The Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of California wineries. It brings together the resources of 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses to support legislative and regulatory advocacy, international market development, media relations, scientific research, and education programs that benefit the entire California wine industry.
The home office is based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington DC, six regions of the U.S. that oversee the work of forty-five state contract consultants, and seven foreign countries. Eighty California vintners provide guidance for the Institute as members and alternates of the Board of Directors.
The California Wine Institute recently appointed Spear Communications to organise its annual London tasting and R & R Teamwork to front its PR campaign.
Spear Communications organises the annual trade tasting for a group of prestigious Bordeaux châteaux in London in the spring.
Members of this group include Branaire-Ducru, Canon, Canon La Gaffelière, Gazin, Guiraud, Léoville Poyferré, Montrose, Pontet-Canet, Rauzan-Ségla and Smith Haut Lafitte. The tasting showcases recent vintages from each portfolio.
The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, representing the most prestigious châteaux in the Gironde, Médoc, Graves and Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac, Saint Emilion and Pomerol, hosts an annual tasting in London in October.
Around 115 members from this distinguished group presents one wine for the most recent bottled vintage which is presented by the owners or representatives of these Grands Crus estates.
The Association de Grands Crus Classés de Saint Emilion was formed in 1982 to promote the region and its wines and to strive towards ever higher quality. Today the membership numbers 56 châteaux.
Together they make up an area of approximately 800 hectares representing around 90% of the Grands Crus Classés vineyards.
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