Friends of the Wine Society

Created in 2012, this program recognizes those in the wine industry who have been supporters of the Wine Society on either a local (i.e. involvement with a chapter or individual club) or national level (i.e. participation at IWS events during World Conference). Without their support, the Wine Society would not be able to offer the extensive programs and membership benefits we all currently enjoy. 

The Wine Society encourages our members to use this list as a resource for wine events at your individual club, as well as local and regional education with your chapters. The list includes contact information as well as notes on the Friend and their previous contributions to the Wine Society. 

Allegrini Estates

Marilisa Allegrini

Via Giare 9/11

Fumane Valpolicella, VR 37022



Event: 2015 Annual Wine Dinner

Banfi Vintners
Sharon McCarthy, CSW
1111 Cedar Swamp Road
Old Brookville, NY 11545
(516) 626-9200
Event: 2014 Webinar Tuscan & 2013 Webinar Chile

Boisset Collection

Carrie McCracken

849 Zinfandel Lane

St. Helena, CA 94574



Event: 2016 IWS Member Reception

Chateau Montelena Winery
Brian Baker, VP Sales & Marketing
1429 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5105
Event: 2014 & 2013 Affiliate Partner; 2014 Expo; 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: World famous Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Calisotga. A strong supporter of CMAA and the IWS.

Cinco Vodka Disterllery

Ashley Oshiro

8501 Cover Rd.

San Antonio, TX 78263


Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

Copper Cane

Doug Hengehold

1275 Inglewood Ave.

St. Helena, CA 94574



Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

Clos Pepe Vineyards
4777 East Highway 246
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-2196
Event: 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop
Note: Santa Rita hills appellation producing world class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays under the direction of the “eclectic” Wes Hagen.

CrossBarn Winery

Lynda Barnes 3355 Gravenstein Highway North

Sebastopol, CA 95472



Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

Domaine Drouhin
Aaron Bell
6750 Breyman Orchards Rd.
Dayton, OR 97114
(503) 864-2700
Event: 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop
Note: Oregon winery with a French flair specializing in Pinot Noirs with a Burgundian influence.

Duchman Family Winery

Jeff Ogle 

13308 Farm to Market 150

Driftwood, TX 78619


Event: 2015 Pouring (Auction Preview)

 DuMOL Winery
Kerry  Murphy, Owner
11 El Sereno
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-8922
Fax: (925) 254-8942
Event: 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Luxury Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer in the Russian River Valley.

E & J Gallo Winery

Thomas Figures

8028 Ritchie Way

Suite 206

Pasadena, MD 21122



Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

Fallbrook Winery
Ira Gourvist, Proprietor
2554 Via Rancheros
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 728-0156
Event: 2013 & 2016 Annual Dinner
Note: Bordeaux and Italian varietals from North San Diego.

Far Niente (see Nickel & Nickel)
Beth Nickel, Owner & 
Tom Gilhooly
1350 Acacia Dr.
PO Box 327
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-2861
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: A Napa Valley benchmark for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce.

Freeman Vineyard & Winery
Ken Freeman, Owner
1300 Montgomery Rd.
PO Box 1556
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-6937
Direct: (415) 310-5077
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner & 2015 Live Auction
Note: Cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Big supporters of the IWS over the years.

Grgich Hills Estate
Frank Markovich, Southern Div. Sales Mgr.
William McPharlin Jr., NE Regional Mgr.
PO Box 450
1829 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford, CA 94573
(800) 532-3057
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner & 2015 Live Auction
Note: Know for his Chardonnay, winemaker Mike Grgich (1976 Paris Wine Tasting) now produces only estate grown certified organic wines.

Groth Vineyards
Suzanne Groth, Owner
750 Oakville Cross Rd.
PO Box 390
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-0290
Event: 2014 Business Meeting, 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Classic Oakville Cabernet from our friend Susanne Groth.

Hartford Family Winery
Tom Rozner
Meagan Reister, Sales Representative (Orlando)
8075 Martinelli Rd.
Forestville, CA 95436
(707) 887-8011
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner; 2014 Wine Auction
Note: Specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and old vine Zinfandel.

Hourglass Wine
Jeffrey Smith, Owner/Winemaker
1104 Adams St.
Suite 103-104
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-9332
Event: 2014 Business Meeting
Note: The wines are highly expressive reflections of their Napa Valley estate vineyards.

