Our Team

Doris Hobbs, Account Executive

Doris Hobbs is an Account Executive for Napa Valley Life, where she represents an elite portfolio of luxury wine labels and related retail brands through out the wine industry. She graduated from Delta College, with a Communications Degree in Media Studies and Marketing in 2003. After graduation she embarked a fruitful journey throughout the publishing industry working alongside some of today’s renowned Editors and Publishers. Named “Best of the East Bay” in 2014 as well as featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, British Vogue, Hawaii News Now, CBS13/CW31 and KPIX-TV CBS television networks. Doris is also a highly recognized Diabetes Awareness Advocate and Motivational Speaker.  Follow her on Twitter – @doris_hobbs or reach her by email at doris.hobbs@napavalleylife.com.

 


 


Fran Miller, Contributing Writer 

Fran Miller is a feature writer for a variety of online and print publications. A pop culture junkie with a colorful background in politics, television, and pro sports, she loves sharing her travel, dining, and wine finds with readers, and prides herself on lyrically capturing the heart of all of her stories.

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Laura Larson, Contributing Writer

Laura Larson is a contributing writer specializing in winery and lifestyle experiences and is the feature editor for NVL’s Hidden Gems series. Laura is the Founder of Virtual Vines, a DTC sales and marketing consultancy focused on helping wineries build closer connections with customers through relationship marketing. Laura is an active member of the Napa Winery Community. She is an appointed Board Member of the Napa Valley Hospitality Forum, a consortium of over 85 wineries focused on inter-winery collaboration. She is a member of the DTC Wine Symposium Steering Committee as a content contributor and workshop moderator and over the past few years, served as a panel expert and judge for the SF Luxury Marketing Council Winery Bootcamp and Rising Star Awards. Laura also writes blogs and a feature column for Wine Industry Advisor, The V FILES ™; a Winery DTC best practices report scored by Mystery Shoppers. As an accredited sommelier, Laura’s passion for wine led her to explore some of the most prestigious wine regions all over the world and to the ultimate launch of her own wine label “601 Cellars “in Spring 2018.

 


 

 Dynie Sanderson – Food and Flavor Editor

“NapaFoodGal” Dynie is the Food and Flavor Editor for Napa Valley Life Magazine with over 18 years as a contributor. Editorial features focus on food, wine and travel and all things amazing. Dynie has been a food, wine and travel writer for over 25 years and has written for a variety of regional lifestyle, publications including being the founding Publisher/Editor of Napa Valley’s GuestWest Magazine for over 6 years and Associate Publisher for the Wine Country Region of TravelHost Magazine.  She is also the Co-proprietor of Tadpole Vineyards in Napa Valley. Active member of International Food Wine, Travel Writers and Bay Area Travel Writers, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, North American Travel Journalists Association.  Follow Dynie on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NapaFoodGal.

“Here today, another flavor tomorrow, my list is large and so is the world!
Let the delicious adventures continue…”

Other Works by Dynie Sanderson

 


 

Mallory Uran

Mallory Uran, Contributing Writer & Blogger

A fifth-generation Napan, Mallory Uran McEligot works as the Membership and Industry Relations Manager at Yountville’s Silver Trident Winery, and is the creator of BANG, the By Appointment Networking Group. BANG is instrumental in establishing valuable relationships between by appointment wineries, concierge, drivers and caterers throughout the wine industry. Mallory’s passion and knowledge for wine, fashion and this beautiful place she’s always called home shines through her lifestyle blog VineLiving, an insider’s guide to Napa Valley.

 


 

Lowell Downy, Contributing Photographer – Art Clarity

Since 2001, Lowell has served as cover and editorial photographer as well as an occasional editor and writer for Napa Valley Life Magazine. Lowell is an accomplished international photographer/artist with commissions by museums and book publishers, aerial photography commissions, and a host of fine art exhibitions.  He received a five year assignment to document the landscapes and cultures of Bolivia, Chile, Dubai, Switzerland and India from the advantage point of hot air balloons. Lowell is co-owner of Art & Clarity, a photography and video company based in Napa.

 


 

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufman, Travel Editor

Robert Kaufman is an internationally published writer and award-winning photographer with an observant eye and insightful journalistic style that has taken him around the world, including all 50 states! Robert’s entrepreneurial media career has included founding Northern California’s first-ever monthly golf publication and being instrumental in guiding Visit California’s golf marketing initiative to raise global awareness for the state as a top-tier golf destination. With only two continents (South America and Antarctica) remaining, Robert is always ready to embark on life’s next adventure. His work can be viewed at Picture PARfect.