SPEAKERS

Lorraine Alban

president
J & L Wines

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In 1999, Lorraine Alban assumed the reins at J. Eberle and transformed it into her family business: J&L Wines, the only family owned and operated wine distribution company on the Central Coast with its own warehouse, trucks, and full-time staff devoted exclusively to the house portfolio. The company has grown 700 percent over the last 15 years.

Josh Baker

winemaker and general manager of production
Phase 2 Cellars

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A native Californian and a graduate of the University of the Pacific, Josh Baker entered the wine industry as a microbiologist for E&J Gallo Winery in California’s Central Valley. Baker moved to the Central Coast in 2003 and began making wines at Edna Valley Vineyard where he would become head winemaker in 2008. After five years as a “brand” winemaker, he moved just a few blocks across the Edna Valley to Phase 2 Cellars in 2013. Baker currently holds the title of winemaker and general manager of production at the 10,000-ton facility.

Fred Bogart, CPA

principal
Glenn Burdette

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As a CPA celebrating his 30th year anniversary with Glenn Burdette, Bogart has extensive tax and consulting expertise serving clients on the Central Coast. He focuses on making a difference in the businesses and lives of the clients he works with, including a specialty working with vineyard and winery owners as head of Glenn Burdette’s winery team. Bogart is a graduate of Washington State University and played professional baseball prior to joining Glenn Burdette.

George Coope

senior director of strategy & analysis
Zepponi & Company

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George Coope, senior director of strategy and analysis, has more than 25 years of investment banking and advisory experience in the wine, beer and distilled spirits industries. Prior to joining Zepponi & Company, Coope held senior roles at several boutique investment banks in San Francisco and was a founding member of the consumer practice group at Hambrecht & Quist LLC. He also worked in research and development and operations at Miller Brewing Company. Coope is a former director of Patz & Hall Wine Company and The Coppola Companies. He graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.S. from UC Davis and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Audra Cooper

broker and partner
Turrentine Broakerage

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Audra Cooper brings years of experience in both the North Coast and Central Coast. She grew up on Central Coast ranches and graduated from California State University at Fresno with a degree in agricultural economics. She joined Turrentine Brokerage in 2006, providing statewide grape sales support, before being promoted to North Coast Grape Broker. In 2012, Cooper transferred to the Central Coast as the lead grape broker for the region. She is involved in the ag communities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County.

William Goebel

broker
Turrentine Brokerage

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William Goebel graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in business administration with a specialty in wine business strategy. Prior to signing on with Turrentine Brokerage in 2010, Goebel worked for Trinchero Family Estates, both working in the cellar and administering wine sales. During his first three years with Turrentine Brokerage, Goebel managed the sample department, provided sales support for the brokerage team and directly handled bulk sales for many clients and was later promoted to bulk wine broker.

Kimberly Jones

owner
Kimberly Jones Selections

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As an admirer of the diversity and quality of California’s wines, and with nearly 37 years of experience tasting and visiting the state’s viticultural regions, wine-broker Kimberly Jones has consistently demonstrated an incredible talent for representing many of the best producers. With her skilled palate, a limitless enthusiasm and insatiable curiosity, she has assembled a portfolio of wines that is breath-taking in its diversity, value and exquisite quality.

Cynthia Lohr

co-owner, trade and brand advocate
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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As the daughter of wine industry pioneer Jerry Lohr, Cynthia Lohr spent some of her youth in the vineyards and at the wineries, absorbing aspects of the wine industry firsthand. As an adult, she chose her own path, establishing a reputation for excellence in strategic marketing and public relations, working with a who’s who of leading internet and technology companies. In 2002, Lohr joined the family business as director of communications for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and in 2009, she was named marketing vice president. Lohr graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in psychology from UC Davis.

