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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.

 

Russ Langord – Winemaker, Owner of lovemore vineyards; WSET Certified

Russ Langord – Winemaker, Owner of lovemore vineyards; WSET Certified

Winemaker Russ Langord, along with his wife Sharon founded lovemore vineyards in 2014, based upon the idea that life, good wine and love are all best when shared. Russ has worked 13+ years in the wine industry with harvests in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and New Zealand.  He has worked with many wineries including Robert Mondavi, Drylands and Ravenswood.  His wines are made to be expressive and food friendly. 

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Anne Mieling – Weygandt-Metzler Importing & Five Grapes; WSET Level 2

Anne Mieling – Weygandt-Metzler Importing & Five Grapes; WSET Level 2

Anne is a French native, raised outside Bordeaux, France. Growing up, she was exposed to Cognac making by her grandfather and participated in Harvest during school vacations.  She spent 12 years in Boston and helped grow BeveragesToGo, a wine consulting & sales service.  In 2006, Anne moved to Sonoma with family and became an independent wine broker, working for two importers/distributors (Weygandt-Metzler and Five Grapes) specializing in Boutique European wineries and private cellar acquisitions.  

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Blair Guthrie – Winemaker for Guthrie Family Wines

Blair Guthrie – Winemaker for Guthrie Family Wines

A New Zealand native Blair made his way to Sonoma for the 2009 Harvest as an intern for Paul Hobbs in Sebastopol, California. He then returned in 2011 to marry his American sweet heart, Caroline. Together in 2013 they launched their Guthrie Family Wines brand – focused on fresh, food-friendly Rhone varieties.  By the way:  Wine is for punk rock, too! 

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Kristi Sanders – Senior Wine Consultant for Massanois Imports (North Bay)

Kristi Sanders – Senior Wine Consultant for Massanois Imports (North Bay)

Kristi, who lives in Napa and has been in the wine industry for the past 10 years.She grew up working in restaurants, where she acquired a love for food and wine. While she started her wine career at Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, she has been in the wine distribution and import world for the past 9 years.  She is well-traveled – having spent time in Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand and South America – visiting wineries and learning about the different regions, first hand, from the winemakers.

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Kevin Wenck – Wine Importer for wUst Fine Wine Imports

Kevin Wenck – Wine Importer for wUst Fine Wine Imports

Kevin’s background in wine was built from having an extensive personal collection of European wines for the past 30 years.  In 2017, however, he decided to spend the summer in Europe, exploring almost every wine region, looking for a wider variety of “every day” wines that would also be very food friendly (he loves to cook!).  He found that 80 percent of the wines he liked were not being imported into the U.S. and so he decided to start wUst Fine Wine imports (wines U should try!).  The overall portfolio now totals 120 wines from five countries and 30 producers.

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