Backers of Bacchus Dinner Special Thanks

Thanks to our Sponsors

Master of Wine
Dr. Rashida Abbas and Dr. Michael Ridner at the Vein Clinic and Huntsville Hospital
Adtran, Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Ellen Chorba and Bill Stender
Walker Art Krewe

Celeste and Tres Childs
Carole Anne and Conway Ellers
Dr. and Mrs. Carl J. Gessler, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Bradley S. Rice
Saliba Asset Management
Kathi and Norm Tew
Anne and Ed Uher

Jackie and Tom Berg
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Bryant Bank
Kathryn and Lewis Price
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Dr. and Mrs. James A. Reynolds

Linda and Rob Akenhead
Suzanne and Roger Barnes
Sally Barnett
Carly and Doug Bryant
Anne Compton Burke
Kay and Earl Eastin
Jeff Eastin, FIC, CFP
Lori and Mark Ellis
Amy and Ted Henrich
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kowallik
Anne and George Lewis
Mrs. and Mrs. Peter Lowe
Christopher J. Madkour
Cheryl and Jim Matthews
Kathy and Ed McCool
Dr. Mabry B. Miller
Ellen and Stephan Moran
Denise and Steve Murphree
Suzy and Charles Naumann
Suzanne M. O’Connor
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Overstreet
Anne Pollard
Donna and Stan Pylant
Emily and Mike Reiney
ServisFirst Bank
Patsy and John Shields
Ellie Sternberg
Valley Business Solutions
Laura and Johnnie Vann
Debbie and Ben Washburn
Wells Fargo Bank

Master of Ceremonies
Nate “Adams” Cholevik,
WRSA-FM Lite 96.9

Beau Cole,
Cole Properties and Auction, Inc.

Special Thanks
Beverly Farrington of Accents of the South
Big Spring Environmental
C & A Printing
Cagle Ice, LLC
Kay and Earl Eastin
Huntsville Museum of Art Staff
The Huntsville Times
Kristen Ives
Steve Metz of Metropolitan DJ
Pizzelle’s Confections
Southern Elegance Dance Studio
The Watters-Felts Project
Phil Weaver

Samba & Sangria Committee

Chairmen             Suzy Naumann, Denise Murphree
Women’s Guild President     Carole Anne Ellers
Adviser             Kathy McCool
Auction, Live and Silent          Louann Thomson
Check-out             Debbie Joyner
Clean-up, Dinner     Amy Henrich, Christy Nalley
Clean-up, Tasting     Julie Andrzejewski
Coat Check     Gayle McKinney
Coffee Punch     Laura Jo Hamilton
Database             Cheryl Matthews
Decorations, Dinner     Brenda Barton
Decorations, Tasting     Stacey Goldmon
Finance             Laura Keith
Food, Dinner     Lara Isbell
Food, Tasting     Anne Noble
Invitations             Laura Vann
Logistics             Pamela Briggs
Museum Liaison             Deb Taylor
Program, Dinner             Suzanne O’Connor
Program, Tasting     Reneé Elliott
Properties             Dot Ward
Publicity             Louann Thomson
Reservations     Teri Jetton
Set-up, Tasting             Lynn Carden
Set-up, Dinner     Anne Lewis

Cheryl Matthews, Laura Reynolds
Tammy Robertson
Wine Selection Distributors
Rhonda Ridner, Suzanne Byrom
Featured Vintner
Susan Favret, CSW

Susan Favret is a professional wine supplier and educator with over 16 years in the industry.  She worked with Russ McCall at Atlanta Wholesale Wine for ten years where she was a key accounts specialist and later key accounts manager.  She then worked for Georgia Crown Distributors where she earned her Certified Specialist of Wine certificate and developed the hotel and country club division.  Susan is currently working at Palm Bay International, importers of fine wines and spirits, where she is the state manager for Alabama and Georgia.  She has attended Vin Italy and has traveled throughout Italy, France, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and Germany to learn more about the culture and production of wine, spirits and beer.  Being in the industry for many years has led to great relationships and experiences with chefs, winemakers, vineyard owners and winery owners. Through dinners and tastings, she has increased her knowledge of food pairing with wine, beer and spirits. Susan served as a judge for the Atlanta Wine Report for many years and helped with the Atlanta Wine Festival.  She has been invited to speak at dinners and tastings to educate both consumers and staff.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis and traveling.

Her contact information is or by phone, 404-644-5739.  
Featured Distributor
Palm Bay International

Over the past three decades, this family-owned company has assembled one of the most valuable and comprehensive portfolios of imported wines and spirits in the U.S., comprising some of the world’s most prestigious wine estates, distilleries and most popular brands in the industry.  Palm Bay’s success centers around providing top-quality, authentic products that represent excellent value.  This goal is supported by a committed, caring and dedicated approach to business, and a focus on brand development through long-term relationships with partners, backed by consistently excellent service and superior resources. 
The Palm Bay story began over three decades ago in 1977, when David Taub and his father, Martin, created the company with a foundation in two Italian brands – Principato and the Cavit Collection.  Within seven years, annual sales of Principato had achieved almost half a million cases and, with the Cavit Collection, Palm Bay became a seminal pioneer of the Pinot Grigio category. Today, Cavit Pinot Grigio is the number one Italian wine sold in the U.S.  In the years that have followed, Palm Bay has added many eminent wine and spirits producers from around the world to its growing portfolio.  They currently represent 50 international suppliers, with distribution extending to all 50 states, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.  As such, the company has earned a reputation as a go-to source for a carefully selected range of wines and spirits from around the globe that offer quality and value.
Today Marc Taub, President and COO of Palm Bay International, represents the third generation of this family-owned company. Under his leadership, Palm Bay International is on target to continue this pattern of strategic growth in a quest to bring an authentic wine and spirits experience to consumers around the U.S.