Vice President & General Manager- Level 1 Sommelier
An MBA and digital marketing expert by trade, Dave spent the first half of his career helping Fortune 500 companies build their businesses online before deciding he wanted to dedicate the rest of his career to his true passion: wine.
Dave’s unique perspective on the wine industry and the in-person winery customer experience is rooted in being a longtime wine connoisseur and collector, and a visitor to more than 200 wineries across the world. After founding a winery marketing and customer experience company, Dave joined Terravant Wine Company, Santa Barbara County’s largest winery, to build the DTC business. At Terravant, Dave brought to market a new brand (Bottlest), a first-of-its-kind online wine personalization app, and an award-winning winery tour experience.
In 2018 Dave achieved three significant wine industry milestones: Becoming a featured speaker at the DTC Wine Symposium; Winning a “Vinnie” Award for Excellence in Wine Marketing; and Passing the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 Certification Exam.
As Director of DTC Sales, Dave is responsible for leading our Club Sunstone program, DTC Sales and our guest experience team.
Tasting Room Lead- Level 1 Sommelier
Jessica joined the Sunstone family in May 2014. Originally from Santa Barbara, Jessica studied psychology while attending Santa Barbara Community College before deciding to move to the Santa Ynez Valley where she fell in love with wine. Having over ten year’s experience in the hospitality industry, Jessica’s passion for guest service and love for Sunstone is apparent when she greets you like family in our tasting rooms- with a glass of bubbles, of course! She is currently studying to gain her sommelier certification and plans to travel the world and taste new wines!
Joining the Sunstone family in March 2016 as a Tasting Room associate, Elva brings over six years of experience in the hospitality and wine industry. Born and raised right here in the Santa Ynez Valley, Elva is pursuing her degree in Wine and Viticulture at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA and has a great passion for learning everything she can about wine. When she is not at the winery, she enjoys spending time with her family and re-watching Harry Potter!