With this year's harvest quickly approaching, many California wineries are shuffling winemakers.
Jim Allen, who founded Napa Valley's Sequoia Grove in 1978, is retiring as president and winemaker. He will hand his responsibilities over to Michael Trujillo, who has been a winemaker at Sequoia Grove since 2002.
Graham Weerts was named the new winemaker at Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma County, one of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates' boutique brands, known for its Chardonnay and Bordeaux-style wines. Weerts, a native of South Africa, had previously worked at several wineries in his native country and in Bordeaux.
At Flowers Vineyard and Winery on the Sonoma Coast, which is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, former associate winemaker Ross Cobb has been promoted, replacing winemaker Hugh Chappelle, who is now director of winemaking at Lynmar Winery, a Russian River Valley winery that also specializes in Burgundy varietals.