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Sonoma's Carmenet Winery Hires New General Manager


Ryan Isaac
Posted: November 8, 1999

Sonoma Valley's Carmenet Winery has hired Paula Kornell as its new general manager to oversee winery administration, marketing, public relations and hospitality.

After spending the past six years as corporate-accounts sales manager for Robert Mondavi Winery, the self-described "Napa Valley girl" was ready for a change. "It's a new adventure going to Sonoma," she said, "and a great opportunity to put a true gem in the limelight."

Carmenet -- owned by the Chalone Wine Group, along with Acacia Winery, Chalone Vineyards and Edna Valley Vineyards -- currently produces 50,000 cases annually and owns 97 acres of vineyards. Its wines include the Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc-Simillon blend and the Moon Mountain Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red blend.

Of the several projects shell be involved with, Kornell said that she was most looking forward to the construction of a new 60,000-case winery where production of almost all of the Carmenet wines will take place. However, the Moon Mountain Reserve will continue to be produced in the original winery.

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