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Bill Foley, president and CEO of Foley Family Wines, discusses his expansion plans during a panel discussion Thursday at the North Bay Business Journal's annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa.

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Five of the most likely buyers of California's premier wine brands gathered in Santa Rosa on Thursday to discuss the future of the industry.

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They sat on a podium in a hotel ballroom like prize fighters before the championship fight, all five of them answering questions and explaining how they plan to conquer a slice of the wine industry.

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Name that movie! The clues: Pavarotti, tennis and a Napa Valleywinery. Anyone? Benessere Vineyards on Big Tree Road in St. Helenawas the shoot location and the movie, called “Yes, Giorgio,”starred the tenor great, Luciano Pavarotti. The movie companyactually installed a tennis court at the winery so Luciano couldplay tennis in the movie.

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But let’s talk about the wine. I tasted the Benessere Vineyards2006 Phenomenon ($60) at a recent blind tasting and gave it firstplace against other great reds from the Napa Valley. The wine is aSuper-Tuscan blend of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, merlot andsyrah. A gorgeous ride over the tongue, this wine is very balancedwith lots of ripe berries and spice.

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Benessere is part of the Napa Valley Vintners’ Napa Neighborprogram. Locals and a guest receive a free tasting at the wineryfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just show your driver’s license.

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The developer of the Kendall-Jackson brand, who died last week, changed the image of California winemaking with his reliable crowd-pleasers.

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Jess Jackson, at one of his mountain vineyards above Santa Rosa, helped create the Kendall-Jackson success by using grapes from multiple vineyards.

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Jess Jackson, who founded Kendall-Jackson Winery in 1982, died last week at the age of 81, leaving an almost incalculable legacy on the California wine industry. He transformed it at least twice, first in establishing a style of wine that would come to be as much an irresistible flavor profile as a cultural icon; he would go on to become one of the state's most passionate and articulate advocates for the preeminence of place in the production of great California wine. In the process, he became one of the industry's most envied property owners, and by far one of its richest men.

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It occurred to me that while we frequently discuss coming wineevents in this article we have rarely gone back to review theevents to let you the wine consumer know how they went. That is ofeven more value when tastings and winemaker dinners involve awinery like Soter Vineyards from Oregon that are either new to themarket, or not widely available.

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Soter Vineyards winemaker James Cahill was here over lastweekend for a winemaker dinner at Scratch Coeur d'Alene on Fridayand a tasting here at the shop on Saturday. Soter is the namesakeof founder and grape grower Tony Soter, who works in closecollaboration with James on all that Soter produces.

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Tony is legendary in the wine industry having founded and madethe wines at Etude Winery in the Carneros region of Napa County.Tony later sold the winery he had developed into a power houseproducer of some of the most sought after and highly rated wines inCalifornia to Fosters, the beer company from Australia.

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When it comes to wine, Kostas Tsiakkas is not a man to be messed with. He knows his stuff and he's not afraid to tell you about it. A former bank director 10 years ago, he quit the rat race and gave up his high salary to take over the family winery high up in the Troodos Mountains. He has now dedicated his life to creating top quality Cypriot wine.

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"They are Coca-Cola wines," he said scornfully, when asked his opinion on the Chilean wines which fill the supermarket shelves. "It's a recipe. I hate recipes. For me there should be a variety and there should be a suprise as well. From year to year there is a difference in Cyprus wines." Producing wine is not easy, especially in Cyprus, and even more so in the mountains.

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The high altitudes create specialised growing conditions and a couple of years ago fires ravaged the hillsides destroying the vineyards and the wineries still have not fully recovered. Tsiakkas has some of its own vineyards, but also relies on others to provide certain types of grapes that will not grow in the mountaineous terrain and climate. And the high price of land makes expanding expensive.

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