The Canandaigua Wine Company's CEO Jon Moramarco announced the company's Table Wine Division is moving its office to Concord, California, from Canandaigua, New York, effective July 31, 2000. The Canandaigua Wine Company headquarters and Specialty/Sparkling wine division will remain in New York. In a related move, Mike Jaeger, group president of Table Wines Division, announced the appointment of three key marketing directors to oversee the dynamic growth of the division's core brands.

Jaeger, appointed group president in January after previously holding positions as senior vice president of marketing for Sutter Home Winery and at the Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, was hired following a series of strategic acquisitions and growth in the company's core brands. "This is an important step to further strengthen our position in the wine business," says Jaeger. "Our new offices not only put us in the middle of the wineries in our division, but also closer to wine industry talent to support our brands, from in-house staff to marketing, packaging, and advertising suppliers. It will make an enormous difference in our ability compete at the highest levels."

The new offices, at 1001 Galaxy Way, Suite 212, Concord CA 94520, are centrally located between the company's wineries, from Riverlands Winery in Monterey and Mission Bell in Madera, to Dunnewood in Mendocino, and the company's sister division of Franciscan Estates in Napa Valley. The telephone number for the new offices is 925/688-0120. Canandaigua Wine Company's western sales division offices will be located in the same building, led by vice president Rob Buono.

Not only will the move result in Canandaigua playing a more active role within the industry, but the location enables the company to attract top talent.

Conness Thompson is the new Marketing Director for the fighting varietal brands (Marcus James, Estate Cellars, Nectar Valley, Deer Valley and St. Regis) and comes to Canandaigua from E&J Gallo Winery, where she spent four years in the marketing department. Conness spent ten years in the entertainment industry as a Business Affairs Manager, Script Analyst and Producer. She received her MBA from the University of Michigan.

Christine Brenner, the Marketing Director for the premium brands (Dunnewood, Mystic Cliffs, Vina Santa Carolina and Coastal Vintners) joins Canandaigua from Del Monte Foods, where she was responsible for the marketing of seven segments of their business. Before Del Monte, she worked two years at Johnson & Johnson as a Category Manager on such familiar brands as Band-Aid and Johnson's baby products, and four years at the Nissan Motor Corporation in advertising and brand management. An avid wine enthusiast, Chris received her MBA from UCLA.

Christopher Cohen, the Marketing Director for the value brands (Almaden, Inglenook, Paul Masson, Cribari and Taylor California Cellars) previously worked at WineShopper.com where he was their Director of Trade Development. Christopher worked six years at Schieffelin and Somerset as both marketing manager and chain supply manager. Christopher received his degree in Economics and Political Science from University of California at Davis.

"This is the core of a great team," says Jaeger. "They are bright, aggressive, and hard-working. And we plan to build around them, adding top-flight people and some of the best suppliers in the industry. I am excited about the opportunity we have been given here at Canandaigua, and the kinds of people we are attracting."

The Canandaigua Table Wine division includes such brands as Inglenook, Almaden, Paul Masson, Taylor California Cellars, Cribari, Deer Valley, Marcus James, Nectar Valley, Estate Cellars, St. Regis, Vina Santa Carolina, Dunnewood, Mystic Cliffs, and Coastal Vintners. The second largest wine producer in the nation, Canandaigua Wine Company is a worldwide leader in quality wines for the enjoyment of everyday life. Canandaigua Wine Company is a subsidiary of Canandaigua Brands, Inc., the nation's largest single-source supplier of wines, imported beers, and distilled spirits.