Les Linkogle, co-owner of Briar Rose Winery in Temecula, CA was confirmed as the Wine Institute Southern District Director at the 2010-2011 fiscal year at Wine Institute’s 76th Annual Meeting of Members held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco in late July.
As the Southern District Director Linkogle will continue his second term with an emphasis on promoting and protecting member wineries in and around the Temecula, Riverside and San Diego County areas. Les explains his thoughts on this prestigious position, “The wine industry is a vital part of our economy and must be preserved. The Wine Institute is the wine industry back bone that educates , lobbies, defends, promotes the integrity of wine ,not only in the US but around the World and I am honored to have been elected once again as the Southern California representative to the historical Wine Institute.”
The District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations.
At that same meeting, The Wine Institute membership elected Tom Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg as their new Wine Institute Chairman , new district- and at-large directors and alternates and 13 new winery and associate members, bringing the total Wine Institute membership to 1,024. District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations.