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Greg Coleman, vice president of grower relations at E&J Gallo Winery, has been elected California Wine Institute board chairman for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The Wine Institute is a trade body for 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses.


The chair is elected on an annual basis and Coleman replaces Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Family Estates.

Other board officers elected were Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, first vice chairman; Steve Lohr of J Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, second vice chairman; Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, treasurer; and Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, secretary. Robert P Koch is president and CEO of Wine Institute.

Coleman is third-generation Gallo family as well as the third generation to serve as Wine Institute chairman - members include his great uncle, Ernest Gallo (1957-59); his uncle, Bob Gallo (1977-78) and his cousin, Joe Gallo (1988-89). He is a member of Gallo Winery's board of directors.

A statement from the Wine Institute said Coleman's priorities as incoming board chairman include "defeating state tax and fee increases on wine, and working on international trade and water policy".

Coleman added: "As we continue to be challenged by the drought, we also face restrictive trade barriers, continued calls for punitive taxes, proposals to raise fees and more. The work of the Wine Institute never ends and we will do all we can to grow our market share, increase our wine exports and continue to communicate the benefits that our vibrant California wine industry provides."

Last month, just-drinks wine columnist Chris Losh suggested the drought may present an opportunity.

Sectors: Wine

Companies: E&J Gallo, Delicato Vineyards

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