Friday, August 23, 2013

8/23-Michael Jordan speaks with Jim Striegel & David H Bova

Jim Striegel - Red Mare Wines
After working for four years as assistant winemaker at Paradigm for Heidi Barrett, one of the world’s renowned winemakers, Anne Vawter opened her winemaking consultancy with support and encouragement from Heidi, whose referrals now make up Anne’s client list. Shortly after, Anne began her own venture - Red Mare Wines.
An avid horse woman, Anne named her wine label in honor of her red mare, Paradigm, who was a bonus given to her during her time at Paradigm Winery. The inaugural release of Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 vintage, sold out in just two months. In addition to her Cabernet Sauvignon, Anne also produces a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and will add a Sonoma Chardonnay in the 2011 vintage.
Red Mare Wines sources fruit meticulously from very small, well-respected vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, from a cool enclave of the Carneros to a hill top in Coombsville, and northward on the Valley floor in Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena.  Our 2011 Chardonnay hails from a choice location in the famed Russian River Valley of Sonoma.  We look for vineyards with unique qualities and distinctive character that will come together in the blending process to produce layered and beautifully balanced wines.

David H. Bova is a Partner and Vice President of Pebble Ridge Vineyards and Wine Estates, a
California vineyard and winery-holding company, which owns and operates Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Presently, Pebble Ridge Vineyards & Wine Estates owns and operates three separate winery properties: Millbrook Winery in the Hudson River Region of New York; Villa Pillo Estate in Tuscany, Italy; Williams & Selyem in the Russian River Region of California; and five separate vineyard properties - Vista Verde Vineyard on California’s Central Coast, Millbrook Vineyard, Litton Estate Vineyard and Drake Road Vineyard for Williams Selyem winery in Sonoma County, California; and Villa Pillo Estate vineyard. Mr. Bova also acts as Vice President and General Manager of Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. 
David Bova and John Dyson founded Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in Dyson's Millbrook garage in 1983. Today, Mr. Bova is responsible for the overall vineyard and winery management at Millbrook, which remains the cornerstone of the Pebble Ridge wine group. He also maintains an advisory role in the management of Williams Selyem a winery in the Sonoma County Russian River Valley. 
Like Millbrook Vineyards & Winery itself, Mr. Bova’s history with wine is rooted in John Dyson’s  viticultural experiments from the early 1980’s. Mr. Bova would visit his sister, Kathe Dyson and her family at the old dairy farm where her husband John was working on converting the land into vinifera vineyards. Every Saturday morning, Dyson would invite him to help. Mr. Bova’s hobby soon grew into a full time business. 
Dyson was able to focus on his political life while still mentoring Mr. Bova to learn the business. Mr. Bova was also maintaining his day job at an ad agency, where he gained experience with marketing through their comprehensive training program. In 1981, Dyson and Mr. Bova established their winemaking company in Dyson’s home garage and called their company “Véraison Wine Cellars” after the French viticulture term meaning "the onset of ripening or the turning point" of the grape. Dyson and Mr. Bova thought Veraison Wine Cellars would be the “turning point” for the Hudson River Valley wine industry with their dedication to vinifera based wines. With Dyson actively continuing his storied career path in the political sector, he trusted Mr. Bova to run the vineyards and winery. Mr. Bova joined Millbrook Vineyards & Winery full time in 1986. 
Mr. Bova has always been on the consumer business track. He graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1980, and attended Pace University in New York City for his Masters of Business Administration. Additionally, Mr. Bova worked for a trade and children’s publishing house as Vice President of Distribution and Warehousing. The back office skills he gained included guiding the transfer of the 1.2 million book inventory from the 100,000 square foot warehouse in Long Island to New Jersey without interrupting their business. Mr. Bova helped lead the New Jersey warehouse and played an integral role in contributing to the company’s success- a precedent he later paralleled at Millbrook.  M I L L B R O O K  Millbrook Vineyards & Winery • 26 Wing Road • Millbrook, NY 12545 • (845) 677-8383 Fax: (845) 677-6186 

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