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, Rich Janson.

2020 Wine Advisory Board Donors

Grand Sommelier Level ($10,000 – $20,000) Burgundy Level ($1,000 – $2,000)
Tanja and Ralph Canada Rachel and Christopher Alexander
  Justine and Andrew Hunter
Grand Cru Level ($5,000 – $10,000) Virginia Sogomonian and Rich Weiss
Chris and Geoff Bremer  
Kim and Jon Friedman Rhone Level (Up to $1,000)
Wanda and Chuck Kaminski Dawn and Ken Bush
Ashley McCarthy and Bret Barker Bonnie and Michael Darrow
Jeanne and John Oshiro Richard Gronbach
Michelle and Greg Rosen Joy Higa and Chris Tuffli
  Matthew and Stacey Kravitz
Premier Cru Level ($3,000 – $5,000) Pamela and Matthew Luce
Gretchen and Rich Janson Charlotte and Shawn Mills
Valerie and Paul Mellinger Linda Rasheed and Neil Hammad
April and Roger Spencer Shannon and Christopher Ryan
Bordeaux Level ($2,000-$3,000)  
Lily Chang and Jeff Konsmo  
Rita and Adam Goldston  
Robin Sue Kaminsky and Stewart Bogen  
Anicia Mendez and Adam Krikorian  
Ruta and Brent Sprenkle  

List current through May 26, 2020