The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association Becomes 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

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The non-profit organization will study Contra Costa Terroir and Terrain, petition for unique AVA.

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Hannah Nicole joined with other East Bay wine lovers and makers to form the non-profit The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association, recently granted 501(c)(3) status.

Achieving NPO status for The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association is an important step towards formally designating Contra Costa County as a world class wine producing region.

Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery, Brentwood’s first winery, today announced that The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association is an official 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Founded in February, the organization represents a collective effort between commercial winemakers, home hobbyists and local entrepreneurs. Members of the organization, The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association and other vintners recently convened at Hannah Nicole to hold their first meeting, focusing their discussions on formally establishing a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA) for a Contra Costa County appellation.

Like their counterparts in The Livermore Valley, The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association will develop a comprehensive study and petition the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to designate a unique AVA for the area. The study will focus on the terrain that lies east of the Diablo Foothills, including Eastern Contra Costa County, and other contiguous areas.

“Achieving NPO status for The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association is an important step towards formally designating Contra Costa County as a world class wine producing region,” said Neil Cohn, CEO and co-founder of Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery. “The work that lies ahead will represent a collective effort by our organization, The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association and numerous AVA and viticultural experts who are located within the region and beyond. Our common goal is to educate the public about the specific climatic influence and terroir of our area.”

“We couldn’t agree more with the vintners and winegrowers in our area who are uniting to pursue an AVA that reflects who we are,” said Gertie Planchon, co-proprietor of Planchon Vineyard. “We really are a unique region and we want to support every effort to get that message out to the public.”

“Holland and Knight is pleased to help assess the climate, geography and topography of the area that lies east of the Diablo Range,” said Michael Newman, Partner and head of Holland & Knight’s Alcohol Beverage Team. “The evidence seems to point to significant temperature, humidity and precipitation differences between Eastern Contra Costa County and other areas, suggesting the need for an independent AVA. We look forward to lending our support in this effort.”

For more information about the new non-profit The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association and their future goals, call Hannah Nicole at (925) 240-9463 or visit them online at http://www.hnvwines.com/.

About The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association
In an effort to educate the wine consuming public, The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association’s chief purpose is to promote the quality, uniqueness, individuality and value of wines that come from the Contra Costa County grape growing region. The association will accomplish this initiative by identifying and securing an approved American Viticultural Appellation (AVA). By publicizing the appellation and educating the public through tastings and informational outreach programs -- locally, statewide and nationally -- The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association will generate greater awareness and an enhanced public perception for all winegrowers in this distinctive region. For more information about joining The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association, contact Mark Enlow at (925) 785-9027.

About Hannah Nicole Vineyards
Founded in 2001 by Glenda and Neil Cohn, Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery is located on eighty acres of prime land in Brentwood. The winery produces over 15 different wines, including Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.

Customers can find Hannah Nicole wines at the Brentwood winery and more than 200 Bay Area restaurants and retailers. Hannah Nicole’s 18,000 square foot East Bay tasting room, winery room and event center is a destination for enjoying fine wines while building lasting memories with friends and family. In addition to offering regular Hannah Nicole Wine Club Member events, the winery features winery tours, live concerts, wine pairing dinners and other fun-filled events throughout the year. It is a magical spot for a unique East Bay winery wedding.

About Planchon Vineyard
Owned by Stan and Gertie Planchon, Planchon Vineyard is located on sloping, sandy terrain in the Contra Costa town of Oakley. The Planchon family sells 100 percent of their Oakley fruit for use in the Rosenblum line of vineyard designated Zinfandel wines. Over half of the Planchon vineyard is comprised of vines that are more than 100 years-old and represents the great heritage of winegrowing in this area.

About Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight LLP, a business-focused and results-driven law firm, brings legal clarity to complex business issues. The firm’s Alcohol Beverage Team, which recently received a No. 1 national ranking for Food & Beverage: Alcohol in the Chambers USA 2010 guide, includes lawyers, government consultants and other professionals who have gained decades of wisdom and relationships through their prior careers as industry regulators. This experience provides members of the team with an insider’s perspective, enabling them to serve clients effectively and efficiently.

Members of Holland & Knight's Alcohol Beverage Team regularly work with key Congressional committees, the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and other executive branch agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Bureau of Customs & Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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