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The Oakland Wine and Food Society 501(c)3

Who Is Melody Fuller?


New:  Written By Sharon Pieniak  Doors Open Wide: Meet Melody Fuller and the Oakland Wine Festival

I am the Founder of the Oakland Wine Festival and the Oakland Wine and Food Society.

I am an independent professional wine, food, and travel writer, editor, publisher and educator. I filmed my first TV show at Pebble Beach Food and Wine 

For many years, I traveled locally and around the world learning about wine, food, meeting vintners,  chefs and building relationships one bite or sip at a time.

I enjoy teaching  and learning about wine through a few wine clubs that I formed, or am a member of.

I am a twice invited attendee of The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley.  This is a tremendous honor and high recognition of the work that I do.   On the eve of the 2014 Symposium, I was having dinner with a dear friend in St. Helena.  My professor, aka, Mr. Robert M. Parker Jr., who was just one table away, was dining with friends as well. He and I had a delightful conversation about the days to come. I capped our evening by correctly opening and pouring my friend’s wine for him and by accurately blind guessing the four wines he and his companions were enjoying.

I look forward to your support of the 3rd Annual Oakland Wine Festival which will be held on July 15, 2017!



Honorary Steering Committee Members

Please find a way to support the Honorary Steering Committee Members for the 2ndAnnual Oakland Wine Festival. Let them know how much you appreciate their desire to pour the foundation for a world-class event, and to pour their spectacular wines in Oakland:

KR Rombauer, Rombauer Vineyards

Russ Weis, Silverado Vineyards

Cyril Chappellet, Chappellet Vineyards 

Kelsey Baldwin, Sonoma-Loeb

Herta Peju, Peju Province Winery

Jena Domingue, WineDirect

Honorary Steering Committee Members, Emeritus and Founding:

Michael Silacci, Opus One Winery

Sally Johnson-Blum, Pride Mountain Vineyards

Jessica Baker, Pride Mountain Vineyards

Emily Floyd, Hestan Vineyards

Celia Welch, Celia Welch Consulting

Debra Eagle, Vintage Wine Estates

Oakland Wine Festival Advisors

The Oakland Wine Festival is blessed to have the following key individuals working on and contributing their expertise to the First Annual Oakland Wine Festival:

Paul Wagner, Balzac Communications and Marketing

Ryan Williams, Honorary Chair, Sommeliers and Wine Educators

Fern Stroud, Logistics Lead

Candice Elder, Social Media Lead

Shaundria Reed, Media and Social Media Lead

Micheline Beam, Operations Assistant

Mary Forte, Patron Relations Lead

Beverly Roberts Charles, Strategic Nonprofit Chair


Our Generous Sponsors:

Silverado Vineyards

Chappellet Vineyards


Rombauer Vineyards

Peju Province Winery

Etching Expressions

Trentadue Winery


Founding Sponsors:

Beverly Roberts Charles and Michael Charles

Risa and James Sampson

Sarisa Middleton

Kimberly Charles, Founder and Alex Foundren, Account Executive for Charles Communications, Associates, LLC, who served as the public relations, marketing and media strategy partners for the Oakland Wine Festival.


Wine Spectator Magazine


Piedmont Grocery Store

Pican Restaurant

Riedel The Wine Glass Company

East Bay Restaurant Supply

Farmer Joe’s

Wine Direct

Urban Vino

Whole Foods Market

Waterfront Hotel

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