Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family's dedication to making fine wines.
Experts in wine appraisal, Benchmark is one of the largest buyers of private wine collections. Established in 2002, Benchmark Wine Group is the leading source of fine and rare wine for wine retailers, restaurants and collectors around the world. Based in Napa Valley, they acquire the most sought-after wines from private individuals and professional contacts. Their staff draws on decades of industry experience and is dedicated to providing exceptional service to all of our clients. Benchmarkwine.com offers 24-hour access to they're cellar, displaying inventory in real-time. They acquire fine and rare wine from well-maintained private cellars and reputable wholesalers after provenance is verified by our team of acquisitions professionals. Before purchasing a private collection, they travel to meet the collector and inspect storage conditions to verify provenance. As a result, we guarantee the provenance of all wines that they sell.
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist, author and relationship expert. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal and The New York Times, as well as on Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, Bravo, Forbes, the CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News Now, Fox News, CNN, Yahoo, AOL, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com and many other media outlets.
She has also been a popular speaker at seminars, meetings and conferences, and has appeared on radio and television shows all over the world. She is fluent in Spanish, and audiences in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific have embraced her.
Lisa's education and experience have enabled her to extensively cover relationships, careers and entertainment. Whether you're looking for the ideal partner, job or movie, Lisa can help. Her first two books are still selling briskly: “How to Snare a Millionaire” (St. Martin’s Press) and “Become Your Own Matchmaker” (Atria) which she co-authored with Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger. Her latest is the much-requested sequel, "How to Snare a Millionaire NOW." Her previous book, "Career Comeback-Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want," (Hachette) is still helping women all over the US get those well-deserved jobs and promotions.
Lisa graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband James and their Golden Doodle, “KC.” When she’s not helping people with their personal relationships and careers or raising funds for causes she’s passionate about, she’s probably interviewing celebrities or sitting in dark theaters, preparing film reviews for radio stations across America.
Jonathan David Lewis is Partner and Strategy Director at McKee Wallwork + Co., and has been endorsed by companies such as LEGO, LG, Disney, and Hyundai. Jonathan is a contributing writer for Forbes.
A branding and business strategist, Jonathan honed his skills during the lean years of the Great Recession, helping brands navigate today’s unforgiving new business paradigms. Jonathan’s opinions are highly sought by numerous business and marketing publications, including Forbes , Digiday , and Advertising Age , where he explores the factors that
lead to stalled growth and the principles proven to help companies navigate the ambiguities and dangers of the brand wilderness.
His new book, Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments uses 10 years of proprietary research, to explain what survival psychology can do to lead your business through The Wild.
Psychologically, there is no difference between a group of people who crash-land on a mountain, and a group of leaders in a boardroom. Both are experiencing disruption, and both can overcome it in the same way. Disruption isn’t going anywhere, and Jonathan David Lewis is here to help navigate it.
Dirk Mueller's practice focuses on assisting clients with a wide range of finance, energy, and real estate development, acquisition, and disposition matters.
He represents lenders, investors, and developers in the financing, acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, and joint venture matters related to vineyards, wineries, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, industrial parks, and residential projects.
Dirk advises energy industry clients on the development, acquisition, disposition, project financing, and operation of energy projects of all types, including solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas, landfill gas, and biomass projects, and has extensive experience assisting clients with drafting and negotiating shared facility agreements for the shared ownership and use of gen-tie, substation, and water facilities. His recent experience includes representing clients in connection with the development, acquisition, sale and/or financing of many of the largest solar energy projects constructed to date in the United States, including the first large-scale solar project approved to be built on tribal land in North America.
Midori and her husband have figured out the success formula to a wonderful marriage and life, having been together for nearly 30 years.
Midori has spent more than a decade studying interpersonal relationships, cognitive and behavioral psychology, and couples therapy. Her programs incorporate breakthrough techniques, which stomps out perceived limitations. This practice helps her clients reach extreme heights.
She has also made it a priority to study actual couples, dissecting how they communicate and interact. You're guaranteed to receive practical, real life suggestions and tips, that make the modern marriages of today happier and more successful.
Her first book, Secrets to a Kickass Marriage was published in 2015, and since then her advice has propelled her into being the 'Relationship Expert' for the California Women's Conference.
Midori holds a degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on Sociology.
BRIDGE COFFEE CO. is a small-batch, nano, craft coffee roaster. We source premium, specialty-grade coffee from around the world. These carefully selected green coffees are profiled, cupped, and roasted in small batches.
With nearly 15 years of roasting experience, the aid of modern technology and utilizing the finest coffee roasting equipment made, you can be sure your coffee is roasted to perfection and consistently delicious.
