Friends of Wine Society


Created in 2012, this program recognizes those in the wine industry who have been supporters of the Wine Society on either a local (i.e. involvement with a chapter or individual club) or national level (i.e. participation at IWS events during World Conference). Without their support, the Wine Society would not be able to offer the extensive programs and membership benefits we all currently enjoy.

The Wine Society encourages our members to use this list as a resource for wine events at your individual club, as well as local and regional education with your chapters. The list includes contact information as well as notes on the Friend and their previous contributions to the Wine Society.


Allegrini Estates
Marilisa Allegrini
Via Giare 9/14
Fumane Valpolicella, VR 37022
Event: 2015 Annual Wine Dinner

Banfi Vintners
Sharon McCarthy, CSW
1414 Cedar Swamp Road
Old Brookville, NY 14545
(516) 626-9200
Event: 2014 Webinar Tuscan & 2013 Webinar Chile

Blackbird Vineyards/Bespoke Collection
Doug Hengehold
831 Latour Ct. Suit B1
Napa, CA 94558

Boisset Collection
Carrie McCracken
849 Zinfandel Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Event: 2016 IWS Member Reception

Cinco Vodka Disterllery
Ashley Oshiro
8501 Cover Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78263
Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

CrossBarn Winery
Lynda Barnes 3355 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

DuMOL Winery
Kerry Murphy, Owner
14 El Sereno
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-8922
Fax: (925) 254-8942
Event: 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Luxury Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer in the Russian River Valley.

E & J Gallo Winery
Thomas Figures
8028 Ritchie Way
Suite 206
Pasadena, MD 21422
Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

Far Niente (see Nickel & Nickel)
Beth Nickel, Owner &
Tom Gilhooly
1350 Acacia Dr.
PO Box 327
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-2861
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: A Napa Valley benchmark for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce.

Freeman Vineyard & Winery
Ken Freeman, Owner
1300 Montgomery Rd.
PO Box 1556
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-6937
Direct: (415) 310-5077
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner & 2015 Live Auction
Note: Cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Big supporters of the IWS over the years.

Grgich Hills Estate
Frank Markovich, Southern Div. Sales Mgr.
William McPharlin Jr., NE Regional Mgr.
PO Box 450
1829 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford, CA 94573
(800) 532-3057
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner & 2015 Live Auction
Note: Know for his Chardonnay, winemaker Mike Grgich (1976 Paris Wine Tasting) now produces only estate grown certified organic wines.

Groth Vineyards
Suzanne Groth, Owner
750 Oakville Cross Rd.
PO Box 390
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-0290
Event: 2014 Business Meeting, 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Classic Oakville Cabernet from our friend Susanne Groth.

Hartford Family Winery
Tom Rozner
Meagan Reister, Sales Representative (Orlando)
8075 Martinelli Rd.
Forestville, CA 95436
(707) 887-8014
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner; 2014 Wine Auction
Note: Specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and old vine Zinfandel.

Iron Horse
Ms. Joy Sterling, CEO
9786 Ross Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 887-1507
Fax: (707) 887-1337
Event: 2014 & 2013 Annual Dinner; 2014 Wine Auction; Silver Anniversary Cuvee; 2015 Dinner, 2016 Dinner
Note: IWS Honorary Member

Jaffurs Wine Cellars
Matt Brady
819 Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

Karbach Brewing Company
Michelle Fedorka
2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092
Event: 2015 Auction Closing Pouring

Keenan Winery
Michael Keenan, President
3660 Spring Mountain Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9177
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: Age-worthy Cabernets from Spring Mountain.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates
John Blazon MS
5007 Fulton Rd.
Fulton, CA 95439
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner

Kobrand Corporation (Deinhard)
Jane McGrath
134 E. 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
Event: 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Krug Cellars
Riana Mondavi
2800 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Event: 2017 Wine Dinner

Mauritson Family Wines
Clay Mauritson, Winemaker
Emma Kudritzki
2859 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-0804
Event: 2014 & 2013 Annual Dinner
Note: Dry Creek Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc and if you can get your hands on it - Rockpile!

Mira Winery
Mark Carnucci
68 ½ Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Event: 2017 Live Auction/Membership Reception

Napa Valley Vintners Association
Amber Mihna, CS, CSW, CSS
PO Box 141
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3388
Event: 2015 Napa Valley Harvest Boot Camp2014 Wine Auction; 2014 Business Meeting; 2013 Webinars
Note: Represents over 300 wineries in the Napa Valley. A wonderful partner for the IWS.

Robert Biale Vineyards
Dave Pramuk, Co-Founder
4038 Big Ranch Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-7555
Event: 2014 Annual Dinner
Note: With a cult like following of Zinfandel fanatics, remember…watch for the Black Chicken.

Robert Kacher Selections
Anne Markovich-Girard
105 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Event: 2015 Live Auction

Saxon Brown Wines
Jeff Gaffner PO Box 1832
Sonoma, CA 95476
Event: 2015 Wine Auction Pouring & 2016 Annual Wine Dinner

Tor Kenward Family Wines
Tor Kenward, Owner
1241 Adams St., Suite 1045
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3100
Event: 2014 Business Meeting
Note: Small wine company based on single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays.

Truchard Vineyards
Anthony Truchard
3234 Old Sonoma Rd.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-7153
Event: 2014 Wine Auction
Note: Their wines are 100% grown, bottled and produced at Truchard Vineyards.

Williams Selyem
Bob Cabral, GM & Dir. of Winemaking
Mark Malpiede, VP Sales & Marketing
7227 Westside Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6425
Event: 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop & 2016 Business Meeting
Note: Bob Cabral is the noted winemaker of this Russian River Valley winery featuring Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay.