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Harvest STOMP Committee

The Harvest STOMP Steering Committee is a group of industry professionals that believes in protecting agriculture, our natural resources, and the way of life for the entire Napa Valley community.  Their leadership, vision, and ability to throw one heck of a harvest party are greatly appreciated! 

Thank you to our Event Chairs


Karen Cakebread

Karen Cakebread is no stranger to the Napa Valley wine industry. She spent 18 years with Cakebread Cellars before establishing her own highly-regarded label ZIATA Wines in 2008, focusing on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet blends. Karen has a passion for partnering with growers, who are the foundation for making exceptional wines, and supports many non-profit organizations in the Napa Valley. In addition to her leadership role at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Karen also lends her time and expertise to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and has worked with the Napa Valley Vintners and UpValley Family Centers of Napa Valley, among others. 


Mary Maher

Vineyard manager, Mary Maher has over 35 years’ experience working with the soil, the interface of farming and nature, and the intersections of science and farming. She thrives on the collaboration of ideas, and feels fortunate to work with people who value farming practices that respect the people and soil. Mary has been involved with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers since the mid 1990s and currently works with the vineyard teams at Harlan, Promontory and Silverado Farming Company.

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Francoise Peschon

Raised in California’s wine country, but with family roots in Luxembourg, heralded winemaker Francoise Peschon received her enology degree from UC Davis before completing post-graduate work at the University of Bordeaux. After an apprenticeship at Château Haut-Brion, Francoise returned to the Napa Valley and in her thirty-year career, she’s worked at some of the best, including Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Araujo Estate Wines, Accendo, Almacerro, Heimark Vineyard and Vine Hill Ranch. She is quick to credit her mentors, wine industry luminaries Michel Rolland, Warren Winiarski, Tony Soter and Mia Klein, whose sensitivity, intellect, and sense of aesthetics have clearly inspired her.

Thank you to our Site Hosts

Harvest STOMP will take place in Calistoga for the very first time at Viña Esperanza, hosted by Linda and Ron DeKoven. This “Vineyard of Hope” will provide a stunning backdrop to come together and celebrate shared connections and accomplishments. 

Lifelong city dwellers, entrepreneur/English barrister Ron and fashion industry executive Linda first visited Calistoga in 2009 and completely fell in love with the area and its people. By 2011 they had purchased the property with the intention as a refuge in their busy lives. Within months, they had sold their home in London and have never looked back. This whirlwind affair with the region has resulted in them becoming happy ‘accidental farmers’, grateful for their good fortune and proud to support the Napa Valley Grapegrowers as longtime members and 2024 STOMP Hosts.

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Thank you to our Steering Committee

Shelby Byer, Screaming Eagle
Karen Cakebread, Ziata Wines
Linda DeKoven, Vina Esperanza    
Lisa Hoskins, Ferrogiaro Vineyards
Morgaen Hoxsey Pickett, Ghost Block Wine

Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, Yount Mill Vineyards and Napa Wine Co.
Mary Maher, Silverado Farming Company
Mary Parks, Heimark Vineyards
Francoise Peschon, Vine Hill Ranch

Heather Phillips, Vine Hill Ranch
Isabelle Straka, Kinsman Wine Consulting
Philippa Ward, Engel & Volkers
Felicia Woytak, Palisades Canyon Wines

Thank you to our Wine Committee

Shelby  Byer, Screaming Eagle
Lindsay Dale, Almacerro
Olivia De Santis, Promontory
Mary Parks         
Martin Repicky, Bella Oaks
Isabelle Straka, Vine Hill Ranch
Mikael Tigrett, Accendo Cellars
Ellison  Wofford, Bella Oaks

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