Chris Millard has joined the Sterling winemaking team to oversee winemaking for Sterling Vintner's Collection, a new line of distinctive, fruit-forward wines that were released into selected markets in March and will be available for national release early next year.

"Chris brings an attention to detail and a passion for winemaking that will complement our team environment," said Greg Fowler, senior vice president of winemaking for Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines Company, which owns and operates Sterling Vineyards.

Millard will join the innovative winemaking team of Fowler and Rob Hunter, director of winemaking for Napa-based Sterling Vineyards, and will manage all winemaking, blending and bottling operations for Sterling Vintner's Collection wines. Fowler said Millard will use the same quality standards to make Sterling Vintner's Collection wines that have been the winemaking tradition for Sterling Vineyards wines since the first vintage was released in 1969.

"Chris comes to us with valuable experience in both large winery operations like Delicato and small winery operations such as Bridlewood and Bernardus," continued Fowler.

Most recently, Millard was winemaker for Delicato Family Vineyards in King City after serving as assistant winemaker for Bridlewood Winery in Santa Ynez. Prior to joining Bridlewood, Millard was assistant winemaker at Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, where he began his winemaking career as a cellar worker. He holds a degree in enology from California State University, Fresno and will work from Sterling Vintner's Collection's Salinas-based office.

The Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, a division of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., produces and markets the wines of Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Tessera, The Monterey Vineyard and the sparkling wines of Mumm Cuvee Napa. The company is the exclusive U.S. importer of G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouet Champagnes, San Telmo from Argentina, Barton & Guestier wines, Brancott Vineyards from New Zealand and Sandeman Ports and Sherries, and is the largest importer of classified Bordeaux in the United States. The portfolio is completed by Dominus in the Napa Valley, a collection of Burgundy estate-bottled wines, F.E. Trimbach wines from Alsace, Castello d'Albola in Chianti, and several other European wines and spirits.

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