Who We Are

Charlotte Milan, Founder and President

Charlotte Milan, Founder and PrincipalSan Francisco native Charlotte Milan brings more than 20 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience to C. Milan Communications. Milan has represented and launched a variety of wineries and luxury hospitality clients around the globe, including Dana Estate, Melka Wines, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Signorello Estate, Poetry Inn and Mayacama Golf and Lodging Club. Her clients include wine personalities such as Andy Beckstoffer and Philippe Melka, as well as leading wine organizations and businesses: Court of Mater Sommeliers, Americas, Beckstoffer Vineyards and the Rare Wine Co. 

Her proven track record of media placements success includes high profile media placements in a variety of print publications including Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Architectural Digest, TIME, Business Week, Food & Wine, Newsweek, Robb Report, Men’s Health, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, Sunset and Wine Spectator. Broadcast placements and relationships include CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America and NRP.

Beyond media relations, Milan serves as the primary brand strategist for her clients, helping them uniquely position themselves through brand voice development, social media, strategic partnerships and wine auction strategy.

Prior to founding CMC, Milan opened the Northern California office of a hospitality public relations firm as Executive Director, where she handled media relations for world-renowned restaurants including Masa’s, Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Milan also served as Director, Public Relations and Corporate Communications for Clos Du Val Wine Co., Ltd, a global network of wineries. At Clos Du Val, she repositioned the 30-year old brand, spearheaded the winery’s product placement and entertainment marketing campaigns and launched a new wine, Domaine de Nizas, from the Languedoc.

Milan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University, with a double minor in Arab and Terrorist Studies. While at Georgetown, Milan explored her passion for food by working in the prep kitchen of Roberto Donna’s Galileo. She has lectured on public relations at The Stanford Graduate School of Business, for Silicon Valley Bank, the Napa Valley Vintners and the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association. Her work at Clos Du Val has been developed into a marketing case study for University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

She has served on  the Board of Directors of Playgroup and has been on The Hamlin School’s Alumnae Board since 2011.

CMC Partners

CMC also has long term relationships with a variety of people and companies who we work with to serve as a full-service marketing and communications team for our clients.

Freelance writers
We turn to published pros to craft our press materials, press releases and pithy pitch letters. These journalists regularly write for top publications including New York Times, Golf, Saveur, Bon Appetit and Outside Traveler.

Entertainment marketing companies/celebrity “wranglers”
Have an interest in getting coverage in People or US Weekly? We know the wranglers who can get celebs to your property or your product in an Oscar or Emmy gift bag.

Golf course raters
Want an unbiased opinion of your course? We’ll send in one of our secret shoppers to play your course and provide invaluable feedback before media and other raters hit the links.

Anonymous restaurant critics
Another weapon CMC has in its arsenal is one of the country’s few true anonymous restaurant critics. We can bring him in to evaluate all aspects of service, presentation and food, making sure that when members of the media visit your restaurant, they have a superb dining experience.

Web and graphic designers
We work with top, reasonably priced web and graphic designers.

We’ve researched and worked with the best photographers for food, lifestyle images and architectural coverage—so our clients don’t have to do the leg work.