Meet Our Staff
Bill Knight, President and Owner, has spent the last three decades making sure that The Wine House lives up to its motto “The Only Wine Shop You Need.” His tireless commitment to staffing the store with knowledgeable, professional wine consultants allows The Wine House to provide great service, selection and value to a broad range of wine consumers. Customers have recognized these efforts by bestowing the coveted 3-star rating from Wine & Spirits magazine’s consumer poll and Food & Wine Magazine has recognized The Wine House as one of ten Best Wine Shops in the World. Bill has also been chosen a Wine Spectator Market Watch Leader.
Glen Knight, New World Buyer and Owner, has spent the better part of the last two decades working the aisles of The Wine House. While attending college in Oregon, he labored as a “Cellar Rat” for a notable winery and as an assistant tasting room manager for another. He has held pretty much every job in the store – he started on the stock crew, moved to the order desk/sales and currently is the New World Buyer. He is passionate about New World Pinot Noirs, Cabernets, Aussie Shiraz, Riojas and Nebbiolo based wines. In addition to championing domestic wines, Glen loves discovering new finds in faraway places and has traveled to New Zealand and South America scouting the best wines to bring to The Wine House.
Jim Knight has been in the wine business for over two decades. Jim inherited the “Wine Bug” from his father but he discovered his passion by doing cellar and vineyard work in Santa Barbara. In addition to wine, Jim is passionate about music, and he makes a Syrah called Jelly Roll, which pays homage to one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Jelly Roll Morton. Jim is the Old World Buyer, although his Central Coast winemaking experience makes him very knowledgeable about California Central Coast (Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay). He is very enthusiastic about red and white Burgundy, northern Rhone Syrahs (specifically Côte Rôtie and Cornas) and Nebbiolo from Piedmont.
JB Severin is the General Manager, and Tasting & Seminars Director. His motto is “The more you know, the more you enjoy, the more you spend” (now you know how he got to be the Manager), is supported by his unswerving dedication to a strong consumer wine education program. He coordinates over 200 public and private events every year. As a 20-year veteran of the Wine House staff, he has the unique ability to assist and direct you in all of your wine buying needs. His answer to the often asked question: “If trapped on a desert island with only one choice of wine…?” is simple and straightforward: “Easy, Champagne!!”
Monica is the Director of WSET & WSG Education Programs. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, she attended the Complutense University of Madrid, where she graduated with a B.A. in communications, advertising and public relations. She then moved to London where she held several executive positions at marketing and hospitality companies. Monica enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) where she successfully completed all of the wine certification levels and earned the WSET Diploma. Monica manages the two certification-level programs offered at The Wine House: WSET and the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG). She currently is a Master of Wine candidate. Throughout her career, Monica has visited the best wine regions of Italy and Spain, falling in love with the culture, wine and gastronomy in Piedmont, Tuscany, Rioja and Ribera del Duero. She has also traveled extensively in Germany, Austria, France, California, Chile and Argentina. Monica is a certified instructor for the WSET at the intermediate, advanced and Diploma levels in California, Mexico, Colombia and Chile. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has a good knowledge of Italian and French.
Lisa grew up in Los Angeles, where her father was (and continues to be) a loyal Wine House customer. She is passionate about food, wine and travel, and will combine the three whenever she can. After working many years in London, first in Product Marketing for consumer (home) PCs at Compaq Computer, and then at a startup, she moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to her family and enjoy all that Southern California has to offer (weather, beaches, mountains, deserts, excellent restaurants…). She loves to cook with her partner Adrian (he now can tackle just about anything) – just don’t get her started about their latest gadgets (sous-vide, Instant Pot…)! She started at the Wine House fulfilling internet orders, and now looks after the “electronic” side of the business – the website and the promotional email campaigns (if you get emails from The Wine House, Lisa had something to do with that!) Lisa loves to sip a Provencal Rosé, enjoys wine tasting in Paso Robles and Los Olivos, and has a soft spot for the some of the great value reds from Languedoc-Roussillon.
Michelle Davis is Assistant Manager, Old & Rare Buyer. Ten years ago, she started her wine career by accident after landing a position with Robert Mondavi. Having found her true calling, she quickly moved to The Wine House to expand her knowledge beyond Napa Valley. Today, she is the Old & Rare buyer, a manager and senior salesperson. Despite being in charge of the highest end department in the store, she is most passionate about introducing new wine drinkers to under the radar values as well as the wine world’s most overlooked grapes and regions.
