Monique Soltani

Faces in Wine: Monique Soltani Wine & Food Journalist to Judge at IWWC in November

Occupation: Food and Wine Reporter
Description: I am the creator and host of Wine Oh TV and creator and host of the weekly video segments: Wine Wednesdays and Foodie Fridays. I host, shoot, write and edit all of my own work! My Diva days are done! Gotta love the changing economy! Haha!
Residence: San Francisco, CA
Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: I’ve been a reporter since 1999
First job: Mario’s…

Cheryl Quist

Faces in Wine: Cheryl Quist Rhone Ranger to Judge International Women’s Wine Competition

Occupation: Executive Director, Rhone Rangers
Description: Responsible for overall direction and activities of this non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of american-grown rhone wines.
Residence: Albion & Palo Alto, CA
Number of Years that You’ve Been Working in this Field: 10
first (wine) job: Executive Director, Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association.
How You Got to Where You are Today: I am passionate about wine and food. After a twenty year career in high tech…

Kathy A. O'Neal

Faces in Wine: 13 Questions for Kathy A. O’Neal Sommelier and Photographer

Name: Kathy A. O’Neal
Occupation: Certified Sommelier and Fine Art Photographer
Description: Brand Manager for Punk Dog Wines. Fine Art Photographer since birth.
Residence: Napa, CA and South Florida
Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: Wine Industry for 13 years and photographer 30 years.
First job: Marketing wine for several wine distributors in South Florida
How you got to where you are today: I studied wine, drank wine, and greatly appreciate…


Faces in Wine: Sue Straight ‘The Wine Wench’ to Judge at International Women’s Wine Competition in November

Occupation: Director of Sales & Marketing at J. Rickards Winery, freelance wine writer, musician
Description: The Wine Wench® I’m living La Vida Bacchus and lovin’ it.
Residence: Occidental, CA
Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: 29
First job: Windsor Vineyards
How you got to where you are today: Lots of hard work, lots of wine and maintaining a sense of humor
That Ah-Ha Moment: When I was but a young wench,…

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Faces in Wine: Deborah Brenner Women of the Vine

Name: Deborah Brenner
Occupation: Founder & President 
Description: Women of the Vine is the first collaboration of sustainable family grape growers and women winemakers under one brand.
Residence: New York
Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: 6
First job: I worked for NBC at the Olympics in Seoul, Korea and then got my first full time job at CNBC for the launch of the first cable network channel.
How you got…

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Faces in Wine – 13 Questions for Heidi Stine, Exec Dir TAPAS

Name: Heidi L. Stine
Occupation: Executive Director for TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society – a nonprofit trade association) and Social Media Consultant, Society of Wine Educators with more than 70 member wineries.
Description: Wine education; nonprofit management and marketing; event planning, management and logistics; social media
Residence: Scottsdale, AZ
Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: 5
First job: Food server (first job ever)
How you got to where you…


13 Questions for Emily Camblin Marketing Director

Occupation: Director of Marketing for the Vines of Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
Description: Based in the heart of Mendoza, the Vines of Mendoza offers the ability for wine lovers from around the world to purchase their own vineyard in Mendoza and make their own wine at our Private Vineyard Estates in the Uco Valley with acclaimed winemakers Santiago Achaval. The company also makes Argentinian wines and has a public tasting room in downtown Mendoza open to…


13 Questions for Merry Edwards Winemaker

Occupation: Winemaker

Description: Own Merry Edwards Winery along with husband Ken Coopersmith. Manage Meredith Vineyard Estate, Inc which owns 6  estate Pinot Noir vineyards.

Residence: Forestville, about 5 minutes from winery

Number of years that you’ve been working in this field: 38

First job: Winemaker, Mount Eden Vineyards, Saratoga, CA

How you got to where you are today: Staying focused, attention to detail, making wines that I like, fostering good relationships…

That Ah-Ha Moment: Realizing…