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  • Innovation + Quality 2017 Names Innovator of the Year: Jerry Lohr


    Napa, CA – January 17, 2017 – In honor of a lifetime spent promoting better understanding of winemaking and grape growing, the Wine Business Monthly editorial team and the Innovation + Quality 2017 Advisory Board have named Jerry Lohr, founder and proprietor of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, the Innovator of the Year. Lohr will be honored at IQ 2017, the leading forum for ultra-premium wineries that focuses on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality.

    The Innovator of the Year Award is presented at an awards ceremony each year to someone who has a lifetime of innovation in his/​her body of work, has fostered innovation among other winemakers and organizations and has made a positive impact on the wine industry through his/​her contributions. Members of the IQ Advisory Board voted for the recipient from nominees submitted by the Wine Business Monthly editorial staff. The first Innovator of the Year Award in 2015 was given to Peter Mondavi Sr. and Clark Smith received the award in 2016.

    We are thrilled to be honoring Jerry Lohr with the Innovator of the Year Award at IQ this month. It is so very well deserved. Jerry’s dedication to shared knowledge goes far beyond his own J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and the Paso Robles and Monterey County regions he helped pioneer,” said Cyril Penn, editor, Wine Business Monthly. Jerry has long been an industry leader in organizing, funding and facilitating research.”