OUR PEOPLE

DAVID SHIVERICK
Founder & President

 

“Great wine is like a great person, you may not like the wine or the person, but you can recognize their greatness.” -David Shiverick

 

David Shiverick is a foremost wine expert in the United States, renowned throughout Europe for his expertise in old world wines. David’s wine portfolio reads as one of the most prestigious wine books in the industry, offering premiere wines from France, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Germany.

 

David was an early champion of authentic wine, and pioneered the search and discovery of ancestral vineyards making magnificent natural wine. Each wine, winemaker or estate must have history, a story, and a commitment to natural methods of production – no aggression or manipulation of the product. Once found, Shiverick builds a market for each individual wine – which he has continued to successfully do throughout his 30-plus years of devotion to wine. It is his hope that the producers he discovers today, can endeavor to be around in 500 years, and beyond.

 

His career has included many milestones, such as partaking in the creation of the wine auction division at Christies in NYC, becoming a leading expert on pairing wines with specific foods, and owning the Domaine de la Trompetaire vineyard in Maury, France which produces his own highly-acclaimed Fin De Folie wines.

 

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio in an epicurean family with a love of wine and its relationship to good food, David developed an early intrigue in varieties of wine and the process by which it is made. Studying geology in college only intensified his respect for the character inherent to all things growing from the layers of the earth. Travelling through Europe during the late '70s, exploring and connecting the dots, translated into a lifelong love affair with the vine and how it reflects its home.

 

David is an experienced fiddle player, a student of history, and a master storyteller - engaging listeners and making them laugh with his offbeat, acerbic wit, and seemingly impossible tales.  He is an honorable member of La Confrérie du Vin de Cahors, La Commanderie de Bordeaux, Cavalieri di Bacco, and an officer of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.

 

He lives in Los Angeles with his life partner, film and TV producer, Robin Jonas, and is happy to have his two daughters nearby. Hope recently joined the company, making Shiverick Imports a family business; and Molly is an executive with Price Waterhouse Coopers.

HOPE SHIVERICK
Sales Director

 

Hope was predestined to work in wine. At 17, she staged for Lee Hudson and his vineyard crew in Carneros, California. This experience as well as the guidance of the countless talented people she met that summer inspired her to pursue a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis the following year. Upon graduation, she joined prominent California wholesaler, the Henry Wine Group, where she began as their Downtown Los Angeles sales representative and was promoted to Los Angeles District Manager soon after. 

She began her journey with the Shiverick Imports team in 2016 as the California Sales Manager and is currently the National Sales Director. She greatly enjoys working alongside her father, David, who first introduced her to the world of wine many years prior. Together, they continue to shape the Shiverick Imports portfolio and its role in the U.S. wine scene.   

RACHEL JEFFEARS
Sales Manager - New York

After graduating college with degrees in Acting and French, Rachel headed to New York and ended up working in the restaurant scene while pursuing acting jobs. At her tenure with the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park, where she received extensive wine training, Rachel decided that she could turn her passion for food and wine into a career. Rachel is currently working on her DWS at the International Wine Center in New York and is always looking for new recipes she can cook for her friends and family!

 

 

 

LESLIE BOSSON
Accounting

Leslie originally hails from the state of Vermont and moved to Los Angeles almost 20 years ago. She worked for many years in the entertainment business as a Production Accountant for HBO, Universal Studios and Twentieth Century Fox before going solo as an independent bookkeeper. Her interests include singing in her band with her husband as well as collecting vintage cookbooks. Leslie loves all things food and wine so when the opportunity came up to join the Shiverick team it was a perfect pairing.

 

 

MICHAEL SEILER
Operations Manager

Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Mike moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in Economics from USC. After working in the entertainment industry at a talent agency, Mike joined Shiverick in July 2017 to pursue his passion for wine.  He developed his love of wine by eating at restaurants around LA, exploring the California Central Coast, and studying up through books and tastings.  His love of old world wine is only matched by his love for trying out new and funky varietals. Outside of the office, Mike is often playing tennis, running around the Silver Lake Reservoir, and jamming on his guitar.

 

TAYLOR RISTAU
Sales and Marketing Coordinator

After graduation from Cal Poly SLO, Taylor moved back down to the Los Angeles area where she was born and raised. She has been interested in the wine industry for a while after visiting many great wineries along the Central Coast, but it wasn't until a trip to Italy and France that she realized just how much she enjoyed it. She joined Shiverick Imports in September 2020 and is very excited to begin her career in the industry. Taylor also has a passion for the outdoors so when she isn't working, she is often hiking, at the beach, or visiting a new National Park."

