in Asia.
“I deeply admire what the Hedges family has done to build the brand and expand awareness for the Red Mountain AVA,” Drake said. “They’re great people with a powerful commitment and passion for the terroir of Red Mountain. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with this team and representing Hedges Family Estate and Washington wine.”
About Hedges Family Estate
Hedges Family Estate is an 80,000-case winery located in Washington State. Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges co-founded the winery in 1987 on Red Mountain.
As one of the first wineries and vineyards on Red Mountain, Hedges helped pioneer the renowned Red Mountain AVA, which was nominated as AVA of the Year in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Today, Hedges Family Estate manages 120 acres of vineyards on Red Mountain and has the largest Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyards in Washington State.
With its estate Red Mountain fruit, Hedges produces wines under the La Haute Cuvee, Hedges Family Estate, and Descendants Liegeois Dupont labels. In addition, Hedges has two brands that feature grapes from some of the finest vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA – CMS by Hedges and House of Independent Producers (HIP).
Wines from Hedges Family Estate are distributed in all 50 states and in 25 countries internationally. For information, please see www.hedgesfamilyestate.com.