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Giancarlo Bianchetti – CEO Fetzer Vineyards

gbianchettiA commercial engineer from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Giancarlo joined Viña Concha y Toro in 2000 as part of the company’s global marketing management area. His initial responsibility was to transform Casillero del Diablo into the top Chilean global wine brand. And his strategy was crowned in 2010 with the record of 3 million cases sold throughout the world, with growth of 15%, plus important recognitions as best value in its premium wine category.

In 2011 he became the chief executive officer of Fetzer Vineyards, the American subsidiary acquired by Concha y Toro, which opened up growth possibilities for the Chilean winery in the American and global markets.

Zidanelia Arcidiacono – “Z” – Little Black Dress Winemaker

zarcidiaconoZidanelia “Z” Arcidiacono, the woman behind Little Black Dress Wines is a female role model to be celebrated. Z’s passion and tenacious drive in creating a successful woman-centric collection of wines diminishes any stigma about women in the wine and spirits business, celebrating woman role models worldwide. “Z” was born in Texas, raised and educated in Argentina, interned in France, and now works in California’s wine country, where she crafts nine varietals and two blends for Little Black Dress Wines. “Z” matriculated at Mendoza’s Universidad Juan Augustin Maza, majoring in viticulture and winemaking, earning her Bachelor’s degree and certification from the Argentinean National Diploma of Oenology. Concurrently, “Z” developed her expertise as a three-year apprentice at Bodega Cruz de Piedra, where she learned firsthand firsthand all the aspects of winemaking, cellaring and winegrowing. After graduation, Z made her way to France to conquer the cellars at Les Vignerons du Pays d’Enserune in Languedoc Roussillon during harvest, she then crossed the globe, heading to California’s Russian River Valley as harvest enologist for Sonoma-Cutrer, and next to Mendocino County: it was there that she eventually landed at Little Black Dress Wines.

Ken Greene – Head Winemaker, Five Rivers

kgreeneKen Greene is a California native who discovered his passion for wine at an early age. Confident in his path, he went straight for his BS in Fermentation Science at UC Davis. Fresh out of school, Ken worked harvests at several smaller wineries before landing his first full time winemaking position at Golan Heights Winery, located in Katzrin, Israel. Following that amazing experience Ken headed back state side to settle into a career very focused on winemaking on the Central Coast of California.

His Coastal career started at with Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Co. where he worked his way up to the Director of Winemaking overseeing all of winemaking for the portfolio of Central Coast wines including Sterling Vintners Collection and Tessera. After the acquisition of Seagram C&E by Diageo, Ken became Director of Central Coast Winemaking which added the BV Coastal and Blossom Hill brands to his responsibilities, along with various new brand initiatives. In 2007, Ken was hired on at Fetzer Vineyards as a winemaker and to oversee the operations of Fetzer’s Paso Robles facility. In 2012, Ken was promoted to Head Winemaker for Five Rivers Wines where Ken’s wealth of experience and knowledge in Central Coast wines make him the perfect fit and have greatly impacted the new direction of Five Rivers Wines.

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