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Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery hires new VP of sales 

Steve Howard joins VSJ’s award-winning team in the Paso Robles AVA

Paso Robles’ Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery recently announced Steve Howard as senior vice president of sales. A veteran of the wine industry, Howard is an honorary inductee to the American Academy of Chefs for his contributions to both the culinary profession and the American Culinary Federation as a culinary professional for 15 years.

Steve Howard

Steve Howard

He comes to Villa San-Juliette most recently from Casa Vinicola Zonin – USA, where he held the position of national sales director for the family-held company that owns and oversees ten Italian wine brands. During his tenure, the portfolio grew to four times the original volume. Howard’s prior titles also include eastern regional manager of Cabernet Corporation, vice president of sales with Commonwealth Wholesale. He also owned a bottled water distributor in Key West, Florida.

Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in finance from Indiana Wesleyan University in St. Marion, Ind. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard where he earned seven merit awards and medals, Cutterman’s insignia and Air Crew Gold Flight Wings.

“To have someone of Steve’s caliber on the VSJ team is a real win,” said Villa San-Juliette Vice-President and winemaker, Matt Ortman. “We are excited to support him in expanding our brands coverage in both new and existing markets.”

“The first time I visited Villa San-Juliette I told my friends I think I found heaven on earth, that was before I tasted the wines. After I tasted the wines I called my friends back and told them I DID find heaven on earth,” Howard said.

About Villa San-Juliette

Villa San-Juliette is the vision of iconic television producers of Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe who believe in bringing the best talent together to create remarkable experiences. The villa, nestled on the 168-acre estate with 132 acres of bearing vineyards planted to 11 varietals, provides a gracious setting for enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience in Paso Robles wine country. For more information about Villa San-Juliette, please call (805) 467-0014, or visit Villa San-Juliette is located at: 6385 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel, CA 93451.

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