Beringer Wine Estates appointed David Schlottman, former winemaker for Napa Ridge, as senior winemaker of St. Clement Vineyards in Napa Valley. Schlottman, who has been with Beringer for nearly 25 years, left Napa Ridge in January, when it was sold to Bronco Wine Co.
Schlottman will work with St. Clement winemaker Bill Ballentine, who will continue to oversee day-to-day production.
Best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends, St. Clement produces about 20,000 cases each year from purchased fruit and from 22 acres of estate vineyards. The winery was founded in 1975 by eye surgeon William Casey, who sold it in 1987 to brewing company Sapporo USA.
Beringer purchased St. Clement in 1999, adding it to a portfolio of six California wineries, including Chateau St. Jean, Meridian and Stags' Leap Winery.