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.