 

CAMILLE KACZMAREK
Business Intern

Born in Bergerac in the South-West of France, Camille is now completing an International Business Master at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux. After working in the Monbazillac Vineyard and in the cider industry in Paris, she joined Shiverick’s team to learn more about wine and international sales. During her time off, she loves going out with her friends, sharing good food with wine, running in the countryside and watching sporting events! She loves traveling and is always looking for new projects and experiences! She’s now enjoying California for its National Parks, the ocean and of course the wine!  

 

SARA JENKINS
Marketing Associate

Sara has spent time working in the wine programs of such restaurants as Craigie on Main in Cambridge, Mass, as well as Tabla and Oceana in New York City. While living in New York, she also completed her Diploma of Wine and Spirits with WSET. After 10 years of northeastern winters, she looks forward to the sunny climes of southern California. In her spare time, she loves to travel and can't wait to see every square mile of the Golden State!

 

ELIZABETH FLAX
Sales - Los Angeles / Public Relations / Marketing

Elizabeth started her corporate career in San Francisco, where she instantly gravitated toward the food and wine scene. In 2010, Elizabeth earned her WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits. In 2015, after more than a decade as a public relations professional for global high-tech companies, Elizabeth decided to dedicate herself to her passion in wine and joined Shiverick as a wine sales representative and marketing/PR consultant. She is now working toward her WSET Level 3 status and dreams of becoming a full-fledged Master of Wine. A Texas-native, her love of good food and wine, cooking and hospitality runs through her veins.

 

 

JENNA ALLENSWORTH
Sales - Santa Barbara

After growing up in Valencia, Jenna moved to Santa Barbara and attended UCSB where she majored in Art Studio.  Just after college Jenna got her dream job as a clothing buyer for the local surf shop, unfortunately not at dream wages, so she started working in restaurants to supplement her income. This led to a position as the wine and spirits buyer at a local Tapas Bar and then subsequently a job at the oldest wine shop in Santa Barbara. From there, Jenna truly developed her passion for European wines and eventually decided to try out the other side of the wine business, as a Fine Wine Specialist for the Henry Wine Group. After a little over two and a half years with Henry, Jenna’s strong love of old world wines brought her to Shiverick and she couldn't be happier!

 

 

ELIZABETH GRIVAS
Sales - Bay Area

Elizabeth's appreciation for good food and cooking began while standing at her grandparents side while they ran restaurants in Houston, TX, her hometown. While attending the University of Texas in Austin studying fine art/photography, Elizabeth worked at the original Whole Foods in their wine & cheese department where she began her real love for wine. As planned, she went on to pursue her passions in photography & advertising which brought her to San Francisco in the early nineties. Several photo assignments led her back to wine, including a chance meeting with Andre & Dorothy Tchelistcheff at the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, and as the photographer at the inaugural Oregon Pinot Camp. In 2008 she began her career in wine sales in the bay area. She still spends her free time tasting wine, cooking and taking lots of photos, as well as snow skiing, hiking, biking and lots of travel with her dog. She splits her time between San Francisco and Sonoma, CA. 

 

JANET DYER
Sales - San Francisco / Marin

Janet is a seasoned professional who has been in the business a LONG time! She's held many management positions over the years  and became an independent wine sales rep in 2002, continually curating a compelling mix of wines. She's also an accomplished wine & spirits judge as seen in the picture.

DEIDRE MAGNELLO
Sales - Connecticut

Deidre grew up in the business of food and wine.  After practicing as an attorney for a short time, she returned to her first passion by opening West Side Wines in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Her retail experience expanded with a second store that included specialty food, gourmet-to-go, and catering in addition to wine and spirits.  For the last 12 years, she has focused on the importing and distribution side of the industry, which she finds a perfect fit for her love of tasting and teaching.  She has traveled extensively in Italy and France, developing a particularly deep knowledge of those wine-producing regions.  In the rare moments she is not cooking, eating, or drinking, Deidre can be found in her garden or playing with her dogs.

 

ADAM MAHLER
Sales - Ohio / Michigan / Kentucky / Illinois

Adam Mahler’s career in the wine industry began in California in 1998 as he was working his way through film school. Wine eventually stole his passion from film and demanded his attention as he rose to Sommelier of Michel Richard’s Citronelle in Santa Barbara. Adam and his family ultimately chose to relocate back to their hometown of Toledo and in 2004 he began to work for Shiverick’s then, Ohio distribution company. Shiverick ultimately relocated to California, and in 2009, Adam started his own business, Ampelography, a fine wine sales and marketing company. Currently, Adam represents Shiverick in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

 

 

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SHIVERICK HEADQUARTERS

610 South Main Street, Ste. 344
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Office: 213.483.5900
Fax: 213.785.1715

shiverick@shiverick.com

*servicing all states except New York

SHIVERICK EAST

147 West 35th Street, Ste. 310
New York, NY 10001
Office: 646.414.6298

Fax: 213.785.1715

shiverick-east@shiverick.com

*servicing New York