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, Ralph Canada.

2018 Wine Advisory Board Donors

Grand Sommelier Level ($20,000 and above)Burgundy Level ($1,000 – $1,999)
Joan JonesRachel and Chris Alexander
 Robert Allen
 Grand Cru Level ($6,500 – $10,000)Ronda and Anthony Ferguson
Tanja and Ralph CanadaFrankie Gelbwachs
Monika and Lee DoverJustine and Andrew Hunter
Cindy and Michael KaplanAnne and Bill Kennedy
Anicia Mendez and Adam KirkorianShannon and Chris Ryan
Jeanne and John OshiroSusan and Bill Weintraub
Joni and Duilio Ramallo 
Michelle and Greg RosenRhone Level ($500 – $999)
Julie and Richard SchweitzerDawn and Ken Bush
Virginia Sogomonian and Rich WeissPamela and Matthew Luce
 Stephanie and Scott Mibu
Premier Cru Level ($3,500 – $6,499)Dawn Turner and Barret Pulver
Chris and Geoff BremerSaralo and Danny Raffle
Wanda and Chuck KaminskiSheryl Rooker and Jeff Thaler
Ashley McCarthy and Bret BarkerChristine and Mark Shuken
Valerie and Paul Mellinger 
April and Roger Spencer 
Bordeaux Level ($2,000-$3,499) 
Lily Chang and Jeff Konsmo 
Kim and Jon Friedman 
Rita and Adam Goldston 
Robin Sue Kaminsky and Stewart Bogen 
Michael Kelly 
Holly and Bryon Rockwell 
Ruta and Brent Sprenkle 
Debbi Tippett and Tom Mahr