Experts

Akiko & Ken Freeman
Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Alex Ryan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Duckhorn Wine Company

Antoine Favero
Winemaker
Mazzocco Winery

Bart & Barb O'Brien
Owners, O'Brien Estate Winery

Bill & Dawn Williamson
Owners, Williamson Wines

Bill Murphy
Owner, Clos LaChance Winery

Bob Biale
Founding Partner
Robert Biale Vineyards

Bob Williamson,
Ideology Cellars

Brooks Painter
Director of Winemaking
V.Sattui Winery

Bryan Toy
Director of Hospitality, Caldwell Vineyard

Dane Campbell
Brand Ambassdor, Zaca Mesa

Darioush Khaledi
Proprietor

Dave Pramuk
Founding Partner
Robert Biale Vineyards

David Amadia
President, Ridge Vineyards

David Gates
Vice President of Vineyards Operations
Ridge Vineyards

Dianne Wilson
Winemaker
Wilson & Matrix wineries

Dick Doré
Founder & Co-owner, General & Sales Manager
FOXEN Vineyard & Winery

Dominic Foppoli
Co-Owner & CEO, Christopher Creek Winery

Don Hartford
President, Hartford Family Winery

Ed Kurtzman
August West Wine

Eric Mohseni
Winemaker, Zaca Mesa

Gabrielle Leonhard O'Connell
Vintner, O'Connell Family Wines

Guy Davis
Founder, Farmer, Winemaker
Davis Family Wine

Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray
Certified Wine Specialist

Ivo Jeramaz
Vice President of Vineyards & Production
Grgich Hills Estate

Jacques Pepin
Culinary Director, Oceania Cruises

Jason Haas
General Manager
Tablas Creek Vineyard

Jenny Williamson-Dore
Marketing and Sales
FOXEN Vineyard & Winery

Joanne Dunham
Founder, Managing Partner
Dunham Cellars

Joel Peterson
SVP & Founder, Ravenswood Winery

Kelly McAuliffe
Sommelier and French Wine Expert

Liam McCormick
Co-Owner & Head of Sales, Christopher Creek

Lloyd Davis
Owner, Corner 103

Neil Collins
Executive Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Tablas Creek Vineyard

Papapietro Perry Owners
Bruce & Renae Perry AND Yolanda & Ben Papapietro

Paul Gregutt
Waitsburg Cellars

Randle G. Johnson
Winemaker & Co-Owner
Artezin Wines

Randy & Robin Peters
Grower, Papapietro Perry

Renee Ary
Winemaker, Duckhorn Wine Company

Rich Parducci
Winemaker
McNab Ridge Vineyards

Robert Haas
Tablas Creek Winery
Founder

Steve Falk
Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Media Investments

Thibaud Mandet
Winemaker, WillaKenzie Estate

Todd Anderson
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

Tom Davies
President, V. Sattui Winery

Trey Busch
Partner and Winemaker
Sleight of Hand Cellars

Akiko & Ken Freeman
Freeman Vineyard & Winery


AKIKO FREEMAN — WINEMAKER
At Freeman, the gifted palate of winemaker Akiko Freeman guides every wine, every vintage. When Akiko and Ken founded Freeman in 2001, Akiko dedicated herself to the ideals of a family-run winery, and a belief that a wine bearing the Freeman name should reflect the Freeman touch. To achieve this goal, Akiko immersed herself in the world of viticulture and winemaking, and apprenticed herself to renowned winemaker Ed Kurtzman. Today, Akiko oversees every aspect of Freeman’s winemaking program, from the organic farming of Freeman’s estate vineyards and the selection of grower partners to fermentations, racking, lot evaluations and blending. Her vision and refined palate have established Freeman as one of the great benchmarks for cool-climate New World winemaking, while also establishing Akiko as a winemaking talent in her own right.
 
Counting back her family tree 21 generations, Akiko grew up in Tokyo. Her grandfather was one of Japan’s leading academics, and his love for wine, literature and art was contagious, imbuing his granddaughter with a lifelong taste for the enigmatic beauty of great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In the mid 1990s, after receiving her master’s degree in Italian Renaissance art history from Stanford, Akiko traveled widely throughout Europe and as far as South Africa to explore the great winemaking regions of the world. Returning to California in 1997, Akiko worked with Ken to realize their longstanding dream of establishing a small, family-run winery dedicated to crafting expressive cool-climate California Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. This dream was realized in 2001, when the couple founded Freeman Vineyard & Winery.
 
KEN FREEMAN
Ken fell under the thrall of wine’s mystery while growing up in Scarsdale, New York, amidst a wine loving family. He recalls venturing to Zachy’s with his mom and being fascinated by the wooden crates bearing the imprimaturs of Château Margaux and Domaine Romanée-Conti stacked high on the sidewalk in front of the store. Little did he know that one day his own Freeman wines would claim a coveted space on Zachy’s shelves.
 
In 1985, Ken met Akiko. After discovering a shared passion for a more sophisticated and eloquent style of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they began preparing to found their own winery. After earning his M.B.A. from Kellogg, Ken worked for years establishing the Discovery Channel in Asia, which took him and Akiko to Singapore and Hong Kong. Whenever possible, the Freeman’s traveled to the world’s great winegrowing regions, including trips to many of the great wineries of France. In 1997, Ken took a position at CNET in California, and the Freeman’s winemaking dream began to crystallize into a plan to make cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They began searching for grower partners and vineyard properties in the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley and on the extreme Sonoma Coast. In 2001, Ken and Akiko acquired a small winery in the Russian River Valley town of Sebastopol where they established Freeman Vineyard & Winery. In 2005 they acquired an adjacent property, now the site of their Gloria Estate Vineyard; and in 2007 they purchased the Freeman Ranch further west in the Sonoma Coast appellation, where they planted their second vineyard, named ‘Yu-ki’.

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Alex Ryan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Duckhorn Wine Company


 
Since 1988, the visionary leadership of Alex Ryan has been instrumental in establishing and growing Duckhorn Wine Company into one of the most admired wine portfolios in North America. During his illustrious tenure, Duckhorn has grown from a modest 15,000 cases and a few million dollars in revenue to one of the most highly respected and fastest growing luxury wine companies in the industry. Having come up through the ranks in the vineyard and production side of the company, Alex has earned a reputation as a “winemaker’s president,” known for his unwavering commitment to quality from grape to glass. At the same time, Alex’s leadership has established excellence in every area, from the vineyards to operations, sales and marketing. The result is a company that has earned renown for its exceptional wines, world-class estate properties and industry-leading sales and marketing team, as well as for the diversity of its well-positioned portfolio, which spans multiple appellations, brands, price-points and styles.
 
Alex moved to St. Helena in 1976 where he became friends with the son of his future mentor, Daniel Duckhorn.  He began working at Duckhorn part time during high school, and joined the company full time after earning his degree in viticulture from California State University at Fresno in 1988. As Duckhorn’s vineyard manager throughout the early ‘90s, and later as its vice president of vineyard and winery operations, Alex played an integral role in the growth of the company’s estate program, which now encompasses seven vineyards and 175 vine acres in the Napa Valley, and four vineyards and more than 200 vines acres in the Anderson Valley.
 
