Also: Napa Valley Vintners take Auction Napa Valley further high-tech; Alfaro named managing partner
Peter Mondavi, Marc Mondavi and Peter Mondavi Jr., proprietors of C. Mondavi & Sons, producer of the 150-year-old Charles Krug brand, hired a management and winemaking team.
Mike Jaeger now is chief operating officer of C. Mondavi & Sons. His 25-year career in wine brand management includes work at Constellation Brands, Vincor International and Trinchero Family Estates. He has expanded and reinvigorated "mature" brands as well as guiding acquisitions and alliances.
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Paul Englert is the new vice president of marketing. Previously, he has stints Daniels Ltd., E&J Gallo and Terlato Wines International.
Stacy Clark, whose expertise is Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux blends for 25 years at Pine Ridge Vineyards, will work with Peter Mondavi Jr. as the new winemaker for the 75,000-case-a-year Charles Krug brand. Marc Mondavi and John Moynier still oversee 1.4 million cases made annually for the CK Mondavi Family Vineyards and CR Cellars.
"Marc and I are confident that, with this team, and the significant investments we have made and continue to make in our Napa Valley vineyards and winemaking facilities, we will stay true to the vision and values of our grandparents and position our family business for significant, sustainable growth," Mr. Mondavi Jr. said.
The Napa Valley Vintners' annual Auction Napa Valley fundraiser June 3--5 is going more high-tech this year.
In addition to streaming Twitter dispatches with the hashtag #ANV11 on three big-screen televisions at the Friday Barrel Auction and Marketplace, organizers set up the event to work with the scavenger hunt smartphone app SCVNGR (short for "Scavenger"). Auction-goers can compete with each other in completing challenges and earning points.
An E-Auction, operated by Napa-based WineBid.com, launches at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, May 29. Online bidders will be able to compete with those attending the live auction Friday through 6 p.m. that Sunday. The 150 available lots are viewable, even in 3-D, at www.napavintners.com/anv. Bidders on site will be able to scan QR codes with their smartphones to get more information on the lots and place bids.
Kevin Alfaro has been named the new managing partner of the CPA firm Brown Holder Alfaro & Co.
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Mr. Alfaro, 45, who started at the firm as an intern and became a partner in 1999, will succeed current managing partner Robert Holder, effective June 1.
Mr. Holder, 66, who is staying with the company, called the transition a “natural evolution” in the life of the business.
“We’re very excited to see this next generation of partners, led by Kevin, stepping into leadership roles,” Mr. Holder said.
“I am thrilled to assume the position of managing partner this coming June,” Mr. Alfaro said. “I see this role as continuing on with our rich tradition of a strong client service and unparalleled wine industry technical expertise.”
For more than 60 years Brown Holder Alfaro has provided accounting, tax, and business consulting services to individuals and companies of all sizes across a wide geographic area. Originally part of now Napa-based G&J Seiberlich & Co., Brown Holder Alfaro was formed in December 2009. A majority of its clients are in the wine industry.