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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Que Syrah, Syrah

Wine- ya gotta a love it! , The Romans (or Greeks, doesn't matter) even had a God for wine-Dionysus. He was a happy little drunk who ate and drank and laughed and ran around naked....he had a damn good life. So it makes sense that working in the wine industry would make you happy...or fat and drunk and naked. (Doesn't matter)
Our husband was retired 2 months ago when he decided to get a job making wine. He's old , and he was the only white guy doing the hard-ass labor that goes into wine production, but he loved it! The upside: He got to fill his Thermos with take-home Merlot and Cabernet. The downside: a few (hundreds) of fruit flies followed him home...but remember the upside!

He didn't make a ton of money, he worked really hard (Pleeze, it won't kill you!) but he learned why wine is so expensive, ate a few fruit flies and turned into Dionysus after work!

So get yer drunk on and forget about going back to work in a cubicle. Get your feet purple and your bank account green!


Position/title: Winermaker/ General Manager
Job Location: St. Helena, CA
Industry Category: Winemaking and Production
Date Posted: 11/15/2009
Company Name: Confidential
Type of Work: Full Time

Job Description:

Small premium estate winery and vineyard in St. Helena needs a full time winemaker and general manager. We currently produce 7,000 cases with a focus on Italian-inspired varietals. We are looking for an experienced winemaker who can continue to expand our current wine program.

Applicant should have a full understanding of the winemaking business from vineyard to bottle. This includes maintaining the financial objectives of the winery, wine/blending decisions, wine movement, and finishing/bottling.

The position reports to the owners and will be responsible for all duties pertinent to the production and development of premium wines. The applicant will also be responsible for managing the wine staff as well other support staff that help maintain the residence that is on the 50 acre property.

Compensation is commensurate upon experience.

Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail.

Salary Information: Commensurate upon experience

Contact Information:

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Position/title: Sales coordinator
Job Location: Washington, DC
Industry Category: Sales and Marketing
Date Posted: 11/20/2009
Company Name: Five Grapes
Type of Work: Full Time

Job Description:

Company background:
Five Grapes LLC was formed in February 2008. Five Grapes LLC is a unique US wine distribution company consisting of many separate components. A significant component of that model is the sale of Premium wine through US wholesale channels. Premium wine is best described by Five Grapes as great tasting value oriented wines including back vintage VIP/investment grade wines and newer vintage lightly distributed wines. Five Grapes LLC is looking for an experienced sales coordinator to help develop the DC market. The company currently has a significant amount of key contacts in the local market and is looking for the right person to sell and service those accounts. Those accounts alone represent significant sales opportunity in the market. Sales experience within the premium wine/spirits industry (especially back vintage products) is required, as is knowledge of the local market and general wine knowledge. This individual will report directly to the CEO of the company. A more detailed job description is below.

• Identify target accounts and opportunities in the market
• Work with owners to leverage existing relationships
• Develop sales plan by customer by market by product by quarter
• Sell and service existing relationships and develop new ones
• Develop new potential sales channels such as embassies, government functions, caterers, etc.

• Review current portfolio
• Suggest additions (non-French) to existing product list
• Help evaluate saleability of potential VIP acquisitions

Business management
• Forecast and monitor quarterly sales plans and other key business objectives
• Maintain company margin requirements
• Help determine logistic and licensing solutions for individual markets

Other qualifications
• Motivated, entrepreneurial, independent, self starter
• Sales oriented
• Focused, assertive, goal oriented
• Positive, professional, hard working, ethical
• Love of wine and experience within premium wine industry
• Strong reporting skills
• Ability to work in structure environment
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to learn from own failures and successes and those of others
• Intimate knowledge of local markets

Salary – Combination of equity, variable and fixed compensation
Location – Any of the following (MD, VA, DC)
Must have adequate home office, cell phone and drivers license

Salary Information: tbd

Contact Information:
Andrew Cohen
Five Grapes
tel: 410-526-0580 fax: 410-702-7241

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Position/title: Wine Broker
Job Location: All Areas, CA
Industry Category: Sales and Marketing
Date Posted: 11/17/2009
Company Name: Dono dal Cielo, an Estate Vineyard
Type of Work: Full Time

Job Description:

We are a boutique Zinfandel Estate Vineyard and Winery located in the Sierra Foothills/South Placer County appellation looking to partner-up with a broker(s). Wines are award winning.

Looking for an experienced representative(s), with or without a team, that wants to add our wines to an existing book.

We are interested in having our wines poured/tasted often, and have expectations that the California restaurant and wine bar markets will become our best market in the US.

We are looking for someone with experience and contacts. Sales support will be provided.

Salary Information: Commission

Contact Information:
Dono dal Cielo, an Estate Vineyard

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osition/title: Payroll Administrator
Job Location: Napa, CA
Industry Category: General Administration and Other
Date Posted: 11/16/2009
Company Name: Foster's Wine Estates Americas
Reference Number: 597854
Type of Work: Full Time

Job Description:


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Perform all payroll process for multiple legal entities in the United States and Canada
• Manage vendors in government reporting and tax filing
• Review and upload data from time and attendance system
• Upload payroll to general ledger and reconcile
• Review general ledger tax liability accounts monthly
• Oversee payroll record keeping processes
• Calculate special payments and upload data files for transactions
• Process garnishments in accordance with all state and federal requirements
• Assist with preparation of audit documents
• Provide customer assistance and lead problem resolution
• Create custom reports as needed and generate and distribute regular reports for managers and government entities
• Identify inefficiencies and recommend improvements
• Review payroll tax filings

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, experience and/or abilities required.

• Bachelor's or Associates Degree in related field desirable
• Minimum 5 years payroll processing experience required
• full life-cycle payroll processing with minimal supervision required


• Strong verbal and written communication
• Excellent organization, time management and problem solving skills
• Ability to respond promptly and professionally to a variety of requests for service and assistance
• Advanced Excel skills
• Proficiency in Word and PowerPoint
• Knowledge of time and attendance and payroll systems
• Ability to reconcile payroll records using company procedures
• Skill in using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgement within established guidelines
• Ability to work with minimal supervision

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described below are representative to successfully perform the essential job functions. The following percentages are given in terms of an eight-hour workday. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Office environment - moderate noise
• Long periods of sitting
• Occasional travel to winery sites
• Required to reach with hands and arms
• Occasional lift and/or move 5 – 10 lbs

KEY RELATIONSHIPS (Who does the role interact with?)

• Payroll Staff
• Site Coordinators
• Human Resources Team
• Finance Department
• Legal Department
• Managers and employees
• Vendors
• Government agencies
• Auditors

• Prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines
• Evaluating data for reasonableness
• Maintaining records acceptable for audit

• Ability to work effectively to complete multiple tasks
• Ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines

As a premium global beverage company conducting business across 150 countries, Foster's offers an exciting and diverse portfolio of career opportunities. Our people are innovative, passionate and energetic - working as one team with one high-performance culture.

Foster's is committed to creating an 'inspiring workplace' which attracts and retains highly skilled people. At Foster’s, we recognize and value employee diversity.
Don't let this great opportunity to work with a dynamic and energetic group of individuals pass you by, please apply now! EEO/AAP.

If you are interested in this position please apply online. Go to to submit your resume and please include your salary requirements.

No relocation assistance is available for this position. No recruiters or phone calls, please.

Contact Information:
Human Resources
Foster's Wine Estates Americas
tel: 707-xxx-xxxx

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