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The Panel

This Month’s Panel


Every month we showcase a different group of individuals that have dedicated their lives to the world of wine and food.  These aficionados graciously lend us their palates and expertise and blind taste through several uniquely excellent wines.  The highest rated wines from the blind tastings are then chosen to be shared with our club members.  

Please check out their other endeavors. They are truly allstars in their areas of expertise.    A huge thank you, and cheers!

Click here to see past panel members.

 

Kyle Haraszthy- Wine Consultant

Kyle Haraszthy- Wine Consultant

Born and raised in Sonoma Valley, Kyle has an appreciation for the wine industry that runs as deep as some of the oldest vines in California; literally.  Kyle is the Great Great Great Grandson of Agoston Haraszthy, pioneer of the California wine industry responsible for bringing the first vinifera vines to California. With over 15 years of industry experience, Kyle is now a private wine cellar consultant, helping wine novices and enophiles enjoy a variety of wines from California’s top producers.

Neil Maiers- Wine Brand Ambassador & Wine Collector

Neil Maiers- Wine Brand Ambassador & Wine Collector

Neil is a resident in the town of Sonoma and has been working in the wine business for the last eight years, He Currently heads up Texture- a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay project based in Sonoma, with wines made by Erich Bradley. “The face of the brand”, Neil runs the Texture Membership and conducts Texture’s by-appointment, food and wine pairing experiences.

Sheana Davis- Cheesemaker & Culinary Educator

Sheana Davis- Cheesemaker & Culinary Educator

Sheana Davis has been, and continues to be, a pioneer in the Sonoma Valley cheesemaking scene. Not only is she a nationally respected cheesemaker, but she is also well known as a culinary educator, caterer, and owner of the The Epicurean Connection. She offers a creative and versatile range of food experiences and services while traveling between her beloved town of Sonoma and equally beloved city of New Orleans. Sheana has enthusiastically supported the artisan and farmstead cheese movement for more than 20 years.

Ben Sessions- Culinary & Wine Educator

Ben Sessions- Culinary & Wine Educator

Ben has been in the wine industry for as long as he has been alive. Ben’s father, iconic winemaker Bob Sessions, was working at Mayacamas Cellars when Ben was just a small boy and then took over the winemaking responsibilities at the renown Hanzell Vineyard in Sonoma in 1973. Ben spent his formidable years at the winery learning everything from winemaking to farming, and from cellar work to hospitality. He truly found his niche on the sales side of the business and worked for Hanzell Vineyards up until a few years ago. He now works alongside his wife, Sheana Davis, with all their ventures.