Viticulture briefs

Mumm Napa was named the official sparkling wine of the America’s Cup Summer of Racing in San Francisco. From this week’s opening ceremonies through the final races in September, Mumm Napa sparkling wines will be on hand, the Rutherford company said in a news release.

“We are so pleased to bring the spirit of Mumm Napa — the spirit that celebrates every day luxury — to the America’s Cup, especially since it is to be raced on the iconic San Francisco Bay,” said Simon Towns, managing director of Mumm Napa. Spectators can drink a glass of Mumm Napa sparkling wine on shore throughout the summer at the America’s Cup Park on Piers 27 and 29, venues and general concessions, the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green, and on official on-water viewing boats.

Treviño gets new post

Antonio Treviño has been named director of winemaking operations for Sonoma Wine Co. and Purple Wine Co. In this newly created role, he will supervise winemaking activities over the companies’ wine brands, control and private label wine programs and contract bottling services, as well as wine and grape sourcing.

“Antonio’s can-do attitude and steady-as-it-goes demeanor has been a great asset to us as the companies have grown and evolved over the years,” owner and CEO Derek Benham said in a news release.

Alex Cose will continue to lead winemaking at Purple Wine as senior vice president. David Elliott and Richard Castle will continue to lead control label and private label winemaking for Sonoma Wine Co.

Kosta Browne acquisition

Kosta Browne has bolstered its new estate program with the purchase of its first vineyard, a 20-acre block from the Keefer Ranch, located in the Russian River Valley appellation.

“We have been sourcing Pinot Noir from the Keefer Ranch since 2005, and it has been a gem in our portfolio, having designated the wine since that vintage,” winery founder Michael Browne said in a news release.

Kosta Browne will acquire the K2 block. Marcy Keefer will continue to farm her remaining 30 acres, selling these those grapes to her existing winery clients.

The acquisition of Keefer Ranch comes on the heels of the winery securing a long term lease of 37 acres from the Gap’s Crown Vineyard.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. You can send items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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