Appellation America Appoints New Regional Correspondents for Sonoma Valley and Sierra Foothills Wine Growing Regions

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Two of California's oldest wine regions to get ongoing coverage at top Internet wine publication, Appellation America, with the appointment of Brad Gray and Jean Deitz Sexton as Regional Correspondents.

Appellation America, the top Internet wine publication and portal, is pleased to announce the appointments of Bradley Gray and Jean Deitz Sexton as Regional Correspondents. Covering the Sonoma Valley and Sierra Foothills regions respectively, Gray and Sexton will be delivering regular coverage and wine recommendations from two of America's most historic and vibrant winemaking regions.

With the addition of Gray and Sexton, Appellation America's writing team now includes twenty-three Regional Correspondents, who cover the American wine scene from Nova Scotia and North Carolina to California and Washington. Each Regional Correspondent is responsible for uncovering and investigating the unique stories and wines associated with their region.

Intimate Familiarity With Regions Assures Unique Insights

Bradley Gray has worked in and reported from Sonoma Valley since 1996, when he was appointed operations manager at Carneros Alambic Brandy Distillery. Later, he was the Director of Public Relations for Schug Carneros Estate. Gray's extensive understanding of the Sonoma Valley's unique and storied wine culture is evident in the regular columns that he contributes to the Sonoma Sun and Sonoma Index Tribune newspapers. Gray will cover the Sonoma Valley, Bennett Valley and Sonoma Mountain appellations.

Jean Deitz Sexton is a veteran writer whose work has appeared in MarketWatch, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, the San Francisco Chronicle and Wines and Vines Magazine. She has won writing awards for her profiles on Niebaum-Coppola winery, investment banker Bill Hambrecht's winery investments, winemaker Milla Handley and winemaker Gary Farrell. Sexton will be covering the Amador County, Calaveras County, El Dorado, Fair Play, Fiddletown, Shenandoah Valley and Sierra Foothills appellations.

"Both Bradley and Jean have an intimate understanding of the regions they are covering because they live and work within them," said Appellation America Managing Editor Adam Dial. "Our philosophy is that this kind of close familiarity with a region is the best way to insure that our readers are given authentic insight into the varied wine regions across America."

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