Iron Horse
Ms. Joy Sterling, CEO
9786 Ross Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 887-1507
Fax: (707) 887-1337
Event: 2014 & 2013 Annual Dinner; 2014 Wine Auction; Silver Anniversary Cuvee; 2015 Dinner, 2016 Dinner
Note: IWS Honorary Member

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Matt Brady

819 Montecito St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103



Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

J. Wilkes Winery

Wes Hagen

2717 Aviation Way #201 

Santa Maria, CA 93455



Karbach Brewing Company

Michelle Fedorka

2032 Karbach St.

Houston, TX 77092


Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

Keenan Winery
Michael Keenan, President
3660 Spring Mountain Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9177
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: Age-worthy Cabernets from Spring Mountain.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates

John Blazon MS

5007 Fulton Rd.

Fulton, CA 95439


Event: 2014 Annual Dinner

Kobrand Corporation (Deinhard)

Jane McGrath

134 E. 40th Street 

New York, NY 10016



Event: 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Krug Cellars

Riana Mondavi

2800 Main St.

St. Helena, CA 94574



Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

LUX Wine 
Benedict Bisordi, CSW

1761 Atlas Peak Road

Napa, CA 94558



Event: 2014 Regional Workshops & 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Mauritson Family Wines
Clay Mauritson, Winemaker
Emma Kudritzki
2859 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-0804
Event: 2014 & 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Dry Creek Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc and if you can get your hands on it - Rockpile!

Mira Winery

Mark Carnucci

68 ½  Queen St.

Charleston, SC 29401



Event: 2017 Live Auction/Membership Reception

Napa Valley Vintners Association
Amber Mihna, CS, CSW, CSS

PO Box 141

St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3388
Event: 2015 Napa Valley Harvest Boot Camp2014 Wine Auction; 2014 Business Meeting; 2013 Webinars
Note: Represents over 300 wineries in the Napa Valley. A wonderful partner for the IWS.

Pacific Southern Wine Co. (Truchard Estate) 
Pablo Alfaro & Chris Kearney
300 W. Wieuca Rd., NE
Bldg. One, Suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 256-5847
Event: 2014 Wine Auction
Note: Builds relationships with suppliers, distributors, customers and consumers promoting the portfolio they represent.

Paul Matthew Vineyards

Barb & Mat Gustafson

9060 Grafton Rd.

Grafton, CA 95444


Event: 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Robert Biale Vineyards
Dave Pramuk, Co-Founder
4038 Big Ranch Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-7555
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner 

Note: With a cult like following of Zinfandel fanatics, remember…watch for the Black Chicken.

Robert Kacher Selections

Anne Markovich-Girard

105 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10016


Event: 2015 Live Auction

Saxon Brown Wines

Jeff Gaffner

PO Box 1832

Sonoma, CA 95476

Event: 2015 Wine Auction Pouring & 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Southern Wine & Spirit (Miami)
John McFadden, Dir. Fine Wine Sale & Ed.
Jerry McVey
1600 N.W. 163rd St.
Miami, FL 33169
(305) 627-1388
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: Largest wine and spirits distributor in the U.S. with operations in 35 states.

Stuhlmuller Vineyards
Fritz Stuhlmuller
230 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-8980
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: Unique Sonoma location, where three appellations come together. Ideal for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

Swanson Vineyards
Clark & Elizabeth Swanson
Shelly Eischner, Dir. National Sales
1050 Oakville Cross Rd.
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 754-4099
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: The Oakville Merlot is their premier wine, and rightly so. They also have a great selection of dessert wines.

Tor Kenward Family Wines
Tor Kenward, Owner
1241 Adams St., Suite 1045
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3100
Event: 2014 Business Meeting
Note: Small wine company based on single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays.
Truchard Vineyards
Anthony Truchard
3234 Old Sonoma Rd.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-7153
Event: 2014 Wine Auction
Note: Their wines are 100% grown, bottled and produced at Truchard Vineyards.

Williams Selyem
Bob Cabral, GM & Dir. of Winemaking
Mark Malpiede, VP Sales & Marketing
7227 Westside Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6425
Event: 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop & 2016 Business Meeting
Note: Bob Cabral is the noted winemaker of this Russian River Valley winery featuring Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay.