27th September – Slow News Day in the Wine World

September 27, 2006 The board of directors of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. elected August A. Busch IV to the board of directors effective today and named him president and chief executive officer of the corporation effective Dec. 1, 2006, it was announced today.
“The board of directors diligently executes its charge to evaluate and determine the executives to lead Anheuser-Busch as part of its succession planning responsibilities,” said lead director, Edward E. Whitacre, speaking on behalf of the company’s board of directors. “After careful consideration, we selected August Busch IV as the individual most qualified to assume that role. We believe that the company, its employees and its shareholders will be well-served by his leadership.”
Busch IV succeeds Patrick Stokes, 64, who has held the corporate president and CEO positions since July 2002.
Busch IV is the fifth generation of Busch family members to lead the company. His great-great grandfather was Adolphus Busch, who co-founded the company. Adolphus Busch married Lilly, the daughter of Eberhard Anheuser, who had purchased the brewery in 1860.

Sirromet Wines owner and chairman Terry Morris has announced the appointment of Richard Warland as general manager of the Queensland company, effective September 27. 2007.
Warland, 57, has 33 years experience in the wine industry as a winemaker, and in sales, marketing, customer relations, distribution, and strategic development.
He worked in Hong Kong the past two years, and is returning to Australia to commence his new position, based at Sirromet’s winery headquarters at
Mount Cotton, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
“Sirromet is a young and growing company, and we have created this new position to develop our brand and business locally, nationally, and internationally,” Morris said.
Warland graduated from Adelaide University’s Roseworthy Faculty in 1971 with a Diploma in Oenology. As a winemaker he made Trophy and gold medal-winning wines for Hardys before making the switch to sales and marketing in 1975.
He previously worked in Queensland from 1976-80 as founding state manager for South Australian company Kaiser Stuhl.
“I look forward to reconnecting with my allies in the trade and showing them that the new ‘buzz’ is cool climate wine from Queensland,” Warland said.
Warland’s other past work positions include being national sales manager of Krondorf Wines, general manager of The Wine Society in Sydney in
the 1980s, before founding Cellar Door Direct Pty Ltd, and launching the ANZ Wine Club.
He sold his company to Cellarmaster Wines in 1991, and went on to specialise in customer relationship management (CRM), which took him to
Hong Kong before accepting his new position at Sirromet.
“I have enjoyed my years of talking direct to the consumer, but I recognise there is a compelling reason why we have a wholesale and retail trade. You have to be where the customer wants to shop,” he said.

Dan C. Turrentine Dan C. Turrentine, who retired as manager of the Wine Advisory Board at age 60 to start his own wine brokerage business, died Wednesday (September 27th, 2006) at his home in San Rafael. He was 98 years old.
Turrentine is remembered in the California wine business for founding Turrentine Brokerage, which is located in Novato and employs 15 people including his son Bill and his grandson, Matt. Turrentine is also remembered for innovative promotions at the Wine Advisory Board, including six winemaker cookbooks which sold over a million copies.