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Friday, Feb. 03, 2012

Washington's Scharlau to chair national group

From Wine Press Northwest news services

Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, recently was elected chair of the National Grape & Wine Initiative.

The group has a mission to develop research solutions for U.S. grapes and related grape products for global consumers.

Scharlau, based in Cashmere, Wash., was chosen by unanimous vote of NGWI members at its annual meeting last week in Sacramento, Calif. The national coalition represents all segments of the grape industry including: raisin, juice, fresh grape and wine, according to NGWI officials.

The group also elected Tom Danowski, newly appointed as executive director of the Oregon Wine Board, to a term that ends in 2014.

"Vicky possesses the vision and industry reputation required to take NGWI to the next level," Jean-Mari Peltier, president of the national organization, said in a news release. “We are fortunate to have such a seamless transition in leadership.”

The NGWI also announced Rick Stark of the California Raisin Marketing Board as Vice Chair, Richard Smith of California’s Paraiso Vineyards as Secretary-Treasurer and John Martini of New York’s Anthony Road Winery as Past Chair.

The NGWI also elected the following to terms ending in 2014: Jim Ballard, James Arthur Vineyards, Nebraska; Al Wiederkehr, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Ariz.; Bob Gallo, E&J Gallo, CA; Dan Martinez, Martinez Orchards, CA; Jerry Lohr, J Lohr Vineyards and Wines; Nick Dokoozlian, E&J Gallo, California; Ed Hellman, Texas A&M University; Richard Smith, Paraiso Vineyards, Calif.; Keith Striegler, Flint Ridge Winegrowing Services, Ariz.; and Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery, Mo.