For Love of Country Annual Gala 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Michael Ostaski - Art Explosion
Michael Ostaski's life revolves around the world of art. Michael's form of art is called Art Explosion. His performances are entertaining and engaging. Michael paints original and celebrity artwork in a very fast paced setting. His performances are very musical and Michael has a lot of energy to keep the crowd entertained. Michael grew up in a very artistic home and creates his art inspired by his love of freedom.
Michael has traveled the world painting innovative works of art. Michael has his art pieces displayed in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For example, his art piece of the Statue of Liberty is hanging at the New York City Fire station near Ground Zero. Michael has painted and appeared with everyone from Bill Cosby to Collin Powell, Jay Leno to Michael Jordan and a lot more celebrities in between. Michael says that every performance is an event, and a chance to challenge himself artistically.
Chef Holly Peterson - Designer of "For Love of Country" 2018 Annual Gala
After working as a chef, wine expert and educator for years in France and Germany, Chef Peterson returned home to Napa Valley where she runs her multi-faceted business, Chef Holly Peterson’s FLOURISH – Events, Edibles and Expressions, based on her philosophy of nourishment, health, enjoyment, and luxury. From “breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime” events to intimate and stunning winery celebrations, Chef Peterson has the culinary expertise, discerning eye, creative touch, and experience to insure the most successful events.
Marc and Janice Mondavi - CK Mondavi and Family
The Marc and Janice Mondavi family are the core family behind the CK Mondavi and Family brand. Marc, born and bred in Napa Valley, has been in the wine industry all of this life. Janice grew up on a farm near Sacramento, growing fruit trees. After college, she moved to St. Helena to get back to her agricultural roots, met Marc, and within two years, they fell in love and got married. Marc smiles, “And the rest, as they say, is history.”
Proud of both Angelina and Alycia of their involvement in the family business, Marc says, “It’s not very often you’ll see that high a percentage of the siblings back in the family business. Angelina is a winemaker. Alycia manages and markets other high-end boutique brands. Riana oversees on-premise national accounts for CK Mondavi — hotels and restaurants. And though she’s not yet in the wine industry, Giovanna (nicknamed Gigi) lives in Boston and works in finance. “You need it all.” Janice adds, “And they all love what they’re doing. They’ve found their niche.”
Angelina Mondavi - Four Leaf Wines
Angelina Mondavi is at the forefront of a new generation of winemakers in Napa Valley. She began her career at the age of 10 assisting the lab manager at her family’s winery, C. Mondavi & Family. After graduating from high school, she attended Villanova University and majored in chemistry with a minor in business to create a solid foundation for her future in the wine industry.
Angelina’s first job after graduation was with Hess Collection where she worked as a lab rat during harvest. She then took a harvest position at the Yalumba Wine Company in Barossa Valley, Australia where she continued to expand her knowledge. While in Australia, she earned a Master’s Degree in Oenology and Viticulture from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.
Since 2007, she has experienced many adventures; starting with assistant winemaker at Pine Ridge Vineyards, and since 2010 she has made wine under the tutelage of Jayson Woodbridge for One True Vine, LLC. There, she is responsible for Hundred Acre, Cherry Pie, and Layer Cake. In addition to her full time job at One True Vine, she has a joint venture with her cousin, Robert Mondavi Jr., called Fourth Leaf. To round out her experiences, she is the winemaker and co-proprietor for Dark Matter Wines, a joint venture with her three sisters. As a result of her hard work, Dark Matter Wines recently released their fifth vintage, a 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel, and soon to be inaugural release of the 2011 Howell Mountain Dark Matter Limitless Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alycia Mondavi - Four Leaf Wines
It is no exaggeration to say Alycia Mondavi and her three sisters were introduced to the wine industry at birth: they were born into one of Napa Valley’s prominent wine families that has owned and operated C. Mondavi & Family since 1943. Just like her father and her sisters, Alycia received her first paycheck at age 10, working for $0.25 an hour as an apprentice doing odd jobs at the winery, from the laboratory to the hospitality center. In 2007, she graduated from the University of San Diego with business degrees in Marketing and Management, and in 2008 she earned her paralegal certificate.
