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Portocork Expands Sales Team, Bolstering West Coast Wine Industry Expertise

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Demand for high-quality, natural cork continues to grow

November 16th – (Napa, Calif.) — Portocork, North America’s premier supplier of natural cork closures for the wine, beer, and spirits industry, announced a sales team expansion, adding professional cork representatives that service winemaking regions spanning the entire west coast of California.

“The growing demand for high quality, natural cork products developed specifically to be used by the world’s most discriminating winemakers, created the need for us to grow our California sales team,” said Portocork President & CEO Dustin Mowe. “We are making these additions in order to continue to offer first in class service to our growing customer base”

Christopher Cenami – Sales Manager, has spent nearly two decades in wine and spirits sales in Northern California with major wholesale distributors such as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Young’s Market, and Wine Warehouse. A seasoned wine business professional, Cenami is enthusiastic about delving into the trade side, servicing wine production clients, motivating the team and driving sales initiatives.

Justin Draheim – Account Manager Napa, brings fine wine hospitality and sales expertise to Portocork. A sommelier certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by the Society of Wine Educators, Draheim also earned a Level III Certification in Wine Business Management from Sonoma State University. His passion for wine makes him a great fit to help Portocork grow their footprint in the Napa Valley.

Chris Traverso – Account Manager Sonoma / Mendocino / Lake Counties was born and raised in Sonoma County. His 25 years of wine industry experience in sales, marketing, distribution, and hospitality provide a proper platform for his desire to expand into the production side of the business, making Portocork a perfect professional fit.

Ryan Kirkpatrick – Account Manager Central Coast to Southern California border, has worked in multiple wine industry roles throughout his decade-plus career. His experience includes roles in harvest, wine production, purchasing, bottling, compliance, and brand  marketing, as well as customer-facing responsibilities.  With a passion for sales and interacting with people, Kirkpatrick looks forward to focusing on the burgeoning Central and Southern California wine regions.

Since 1982, Portocork has been the leading supplier of natural cork to the American wine, beer, and spirit’s market. With innovation and quality at the forefront of their mission, the company strives to provide technical solutions for today’s marketplace with reliable, high-quality, natural cork products coupled with best-in-class service.

For more information about Portocork or to arrange a visit to the state-of-the-art facility in Napa, please contact Portocork at 707.258.3930, visit www.portocork.com or send an email to info@portocork.com.  

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