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The Panel

Past Panel Members


 

Christopher Sawyer - Sommelier

Christopher Sawyer - Sommelier

Christopher is an internationally-renowned sommelier, wine educator, journalist, consultant, critic and public speaker. He travels the world following trends in wine and participating as a VIP judge in the world’s top wine competitions, and has been featured in a wide range of national media, including USA Today, MSN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Redbook, The Hollywood Reporter, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler and CNN.

www.sawyersomm.com       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Kenneth Juhasz- Auteur (Owner/Winemaker), Consulting Winemaker

Kenneth Juhasz- Auteur (Owner/Winemaker), Consulting Winemaker

Kenneth is currently the board president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance and the Owner and winemaker of Auteur Wines (producing amazing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir).  He is also a consulting winemaker for multiple acclaimed wineries including: The Donum Estate, Dunstan Wines, Pali Wines, Blue Farm, and Attune.

Auteur Wines       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Virginie Boone- Wine Writer & Author

Virginie Boone- Wine Writer & Author

Virginie has been a Contributing Editor with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and has had regular features in the New York Times and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.  Virginie is also the author of Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country, and she is  regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. 

          Twitter          Instagram          virginieboone.com

Katie Shaffer- Owner of Feast It Forward

Katie Shaffer- Owner of Feast It Forward

Katie Hamilton Shaffer is a wine country entertainer, chef, philanthropist and vintner in Napa Valley. Wishing to merge her passions for all things food, wine and philanthropy, Katie created the lifestyle brand "Feast it Forward" to raise a glass, awareness and funds while offering insight on how each person can make an impact and live beyond their backyard. Katie is a driven entrepreneur that has been named one of San Francisco’s “Magnificent 7” in Bay Area Food and Wine, as well as one of San Francisco’s 40 Under 40 emerging leaders in business.

Feast It Forward        Facebook        Instagram        Twitter

Jean Arnold Sessions- Executive Director: Sonoma County Vintners

Jean Arnold Sessions- Executive Director: Sonoma County Vintners

Jean is one of the most respected wine professionals in the region. Previous to working with the Sonoma County Vintners, she was the president of the highly acclaimed Hanzel Vineyards.  She is founder of the Jean Arnold Group, a strategic consulting firm, and creator of Women in the Business of Wine. Jean also serves on the board of directors of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation and has been named “woman of the year” in wine by North Bay Business Journal.

                 Sonoma County Vintners        Jean Arnold Group        Facebook        Instagram

Steve Sangiacomo- Partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards

Steve Sangiacomo- Partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards

Steve is a third generation partner with his family’s business, which oversees over 1600 acres of Sonoma County vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Valley, and Carneros appellations, as well as grape sales to more than 70 premium wineries. He is a former board member and chair of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and of the Carneros Wine Alliance. He serves on the Development Committee of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and was selected as a North Bay Business Journal “Forty Under 40” in 2013.

Sangiacomo Family Vineyards        Facebook        Instagram

Anne Moller-Racke- Wine Grower, Wine Proprietor

Anne Moller-Racke- Wine Grower, Wine Proprietor

A native of Oberwesel, Germany, Anne came to California in 1981. She rose through the ranks at Buena Vista through the 80s and 90s, while working along side many of the industries foremost authorities. She was integral is helping establish the Carneros Wine Alliance, which brought recognition to Carneros as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Today, she is the President and Winegrower at The Donum Estate, and co-owner of Blue Farm (amazing Pinot Noir & Chardonnay).

Blue Farm Wines      The Donum Estate      Instagram      Facebook

Mary Orlin- Journalist, Sommelier, WSET Advanced, & Wine Judge

Mary Orlin- Journalist, Sommelier, WSET Advanced, & Wine Judge

Mary Orlin is the wine and food writer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning journalist, Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced certified wine professional and frequent wine judge. Prior to joining the newspaper group in 2014, Mary contributed to local and national wine publications, and produced the wine TV show "In Wine Country" on NBC for nine seasons. Mary's journalism career began at CNN in Atlanta. She enjoys cooking and traveling throughout the world’s great wine regions.

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Paul Wagner- Wine Educator, Wine Author & Columnist, Wine Judge

Paul Wagner- Wine Educator, Wine Author & Columnist, Wine Judge

Paul has taught at Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology department for 18 years, and co-authored the book: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market which won the Gourmand International Award for the best wine book of the year. He is a columnist for Vineyards & Winery Management Magazine, and a member of the board of directors of the Society of Wine Educators. Paul judges many national and international wine competitions, is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, and is co-host on the popular podcast Bottle Talk.

