Everything is better with butter"Julia Child
Lynne brings a background rich in culinary expertise and food education, and a dedication to the renaissance of artisanal cheeses that is sweeping the U.S. During twelve years of dairy-inspired bliss she was Director of Education and national spokesperson for the California Milk Advisory Board; in 2007 she created California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, an enormously successful weekend event attended by over 4,000 consumers and trade affiliates, now in its sixth year. Current projects include national publicity programs for esteemed artisan cheese companies, expanded programs for Artisan Cheese Festival sponsors in Southern California and the launch of Cheese Country Tours in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Lynne is founding president of the California Artisan Cheese Guild and continues to serve on the Board as Events co-chair.
Ian has diverse experience in marketing, sales, brand design and development, traditional publicity, and social media. He founded and operates two successful companies, and his work experiences range from writing for Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Wine Enthusiast, and Napa/Sonoma, to running the marketing department for Harper Collins San Francisco. He utilizes his MBA to support clients from all over the wine country with events and advanced, multi-platform marketing campaigns. He is the Wine Country Director for San Francisco's 7×7 Magazine and California Home + Design Magazine, Editor NVL (INK), VP Communications for the International Food and Wine Society, Board member for the Napa Library, and lives in St. Helena with his wife, Ariana.
Michael has an extensive background in consumer lifestyle, print, and broadcast media. His experiences ranges from founding a successful communications firm to launching and owning several magazine titles, including Napa’s own "Wine Country Living". Michael has the knowhow, expertise, background and network to support clients in every arena, from wine and hospitality to culinary and architectural design, using multiple platforms and media. Michael currently resides in St. Helena with his wife and three children, is actively involved with several local charities, and dedicates much of his spare time to learning about wine, the industry that supports it, and noodling on his guitars.