Margaret Duckhorn of Duckhorn Wine Company Elected 2008-09 Wine Institute Chairman

Jun 19, 2008, 01:00 ET from Wine Institute

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Margaret Duckhorn has been
 elected Wine Institute board chairman for the 2008-2009 fiscal year at the
 74th Annual Wine Institute Meeting of Members held at the Four Seasons
 Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara. She is Co-founder and Executive Vice
 President of Industry Relations at Duckhorn Wine Company, which includes
 Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena, Paraduxx in Napa Valley and Goldeneye in
 Anderson Valley. Also elected were Raymond Chadwick of Diageo Chateau &
 Estate Wines, headquartered in Napa, first vice chairman; Tom Klein of
 Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, second vice chairman; David Kent of
 the Wine Group, headquartered in San Francisco, treasurer; and Kathleen
 Heitz Myers of Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena, secretary.
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     Margaret Duckhorn established Duckhorn Vineyards with Dan Duckhorn in
 1976 and has spent over 30 years building Duckhorn Vineyards' reputation
 for quality and excellence. A respected member and advocate for the Napa
 Valley wine industry, Margaret is a past President of the Napa Valley
 Vintners Association, past Board Member of the American Institute of Wine &
 Food, a founding member of Women for WineSense, and past member of the
 Oversight Committee for Farmworker Housing.
     As Wine Institute chairman, Duckhorn will work to further develop
 strategic focus on the Institute's historical core values in "respecting
 the land, workers, consumers and the communities we serve" by building upon
 the success of the California wine industry's Sustainable Winegrowing
 Program, a major initiative that promotes responsible practices for wine
 production that is sensitive to the environment and communities. At the
 meeting of members, she highlighted Wine Institute's partnership with the
 California Travel and Tourism Commission in attracting visitors to the
 state and its wine regions, as well as the Institute's "California First"
 program, a campaign that engages industry trade and wineries to communicate
 messages about the state's unique and positive attributes and
 contributions. Duckhorn expressed continued support for work on regulatory
 and political challenges, including fair trade and tax matters, and
 advocating for the industry's competitiveness both here and abroad.
     The Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group for California
 wineries and affiliated businesses, which now has more than 1,100 members
 accounting for 95 percent of California wine production and 85 percent of
 U.S. wine production. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento,
 Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 13 foreign countries, the
 Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates of
 an active board of directors. The board elects the chairman and officers on
 an annual basis. Robert P. Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

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