QUEEN 2019 – Gayle Dellinger | 2019 GRAND MARSHAL Kimberlee Nichols



                        2019 QUEEN

                   GAYLE DELINGER



                           KIMBERLEE NICHOLS

 We welcome Gayle Dellinger, Queen Krewe of Cork 2019. A member since 2003 and the Royal Coordinator for 7 years, Gayle is now excited to be chosen as this year’s Queen.

When Gayle first started with the Krewe there were 50 members. Gayle brought King Patrick’s vision to expand the membership to reality. Patrick was inspired by a quote from Euripides (480-406 BC).  “Where there is no wine, there is no love.”  So over a bottle of wine one Sunday afternoon, he set a goal of 406 members. At that point we set up a website, online registration, and created Sparkling and Still memberships.

Gayle enlisted her daughter Lauren on this wine journey. Together they envisioned the “wine police” and established the slogan:  “To serve and to pour.”  Lauren designed the first wine police uniforms — a Custom T shirt that drew many requests for purchase however none were ever accepted.

On a trip to China Gayle and Lauren met with a manufacturer and discussed the idea of a custom designed wine glass.  This crazy connection was perfect for Gayle to communicate and approve designs at midnight in New Orleans which was noon in Shanghai. The Krewe continues this connection for beads and wine glasses.

Gayle undertook a major project to raise money for the New Orleans Firefighters and turned the Royal Coordinator duties over to Gillian. Gayle created and marketed “The New Orleans Firefighters Look Hot” calendar which raised over $500,000.

Gayle is a longtime supporter of the New Orleans Ballet Association and currently serves on the Board of the Japan Society of New Orleans. She is a member of the New Orleans Rotary Club and has participated in International Friendship Exchanges to Calgary and New Zealand.  She enjoys growing orchids, gardening, and flower arranging. She frequently entertains and tries out new recipes on the unsuspecting guests.  In addition to all her fun and creative activities,  Gayle has been a Financial Advisor for 36 years and  has been recognized by Forbes and Barron’s.

Gayle made many new friends through the Krewe of Cork and she looks forward to her Queen’s role and getting to know all the members. Nineteen is her lucky number and she will be the nineteenth queen in the year 2019

Over her career spanning almost 30 years, Kim has earned a reputation as one of Napa Valley’s most talented and respected winemakers. With a gifted palate, and three decades of Napa Valley winemaking knowledge and experience, Kim crafts wines of uncommon character and complexity from Markham’s 350 acres of Napa Green certified sustainable estate vineyards in Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga. From this prized fruit, Kim continues Markham’s long tradition of making benchmark Merlots recognized for their structure and vineyard-inspired sophistication, as well as acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons, Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays. As a winemaker, Kim finds inspiration in her love of pairing great food and wine. An accomplished cook and baker, Kim thoroughly enjoys hosting small dinner parties for family and friends—including her two grown sons—with the goal of creating wonderful memories that showcase the relationship between lovingly prepared food and artfully made wines.

After earning a degree in biology from Willamette University in 1989, Kim’s fascination with the science of winemaking led her to the lab at Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, where she honed her craft before joining Markham Vineyards in 1993. After four years of hands-on experience in the vineyards and in the winery, she was promoted to associate winemaker in 1997 and then to winemaker in 2001. Kim is an empowering leader, who loves to work collaboratively with her team to constantly inspire, improve and innovate, with a special focus on Markham’s renowned Merlot program. “Merlot is the first wine I fell in love with when I arrived in Napa. In my opinion, it is the perfect food wine.” In the last two decades leading the winemaking team, Kim’s artistry, innovative spirit and encyclopedic knowledge of winegrowing and winemaking have helped Markham Vineyards to earn countless accolades, and an enduring place as one of Napa Valley’s great wineries.