Small batch roasting is an artisan craft. It is our joy and honor to provide you with a wonderful cup of coffee.
Freemark Abbey sources its grapes from select Napa Valley vineyards we’ve known for decades. Intimately familiar with the nuance, power and abundance of each specific site, our partnership with local vineyards is at the heart of all our wines (click each area to learn more).
I’m Sara Roccisano. I am a passionate, world-traveling, scuba-diving, former Wall Street New Yorker who is now running the Embolden Adventures traveling website. In 2009 after the financial crisis, I became scuba certified. I went on one dive trip and fell in love with the underwater. Since then, I have been embarking on adventures around the world from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the mountains and beyond. So far I have visited 35 countries and 30 US States and territories, most of which I visited after leaving my desk job and going on dive trips. I have scuba dived with great white sharks, whale sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks, dolphins, manta rays, sea lions, and other exotic sea creatures. One of my most favorite, incredible ocean experiences has been snorkeling up close with the whale sharks in Caribbean Sea off the coast of Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico. The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean, reaching average lengths of 40 feet and weighing more than 40 tons. They are filter feeders, siphoning krill, fish eggs, and plankton from the ocean water like baleen whales do. Whale sharks are gentile giants and are completely harmless to humans since they have no teeth! I was motivated to swim with the whale sharks, and this Mexican trip to see the whale sharks was a dream of a lifetime!
COQUELICOT (ko-klee-ko) is the name “en Français” of the striking red poppy flower that graces the French countryside, as well as all the labels on our wines. Our 58 acre vineyard is an organically farmed property in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Sustainable farming and gentle, meticulous winemaking techniques converge to produce hand made, limited production wines that are a true celebration of life.
Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small vineyard and winery in the Sierra Foothills AVA. Owned and operated by the Starr Family, Phil and Anne since 1995 and their son Jackson since 2005. Phil is the head honcho around here as he does just about everything. Anne operates the tasting room in downtown Grass Valley and runs the Sirius Sipper Wine Club. Jackson, joining the family business in December of 2005, is the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He also fills in where needed, assisting both his mother and father in day to day operations.
Rooted in traditional German brewing practices mixed with an innovative Californian twist, Sudwerk is focused on creating the highest quality craft lagers known to man. The hybrid beer styles can best be described as West Coast craft lagers. Join us in our mission as we tirelessly work at perfecting our craft and sharing it with you.
Jeff Hansen, owner and winemaker for Lula Cellars, brings nearly 30 years of grape growing and winemaking experience to the brand. Jeff’s handcrafted, limited production Mendocino Coast Pinot Noir, along with Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Rosato (Rosé of Pinot Noir) reveal the passion he has for producing world class wines.
Hansen got into the winemaking world after working 14 years as a commercial product photographer for advertising agencies in southern California. In 1985 Hansen decided, “life is only so long.” He’d lived well and enjoyed every minute but was ready to do something different. A long time wine aficionado, he moved to Northern California for a slower pace.
He soon landed a job working at a vineyard and winery in Napa Valley. “We made high end Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Hansen. For the next seven years he immersed himself into learning every part of the industry from grape growing to winemaking to sales. “I used to travel six months a year, going between a dozen states dealing with a multitude of distributors,” he says.
Peter Velleno was born and raised in San Francisco where he and his two older brothers were the fifth generation of their family to be born in the city. He attended the University of California at Davis. He took one class in the University’s renowned Food Science department and quickly changed his major from Chemical Engineering to Fermentation Science. After intensive study in winemaking, brewing science, microbiology and food engineering, he earned a BS in Fermentation Science; the only student in the 2003 UC Davis graduation ceremony to receive such a degree.
After graduation, he went to work for William Hill Winery in their laboratory. He quickly worked his way up to the Assistant Winemaker position where he specialized in Chardonnay production. He then worked for the ultra-premium small winery Hartwell Vineyards, where he worked hands-on to help craft some of the most highly regarded Cabernets in the Valley.
Peter’s career path took a sharp turn in 2008 when he joined Dario Sattui’s Castello di Amorosa as the Associate Winemaker. He was promoted to Winemaker in 2014, managing the production of Castello’s wines. He would tell you that making wine in a Castle is even more fun than it sounds.
Peter and his wife Lauren have lived in Napa since 2003. They enjoy playing tennis, biking, cooking, and spending time outdoors with their dog Nora. Peter and Lauren were blessed with their first child in mid-2009. Her name is Claire, and she is cute as can be! Their son, Tyler was born in 2012.