Main Line Wine Gala Honorary Chairs
RHD welcomed Elizabeth Neuman of Joseph Phelps Vineyards as honorary chair for the 2018 Main Line Wine Gala.
The oldest grandchild of winery founder, Joe Phelps, Elizabeth Neuman was the first member of the third generation to join the family-owned winery in 2011. For the next five years she served as a sales representative in New York and subsequently as regional sales manager representing the winery on the East coast and in the Midwest. In 2016 Elizabeth was promoted to Director of Business Development. In this role Elizabeth is responsible for evaluating the winery’s business from a large-scale perspective and completing strategic assessments of areas of opportunity such as direct-to-consumer and international strategy, production and operations optimization.
Michael Twelftree, Proprietor and Managing Director of Two Hands Wines, served as the Honorary Chair of the 2017 Main Line Wine Gala. The gala is scheduled for October 18 at Philadelphia Country Club. Master Chef Friedrich Gitschner, CMC, AAC, will design a four-course meal to highlight each pairing introduced by Michael.
Michael will present the vineyard's top wines including the Flagship Series Ares Shiraz. In 2004, Robert M. Parker pronounced Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator." Two Hands was recognized by Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for ten consecutive years beginning in 2002, an achievement without equal by any winery in the world.
The Main Line Wine Gala welcomed Laurent Drouhin, proprietor and the great grandson of the founder of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as its 2016 honorary chair
Laurent Drouhin comes from a family with wine connections dating back to the 13th Century. The family managed the great wine cellars for the Duke of Burgundy and King of France in Beaune. In 1880, Joseph Drouhin started his own wine business, and today Maison Drouhin is one of the largest estates in all of Burgundy.
The Main Line Wine Gala was honored to welcome Marcus Notaro of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars as its 2015 honorary chair.
Marcus Notaro was named winemaker for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in 2013, bringing with him close to two decades of expertise and passion for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. Marcus had been the winemaker for Col Solare, a prestigious winery located in the Red Mountain appellation of Washington State. Like Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Col Solare is a partnership between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori of Italy.
Alessia Antinori represents 26 generations of elite winemaking. The Antinoris are the oldest family winery in the world and among the most dynamically innovative in history, ushering in the modern era of Italian wines in the 1970s with the introduction of Tignanello and forcing changes in Italy's laws governing the industry to recognize the unprecedented quality of Antinori wines. The many honors and accolades bestowed on Antinori wines in their rich history include the Antinori Cervaro dela Sala Chardonnay Umbria, the most decorated wine ever produced in Italy. Today the Antinori family operates vineyards around the world, and each combines a love of tradition and authenticity with an innovative spirit you must taste to truly believe.