Special Guests

Gianni Abate
Chalone Vineyard | Soledad

Gianni Abate earned his reputation of making world-class wines for over 18 years. Receiving a degree in Biological Science from University of the Pacific, Gianni found himself working in the laboratories of San Joaquin County wineries. There, he discovered his…

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Sean Capiaux Winemaker/President
Capiaux and O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery | Angwin

Founding winemaker, Sean Capiaux, has established an impressive and notable career over the past twenty-six years at prominent wineries around the globe. He graduated from California State University, Fresno (BS, Enology; minor in Chemistry) in the late-80’s and began his…

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Chef Marc Copenhaver
Frost Creek | Eagle

Executive Chef Marc Copenhaver is a twenty-five-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His varied experiences include time in the Vail kitchens of Sweet Basil, in the late ‘90s, and Larkspur, where he recently served as Chef de Cuisine before joining…

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Brett deLeuze President/Partner
ZD Wines | Napa

Brett deLeuze, president/partner of ZD Wines in the Napa Valley, began his winery career at the young age of 4 when his parents founded ZD Wines. Growing up with the family business, he helped with picking grapes, then to bottling…

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Richard Grosche Managing Director
Reichstrat Von Buhl | Deidesheimer

Reichsrat von Buhl has been a family-owned winery for more than 150 years, and has belonged to the circle of the most prestigious wineries in Germany for just as long. Since it was founded in 1849, Reichsrat von Buhl has…

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Bob Iantosca Executive Winemaker
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards | Sonoma

Executive Winemaker Bob Iantosca travels as a historian and ambassador for Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, educating wine lovers and trade around the country about its wines and distinctive Sonoma Carneros terroir. An early sparkling wine pioneer, he mentored current…

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Chris Kajani Winemaker/General Manager
Bouchaine | Napa

Winemaker / General Manager “Winemaking is a science and entails technical skill, but just as critical is having deep intuition, keen observation, and a sense of wonder.” Chris Kajani became the winemaker and general manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in April…

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Gary Lipp President/Owner
Coho Wine | Napa

Gary Lipp After five years living to ski in Steamboat Springs, Gary learned that though you can’t have too much fun, you might need to pursue it in a new environment. The wine was calling and it said to move…

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Matthew Regan Vice President/Partner
VGS Chateau Potelle | St Helena

Matthew Regan is the Vice President/Partner of VGS Chateau Potelle Winery in the Napa Valley. Matthew joined Chateau Potelle in 2000, and now manages all aspects of the VGS experience. Prior to his appointment at VGS Chateau Potelle, Matthew managed…

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Mike Reynolds President
Hall Wines Napa Valley | Napa

Mike Reynolds began at the inception of the winery, shortly after Craig and Kathryn Hall returned from Austria in 2002. Mike served as Winemaker and General Manager during the infancy of the winery, and was promoted to President in 2006.…

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Daniel Stotesbery Director
Ladera Vineyards | Angwin

Dan Stotesbery joined Ladera in April, 2006 after having worked in Chicago with the Board of Trade. His wine background, starting from his childhood at the dinner table (yes he is a member of the family), is growing rapidly as…

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Pedro Viera
Esporão Wine | Alentejo

Born & raised in Lisbon, Pedro has always been around wine. His family has operated a small biodynamic winery just for the locals (and themselves) for several decades. As a young boy he played a lot of soccer & always…

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Sommelier Josh Wesson
Best Cellars | New York City

Once a hugely respected sommelier who reveled in the extravagance of princely pours, Josh now sips from the cups of carpenters as lord of wine, beer and spirits at Best Cellars at A&P — a chain of value-oriented wine stores…

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