Jackson to shift wine brand production from Arrowood

Tasting room, hospitality center to remain operational at Sonoma Valley property after 'cost-saving measure'

SANTA ROSA -- Jackson Family Wines plans to shift production of the Arrowood brand this summer from its Sonoma Valley winery to the company's Cardinale winery in Oakville to bolster the bottom line.

"The change is nothing more than a cost-saving measure, to streamline operations and reduce the cost of goods sold," said spokeswoman Kelly Keagy.

Arrowood winemaker Heidi von der Mehden will be making the 20,000-case-a-year brand at the Cardinale facility and maintaining an office in Sonoma Valley to monitor grape development. She joined Arrowood as associate winemaker in 2007 and was promoted last month.

Founder and winemaster Richard Arrowood on June 21 announced his "philosophical choice" to leave Arrowood to work on his 3-year-old own brand, Amapola Creek.

"At Amapola Creek I can use the winemaking techniques I developed that contributed to the success of Arrowood, yet on a much smaller scale," he said at the time. "I strongly believe in quality without compromise and prefer to make just a few fine gems."

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