Michael passed away in 2019 after a lifetime of success in wine, food, theater, film, and art. After 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. He produced and distributed such 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 was also an esteemed contemporary art collector and Trustee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His beloved wife Ninah continues his legacy as the current owner.
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.
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.
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.