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    The Woodinville-based wine company Stimson Lane Vineyards & Estates has appointed Rich Sermone to district manager for Oregon and southwest Washington.
    A resident of Tigard, Oregon, Sermone joined Stimson Lane from E. & J. Gallo Winery where he worked as a field marketing manager in Oregon.
    He replaces Chris Zehner, who is moving to Phoenix after being promoted to district manager for Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
    Candice Chaplin has been hired as communications manager for Columbia Crest, Domaine Ste. Michelle, and Snoqualmie wineries. She was a publicist with Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group in New York City for five years.
    She will report to Katie Sims, director of communications, who directs product publicity for Chateau Ste. Michelle, Conn Creek, and Villa Mt. Eden wineries.
    Stimson Lane markets Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Domaine Ste. Michelle and Snoqualmie wineries in Washington State, plus Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden wineries in Napa Valley, CA.

    Redhook Ale and Brewery has announced the winner of their "Brewer for a Day" contest which ran at both the Trolleyman in Fremont and Forecasters in Woodinville as part of their "Hoptoberfest" celebrations.
    Cindy Cody, a survey draftsman from Seattle, will brew a batch of beer after being thoroughly educated on the step-by-step brewing process. Three weeks later she'll come back, after the fermentation has taken place, to sample her work, which will more than likely be a batch of Redhook's ESB.

    The Master Builders Association issued their Major Achievement in Market Excellence (MAME) Awards, and several houses from the 1995 Street of Dreams, Estates at Chapel Grove in Woodinville, were honored.
    "Stonebriar" won for "Best Interior Merchandising of a Show Home With an Average Price Over $375,000" and "Best Landscape Design for a New Residence or Model Complex;" "The Nantucket" took "Best Design for a Detached Home with an Average Published Price Over $500,000" and "Best Master Suite."
    The first multifamily permit to be issued in the new city of Woodinville, Wedgewood Commons, received two Silver Awards as MAME 1995 finalists.
    Honored for multifamily design and townhome design was builder CPC, Ltd. a member of the Medallion Group LLC.
    The MAME Awards are sponsored by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties to recognize quality, innovation, and affordability.

    Tina Pontecorvo of Woodinville has been promoted to TV news writer/producer at KOMO-TV. She is responsible for writing news stories for the weekday morning newscasts and also produces the Sunday morning news.
    Pontecorvo previously worked for KOMO TV as a part-time TV news writer in 1994 and in 1993 as a microwave production assistant.

    The Service Corps of Retired Executives, co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration and Northshore Chamber of Commerce, are offering counseling at no charge on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Anyone contemplating a new business or those in business who would like to discuss management, financing, marketing, or various other business matters with an experienced, retired business person should call 486-1245 to set up an appointment.
    SBA and SCORE also host workshops in Seattle designed especially for beginning entrepreneurs. Call 553-7320.