San Francicsco — Chris Indelicato, President and CEO of Delicato Family Vineyards, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute’s 84th Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected are Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, first vice chairman; John Sutton of The Wine Group in Livermore, second vice chairman; Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery in Oakville, treasurer; and Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, secretary. Bobby Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

“I am honored to serve as Board Chairman and continue Wine Institute’s work advocating on behalf of the California wine industry. As a third-generation vintner, Wine Institute’s commitment to sustainable winegrowing aligns with our dedication to quality, innovation and environmental stewardship. Wine Institute supports key public policy initiatives, such as extending the Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act beyond 2019 so wineries can continue to invest in the future, expanding export opportunities through the removal of trade barriers, and stopping excise tax increases in state legislatures around the country,” said Indelicato.

Indelicato was born and raised in Manteca, California where his grandfather, Gaspare Indelicato, planted the family’s first vineyards in 1924, and founded the Sam Jasper winery — which would eventually become Delicato Family Vineyards. He grew up in the wine business working alongside his father and uncles harvesting, crushing, bottling and even pouring behind the counter of the family’s tasting room, which is located at the company headquarters in Manteca. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he started his career as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He joined Delicato Family Vineyards in 1994 working with his brother, Jay, on the viticulture and winery operations side, eventually serving as National Accounts Manager and, later, as Chief Financial Officer. He has held the position of President and CEO since 2004. Jay, who was the 2007-2008 Wine Institute Board Chairman, serves as Chief Operating Officer. Under their leadership, Delicato Family Vineyards is now a fourth-generation family-owned company and has grown to rank among the top 10 wineries in the U.S. with high-performing brands such as Bota Box, Gnarly Head, Noble Vines, Z. Alexander Brown and Black Stallion Estate Winery on the Silverado Trail. Recently, Delicato formed a strategic partnership with V2 Wine Group and was named the exclusive U.S. importer of Chilean wine Viña Santa Rita.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, which works at the state, national and international levels to support California wineries, whose retail sales in the U.S. reached $35.2 billion in value last year. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates on an active board of directors. The board elects the chairman and officers on an annual basis.

Wine Institute’s membership also elected new district and at-large directors and alternates. District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations. They are:

Northern: Kaj Ahlmann
Six Sigma Winery
Tracey Hawkins
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
Sonoma: Katie Wetzel Murphy
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Harry Wetzel
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Julie Pedroncelli St. John
J. Pedroncelli Winery
Steven MacRostie
MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
Louis M. Foppiano
Foppiano Vineyards
Carmen Castaldi
Rodney Strong Wine Estates
James DeBonis
Trentadue Winery
Debra Mathy
Dutcher Crossing Winery
Napa: Hugh Davies
Schramsberg Vineyards
Dennis Cakebread
Cakebread Cellars
Delia Viader
Viader Vineyards
Robin Baggett
Alpha Omega Winery
Suzanne Groth
Groth Vineyards & Winery
Mike Reynolds
Hall Wines
Michael Maher
Harlan Estate
Michael Honig
Honig Vineyard & Winery
Paul Leary
Blackbird Vineyards
Marketta Fourmeaux
Marketta Winery
San Francisco Bay: Earl Ault
Cedar Mountain Winery
William Cooper
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards
Monterey Bay: Scott Scheid
Scheid Vineyards
Lawrence Lohr
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Central Coast: Frank Ostini
Hitching Post Wines
Gary Eberle
Eberle Winery
Nicholas Miller
The Thornhill Companies
Tara Gomez
Kita Wines
Laura Booras
Riverbench Winery
Gretchen Roddick
Hope Family Wines
Karen Steinwachs
Buttonwood Farm Winery
Stephen Miller
The Thornhill Companies
Southern: Alexander McGeary
Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Linda McWilliams
San Pasqual Winery
Sierra: Elisheva Gur-Arieh
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
Steven Millier
Milliaire Winery
Northern Interior: David Phillips
Michael-David Winery
Randall Lange
LangeTwins Vineyards & Winery
Southern Interior: Steven Schafer
San Joaquin Wine Company
William Nakata
ASV Wines

All members elected 20 at-large directors who had been nominated by the Institute’s Finance and Administration Committee. Alternates were chosen by at-large directors.

Corey Beck
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Ken Minami
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Giancarlo Bianchetti
Fetzer Vineyards
Nicole Iverson
Fetzer Vineyards
Virginia Clark
Constellation Brands
Nichole Malec
Constellation Brands
James Coleman
E. & J. Gallo Winery
To be announced
Cindy DeVries
Fetzer Vineyards
Rodrigo Maturana
Fetzer Vineyards
Michael Drobnick
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
Matthew Towers
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
John Franzia, Jr.
Bronco Wine Company
Daniel Leonard
Bronco Wine Company
Joseph Franzia
Bronco Wine Company
Chris Mifsud
Bronco Wine Company
Matthew Gallo
Gallo Family Vineyards
Stephanie Gallo
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Tobin Ginter
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Timothy Burgess
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Chris Indelicato
Delicato Family Vineyards
Jolene Yee
Delicato Family Vineyards
James O’Malley
Brown-Forman Corporation
David Perata
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
John Sutton
The Wine Group
Keith Bauman
The Wine Group
Rick Tigner
Jackson Family Wines
Katie Jackson
Jackson Family Wines
Robert Torkelson
Trinchero Family Estates
Anthony Torres
Trinchero Family Estates
Roger Trinchero
Family Estates
Peter Larson
Trinchero Family Estates
Brian Vos
The Wine Group
Jeff Dubiel
The Wine Group
Michael Walker
Constellation Brands
Tiffanie De Liberty
Constellation Brands
Christine Wente
Family Estates
Amy Hoopes
Wente Family Estates
Jeff Wesselkamper
Jackson Family Wines
Carolyn Wasem
Jackson Family Wines

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