For four years following her graduation, Alycia worked as a paralegal in a law firm located in Napa Valley and also as an assistant marketing consultant for numerous ultra-premium wines. Her experiences as a paralegal combined with life lessons in the wine business, enabled her to study various avenues in the wine industry, including but not limited to, launching new wine brands, wine labeling and advertising laws, and grape contracts. In 2012, she joined her sister Riana as fourth generation family member working for C. Mondavi & Family managing the family’s high-end brand Aloft, a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon made by Thomas Brown. Aloft was first launched by her father in 2008 and under his guidance, Alycia and her sisters acquired the brand fall 2016.
In addition to managing the daily operations of Aloft Wine, she also focuses on her joint-venture, Dark Matter Wines. Co-owned with her three sisters, Alycia oversees the marketing and customer relations for Dark Matter Wines for both the Zinfandel and the Limitless Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paul Steinauer - Trilogy and part of Flora Springs
The creation of Trilogy goes back to 1984 when owners, Komes and Garvey Families set out to make the best wine possible by selecting the highest quality lots from their estate vineyards. More than 30 years later, he is proud to present the 2012 Trilogy, a wine Robert Parker calls one of our “most iconic red wines.”
Flora Springs was founded in 1978, but their legacy dates back to the late 1800s when wine grapes were first planted on the Napa Valley property that is now our estate home. The depth of this history is a reminder that as stewards of this land, the family’s commitment to its health and vitality will be felt far into the future.
Larry Turley - Turley Wine Cellars
Zinfandel has been undergoing a renaissance in California, and no one has championed the grape more than Napa vintner Larry Turley in the past 20 years, senior editor Tim Fish told the Wine Experience audience. “His wines are as distinctive and robust as the man himself.”
Turley cofounded Frog’s Leap winery but sold the label in 1993 to focus on Zinfandel, pioneering a plush, richly fruited style for his own label. “With Zinfandel we started with a clean slate,” Turley recounted, “We wanted to have the fruit really express itself.”
Turley, who lists his title on his business card as "debtor," leavened his story—from his childhood in the South on cotton and tobacco farms, when he lived in a house with no electricity—with plenty of humor. As a photo of Turley Wine Cellars came up on screen, he quipped, "This is our winery or, as the bank calls it, ‘collateral.’"
David Price – Master of Ceremonies
Dave Price, a weather anchor for NBC 4 New York, has forecasted and reported onsite from natural disasters from around the country and the world. Price has had a first-person view of some of the most momentous events of our time including on-air coverage as the tragic events of September 11 unfolded, inside the Superdome in New Orleans enduring Hurricane Katrina, Haiti following the earthquake that ravaged the country, the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, operating bases from Afghanistan to Iraq. He was on site covering Presidential Inaugurations, sports championships, and the Thanksgiving Day parade. He has flown with the Blue Angels, canoed down the Amazon in Ecuador, ridden Harley Davidsons in the Australian Outback – and pretty much everything in between. He's won four Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work on-air.
Price transitioned to broadcasting later in his life. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell and a master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia, he spent almost a decade as a human resources executive with Pepsi-Cola, Texaco and Taco Bell. Making a life change, he sought to bring gripping stories to the public. He is an active volunteer with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, the advisory board of the Africa Foundation, moderates United Nations General Assembly panels on entrepreneurship in developing nations and on international migration issues. One of his most cherished volunteer efforts is his longstanding involvement entertaining U.S. troops serving overseas. For over a decade Price has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti and military installations around the globe to do stand-up comedy for the troops during the holiday season.
Price, a native New Yorker, is a certified scuba diver, licensed pilot and avid photographer. Price and his wife Jacqueline live in New York City with their son Eli, daughter Caroline and their adopted golden retriever Wally.
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