Staff

Wendy Brannen
Executive Director

(209) 367-4727
wbrannen@lodiwine.com

Wendy Brannen joined the Commission as Executive Director in October, 2016.  Wendy came to the world of wine from the produce industry, where she served as Executive Director of the Vidalia® Onion Committee, Vidalia, GA, for almost eight years and most recently in our Nation’s Capital as Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations for U.S. Apple Association.  Prior to leading marketing and P.R. efforts for commodity groups, she was an AP award-winning television news journalist.  Wendy is excited to be in Lodi and a part of the Lodi Winegrape Commission team leading the charge to increase awareness, consumption, and value of the Lodi AVA’s diverse and delightful wines and winegrapes.

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Stuart SpencerStuart Spencer
Program Manager

(209) 367-4727
stuart@lodiwine.com

Stuart has been the Program Manager for the Lodi Winegrape Commission since 1999. Over the years, Stuart has been involved in many of the Commission’s marketing, education, and research activities which have focused on raising public awareness about Lodi grapes and wines. Stuart is actively involved in the Commission’s consumer and trade marketing events including ZinFest and Lodi Wine & Chocolate. He has developed many of the Commission’s promotional materials including websites, ad campaigns, and public relations, including the latest LoCA marketing campaign. As Stuart is also the proprietor of St. Amant Winery, he is the Commission’s onsite industry expert and is a regular spokesperson on all things Lodi.

Contact Stuart with questions regarding:

  • Commission operations and history
  • LoCA advertising campaign
  • the Lodi winegrape industry

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 Jeremy BoweJeremy Bowe
Lodi Wine and Visitor Center Manager & LoCA Wine Club Coordinator

(209) 365-0621
jeremy@lodiwine.com

Jeremy, who has worked for the Commission since 2009, manages the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center located on the beautiful Wine & Roses property. The Center offers wine tastings with a focus on promoting public awareness and appreciation for the uniqueness of Lodi grapes and wine. The Wine & Visitor Center staff provides guests with a memorable experience and directs them to local tasting rooms to further explore Lodi wine country. We are always looking to expand the selection of Lodi wines featured at the Visitor Center. Jeremy works with the public to organize a number of special events including private tastings and educational seminars. He also manages the 650-member LoCA Wine Club, which showcases premium Lodi wines.

Contact Jeremy with inquiries regarding:

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Sherri CascadenSherri Cascaden
Event Coordinator

(209) 367-4727
sherri@lodiwine.com

Sherri coordinates the planning and management of the Commission’s many Lodi wine events including ZinFest, Lodi Wine & Chocolate, and the Lodi Road Trip. Sherri also helps coordinate the logistics of grower events including socials and field days. She has years of experience giving the public a fun and enjoyable experience with Lodi wine, as she started with the Commission in 2005.

Contact Sherri with inquiries regarding:

  • ZinFest
  • Lodi Wine & Chocolate
  • Lodi Wine Country and other Commission-sponsored wine events
  • Winery directional signage
  • Winery Roadshows events
  • Lodi winery weekly email

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Stephanie Bolton, PhDimg_4001
Grower Communications & Sustainable Winegrowing Director

(209) 367-4727
stephanie@lodiwine.com

Stephanie joined the Lodi Winegrape Commission in 2016,  straight out of her doctoral program in Plant Pathology. She has extensive experience in the wine industry, including educational program development and communications with growers, wineries, and consumers.  At the Commission, Stephanie works closely with LWC staff and committee members to lead efforts in research, education, grower communications, and sustainability under the rigorous LODI RULES program.  She is the LWC’s main liaison for the grower community and is dedicated to actively supporting their ever-changing needs for a progressive, successful future.

Contact Stephanie with questions regarding:

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Bob Highfill
Marketing & Communications Manager

(209) 367-4727
bhighfill@lodiwine.com

Bob coordinates the Commission’s many marketing and advertising efforts. Bob just started with the Commission in 2017 and he works to accomplish one of the Commission’s major objectives: Promoting awareness of the Lodi region among consumers and members of the press through innovative social media platforms as well as traditional marketing and advertising. He also works with the Commission’s PR firm on press communications as well as the Commission’s advertising agency to secure advertising placements in print publications and online.

Contact Bob with inquiries regarding:

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Cindy Vierra

Bookkeeper

(209) 367-4727
cindy@lodiwine.com

Cindy coordinates the Accounting and Human Resources functions for the Commission.  She is responsible for maintaining financial, legal, and personnel records for the organization.  If you have questions or concerns with assessments, contributions or invoices please contact Margie.

  • Process and maintain all accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
  • Process payroll
  • Administer all Visitor Center financial functions including banking, sales tax, and inventory reconciliation
  • Human Resources functions in administering & maintaining all personnel records including retirement, health insurance, and employee handbook
  • Maintain all legal records and documentation including election, commissioner terms, board & committee agendas and minutes, legal grower list, conflict of interest statements, and ensure compliance with Bagley-Keene laws
  • Process assessments and track commission revenue
  • Produce and maintain all financial records and assist in yearly budgetary process and audit
  • Track grant funding budgets, expenditures, and invoice granting agencies

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Melissa Lambie
Administrative & Marketing Assistant

(209) 367-4727
lwwc@lodiwine.com & melissa@lodiwine.com

Melissa, hired in 2017, provides essential support for the Commission’s wine events, marketing efforts, grower outreach, and meetings. Melissa also gives general administrative assistance to the Commission’s other staff members.

Contact Melissa with inquiries regarding:

  • Meeting and event RSVP
  • Continuing education credit
  • Updating grower contact information
  • Wine event ticket orders
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • General Commission related questions
  • LoCA smartphone app
Event Calendar
  1. Lodi Winegrape Commission Board Meeting

    October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Executive & Finance Committee Meeting

    October 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am