Their journey also inspired Joe and Mary to assemble the best possible team of respected winemaking professionals. They partnered with Mike Sullivan, one of northern California's top winemakers, and someone who shares their passions for quality. With Mike as co-owner and winemaker, they brought in more depth to the winery operations, by hiring Chris Kangas as vineyard manager and Bob Cooley as the VP of Sales and Marketing. All good people who together make an even better team.
"At Benovia, our team is an extension of an extraordinary family," says Joe, "a family that eats, drinks, and breathes a lifelong passion for wine."
That passion led to the purchase of the renowned Cohn Vineyard atop a mountain near Healdsburg, where the couple lives, and led to a new winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The journey will continue with an exciting new Pinot Noir vineyard near Freestone, and the Martaella ranch (named after Joe and Mary's mothers), surrounding the winery itself.
Joe and Mary have invested in all the right things to make Benovia flourish-vineyards with unique terroir and a well equipped winery. But their most important investment is people.
"We see these people as the soul of Benovia," says Joe. "Mary and I trust in their passion and in what they bring to the wine. They expect a lot of themselves, and they expect it from each other. We like to call them 'Benovians.' I think our fathers would be proud of them."
IAN BLACKBURN – OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA & FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS - UPCOMING EVENTS
wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve. Edicts: innovate, evolve and excite.
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L.A. SUPPORTS WINE COUNTRY EVENT
Wed. Nov. 15, 2017
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills
VIP: 6:00-9:30 PM
General: 7:00-9:30 PM
A benefit for Wildfire Relief Supporting Habitat for Humanity ensuring funds raised go to fire victims in Northern California who need it most. Imagine 100 Wineries, dozens of great restaurants and vendors - all working together to raise money - Los Angeles Style! Entertainers, bands, DJ's appearing on all 3 mega stages - Costumed performers walking the aisles - Artwork from local artists - Silent Auction items a plenty! Food, food, and more food with over 100 wineries invited! Come and do some holiday shopping and give 100% of the proceeds to charity! Over 8,000 structures and thousands of lives were damaged in the recent disaster. Let's all lend a hand and show the world that L.A. Supports Wine Country.
STARS OF CABERNET
Wednesday / November 15, 2017
Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
VIP Ticket Experience / 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Gold Ticket Experience / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
A Cabernet lovers showcase bringing together the most revered wine producers and a beautiful Los Angeles audience! Come meet the best in the business and taste over 100 wines at Beverly Hills most luxurious venue! Proceeds from the silent auction benefit 501c3 Habitat for Humanity in efforts to help the victims of the devastating Northern California Fires.