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    Rick Magnuson, GI Partners, and Alex Ryan, Duckhorn Wine Co.: Investment helps Duckhorn fly higher

    Rick Magnuson, founder of GI Partners, owner of Duckhorn Wine Co., is set to be the keynote speaker at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on April 22.

    Duckhorn Wine President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Ryan and he plan to talk about how Duckhorn Wine weathered the global financial crisis and came out much stronger. They spoke with the Business Journal on how their collaboration accomplished this.

    Tom Bonomi, Classic Wines: Investing in brand, consumer connections

    Tom Bonomi is president and chief executive officer of Classic Wines, LLC, a portfolio of wine brands and supporting vineyards for TPG co-founder Bill Price.

    Mr. Bonomi is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on brand positioning in a global marketplace. He spoke with the Business Journal about the strategy of active partnership with brand founders in building direct-to-consumer sales.

    Phil Hurst, Truett-Hurst: Packaging innovation for wine success

    Phil Hurst is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Healdsburg-based Truett-Hurst, Inc., a publicly owned wine producer.

    Mr. Hurst is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on innovation in brand-building. He spoke with the Journal about the company’s novel approach.

    Eugenio Jardim: Reconnecting vintners and diners

    Eugenio Jardim is a San Francisco-based wine consultant, sommelier and wine educator, with a career spanning three decades in the U.S. and Brazil.

    Mr. Jardim is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on April 22. The topic is on-premise wine consumption and other industry trends.

    He spoke with the Business Journal about the direction on-premise wine programs have been going and should go.

    Jordan Kivelstadt, Free Flow Wines: Tapping into thirst for freshest wine

    Jordan Kivelstadt is co-founder and chief executive officer of Napa-based Free Flow Wines, which fills and manages wineries’ kegs used in on-premise by-the-glass sales.

    Mr. Kivelstadt is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on emerging trends. He spoke with the Business Journal about some of them.

    From conference sponsor Wine Industry Network

    Erle Martin, Crimson Wine Group: Standing out amid myriad brand options

    Erle Martin is president and chief executive officer of Napa-based Crimson Wine Group, a publicly owned producer of fine wines.

    He is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual wine industry conference on brand development. He spoke with the Journal about the company’s work to bolster its portfolio.

    Hardy Wallace, Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery: Wine consumers want brand new conversation

    Hardy Wallace is winemaker and an owner of Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery of Calistoga.

    Mr. Wallace is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference about on-premise wine consumption and other industry trends. He spoke with the Business Journal about new media’s impact on wine and cutting-edge branding.

    Matt Wood, Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard: Recalling history, changing preconceptions

    Matt Wood is estate director for Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard.

    Mr. Wood is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on brand building.

    He spoke with the Business Journal about the approach to marketing four-decade-old brands Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard in the modern world.

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