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Sneak Peak with Donati

Sneak Peak with Donati

Monday, 21 March 2022 15:07
News Release: Monday, March 21, 2022

About: Sneak Peak with Donati at Newly Renovated MetroWines

Join us on Friday, May 6th from 5:00 to 6:30 for a wine tasting with Adam Chesia of Donati Family Vineyard and Juniper Cooper of Johnson Brothers /Mutual Distribution to celebrate the renovation of MetroWines on Charlotte Street. MetroWines continues to offer Sisters Forever Chardonnay, Claret and Cabernet Sauvignon from Donati Family Vineyard and the popularity and customer support for these wines has never stopped!

Since opening the doors in 2013, MetroWines has held to the philosophy that wine is about food, family, friends and community. "Over the years, we have become friends and family with our customers and sought to benefit the community through service, employment and support," says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines. "But that's not all of the story!"

MetroWines has also established strong relationships with wineries. The retailer sits in the middle of the process selecting wines from various wineries for their customers. "So, to celebrate this new beginning made possible by our customers, we have asked Adam Chesia, East Coast Sales Manager for Donati Family Vineyard, to join us, to pour their wines, to tell their family story." 

"And it's not just about buying and selling," says Kerr. "When COVID struck, Donati sent us a case of hand sanitizers! Now that's family."  

Family owned since 1989, Donati tells an American Wine Story from its founding by Italian immigrants through to being one of the first wineries with national distribution to trust their business to women winemakers! 

In the beginning, Donati says: "Albino Donati immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1907. Just like many others who came to America, he arrived with a commitment to create a better life for his family. His hard work, determination, and perseverance have created footsteps for our family to follow for generations."  

Fast forward to the early 2000s, Denise Valoff joined the Donati Family Vineyard team in 2007 as the Assistant Winemaker and became the head Donati Winemaker in 2011. The current winemaker is Briana Heywood who joined the Donati Family Vineyard team in 2016 as Head Winemaker. Meet Briana here:

Prior to starting at Donati, Briana was Enologist at JLohr Wines in Paso Robles for 7 years, along with prior internships at Eberle Winery and Gallo Vineyards. She earned her Enology and Wine Business degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2009.

”Donati Family Vineyard is exactly that, a family owned winery.  Having worked for Donati for over 6.5 years I feel like part of that family and with Briana making world class wines, there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of what we are doing in Paso Robles, CA,” says Adam Chesia.

The event is $10 (plus tax). And there will be cheese!

To register, call (828) 575-9525 or online here:

More about Donati Family Vineyard:




Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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