Margie Healy, vice president at F. Korbel and Bros. in the west Sonoma County community of Guerneville, was elected the new chairwoman of an influential wine industry advocacy group.
“I am honored to support the vital work of the Wine Institute on state, federal and international public policy,” Healy said in a statement. “We will continue to focus on halting tax and fee bills across the country, reforming the federal excise tax on wine, and expanding privileges in direct-to-consumer wine shipping. We will work to avert devastating tariffs and advocate for a level playing field in international trade agreements. Wine Institute will also highlight the positive trends in our industry with our sustainable winegrowing program and promotions such as California Wine Month.
The election for chairman and other 2016–2017 roles was held at the San Francisco-based group’s 82nd annual member meeting in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected were Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, as first vice chairman; Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, second vice chairman; Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, treasurer; and John Sutton, The Wine Group, secretary.
Robert “Bobby” Koch is president and CEO.
Healy has more than 40 years’ experience in the wine industry, including a stint at the Wine Institute. In 1996, she joined Korbel, best known for its namesake sparkling-wine brand, as communications director and worked closely with Korbel partners to establish the brand as the top premium California champagne in the U.S. Before that, she was Wine Institute director of member relations, where her responsibilities included planning and executing industry events such as the first U.S. conference of the Office of International Vine and Wine (OIV).
Since going to Korbel, she remained active at the Wine Institute, serving on the Public Policy and other committees. Healy has received a number of awards throughout her career, most recently among North Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business.
Wine Institute (wineinstitute.org) is the public-policy advocacy group for nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, accounting for 95 percent of California wine production and 85 percent of U.S. wine production. The organization has offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 foreign countries. The group’s board is made up of 80 vintner members and alternates.
Wine Institute’s membership also elected new district and at-large directors and alternates. District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, nominated by regional winery associations. Elected for the Northern district were Tracey Hawkins, Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Lower Lake, and alternate Kaj Ahlmann, Six Sigma Winery, Lower Lake.
For the Sonoma district, Carmen Castaldi, Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Healdsburg; Louis M. Foppiano, Foppiano Wine Company, Healdsburg; Steven MacRostie, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma; Julie Pedroncelli St. John, J. Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville; and alternates Debra Mathy, Dutcher Crossing, Healdsburg; David Oliver, Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma; Harry Wetzel, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg; and a vacant seat.
For the Napa district, Robin Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery, St. Helena; Dennis Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars, Rutherford; Suzanne Groth, Groth Vineyards & Winery, Oakville; Alex Ryan, Duckhorn Wine Company, St. Helena; Delia Viader, Viader Vineyards, Deerpark; and alternates Marketta Fourmeaux, Marketta Winery, Napa; Michael Reynolds, Hall Wines, St. Helena and Rutherford; Paul Leary, Blackbird Vineyards, Napa; and Erik Ackerman, Jackson Family Wines, Santa Rosa.