In 2000, Alex was made general manager and chief operations officer of Duckhorn Wine Company, and in 2005 he was promoted to president, becoming the only person other than Dan Duckhorn to hold this position. Since becoming president, Alex has unveiled new, state-of-the-art wineries for both Paraduxx and Goldeneye, successfully launched the Migration brand, featuring the first Chardonnay in the company’s three-decade history, and rolled out an expanded Decoy line to great acclaim—all while achieving three-fold growth for Duckhorn Wine Company.
 
Today, as president and CEO, Alex oversees a dedicated staff of more than 150 employees. Working with his handpicked winemaking, vineyard development and executive teams, Alex is actively charting a course for the future of Duckhorn Wine Company that honors its history of excellence, while never resting on past laurels. His groundbreaking cross-industry partnerships and his vision for strategic and sustainable growth have opened new avenues, and set new standards, for trade and consumer engagement and satisfaction. Based on these, and other, accomplishments, Alex was recognized for his “visionary” leadership and impact on the wine business, when IntoWine.com honored him as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry” in 2013. While helping to pioneer the way successful modern wineries do business in the global marketplace, Alex has established Duckhorn Wine Company as America’s preeminent luxury wine brand, with a celebrated portfolio sold in 46 countries around the world.

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Antoine Favero
Winemaker
Mazzocco Winery


Winemaker Antoine Favero has a colorful personal history. He was born in the Champagne region of France, but at an early age moved with his family to a Peruvian coastal fishing village in South America. When Antoine was nine years old, he and his family relocated to Northern California’s wine country.

While attending the University of California at Davis, Antoine discovered enology and quickly developed a passion for the art and science of creating exceptional wines. He further honed his winemaking skills by working at several premier wineries, specializing in Bordeaux and Rhone varietals and Zinfandel. Over the last five years Antoine has made Mazzocco literally the talk of the town for his flavorful and unique Zinfandels. 

As a winemaker, Antoine believes wines are “nurtured” rather than “produced.” His wines express the unique varietal and terroir characteristics of each vineyard site.  There is no one more in tune with his Zinfandels, his wines than Antoine.  Each is a unique piece of work and tribute to the vineyard and grapes used to make the wine.  

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Bart & Barb O'Brien
Owners, O'Brien Estate Winery


The romantic journey between Bart and Barb O’Brien began over 20 years ago. Early in their relationship Bart told Barb that he was an entrepreneur. Her response was, “I am going to have to marry you, because all my sisters are married to Irish entrepreneurs." Little did Barb realize that she had signed up for an unpredictable adventure when she chose Bart as her life partner.  After seven long years of living in rental properties that were constantly sold from underneath them, Bart's first software startup, RSA Data Security, was acquired by Security Dynamics for $250 million. Bart had sold most of the stock to finance their wedding, honeymoon, and to purchase their first house. They bought a house together in Piedmont when she became pregnant with their first child, Emily. The house was sold after Emily was born in order to finance their temporary Halloween theme park venture called “Scaregrounds.” After Scaregrounds fell short, Bart went back to his passion for high tech and founded Calico Commerce, a software company that configured computers for the new sales channel of the time, the internet.
 
Meanwhile, Barb was pregnant with her second child, and welcomed their son, Mason, into their lives. Calico Commerce eventually went public in 1999 at a valuation of $1.8 billion. Bart only sold a small portion of his stock, leaving enough for the down payment to purchase the 33 acre Costello Vineyard to make Barb's dream of owning land in Napa Valley come true. Nestled within the ethereal surroundings of Napa Valley, O’Brien Estate is the direct expression of Bart and Barb’s dream. Their wines tell a story about an ever-growing, romantic relationship between two people, and are fashioned to fascinate and seduce with every sip. Each bottle is also marked on the back label with poetry from the heart of Bart O’Brien. It is the ultimate Napa Valley destination filled with love, creativity, and most importantly, irresistible Bordeaux style wines.

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Bill & Dawn Williamson
Owners, Williamson Wines


In 1980, Dawn and Bill Williamson moved from Australia to San Francisco. After eight years in Silicon Valley building a successful software startup, they sold their company to pursue their dream of growing premium grapes and making fine wines in Dry Creek Valley.

This dream has taken over twenty-five years of planting grapes and producing highly acclaimed wines. Today Williamson Wines oversees growing of 14 varieties of grapes across 28 vineyards from which they make 45 different wines with total production of about 15,000 cases.

Their decision that the wines would only be sold direct-to-the-consumer has succeeded beyond expectation. With dozens of industry awards, the wines are sought after by knowledgeable wine lovers, receiving limited quantities via wine club membership.

Dawn’s continuing love of wine country lifestyle is demonstrated in the development of a U.S. wide distribution of small producer cheese and spice products. Working with her staff chefs, Dawn continually develops food and wine pairings as well as hundreds of new, easy-to-make recipes each paired with one of their wines.

Bill oversees the vineyard grape production and winemaking. A master at blending wines he has produced Californian wines which many believe to be amongst the finest examples of Bordeaux and Rhone style wines.

In addition Bill serves on the board of a two million case wine logistics company and is CEO of GrapeGears, a wine sales and marketing software company.

The couple travel extensively to wine regions around the globe hosting an Australian wine and food trip in March each year and a European trip in September.

Dawn and Bill live on their home ranch vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. They have three children and six grandchildren so Williamson Wines has a fine team of young talent to take it on into the future.
 

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Bill Murphy
Owner, Clos LaChance Winery


Bill Murphy is the CEO and co-founder of Clos LaChance Winery. He runs day-to day management operations in all aspects of the business. He retired in 2000 after 30 years in the high-tech business as Director of Internet Marketing at Hewlett-Packard. His passion for wine was invoked in his formative years after working part-time jobs at the local white-tablecloth restaurant in Lawrence, MA. A move to Northern California created the opportunity to make wine on a hobby level. Clos LaChance was born from this hobby “run amok,” and Bill’s true passion in life has been “unearthed”—to develop a successful family wine business.  Throughout both his careers in technology and the wine industry, Bill has been very active in industry and non-profit advisory boards. He currently resides as Chairman of the Board of Visitors and Fellows at U.C. Davis’ Department of Viticulture & Enology.

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Bob Biale
Founding Partner
Robert Biale Vineyards


Bob Biale was born and raised in Napa and started driving a tractor at the age of seven. With his brothers and father Aldo, they together worked to maintain the family’s tradition of growing Zinfandel. A Founding Partner in Robert Biale Vineyards and an active member of the Napa County Farm Bureau, Bob is responsible for the Biale family vineyards, the Biale winery vineyards and the numerous other vineyards that the winery sources from in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

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Bob Williamson,
Ideology Cellars


Just how did a custom homebuilder who never had a glass of wine until he was 25 years old, become the owner of a 10 acre vineyard and small winery in the heart of Napa Valley?
 
Born in Ohio where his family had been farmers, Bob moved to California at the age of five.  He grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula and spent 16 years in the aeronautics industry with United Air Lines.  For the next 20 years Bob turned to designing and building custom homes. Meanwhile he always felt an affinity to his farming heritage and along the way discovered his love for wonderful wines.
 
As Bob recalls, “I’m not sure exactly how or when it happened… whether it could be defined by a precise moment in time, or whether it was a gradual revelation - but it happened.  My wife Joni and I fell in love with the beauty of the Napa Valley, the warmth of the people, the lifestyle and the unforgettable experiences at small family wineries we sought out. We were hooked.”
 
From a second home in Napa Valley … to a 16 acre vineyard …  taking classes in viticulture  … to purchasing a winery and turning it into a multi-winery facility dubbed by Wine Spectator as “a hidden gem in the Napa Valley”, Bob and Joni’s love of wine seems to have driven them to their destiny. 
 
Today, Bob concentrates his efforts on his Ideology Estate. His second vintage received 95 points and was rewarded #57 in Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wines of the World. Joining forces with their 100-point winemaker, Gustavo Gonzalez, the Williamsons move forward with excitement and anticipation of what is to come.
 
The limited production, primarily single-vineyard wines reflect Bob’s ideology: The world’s most spectacular wines are an expression of the land in which they grow. Now that the Ideology Vineyard has proven it can produce award winning wine, he moves forward on the design of a new winery – one specifically designed for Ideology Cellars – to house and showcase his vineyard and highly sought-after boutique wines.
 
“I am proud to have made the transition from custom homebuilder to  Napa Valley vintner. Creating world-class wines and living in Napa Valley is my dream come true.”

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Brooks Painter
Director of Winemaking
V.Sattui Winery



Brooks Painter has been the Director of Winemaking at V. Sattui Winery since 2005 and is responsible for the winery’s portfolio of 45 different wines as well for viticultural and grape growing operations, supervising 230 acres of estate vineyards as well as contracts/grower relations with outside growers. He is responsible for growing or sourcing ultra-premium varietal wines from throughout California, and the winery’s steady stream of accolades substantiates his expertise. 
 
Born in San Francisco, Brooks Painter grew up in northern California. He graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. He went on to complete additional coursework and seminars in viticulture and winemaking.
 
Brooks has been called ‘the winemaker’s winemaker,’ because of his extensive expertise and prominence as a wine industry leader among his peers. He has been a winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, Leeward Winery in Ventura, CA and Felton-Empire Vineyards in Felton, CA. Brooks has served as President and Board Member for the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and has been a technical reviewer for enology research proposals submitted to the American Vineyard Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by the wine industry to provide grant money for research and development projects. His research on biochemistry and sensory evaluation of wine has been published in The American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Biochemistry, Practical Winery & Vineyard and Wines & Vines.  Brooks is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and a former chair of the Microbiology Committee for C.E.R.A. (California Enological Research Association). He has taught adult-education classes on wine and grape growing for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
 
Brooks and his wife Beth have lived in Napa for the past fifteen years. Their two grown children, Miles and Emily, are now enjoying the wine tasting and winery visits that used to bore them to tears! Brooks and Beth are involved in charitable organizations in Napa Valley as well as being active in local community and public planning issues. As a family, they enjoy traveling, skiing/snowboarding, sailing, hiking and cooking.

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Bryan Toy
Director of Hospitality, Caldwell Vineyard


 
Bryan’s journey to Caldwell Vineyard started when he was fresh out of high school and on his way to his family’s organic vineyard and farm on the Greek island of Corfu. He spent four years learning all he could about winemaking, farming, and hospitality. This unique start in the wine industry taught him not only the older than old world way of making wine, but of the responsibilities to the land and ensuring the pure story of that year’s vintage way conveyed into the bottle.  He detoured from wine for a few years working as a fireman in Washington DC, but he soon realized that vineyards had stolen his heart. He started out as the lowest guy working at a winery in Loudoun County in northern Virginia and after three years had worked his way up to become the G.M., making wine, managing the vineyard, building the winery, running hospitality.
 
While in Virginia he mentored under Lucie Morton, a well-known worldwide viticulturist and vineyard consultant. His education in the vineyards well underway, he found himself looking for a mentor in winemaking and set his sights on Chile. He flew to Chile and quickly landed a job as the Assistant Winemaker for Emiliana Winery, an award-winning biodynamic producer with 50,000 annual case production. 
 
A year later, Bryan decided that he would find what he was looking for in Napa Valley. His old mentor Lucie Morton told him he needed to talk to John and Joy Caldwell and made the introduction. He took a harvest position at Caldwell Vineyard and immediately just fit in at the winery and with John. As Caldwell’s Director of Hospitality, Bryan dedicates himself to delivering ultra-premium service to his clients by being available to them day or night and upholding the winery’s culture of integrity and having the highest caliber artisanal standards for winemaking. 

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Dane Campbell
Brand Ambassdor, Zaca Mesa


Dane Campbell born and raised in Chico, California but yearned for the Southern California living.  He began his journey in the wine industry in 2006 after graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara. His initial years were spent learning about local and international wines as the manager and buyer for Sterns Wharf Vintners Wine Bar, before feeling the urge to get some experience on the winemaking side.  
 
That itch led him to Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, where he began working in the tasting room before he was chosen to work as the lab and cellar intern for the 2008 harvest.  The knowledge gained during the 2008 harvest focused him towards a role within wine education and consumer direct sales at Zaca Mesa.  
 
Dane then buckled down and passed both the Intro and Certified Sommelier (CS) levels of the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam through the Society of Wine Educators.  From there his attention turned towards the wholesale side of the business, prompting him to leave Zaca Mesa for a hiatus as a Fine Wine Specialist with the Henry Wine Group covering Santa Barbara County. This experience gave him valuable street sales training and experience. He then brought that training back to Zaca Mesa where he now works as a supplier and wine educator for the Central Coast region of California as well as out of state. 
 
Dane geeks out about wine and soil, when he’s  not sharing his mass amount of knowledge on wine , you’ll find him at the beach riding Santa Barbara’s famous waves. 

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Darioush Khaledi
Proprietor


Darioush Khaledi’s life story has inspired the creation of Darioush and continues to shape it today. Darioush is a man dedicated to wine and the ideals of the American dream – a deeply rooted belief in individualism and opportunity. Born and raised in Iran, trained as a civil engineer, and a lifelong entrepreneur, his fascination with wine was instilled at an early age by his father’s winemaking efforts and the cultural history of winemaking in Shiraz.

Darioush emigrated to the US seeking opportunity, reinventing his career by building what became at one point the largest family-owned grocery business in California through determination, experimentation and a commitment to pursue opportunities others overlook. Together with his wife Shahpar, he founded Darioush in 1997, and set out to produce wines that celebrate individualism and craftsmanship. The winery is Darioush’s realization of his American dream.

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Dave Pramuk
Founding Partner
Robert Biale Vineyards


Dave Pramuk was born and raised in Napa in a medical family. After graduation from CSU Chico and newspaper work, he began a career working in sales and public relations at Napa Valley wineries. A Founding Partner in Robert Biale Vineyards and lifelong friend of Bob Biale all the way back to grammar school, Dave is a board member of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and active in Appellation St. Helena, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers and Petite Sirah’s P.S. I Love You. Dave is responsible for the Biale winery’s marketing, sales, and communications.

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David Amadia
President, Ridge Vineyards


In a nutshell David sees his job this way; ensuring the next 50 years at Ridge are as successful as its first 50.
 
David has lived his entire 25-year professional career in the wine business and recently celebrated his 11th anniversary with Ridge Vineyards. David oversees all of Ridge Vineyards’ sales and marketing efforts including International, Direct-to-Consumer sales, and the U.S. market. He also manages the company’s Finance, IT, and Logistics functions. A graduate of the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, he went on to earn his MBA at The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona.

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David Gates
Vice President of Vineyards Operations
Ridge Vineyards


David grew up on a hundred-and-sixty acre farm in central Minnesota, and decided to escape the cold winters by coming to California for school.  His love of plants and agriculture led him to UC Davis, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Viticulture.  After an obligatory stint in Napa Valley he made his way to Ridge in 1989 and is now helping Ridge with all aspect of viticulture, including managing the historic Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Whitten Ranch at Geyserville, and the Lytton Estate vineyards at Healdsburg.

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Dianne Wilson
Winemaker
Wilson & Matrix wineries


Diane first started winemaking in 1994, learning the art by hands-on training in Dry Creek Valley, and since then,has shot to the forefront of the Sonoma County wine industry by winning unprecedented back-to-back Sonoma County Harvest Fair Sweepstakes in 2005 and 2006, and then again in 2011. January, 2013 brought her another Sweepstakes winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for her Petite Sirah showing that Zinfandel isn’t the only varietal getting top ratings. Honored as Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and 2011 at the International Women’s Winemaker Competition, Diane has had a strong track record as an outstanding winemaker, capturing dozens of 90+ scores and over 100 Gold Medals. In addition to being the Executive Director and winemaker for Wilson Winery, she also makes wine for deLorimier and Matrix wineries. 

As a winemaker, Diane spends time honing her craft, learning from other esteemed winemakers, and researching methods to keep her au courant with the newest cellaring and winemaking practices.  With next year’s vintages still in the barrel, and already tasting like gold medal winners, one can only guess what amazing wines this next release will bring.
Our vineyard locations range from the loamy valley floor of the Dry Creek Valley to the more rugged and remote hilltop elevations around 2400 feet. Diane and Ken have named their vineyards after family members based on the characteristics of each vineyard.  Each harvest brings something new for the small-lot, single-vineyard designate winemaker at Wilson Winery. 

Known in the area for her amazing Zinfandels, Diane Wilson has branched out into different varietals for the new boutique wineries that she and husband Ken have purchased in the past several years.  More than a home for Wilson wines, Wilson Winery is the homestead for their growing family of wineries they nurture and are proud to call Wilson Artisan Wineries.  Besides Wilson and Matrix wineries it also includes Mazzocco Sonoma, deLorimier, Jaxon Keys, Pezzi King & St. Anne’s Crossing.   

Local to the North Bay, Diane is an avid runner, and accompanied by companion Molly, her Border Collie, she runs the local trails and paths of beauty in Sonoma County.  She enjoys her garden, using what she grows for her savory family meals.  Diane loves to discover how food flavors pair with wine, and is often found assessing flavors for varietal pairings, or creating recipes to serve at winery events. 

One thing is for sure; Diane will continue to add to her ever-growing wine accolades portfolio and produce some of the best wines coming out of Sonoma County, California.

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Dick Doré
Founder & Co-owner, General & Sales Manager
FOXEN Vineyard & Winery


Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara County resident returned to his roots in 1985 where he established FOXEN Vineyard & Winery with Bill Wathen.
 
After working as a banker in the late sixties and seventies, this University of California at Santa Barbara graduate gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his family to Europe. Over the next year and a half, Dick traveled the back roads of France, Italy and Spain, where he developed his love of wine. Dick returned to theRancho Tinaquaic in the late seventies, just as the Santa Barbara County wine industry was emerging. With his passion for great wines firmly established, he initially worked to support his family, which included working for the Tepusquet Mesa Vineyard. It was here that Dick and Bill’s paths crossed and a life-long friendship and partnership was established.
 
Dick makes his home in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he lives with his wife, Jenny. When he is not out “on the road” selling wine and hosting FOXEN events, his free time is spent nurturing his and Jenny’s seven-acre Williamson-Doré Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley and tending his vegetable garden and orchard. 

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Dominic Foppoli
Co-Owner & CEO, Christopher Creek Winery


Dominic Foppoli is the co-owner of Christopher Creek Winery. With over 100 years of grape growing in America and centuries of wine history in Italy, Dominic represents generations of family wine passion. He is one of only a handful of Americans to hold a Master’s Degree in the business of wine. Along with Christopher Creek, Dominic is also the co-founder of Dom Whitney Wines in Windsor, founder and owner of Russian River wine producer Foppoli Wines, Napa producer Benevolo wines, and Sonoma County Beer producer Old Redwood Brewing Co. Dominic is an active leader in the Russian River Valley Millennial Council which represents the face and voice of the next generation of wine in Russian River. Dominic is also passionately involved in the youth service charity organization Active 20-30 and was recently elected to the Windsor Town Council.

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Don Hartford
President, Hartford Family Winery


Don Hartford grew up on a small strawberry farm in western Massachusetts, and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. To cover the cost of tuition and expenses, Don worked as a "straw boss" on a cigar wrapper tobacco farm, a degreaser in a bicycle factory, and a lifeguard at Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts.
 
After earning a B.A., Don spent a year teaching English-as-a-second-language in Spain and later taught Spanish for four years in Massachusetts. Don Hartford met his wife, Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, at Santa Clara University in Northern California in 1979. (Shortly thereafter, Jennifer's father, Jess, started a modest 16,000 case winery called Kendall-Jackson.) In 1982, he graduated from Santa Clara Law School. Don's legal career included a Tokyo law firm, a large San Francisco-based firm, Jess Jackson's practice of Constitutional law, and work at the California Supreme Court. He also was a partner in a small country law partnership, and served for a time as a winery general counsel and vice president.
 
For more than twenty-five years, Don has been immersed in winemaking and winery management. In the process, Don has returned to one of his first loves-the land and farming. In addition, he and Jenny personally own and lead the farming of the winery’s vineyards, including a small old vine zinfandel vineyard behind their home. As President and part owner of Hartford Family Wines (with Jennifer), Don works "hands on" at all levels of the business, including work in the vineyards, winery, marketing, hospitality and sales.

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Ed Kurtzman
August West Wine


Ed's journey into winemaking began quite by accident, when he took a job at a wine shop during his undergrad studies at UMass Amherst.  It wasn't long before Ed realized that wine was more than a passing fancy.  He jettisoned his original career plans, moved to California to sell wine, and soon enrolled in the enology program at Fresno State.  After graduating, Ed embarked on an early career that included stints at some well-respected central coast wineries.  He started out in the cellar at Bernardus, under the tutelage of Don Blackburn and Kirby Anderson.  Next, he spent three harvests as assistant winemaker to Michael Michaud at Chalone before taking the reins as head winemaker for Rob and Diana Jensen's Testarossa Vineyards in Los Gatos.  It was at Testarossa that Ed's deft touch with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay started to gain widespread attention.  Before long, he found himself in demand as a consulting winemaker, taking on clients including Freeman, Fort Ross, ROAR and Mansfield-Dunne while becoming a partner in August West.  He also started his own label, Sandler, in 2003.

