2017 Wine Advisory Board

Established in 1998, the Wine Advisory Board is a forum where men and women from throughout the South Bay meet regularly throughout the year to share their interest in wine, while supporting the annual Manhattan Wine Auction, which raises funds for MBEF and the seven public schools in Manhattan Beach.

Nearly all of the wine donations for the Manhattan Wine Auction come from members of the Wine Advisory Board. Individually, members donate from $500 to over $15,000 in wine – most from their private collections and cellars. The Wine Advisory Board also plays an important role in creating the Live and Silent Auction wine lots.

The dinners have a selected wine theme and are held at local restaurants and members’ homes. All attendees are encouraged to bring bottles of wine to share together, as well as to donate for the Auction.

The Wine Advisory Board provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy great food and wine, meet good people, and support our children, schools and community. If you are interested in joining the Wine Advisory Board or for more information, please contact our Wine Advisory Board Chair, .

Grand Sommelier Level ($15,000 and above) Rhone Level ($1,000 – $1,999)
Joan Jones Rachel and Chris Alexander
Virginia Sogomonian and Rich Weiss Robert Allen
Ronda and Anthony Ferguson
Grand Cru Level ($11,000 – $14,999) Frankie Gelbwachs
Jeanne and John Oshiro Justine and Andrew Hunter
Anne and Bill Kennedy
Premier Cru Level ($7,000 – $10,999) Peggy Miller
Cindy and Michael Kaplan Barret Pulver
Valerie and Paul Mellinger Shannon and Chris Ryan
Nancy and Kevin Neal Julie and Randy ten Doesschate
Joni and Duilio Ramallo Susan and Bill Weintraub
Bordeaux Level ($4,000-$6,999) Alsace Level ($500 – $999)
Chris and Geoff Bremer Jeff Bonafede – Uncorked Wine Shop
Tanja and Ralph Canada Penny Bordokas
Monika and Lee Dover Katie and Keenan Driscoll
Kim and Jon Friedman Richard Gronbach
Rita and Adam Goldston Tracey and Richard Hefter
Wanda and Chuck Kaminski Robin Sue Kaminsky and Stewart Bogen
Ashley McCarthy and Bret Barker Kristal and Marty Lane
Minna and Duncan Orrell-Jones Stephanie and Scott Mibu
Michelle and Greg Rosen Nina and Jayesh Patel
April and Roger Spencer Lisa Pulver
Sheryl Rooker and Jeff Thaler
Burgundy Level ($2,000 – $3,999) Sharon Waterous
Dawn and Ken Bush
Lily Chang and Jeff Konsmo Wine Advisory Board Host Restaurants
Saralo and Danny Raffle Il Fornaio
Ruta and Brent Sprenkle Lido di Manhattan
Debbi Tippett and Tom Mahr Paul Martin’s American Grill
Second City Bistro
Tin Roof Bistro