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.


For more than 70 years, Sonoma County Vintners has been the leading voice of Sonoma County wine. Our 250+ members range in size from small, family-owned wineries to large-volume corporations. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our efforts, and our strategic partnerships have resulted in a broad spectrum of forward-thinking programs and events. We work closely with the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and Sonoma County Tourism to build the profile of Sonoma County as a distinctive grape-growing and wine-producing region. From informal winery tastings and tours to Sonoma County’s signature, charitable event, the Sonoma County Wine Auction, our efforts shine the spotlight on Sonoma County as an internationally recognized wine region. Learn more about Sonoma County Vintners by visiting

Executive Committee

Russell Joy, President, Patz & Hall Winery of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Mark Malpiede, Vice President, Williams Selyem Winery
Bettina Sichel, Secretary/Treasurer, Laurel Glen Vineyard
Caroline Shaw, President, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, Jackson Family Wines
Clay Mauritson, Vice President, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, Mauritson Family Wines

Board Members

Corey Beck, Government Relations Chair, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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
Anna Keller, Keller Estate
Dan Kosta, AldenAlli
Mike Martini, Taft Street Winery
David Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
Kim Stare Wallace, Dry Creek Vineyard
*Community Seat

Steering Committee

George F. Hamel, Jr. – Honorary Chair, Hamel Family Wines
Pam Hamel, Hamel Family Wines
Marcy Carriker Smothers – Auction Lot Chair
Dustin Valette, Culinary Chair, Valette Healdsburg
Corey Beck, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Katie Ciocca, Kistler Vineyards
Joe Foppoli, Christopher Creek Winery
Jasmine Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards
Dan Kosta, AldenAlli
Sam Lando, Lando Family Wines
Mark Malpiede, Williams Selyem Winery
J Mullineaux, Community Foundation Sonoma County
Karin Ott, Kistler Vineyards
Caroline Shaw, Jackson Family Wines
Bill Smart, Lambert Bridge Winery

The Sonoma County
Wine Auction Team

Interim 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
Digital Communications Manager
Jenni Meyer
Auction Producer
Ann-Marie Curran
Business Operations Manager
Anna Ming
Event Assistant
Madison Garzoli
Public Relations Manager
Anna Miranda
Director of Finance & Business Operations
Karl Grimm
Event Assistant
Nick Mogannam
Donor Development Manager
Rachelle Hirsch
Vintner Champion Manager
Vanessa Renée

Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa Thompson

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