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carolyn wenteThe California Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy association representing nearly 1,000 California wineries, announced the election of Carolyn Wente as its 2014-2015 Board Chairman.  She is the 5th member of the Wente family to hold this position since the organization was founded by Herman Wente over 80 years ago in 1933.

In addition to her new duties at Wine Institute, Carolyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Wente Family Estates in Livermore, the country’s oldest, family-run wineries and California’s First Family of Chardonnay. This recognition from her peers is a nice tribute to Carolyn and her many contributions to the wine industry.

The election was held at Wine Institute's 80th Annual Meeting of Members in Half Moon Bay where other board officers elected were: Greg Coleman of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, first vice chairman; Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, second vice chairman; Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, treasurer; and Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch is president and CEO of Wine Institute.

"The 80th anniversary of Wine Institute's establishment marks tremendous growth of California wine from about 14 million cases in 1934 to 272 million in 2013. Wine Institute has supported this growth by promoting and protecting the interests of California wine and all wine in Washington, D.C., all 50 states and the international arena," said Wente. "Preventing punitive taxes and fees, monopoly protection and restrictive trade barriers are part of the vigilant, daily work of Wine Institute. The organization also supports expanding exports, direct-to-consumer shipping, sustainable winegrowing and communicating the values and benefits of the California wine industry. I am honored to chair this vital work with my fellow vintners," she declared.