Bottle Talk Podcast          Balzac Communications

Mia Klein- Winemaker

Mia Klein- Winemaker

When discussing California’s most sought after female wine makers, Mia Klein is among the top of the list.  She has made wine for several critically acclaimed wineries including Chappellet, Araujo Estate, Cimarossa, Spottswoode, Viader, Dalla Valle, and Robert Pepi.  Mia is currently producing excellent wines under her own label, Selene, as well as producing wine for Bressler Winery and Cimarossa.

Selene Wines       Bressler Vineyards       Cimarossa       Twitter

Erich Bradley- Winemaker, Proprietor, Wine Consultant

Erich Bradley- Winemaker, Proprietor, Wine Consultant

After studying Bio-chemistry, Philosophy and Modern European Intellectual History in college, Erich chose the path of school teacher before quickly realizing that his true passion is in winemaking.  He started his career at Arrowood Vineyards and then moved on to Audelssa Estate Winery.  He then founded Sojourn in Sonoma, and has since added Pangloss Cellars and Repris (among others) to his expanding winemaking empire. Erich continues to be one of the most sought after winemakers around.

Sojourn Cellars       Pangloss Cellars       Repris Winery

Scott Peterson- Winemaker, Proprietor, Wine Consultant

Scott Peterson- Winemaker, Proprietor, Wine Consultant

Scott quit his job as a chef at age 20 and got his degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis.  His early resume lists the who’s who of wine. He honed his craft with Chateau St. Jean, Ironhorse, Kendall Jackson, and Chateau St. Michelle, but he eventually left the corporate winery world to consult with other top winemakers in Northern California and Argentina. He launched his first label, S.P. Drummer in the late 1990s and founded Rumpus Cellars in 2006.  Today he makes award winning wines for his various wine labels and consults with wineries all over the world.

Rumpus Wines        ROX        S.P. Drummer       Facebook

TJ Evans- Winemaker

TJ Evans- Winemaker

TJ is the still winemaker at the renown Domaine Carneros.  Upon completion of his master’s degree in 1997, TJ worked harvest at New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate and apprenticed at France’s 500 year-old Domaine Jean Louis Chave.  He has been the winemaker at La Crema and Alderbrook Winery, and in 2005 travelled to Chile to work with Vinedos y Bodegas.  TJ joined the winemaking team at Domaine Carneros in 2008.

TJ at Domain Carneros          Domaine Carneros

Peter Mathis- Winemaker, Viticulturist, Proprietor

Peter Mathis- Winemaker, Viticulturist, Proprietor

In 1990 Peter packed up an old school bus and headed west from Massachusetts, landing at Ravenswood winery. He honed his craft and became the head winemaker, than took over as GM of the winery.  He truely loves the wines of the south of France, particularly Grenache.  This passion led to purchasing a hillside vineyard above Sonoma which he cultivated, planted, and now makes wines under his own label, Mathis. Year after year he continues to make celebrated, award winning Grenache.

Mathis Wine        Facebook        Instagram

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.

SarahStierch.com      Facebook      Instagram      Twitter

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.

Ellie Phipps Price- Vineyard Owner, Wine Proprietor, Viticulturist

Ellie Phipps Price- Vineyard Owner, Wine Proprietor, Viticulturist

After studying Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, Ellie purchased the renowned Durell Vineyard in 1998 and exclusively grows premium wine grapes, which are now sold to over 20 top-tier wineries.  In 2005 she replanted the 8 1/2 acre Ranch House Block at Durell, which is dedicated exclusively to her own Dunstan Wines. Dunstan produces a few hundred cases of award-winning wine each year.

Duntstan Wines       Montgomery Creek Ranch       Instagram

Sondra Bernstein- Restauranteur, Entrepreneur

Sondra Bernstein- Restauranteur, Entrepreneur

Sondra is a “wine country restauranteur with a fig and Rhone wine obsession.”   She has many irons in the fire and has built a mini-empire as the Proprietor/CEO of The Girl & the Fig restaurant in Sonoma, an owner of the Fig Cafe and Wine Bar in Glen Ellen, The Girl & the Fig Caters, Suite D event space, the Fig Rig food truck, and is the author of multiple cook books.  Sondra is not stopping there, with other wine and food related endeavors in the works.

