Named one of the top charitable wine auctions by Wine Spectator, the Sonoma County Wine Auction brings wine superstars, local celebrity chefs and honored guests together to invest in our community.


Sonoma County Vintners is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions. Sonoma County Vintners represents over 200 wineries throughout the county. We actively promote Sonoma County through our educational programming; advocate for our vintners at local, state and federal levels; and contribute to our local communities through our charitable foundation, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. Sonoma County Wine Auction, our annual fundraiser, has raised over $30 million benefiting non-profit organizations throughout the region. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit

Executive Committee

Russell Joy, President, Patz & Hall Winery of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Mark Malpiede, Vice President, Williams Selyem Winery
Anna Keller, Secretary/Treasurer, Keller Estate
Clay Mauritson, President, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, Mauritson Family Wines

Board Members

Carmen Castaldi, Marketing Committee Chair, Rodney Strong Vineyards
Stuart Bryan, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Richard Idell*, Idell Family Vineyards & The Idell Firm, A.P.C.
Dr. Ray Johnson*, Sonoma State University
Dan Kosta, AldenAlli
Jennifer Leitman, The Family Coppola
Mike Martini, Taft Street Winery
Chris Munsell, Gallo Family Wines
David Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
Bettina Sichel, Laurel Glen Vineyard
Kim Stare Wallace, Dry Creek Vineyard
*Community Seat

2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction Steering Committee

Christopher Jackson, Jackson Family Wines – Honorary Chair
Gina Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery – Honorary Chair
Ariel Jackson, Jackson Family Wines
Megan Cline, Cline Family Cellars
Joe Foppoli, Christopher Creek Winery
Lon Gallagher, E. & J. Gallo Winery
George F. Hamel, Jr., Hamel Family Wines
Dan Kosta, AldenAlli
Mark Malpiede, Williams Selyem
Clay Mauritson, Mauritson Family Wines
J Mullineaux, Community Foundation Sonoma County
Chris Strieter, Senses Wines
Kristin Thwaites, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Marcy Carriker Smothers
Dustin Valette, Valette Healdsburg

The Sonoma County
Wine Auction Team

Executive Director
Michael Haney
Director of Membership & International Programs
Jesslyn Jackson
Auction Managing Director
Dana Macaulay
Systems Director
Stephen Lockert
Ancillary Events Producer
Amber Behrens
Director of Sponsorship & Strategic Partnerships
Leah Malfatti
Director of Marketing & Communications
Barbara Cox
Creative and Social Media Manager
Jenni Meyer
Auction Producer
Ann-Marie Curran
Business Operations Manager
Anna Ming
Winery & Donor Development Manager
Julia Conover
Director of Events
Vanessa Renée
Director of Finance & Business Operations
Karl Grimm
Hospitality Manager
Rachelle Hirsch
Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa Thompson
Events Assistant
Alina Goodrum

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