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Regional DefinitionsBecause Mr. Olney found that there is such diversity in the source of the fermentable juices used and styles in wine producing areas of America, he recommends that the recognition of individuals and organizations should be conducted on a regional basis possibly as segmented as follows: (These numbers are based of 2005 count and are in the process of being updated at this time to reflect the best estimated as of December 2009West (2079)The nominees are voted upon by members of the wine industry. Individuals employed in the industry must register with the AWIHOF office establishing their credentials as performing in some capacity within one or more of the seven wine industry categories previously detailed.AMERICAN WINE INDUSTRY FOUNDATIONMission StatementTo educate the public regarding the origin, development and growth of wine production as an important part of American culture.To promote the positive values of wine in the lifestyles of Americans. AMERICAN WINE INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTUREThe AWI Museum, HOF and Foundation will be a qualifying 501 non-profit company established with a Board of Trustees, slate of officers and paid staff members, augmented by a volunteer work group to document the history of wine in America, provide tours, information services to on-tine visitors of both buildings & grounds and Internet Web sites of the AWI.Board of Trustees The founding trustees will be selected by the founding funding sponsors and they would serve a three- year period in office and then would implement future selections of trustees in a manner such as Mr. Olney describes belowAt-Large Trustees ( 5 ) - They will serve four-year terms. These individuals will be nominated and voted upon by the registered members of the wine industry.Trustee of Qualified Other HOF Organizations( 6 ) - They will serve three-year terms. Mr. Olney suggests that a permanent seat be offered to each of the existing HOF organizations cited earlier in this presentation, and any such organization in the future that the Board of Trustee feels is a legitimate representative of some field of the AWI. These organizations will nominate and vote for their selected representative to the Board.Regional Trustees (24) - They will serve two-year terms. He suggests that initially two (2) willing parties be located from within each of the 12 regional areas cited earlier in this presentation, to be the first occupants of the Regional Trustee seats. Thereafter these seats would be selected by nomination and voting by only members within each of the respective 12 regions.The full Board of Trustees will select the following positions from among their membership:Chairperson1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson SecretaryTreasurerExecutive Committee (11) The Board of Trustees would select an Executive Committee from among their composition to oversee the routine operations of the staff officers, salaried/waged employees, volunteers and program effectiveness, This committee will be composed of the following membership:Two (2) from the At-Large category - They serve a four year term. They are selected by vote of the five Trustees of this category One (1) from the Other HOF category - Serves a three year term and is selected by vote of the six Trustees of this category Eight (8) from the Regional category with two each from the four geographical areas of the 12 regions listed above. These members will serve two-year terms.They are selected by vote of the Trustees of this category in the followingmanner:Two from the Westthe eight trustees of the region - voted intooffice in even number years Two from the East:the six trustees of this region - voted into office in odd number years.Two from the South:the six trustees of this region - voted into office in odd number years Two from the GL and MWBoard Committees:The Board may establish ad hoc committees as its membership deems appropriate but there will be the following standing committees of the board which are filled by voluntary commitment:Finance and Audit- Presiding member Treasure Program De[...]

