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RISMEDIA, October 15, 2011–Michael Crain, founder and president of Michael Crain Properties, Vineyard Advisors and Brokers, a Sonoma-based wine industry brokerage firm, announced his company’s marketing affiliation with the Wine Country Group by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.  Crain has been a licensed real estate broker in California for 25-years and has been working exclusively in the area of land, vineyards and estates for the past twelve years.

“Our firm has successfully delivered brokerage, wine property appraisals, and advisory services on a regional level for the past nine years, and this is an opportune time to add the resources and marketing platform of the Wine Country Group,” said Crain.  The economic conditions at this time drive the need for wine property owners to have greater access to what has become a market with global interest in the California wine country.”

Gerrett Snedaker, sr. vice president, North Bay, Wine Country Group, said:  “Michael Crain is a highly respected and accomplished professional in the Wine Country market.  Michael’s most recent transaction was selling the 360-acre Mystic Hills Ranch in Sonoma, which was listed for $19,500,000.  He recently listed the 510+/- acre Sage Canyon Ranch in St. Helena for visionary restaurateur Pat Kuleto for $19,000,000, an example of the quality of client Michael attracts and serves.  For the Wine Country Group, Michael Crain Properties, Vineyard Advisors and Brokers is the perfect fit to further our effectiveness in this marketplace.”

Snedaker will be working directly with Michael Crain and Michael Crain Properties to further its effectiveness and reach.  Snedaker asserts, “We plan to realize the same success in this specialized segment of the Wine Country region that we have achieved on the residential side of the market.”

Crain, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, is as committed to giving his talent and energy back to the community as he is to his business.  Michael Crain Properties, Vineyard Advisors and Brokers is located at 596 First St. West in Sonoma. Michael Crain can be reached at 707-938-9889.  The firm’s website is  For information on Michael Crain Properties, contact Michael Crain directly.

About Wine Country Group by Better Homes and Gardens
The Wine Country Group consists of 250 real estate agents in eleven offices spread throughout Northern California’s Wine Country.  Our heritage began with the founding of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in 1887. The company is the 19th largest real estate services firm in the nation, and Number One in the San Francisco East Bay. The company provides comprehensive solutions to home buyers and sellers, and handled more than 7,300 transactions in 2010, generating $2.9 billion in sales. Better Homes and Gardens The Wine Country Group by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is independently owned and operated. For more information, go to