(0) | $0.00

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.

 

Rea Prince & Kim Ilsley – Newlyweds & Organic Wine Producers

Rea Prince & Kim Ilsley – Newlyweds & Organic Wine Producers

Rea & Kim are the dynamic husband and wife team artfully crafting world-class, organically grown wines together as Prinsley Wines. Rea, who has his degree from Florence University in Enology & Viticulture, and is a certified WSET III, is the Winegrower at DaVero Winery & Farms in Healdsburg, CA. Kim is fourth generation grape grower and winemaker in the Stags Leap District (Ilsley Vineyards) and is also the Group Coordinator at The Donum Estate. Together, they are a part of Global Tourism Company called Vinspiration.  The pair recently returned from a year of wine-related world travel where they made wine in Trentino Alto Adige, Italy at Foradori; lived and worked in New Zealand at Black Estate; and, together, consulted for the best boutique winery in Israel!

Prinsley Wines       Ilsley Vineyards      Vinspiration

Brandon Montalvo – Certified Sommelier & Wine Enthusiast

Brandon Montalvo – Certified Sommelier & Wine Enthusiast

Brandon is a Sonoma State University alum for the Wine Business Strategies Bachelors program. He attended Napa Valley Wine Academy for WSET certifications and then became a certified sommelier at Santé in the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, where Brandon spent three years at a Wine Spectator Double Glass Award of Excellence wine list, until joining the sales team at The Donum Estate very recently. He is “a young wine enthusiast looking to make big splashes in the wine industry.”

Instagram

Felipe Herrarte – Tasting Room Manager at The Donum Estate

Felipe Herrarte – Tasting Room Manager at The Donum Estate

Felipe, who was born and raised in Germany, moved to California and landed in Sonoma in 2007, because his family is in the wine industry. He then moved to San Diego, where he attended college.  After completing his degree, he decided to leave Southern California to dive head-first into the wine industry, here in wine country. Felipe returned to Sonoma and started working for The Donum Estate three years ago. 

Instagram