Constellation Wines US has set up a new public relations department that will support all domestic and import table wine brands within the Constellation Wines US portfolio.

The initiative brings together brand public relations for Canandaigua Wine Company (CWC), North Lake Wines (NLW), and Pacific Wine Partners (PWP), by creating one group responsible for table wine public relations, consumer events, sponsorships, brand-related industry affiliations, and hospitality.

"We are excited about the formation of a strategic public relations team to support our domestic and import table wine brands," said Jose Fernandez, president and chief executive of Constellation Wines US.  "This allows us to leverage the combined public relations resources of our sales and marketing companies, while strengthening awareness of our premium wine brands among consumers and the wine and beverage industry."

Charla Metcalf has been promoted to the position of director of public relations for Constellation Wines US  In her new position, Metcalf will oversee the strategic brand communications direction for table wine brands across all Constellation Wines US companies.

Linda Parker has been appointed to the position of trade and consumer relations manager, Constellation Wines US. Parker, who will report to Metcalf, will be responsible for brand-related industry affiliations, consumer events, sponsorships, and hospitality for all Constellation Wines US companies.

The new brand-focused public relations team will work closely with the Constellation Wines US corporate communications department, the company said. Corporate communications for Constellation Wines US, CWC, PWP, and NLW, will continue to be led by Lisa Farrell, director of corporate communications, Constellation Wines US.  Farrell is based at the Constellation Wines US headquarters in Canandaigua, N.Y.