Ξ December 5th, 2007 | → 4 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time |

KEN PAYTON, Administrator

Lives in a Santa Cruz, Ca.


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Donna Childers-Thirkell is an avid proponent of wine.  She changed careers at age 37, realizing she needed to pursue a life with her love affair of wine versus continuing with what she thought she ought to do or what her peers recommended.  She turned the corner from starving student to educator the past year and has multiple certifications and credentials including International Bordeaux Tutor and Spanish Wine Educator but thinks it’s terribly boring to list them all. Just suffice it to say, if she finds out about a certification, she’s usually in attendance.


She has a big smile, an infectious laugh, and loves nothing more than sharing a nice bottle of wine with good friends, chatting about everything life and wine late into the night.

Her Twitter handle is WineLush. And she is on Facebook under her real name above.


–KARL LACZKO aka Greybeard

Born and raised in the UK with a mix of British and Central European ancestry. Educated in Science, trained in Genetics and since 1995 working for a BioScience Systems company travelling the world and, along the way, learning and appreciating global cultures and people.

Interests, other than food and wine, include History, Popular science & technology, with light-reading and entertainment focussing on Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Currently living in the North of England with partner and 2 teenage kids, which makes me wonder how I have time for any of this!



Growing up in a house hold where wine was part of every day life only enhanced a passion early in life. In college most of friends were into micro-brews while I was trying to get my hands on Heitz. Adoration for Pinot Noir reigns in my every day drinking but my curiosity for all varietals in multiple styles is what gratifies my wine intellect.
With a degree in Marketing I enjoy writing descriptive tasting notes and when in the wine country photography is a must. Living and working 90 minutes from the Napa Valley, monthly weekend getaways are essential to my sanity.
My wife and I enjoy our two children and staying close to family and friends. Charity and humanitarian work coupled with technology are also very important in our lives.


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  1. Paul said,

    on December 7th, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Marvelous to see you folks, and with such a nice site, too. Will visit often, comment sporadically.

  2. David Grega said,

    on March 8th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Great site! I really enjoyed the Kutch artical…keep it up!

  3. Malcolm Kinnear said,

    on December 13th, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Glad to find you well and enjoying life! I have happy memories of our time at Aberdeen.

  4. Laura said,

    on February 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I just read your wonderful blog post about Ahlgren Vineyards! As Val mentions, my family has been selling grapes from our vineyard in the Santa Cruz mountains to the Ahlgrens for many years. We recently launched our own website — check it out! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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