Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County
Board of Directors – August 2018
11 winery representatives, 3 lodging representatives
John Viszlay – Viszlay Vineyards – Owner/Winemaker
John Viszlay, is owner and winemaker at Viszlay Vineyards. The winery was established in 2010 when John relocated from Chicago to launch a family wine brand. He enjoyed wine for most of his adult life but had not considered a career in the industry until deciding on a lifestyle change in late 2009. Up to that point he had been successful in the shopping center industry for over 20 years. He represented landlords and retailers with site selection and lease negotiations as well as handling management and operations. John has 3 adult children, with 2 of them working in the family wine business along side of him. He grew up in Pittsburgh, went to school in Ohio and raised his kids in Minnesota. His outside interests include music, cycling and charitable work.
Lillian Nickelson – Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Senior Manager, DTC and Hospitality
Lillian is the Senior Manager for DTC and Hospitality at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and has been with The Family Coppola for 8 years. During her tenure, she has been focused on the branding and growth of the DTC business in a variety of roles, including managing the Tasting Room, Guest Services, wine clubs, and trade relations. UC Santa Barbara graduate with a degree in Film and Media returned to Northern California to pursue a career in the wine industry. She is a current Board Member and past Executive Committee Chair for the Young Professionals Network of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber, and as a member of the Healdsburg Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
Devin Ruddick – Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery – Tasting Room Manager & Donations & Events Manager
I have spent the last 10 years honing my hospitality skills as part of the Hook and Ladder team. I excel in a group atmosphere and relish the opportunity to strategize and problem solve with others. I would like to be a part of the Wine Road Board to further connect with other members while giving a voice for ideas, triumphs and challenges wineries face.
EXECUTIVE BOARD LODGING REPRESENTATIVE
Dan Christensen – Owner, Geyserville Inn Email: Dan@geyservilleinn.com
Julia Lander -Moshin Vineyards / Russian River Valley / 8000 case production
Director of Hospitality
Area of Expertise: Customer Service, Wine Making
It has been a pleasure serving on the Wine Road Board of Directors these past few years. I would like the opportunity to continue serving and seeing some new ideas through. Being a member of the Board keeps me, my winery and my winery cohorts up to date on what’s happening and presents a great opportunity for us to share ideas with other Wine Road members. Looking forward to 2018 and beyond.
Oded Shakked – Longboard Vineyards – Owner/Winemaker
Oded interned at Domain Chandon in Napa and with Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux before accepting a position at Jordan Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg (Sonoma County). In 1990, he became head winemaker for “J Vineyards & Winery” where is stayed for eighteen years.
Oded established his own winery, Longboard Vineyards, in 1998, specializing in the production of premium wines from the Russian River Valley appellation. This small brand grew and became a full-time endeavor since 2006. Oded takes great pride in being a farmer, a scientist and an artist and loves to put his “Sabra” can-do attitude to good use when consulting to other wineries around the globe.
Executive Director – Beth Costa
Event Manager – Debbie Osborn