Honorary Gala Chairs

2018 Gala Chair
Honorary Chair David Ramey

Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla. After sixteen years making wine in Sonoma County, and firmly establishing Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill wineries in the marketplace, David crossed the Mayacamas to spend six years in the Napa Valley – first as VP Winemaker for Dominus Estate and project manager for the construction of their new winery, then helping Leslie Rudd reshape the Girard Winery into Rudd Oakville.

Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California during a period when making wine by the University book was the norm. His efforts have helped shape the waymany wines in the United States are made today, including the elimination of skin contact for most white grapes; the use of oxidized juice in making white wine; Sur lie aging of white wines in barrel; Malolactic fermentation of Chardonnay; native yeast fermentations; harvesting fully mature fruit; eliminating acidification of red wines, and bottling without filtration.

In 2014, David and Carla founded Sidebar Cellars, which adheres to the same quality winemaking at Ramey Wine Cellars while producing wines that are of different varietals (Kerner, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Old Vine Zinfandel, etc.). These wines are also meant to be consumed when they are young and fresh.

In addition to managing Ramey WineCellars, David enjoys consulting for a select handful of clients in the North Coast.


Past Gala Chairs:

Michael Hirby & Schatzi Throckmorton

“It was an honor to be the Wine Chair for such an amazing auction and event. To be able to serve such great causes as the Children’s Home of Easton and the Historical Society, and have a such a fun time doing so, all added up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Jessica and the whole team put together a top-notch evening!”

–Michael Hirby,
Relic Wines, 2017 Lehigh Valley Wine Gala Honorary Chair

Paul Hobbs

Staglin Family

Todd Anderson

Maria Helm Sinskey

Agustin Huneeus, Jr.

GianLuca Grasso

Veronique Drouhin

John Shafer