Nicholas Miller

vp sales and marketing
Thornhill Companies

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Nicholas Miller is the vice president of sales and marketing for his family’s vineyards, winery services and wine labels. His family owns and operates the French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards in the Santa Maria AVA, two custom crush facilities (Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria and Paso Robles Wine Services) and Turn Key Wine Brands. He represents the companies on several boards, including as director of the California Association of Winegrape Growers. In 2013, Miller was selected by Wine Enthusiast for their first-ever selection of Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in the United States.

Dallas Mosier

attorney
Carmel & Naccasha

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Dallas Mosier is a partner at Carmel & Naccasha LLP and joined the firm in 2012. Mosier has extensive experience in trust and estate planning, special needs planning, personal income tax planning, trust administration and probate. Mosier has assisted clients in a variety of matters in each of these areas, ranging from implementation of tax avoidance strategies to planning for family issues such as dependency, fiscal irresponsibility, and family disputes.  Mosier also works closely with businesses and business owners in the areas of business planning & transactions, exit and succession planning, startups and entity formations, ongoing entity maintenance and governance, intellectual property matters, and buy-sell and other ownership arrangements.

Stephen Rannekleiv

global sector strategist—beverages
Rabobank

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Stephen Rannekleiv is the global sector strategist—beverages, working out of the New York office. He is in close cooperation with the global sector head of beverages to support the bank’s franchise in the beverage sectors and further strengthen Rabobank’s long-standing relationships with major beverage clients around the world. He leads the beverage research team and provides colleagues involved in the beverage industry, in the front office, in risk and otherwise with thought-provoking ideas and analytics and executes the agenda that is with the various business heads. Before joining Rabobank in 2006, Rannekleiv worked for eight years in Latin America supporting agricultural development projects.

Zach Rasmuson

chief operations officer
Duckhorn Wine Company

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As chief operations officer since 2012, Zach Rasmuson has played an integral role in establishing Duckhorn Wine Company as one of North America’s preeminent luxury wine brands. A master winemaker in his own right, he works closely with Duckhorn’s winemakers to oversee every aspect of production, including winemaking, grower relations and an estate program that spans Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Sonoma County and Red Mountain in Washington state. Rasmuson also works alongside president and CEO Alex Ryan to chart the future of the company, implementing initiatives for strategic and sustainable growth.

Craig Schisler

regional sales director
Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

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Craig Schisler has been employed for 27 years with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (SGWS) of California working in multiple roles as a salesperson, division manager, sales administrator and vice president of American wine and spirits, the fine wine division of SGWS. He is currently the regional sales director for AWS on the Central Coast overseeing Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Schisler is a graduate of UCSB and a 14 year resident of San Luis Obispo.

Skylar Stuck

director  of sales
Halter Ranch Vineyard

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Skylar Stuck has 26 years of experience in the wine industry, including work as a distributor salesman in New York City for Winebow Distributing, as a regional manager for Clicquot Inc. in Texas, and as the VP/director of sales for Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. He has spent the last 6 years as general manager at Halter Ranch Vineyards. He holds an M.A. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Following a career as an economist, Stuck traded his vocation for his avocation and launched his career in the wine industry.

Matt Steel

general manager
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

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An Australia native, Matt Steel served as chief winemaker for both still and sparkling wines at Domaine Chandon Australia and as the winemaker and general manager of Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley. A move to California in 2014 as winemaker for the premium division of E&J Gallo Winery led Steel and his family to San Luis Obispo. He was promoted to be responsible for running the Central Coast winemaking team across four wineries. Steel joined JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery as general manager in 2017, and is responsible for the production, hospitality and community relations of both JUSTIN in Paso Robles and Landmark Vineyards in Sonoma County.

Debbie Zachareas

owner and partner
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant

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Debbie Zachareas is the proprietor and managing partner at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco’s restored Ferry Building, and at the Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant in downtown Napa. She is a luminary for ifonly, and she is the consulting wine buyer for Boulibar in the Ferry Building. She is a well-known wine judge, lecturer, sommelier and guest speaker throughout the country. Zachareas is a trustee for the French American International School and International High School, as well as Family House, San Francisco. She is involved in numerous fundraisers including Family House, French American International, Make a Wish and the Food Bank.