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.
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Jess has over 10 years of experience as a grape grower and winemaker. He has completed numerous harvests in California, New Zealand, and Australia. He specializes in organic wine growing and minimal intervention winemaking in order to best showcase each vineyard’s unique characteristics. Growing up in a family of chefs greatly influenced his approach in making wines that are complex and food friendly. He is in the midst of launching Topophilia (“A Love of Place”) Wines, where he is both owner and winemaker, initially specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rose.
Maggie first discovered her passion for wine over 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Wine has taken her around the world: from wine classes at the University of Adelaide, National Wine Center, to working in Sonoma with the Benziger Family in 2007, and then continuing her wine education at Gundlach Bundschu as the Lead Public Tour Coordinator. Since 2016 she has been the Chief Concierge & Wine Director at the prestigious Kenwood Inn & Spa, joined the Court of Master Sommeliers, and became a member of the National Concierge Association.
Through the years Greg has held multiple roles at various wineries ranging from tasting room host to working as a cellar hand during harvest. Today, he is the co-owner of Wine Kitchen in the NoPa Neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. He has many roles as the co-owner, but most importantly he is the chef and wine buyer for his restaurant. Outside of his busy schedule at work, Greg has been following his passion for wine while honing his skills as a self proclaimed “hobby” winemaker.
Josh is wine lover from Sonoma who has traveled to many of the great wine regions of the world (including Spain, Italy, France, Argentina and Australia) trying to expand his mind and palate. He is an accomplished musician that plays numerous instruments by trade (having shared the stage with Mazzy Star, The Mother Hips, Boz Scaggs, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers and many others), and has played shows in 12 different countries. Josh's has assisted at local wineries for wine events, and wife designs vineyards, giving him an interesting perspective on grapes that many never consider.