Problems with the California Vintners Hall of Fame Nominating Process


September 21, 2010  By John Olney For those of you who may not know, I have been a member of both the Nominating Committee (NC) and the Electoral College (EC) since the inaugural year (2006) with the selection of the Class of 2007. I offer the following observations, conclusions and recommendations about the current procedures related to the recent California Vintners Hall Of Fame (CVHOF) nominating, voting and selection process.  To read about those who have already been inducted, click here:; I would like to point out a number of errors, misstatements, and obvious personal observations contained in the most recent CVHOF nomination ballot abstracts that I believe are inappropriate to what we are trying to accomplish. The abstracts coversheet has no qualifying caveat stipulating that they were not written by the NC but rather by it's chairman, or perhaps some other single member. Thus, the other EC members probably assume the abstracts are essentially generated by the NC or at least are approved by that committee, which is not the practice. It is my opinion that our job is to evaluate the wine business contribution(s) made by nominees to the California Wine Industry and not the legal issues that happen between an owner and a winemaker (or other employee/agency), civic contributions and charity donations that are certainly noble and commendable but not directly related to contributions to the California Wine Industry. The presentation that follows represents a few of the abstract examples of what I personally feel contain false information, statements not germane to the subject of contribution(s) to the California Wine Industry, and/or are personal beliefs about the nominee as opposed to supported factual information. I took great exception to the abstracts on a number of nominees. I complained to the CIA sponsor representatives on three separate occasions seeking a revised ballot to be send out to the Electoral College members. Although they indicated amendment was being considered, they made no such transmission before the close of balloting on September 17, 2009. I encourage all to make comment and provide feedback about the nominee abstracts contained in the ballot of the Class of 2011 as well as my observations, conclusions and recommendations contained herein. I also want to add that none of these are not made out of malice but rather in an effort to better the process for the nomination, election and meaning of induction to the CVHOF.Incidentally, I voted favorably on the nominations of Steele, Franzia. Dunn and Sebastiani -- of the five discussed below-- plus a number of others listed on the full ballot. But my reasoning for my vote was not based on any of the abstracts presented on the ballot but rather my own knowledge through research and interviews of the contributions made by many of those nominated, including those listed above and my own lengthy interviews of four (Dunn, Steele, Trinchero and Sullivan) and phone conversations with one (DeLuca) for my wine industry books (Nevada and Napa Counties) in draft at this time.TO READ ABOUT ALL OF THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR FULL ABSTRACTS, CLICK HERE:; and Conclusions Jed Steele “….He left K-J in 1991...and lost a lawsuit to K-J involving "trade secrets" about winemaking. So you won't see many interviews from Steele, but he has continued to make good wines…… . Steele continues to play a necessarily quiet role in crafting quality California wine.” I am interviewing Jed Steele for my Nevada County Wine Industry book, “Empire Gold: Mines to Wines -The Past Meets the Present,” focused on 17 wineries. I am doing this by phone and e-mail in part while Jed was recently in travel status and when I sat down with him on September 13 for an extended in-person interview. Earlier I asked him about the Kendall-Jackson/Jed Steele lawsuits. His description of th[...]

Inductees thru Class of 2010 Calif. Vintners HOF


Culinary Institute of America - Greystone, St. Helena, CA: Sponsors of: The California Vintners Hall of Fame (CVHOF):Inductees to date: 31 over four years NOTES/COMMENTS Categories are the one under which candidate was primarily recognized for contribution to the California Wine Industry THESE CATEGORIES ARE NOT USED BY THE CIA CVHOF WHEN THEY LIST THE INDUCTEES.  WE BELIEVE THAT THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ARE A BETTER WAY TO PRESENT THE INPUTS OF CANDIDATES AND FINAL INDUCTEES INTO A WINE PRODUCERS HALL OF FAME* Signifies that party is deceased Inductee line format: name, facility/organization, year 1st in wine, year inducted , County/DistrictPrimarily Vineyard Growers and Owners or Managers (not winemakers) [1] Andy Beckstoffer, Beckstoffer,1965, 2010, NapaPrimarily Winery Owner (not winemakers) [5] Jess Jackson, Kendall Jackson, 1974, 2009, Lake*Robert Mondavi, Mondavi & Sons, 1940's, 2007, Napa*John Daniel, Jr., Inglenook (now known as "Rubicon), 1935, 2008, Napa*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era "-- 1730’s through 1933 Georges de Latour, Beaulieu, 1920’s, 2007, NapaGustave Niebaum, Inglenook (now known as "Rubicon), 1870’s, 2007, NapaPrimarily Winemakers (not owners of a winery) [2] the timeframe of person’s primary contribution Mike Grgich, Ch. Montelena (Now he owns Grgich winery), 1958, 2008, Napa*Andre Tchelistcheff, Beaulieu, 1938, 2007, NapaPrimarily Winemakers/Owners [17] Randall Gramhm, Bonny Doon, 1983, 2010, Santa Cruz *Justin Meyer, Silver Oak, 1972, 2009, NapaZelma Long, R. Mondavi/Simi, 1970, 2010, Napa/Sonoma*Al Brounstein, Diamond Creek, 1968, 2010, NapaWarren Winiarski, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 1964, 2009, Napa*Jack & *Jamie Davies, Schramsberg, 1964, 2009, NapaPaul Draper, Ridge, 1962, 2009, Santa Cruz*Louis P. Martini, Martini, 1950s, 2008, Napa*Brother Timothy, Christian Bros., 1935, 2007; /Napa*Ernest and;* Julio Gallo, Gallo Bros., 1933, 2008, Central Valley*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era - 1730's through 1933 Frederick and; Jacob Beringer, Beringer Bros. 1850’s, 2009, NapaCarl H. Wente, Wente, 1850’s, 2008, Livermore Agoston Harazathy, Buena Vista, 1850’s, 2007, SonomaCharles Krug, Krug, 1850’s , 2007, NapaMarketing/Public Relations/Trade Advocacy [0]None*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era - 1730's through 1933 NoneBrokers/Distribution/retail Sales [1]Daryl Corti, Corti Bros., 1930's, 2009, Sacramento Valley*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era - 1730's through 1933 NoneAn example would be Kohler and Frohling operating out of San Francisco and moving wines first out of Southern California to the east and then from Northern California when the area caught up with the southern California producers.Media -- Print, Film, Television, Internet [2]Gerald Asher, writer, 1970s, 2009, San Francisco, Ca*Leon Adams,writer,1960s,2010, Sausalito, CA*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era - 1730's through 1933 NoneAcademic/Research and Development [3] Carol Meredith, Ph.D., UC Davis,1981, 2009,Sacramento Valley*Harold Olmo, Ph.D., UC Davis,1938, 2007,Sacramento Valley*Maynard Amerine Ph.D.,UC Davis,1935, 2007,Sacramento Valley*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era - 1730's through 1933 NoneAn example might be George Husmann who was one of earliest to recognize problems from phyyoxera and search for resistant root stockArchitecture/Engineering [0] None*Pre-Prohibition through Repeal Era -- 1730’s through 1933 None An example is the winery manager at Inglenook (now known as Rubicon) Hamdon McIntryre, He produced the designs of the following eight (8) Napa County wineries during the 1880/90s, all of which are buildings still in use today: Inglenook, Greystone (home of the CIA food and wine campus), Far Niente, Chateau Montelena, interior of Beaulieu ( was originally the Ewer & Atkinson winery), Hedgeside leased to Del Dotto wines) , Trefethen, and Frog’s Leap, [...]

