Monday, May 23, 2016

Change Afoot: New Federal Overtime Rules Taking Effect in December

With all of the new employment laws coming along, it is good to stay on top of changes that are happening.  One of the big changes coming at the Federal level is regarding overtime pay.  Last week the Department of Labor announced final regulations on overtime pay.  This regulation will go into effect December 1, 2016.  As an employer, all exempt positions that are paying less than $913 per week should be reviewed and possibly reclassified as hourly positions.  With hourly positions employers need to be aware of requirements for unpaid meal and rest breaks and tracking of hours.

For more complete information about this, please refer to this update prepared by Attorney Barbara Cotter of Cook Brown LLP, an employment law firm here in Sacramento.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Estate Host

WineTalent Classifieds:  Estate Host for Long Meadow Ranch Winery

WineTalent is working with our client Long Meadow Ranch to find an Estate Host to create a memorable guest experience.

Position:  Estate Host

Description:  Long Meadow Ranch is a family­-owned and operated producer and purveyor of world­class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. We produce award­winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass­fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

We are seeking an Estate Host to guide our guests on a full range of hospitality experiences at our properties.  The Estate Host will be primarily responsible for providing an unforgettable experience to our guests and promoting our wines, our wine club and our Long Meadow Ranch General Store offerings.  The ideal candidate will be engaging and knowledgeable about Long Meadow Ranch, wine, food, and also the Napa Valley.  Interacting with guests from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the Estate Host will strive to create a unique and personal experience with each guest. 

·      Host guests on guided tours and tastings that are unique and memorable.
·      Present and sell Long Meadow Ranch Winery’s wines, products and club memberships.
·      Engage and educate guests with effective story telling about Long Meadow Ranch’s history, philosophy and mission.
·      Schedule and facilitate various experiences to capture the guests’ attention and exceed their expectations while providing them the encounter they were hoping for. 
·      Create opportunities to promote all Long Meadow Ranch and Farmstead products and services.
·      Provide an experience to guests that they will want to share with others.
·      Perform daily operations including set-up and break-down of tastings and tours, washing and buffing glassware, order processing and other tasks as needed. 
·       Be a team player and an ambassador for Long Meadow Ranch.

Qualifications and Requirements
·      Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Hospitality or related work experience.
·      1+ years of hospitality experience with strong knowledge of wine and food. 
·      Knowledge of organic and sustainable farming and food production.
·      Strong interest in the farm-to-table movement and culinary pursuits.
·      Customer service experience with a genuine desire to provide exceptional service.
·      Proven experience in direct-to-consumer wine sales.
·      Effective communication and sales skills.
·      Flexible schedule and ability to work weekends.
·      This position will have the Estate Host driving guests to the various properties.  A clean driving record is required.  The ability to drive a manual transmission is a plus.
·      The ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

Compensation and Benefits
·      Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

Interested in Applying?  Please email your resume to  

Monday, May 9, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Tasting Room Associates

Help Wanted:  Tasting Room Associates for Long Meadow Ranch

WineTalent is working with our client Long Meadow Ranch to find tasting room staff for the General Store tasting room located at Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena.  

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is the destination for food & wine in St. Helena. Farmstead has has a unique opportunity for a proven sales professional to join the General Store team. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiatic person to promote the sales of wine and non-wine merchandise, provide exceptional customer service, create a unique experience for each guest and build LMR brand loyalty.

If you are a results oriented sales person that thrives on achieving goals and provides world-class customer service, we would like to hear from you. Results, integrity and teamwork are important for success in this position.

Duties Include:

Provide the first line of information to the customer by greeting, directing and answering questions regarding our wines, merchandise, history and facilities.
Host retail wine tastings that convey LMR brand image and lead to sales transactions and brand loyalty.
Provide wine service for our Farm-to-Table lunches and dinners, small and large groups.
Handle retail sales of specialty merchandise, food items, olive oil and wine.
Offer wine club program and encourage sign-ups in a captivating manner as to increase sales and build customer loyalty.
Complete transactions accurately on point of sales system, including shipping orders, wine club and cash transactions.
Build, enhance and maintain long-term customer relationships.
Stock, price and display merchandise.

