Team Jamis-Hagens Berman Presented by Sutter Home Maintains Lead

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Going into the second half of 2013 Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race

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Both Carine Joannou, [Owner of Jamis Bikes] and I have been watching this team get stronger each year, and are thrilled to see their passion, team work and efforts recognized on the podium. We are so proud of their performance.

Sutter Home Family Vineyards is celebrating that Team Jamis-Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home, holds the overall lead in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, one of the largest and most recognized annual cycling events in the US. The 750 mile road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the globe.

This year, 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams are racing across California highways and roadways – running south to north for the first time. In the final minutes of Monday’s race, after a grueling hill climb in 114 degree heat, team Jamis-Hagens Berman cyclist Janier Acevedo took the 2nd stage win and overall race lead. Acevedo has remained in this lead for the past three stages.

“Both Carine Joannou, [Owner of Jamis Bikes] and I have been watching this team get stronger each year, and are thrilled to see their passion, team work and efforts recognized on the podium. We are so proud of their performance,” noted Wendy Nyberg, Sr. Marketing Director for Sutter Home Winery. “We are looking forward to more exciting racing in the final days of the tour, which will finish May 19th in Santa Rosa – fittingly, right in our own backyard.”

Sutter Home Winery has been supporting and sponsoring professional cycle racing since 2003, and has stayed committed to the team. To date, some of the original riders are still members of the team - including Tyler Wren, who has been racing professionally for the team since college and holds the team’s longest tenure. Wren commented, “The team was founded in 2003 with an emphasis on health & family values. I've had opportunities in my career to go elsewhere, but I've remained loyal in large part because of the loyalty extended to me by the team. It has always felt like a close knit family and Wendy, Carine, and our leader Sebastian have continued that tradition. Our sponsors feel like family and are supporters of our endeavors to pursue our sporting dreams. We learn from, but don't dwell on the setbacks, and we all celebrate the triumphs together.”

For more information on the Amgen Tour of California, visit: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

Sutter Home Family Vineyards is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The Trinchero Family Estates portfolio includes more than 30 brands such as Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, SeaGlass, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE markets and sells Joel Gott Wines; Charles & Charles wines; and the Three Thieves group of wines: Bandit, Newman’s Own, and The SHOW. TFE’s import portfolio includes Angove Wines from Australia; Doña Paula wines from Argentina; Carmen Wines from Chile; Shatter Wines from France; and CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas from Mexico. Visit http://www.sutterhome.com to learn more.

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Nora Feeley, Public Relations Director
707-963-5928 ext. 2160 / Cell 303-589-4860
nfeeley(at)tfewines(dot)com

Carissa Abazia, Public Relations Specialist
707-963-5928 ext. 2610 / Cell 707-321-7019
cabazia(at)tfewines(dot)com

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