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SAN FRANCISCO — Hank Wetzel, Founder and Family Partner of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute’s 85th Annual Meeting of Members in Calistoga. Other board officers elected are John Sutton of The Wine Group in Livermore, first vice chairman; Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery in Oakville, second vice chairman; Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, treasurer; and Randall Lange of LangeTwins Vineyards and Winery in Acampo, secretary. Bobby Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

“I am honored to support Wine Institute’s work in public policy and advocacy for California wineries. We hope to extend or make permanent the federal excise tax reduction and continue to advance direct-to-consumer shipping initiatives to expand consumer access to California wines. Despite challenging tariffs, I also encourage wineries to take a long-term view on building export markets to keep California wines visible on a global basis,” said Wetzel. “All of these activities benefit both large and small wineries.”

Wetzel and multiple generations of the Wetzel family call their property at Alexander Valley Vineyards home. He worked in the vineyards at an early age and graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Fermentation Science, developing a plan in his senior year for a small winery which became the blueprint for Alexander Valley Vineyards. He has held almost every position at the winery, and increased wine production over 42 years from 7,000 cases to more than 180,000 cases. The wines are now sold in every state as well as exported. From the start, Wetzel was committed to using many “green” sustainable practices, and the winery and vineyards are CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE through the CSWA third-party audit program and a participant in the Bay Area Green Business Program.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, which works at the state, national and international levels to support California wineries. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 13 foreign countries, Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates on 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: Kaj Ahlmann
Six Sigma Winery
To be announced
Sonoma: Katie Wetzel Murphy
Alexander Valley VineyardsHarry Wetzel
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Steven MacRostie
MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

Julie Pedroncelli St. John
J. Pedroncelli Winery

Carmen Castaldi
Rodney Strong Wine EstatesEric Lent
St. Michelle Wine Estates

Louis M. Foppiano
Foppiano Vineyards

Mark Malpiede
Williams Selyem

Napa: David Duncan
Silver Oak CellarsDennis Cakebread
Cakebread Cellars

Suzanne Groth
Groth Vineyards & Winery

Hugh Davies
Schramsberg Vineyards

Mike Reynolds
Hall Wines

Michael Maher
Harlan EstateDelia Viader
Viader Vineyards

Robin Baggett
Alpha Omega Winery

Chris Hall
Long Meadow Ranch

Paul Leary
Blackbird Vineyards

San Francisco Bay: Earl Ault
Cedar Mountain Winery
William Cooper
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards
Monterey Bay: Scott Scheid
Scheid Vineyards
Lawrence T. Lohr
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Central Coast: Laura Booras
Riverbench WineryGary Eberle
Eberle Winery

Gretchen Roddick
Hope Family Wines

Karen Steinwachs
Buttonwood Farm Winery

Nicholas Miller
The Thornhill CompaniesMaeve Pesquera
Daou Vineyards & Winery

To be announced

To be announced

Southern: Linda McWilliams
San Pasqual Winery
Stephen Kahle
Woof ‘n Rose Winery
Sierra: Steven Millier
Milliaire Winery
Elisheva Gur-Arieh
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
Northern Interior: Randall Lange
LangeTwins Vineyards & Winery
David Phillips
Michael-David Winery
Southern Interior: Steven Schafer
San Joaquin Wine Company
William Nakata
ASV Wines, Inc.

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
Corey Beck
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Ken Minami
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Giancarlo Bianchetti
Fetzer Vineyards
Nicole Iverson
Fetzer Vineyards
James Coleman
E. & J. Gallo Winery
To be announced
Cindy DeVries
Fetzer Vineyards
Rodrigo Maturana
Fetzer Vineyards
Michael Drobnick
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
Matthew Towers
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
John Franzia, Jr.
Bronco Wine Company
Daniel Leonard
Bronco Wine Company
Joseph Franzia
Bronco Wine Company
Chris Mifsud
Bronco Wine Company
Matthew Gallo
Gallo Family Vineyards
Stephanie Gallo
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Tobin Ginter
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Timothy Burgess
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Sam Glaetzer
Constellation Brands
Nichole Malec
Constellations Brands
Peter Larson
Trinchero Family Estates
Robert Trinchero
Trinchero Family Estates
James O’Malley
Brown-Forman Corporation
David Perata
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
John Sutton
The Wine Group
Keith Bauman
The Wine Group
Rick Tigner
Jackson Family Wines
Katie Jackson
Jackson Family Wines
Robert Torkelson
Trinchero Family Estates
Anthony Torres
Trinchero Family Estates
Brian Vos
The Wine Group
Jeff Dubiel
The Wine Group
Michael Walker
Constellation Brands
Tiffanie De Liberty
Constellation Brands
Christine Wente
 Family Estates
Amy Hoopes
Wente Family Estates
Jeff Wesselkamper
Jackson Family Wines
Carolyn Wasem
Jackson Family Wines
Jolene Yee
Delicato Family Vineyards
Cheryl Indelicato
Delicato Family Vineyards
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