Welcome to Cellar Angels

The coveted wines you desire, the customer service you deserve.

As your private online sommelier, Cellar Angels invites you on an exclusive virtual journey to one of Earth’s most breathtaking wine destinations.  Through our video interviews you’ll discover the intimate stories of our passionate and talented winemaking partners.  You’ll gain private access to Napa and Sonoma’s highest caliber, limited production wines rarely available in the market.  And you’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities like private VIP winemaker tastings, personally signed bottles and interactive Skype tastings.

Your unique experience is made all the more special with one very distinct element. With every wine transaction, you choose a charity that tugs most at your heart and Cellar Angels will donate 10% of the transaction’s proceeds. Welcome to the inner circle of wine wanderlust.

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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 recently completed the sale of their retail wine shop after six years of ownership. The store grew double digits during the recession and quickly became a local landmark in a firecely competitive area of Chicago. Two distinctive attributes of the store's success can be linked to legendary customer service and a hand-picked selection of wines 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 active in children’s charitable causes with his wife and has founded Cellar Angels to further those efforts. 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 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. Her passion for “the juice”, strong work ethic, 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, 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 manages the marketing, charity relations and winery partnerships. With The Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 certification under her belt, Carrie is actively pursuing Level 2. 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


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


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


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


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


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.