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.

2019 Wine Advisory Board Donors

Master Sommelier Level ($20,000 and above)Burgundy Level ($1,000 – $2,000)
Virginia Sogomonian and Rich WeissRachel and Chris Alexander
 Dawn and Ken Bush
Grand Sommelier Level ($10,000 – $20,000)Justine and Andrew Hunter
Jeanne and John OshiroGretchen and Rich Janson
 Saralo and Danny Raffle
Grand Cru Level ($5,000 – $10,000) 
Tanja and Ralph CanadaRhone Level (Up to $1,000)
Anicia Mendez and Adam KrikorianRobert Allen
Valerie and Paul MellingerRonda and Anthony Ferguson
 Frankie Gelbwachs
Premier Cru Level ($3,000 – $5,000)Richard Gronbach
Chris and Geoff BremerAnne and Bill Kennedy
Lily Chang and Jeff KonsmoDawn and Barret Pulver
Kim and Jon FriedmanHolly and Bryon Rockwell
Rita and Adam GoldstonApril and Roger Spencer
Cindy and Michael KaplanDebbi Tippett and Tom Mahr
Michelle and Greg Rosen 
Bordeaux Level ($2,000-$3,000) 
Cathy and Quinn Barrow 
Joan Jones 
Wanda and Chuck Kaminski 
Robin Sue Kaminsky and Stewart Bogen 
Ashley McCarthy and Bret Barker 
Ruta and Brent Sprenkle 

List current through May 22, 2019