Hannah Nicole Forms Non-Profit in Support of Efforts to Study Terrain, Establish Contra Costa County as American Viticultural Area

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Hannah Nicole supports the establishment of an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Contra Costa County.

We are happy to have the participation of all who are committed to helping the Contra Costa County appellation merit a unique, independent AVA.

Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery, Brentwood’s first winery, today announced that it is spearheading a new non-profit organization, The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association. The organization’s purpose will be to underscore current efforts of the Contra Costa Winegrowers Association to formally establish a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA) for Contra Costa County. Key initiatives of The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association will include fundraising efforts, community events and educational activities in support of studies regarding the area’s landscape, geology and climate.

“The Diablo Foothills Winegrowers Association represents a collective, grass roots effort by Contra Costa winemakers of all sizes, ranging from boutique wineries and home hobbyists to commercial producers,” said Neil Cohn, CEO and co-founder of Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery. “We are happy to have the participation of all who are committed to helping the Contra Costa County appellation merit a unique, independent AVA. This designation will offer scientific backup to validate what we already know -- that Contra Costa County’s environmental conditions make it one of the world’s top grape growing regions.”

Much like the Napa Valley, Contra Costa County offers rich soil and a consistent hot, dry climate that cools at night as fog rolls over the Diablo foothills, encouraging a shift from vegetative growth to fruit ripening.

Hannah Nicole was one of six Contra Costa County wineries to be recently awarded medals in the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), the world’s largest competition of American wines. Hannah Nicole wines won 13 medals including gold, silver and bronze. The other winning Contra Costa County wineries included Bloomfield Vineyards, Cline Cellars, Parkmon Vineyards, Shadowbrook Winery and Tamayo Family Vineyards. During the 2011 SFCWC, the six Contra Costa County wineries were granted a total of 36 medals.

“From the early 1900s, Contra Costa County has played an important role in California’s viticultural tradition,” said Becky Bloomfield, proprietor of Bloomfield Vineyards and vice chairman of the Contra Costa Winegrower’s Association. “We are proud of Hannah Nicole and all of our winegrowers for demonstrating the incredible contribution that our region continues to make as we work towards establishing a unique appellation for Contra Costa County. Thanks to our efforts to date, enthusiasts everywhere are increasingly turning their eye toward Contra Costa County as the wine world’s next rising star.”

More 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 2002 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 Area 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 East Bay Area winery wedding venue.

About The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association
The Contra Costa Winegrowers Association's goal is to promote grape growing and wine production throughout the county while establishing Contra Costa County as a premium wine producing region.

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