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11/24 NICHOLAS COWHERD, XXIV KARAT SPARKLING WINE, STEVE TONELLA, S. R. TONELLA CELLARS

November 24, 201426 sec
NICHOLAS COWHERD – CO-FOUNDER,  XXIV KARAT SPARKLING WINE     XXIV Karat Wines is committed to bringing excitement and memories with each bottle sold. Founded by Arizona State University alumni, the team embodies the soul of what XXIV Karat brings to the social scene. After countless bottles bought and numerous memories made, the boys of XXIV Karat sat down to develop what would turn out to be the hottest new product to hit the industry. They live life all in, and have branded a product that focuses on just that. Starting off as just a dream, XXIV Karat has evolved into a brand that is both affordable and exclusive, providing memorable experiences to all those who enjoy it’s flavor. Whether it be in the hottest nightclubs in the world, poolside at your favorite resort, or a gift for your best friends wedding, each bottle of XXIV Karat champagne with gold flakes is designed with one thing in mind, fun! Nicholas Cowherd - Chairman of the Board / Co-Founder • Bachelors degree in Business Communications from Arizona State University in 2012 • A natural networker • Worked in the luxury services industry, including chartering private jets and yachts • Connections with club owners and managers in many cities with great nightlife XXIVKARAT.COM STEVE TONELLA OF S. R. TONELLA CELLARS                   S. R. Tonella Cellars is the culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley.  It all started with an earthquake.  In 1906 after the great San Francisco earthquake, a huge demand for workers to rebuild the city brought Joseph Ponti, Steve’s great uncle, from Italy to San Francisco.  Shortly thereafter, Ponti became the superintendent and initial winemaker at the iconic Beaulieu Vineyards in Rutherford, where he stayed for 43 years.  Ponti’s nephew, Steve’s grandfather, Louis Tonella, joined his uncle at Beaulieu when he was just 17 and worked there for several years.  Louis inherited from Ponti vineyards located in the Rutherford viticulture region and passed them on to his son Raymond Tonella, Steve’s father.  Over the years, Raymond purchased additional vineyard acreage, as well as managing other Rutherford vineyards.  Grape growing and wine production have been a part of Steve’s life and family history. Bringing us to the present, we endeavor to continue this heritage and spirit with S. R. Tonella Cellars. Our purpose is simply to make history by crafting the best premium Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the best of Rutherford and Napa Valley.  A lot of historical events have been written down after-the-fact on the pages of books; but in truth, living history is made every day with family, friends, co-workers and casual coincidental encounters both near and far. It’s those relationships, the real events in our own histories, which have a meaningful impact on our lives.  S. R. Tonella Cellar’s aspiration is that our wine is shared to create some small but memorable piece of history with everyone who crosses paths with us.  And so it begins. BIO: Steve Tonella was born in Napa Valley and grew up living in Sonoma and Rutherford.  From an early age he worked in the vineyards with his father and grandfather.  Enjoying the hot sun and helping in the vineyard by suckering vines (removing unwanted shoots) tying, training, and irrigating formed his early encounters in vineyards.  He says he is amazed to have survived as the mode of transportation was the infamous 3-wheeler motorcycles that were accident prone and tipped easily. Fast forward to the turn of the century when Steve began making wine and produced small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon.  College took him to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a degree in Business Administration.  After college, Steve entered the high-tech industry and quickly moved into sales leadership positions that took him around the

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