By Elizabeth Downer / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The origins of wine go back 7,000 years to Mesopotamia. For thousands of years, wine has been deeply embedded in the culture and the religion of our ancestors. It always has played a major role in the rites of both the Jewish and the Christian faiths. As we approach Passover and Easter, my wine thoughts head to the Holy Land where both religions were born.
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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Effective March 18, Deanna Benzenberg will join Shannon Ridge Family of Wines as the southwest territory manager.
Free Wine Testing “We are thrilled that Deanna will be joining the Shannon Ridge family,” said Chris Baker, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Shannon Ridge Family of Wines. “Deanna has extensive understanding of the fine wine industry, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.” “After nearly 15 years in the wine industry, I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Shannon Ridge Winery family,” said Benzenberg. “The Shannons have a great vision for the quality of wines, the appellation of Lake County, and sustainable practices in the vineyards. It will be exciting for me to represent them in three dynamic markets that have all been home for me at one point or another. I look forward to going back to my roots of wine estate building, and collaborating with a dynamic team in Shannon Ridge Winery and our distributor partners.” Prior to joining Shannon Ridge, Benzenberg was the Colorado sales manager at Treasury Wine Estates (Fosters Wine Estates), managing several district managers and more than 25 winery brands.
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NAPA, Calif. — Accolade Wines North America is introducing Flagstone wines from South Africa to the U.S. market this spring. The initial releases in the U.S. include three of the winery’s handcrafted signature blends and a Viognier, all from the Western Cape region of South Africa.
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The Piney Woods Country Winery and Vineyard is located at 3408 Willow Drive in Orange and is open Monday through Saturday for tasting and tours. Randy Edwards/cat5 Less than a mile off I-10 is a 60-acre vineyard owned by a 90-year-old who’s spent nearly three decades of his retirement producing wine using only Texas-grown ingredients.
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Five wines from Virginia Wineries proved to be tough competition being chosen out of 5,500 entries at the largest competition of American wines in the world.
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