Nomination Ballot Abstracts for Class of 2011 Candidates


QUOTEVintners Hall of Fame 2011 IntroductionThank you for participating in the Vintners Hall of Fame Electoral College. You will decide who will be honored in 2011 for their contributions to California wine.We vote by acclamation. It's easy: vote for as many candidates as you like. You can vote for everyone on the ballot, just one person, or any number in between. It's entirely up to you.The top vote getters in each category will enter the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.The ballot is separated into two categories: the general category, for contemporary nominees, and the Pioneer category, for people who will have been dead for more than 10 years on the induction date. This separation is purely for balloting convenience. Once inducted, a Hall of Famer is a Hall of Famer.While you can vote for everyone, the net effect would be that no one would gain a vote over anyone else. It's up to you to make the hard choice between those you believe belong in the Hall in 2011 and those who are not yet at the same level of achievement.As you can see from the nominee list, the achievement may be in any area: winemaking, viticulture, research, promotion, writing or whatever. I encourage you to vote thoughtfully, but not to delay. The deadline for submitting your ballot is September 17, 2010. Ballots may be emailed to or faxed to 707-255-1119.If you have any questions about the voting process, the nominees or the Vintners Hall of Fame, please email Electoral College Chairman W. Blake Gray at "" .Thanks for voting!Vintners Hall of Fame 2011 BallotInstructions: Vote for as many nominees as you wish. Using MS Word, you should be able to click in the box next to the people that you would like to vote for, save as a new document, and send back to Michael Wangbickler. Or, you can simply send a list of those who you would like to vote for in an email. Please include your name so that we can follow up with you if there are any questions. Your name (click on grey box and begin typing):      General CategoryJohn A. De LucaJohn De Luca served more than 27 years as President and CEO of Wine Institute. Deputy mayor of San Francisco until he started in 1975, he came into the position with no real knowledge of wine. But he had experience in Washington, having worked on national security matters in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. De Luca quickly established his position on the existing regulatory climate with a paper titled "The Neo Prohibitionists." De Luca helped represent the wine industry to Congress during several hostile periods, and successfully opposed a Nickel a Drink tax in 1990. During his tenure in 1995, wine was added to the federal dietary guidelines, and officially recognized by the US government as having cardiovascular benefits. This fundamentally repositioned the way wine is regulated.Randy DunnRandy Dunn established his reputation as winemaker at Caymus Vineyards from 1975 to 1984. An iconoclast who has never joined Napa Valley Vintners or participated in Auction Napa Valley, he has nonetheless led fund-raising efforts for Howell Mountain schools and fire-fighting. He bought his original vineyard property on Howell Mountain in 1972 and opened Dunn Vineyards in 1979. Since then he has maintained an interest in making balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, generally keeping the alcohol below 14%. Dunn is also an advocate for preserving forest. He owns more than 200 acres on Howell Mountain, but has planted only about 30 and has donated 63 to the Napa Valley Land Trust.Fred FranziaIn 2002 Fred Franzia introduced Charles Shaw wines, varietal vintage wines in bottles for just $2. Within three years he was selling 6 million cases of them, which allowed low income people to have a bottle of wine on the table with dinner. Franzia has also produced inexpensive wines specifically for restaurants as part of the idea that people should drink wine with dinner [...]

