Wine Advisory Board

Established in 1998, the Wine Advisory Board is a forum where individuals from Los Angeles’  South Bay community can meet on a bi-monthly basis and share their interest in wine while supporting the annual Manhattan Wine Auction. The Manhattan Wine Auction is a key fundraiser for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, a non-profit organization providing grants to the public schools of Manhattan Beach.

Nearly all of the wine donations for the Manhattan Wine Auction come from members of the Wine Advisory Board (WAB).  Individually, WAB members donate from $500 to over $10,000 in wine. Some members make cash donations in order to have the needed wine purchased for the event. The WAB also plays an important role in creating the Live Action lots.

The dinner events have a selected wine theme and are held at local restaurants and venues that support the Wine Auction. All attendees are encouraged to bring bottles of wine to donate for the event’s silent auction. The meetings start with socializing and wine tasting, then Wine Auction business and donation items are discussed, followed by a discussion of the evening’s wines.

The Wine Advisory Board provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy great wines, 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 WAB Chair, .

Grand Sommelier Level ($10,000 and above)

  • Cindy & Michael Kaplan
  • Virginia Sogomonian & Rich Weiss

Grand Cru Level ($6,000 – $9,999)

  • Penny & George Bordokas
  • Chris & Geoff Bremer
  • Tanja & Ralph Canada
  • Joan Jones
  • Wanda & Chuck Kaminski
  • Valerie & Paul Mellinger
  • Jeanne & John Oshiro

Premier Cru Level ($4,000 – $5,999)

  • Lily Chang & Jeff Konsmo
  • Kim & Jon Friedman
  • Rita & Adam Goldston
  • Ashley McCarthy and Bret Barker
  • Jane & Alden Munson
  • Joni & Duilio Ramallo
  • Michelle & Greg Rosen

Bordeaux Level ($2,500-$3,999)

  • Dawn & Ken Bush
  • Monika & Lee Dover
  • April & Roger Spencer
  • Ruta & Brent Sprenkle
  • Rhonda & Steve Staver

Burgundy Level ($1,500 – $2,499)

  • Ronda & Anthony Ferguson
  • Justine & Andrew Hunter
  • Anne & Bill Kennedy
  • Debbi Tippett & Tom Mahr
  • Gema & Bill Miller
  • Susan & Bill Weintraub

Rhone Level ($1,000 – $1,499)

  • Lena & David Adishian
  • Francine Gelbwachs Goldstein
  • Richard Gronbach & Toni Andrews
  • Joy Higa & Chris Tuffli
  • John Nixon
  • Terry Taketa
  • Serena & Brandon Taylor

Alsace Level ($500 – $999)

  • Rachel & Christopher Alexander
  • Jeff Bonafede – Uncorked Wine Shop
  • Pearl & Greg Bonanni
  • Julie & Randy ten Doesschate
  • Sherolyn & Mike duckworth
  • Tracy & Richard Hefter
  • Michael Kelly
  • Pamela & Matthew Luce
  • Marj Jo Mastro & Christopher Kuhr
  • Nina & Jayesh Patel
  • Barret Pulver
  • Christine & Mark Shuken
  • Raymond Wan – Wan-Fiore Project

Wine Advisory Board Host Restaurants

  • Il Fornaio
  • Lido di Manhattan
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill
  • Sausal
  • Second City Bistro
  • Tin Roof Bistro