Steve is the CEO of Sonoma Media Investments , owner of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Petaluma Argus Courier, The North Bay Business Journal , and other media operations . Along with a wealth of other media distinctions , Steve previously planned and directed the start up of USA Today, and was the President and Publisher of The San Francisco Chronicle.
We will be talking about a new wine event in Northern California , The North Coast Wine Challenge. With a different approach than other wine competitions the NCWC was conceived by Steve , Daryl Groom and the people at Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine. We will find out the winners and learn about the public event taking place July 14.
Owner of Groom Wines , Daryl was voted Winemaker of the Year by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News , The Houston Chronicle, and Mead on Wine. With an extensive background in the wine business , Daryl led the team at Beam Wine Estates, and Penfolds in Australia. He now spends his time between California and Australia producing Groom wines while overseeing the Colby Red Project. Daryl was named Head Judge for the new North Coast Wine Challenge and was instrumental in its' remarkable success.
National Sales Director for Pride Mountain Vineyards , Stuart represents one of the few wineries that is in both Napa and Sonoma. Along with producing exceptional wines, Pride Mountain is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Wine Country. Stuart will bring some new releases, and give us his take on the upcoming vintage in both Napa and Sonoma.