Arnold joined the well-respected California Pinot Noir producer last April after it was purchased by John Dyson, who owns Pebble Ridge Vineyards & Wine Estates. The company's holdings also include Millbrook Winery in New York's Hudson Valley, Villa Pillo Estate in Tuscany, the Pebble Ridge Wine Estates import company and some vineyards in California's North Central Coast.
Dyson and Arnold had different approaches to improving consumer access to fine wines. Dyson has been working to pass direct-shipping legislation in New York state, while Arnold wants to work within the existing "three-tier" distribution system (of producers, distributors and retailers) and integrate all the players. "We both support each other," said Arnold. "We're going towards the same goal, but we just have different ways of working. I'm leaving so he can find someone to do some of the work he wants, and I can continue with a strong focus on what I do."
Arnold has worked at numerous California wineries, including Chalk Hill, Jordan and Chateau Montelena in recent years. In 1992 she formed the Jean Arnold Group, but put it on hold while she worked at Jordan. She will now focus on marketing, sales and strategic planning for ultrapremium and luxury wine brands.
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