Marina Freedman is a lifelong resident of Marin and Sonoma Counties, frequenting the northern California wine regions for over 20 years. As a concierge at Beau Wine Tours, she has a passion for getting to know each individual client and custom-tailoring their wine tasting experience. Marina holds an Associate’s Degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Hospitality Management, from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.
Marina started her career in Hospitality in 2004 as a concierge intern at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Following that position, she worked as an Assistant Front Office Manager/Concierge for the Yountville Inn and Les Mars Hotel in Healdsburg, a Relais & Chateaux property. Marina launched concierge desks for both hotels.
Prior to joining Beau Wine Tours, Marina was an important part of the opening concierge teams at two of the newest properties in Napa Valley: The Meritage Resort & Spa/Vino Bello Resort in Napa, and Bardessono in Yountville. Bardessono is a certified LEED Platinum property and her primary focus was building partnerships with artisan winemakers and small biodynamic, organic, and sustainable vineyards and wineries.
Marina’s personal love and appreciation of fine wines and dining, combined with her experience working at some of the most prominent properties in both Napa and Sonoma Valley, make her an exceptional resource and member of the Beau Wine Tours team. She has a vast knowledge of what the wineries and appellations have to offer, as well as a solid understanding of the logistics surrounding the regions.
Christina Vinci – CTA
Christina was raised in Napa Valley and was introduced to wine and winemaking at an early age. Her background includes extensive experience in customer service—she has worked in hospitality, retail management, education, food and beverage management, design, and sales management.
Christina holds a degree in Interior Design and Architecture (2007) and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the area. She earned a ServeSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association and Health Department, and has been awarded several customer service excellence awards for her participation in seminars and classes specific to the field. Christina prides herself on building lasting relationships and managing a team that takes pride in helping others discover the unique beauty of northern California’s wine country.
Salli Pemelton – CTA
Salli was born and raised in the Napa Valley. She is certified as a Sonoma County Tourism Ambassador and has completed the Napa Valley Vintners AVA program: Napa Rocks. Her 20+ years of professional experience has included working in hotels and Bed & Breakfast establishments in the valley. Prior to joining Beau Wine Tours, she worked in the sales department at The Culinary Institute of America for six years. Salli truly enjoys helping others experience the best that wine country has to offer.
Cheri R Ligotti – CTA
Cheri grew up in Sonoma County. Her background includes the study of the Local Sonoma County Art scene as well as teaching children at the YMCA and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. She also has extensive experience in sales, customer service, education, and food and beverages.
Cheri holds a degree in Studio Art from the Santa Rosa Junior College and has a small business making handmade creations for any celebration. She is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Sonoma County, and is working towards a degree in Hospitality and Wine Tasting.