American Wine Industry Hall of Fame


Originated September 25, 2008, 1st mod., December 14, 2008, 2nd mod June 21,2009.Copyright all rights reserved by Wine Country Marketing and Promotions1370 Trancas Street, #409, Napa, CA American Wine Industry Hall of Fame, Museum and Foundation OVERVIEWThere is still a great deal of detail to be developed before the AWI Museum, HOF and Foundation could be fully implemented, but we are well along the way and encourage all interested parties to contact us about their interest in participating in its development and growth, and to provide recommendations and comments. The web site:">>contains more information about our American Wine Industry program recommendations.In 2006, our founder, John M. Olney, was selected by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) as one of the top wine writers in America to participate in the voting process to select the inaugural inductees of the California-based wine industry individuals to the “California Vintners Hall of Fame.” In 2007, he was added to the Nominating Committee as well as continuing to be one of the wine writers casting his ballot for the selection of inductees. In 2008, CIA altered the format of the nominating and voting process for potential inductees by established the California Vintners Hall of Fame Electoral College of which Mr. Olney continues to serve on the nominating committee and is one of the 44 voting member that select the current round of inductees.As he studied the ballot and voting process he quickly surmised that what is lacking is a program whereby not only individuals but organizations could and should be recognized from the entire country for their contribution to the American Wine Industry. Olney pointed out to his associates:"Just as the early settlers migrated from the East to California, so did winemaking in America. These men and women who developed the initial industry in the East & South and Mid States deserve their place in the history of American Wine.To not consider these early winemaking men and women would be like not including the great American efforts of John Glenn and his first orbit of earth and then start our space travel program with the Shuttle flights.Therefore, we should initiate an America wide awards program that recognizes those of all 50 states and territories who have made significant contribution to wine growing, production, marketing, distribution and sales to the consumer from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico."Purpose of the AWI Museum, HOF and Foundation There a number of important reasons why the American Wine Industry should be recognized for its value to the American lifestyle. Principal among these are:To educate the public regarding the origin, development and growth of wine production as an important part of American culture.To promote the positive values of wine in the lifestyles of Americans."To assist in the development and preservation of the history of the American Wine Industry (AWI) through the spoken and printed word, radio, TV, film/DVD and the Internet AMERICAN WINE INDUSTRY MUSEUMPurpose: To find, collect, preserve and display to the general public documents and artifacts of the various eras and regions of the American Wine Industry. Changing exhibits will be used to draw repeat visits to the museum by wine consumers as well as those from the wine industry itself.Facility Projects and Programs:Building space will be dedicated to regional wine producing areas described elsewhere in this proposal and to the various sugar containing feedstock’s from which wine has been and is now being made throughout the USA.To draw paying visitors to the building facilities and grounds the AWI organization would produce events such as listed below:American grape varietals Hybrid grape varietals Other feedstock’s Invited speakersfrom the various regions throughout the USA and its Territories Collected memorabilia and ar[...]



