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Chris Hoel

Founder

From establishing the St. Louis Wine Clinic in 2004 to his years as a sommelier at The French Laundry, ChrisHoel has built a legacy of trust and experience in servicing his premium clientele. Bringing a discerning taste from 20+ years in the wine industry, Chris founded bespoke wine advisory firm Harper's Club in 2016 and has developed some of the world’s most incredible wine collections along the way. Chris has partnered with The Ojai Valley Inn, Disneyland Resorts, Soho House, and Outreach Through the Arts to help curate unique wine experiences for guests and private clients alike. Most recently he founded Luckysomm- an online wine retail site that consists of quality, unique wines at an amazing value. In addition, he sits on the board of advisors for SommCon and is resident Sommelier for the Martha Stewart Wine Co.

 

Chris is currently based in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley with his wife Miranda and their son, Ronan. 

Christina Pate 

Executive Director 

Christina makes sure that everything is running smoothly, and also finds the wines that our clients are looking for.  She works with our close and trusted partners in the wine trade both in the US and in Europe, and directly with selected producers in California.  Relationships are just as important in sourcing as they are in building wine collections for our clients.  With 20+ years of experience in fine and rare wine, she has built a track record of professionalism and integrity and built relationships with partners who do business the same way.  Christina also oversees the safe transit of our stock to our warehouse, ensuring that transport is under controlled conditions at all times.  A transplant from her New Zealand home, she loves all wine that is made honestly and tells the story of its place and time.

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Kate Green

Director of Business Development

 

A fourteen-year veteran of the restaurant & hospitality business, Kate Green cut her teeth under Chef Nancy Silverton, where she worked her way up from answering phones to Director of Communications for the Mozza Restaurant Group. A fixture in the food and wine scene around Los Angeles, Kate has a passion for bringing together chefs and winemakers at unique pop-ups to showcase their talents. She currently co-hosts the talk show and podcast Tastemade Presents: Table Setting, which allows her to talk with the most innovative thinkers in the food and beverage world about current trends.

 

You can usually find her with a glass of Champagne in her hand and a Los Angeles Dodgers ball-cap on her head.

Scott Rutkowksi

Senior Wine Advisor

 

The love for wine did not come until at a later age for Scott. At the start of his senior year at Purdue University, he decided to take a wine appreciation course that started his passion for wine that would go on to become his career. After graduating, he moved to Chicago where he grew up and worked in a variety of wine retail shops and restaurants including Grant Achatz’s Next Restaurant before landing at the world-renowned wine auction house Hart Davis Hart in 2015. Since then, Scott has immersed himself in the fine wine industry and continues to build and foster relationships with individuals from all over. In Scott’s free time he voraciously reads books, magazines, and articles on anything about wine to broaden his horizons, but if he truly wants to relax he goes on long walks with his partner Hannah and border collie Nova. 

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Pablo Kovacs

Senior Wine Advisor 

Food and wine have always been a big part of Pablo’s life. His father, Thomas Kovacs was a chef for Starwood Corp. specializing in opening hotels so Pablo was fortunate enough to grow up and live all over the world and experience many different cultures and cuisines. 25 years of hospitality experience doing everything from cooking in award winning kitchens to running beverage programs for multi-unit restaurant companies have all had a part in shaping how Pablo treats and cherishes his relationships with his clients. Pablo believes that wine has a unique trait – it brings people together. Special bottles are rarely enjoyed alone and ever since wine was first produced it has always been a conduit for conversation, good company and celebration. 

 

 

Michael Smith

Senior Wine Advisor 

Michael Smith is a Certified Sommelier and is currently studying for the Advanced Sommelier exam. Originally from the Central Coast of California and started his wine career at the young age of eighteen, working a harvest in Paso Robles Ca. After putting a few other harvests under his belt, Michael shifted gears and started his Sommelier path at a wine shop and bar in Templeton Ca.

 

Shortly after, found himself in Los Angeles working the floor at various restaurants, with the most recent being one Michelin starred Osteria Mozza. Like many others during the pandemic, he pivoted to helping Saxum Vineyards with another harvest.

 

Before joining the Harper's Club team, he most recently relocated to San Francisco, where he went on to work at both three Michelin starred Atelier Crenn and Quince.  

 

 

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Dave Antuzzi
Operations and Logistics Manager

Born in San Jose, California, Dave Antuzzi’s formative years were filled with skateboarding, guitar and a strong bent towards education. His college courses started at 15 and he earned acceptance to several Universities, but ultimately decided to start out with community college. 

 

After taking one music theory class, he was instantly hooked, avidly taking on roles in any musical capacity he could. Big band, North Indian classical singing, choir, composition, piano, conducting, but his main instrument was the classical guitar. After winning scholarships and tri-county competitions in the Yuba-Sutter area, he was able to perform various concerti with local orchestras. Dave also worked summers at this time for school districts teaching music and coordinating events for children. He then pursued his Masters degree in education and a teaching credential to become a math teacher. A friend of his from college was with working with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and landed him a job at Ad Hoc in Yountville. In the Winter of 2021, Dave joined Harper’s Club as our Warehouse and Operations Manager.

Travis Loveseth

Warehouse Associate

After starting his working life in early childhood education, Travis ventured into restaurants and hospitality in 2014. He quickly moved up the ranks and by 2018, he was an experienced server/bartender overseeing many large events such as weddings and large golf tournaments. Travis carefully and attentively handles all wines in our warehouse as well as all shipments, ensuring that every bottle is shipped safely to the client. His care in treating wine bottles with respect is one of the most important tenets of Harper’s Club. As our newest team member, Travis is eager to grow with us and will be another representative of reliability and professionalism within this company.

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