Local winegrowers look back at 2018

Association lauds members, installs new board

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association gathered recently to look back on the achievements of 2018 and recognize contributions from its members.

One success noted was the introduction of the Wine & Wags event for wine lovers and their dogs. The association also announced the launch of its refreshed logo and website, and plans for a delegation of winery proprietors and winemakers to visit with national media in New York.

Executive Director Chris Chandler presented the following member awards:

* Winery Member of the Year: Longevity Wines (accepted by Phil Long, owner/winemaker).

* Community Partner of the Year: City of Livermore (accepted by Mayor John Marchand).

* Affiliate Member of the Year: Black Tie Transportation (accepted by Bill Wheeler, president).

Marchand also swore in the LVWA 2019-20 Board of Directors. Alexandra Henkelman, owner and winemaker at Omega Road Winery, will serve as president. Other board members include:

* Gina Cardera, Garre Vineyard & Winery, vice president

* Debbie Cristiano, Page Mill Winery, secretary

* Lisa Maier, Las Positas Vineyards, treasurer

* Kathy Liske el Sol Winery, Association Marketing Advisory Committee chairwoman

* Amy Hoopes, Wente Family Estates, past president

* Holger Hornisch, Wood Family Vineyards

* Heather McGrail, McGrail Vineyards & Winery

* Harry Galles, Galles Vineyard

* Jordan Wente, Winemakers Studio

* Lindsay Knight, Murrieta's Well

* Ian O'Leary, Spirited Packaging

* Rhiannon Eddy, The Purple Orchid.

For more information about the association, visit

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