González Byass Appoints New Winemaker in Chile – Wine & Spirits Magazine

González Byass Appoints
New Winemaker in Chile


Gonzalo Bertelsen in the vineyard. (Courtesy of Viñedos Veramonte and Viña Neyen de Apalta)

Gonzalo Bertelsen has been named head winemaker for González Byass’s two Chilean wineries Viñedos Veramonte in Casablanca (including Ritual) and Viña Neyen de Apalta in Colchagua (including Primus). Bertelsen’s resume includes experience at TerraMater, Caliterra and Finca el Origen.

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January 10, 2023

The Roots Fund’s Second Annual Auction Gala

From left: Madeline Puckette of Folly Enterprises with The Roots Fund founders Tahiirah Habibi, Carlton McCoy, Jr and Ikimi Dubose-Woodson at last year’s gala. (Photo: Kyle Huey)

The Roots Fund, a non-profit dedicated to addressing diversity within the wine industry, will partner with Zachys Wine Auctions for the second annual Roots Fund Auction Gala on March 5, 2023 in NYC. The gala includes a dinner and both in-person and virtual auctions of wines. Selections include wines from Domaine Dujac and Heitz Cellars, as well as experiences, like trips to South Africa and Champagne, donated by wineries from all over the world. The 2022 auction raised over $400,000, used to fund education, mentorship and job placement opportunities for the BIPOC community within the wine industry. For information, visit RTF’s website. [https://www.therootsfund.org/auction-donations]

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Based in Los Angeles, California, Alissa Bica is a sommelier at 71 Above as well as Tastings Coordinator at Wine & Spirits. She also co-runs the home wine tasting company, Côte Brune and Blonde. In any rare moments of free time, she writes about obscure grape varieties in the blog Off the Beaten Wine Path.


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