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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.

 

Ray Boucher – Winemaker & Wine Rep

Ray Boucher – Winemaker & Wine Rep

Having moved to Southern California in 2002 to become an actor, Winemaker and Wine Rep Ray Boucher met his lovely wife Mindy and together made a plan to pursue their love of wine, by breaking into the wine industry in 2010, when they moved to Napa. With formal education and training through programs at Napa Valley, Sonoma State, and the Court of Master Sommeliers, they launched their own wine brand in 2015.  In addition to winemaking, Ray LOVES Old World wines and enjoys constant professional wine tastings, in his full-time gig as a wine rep for The Henry Wine Group.

 

Marmee Manack – Certified Sommelier, Wine Director, and Wine Rep

Marmee Manack – Certified Sommelier, Wine Director, and Wine Rep

It was through owning and running Saha restaurant in San Francisco for 12 years, that Marmee discovered her passion for wine.  After moving Saha to Berkeley in 2016, she then helped re-open the original location in San Francisco as Saha Lounge – Arabic Tapas + Wine Bar late 2018.  She currently represents the north bay for Alluvial Wines and Winemonger, with both portfolios focusing on small producers of the world who practice sustainability and clean wine making.  Advocating for organic and Biodynamic viticulture, and for wines made without harmful additives, are at the core of Marmee’s career goals in wine.

Taylor Berkley Boydstun – Winemaker

Taylor Berkley Boydstun – Winemaker

Taylor Berkley Boydstun, winemaker for Teachworth Napa Valley and T. Berkley Wines, has spent nearly 10 years working for wineries the world over. Starting with a viticultural apprenticeship in New Zealand and working his way through every conceivable cellar position, he brings a world of experience and insight to his role as winemaker. Founding his own label in 2016 focused on the wines of the Loire Valley grown in Californian sunshine, he also crafts exclusive Diamond Mountain Cabernet for a client in the Napa Valley, rounding out an exciting selection of wines.

Jesslyn Jackson – Director of Membership and International Programs at Sonoma County Vintners

Jesslyn Jackson – Director of Membership and International Programs at Sonoma County Vintners

Jesslyn is a born-and-raised southern belle graduate of Auburn University (Birmingham, AL).  With a thirst for more wine knowledge, she relocated to Sonoma County six years ago. Jesslyn has worked in multiple sectors of the wine industry, including hospitality, DTC marketing, and a harvest internship. She was named “One to Watch: 40 under 40" by the North Bay Business Journal in 2018 and is now dedicated to developing marketing events for over 240 wineries of various production size in Sonoma County.  In her spare time, she enjoys getting her hands dirty assisting small producers during harvest.