Soter now plans to focus on his well-established Etude label, a 24-acre Oregon vineyard he purchased two years ago and a new family member -- Olivia, his first child, born three months ago.
"I'm not going out to pasture," said the 47-year-old vintner. "I'm retiring from six jobs to concentrate on three. Consulting has been my day job since 1980, while building Etude on the side. I want to give [Etude] my full attention." Napa-based Etude, which produces about 9,000 cases a year, is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Soter is also planning to release wines from his Oregon vineyard, possibly under a different label.
Soter's associate, Mia Klein, will run the wine consulting business as of April 1. Klein makes Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot under her own highly respected label, Selene. The transition from Soter to Klein should be smooth, as they have been working closely together for 10 years.
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