Three well-known California wine companies that are expanding their production have promoted longtime members of their winemaking staffs to new positions.
Joel Aiken, director of winemaking for Beaulieu Vineyard, was promoted to vice president of winemaking for the UDV Wine Group, which owns BV as well as Glen Ellen, Blossom Hill and M.G. Vallejo in California.
Aiken, who spent 17 years with BV, will be in charge of all of UDV's winemaking in California. His primary responsibility will be to improve the quality of the company's wines as it increases its total annual production for both domestic and international distribution.
Meanwhile, Allied Domecq Wines moved John Falcone, who had been head winemaker for Atlas Peak Vineyards in Napa Valley, to Callaway Vineyard & Winery in southern California's Temecula appellation. As general manager of Callaway, Falcone will oversee all winery operations, from grapegrowing to winemaking.
"The winery shows tremendous growth potential," said Falcone, who has been working for Allied Domecq for six years. "I look forward to working with the Callaway team to reach our goals." Callaway's former general manager, John Moramarco, retired in January.
Silverado Vineyards appointed Jonathan Emmerich to the position of winemaker. Emmerich, who has worked at Silverado for 10 years, previously served as associate winemaker. He will be working alongside general manager and founding winemaker Jack Stuart as Silverado expands its barrel cellars by 20,000 square feet to support increased production from new vineyards.
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