Our Team

Our Team

Management Team

Dave Moser

Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Director

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 is rooted in being a longtime wine connoisseur and collector, and a visitor to more than 300 wineries across the world. Prior to joining Sunstone, Dave founded a winery marketing and customer experience company and built the DTC business at Santa Barbara County’s largest winery, including bringing to market a new brand, a first-of-its-kind online wine personalization app, and an award-winning winery tour experience. A speaker at the DTC Wine Symposium for the past three years (2018 to 2020), Dave has also won a “Vinnie” Award for Excellence in Wine Marketing and earned the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 Certification.

brittany Rice

Brittany Rice

Director of Winemaking

The daughter of Sunstone’s founders, Fred and Linda Rice, Brittany helped plant the first Merlot vines on the family property in 1990. At the age of 16, she began serving wine to visitors and guests in the Sunstone tasting room. At 21, she worked in the cellar alongside Sunstone’s winemaking team and learned from her mentor Dan Gehrs from 1999-2006. Brittany continued as Sunstone’s winemaker until 2010, when she decided to launch her own her own high-end, small portfolio wine brand, Millesime Cellars.  Brittany’s background in fine arts, small business and being a Cordon Bleu trained chef has helped to influence her wine and food education through her knowledge of the artistic approach in the discoveries of chemistry within the food and wine creations she and her team produces

Neil Redmond

General Manager

As GM, Neil oversees the day-to-day operations of Sunstone’s robust direct-to-consumer and hospitality business, including the world-renowned Sunstone Villa and Santa Barbara County’s most visited tasting room.  Neil’s primary focus is ensuring our guests receive a world-class customer experience on every visit. Neil joined Sunstone in 2021 after 12 years at Beckmen Vineyards, where he worked closely with the winery’s owners, serving in various roles, including Winery Production, West Coast Wholesale Sales Manager, and Tasting Room Sales & Education Manager.  Neil earned his B.S. in Environmental Horticulture Science from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo in 2002.

Alicia Valenzuela

Sr. Manager, Hospitality

Alicia was born and raised in Santa Barbara. Growing up her dream was to sing on the TV show “Star Search”! When the show was cancelled, she knew her dreams would have to change, and decided to pursue a degree in business. On her 21st birthday, Alicia stumbled across the wine industry and immediately fell in love. She quickly picked up a part-time tasting room position in 2004 and changed her major from business to wine sales and marketing. Over the past 16 years, Alicia has worked her way through the ranks from Part-Time Wine Server to General Manager. Her love and passion for hospitality, customer service, and great wine has led her to join the Sunstone team, managing the tasting room. Alicia is actively studying for her WSET certifications and plans to share that knowledge and passion with anyone who is willing to share a glass of wine with her.

Tasting Room & Wine Club Team

Jessica Lim

Tasting Room Lead

Shannon Hall

Tasting Room Lead

Josue Mejia

Tasting Room Associate

Gina Verkamp

Tasting Room Associate

Berenice Mejia

Tasting Room Associate

Megan Dant

Tasting Room Associate

Gladis Barboza

Tasting Room Associate

Genesis Negrete

Tasting Room Associate

Bryce Seguine

Tasting Room Associate

Lulu Corral

Tasting Room Associate

Isaac Saldana

Tasting Room Associate
Jen Malkin

Jen Malkin

Tasting Room Associate

Karen Delphina-Ortiz

Tasting Room Associate

Holly Griswold

Tasting Room Associate

Layla Valenzuela

Tasting Room Operations

Izzy Hall

Tasting Room Operations
Nathaniel Keating

Nathaniel Keating

Tasting Room Operations

Mario Leon

Tasting Room Associate

WINEMAKING TEAM

brittany Rice

Brittany Rice

Director of Winemaking

The daughter of Sunstone’s founders, Fred and Linda Rice, Brittany helped plant the first Merlot vines on the family property in 1990.

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Jon Flores

Assistant Winemaker

Jose Gomez

Cellar Master

Lupe Chavez

Assistant Cellar Master

Maricela Gomez

Cellar Assistant

ESTATE OPERATIONS TEAM

Nick Ocampo

Groundskeeping & Maintenance

Jason Webster

Groundskeeping & Maintenance

Cynthia Bissinger

Housekeeper

Mike Wilfing

Groundskeeping & Maintenance

Board of directors

john price

John Price

Chairman/Managing Member, Director

Teddy Cabugos

President/Managing Member, Director

Djamila Cabugos, Esq.

CEO/Managing Member, Director
fred rice

Fred Rice

Founder, Director

Dave Moser

Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Director

An MBA and Digital Marketing expert by trade, Dave spent the first half of his career helping Fortune 500 build online businesses.