Sunday, May 29, 2011

Welcome Our New External Relations Manager!

Fireside Winery, located between Marengo and Williamsburg, Iowa is pleased to announce the hiring of Brad Johnson as the External Relations Manager. In this position, he will be responsible for growing Fireside Winery’s wholesale program throughout Iowa, and enhancing the public relations and social media efforts of our award winning winery.

Brad Johnson’s affiliation with Fireside Winery began in 2008 during a volunteer internship, while working toward his enology certification credentials.  Since that time, he has actively been helping around the winery in various capacities.  He established the social media presence for the winery, assisted with media relations, developed a marketing research program, and for more than a year served as the winemaker’s assistant.

An experienced wine industry professional, Brad Johnson earned his enology (winemaking) certificate in 2010, is a skilled wine industry market researcher and conference speaker, and is an experienced professional wine competition judge.  Additionally, Brad is the founding editor and publisher of Winedustry™: wine industry news for the “other” grapes, and is a contributing writer for the regional “Make Mine Wine” magazine; and co-founding member of the Eastern Iowa Wine Club.

“We are excited to bring Brad on as our External Relations Manager” said Rona Wyant, owner, “and are confident his tremendous skill-set will be an asset as we build our wholesale program and enhance our pubic and social media presence.”

Retailers and restaurants interested in carrying the award winning Fireside Winery wines should contact Brad Johnson at or call him (319-329-1509) to learn more.

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