Twitter       Instagram       The Girl & The Fig       Suite D

Bryan Jones - Executive Chef

Bryan Jones - Executive Chef

Chef Jones is the creative force behind the unforgettable dishes served at St. Francis Winery, which was voted “#1 restaurant in America” by OpenTable diners in 2013 and again in 2015.  Chef Jones’ ability to achieve perfect balance and harmony in masterfully creating dishes to pair with specific wines has earned him a highly regarded reputation amongst his peers, diners, and critics alike. 

St. Francis Winery Chef       Facebook       Instagram

David Bush- Restauranteur, Executive Chef

David Bush- Restauranteur, Executive Chef

David graduated from California Culinary Academy of San Francisco and worked for various restaurants in SF. He moved to Sonoma and worked at The Girl and the Goucho and The Fig Cafe, then moved on to be the Executive chef at St. Francis Vineyard. In developing a renown food and wine pairing, his culinary expertise was recognized by OpenTable as the BEST restaurant in America. David is now the Chef and Owner of the critically acclaimed and nationally award winning Oso restaurant in Sonoma.

Oso Restaurant       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Jack Edwards- Direct Wine Importing Company Owner

Jack Edwards- Direct Wine Importing Company Owner

Jack is a seasoned veteran in the wine industry, having spent 10 years in New York in the import and wholesale business and 20 years traveling the world selling Napa Valley wines. His extensive travels took him to the Rhone Valley in France, where he fell in love with the wines and the people. His passion for the surrounding area grew so he decided to start The Jack Edwards Collection, a direct wine importing company that specializes in small production, high quality wines from southeast France. His portfolio represents multiple family owned French wineries in the US and Canada.

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Dub Hay- Proprietor of a Global Coffee Consulting Company

Dub Hay- Proprietor of a Global Coffee Consulting Company

Dub is one of the most well respected specialty coffee industry experts in the world. His palate and tasting experience speaks for itself, as he was formerly Starbuck’s top coffee expert and master taster, in charge of new blends and coffee education company wide. He now owns and operates W.C. Hay Coffee Consulting, where he focusses on coffee procurement, ethical sourcing, and other coffee related endeavors. Dub has been a board member of numerous business and charitable associations (too many to count), and currently sits as the Chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley.

Kona Hills Coffee

Didier Loustau- Founder of Numerous Wine Oriented Ventures

Didier Loustau- Founder of Numerous Wine Oriented Ventures

Didier was born and raised in southwest France, with his first apprenticeship taking place in Gradignan, just outside of Bordeaux. He moved to the US in 1989, landing in the Napa Valley in 1994. Didier opened the first Dean & Deluca on the West Coast as the senior wine buyer. In 2004 he opened DDC Shipping, LLC, an international wine shipping company. That same year Didier launched Loustau Wines and Marketing, a company focussing on exposing small production, artisan wines to a broader audience. In 2009, he launched ToutSuite, a unique web platform for luxury brands.

ToutSuite Social Club        Facebook        YouTube

Bart Hansen - Wine Maker

Bart Hansen - Wine Maker

Bart is a highly respected winemaker in Sonoma.  He started his career in 1986 working for Kenwood vineyards.  In 1998 he left his position of Cellarmaster and joined the wine-making team at Benziger Family Winery, where he was introduced to biodynamics and organic farming.  Bart currently  has his own wine label called Dane Cellars, where he is producing excellent Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

www.danecellars.com       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Cynthia Cosco- Winemaker, Winery Owner

Cynthia Cosco- Winemaker, Winery Owner

In the early 2000’s Cindy left a 15-year law enforcement career in Northern Virginia to pursue her ultimate passion: winemaking.  She moved to California and studied enology at Napa Valley College.  She worked her way up to winemaker at Crushpad (custom crush facility), but then left in 2012 to dedicate herself full time to building her own Passaggio brand.  In August, 2014 Passaggio opened up their tasting room in downtown Sonoma where you can taste her award winning wines year round.

Passaggio Wines       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Tim Callahan- Winemaker, Winemaking Consultant

Tim Callahan- Winemaker, Winemaking Consultant

Tim caught the wine bug in high school while working for a major wine and spirits retailer. He followed his passion for wine and worked his way up to cellar master at Sonoma Creek Winery, while taking enology and viticulture classes at Napa Valley College. Tim was hired at the Hess Collection in Napa, and then moved on to winemaking positions at Kives-Newton’s Oak Knoll Vineyards and Curvare Winery. He has established himself as a gold medal winning winemaker and today owns TC Wine Consulting, and is the winemaker for Char Vale Winery and La Bella Vita.

