Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard, honored by Wine Enthusiast magazine
David Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard in Healdsburg, has been honored as an “American Wine Legend” by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The magazine will host a black tie gala on February 7 in Miami so that Stare can collect the award in person as part of the publication’s Wine Star Awards.
Stare founded the winery almost 50 years ago and helped popularize the Dry Creek Valley wine region, known for its zinfandel. He was also the first winemaker to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley in 1972 as well as the first to produce white smoked in Sonoma County.
His daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, has been president of the family winery since 2013.
Andy Beckstoffer Donates $ 1 Million To Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Andy and Betty Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards donated $ 1 million to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The funds will go to the university’s Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture to fund the Beckstoffer Vineyards Fermentation Hall.
The center was completed in September and will open to students in the Winter Quarter. This is the largest fully donor funded investment project in the history of the CSU system.
Beckstoffer Vineyards employs four Cal Poly graduates who are key members of its management and viticulture teams.
Beckstoffer is a legendary winemaker with operations in Napa Valley, Mendocino County and the Red Hills area of Lake County.
“Cal Poly has trained some of the most talented winegrowers and vineyard managers in the world, and we’re especially proud that they’ve made it possible for us to be a part of this program,” Andy Beckstoffer said in a statement.
Sonoma-Cutrer donates to end child hunger
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards of Windsor and Woodford Reserve, the Kentucky Distillery, jointly donated $ 50,000 to No Kid Hungry, a national effort dedicated to ending child hunger.
The companies, both owned by Brown-Forman Corp., first partnered with the organization in July 2018 and have since donated a total of $ 200,000 to the campaign.
“At both Sonoma Cutrer and Woodford Reserve, we are wholeheartedly committed to the communities we call home, whether in our backyards or across the world,” said Cara Morrison, winemaker at chardonnay at Sonoma-Cutrer, in a press release. “It is our privilege to work with No Kid Hungry in their continued efforts to feed children without access to the meals they need. “
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