Our Board

Alyson White

Senior Director of Hospitality

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Alyson brings her passion for the guest experience to her role as Senior Director of Hospitality for Francis Ford Coppola Winery. She has been working in the Sonoma County wine business for sixteen years, including the tasting rooms of Canyon Road, Belvedere and Imagery wineries before joining Francis Ford Coppola Winery almost ten years ago.

Her role of Senior Director – spearheading the FCW tasting room, tours, warehouse, wine club, park and pool, hospitality operations, and eCommerce businesses – expresses the importance of operations and sales working in unison. Together, every day, striving to make the customer’s day, and to create a memorable brand experience.   

Executive Committee
Marketing Committee

Tom Gore

Director of Vineyards Sonoma/Mendocino
Constellation Brands

As a second generation Alexander Valley Wine grape grower, Tom has spent his life growing grapes in the area where he was born and raised.

Tom graduated with a degree in Fruit Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Tom has been farming Simi’s estate vineyards since 2004, and began farming Clos Du Bois’ properties in 2008.  Now in his 14th vintage with Constellation, he is farming over 1000 acres of wine grapes in Alexander Valley.

“I’m tied to the land,” Tom says, “and I have an innate need for change. With each season, with the weather, the vineyards are always changing.”

Executive Committee

Denise Trione Hicks

Owner & Director of Sales/Marketing

Trione Vineyards and Winery

Denise was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California and attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where she pursued a degree in Business Administration, earning her degree from the university’s College of Business in 2000.

The Trione family has a rich history in the Sonoma County wine industry as grape growers for 40+ years and winery owners. When Denise graduated from college, her family sold Geyser Peak winery which they owned from 1980-1998, but Denise wasn’t finished with the wine business, and dreamed of forging her own opportunities in the wine industry. In 2008, together with her dad Mark, uncle Vic and winemaker Scot Covington, she opened Trione Winery.

Executive Committee
Events Committee

Dwight Monson


Monson Vineyards

Dwight has been on the Board since 2006 and the Treasurer since 2007.  He is the third generation of his family to be engaged in farming and ranching on the family ranch in the hills at the south end of Geysers Road. 

In the mid-1950s, the Monson family started a cattle operation and small orchard on their 240 acre ranch, and began converting their hillside pasture land to cabernet and merlot grapes in the early 1980s.  Dwight’s brothers Arch and Jay, his wife Kathy, and two younger generations, live on the family ranch and are involved in its operation.  Dwight has also been a practicing lawyer for more than 35 years.

Executive Committee

Jen Berman
Jen Berman

Former GM & Vice President
Stryker Sonoma Winery

Jen began working in the wine industry in 2003 as a chemist in the laboratories of Sonoma Wine Company. Understanding the fine details of the life of wine fueled her passion for winemaking as an artisan craft and sparked a chance meeting with the good folks of Stryker Sonoma Winery.

In 2004 she accepted an enologist position at Stryker Sonoma in the Alexander Valley area where she quickly involved herself in every facet of the winemaking process and naturally flourished under the guidance of Winemaker Tim Hardin. She was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker and in 2010 became Vice President and General Manager of Stryker Sonoma. Jen had the honor of leading the AVWG as President for two years in 2014.

Marketing Committee
Executive Committee

Jake Hawkes

Hawkes Wine

Jake Hawkes is a bald guy in his late thirties. He was born and raised in alexander valley and started making wine in high school in glass demi johns and drinking it down by the river. He spent his twenties moving around, doing odd jobs and living in motels, coming home to work harvests when he went broke. He moved back here permanently about ten years ago to make wine with his dad. His family has been farming Cabernet in Alexander Valley since 1972.

Events Committee

Mark C. Houser

Vineyard Manager
HOCV-AVV Joint Venture

Mark is a 1980 Fresno State graduate in Viticulture, and has worked in the San Joaquin Valley, Napa Valley and Alexander Valley. His knowledge in the vineyards began as a Viticulturist, to Vineyard Manager, and Director of Grower Relations for both vineyard management companies and premium wineries. Since 1999, Mark has been the Vineyard Manager of one of Alexander Valley’s oldest winegrowing and winemaking families – the Wetzel and Green family. He is a believer in protecting the complex natural environment while growing the best grapes possible, Mark’s philosophy is both practical and ecologically sensitive.

“I love this business. I’ve made it my life. And when I die, they will have to pry that half-bottle of Cabernet from my grape-stained hands.”

Membership Committee

Bret Munselle

Partner & General Manager
Munselle Vineyards, LLC

Bret Munselle was born and raised on his family’s ranch in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. After graduating from UC Davis, he joined his father to farm their family vineyards, Wasson and Munselle Vineyards. Today, the Munselle family farms approximately 500 acres within the Alexander Valley. In 2006, they began a small-production wine label, also titled Munselle Vineyards.

Bret is the past President of the Alexander Valley Winegrowers, a current board member of the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission, and was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in 2010.

Bret lives with his wife, Kristen, and their three daughters, Madeleine, Callan, & Brynleigh across the street from his parents and next door to his lifelong neighbors and friends.

Membership Committee
Executive Committee

Doug Price

Grower Relations Manager
Constellation Wines

Doug Price grew up near Rutherford in the eastern hills of the Vaca range, working the family hillside vineyard and olive orchards in Napa Valley. This is where he developed a passion for all things hillside, vines, porcinis and back packing trips to the high Sierra.

A Napa refugee with stretches at Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Domaine Chandon, college in Incline Village, travel throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America, he settled in Healdsburg. After years of growing wine grapes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino he shifted that experience to the role of Grower Relations Manager for Constellation Wines, sourcing grapes from Alexander Valley growers to fill the must lines of Simi, Clos Du Bois and Ravenswood.

“Alexander Valley offers so many opportunities for grape sourcing, from double black diamond hillside Cabernet to luscious volcanic bench Old Vine Zinfandel, my job is a walk in the park, everyday.”

Membership Committee

Rachel Voorhees

Director of Wine Education
Rodney Strong Wine Estates

Rachel Voorhees is the Director of Wine Education at Rodney Strong Wine Estates. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she graduated at the top of her class.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by Old World wine collectors, Rachel found a passion for wine and food early in life and credits her father for her palate and her mother for her culinary skills. She was the food & wine writer for BevMo! and Wine.com before coming to Rodney Strong in December 2013.

Rachel’s focus is to educate people about wine, Sonoma County and Rodney Strong Vineyards. She travels throughout the country entertaining key members of the trade, conducting classes and seminars and sharing the wonders of wine and food.

Events Committee

Karin Warnelius-Miller
Karin Warnelius-Miller

Proprietor & Winegrower/Winemaker
Garden Creek Ranch Vineyards & Winery

Karin Warnelius-Miller is a winegrower and winemaker alongside her husband and business partner Justin Miller. Together, the own and manage Garden Creek Ranch Vineyards and Winery — winegrowing on their property since 1969 & winemaking since 2001. Karin is responsible for managing the winery, and the sales and marketing of their wines.

Emigrating from Sweden in 1975, her family landed in Sonoma County where she spent her childhood living and working in her family vineyards and winery in Alexander Valley near Asti. Her passion for winegrowing became a part of her at a very young age. Karin has traveled the world visiting wine regions, and, four continents later, she says, “You need to walk in the vines, smell the soils, and meet the people… and that’s where you truly understand a wine.”

Marketing Committee