Char Vale Winery          La Bella Vita

Danny Fay- Viticulturist, Winemaker, Entrepreneur, GM

Danny Fay- Viticulturist, Winemaker, Entrepreneur, GM

Danny is a Wine & Viticulture graduate of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and a Wine MBA graduate of Bordeaux Ecolé de Management in Bordeaux, France. He has served as President and CEO of Envolve Winery and Director of Production at Corner 103 Winery. Today he is the General Manager at Kanzler Family Vineyards. He has also held key board of director positions with Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma Harvest Auction and Real Men Drink Pink.

Kanzler Vineyards       Facebook       Instagram

Dorothe Cicchetti- Director of Wine Sales & Marketing

Dorothe Cicchetti- Director of Wine Sales & Marketing

Dorothe was born and raised around the wine country culture.  The daughter of Anne Moller Racke, Dorothe attended California College of Arts & Crafts.  In 2006 she began her career in the wine industry working as a national account specialist with The Donum Estate and Robert Stemmler Winery.  Today, she is the Director of sales and marketing for Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, California. 

Stone Edge Farm          Instagram          Facebook

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.

Ramekins          Facebook          Instagram

Erica Stancliff- Winemaker

Erica Stancliff- Winemaker

Erica is the winemaker for Trombetta Family Wines (her family’s label) and Furthermore Wines. She knew early on that winemaking was her passion, so after earning a degree in Enology at CSU Fresno she completed internships at Vina Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina, at Rudd Estate in Oakville, and at Crossbarn Winery in Sebastopol. She worked as a technical enologist at Enartis Vinquiry for over two years, consulting with winemakers and traveling around the world. She was recently named among the “Three young Sonoma County Winemakers Turning Heads.”

Trombetta Family Wines        Facebook        Instagram        Twitter        

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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Chris Towt- Wine and Technology Entrepreneur

Chris Towt- Wine and Technology Entrepreneur

Chris began working with Durell Vineyard in 2006 and partnered with Ellie in the launch of Dunstan Wines in 2008.  Chris completed the Winemaker’ Certificate course at UC Davis, and in 2011 he merged his love for wine and technology together and launched Vinespring, which provides unmatched ecommerce solutions for wineries all over the country.

Dunstan Wines          VineSpring          Montgomery Creek Ranch

Mark Vogler- Proprietor of a Luxury Wine Country Event & Travel Company

Mark Vogler- Proprietor of a Luxury Wine Country Event & Travel Company

A Sonoma County native, Mark grew up outside the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg, CA and spent his summers working in a winery in Alexander Valley.  After Attending the prestigious UCLA film school, Mark traveled extensively for work throughout Asia and the Pacific.  After nearly 10 years in international business, Mark returned to his roots in Wine Country to work with Fosters Wine Estates. He has extensive global luxury experience, having traveled across 6 continents, and brings this expertise to the table where he is currently co-owner of Out In The Vineyard.

Out In The Vineyard       Facebook     Instagram       Twitter

Michael Short - Wine Specialist

Michael Short - Wine Specialist

The term “Specialist” probably doesn’t do Michael justice with the amount of wine knowledge that he has.  He has been tasting and seeking out new wines as a buyer in the retail arena since 1977.  He broke away from that industry in 2014 and is currently working as an independent wine & spirits specialist/consultant.  Michael is an active wine judge and has participated in numerous tastings over the years.

Twitter             Linkedin

Kris Clausen- Diverse Portfolio Wine Specialist for Boutique Wineries

Kris Clausen- Diverse Portfolio Wine Specialist for Boutique Wineries

Kris’s passion for wine extends far beyond her day to day occupation.  Her continuous thirst for wine education and experiences has taken her to some of the most prominent wine growing regions around the world, such as France, Chile, Italy and Austria.  When she is not traveling the globe in search of amazing wines, she represents 4 diverse wine catalogs of boutique wineries from all over (Vinifera Wine, Oliver McCrum, The Source Imports, and The Rare Wine Company).

Vinifera Wines     Oliver McCrum     The Source Imports     Rare Wine Company

Tracy Hall- Winery Specialist

Tracy Hall- Winery Specialist

Tracy joined Mia Klein at Selene Wines in 2004 and quickly mastered  nearly every aspect of the operations of the winery business.  While Mia is the Winemaker at Selene, Tracy does “everything else” to make the operation work.  She has an extremely sophisticated palate and has tasted numerous different wines and multiple vintages from around the globe.

