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Board of Directors

Our 80-member board includes vintners–small, large and in between–representing each of California’s diverse winegrowing regions. The board is supported by the work of numerous committees and working groups. All members are invited to attend our quarterly board meetings and participate in committee meetings, and no winery has more than two votes on our board.


2020-2021 Board of Directors

John Sutton, Chief Financial Officer of The Wine Group headquartered in Livermore, CA, was elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2020-2021 fiscal year at the organization’s 86th Annual Meeting of Members. Other officers elected were Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery in Oakville, First Vice Chairman; Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, Second Vice Chairman; Randall Lange of Lange Twins Family Vineyards and Winery in Acampo, Treasurer; and Matt Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, Secretary.

2020-2021 District Directors
District Director Alternate
Northern: Kaj Ahlman, Six Sigma Winery To be announced
Sonoma: Julie Pedroncelli St. John, J. Pedroncelli Winery Carmen Castaldi, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Louis M. Foppiano, Foppiano Vineyards Eric Lent, St. Michelle Wine Estates
Steven MacRostie, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards To be announced
Katie Wetzel Murphy, Alexander Valley Vineyards To be announced
Napa: Suzanne Groth, Groth Vineyards & Winery Mike Reynolds, HALL Wines
David Duncan, Silver Oak Cellars Hugh Davies, Schramsberg Vineyards
Michael Maher, Harlan Estate Delia Viader, Viader Vineyards & Winery
Dennis Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars Chris Hall, Long Meadow Ranch
Robin Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery Paul Leary, Blackbird Vineyards
San Francisco Bay: William Cooper, Cooper-Garrod Vineyards Earl Ault, Cedar Mountain Winery
Monterey Bay: Scott Scheid, Scheid Vineyards Lawrence T. Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Central Coast: Gretchen Roddick, Hope Family Wines Karen Steinwachs, Buttonwood Farm Winery
Laura Booras, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery Maeve Pesquera, DAOU Vineyards & Winery
Nicholas Miller,  Miller Family Wine Company Greg Martellotto, Martellotto Winery
Gary Eberle, Eberle Winery Jean Pierre Wolff, Wolff Vineyards
Southern: Stephen Kahle, Woof‘n Rose Winery Linda McWilliams, San Pasqual Winery
Sierra: Steven Millier, Milliaire Winery To be announced
Northern Interior: Randall Lange, LangeTwins Family Vineyards and Winery David Phillips, Michael-David Winery
Southern Interior: Steven Schafer, San Joaquin Wine Company William Nakata, ASV Wines
2020-2021 At-Large Directors
At-Large Director Alternate
Corey Beck, Francis Ford Coppola Winery Ken Minami, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Giancarlo Bianchetti, Fetzer Vineyards Steven Chen, Fetzer Vineyards 
David Bowman, Jackson Family Wines  Carolyn Wasem, Jackson Family Wines 
James Coleman, E. & J. Gallo Winery  To be announced 
Matt Deegan, Constellation Brands  Sam Glaetzer, Constellation Brands 
Cindy DeVries, Fetzer Vineyards Rodrigo Maturana, Fetzer Vineyards
Michael Drobnick, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Matthew Towers, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
John Franzia, Jr., Bronco Wine Company Daniel Leonard, Bronco Wine Company
Joseph Franzia, Bronco Wine Company Chris Mifsud, Bronco Wine Company
Matt Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery  Stephanie Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Tobin Ginter, Rodney Strong Vineyards Timothy Burgess, Rodney Strong Vineyards
Peter Larson, Trinchero Family Estates Roger Trinchero, Trinchero Family Estates
James O’Malley, Brown-Forman Corporation David Perata, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
John Sutton, The Wine Group Keith Bauman, The Wine Group
Rick Tigner, Jackson Family Wines Katie Jackson, Jackson Family Wines
Robert Torkelson, Trinchero Family Estates Anthony Torres, Trinchero Family Estates
Brian Vos, The Wine Group Jeff Dubiel, The Wine Group
Michael Walker, Constellation Brands Tiffanie De Liberty, Constellation Brands
Christine Wente, Family Estates Amy Hoopes, Wente Family Estates
Jolene Yee, Delicato Family Wines Cheryl Indelicato, Delicato Family Wines