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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!

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Kevin Bersofsky – Winemaker, Owner of Montagne Russe Wines

Kevin Bersofsky – Winemaker, Owner of Montagne Russe Wines

Kevin gained interest in wine after taking a wine course while attending Cornell.  Shortly after 9/11, he abandoned his first career, as a mechanical engineer and consultant, to follow his childhood dream of utilizing his culinary skills and moved to Los Angeles to do just that.  After getting a call to work for a Napa Valley winery, he soon thereafter made his first wine in his garage, with friends. That was the beginning of his label Montagne Russe - who only works with grape growers who farm their own land in the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Mendocino appellations.

Montagne Russe Wines

Emiko Kaufman – Wine Author, Wine Writer, Blogger

Emiko Kaufman – Wine Author, Wine Writer, Blogger

Born and raised in Japan, Emiko moved to the United States over 30 years ago. To say that she is well known in Japan for her immense wine knowledge would be an understatement. Emiko is in fact legendary, and is one of the foremost experts on California wines in Japan and beyond.  She has written multiple books and publications revolving around the California Wine Country. She also has a widely read website and blog called Wine Talk California, in which she covers numerous in-depth topics revolving around the wine industry.

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Ian James Blessing – Sommelier

Ian James Blessing – Sommelier

After accidentally discovering, and immediately after obsessing over wine, Ian moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma to be with the grapes.  He has worked as a sommelier in critically acclaimed and Michelin starred restaurants throughout wine country, and loves pouring Napa cabernet as much as he does Beaujolais.  At home he's probably drinking a Rhone Valley red. Or Beaujolais. Probably Beaujolais.

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Bookie Daniels – Wandering Oenophile

Bookie Daniels – Wandering Oenophile

Living in London, travelling throughout Europe and working in the food and beverage industry during the 1970’s and 1980’s afforded Bookie unparalleled access to the finest Old and burgeoning New World wines.  Now residing in Sonoma, Bookie is playing catch-up with all that the West Coast has to offer, and while it is so far proving difficult to eclipse her love of white burgundy, she continues to try, try, and try again.