PERSONAL REFERENCE LIBRARY OF JOHN M. OLNEY(PAMPHLETS/BOOKLETS/ETC., PUBLISHED WITHOUT LISTED AUTHOR/EDITOR and HISTORY BOOKS are listed after the alphabetical listing of wine-related book authors)(PB) = PaperbackWINE-RELATED“Aaron, Jan (assisted by Leslie Jay)""Wine Routes of America - 89 (PB)",1989,"1st ed", "E. P. Dutton""Adams, Leon D.”"Commonsense Book of Wine, The",1958,"1st ed","David McKay Co. , Inc."“Commonsense Book of Wine, The (PB)",1964,"2nd ed., rev.ed.", "David McKay Co. , Inc.""Wines of America, The ",1973,"1st ed, 1st prtng signed","The S.F. Book Co./Houghton Mifflin Co."“Wines of America, The (2 copies)",1973,"1st ed, 2nd prtng", "The S.F. Book Co./Houghton Mifflin Co.""Commonsense Book of Wine, The (PB)",1975,"3rd ed., rev. expanded","SF Book Co./Houghton Mufflin Co..""Wines of America, The - 78",1978,"2nd ed., rev.","McGraw-Hill""Adams, Peter""Wine Lover's Quiz Book, TRhe (PB)",1987,"1st ed", "HP Books""Ambrosi, Hans""Where the Great German Wines Grow",1976,"1st ed", "Hastings House"“Amerine, Berg & Cruess""Technology of Wine Making, The (was property of M. Mondavi bel)",1972,"3rd ed.","AVI""Amerine, M.A. & Joslyn""Table Wines",1951,"1st ed.","Univ. of CA Press""Table Wines, The Technology of Their Production",1970,"2nd ed. cc 1951","Univ. of Calif.""Amerine, Maynard A. & Roessler, Edward B.""Wines, Their Sensory Evaluation",1976,"1st","Freeman""Amerine, M.A. & Singleton, V.L.""Wine (Was property of Sam Sebastiani)",1966,"2nd prtng c1965","Univ. of CA Press""Wine (PB)",1967,"3rd prtng c1965","Univ. of CA Press""Wine (PB)",1977,"2nd ed. c65","Univ Calif Press""Amerine, Thompson Bob, Muscatine""California Wine, Book of (84)",1984,"1st ed.","UCB Press""Amis, Kingsley""On Drink (PB)",1974,"c1970","Panther Books Ltd""Amorose, M. A.","Cailfornia Wines, A Catalog of (PB-Binder) # 2",1980,"1st prtng","Amorose, M.A.""Cailfornia Wines, A Catalog of (PB-Binder) # 3",1983,"1st prtng","Amorose, M.A.""California Wines, A Catalog of (85) (PB-Binder) # 4",1985,"4th Ed","Amorose, Michael A.""Cailfornia Wines, A Catalog of 87 (PB-Binder) # 5",1987,"1st prtng","Amorose, M.A.""California Wines, A Catalog of # 6",1989,"6th ed","Aurthur Young & Co.""Anderson, Burton""Wines of Italy",1986,"1st ed.","Italian Trade Commission, NY""Wines of Italy - The quality of life (PB)",1992,"1st ed.","Italian Trade Commission, NY""Anderson/Hull""Art of Making Wine, The , (2 copies)",1970,"Amer. ed.","Hawthorne""Asher, George""On Wine ( 2 copies)",1982,"1st ed 11th prtng, c1972","Random House""Balzzer, Robert L.""Adventures in Wine (Poss signed)",1969,"2nd prntng 11/69, 1st 9/69","Ward Ritchie Press""Barron, Cheryll Aimee""Dreamers of the Valley of Plenty-a portrait of the Napa Valley",1995,"1st ed.","Scribner""Batchelor, Denzil""Wines Great & Small",1969,"1st ed.","Cassell & Co., Inc.""Baus, Herbert M.""How to Wine Your Way to Good Health",1973,"2nd printing","Mason & Lipscomb""Beckett, Fiona""Wine Uncorked",1999,"1st ed. USA","Willow Creek/Octopus""Benson, Robert, (et al)"Great Winemakers of California",1977,"1st ed.","Capra Press""Berry, C.J.J.""First Steps in Winemaking (PB)","1974c","4th ed, 35th impression","Amateur Winemaking Publications Ltd.""First Steps in Winemaking (PB)",1975,"11/75, 5th ed, 3rd impression","Amateur Winemaking Publications Ltd.""Berstein, Leonard""Official Guide to Wine Snobbery (PB)",1982,"1st ed","William Morrow and Co., Inc.""Bespaloff, Alexis""Wine, The Signet Book of (PB)",1971,"1st ed. 1st prntng (cc71)","Signet""Guide to Wine, Family Circle - 73 ",1973,"5th ed","NY Times Publishing Co. ""Inexpense Wines, Guide to",1975,"2nd ed., cc 1973","Simon & Schuster""Fireside Book of Wine, The (an anthology-collection of writers)",1977,"1st ed.","Simon & Schuster""Wine, The Signet Book of (PB)",1980,"Rev. Ed. 1st prntng (cc71)","Signet""Wine, The Signet Book of (PB)",1986,"3rd ed. rev. & exp. jan. 85","Signet""Bickham. Jack M.""Winemakers, The",1977,"[...]