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Eric Mohseni
Winemaker, Zaca Mesa


Raised in Los Angeles, Eric graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in food science and a minor in chemistry. His career began as a wine buyer at The Wine Country, a noted wine retailer in the Long Beach area. Mohseni aided in managing an extensive collection of wines while developing his knowledge of wine and the wine consumer. 
 
In 1997, Eric took a sabbatical from wine retail, to work a harvest at Edna Valley Vineyards. There, he had his first dose of winemaking. “I will never forget the aromas from barreling down new wine into a new oak barrel. It gave me goose bumps.” In 1999, he furthered his winemaking knowledge by serving as a member of the harvest crew of Esk Valley Estate in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s fifth largest vineyard. Eric credits both of these experiences with igniting his passion for hands-on winemaking. 

In 2001, Eric joined Zaca Mesa as Enologist. Over the years, he worked his way up to Assistant  Winemaker, then to Associate Winemaker and finally to Head Winemaker in July 2008. Since joining Zaca Mesa, he has helped fine-tune the wine quality, and has refined the winery’s style resulting in wines that have character, integrity, and a sense of place.
 
After becoming Head Winemaker in 2008, Eric took a special interest in replanting the vineyard. The first challenge presented itself in the Chapel G block which was planted in 2008 and then replanted with 3.5 acres of Mourvèdre and 14.3 acres of Syrah. This created the second high density plantings of Syrah for Zaca Mesa and the first high density block of Mourvèdre on the property. This planting also brought in 4 new clones of Syrah, and one new clone of Mourvèdre. Later in 2012, Eric continued to improve the quality of Zaca Mesa’s vineyards by planting the Mesa C block with 18.5 acres of high density Syrah.  
 
Eric lives in Orcutt with his rescue bulldog Ichi. When Eric is not thinking of wine (which is rare) he enjoys quail hunting, trap and range shooting, cooking, traveling, and collecting a wide variety of music and film. 

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Gabrielle Leonhard O'Connell
Vintner, O'Connell Family Wines


Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell, is vintner and Director of Winemaking of O’Connell Family Wines, known for boutique, handcrafted, gold metal 94 point Cabernet Sauvignon from the O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Gabrielle specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, and makes 7 wines in the Gabrielle Collection, each a distinctive blend- blending is her specialty & passion. Her wines have a loyal following of fine wine collectors worldwide.
 
Ms Leonhard O’Connell is active in the wine industry including: a board member of Women for WineSense where she served as National Board President; a judge at the Mendocino Fair Wine Competition and at the first National Women’s Wine Competition; honored as a leader in Sustainable Farming by Napa Valley Grape Growers.
 
She established the family estate CCOF Certified Organic vineyard and gardens to create a diverse eco-system to ensure overall vineyard health- one of only a few Napa Valley estate that is 100% organic. Gabrielle believes this complex environment sustains healthy organisms that maintain a naturally robust vineyard, which creates beautifully complex wines. The olive grove, orchard, lavender field, herb & vegetable garden produce culinary and lifestyle enhancing products, that embody the natural luxury of wine country living. These and innovative food & wine pairings will be featured for all to enjoy at their Napa downtown Tasting Boutique.
 
Gabrielle has another passion: Olive Oil. She has completed the certification curriculum at UC Davis to be an Olive Oil Taster; is founder of the Olive Oil Culinary Guild- a training program for chefs on olive oil sensory evaluation & quality; and of MOPREP- an organization to preserve the historic olive trees in California. She is currently authoring a The Ultimate Guide of American Olive Oil and grows historic Mission olives to produce GC Napa Valley Certified Organic Estate Extra Virgin Oil. 

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Guy Davis
Founder, Farmer, Winemaker
Davis Family Wine


Guy Davis' wine roots run deep, reaching back to the age of nineteen when he worked in a French restaurant in Seattle while pursuing an economics degree at the University of Washington. In 1984, Davis graduated from college with a degree in Management and Finance.

In 1988, he created an opportunity to work on some winery finance projects and by 1989 had moved to Sonoma County and started working as the wine buyer for a small mail order wine company specializing in wine from small, boutique wineries. Along the way, Guy's work brought him in contact with creative, artisan wine makers, many of whom possessed the passion of great artists. These small-production, hands-on winemakers became a real inspiration. Davis, determined to learn and master the craft of making wine himself, signed on to work the 1989 harvest at Sky Vineyards, a little winery atop Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. On the weekends, Davis labored and learned his craft, whether it was bottling, labeling, pruning or harvesting. He took every Viticulture and Enology class offered at Santa Rosa Junior College and pursued night and weekend courses in the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis.

It was after a stint as director of marketing at Kendall-Jackson that in 1994 he started Passport Wine Club: a mail order company that connected tiny wineries from all over the United States to consumers seeking rare, small-production wines. In 1995, Davis produced his first commercial vintage: 250 cases of old vine Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley. In 1996, he bought his own vineyard in Russian River Valley comprised of 100-year-old Zinfandel vines, and in 1997, crushed his first vintage under the Davis Family Vineyards label.

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Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray
Certified Wine Specialist


Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray is the daughter of Jennifer Jackson Hartford and Don Hartford and part of the Jackson Wine family that owns La Crema Winery. Hailey, Don, Jennifer, and Hailey’s brother MacLean are also sole owners of Hartford Family Winery.
 
 Hailey grew up with a small 8 acre, 100 year old Zinfandel Vineyard in her back yard. Some of her fondest memories are of playing hide and seek amongst the old vines as a child. As an adult, Hailey has worked harvests at Wineries on four Continents: in California, Bordeaux, France, Chile, and in Australia. She has a biology degree from Scripps College.  Prior to starting at Scripps, Hailey took a year off to work her first harvests in France and Chile, but always thought that she would attend Veterinary school after graduation. Instead, after graduation, Hailey, quickly fell in love with Wine and her future husband Max Murray while working a harvest at Hartford Family Winery in the Russian River Valley.
 
Bitten by the Wine bug, Hailey and Max have since traveled to McClaren Vale in South Australia to work the 2015 harvest. Different varietals in Australia and a totally new terroir proved fascinating to both Hailey and Max. Since then, Hailey has become a Certified Wine Specialist, and she and Max rounded out their oenological experiences with a second incredible harvest in Bordeaux, France. Excited to see what lies ahead, Hailey is now focusing on learning more about wine sales & marketing. 
 

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Ivo Jeramaz
Vice President of Vineyards & Production
Grgich Hills Estate


Ivo was born in Croatia to a family of grape growers and as boy he assisted in making wine for his family’s enjoyment. However, he didn’t plan on becoming a winemaker. Ivo earned a master’s of science degree in engineering from the University of Zagreb and dreamed of coming to California to work as an engineer.In 1986, with the help of his uncle, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, Ivo followed his dream and came to Napa Valley decided on a career change. Mike immediately put him to work washing barrels. Ivo now has almost three decades experience at Grgich Hills and while he has taken enology and viticulture courses at University of California, Davis, Ivo says, “I’ve learned more working in the vineyards and in the winery with Mike.”, Ivo is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the cellar and the vineyard, including naturally farming Grgich Hills’ 366 acres without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

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Jacques Pepin
Culinary Director, Oceania Cruises


Jacques Pépin is one of America's best-known chefs, food columnists, cookbook authors, and cooking teachers. He has been the chef for three Presidents of France, as well as for some of the country's most prestigious hotels, and he has written more than 20 books. He is well known for his acclaimed French-cooking show and his many appearances with Julia Child.

Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents' restaurant, Le Pelican. At age thirteen, he began his formal apprenticeship at the distinguished Grand Hotel de L’Europe in his hometown. He subsequently worked in Paris, training under Lucien Diat at the Plaza Athénée. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle.

Moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin worked first at New York's historic Le Pavillon restaurant, then served for ten years as director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company, a position that taught him about mass production, marketing, food chemistry, and American food tastes. He studied at Columbia University during this period, ultimately earning an M.A. degree in 18th-century French literature in 1972. In 1997, on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the School of General Studies at Columbia, Pépin was honored with four other distinguished alumni of the School, each representing a different decade in its history.

Pépin shared the spotlight with Julia Child in an early PBS-TV series that still is shown occasionally on public television stations. This twenty-two show series, entitled "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home," was the winner of The James Beard Foundation’s Award for Best National Cooking Show—2001, and the duo received a 2001 Daytime Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. There is a companion cookbook to the series he did with Child and also to two earlier public television series he co-hosted with his daughter: Jacques Pépin’s Kitchen: Encore with Claudine (1998) and Jacques Pépin’s Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine (1998).

A former columnist for The New York Times, Pépin writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine. He also participates regularly in that magazine’s prestigious Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and at other culinary festivals and fund-raising events worldwide. In addition, he is a popular guest programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

Pépin is the recipient of two of the French government’s highest honors: he is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1997) and a Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (1992). The Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary Institute (New York), he also is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. He is a founder of The American Institute of Wine and Food, a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, and is on the board of trustees of James Beard Foundation. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Madison, Connecticut.

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Jason Haas
General Manager
Tablas Creek Vineyard


Jason Haas, the son of Tablas Creek Vineyard founder and renowned importer Robert Haas, learned the wine business at an early age, accompanying his family on yearly European wine-buying trips and spending two summers working at Château de Beaucastel.
 
After obtaining a Master's Degree in Archaeology from Cornell and spending a four-year stint managing a tech company in Washington, DC, Jason moved to California to join Tablas Creek in April of 2002.  At Tablas Creek, he oversees the business operations, is a member of the winemaking committee and directs the vineyard’s local and national marketing efforts.
 
In addition to his work at Tablas Creek, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, a past president of the Rhone Rangers, and a former board member of the Family Winemakers of California. His writing has been published in Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, Wine Industry Network and Zester Daily, and he is the principal author of the Tablas Creek blog, which has been a finalist at the Wine Blog Awards for Best Winery Blog seven times since 2008, winning in 2008 and 2011.
 
In recognition of his contributions to the Paso Robles wine community, he was voted by his peers 2015 Paso Robles Wine Country Wine Industry Person of the Year. He manages Tablas Creek with his father Robert.

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Jenny Williamson-Dore
Marketing and Sales
FOXEN Vineyard & Winery


Jenny has been involved in the Santa Barbara County wine industry for nearly twenty years in public relations, marketing and sales. In 2001, she decided to step back from her position as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Cambria Winery to devote her full time and energy to Foxen’s marketing and California and Florida wine sales.
 
Jenny and Dick are settled in the Santa Ynez Valley where they enjoy life as vineyard owners and new “empty-nesters”, now that her youngest is away at college. When she’s not out selling Foxen wines in Florida or California, or volunteering as a Board member of World of Pinot Noir, Jenny can be found in the Williamson-Doré Vineyard looking for pesky gophers. 

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Joanne Dunham
Founder, Managing Partner
Dunham Cellars


Joanne is a native of Walla Walla and her family has farmed near the Lowden area for over 2 generations. She is the winery retail sales manager. 
 
If you have ever visited the winery, then you are familiar with the fruits of her creative genius. She is the brains behind the winery’s classic décor and landscaping, and also the impressive and magnificent ornamentation assembled together for our unforgettable special events. 

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Joel Peterson
SVP & Founder, Ravenswood Winery


Joel Peterson is one of the wine industry's best-known figures — and also, one of its most popular. Joel studied biochemistry and microbiology at Oregon State University and became a wine writer and consultant while supporting himself as both a Research Immunologist and Medical Laboratory Scientist. After apprenticing in the art of Old World winemaking with the late Joseph Swan (one of California’s outstanding craftsmen of fine Zinfandel), he founded Ravenswood in 1976. Since then, Joel has shepherded the Sonoma-based winery from a one-man garage operation to the #1 producer of Zinfandel worldwide. Joel is a passionate and friendly Zinfandel ambassador and was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2011.  

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Kelly McAuliffe
Sommelier and French Wine Expert


Kelly Mc Auliffe has been the only American sommelier working in France for the past 17 years. Not an easy task for someone from the land of Coca Cola® and McDonalds®. Before he became a sommelier he had spent 10 years living and working around the world in fashion to where he developed his love for wine and food. He began studying wine through the University of Berkeley and then moved to Avignon and continued studying wine at the Université du Vin near by. After doing an internship in Alain Ducasse's 3-star Michelin restaurant in Paris Kelly was asked to run his new chic restaurant in Monaco which was filled with international celebrities. Eventually he was asked by the chef to run his uber successful restaurant back in Paris called Spoon. 
 
He left Chef Ducasse to be the head sommelier at Christian Etienne in Avignon to be closer to his wife and family. This also allowed Kelly to meet and befriend the best wine makers in the Rhone. He is now a specialist of the Rhone and instructs professionals from around the world about its wonderful wines. After 6 years in Avignon Chef Ducasse convinced Kelly to run his hugely successful restaurant in Las Vegas called Mix at the top of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
 
Kelly was then offered the French Wine Specialist position at Southern Wine & Spirits in Las Vegas. On a daily basis he would work with with the best sommeliers and Master sommeliers of Las Vegas. 
 
For the past few years Kelly has been leading the French Wine Society's Rhone education program and working with the different appellations promoting the great wines of the Rhone. He also gives private wine tours to professionals and tourists throughout France. 

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Liam McCormick
Co-Owner & Head of Sales, Christopher Creek


Liam McCormick is a lifelong Sonoma County resident. Being the eldest of ten from a large Irish family, Liam appreciates the value of gaining and maintaining close-knit relationships within the local community. After following his passion for rock and roll music for ten years, Liam decided to pursue his other passion of producing wine. He is also a member of the Active 20-30 Club and frequently travels the country for charity events. He maintains his love of family, music, and wine today by sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with all who visit the winery.

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Lloyd Davis
Owner, Corner 103


Lloyd Davis, Owner, grew up in a family that regularly enjoyed wine with meals.   He spent over 30 years in the financial services world before getting bit by the wine bug and taking control of Viansa Winery in 2008.  Since he always had a passion for wine and food, owning Viansa gave him the best of both worlds.  He built Viansa into a very profitable company and under his leadership, Viansa wines won over 500 wine competition medals, many for “Best in Class”.  He sold Viansa in 2013 and founded Corner 103 as a result of his passion for wine and recognizing that most people are intimidated by it. 
 
Corner 103 is all about creating a unique educational experience where wine is explored and discussed in a friendly, seated, relaxed and fun environment.  During the tasting experience, guests will explore seven wines from different American Viticulture Area’s (AVA’s) in Sonoma County.  Guests will learn about that AVA and what varietals grow best there.  Corner 103 wines highlight the best of each AVA.  In addition, guests will learn how to taste wine, what glass it should be serve in, the correct temperature in which it should be served and how wine and food work together to bring out distinct flavor characteristics.
 
Lloyd is committed to making Corner 103 a “must visit” for all wine lovers, whether expert or novice, coming to Sonoma Valley. When you finish this tasting experience, you will become a “fan” and be able to impress your friends with the depth of your wine knowledge!

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Neil Collins
Executive Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Tablas Creek Vineyard


Neil was born and raised in Bristol, England. Trained as a chef, he moved into winemaking with stints with John Munch at Adelaida Cellars and Ken Volk at Wild Horse. At Adelaida, Neil met Robert Haas and the Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel when they were just beginning the search for Tablas Creek. Neil was so intrigued by the project that he offered his services, and spent a year working and learning at Château de Beaucastel.
 
Before the year was finished, Neil was offered the winemaker position at Tablas Creek, and he has overseen both the organic vineyard and the winery since 1998.  His philosophy is that great wines can only come from great grapes, and that the art of winemaking is founded on starting out with the very best grapes and bringing their juice through fermentation as naturally as possible.

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Papapietro Perry Owners
Bruce & Renae Perry AND Yolanda & Ben Papapietro


Papapietro Perry winery began in a garage in San Francisco with friends Bruce Perry and Ben Papapietro who took up winemaking as a hobby. Along with their wives, Renae and Yolanda, they shared a love of Pinot Noir and wanted to be able to drink it every day. The only way they could afford to do that was to make it themselves. And so the adventure began.

Ben and Bruce had both made wine with their grandfathers, and like them, they had a talent for it. After retiring from their day jobs, they succumbed to the appeals from family and friends to start a winery. Renae and Yolanda joined and made it a family affair. Renae runs Winery Operations and Yolanda handles our distributors.

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Paul Gregutt
Waitsburg Cellars


 
Paul Gregutt is the best-known, full-time, independent journalist covering the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. Over the past 25 years, he has written thousands of articles and reviews for newspapers, magazines and trade journals, as well as an award-winning blog.
 
He is frequently sought after for contributions to the Northwest pages of wine books, most recently to the newest (7th) edition of Jancis Robinson/Hugh Johnson’s ‘The World Atlas of Wine.’ He is also the sole author of two critically acclaimed editions of ‘Washington Wines & Wineries – The Essential Guide’, published by the University of California Press.
 
Since 1998 Gregutt has been the Northwest editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel. For the past two years he has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People In the Wine Business. His most recent project is Waitsburg Cellars, a boutique wine studio, focused on aromatic, old vine white wines and innovative red blends showcasing the hidden strengths of Washington state viticulture. He lives with his wife Karen and his rescue dog Cookie – a terrier/chihuahua (a genuine terr-hua!) – in Waitsburg, Washington. In his spare time he writes songs, plays guitar and sings in his band, Hat No Hat.

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Randle G. Johnson
Winemaker & Co-Owner
Artezin Wines


Randle attended the University of California at Davies, graduating with a M. S. in Viticulture in 1974. As a viticulturist of the original Souveraine Winery in Napa Valley, he gained first-hand knowledge of grape and wine characteristics. In 1975 he became the assistant to Souveraine's winemaker, Phil Baxter. Randle then began Calafia Cellars, in parallel with his professional career and in 1983, after two years as the first winemaker at Stags' Leap Winery, Randle joined Hess as Winemaker. In 2001 Hess purchased Bodega Colomé in northern Argentina with Randle became Director of Winemaking. They then crated a new brand, Artezin, dedicated to the heritage varietals of California, and appointed Randle as winegrower and winemaker. 

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Randy & Robin Peters
Grower, Papapietro Perry


Randy Peters is a 4th generation farmer in Dry Creek Valley. He met his wife, Robin, through mutual friends. They were married in 1974 and moved to Healdsburg. Robin grew up in Sebastopol on the ranch that produces the grapes for the Peters and the Mukaida Pinot Noir.  In the early 80s, Randy convinced Robin’s father, Tom Mukaida that there was a future in grapes and encouraged him to convert his apple orchards into vineyards. Randy’s vineyard expertise, coupled with Tom’s finely honed farming skills and this ideal vineyard location results in exceptional grapes.
 
Randy grew up on Pauline’s Vineyard, named after his late mother, in the heart of Dry Creek. The vineyards Randy farms include Peters, Timber Crest, and Pauline's Vineyard.  Timber Crest Vineyard has been farmed by Randy for 40 years and is the home of our winery on Dry Creek Road.  Farming fruit in three different appellations, Randy's expertise in the vineyard is the perfect complement to our award winning wines. 

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Renee Ary
Winemaker, Duckhorn Wine Company


 
Renee Ary became the fourth winemaker in the four-decade history of Duckhorn Vineyards in 2014. Her promotion came after 11 years as an integral member of the winemaking team—including roles as assistant and associate winemaker. Like the two acclaimed winemakers before her, Renee spent years working alongside her predecessors, honing her craft, refining her gifted palate and mastering the Duckhorn Vineyards style. Today, with an approach that balances artistry, science and a deep respect for the viticultural side of winemaking, Renee guides the entire Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio, crafting wines that offer structure and sophistication, as well as a deep and purposeful sense of place.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Renee moved to California to attend Saint Mary’s College, where she earned a degree in chemistry and art. Fascinated by the intersection between science and an art, winemaking quickly became Renee’s passion, career and way of life. She started in the laboratory of Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, where she spent four years working closely with winemaking luminaries Genevieve Janssens, Steve Leveque and Richard Sowalsky. While Renee gained this invaluable hands-on experience, she augmented her scholarly understanding of winemaking and viticulture with classes at UC Davis and Napa Valley College.
 
In August of 2003, Renee joined the Duckhorn Vineyards team under then winemaker, Mark Beringer. From Mark, Renee gained a much deeper knowledge of farming, viticulture and the intricacies of Duckhorn’s diverse and storied Estate program. She also refined her blending skills, embracing the intuitive artistry of the blend, and the counterpoint it offered to the more scientific aspects of winemaking. Throughout her first decade at Duckhorn Vineyards, Renee learned every detail of production moving from lab manager to enologist to assistant winemaker to associate winemaker in charge of Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc and Monitor Ledge Vineyard wines.

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Rich Parducci
Winemaker
McNab Ridge Vineyards


Rich is a fourth-generation winemaker. His great grandfather Adolph Parducci founded Parducci Winery in 1932 and with him, Rich worked in almost every facet of the industry, from bottling, vineyard, laboratory to cellar. A 1992 graduate of California State University Fresno in Enology, Rich brings a cutting edge approach which compliments his heritage and the previous generation’s traditional winemaking style. An award-winning winemaker, he makes wines in his own unique style and finds a way to honor his grandfather’s history at the same time.

