2020 Honorary Wine Chairs
This year might be the best yet! While the current circumstances in our community have caused us to go virtual for one year, we are increasing the benefit to our sponsors with multiple Wine Chairs this year!
CHRISTIAN PALMAZ | Palmaz Vineyards
VIP Experience for Sponsors at $15,000 and up
As an added bonus for our sponsors at $15,000 and above, we will be offering a private, virtual experience with winemaker Christian Palmaz of Palmaz Vineyards. His application of highly sophisticated Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the vineyard gives the winemaking team a better understanding of each unique terroir on the property. “GIS is the future of farming,” he says. “Making good decisions in vineyard management starts with a clear understanding about what’s going on all around the vines.” Christian also created the wine industry’s first fully algorithmic fermentation-control system; streamlining fermentation management via this technology frees winemakers to focus more on creating top quality wine.
Pouring in 2020 Event: 2018 Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon
HOLLIE SCHULZE | Donelan Family Wines
Hollie currently serves as Director of Sales of Donelan Family Wines and has led sales with some incredible wineries such as Relic Wine Cellars, Copain Wines, and RYME Cellars. She also was the General Manager and Wine Director of Michelin Star restaurant, Ravenous Cafe + Lounge for nine years. Her hand-curated wine list was listed in the “Top 25 Wine List in the U.S” within Wine Spectator. Working with these brands has only helped broaden her knowledge of the ever-changing food and wine industry while developing a true love for California wine. Hollie believes that there is always more to learn and more to taste!
Pouring in 2020 Event: 2018 Donelan Genevieve’s Block Chardonnay
MIKE LAMBORN | Lamborn Family Vineyard
Winegrowing, romantic? No, it’s more like “down to earth.” Mike Lamborn leads this small, family-owned and operated vineyard in Napa Valley, California that produces wines made by Heidi Barrett. Vineyard operations are key to each vintage; Mike spends hundreds of hours each year nurturing the vineyard and adjusting it to the conditions of each growing season.
Pouring in 2020 Event: 2017 Lamborn 2200’ Red Blend
JEFF SMITH | Hourglass Wines
Jeff Smith, Founder/Vintner, had the unique experience of growing up around the dinner tables of many prominent families who transformed Napa Valley into a world-class wine growing region. Following his father’s lost battle to cancer, Mr. Smith cut short his pursuit of a music career fronting an indie rock bank in San Francisco and returned home. He took a small four-acre family vineyard in St. Helena, replanted it to Cabernet, enlisted the help of winemaker friend Bob Foley and launched Hourglass. From the inaugural 1997 release, the Hourglass estate bottling has evolved into one of Napa’s most esteemed Cabernets. And that is just the beginning of their story.
Pouring in 2020 Event: 2018 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
MARK MALPIEDE | Williams-Selyem
t was a bottle of Williams Selyem that introduced Mark Malpiede to the pleasures of Pinot Noir—and he became a committed fan, dedicated List Member and eloquent evangelist long before he joined the winery. Although he jokes that the only reason he interviewed for a position with Williams Selyem was a desire to increase his allocation, the truth is that Mark Malpiede arrived in the wine industry with a decisive plan to bring his marketing and sales talents to a dynamic and storied brand.
Pouring in 2020 Event: 2018 Williams-Seylem Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir
Past Gala Chairs
2019 Gala Chair: Bettina Bryant
“The Lehigh Valley Wine Gala is an exceptional, inspired evening. Now more than ever, we must support organizations such as the Children’s Home of Easton, the Signal Museum and Northampton County Historical Society who are unwavering in their dedication to serve those in our communities who are vulnerable and in need.”
Bryant Estate, 2019 Lehigh Valley Wine Gala Honorary Chair
2018 Gala Chair: David Ramey
“The Lehigh Valley Wine Gala delivers a night of superb memories–great food, wine, and company. Super people in service of two great causes make it a date to remember for the entire region.”
Ramey WineCellars, 2018 Lehigh Valley Wine Gala Honorary Chair
Michael Hirby & Schatzi Throckmorton