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Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery Elected Wine Institute Chairman 2021-2022

New Officers and Board Directors Named

SAN FRANCISCO — Suzanne Groth, President and CEO of Groth Vineyards & Winery, headquartered in Oakville, CA, was elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2021-2022 fiscal year at the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting of Members. Other officers elected were Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, First Vice Chairman; Randall Lange of LangeTwins Family Vineyards and Winery in Acampo, Second Vice Chairman; Matt Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, Treasurer; and Robin Baggett of Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford and Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo, Secretary. Bobby Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

“We California vintners are so fortunate to be growing and producing our iconic wines here in an ideal and diverse climate. Even with the many challenges we face, especially in the last year of unprecedented times, we find golden opportunities,” said Suzanne Groth, Groth Vineyards & Winery President and CEO. “If a vintner’s quest is to grow and make the best wines in the world, there is not a better soil, climate and access to market than California.”

As a second-generation family member of Groth Vineyards & Winery, Groth became President and CEO in 2017. She previously led the family business as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and prior to that worked in wine sales and public relations, for a combined 19 years. Previously, Groth worked for the Henry Wine Group, a California wine distributor where she sold wine to San Francisco restaurants and retailers.

Groth Vineyards & Winery has been a member of Wine Institute since 1984 and Groth has served as a board member since 2014. Groth has also served as President of the Oakville Winegrowers since 2019 and been member of the Board of Directors since 2013.

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, following nominations by regional winery associations. They are:

2021-2022 District Directors
District Director Alternate
Northern: Kaj Ahlman, Six Sigma Winery John Kane, Fetzer Vineyards
Sonoma: Julie Pedroncelli St. John, J. Pedroncelli Winery Ana Keller, Keller Estate
Katie Wetzel Murphy, Alexander Valley Vineyards Alan Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
Steven MacRostie, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards Christopher Lloyd, Senses Wines
Tobin Ginter, Rodney Strong Vineyards James Perry, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Napa: Suzanne Groth, Groth Vineyards & Winery Michael Maher, Harlan Estate
Hugh Davies, Schramsberg Vineyards Amelia Moran Ceja, Ceja Vineyards
Mike Reynolds, HALL Wines Delia Viader, Viader Vineyards & Winery
Dennis Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars Chris Hall, Long Meadow Ranch
Robin Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery Paul Leary, Blackbird Vineyards
San Francisco Bay: Amanda Kent, Darcie Kent Vineyards William Cooper, Cooper-Garrod Estate
Monterey Bay: Scott Scheid, Scheid Vineyards Vacant
Central Coast: Gretchen Roddick, Hope Family Wines Karen Steinwachs, Buttonwood Farm Winery
Laura Booras, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery Maeve Pesquera, DAOU Vineyards & Winery
Nicholas Miller,  Miller Family Wine Company Clarence Chia, Justin Vineyards & Winery
Gary Eberle, Eberle Winery Vacant
Southern: Stephen Kahle, Woof‘n Rose Winery Linda McWilliams, San Pasqual Winery
Sierra: Steven Millier, Milliaire Winery Stuart Mast, Brice Station Vintners
Northern Interior: Randall Lange, LangeTwins Family Vineyards and Winery David Phillips, Michael-David Winery
Southern Interior: Kyle W. Ray, ASV Wines John Allbaugh, Bronco Wine Company

All members elected 20 at-large directors who had been nominated by the Institute’s Finance and Administration Committee. Alternates were chosen by at-large directors.

2021-2022 At-Large Directors
Corey Beck, Francis Ford Coppola Presents Ken Minami, Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Giancarlo Bianchetti, Fetzer Vineyards Erik Olsen, Fetzer Vineyards
James E. Coleman, E. & J. Gallo Winery To be announced
Matt Deegan, Constellation Brands, Inc. Sam Glaetzer, Constellation Brands, Inc.
Ben Dollard, Treasury Wine Estates Debra Dommen, Treasury Wine Estates
Michael Drobnick, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers Matthew Towers, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Jeffrey Dubiel, The Wine Group Kaith Bauman, The Wine Group
Matthew J. Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery Stephanie Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Cate Hardy, The Wine Group Amy Hoopes, The Wine Group
Cheryl Indelicato, Delicato Family Wines Mark Merrion, Delicato Family Wines
Peter N. Larson, Trinchero Family Estates Roger J. Trinchero, Trinchero Family Estates
Daniel Leonard, Bronco Wine Company Chris Mifsud, Bronco Wine Company
Lawrence T. Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Jeff Humphreys, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Alex Ryan, Duckhorn Wine Company Sean Sullivan, Duckhorn Wine Company
Viviann Stapp, Jackson Family Wines Carolyn Wasem, Jackson Family Wines
Rick Tigner, Jackson Family Wines Katie Jackson, Jackson Family WInes
Robert R. Torkelson, Trinchero Family Estates Anthony Torres, Trinchero Family Estates
Michael Walker, Constellation Brands, Inc. Tiffanie De Liberty, Constellation Brands, Inc.
Christine Wente, Wente Family Estates Aly Wente, Wente Family Estates
Jolene Yee, Delicato Family Wines Kathleen Mayhew, Delicato Family Wines

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