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Robert Haas
Tablas Creek Winery
Founder


Robert Haas has played a leading role in the American wine industry for over half a century. After graduating from Yale in 1950, he joined his father’s firm, M. Lehmann, Inc., a retailer of fine wines and spirits in Manhattan. As a buyer for the company, Haas traveled through the cellars of France, establishing a formidable reputation as a wine taster while forging lifelong relationships with premier wine producers.
 
In the mid-1960s he set out on his own to import fine estate wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône Valley, where he met the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel and became the exclusive American importer for Beaucastel.  As his company Vineyard Brands grew, it introduced the American market to brands such as La Vieille Ferme, Marqués de Cáceres, Santa Rita, Warre’s Port, and Villa Maria. The company also served as a representative for newly emerging California wineries including Chappellet, Freemark Abbey, Clos du Val, Joseph Phelps, Rutherford Hill, Hanzell, Kistler, and Sonoma-Cutrer. He founded the symposium "Focus on Chardonnay" in 1984 to promote dialogue between producers in Burgundy and California.
 
As Managing Partner of Tablas Creek since its foundation in 1989, Haas has consistently spoken in favor of organic viticulture, minimum-intervention winemaking and wines of terroir and sophistication. He has spoken on wine and winemaking topics at festivals around the country, including the New York Wine Experience, the Boston Wine Expo, Society of Wine Educators annual meeting, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Hospice du Rhône, Central Coast Wine Classic and many others.
 
Haas is one of four American members of the Académie Internationale du Vin. In recognition of his contributions to the international wine community as an importer, a vintner, and an advocate for quality, he was elected as the AIV president in 2000.  In 2014 he received a lifetime achievement award from Rhone Rangers for his contributions to the American Rhone movement.  Haas manages Tablas Creek with his son Jason.

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Steve Falk
Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Media Investments


Falk, a former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, served as president and chief executive of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2012. Before joining the Chamber in 2005, Falk had extensive experience in the newspaper industry. Born in Lancaster, PA, he began his newspaper career with Lancaster Newspapers. He worked for newspapers in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before joining Gannett Westchester Rockland Newspapers, NY, in 1982 where he planned and directed the startup of USA Today in the northern suburbs of New York City. He joined the San Francisco Chronicle in 1987 and held several key positions including circulation director and vice president/sales and marketing. In 1996 he was named President/CEO of the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, associate publisher in November 2000, and publisher and president of the San Francisco Chronicle in March 2003.

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Thibaud Mandet
Winemaker, WillaKenzie Estate


WillaKenzie Estate's winemaker Thibaud Mandet was born in Auvergne, France, a land of mostly extinct volcanoes, great cheeses, and world-famous rubber treads (Michelin tires) but not much local wine! He earned a degree in chemistry, then moved on to study the more interesting field of wine chemistry in Bordeaux where he completed his graduate diploma from the Faculté d’Oenologie de Bordeaux. He then moved on for more chemistry and a postgraduate degree in bubbly wine making from Reims in Champagne. So, he learned how to make red wine, sparkling wine, and eat cheese, then traveled to Corsica and Texas to see if he could help make wine to accompany stinky cheese, before landing at WillaKenzie Estate in the Spring of 2000. Thibaud is inspired by Pinot Noir and is a perfectionist about balance, aromas, and mouthfeel in wines. 

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Todd Anderson
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards


TODD ANDERSON has been making world-renowned wines in Napa Valley for almost three decades. Having grown up on a farm and driving tractors and train engines by 8, his love of the land grew at an early age. Todd graduated from UOP as a Geologist. His extensive background as a geophysicst makes him one of the most unique and qualified winemakers as his knowledge of soil and micro-climates gives him the edge up on others. Todd develops the land, pounds the posts, plants the vines, cares for the grapes, all before he even starts the bottling process.
 
An avid adventurer, Todd also loves hanging out with people who share his passion for great wine and great times. Whether it's marlin fishing in San Jose del Cabo Mexico, ski racing in Taos, golfing at Pebble Beach, or simply hanging out by a roaring fire surrounded by family and friends. Now you can join Todd in living the lifestyle.

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Tom Davies
President, V. Sattui Winery


A native of Palm Springs, California, Tom Davies graduated from Chico State University in 1979 with a degree in Business Management. He was so committed to getting into the wine business, he slept in a tent at the State Park in the Napa Valley to save money while searching for work.  Impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm, Dario Sattui hired him in the summer of 1980 at $5 an hour to work in V. Sattui Winery’s tasting room and cellar.  Tom was among the first 10 employees hired at V. Sattui.  His great business sense and knowledge of the wine industry propelled him to the top at V. Sattui.  Tom is President and Part-Owner of V. Sattui Winery.

During Tom’s 30-year tenure at V. Sattui, the winery pioneered the direct-to-consumer wine business model.  V. Sattui started the second wine club in the Napa Valley and was one of the first wineries in the nation to ship wine directly to consumer’s homes and to host wine club events, dinners and weddings.  V. Sattui has also been highly recognized for their wines, winning the most Gold Medals in a year in national and international wine competitions, and has won “Winery of the Year” at the California State Fair three times in the last 10 years, along with numerous high scores and ratings from the Wine Spectator, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines and The Wine Enthusiast.  Today, Tom is utilizing social media to expand consumer awareness of V. Sattui Wines and is the star of V. Sattui’s Wine Guys, an on-line video feature. Recently the winery released the very first iphone App for a Napa Valley winery. 
 
Tom has been married to his wife, Cara for the past 28 years. They have a daughter Michaela who is attending her senior year of high school at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.   Tom and Cara have traveled extensively in Europe, and have made Italy their favorite home away from the Napa Valley, spending time there every summer since the early eighties.

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Trey Busch
Partner and Winemaker
Sleight of Hand Cellars



Working in Atlanta as clothing buyer at Nordstrom and having no training or education in winemaking, Trey Busch life took a drastic change in direction when he was offered the opportunity to move to Walla Walla and apprentice under winemaker Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars. He continued his wine education working independently at another Washington winery, Basel Cellars. Then in 2002 he met Jerry Solomon at the Sun Valley Wine Auction's trade tasting, who shared his passion for outstanding wine, rock and roll, and fun. Trey, Jerry, and the winery's third partner, Sandy Solomon, started doing annual wine dinners in Sun Valley until in 2006 when Trey finally convinced Sandy and Jerry to come to Walla Walla for a visit.

That visit proved to be another life-changing moment for Trey. In less than 24 hours after their arrival, the Solomons had not only fallen in love with Walla Walla and its unique charm, but a deal had been struck to start the winery. In June of 2007 the winery officially opened its doors with a small storefront tasting room in Downtown Walla Walla, while renting space at another winery for production purposes.

Today, Trey’s wine acumen is well-documented by some of the industry’s top wine writers and publications, including Steven Tanzer, Robert Parker, The Rhone Report, Wine Spectator, and virtually every other wine critic who’s had the pleasure of tasting the wines of Sleight of Hand  A cursory examination of those four sites produces 20 90+ wines already in the very brief history of the winery, topping out with the 95 points that Wine Spectator bestowed upon his ’08 “Illusionist” Cabernet.

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