The board of directors representing the growers and vintners of the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) has retained industry veteran Terry Hall, a Calistoga resident, to lead marketing and promotion of the Oak Knoll region.

Terry has an intimate knowledge of the AVA from his work on it prior to and including his time with the Napa Valley Vintners, said winery owner Janet Trefethen. He was our unanimous choice as we move in a new direction promoting Oak Knoll.

To learn more, visit OakKnollDistrictOfNapaValley.com.

St. Supery hires Michel Rolland

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery has hired wine consultant Michel Rolland to work with its vineyard and winemaking teams. Rolland has more than 40 years of winemaking experience and has worked with hundreds of clients around the world.

According to Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supery, Rolland has one of the best palates in the world. He works with some of the best wineries across the globe and he experiments with more new methodologies than virtually any other winemaker today.

Hospitality Happy Hour series awards professionals

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) and Drink Careers 101 launched a new interview series that began Aug. 21 at Trinchero Napa Valley.

This is slated as a seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series to feature interviews with well-connected and influential recommenders. The videos will be posted on the Hospitality Happy Hours YouTube page, youtube.com/MutineerMediaGroup, and the CANVAS website, ConciergeAlliance.com.

CANVAS also formally announced the first CANVAS Hospitality Excellence Awards, slated for January. Both projects celebrate the unique and crucial role of concierges to the tourism and beverage industries in Northern California wine country.

Atlas Peak AVA annual Harvest Celebration

The Atlas Peak AVA is holding its annual Harvest Celebration at 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at V Wine Cellar, 6525 Washington St. in Yountville.

Tickets are on sale for $35 by calling 251-5631, or through AtlasPeakAppellation.com. Admission includes the wines from the Atlas Peak AVA wineries and food pairings with assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal fruit, nuts, olives and artisan breads.

Gina Gallo headlines Women in Wine celebration

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, a notable panel of influential women from the wine industry will discuss their careers in a forum titled Thinking Outside the Bottle: Successful Women in the Wine Business.

Hosted by the Napa/Sonoma Chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS), the speakers will include Gina Gallo, Michaela K. Rodeno and Claudia Schubert, with moderation by Tom Wark. Both members and nonmembers of WWS are invited to attend. Ticket prices range from $95 for nonmembers to $45 for student members (21 and older). Tickets can be purchased at WWS-WomeninWine2013.Eventbrite.com.

Ag Preserve celebrates 45 years

 Local historian Rue Ziegler will reflect on the first 45 years of the groundbreaking legislation known locally as the Ag Preserve at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Goodman Library, 1219 First St., in Napa.

Presented by the Napa County Historical Center and Napa County Landmarks, the talk will explore how the legislation that established the Napa Valley as an agricultural preserve has altered the landscape and the consciousness in the county.

There will be a question-and-answer opportunity along with a reception following the talk. For information, contact Nancy Levenberg at 224-1739 or nancy@napahistory.org.

14th annual Mt. Veeder Appellation Tasting

The 14th annual Mount Veeder Appellation Tasting will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hess Collection Winery, at 4411 Redwood Road, Napa.

Tickets are on sale for $75 by calling 266-1296 or at MtVeederWines.com. Tickets at the door will be $100.

Admission includes the wines from 28 Mount Veeder wineries and food pairings from the Hess Collection executive chef, Chad Hendrickson. The Hummingbirdz will perform blues, and there will be a raffle and silent auction.

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