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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.

 

Tadeo Borchardt- Winemaker

Tadeo Borchardt- Winemaker

Tadeo began his professional career as a 6th grade school teacher in the Arizona desert, but his love for wine brought him to Sonoma County in 2002. Making wine in New Zealand, along with extensive travel through winemaking cellars and vineyards throughout France and Italy, has enriched his winemaking palette and provided a strong foundation on which to continue his lifelong love and pursuit of wine. Since 2004 Tadeo has been making wine for the Neyers family in the Napa Valley and now he has his own label: Camino Cellars (2014 Cab received 95 points: Robert Parker).

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Molly Lyman- Winemaker

Molly Lyman- Winemaker

Molly’s depth of experience is impressive, having worked with numerous notable winemakers, including Heidi Barrett, Philipe Melka, Mike Hirby, and Julien Fayard. Her experience includes being Associate Winemaker at Moone-Tsai Vineyards, and Assistant Winemaker at Paradigm. She has also worked with Duckhorn Vineyards, Relic Wine Cellars, and Talisman Wines, and gained international experience at Whitehaven Vineyards in New Zealand. Molly is now the winemaker for Volker Estates in Napa, and recently launched her own label: Proxy Wines.

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Vance Rose- Winemaker & Chef

Vance Rose- Winemaker & Chef

Vance wears many hats in his professional career, but all of them revolve around his passion for both food and wine. He is the proprietor and chef of Du Jour Dining,  a private “underground dining” concept that is embraced by foodies and wine lovers from all over. In the wine world, Vance is a partner in the wine company that makes Grieve Sauvignon Blanc and Double Eagle, a red Bordeaux. He handles everything from getting his hands dirty in the vineyard, to the winemaking, and handling the marketing and sales for the wine.

Grieve Winery            Du Jour Dining

Randy Bennett- Winemaker

Randy Bennett- Winemaker

Randy’s foray into winemaking came under the tutelage of Thomas Brown and Mike Smith while working in the wine caves at Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma. This is where he was introduced to the art of making distinctive, high-end wines while producing for Schrader Cellars, Rivers-Marie, Myriad Cellars, and Tamber Bey. Randy is now the General Manager, oversees the cellar operations, and makes the wine for Sojourn Cellars. In addition to his day job, he has his own impressive wine label called Townley Wines, which produces sophisticated Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot.

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