Qualifications Include:

Two years of sales experience in a tasting room, restaurant or retail sales environment
Ability to effectively communicate in a welcoming and professional manner.
Ability to build/maintain a relationship with customers in a short period of time
Ability to offer product for purchase and maximize sale with other options for purchase.
Ability to learn and execute point of sale computer software procedures.
Ability to learn about wines, varietals and winemaking process.
Ability to work independently and with a team.
Ability to work in fast paced environment.
Ability to lift up to 50lbs and stand for long periods of time.
Ability to work weekends and holidays, flexibility in schedule is desired.
Hourly wage plus commission and wine club incentive


Monday, May 2, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Director of Finance

 WineTalent Classifieds:  Director of Finance

Description:  WineTalent is working with our Client Long Meadow Ranch on a Director of Finance role.  Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) is a family-­owned and -operated producer and purveyor of world­-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible and that employs diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. LMR produces award­-winning wines, hand-crafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-­fed beef and lamb, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

LMR has farming operations in Northern California on more than 2500 acres in Napa, Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, including three winegrowing estates in the Mayacamas Mountains, Rutherford, and Anderson Valley.  Long Meadow Ranch also operates a sustainable food, wine, and agricultural education destination located in St. Helena, CA, which is anchored by the distinctive farm-to-table restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. New projects  are being developed on multiple LMR-owned properties, including winery production facilities, agricultural improvements (major vineyard re-plantings, water systems, livestock handling facilities, etc.), and guest lodging

LMR has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Finance to contribute to the overall success of LMR by effectively managing the financial affairs of one of its key entities, LMR Wine Estates LLC.   The Director of Finance will be a member of  the executive team. The Director of Finance will be responsible for all financial reporting for LMR Wine Estates and will also be accountable for analyzing the current business and planning for future business needs..  The Director of Finance will provide high quality financial planning and analysis, including providing detailed financial modeling for established and potential projects.  

The Director of Finance will lead the development and maintenance of control and management information reporting systems. This position requires excellent verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal relationship skills and a commitment to integrity.   


Financial accounting and reporting

   Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
   Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
   Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
   Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash
   Review monthly results and implement monthly variance reporting
   Prepare and maintain monthly, quarterly and annual cash flow forecasts
   Oversee the accounting manager including maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll

Payroll preparation and administration
   Oversee all payroll functions to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner

Budget preparation
   Establish guidelines for budget and forecast preparation and prepare the annual budget
   Assist the executive team with the preparation of budgets
   Drive development and maintenance of a three-year forward-looking financial plan.

Cash flow
   Develop and maintain 24-month rolling forecasts of cash flow
   Manage line of credit and tactical relationship with banks

Project management accounting
   Maintain financial records for each project in a manner that facilitates timely management reporting
   Ensure that accurate and timely financial statements are prepared in accordance with agreements with lenders and investors
   Provide accurate and timely reporting on the status of individual projects

 Financial Administration
   Oversee the management of all leases, contracts and other financial commitments
   Monitor all legislation relevant to the organization (employment policies,, occupation health and safety, etc)

Qualifications and Requirements:
   Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business
   Certified Public Accountants preferred
   Distinctive finance and accounting experience of 5 years or more within diversified agricultural organizations
   Proven understanding of finance and accounting issues related to agricultural production (cash basis), winery and restaurant businesses highly desirable
   Extensive experience with Quickbooks required  
   Experience using Targit Decision Suite sales analytics software highly desirable  
   Prior experience implementing new accounting software systems and/or ERP required

Compensation and Benefits

   Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

WineTalent Classifieds: Current WineTalent Openings

WineTalent is working with several different companies in Northern California to find exceptional talent. We are confidentially searching for top wine talent for the following roles:

Metro NY Sales Representative: WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch to find a salesperson to represent LMR wine brands in the greater metropolitan New York area. Reporting to the Eastern Sales Manager, this person will be working in conjunction with LMR's distributor partners in the New York market, with additional sales support responsibilities in NJ, New England, PA, MD and DC. This role will work with the distributors’ sales teams to sell, establish and maintain relationships with on and off premise accounts in these markets. This position requires prior sales experience in the Metro NY area in the broad market.  

Director of Finance: WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch to find a Director of Finance. The Director of Finance will contribute to the overall success of LMR by effectively managing the financial affairs of the wine estate. The Director of Finance will be a member of the executive team. This role will be responsible for all financial reporting and will be accountable for analyzing the current business and planning for future business needs. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or related with at least 5 years of finance and accounting experience in the wine industry. A CPA is highly desirable.  

Safety Manager: WineTalent is working with a well established and well respected family run winery in the Central Valley to find a Safety Manager to continue to foster a safe work environment. The Safety Manager will be interacting closely with many departments and will be providing routine training and safety oversight. Requirements: 5 plus years of safety work experience. Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. Bilingual highly desirable.

Member Relations Manager: WineTalent is working with a Napa Valley based nonprofit to find a Member Relations Manager who will handle outreach to vineyard owners throughout the county. This position will represent the nonprofit in a highly professional manner at all times and exhibit a commitment to the agriculture, vineyards and vineyard owners of the Napa Valley. Strong communication skills, both written and conversational are required. Excellent MS Excel experience required as well as the ability to use various office productivity tools including email, MS Office and online software tools.  

WineTalent provides complete confidentiality to any interested candidates. All conversations and interactions will be kept completely confidential.  

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