Meet the Panther Creek Team
Tony Rynders, Winemaker
Tony Rynders has spent the past 20 vintages developing his winemaking skills in some of the best wineries in Oregon, Washington, California, Italy and Australia. He is recognized as one of America’s most highly acclaimed winemakers. Tony works with many varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese and Viognier, plus sparkling wines and aromatic white varieties. “In every wine I create, my goal is to express each vineyard's unique personality,” comments Tony.
Tony obtained a Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture in 1992 from the University of California at Davis. He has worked harvests in Napa, northern Italy, Australia and Tuscany and held winemaking positions at several wineries; Tony was the head winemaker at Domaine Serene Winery/Rockblock Cellars for 10 years, during which he obtained more 90+ point scores from the Wine Spectator than any other winemaker during this period of time.
Madelaine Morford, General Manager
Madelaine has over 15 years of experience in the wine industry and is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Masters and holds the Advanced Certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She is responsible for the daily operations of our tasting room, in addition to the wine club and our wholesale sales. She provides our guests with in-depth wine knowledge and hospitality, focusing on education and information of our wines and wines from around the world. Madelaine holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in French Literature & Linguistics from the University of Washington. Madelaine’s family was in the wine business and has naturally followed in their footsteps to pursue her own career in wine. She’s traveled to many wine growing regions in France and has a great passion for Bordeaux and Champagne. When she’s not thinking about wine, she enjoys hiking with her husband and practicing yoga.
Leslie Glassman, Marketing Manager
Leslie Glassman has over 15 years of marketing, event planning and social media experience. She has been with Panther Creek since Bacchus Capital’s acquisition of the winery in 2013. Leslie is also the Marketing Manager for Bacchus Capital Management.
For Panther Creek, Leslie is responsible for managing digital platforms as well as social media communications. Leslie has worked as the Marketing Manager for Gordian Group, a leading independent investment bank, for 13 years. She began her career in Financial Operations at Citibank.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in International Spanish for the Professions with a Minor in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Leslie became interested in wine at her first winery tour at a vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa while traveling around the world on Semester at Sea during college. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two young sons.