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.
Trent Preszler Ph.D.
Trent has worked at Bedell since 2002, and under his leadership the business has established a preeminent role in the American wine industry. Trent’s fingerprints are on every detail of Bedell’s success, from the vineyard and winery to sales, marketing and operations. Trent served for 11 years on the Board of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is currently Chairman of WineAmerica. Previously, he worked at The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy during the Clinton years, and was a Rotary Scholar at the Royal Botanic Gardens U.K. Trent graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa State University and now proudly serves on their Board of Directors. He holds two advanced degrees from Cornell University: an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Viticulture.
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 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.”
Donna has been the careful steward of our grapevines since she was hired by Kip & Dave in fall 1996. Although she had no formal training, she came to us after 15 years at Ressler Vineyards, where, coincidentally, she and former Vineyard Manager Dave Thompson worked together for 3 years. Her hands have shaped 20 vintages of marvelous Bedell wines, and under her leadership our tradition of quality Viticulture will continue unabated.
Vineyard Manager - RETIRED
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. After more than 30 years working with the vines at Bedell, Dave has begun transitioning into his retirement, imparting his vast wealth of experience to his successor, Donna Rudolph.
Executive vp Marketing & Sales DEVELOPMENT, WINE CLUB DIRECTOR
Molly comes to Bedell Cellars with a wealth of over 18 years experience in New York City, including her most recent position as Executive Events Marketing Director for AOL since 2003. She has also held significant management and account executive positions related to Marketing, Public Relations, Client Relations and major multi-media events for The Hearst Corporation (O, The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan), Condé Nast's House & Garden Magazine, the Robert Mondavi Winery and Saatchi & Saatchi. Molly resides in Sea Cliff, LI with her husband John and her six year old daughter Frances. They are expecting their second child in May. She also owns a home on the North Fork of LI in Mattituck, NY.
Amy Finno Israel
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.
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.