Cathy Hazel Becomes General Manager and
Controller at Long Meadow Ranch
November 10 , 2003, St. Helena, CA
Seasoned wine industry manager Cathy Hazel (formerly Cathy Del Fava) will become the General Manager and Controller of Long Meadow Ranch Winery effective immediately. Hazel will manage all of the administrative functions - including financial reporting - for the highly diversified ranch and winery operation. Hazel, a CPA and former CEO of The California Wine Company (including the former Stonegate Winery), brings a wealth of accounting, financial, and winery management experience to Long Meadow Ranch.
"We are delighted to have such an experienced individual take leadership responsibility for our administrative functions," said owner Ted Hall. Over the past few years, the approximately 600-acre Long Meadow Ranch has added significantly to its business base with the introduction of grass-fed LMR Highland Beef and with the acquisition and reopening of Rutherford Gardens on Highway 29 in Rutherford. "We are in the midst of a significant increase in our business and we are making the moves necessary to sustain the high standards that we have set for ourselves," owner Hall added. In the past four months Long Meadow Ranch has also announced the additions of Les Denend as Chief Financial Officer, Ashley Heisey as Associate Winemaker, and Jeanette Bowling as Trainer and Stable Manager.
"I was attracted to Long Meadow Ranch because of its distinctively diverse operations and its commitment to excellence," said Hazel.
Hazel brings breadth and depth of relevant experience to Long Meadow Ranch. A native Californian, Hazel was born in Half Moon Bay, moved to wine country as teenager to complete high school in Healdsburg, and earned a degree in management with distinction from Sonoma State University. As a CPA, and a former member of the wine industry practice at Deloitte & Touche, she knows how to keep track of the "beans" as well as the grapes. And, as a former small winery president in the Napa Valley, Hazel has direct experience with the myriad of managerial tasks required to produce, package, market, and deliver outstanding products.
Previously, Hazel was with The California Wine Company (whose principal holding was Stonegate Winery) where her responsibilities grew from Treasurer and Controller to President and CEO. Her responsibilities included overseeing two production locations and nearly 200 acres of Napa County vineyard land. And, while with The California Wine Company - as a result of the firm's British investor group - Hazel had the unusual experience of taking the company public in the U.K. Subsequently, she was responsible for the permitting, design, and construction of a major addition and complete remodel to the former Stonegate Winery near Calistoga before its sale in 2001. More recently, Hazel has been an entrepreneur in the fine wine business, launching a brand utilizing Mendocino County grapes in partnership with well-known winemaker, John Quinones.
Hazel is certified with the California State Board of Accountancy and is a past director of the Sonoma County Wineries Association.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship. Long Meadow Ranch is an integrated farming system that relies on each part of the Ranch contributing to the health of the whole.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve the historic olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyard. They produce premium wine and olive oil, organic vegetables and eggs, plus free-range, grass-fed Highland beef. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through responsible farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using simple sustainable farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and produced in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.
Contact: Monty J. Sander