Mendocino Wine Company partner Paul Dolan has been elected Wine Institute's board chairman for the 2006-2007 financial year.

Dolan was elected at the Annual Wine Institute Meeting of Members in San Francisco yesterday (14 June), along with Jay Indelicato of Delicato Vineyards as first vice chairman, Margaret Duckhorn of Duckhorn Vineyards as second vice chairman, Raymond Chadwick of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines as treasurer, and Tom Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards as secretary.

Oakland-born Dolan started his career at Fetzer Vineyards, overseeing the transition from a small, family-owned winery to a global company during a 27-year spell at the winery.

He has served on the board of the Business for Social Responsibility, the President Clinton Council on Sustainability, and is a founder of Wine Vision, an industry-wide strategic planning initiative.

"The Sustainable Winegrowing Programme grew out of the strong family values of the industry in that it encourages responsible practices in the environment and communities in which we do business. The program's best practices manual is an historic document that sets an example for the agricultural world to emulate," Dolan said.
 
The Wine Institute now has 928 members accounting for 95% of Californian wine production.