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July 2015

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july 2015  /  the tasting panel  /  67 DEPARTMENT HEADER Francis Winery is in a unique position to create wines like never before; we are combining our skill and experience with the passion and expertise of our new team members to always innovate and produce the best the Sonoma Valley has to offer." One major new development is that the winemaking team is now varietal- focused in their efforts. Madigan works with the Burgundian varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and also oversees St. Francis' benchmark Zinfandel program. Louton heads production of the winery's Bordeaux varietals, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Sustainability is also top of mind to the St. Francis team both at the winery and in the vineyards. The winery received its sustainability certificate from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in June 2013. To optimize its energy usage, in 2004 St. Francis became the first winery in Sonoma Valley to install a 457-kilowatt Wine Story St. Francis Winery President & CEO Christopher Silva at Scoma's in San Francisco, CA. PHOTO: ALEXANDER RUBIN by David Ransom One major new development in St. Francis is that the winemaking team is now varietal-focused in their efforts. PHOTO: DOUG YOUNG

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