          Selene Wines       Facebook       Blog       Twitter

Philippe Thibault- Sommelier, Director of Hospitality

Philippe Thibault- Sommelier, Director of Hospitality

Born and raised in France, Philippe has extensive experience in all aspects of the wine business, ranging from winemaking to guest relations.  His current role with Stone Edge Farm Winery and Vineyards has allowed him to implement a compelling brand story centered around the Bordeaux model which focusses on age-worthy wines that attract collectors of fine wine from all over.  Philippe is a certified Sommelier.

Stone Edge Farm Winery       Facebook       Instagram

Manny Cicchetti- Sommelier, Certified Wine Specialist

Manny Cicchetti- Sommelier, Certified Wine Specialist

Wine roots run deep in Manny’s family as well, so marrying Dorothe was a natural fit.  He has 20 years in the wine business between the Henry Wine Group and Southern Wine and Spirits. He is a certified Sommelier, WSET Level 2, a Certified Specialist in Spirits, and a Certified Specialist in Wine.  He has a highly sophisticated palate and has competed in multiple wine blind tasting competitions on a professional level.

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits

Sara Gorr- National Sales Director for Lede Family Wines

Sara Gorr- National Sales Director for Lede Family Wines

Sara has been immersed in the wine industry for over 25 years, after joining the sales and marketing team at Honig Winery in 1992. In 2004, she accepted a position at Cliff Lede Vineyards, acting as a key player in the company’s growth and development on a national scale. Today she oversees national sales and distribution for three distinct brands: Cliff Lede Vineyards and Poetry in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and FEL Wines from the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. Having traveled the world in search of adventure and great wines, she has developed an extremely talented palate.

Lede Family Wines        FEL Wines        Cliff Lede Vineyards

Susan Kornblatt Idell- Proprietor, Idell Family Vineyards

Susan Kornblatt Idell- Proprietor, Idell Family Vineyards

Susan Kornblatt Idell, with her husband Richard Idell, own Idell Family Vineyards. The well-respected Michael Mara Chardonnay Vineyard, on which Susan and Richard partner with viticulturist and winemaker, Steve Matthiasson, is part of their estate vineyards and several esteemed winemakers procure grapes from this vineyard.  Idell Family Vineyards also produces small lot wines from their estate Oscar Syrah vineyard as well as their Oscar Mixed Blacks, a homage to a traditional Sonoma field blend.

Idell Family Vineyards          Facebook

Toni Anderson- Wine Proprietor, Winery Operations Coordinator

Toni Anderson- Wine Proprietor, Winery Operations Coordinator

Toni is a well respected, season veteran in the wine industry. Throughout her career she has experienced just about every aspect of the wine business. From wine sales to marketing, wine fulfillment to wine club management, Toni knows the business through and through. Today, she is a managing partner of La Bella Vita Wine Company, where she is responsible for all aspects of the business. She recently took on the role of Executive Assistant and Operations Coordinator for the highly regarded Accendo Cellars in St. Helena, Napa Valley.

Accendo Cellars

Gary Saperstein- Proprietor of a Luxury Wine Country Event & Travel Company

Gary Saperstein- Proprietor of a Luxury Wine Country Event & Travel Company

Having moved to Sonoma from New York over 16 years ago, Gary has fully immersed himself in the Wine Country lifestyle, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. He has an extensive background in the luxury hospitality business, working at the world class Auberge Du Soliel and the renowned Girl and the Fig Restaurant.  Gary is currently co-owner of Out In The Vineyard: an experiential Wine Country event and travel company promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering luxury itineraries and events in Wine Country.

Out In The Vineyard       Facebook       Instagram       Twitter

Jonathan Ruppert- Food and Beverage Expert

Jonathan Ruppert- Food and Beverage Expert

Jonathan started his wine and food career by attending the infamous Culinary Institute of America. He landed his first gig as the executive chef at the Coyote Grill in Park City, UT, and has held numerous positions in the wine and food industry ranging from Corporate Director of Food and Beverage at Nantucket Island Resorts to Member of the Board of Directors of B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.  Today, Jonathan is the Food and Beverage Director at The Girl & The Fig, an ever expanding culinary and wine focussed company based in Sonoma, CA.

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Kathy Chaix- Winery/Vineyard Owner

Kathy Chaix- Winery/Vineyard Owner

Kathy, along with her brother John, own 37 acres in the historic Rutherford Bench in Napa Valley.  In 2008 she co-founded Chaix Wines with the intent on producing fine wine with grapes harvested from their family's highly sought after Rutherford Vineyard. They create small, handcrafted vintages of award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon.

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