Alicia Sylvester is the co-founder of the Baron Ziegler wine brand in Sonoma County.

Healdsburg, CA, 15. March 20, 2021 – Banshee Wines today announced the appointment of Alicia Sylvester as the new winemaker for the estate. Sylvester is joining Banshee from Merus in Napa. Alicia will work with CEO and co-founder Baron Ziegler to continue creating location-specific wines that match the style and character that Banshee has built its reputation on.

I started Banshee with the clear goal of making wines that taste like the best California wines, but at a price point that everyone can afford; to make distinctive wines that offer more than they should in every way, Ziegler says. Over time, we have built strong relationships with producers who I believe are some of the best wineries in California, and our wines have never been better. Alicia’s arrival at the helm of Banshee winemaking will allow us to maintain our original intentions of producing wines that are true to the grapes, style and county of Sonoma.

Sylvester’s extensive experience has given her the opportunity to taste many of the wines on Wine Spectator’s famous Top 100 list, including those from Hewitt Vineyards, Molly Duker and Fincas Patagonichas.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands around the world, and I can only bring my experience to Banshee, says Sylvester. I am happy to mention Sonoma County Pinot Noir, focusing on wines that fit the style and represent the best that Sonoma County has to offer.

Alicia studied at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, where she began to delve into the wine industry during college and a summer of internships in viticulture and enology. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Marketing and a minor in Viticulture and Winemaking. In 2015, Sylvester joined the Lancaster Estate winemaking team as an enologist and was quickly promoted to assistant winemaker a year later after graduating with a degree in viticulture from the University of California, Davis.

About Banshee Wines

Founded in 2009, Banshee Wines defies convention to create exceptional wines for real drinkers. Banshee offers exceptional quality and produces affordable luxury wines with exceptional balance, purity and depth of flavor. The emphasis is on Pinot Noir from the cool, rugged coastal regions of California on the west coast of Sonoma.

About Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Winery, founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, is a portfolio of highly sought after wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Each brand in the company’s portfolio has its own style and heritage. Foley Family Wines owns the following estates in California: Foley Sonoma (Geyserville), Chalone Vineyard (Monterey), Foley Estate (Sta. Rita Hills), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang), Merus (Napa Valley), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley), Culeto (Napa Valley), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County), Sebastiani (Sonoma County), Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley), Eos Winery (Paso Robles), Roth Estate Winery (Sonoma County), Banshee (Sonoma County). The company also owns the Three Rivers plant in Walla Walla, Washington, Acrobat, Oregon and the Four Graces plant in Dundee, Oregon. In New Zealand, the company owns Wawasur (Marlborough), Clifford Bay (Marlborough), Grove Mill (Marlborough), Dashwood (Marlborough), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough), Te Kairanga (Martinborough) and Mount Complexity (Bannockburn, Central Otago).

About Colangelo and its partners

Colangelo & Partners ( specializes in premium food, wine and spirits brands and has long-standing relationships with the major media outlets that define these business categories and help identify industry leaders. The agency’s directors have years of experience in retail, distribution and communications – a rare combination that gives Colangelo & Partners invaluable insight into buying behavior. The firm focuses on closing the loop between creative communications programs, sales, promotion, advertising and the consumer to maximize the effectiveness of communications programs and achieve measurable results. Founded in 2006, Colangelo & Associates JF was named one of the top integrated communications firms of the year at the 2013 Elite Agency Awards and one of the top digital marketing campaigns at the 2014 Digital PR Awards.

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