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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.

 

Eric Stern- Winemaker, Winemaking Consultant

Eric Stern- Winemaker, Winemaking Consultant

Born and raised in New York City, Eric’s family instilled in him an appreciation of French and Italian wines at an early age. He studied music at Boston University and the Julliard School of Music. After many years of managing a chamber ensemble, he decided to pursue his love for wine while earning a degree in enology from Cal State Fresno. He first apprenticed at Carmenet and Acacia wineries, then in 1989 began his career with Landmark Winery. As head winemaker, Eric led a successful career with landmark for over 22 years, earning national acclaim with numerous wines.

Sarah Stierch- Wine & Lifestyle Journalist, Photographer, Blogger

Sarah Stierch- Wine & Lifestyle Journalist, Photographer, Blogger

Sarah is an enthusiast in all things wine, food, and travel. She galavants as a freelance journalist, having contributed to numerous publications including Huffington Post, Sonoma Magazine, Sonoma Index Tribune, to name a few. As a photographer, her work has been featured by WAMU, National Parks Service, KNPR, Lonely Planet, NBA, Red Bull, and numerous others. In addition to her many activities, she is also an editor of Wikipedia, the former Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institute and Library of Congress, and former Susan B. Miller Fellow at Cal, Berkeley.

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Kyle Kuklewski- Executive Chef

Kyle Kuklewski- Executive Chef

Initially majoring in corporate finance and international business, it didn’t take long for Kyle to realize that his true passion was culinary in nature. After an externship with a stockbroker in London Kyle enrolled in the culinary program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Shortly thereafter The Fairmont Pittsburgh came knocking and he was the first cook they hired. Kyle then moved to Sonoma to work at the Michelin Star rated restaurant, Sante. A few years later Kyle was offered the executive chef position at Ramekins, where he continues to create his exquisite culinary vision.

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Tony Poer- Winery National Sales Manager & Freelance Writer

Tony Poer- Winery National Sales Manager & Freelance Writer

Tony has been in and around the wine business since college. He got his start working as a garçon at Willi's Wine Bar in Paris, France in the early 90s. He then moved to San Francisco to pursue a retail and restaurant wine career. He has held wine-buying positions at such establishments as Silks at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hayes & Vine Wine Bar, and the fondly remembered (by some, anyway) Flying Saucer. He is the National Sales Manager for Meyer Family Cellars in Mendocino County, and is a freelance wine writer for multiple publications.

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