The North Bay Business Journal, in collaboration with the Wine Industry Network, honored those who have brought innovation to the wine industry at the Wine Industry Awards presentation Nov. 29 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. The network presented five WINnovation Awards to companies for their work in the industry.
The Business Journal recognized several individuals, including winery owners and vineyard managers, in addition to recognizing suppliers in key areas such as wine marketing and glass and cork suppliers.
In addition, the Business Journal honored Gary Heck, president and owner of Korbel Champagne, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to his story, Business Journal Staff Writer Jeff Quackenbush complied profiles on each of the Business Journal award recipients.
Wine Industry Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary B. Heck, Korbel
Glass and Cork Supplier: M.A. Silva USA
Direct to Consumer: WineDirect and Vin65
Vineyard Management Company: Advanced Viticulture, Inc.
Marketing Innovation: Ron Rubin, The Rubin Family of Wines
Winery Owners: Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, proprietors, Benovia Winery
Vineyard Manager: Jim Del Bondio, vineyard manager, Yount Mill Vineyards