Tasting Room Staff

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Kathleen Southworth


Enthusiastic, Fun & Friendly Hospitality

Kathleen joins the tasting room staff on Friday and Saturday afternoons, pouring wine for our local Toad fans, club members and folks visiting from far away places. Kathleen loves to talk about Toad Hollow history and our funny stories or alternately, about her dog Merle and cats Leo and Thor. If you are more interested in malolactic fermentation, veraison or bud break, that conversation can happen too. If you like, you can even take a selfie with our famous Toad in front of the tasting room and be featured in a post on our Facebook page!


Bill Zuur


Bill "the Bowler" Zuur

Bill Zuur was one of the first employees of the Tasting Room when it opened in September 2003. His Tasting Room career started after his wife Nancy had a brief discussion with her friend Julie Maas, who was then the assistant CFO at Toad Hollow. The conversation went something like “Do you guys have anything that my husband can do? I need him to get out of the house” the rest, as they say, is HISTORY. When not working at Toad Hollow, Bill enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is a self employed licensed Private Fiduciary and also enjoys golf, handyman work, travel and good books.


Cheryl Lynd


Pleasing person pouring plenty of personality!

Cheryl was born in LA County and moved to Northern California as a young child. She has worked in the wine industry for many years and continues to be excited about it every day! When not working in the Tasting Room, Cheryl loves spending days with her four grandchildren. She really is a people person and is crazy for our Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay!


Joe Janowczyk


Harleys, country music and a touch of home town hospitality!

Joe came to Toad Hollow in February of 2016 after having spent multiple years working both on the supply and wholesaler sides of the business. He got his start on the marketing side of the business after finishing at Miami University with a degree in Journalism and American Studies in 2011. You'll see Joe mostly on the weekends in our tasting room, and feel free to ask him about some back roads in the area to see or take your bike on as Joe spends a ton of his time riding around the county on his Harley Davidson. That bike makes it all the more fun commuting to work at the Toad Hollow Tasting Room!


Kristina Tovani


Vivacious and enthusiastic about everything wine!

Kristina was born and raised in South San Francisco but has lived in Sonoma County for 15 years. She is the proud wife of a local Fire Captain and they have a beautiful son who keeps them active with sports and school. Kristina loves to cook and bake so we hope she also likes to share! Her favorite wines are red, especially Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. She has been working in the wine industry since 2015 and loves every minute of it! Kristina says she likes tasting at the various new Sonoma County wineries any chance she gets so she can recommend lots of fun places for our visitors.


Wendy Ponzo


Shares her love of wine as a Healdsburg local!

"I love my family, I love wine, food and of course, Healdsburg!" says Wendy about what is important to her and what she brings to her job in our tasting room. As a Healdsburg local, she is even more excited to share her appreciation of our wine country community with everyone who walks into our tasting room.