Welcome to Cellar Angels

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Your Gateway To A World Of Wine Wanderlust.

Meet Cellar Angels, your private online wine curator with heart.  As a complimentary member, you’ll receive unprecedented access to a rotating selection of Napa and Sonoma’s highest caliber, limited production wines rarely found in the market.

Learn the intimate stories of our passionate and talented winemaking partners and enjoy VIP access to member exclusives like private barrel tastings, verticals with the winemaker, personally signed bottles and interactive virtual tastings.

While enjoying these phenomenal wines, you’ll also make a positive impact on the world.  With each wine purchase you’ll be invited to select from a list of partnering charities to support with your sales proceeds.

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Become a complimentary Cellar Angels member and enjoy…

  • Rare access to premium, small batch Napa & Sonoma wines
  • Special member pricing
  • Virtual winemaker interviews and detailed wine specifications
  • VIP Member Exclusives
  • A portion of purchase proceeds donated to your favorite cause
  • Flat rate direct ground shipping from the winery to your door
  • Access to concierge services within Napa and Sonoma

In addition, you will have access to our Tasting Room and Library Wine Club memberships, wine e-gift cards, mouth-blown, Italian crystal stemware and customized corporate gift services. It's time to experience an entirely new way to enjoy wine. Explore our offerings below and scroll down to meet our team... 

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Meet the Angels: 
Martin A. Cody

Co-CEO, President, Co-Founder

Martin Cody has extensive entrepreneurial experience founding three different companies dealing with retail wine, real estate holdings and land management. Along with his wife Denise, he co-owned a retail bricks and mortar retail wine shop (sold in 2013). The store grew double digits during the recession and quickly became a local landmark in a fiercely competitive area of Chicago. With a successful and acclaimed 30 year career in sales, he understood that customer service was a differentiator along with hand-picked selections of wine rarely seen in the marketplace. 
Martin has extensive national wine industry contacts and leverages his experience and those relationships to accelerate Cellar Angels’ growth. In Martin's view, success in business requires endless persistence and always working harder "than the other guy". Success isn't handed to you, it has to be earned. He is passionate about wine and intent on introducing premium small wineries to wine enthusiasts. When not involved in wine or golf related activities you will find him asleep.

Denise Smith Cody, RN

Co-CEO, Chief Operating Angel and Co-Founder

A 20 year career as a Surgical Nurse and Director of Nursing prepared Denise for her first position in the wine industry, a retail wine shop owner. The skillset of those two roles makes her a perfect fit as Chief Operating Angel for Cellar Angels. Specifically, the company benefits from her strengths including work flow efficiency, meticulous organizational talents and empowering leadership skills. Most recently Denise completed the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Program received the Corporate Woman of Achievement Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Her passion for “the juice”, strong work ethic, meticulous attention to financial details and the instinct to do the right thing exemplifies the very DNA of Cellar Angels. 
Outside of work, Denise enjoys the outdoors, travel and relieves stress by honing her culinary skills.

 

Carrie Schuster

Investor, Marketing & Sales, Sommelier

Carrie fell in love with wine after her first exhilarating sip of Champagne at a wedding many years back. What started as casual tasting and self-education evolved into a true passion for wine and the desire to build a lifestyle around it. Involved with Cellar Angels since inception in 2010, she currently supports the marketing efforts, charity relations and winery partnerships. With The Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 certification under her belt, Carrie plans to pursue future wine certifications. Experienced at event planning, wine buying and wine education, you will also find her leading consumer tasting events or participating in fundraising runs like Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. Triathlon training, photography and planning vacations with her husband are just a few of her favorite things when she is not busy “changing the world one bottle of wine at a time”!

Megan Vandette

Investor and Blog Contributor Extraordinaire 

Meghan Vandette is a sommelier and trained chef residing in Chicago, IL. She is currently concentrating on the Sales and Distribution side of the wine industry. Megan is thrilled to not only have invested in Cellar Angels, but to have formerly been a working member of this outstanding team. She firmly believes that companies like Cellar Angels, who give back to the community, while providing an invaluable service to its' members, are the future of the industry.

R. Sean & Marilyn Manning, CPA

Partners, Board Members and Accountant

Sean and his wife Marilyn Manning spend time providing valuable introductions to prospective members and wine industry partners. Uniquely, Sean is Co-Author of the book, Six Steps to Small Business Success. Sean and Marilyn love sharing their growing understanding of wine with friends socially and enjoy introducing the Cellar Angels concept to businesses in their community. They are both particularly committed to helping charity partners, specifically the charities that support our younger generations, as they feel children have a tremendous amount to gain from support and contributions. “Cheers, and thanks for helping to make a change locally and around the world by simply enjoying a great glass of wine with us through Cellar Angels.” ~Marilyn & Sean Manning

Robert Heffernan

Investor

As a co-creator of Mangia.tv Bob is a big believer that the energy brought to gatherings has a direct impact on the quality and enjoyment of the event. Thoughtful preparation of food when paired with great wine has such a positive impact on so many and will ensure memorable gatherings. It's all about energy and purpose. Collectively we can make a difference. That's why Bob is involved with Cellar Angels.

Jasper Freeman

Investor

Jasper is the Director of Specialty Accounts for Vertex Pharmaceuticals located in Cambridge, MA. He has been in the drug industry for over 30 years. He is responsible for specialty pharmacy distribution of all Vertex products through the specialty pharmacy channel in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Jasper’s passion for wine runs deep as he believes wine represents so many things to so many people. Wine brings families together for special occasions and similarly marks key events in many people's lives. Jasper is honored to be a part of Cellar Angels and he is especially attracted to the charitable giving component. Jasper truly believes Cellar Angels provides members with the ability to satisfy their thirst for great wines at economical prices while also allowing buyers to serve others.

Paul Heffernan

Investor

Paul is an owner of Susanna Farms (a functioning family farm in Illinois) and Alpha Group, where he works as a commodity trader. He loves wine and is a passionate philanthropist.

Michele & RJ Kuznitz

Investors

Michele and RJ have been married for 27 years. They are proud of two adult children, Lynn, a lawyer in Chicago and Bryan, a music producer. RJ works as a financial advisor for John Hancock and Michele is a Registered Nurse First Assistant and very passionate fitness instructor.

Jassem el Mahmoud

Investor

Jassem is a private investor, trading equities/options and managing his investments in retail, service and technology start up companies.  He also has 20 year business experience in the restaurant service industry holding various global leadership positions inside the McDonald’s Corporation. Originally from Germany, Jassem has lived or worked in all areas of the world. He has a passion for both old world and Californian wines. He believes that Cellar Angels offers great and rare Californian  wines, while allowing to support great causes.

Shannon Williams

Angel Host

Shannon is a great addition to the Cellar Angels family. She assists Martin Cody with on camera interviews telling the intimate behind-the-scenes stories of our passionate winemakers and owners. Shannon lives in Northern California with her husband raising 3 children while balancing a career in real estate, public relations, and occasional television appearances. 

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