Lance Montalto grew up in an Italian family where his grandfather always had a big jug‘o’wine at the Sunday dinner table. As a college student studying Art History in France and Italy, he enjoyed the pairing of wine and cuisine… so much so that upon graduation, he joined The Wine House sales staff! That was over 20 years ago, and Lance continues to enjoy the realm of aesthetics as it relates to the visual as well as the palate. He travels to Italy to meet with established producers as well as discover new ones, and has an unrivaled depth of knowledge about Italian wine.
Dan started here in Wine and Internet sales back in 2011, which naturally led to many nights of drinking beer and whiskey. After many years of needling the Knights for an expanded role in that world, they finally relented when the position opened up. Dan learned how to drink beer while serving in the Air Force in Germany many years ago, but these days you can usually find an IPA in his hands. Whiskeys are his first choice in spirits, although lately he tells us there has been much more experimenting with tequila and gin cocktails. Sake is something of a new territory for him, but he has already dove into some advanced education and looks forward to talking with our customers on all subjects to continue his growth.
Maria Garcia is a Los Angeles native, raised in Norwalk, California. She graduated from UCLA with degrees in political science and history degrees and earned a restaurant management degree from the Art Institute of California. She was teaching high school in Crenshaw when her interest in beverage took her to culinary school. During her time in culinary school, fascination with wine grew and her studies landed her at Spago, Beverly Hills, training under master sommelier Chris Miller. At Spago, she worked on the first three Wine Spectator Restaurant Award wine lists the restaurant was ever awarded. She gained certifications through the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues her studies to this day. She was most recently running the wine program at République restaurant in Los Angeles, where she curated a cellar of approximately 1800 selections. Having worked with large international cellars, feel free to ask her for wine suggestions from around the world.
Maria loves checking out new restaurants and long walks on the beach. She loves taking her cats for walks, although they haven’t been to the beach yet…
After many years in wholesale wine sales, Christi joined The Wine House in 2017 to assist with our marketing campaigns, though you can often find her on the floor helping customers with new discoveries as well. Christi found her way into the wine business via the restaurant industry, starting on the culinary side and then onto managing the front of the house where her passion for pairing food and wine was able to evolve. She has been fortunate to work with some of the greatest wineries in the world. She expanded her knowledge by studying and working with many of her winemakers to learn all aspects of wine making, particularly enjoying blending sessions.
James is a native Southern Californian who grew up in a family of wine lovers and collectors, so it was natural that he would land in the wine industry. After owning a sports memorabilia company and working in various business management positions since graduating from Pepperdine University, he realized that it was time to turn his passion for wine into a career. James first came to the Wine House as a customer and then successfully completed the WSET Advanced Certification course. He loves talking about and tasting wines from all over the world, but has a particular interest in wines from his home state of California.
Sarah started her love affair with the vine during her maiden voyage to Santa Barbara’s famed wine country, where the confluence of sun-kissed grapes, rolling hills and the convivial spirit evoked over a good bottle of wine lured her in with its siren song. The magic of that experience drove a deeper thirst within her to learn and grow her appreciation for wine, as well as to share that love with others, often hosting private tasting and pairing parties for friends and family.
Over ten years and multiple return trips to “the mother land” later, she took this appreciation to the next level and completed both the UCLA’s Wine Business and Management extension certificate program and the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) Level II program, taught by our own Monica Marin at the Wine House. At the same time, she landed her first paying wine gig here at The Wine House; a personal honor and great opportunity to share her passion for wine and spirits.
After spending 25 years in the world of high-tech publishing, while also raising two sons with her actor husband Bruce, Terry Nozick decided it was time to do what she really wanted to do … own a vineyard. Well that didn’t happen, so she decided to do the next best thing, which was to work in wine retail. It all began with her first wine class taught by Wine House GM JB Severin as part of her professional chef certification program. Terry has continued her wine education, and in June 2017 earned her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma. Terry has been working the order desk at the Wine House since the fall of 2014, and continues to learn something new every day about wine and spirits.