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Michael Lynne

Owner

Michael has a lifelong passion for wine, food, theater, film and art. Graduating from Columbia Law School in 1964 he founded an entertainment law firm, and in 1990 began a 28-year association with New Line Cinema – producing and distributing films such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Austin Powers, Magnolia, Hairspray, Sex and the City, and Nightmare on Elm Street. During Michael’s tenure as CEO, New Line became the most successful independent film company in the world. Michael is now Principal of Unique Features, a film production company he founded. He is an esteemed contemporary art collector and Trustee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Trent Preszler

CEO

Trent has been a principal driving force behind the success of Bedell Cellars over the past 15 years. Working closely with Michael to build the new winery, hire and direct the team, and launch the brand identity. He orchestrated the selection of Bedell Merlot for President Obama's Inaugural, and has been featured in over 100 publications. Prior to Bedell, Trent worked at The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the Royal Botanic Garden (UK). He earned an M.S. (Agricultural Economics) and Ph.D. (Viticulture) from Cornell University, and serves on the Board of Directors of Iowa State University Alumni Association, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and WineAmerica.

Richard Olsen-Harbich

Winemaker

Richard is a pioneer in Long Island winemaking with over 30 years of experience. He wrote the North Fork of Long Island appellation into existence in 1986, and is the only Winemaker in Eastern North America to use entirely indigenous yeasts. Rich developed the first Bordeaux/Long Island consultation partnership with M. Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux and also helped found Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, the first third party certification program for vineyard sustainability on the East Coast.

Kip Bedell

Founding Winemaker

Kip began making wine at his home in Garden City before his interest in wine was piqued and he bought a 50 acre potato farm in 1980. He established Bedell Cellars as a pioneer winery on the North Fork of Long Island and his success in the 1980s and 90s helped put the nascent region on the map. His wines quickly garnered critical acclaim and in 1993 Wine Spectator featured Kip and coined his nickname “Mr. Merlot.”

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Dave Thompson

Vineyard Manager

Dave has been associated with the Long Island wine industry since 1981, when he planted Ressler Vineyards. He joined Kip Bedell for his first vintage in 1985 and has been tending the vines at Bedell ever since. Dave is a member of the board of the Long Island Grape Research Advisory Committee and the Long Island Sustainable Materials Review Committee.

Molly Deegan

svp Marketing & Sales DEVELOPMENT, WINE CLUB DIRECTOR

Molly comes to Bedell with a wealth of experience in New York City, including her position as Executive Events Marketing Director for AOL since 2003. She has also held significant positions related to client relations and media events for Condé Nast's House & Garden Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, and Robert Mondavi Winery. Molly resides in Sea Cliff, LI with her husband John and her five year old daughter Frances. 

Jonathan Lynne

Executive VP Sales & Marketing

Jonathan is a long-time media executive who joined Bedell after a stint as SVP of Programming & Distribution for RHI Entertainment. Jonathan's first foray into the wine and food world came when he was founding Head of Development for cable television’s Food Network. In the early years of Food Network’s development he played an important role discovering and fostering the young television careers of Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck.

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Amy Finno Israel

SVP Events

Amy joined Bedell from VH1, where she was Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing from 2006-2009. While at VH1, Amy facilitated the marketing and selling of the VH1 Soul property to advertisers including developing the first franchise VH1 SoulStage. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Long Island University.


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