Lake County Winegrape Commission Seats New Board Members
Lake County winegrape growers recently elected two new board members and reseated two others to the board of the Lake County Winegrape Commission. Broc Zoller of Zoller Vineyards and Jonathan Walters of Robinson Lake Vineyard are the newest directors, joining re-elected members Randy Krag, Beckstoffer Vineyards, and Jeff Lyon, Robin Hill Vineyard.
Commission President Shannon Gunier announced the results following completion of the election at the end of May.
Incumbent Peter Molnar, Obsidian Ridge Vineyards, will continue to serve as Commission chair, and he additionally serves as the marketing chair. Vice chair is David Weiss, Bella Vista Farming. Lyon is the Commission’s secretary-treasurer, and Buz Dereniuk, Catspaw Vineyard, is Finance chair. Krag serves as Education chair, while Industry Relations chair is Bill Brunetti. The two new members, Zoller and Walters, complete the board.
“We are excited to welcome Broc (Zoller) and Jonathan (Walters) to the Commission board and look forward to working with them, our re-elected directors, and the rest of the board on our goals for this year,” said Gunier. “Our board is doing some terrific work, and I know this group will continue important ongoing and new projects to assist the Lake County growers. I welcome comments from our member growers and invite them to meet and speak with the board members at workshops and meetings presented by the Commission.”
New board member Zoller said he expects to serve the Commission well. “I hope to support the successful efforts made by others in furthering recognition of our unique and beautiful growing region and the quality grapes and wine produced.”
Upon his election to the board, Walters echoed the desire to expand awareness of Lake County’s wine industry. “I am proud to be able to serve on the Winegrape Commission board,” he said. “The Commission does so much for Lake County and the winegrape growers, myself included. I firmly believe that the winegrapes grown in Lake County are of the highest quality, and we have gone too long unrecognized for our outstanding product and prices.”
Winegrape growers were urged to cast their ballots, which were mailed to all eligible Lake County voters in May, to fill four seats and help the Commission continue its work “to implement effective marketing, education, and research programs on behalf of Lake County winegrape growers.”
Information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission and upcoming events may be found on the Commission’s website, www.lakecountywinegrape.org, or may be obtained by calling the office, 707-995-3421.
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