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Our Team

When it comes down to it, Breathless Wines is a family affair, built by the love of three sisters, Sharon, Rebecca, and Cynthia, and the passion for life that their mother passed down to them. The sisters, along with Breathless Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, are dedicated to sparkling winemaking in the traditional method, creating refreshing sparkling wines that pair well with life’s special moments. Breathless Sparkling Wines are hand-crafted from select Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes using the traditional French method, méthode champenoise, guided by the expert winemaking hand of Penny Gadd-Coster.

Winemaker, Penny Gadd-Coster

Penny Gadd-Coster

Winemaker

A highly acclaimed winemaker who has worked with Rebecca Faust at Rack & Riddle since 2007, brings her nearly 35 years of sought-after experience to Breathless Wines. Most recently, Penny earned 90 Points in Wine Enthusiast for the Breathless Brut; Gold Medal in the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Gold/Best of Class in the 2014 Grand Harvest Awards for Blanc de Noirs; and Gold/92 Points for Brut Rosé in the 2014 Pinot Noir Shootout. Penny was named winner of the prestigious 2013 “Winemaker of the Year” award for the entire Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and greater Bay Area by the North Bay Business Journal.

 


 

Sharon Cohn, Sister one of three

Sharon Cohn

Sister 1 of 3

The “glitz, glamour and panache” behind the bubbles of Breathless. Sharon is the “feet on the street” of Breathless, traveling with the bubbly far and wide to meet with restaurants and retailers to share the passion behind Breathless. Sharon’s love of travel grew after four years in the US Air Force and she has enjoyed traveling to places far and wide: Canadian Rockies, Greece, Italy, Calgary and places that take her wherever there are mountains—her favorite!

Rebecca Faust, Sister two of three

Rebecca Faust

Sister 2 of 3

The entrepreneurial spirit of Breathless, bringing business savvy and passion for wine, Rebecca is also the co-founder of Rack & Riddle, the highly-acclaimed custom wine service that does it all from grape-to-bottle, base-to-bottle and everything in between for hundreds of custom crush and private label clients. With more than two decades in the wine industry, Rebecca manages many prestigious clients through Rack & Riddle, as well as overseeing production of the winery’s own award-winning varietals.

Cynthia Faust, Sister three of three

Cynthia Faust

Sister 3 of 3

The ambassador of the Breathless brand. Her sincere desire to connect with others in the industry who share the Breathless spirit is never-ending. With a full appreciation for the quality of the Breathless bubbles and for the women who make it and sell it, she seeks to align the brand with those who love celebration and the timeless moments of everyday life. In addition, Cynthia is the very busy Manager of Business Development at Rack & Riddle, where she juggles more than a hundred clients.

Gary Namm, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing

Gary Namm

Senior Director
Sales & Marketing

New York native, Gary is our Senior Director Of Marketing & Sales. He leads our national expansion as he is based in Florida. With dual degrees in Poli Sci & Piano/Organ Performance along with his Law degree, Gary helps Breathless build new & exciting bridges across the wide spectrum of the Hospitality Industry.

Christine Cureton, Tasting Room Manager

Christine Cureton

Tasting Room Manager

Christine hails from Chicago but calls herself a Sonoma County girl. She attended the culinary institute and has a wine industry career that spans over 20 years, including seven years at Ferrari Carano. A self-proclaimed bubble-lover and certified Tourism Ambassador – her passion is making sure visitors have the best experience in our beautiful wine country.

Lori Fantozzi, Tasting Room Manager

Lori Fantozzi

Wine Ambassador

Sonoma Native Lori comes from a diverse background that includes wine & spirits buyer and wardrobe stylist for TV commercials. Though she has lived in many locales (Los Angeles, Thailand and Abu Dhabi), she’s a country girl who loves to call Kenwood home surrounded by her gardens and, especially, her beloved animals.

Irena Gleason, Hospitality Director

Irena Gleason

Hospitality Director

Irena Joined the Breathless team in 2017. Since then she has become an integral part of our tasting room and events. We love her enthusiasm and how she makes our guests feel comfortable while educating them on our sparkling wine!

Andrea Ruiz, Wine Ambassador

Andrea Ruiz

Wine Ambassador

Andrea has been working part time at Breathless since the summer of 2018 after her move out to wine country from the midwest. She brings positivity and personality to our community. Andrea works full time as a Spanish teacher at Healdsburg High School and manages to bring a dash of sparkle to the tasting room every opportunity she gets.

 

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