The Vintners Club was founded in 1971 by a group of visionaries for the purpose of advancing wine education. It is a California nonprofit public-benefit corporation that has been granted tax-exempt status as an educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eight-member board of directors manages the activities of the Club.
Jerry Draper, Reed Foster and Paul Rehs were the first three presidents of the Club. In 2003, the Board of Directors elected Rick Waterman as the Club's fourth president. Rick is a retired pharmaceutical scientist and attorney, and a former Sonoma County award-winning vintner. Lalita Waterman has served as the Vice-President & Treasurer since 2001. She is a retired biologist, classical dancer, concert pianist and attorney. The Secretary of the corporation is Jack Mills, an oral surgeon, who joined the Board in 2002. Muriel Wilson (a landscape architect) joined the Board in 2006. In January 2010, Norris Boothe (an attorney and former internet executive) was elected to the Board. He now serves as the Assistant Secretary to the organization. In May 2014, Steven Sacks, an attorney, was appointed to complete the term of Dr. Roger Smith. In January 2015, John Tracy, a solid state physicist and entrepreneur, was appointed to serve a three-year term. Most recently, in April 2016, Dr. Catharine Van Ingen, a cum laude engineer and Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, was appointed for a three-year term.