Long has left an indelible mark on winemaking in California through key posts at Robert Mondavi, Simi and Chandon Estates. Over the past twenty-five years, she has impacted the global wine industry through consulting work in Germany, Israel, France and her own estate, Vilafonte, in South Africa.
Long attended the UC Davis School of Enology and Viticulture and worked for Long Vineyards and Robert Mondavi Winery, which she served as chief enologist during the winery’s 1970s heyday. In 1979, she was hired to be chief winemaker at Simi Winery in Sonoma County, eventually becoming president and CEO of the winery. While planning for her retirement from Simi in 1996, she and her husband, viticulturalist Phil Freese, started Vilafonté in post-apartheid South Africa. Read more about Zelma here.
Vitalie Taittinger is head of marketing for the Champagne Taittinger and great granddaughter of founder Pierre Taittinger. She serves an ambassador for Taittinger champagne around the world, as well as an inspiration for the champagne house.
Vitalie graduated from the Emile Cohl School of Art in 2001 after studying the various applied art techniques used in illustration and graphic design. In 2002, she founded her own company and developed numerous project in the world of wine and gastronomy. In 2007, she joined her father, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, in the family business.
She divides her time between a very busy professional life and a lovely family of four children in Reims. Read more about Vitalie here.
Shannon Staglin is President at Staglin Family Vineyard. After graduating from UCLA, she moved back to Napa to work as a harvest intern in 2001 where she learned the details of production and viticultural practices.
In 2002, she moved from the winery into the office where she honed her skills in marketing, hospitality, consumer and trade sales. After earning her MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, she chose to work for several years outside of the wine business to gain insight, a different perspective and valuable experience that she could one day share with Staglin Family Vineyard. She was recruited to create the marketing program for Wells Fargo Family Wealth, providing multifamily office solutions to ultra-high net worth client families.
In 2011 Shannon returned to Staglin Family Vineyard where she now oversees all aspects of the business. Her educational and professional experiences provide a new perspective and a fresh outlook that will enhance the family business for many years to come. Read more about Shannon here.
Starr has been the co-owner, manager and winemaker of Crocker & Starr since its inception in 1997 when she helped resurrect the vineyards on the Crocker Estate in St. Helena. Passionate about translating terroir into wine, Starr is known for her distinctive Bordeauxstyle blends that express a deep sense of place.
Her love affair with winemaking began as a harvest intern for Sonoma Cutrer in Sonoma after graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1984 with a degree in Fermentation Science. Attracted by the fast pace, the pleasures of working the land and the wine itself, Starr knew she’d found her calling.
Six years as an enologist and assistant winemaker for Carmenet Winery in Sonoma led her in 1991 to being named winemaker for Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, where she worked until she and Charlie Crocker established Crocker & Starr. Read more about Pam here.
Torres has been involved in the wine business all her life. Born in 1945 in Barcelona, Spain, she is fluent in six languages and holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Barcelona. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and studied Enology and Viticulture for a year at the University of California at Davis.
At Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, which she started in 1986, Torres directs the activities at the winery and in two Sonoma County vineyards: Don Miguel (named after her late father) in the Russian River Valley and Doña Margarita (named after her late mother) in the Sonoma Coast AVA. Family pride and integrity have enabled Torres to blend centuries-old traditions with the latest innovations to produce outstanding wines known the world over.
Marimar and daughter Cristina at the Doña Margarita Vineyard Marimar’s dedication to the wine business, however, has not come at the expense of other pursuits. An authority on Spanish cuisine, her first book, The Spanish Table: The Cuisines and Wines of Spain, was published in 1986. Her second book, The Catalan Country Kitchen, came out in April 1992. Read more about Marimar here.
In 1992, Novak joined her sister, Beth, as part of the second generation dedicated to guiding Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. She quickly discovered that she enjoyed working with her sister and her late mother, Mary, on the development of Spottswoode.
Known for her warmth, humor and thoughtfulness, Novak helps oversee Spottswoode’s sales program in 47 states and is an eloquent ambassador for Spottswoode and the Novak family at tastings, dinners and other key trade and consumer events throughout the country.
The eldest of the ﬁve Novak children, she was 15 when she moved to Napa Valley with her family. A part of the emerging Napa Valley wine community, Novak’s friends included the children of the Shafers and Chappellets, and she occasionally babysat the Duckhorn children. Read more about Lindy here.
Bonaccorsi Wine Company was started in 1999 by Michael and Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi. Since the passing of Michael in 2004, Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi has continued to make the wine. Known for its Pinot Noir, Bonaccorsi Wine Company has been named one of the top 30 Pinot producers in California by Wine Spectator.
Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi sources from some of the best vineyards in the Central Coast — including Sanford and Benedict. She considers herself a traditionalist and a realist who is in the winemaking business because of her love for wine, not money. Bonaccorsi’s winemaking style includes minimal intervention to capture the essence of both the grape variety and the terroir and her wines continue to be both delicate and concentrated, remaining one of the more elegant producers of wine in the Central Coast. Read more about Jenne Lee here.