who We Are



Neal Rosenthal - Founder

Neal Rosenthal is the co-founder of Rosenthal Wine Merchant (RWM), an importer and distributor of limited production, estate-bottled wines from Western Europe. This endeavor began in 1977 as a humble, one-man retail operation located in New York City — but very much outside the mainstream of the wine business.

Neal, having stepped away from his corporate and international law practice, conceived of this project and was joined shortly thereafter by his partner and wife, Kerry Madigan. The objective from the outset was to work as directly as possible with growers who were dedicated to producing limited quantities of the finest quality wines and who shared the RWM passion for “terroir”, that ephemeral “sense of place”.

Neal was born in New York City in 1945 and was educated at Rutgers, Columbia and New York Universities. He is the author of “Reflections of a Wine Merchant”, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2008. He was featured in the documentary film “Mondovino,” 2004.

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Victoria Anstead - Advisor - Special Projects

Victoria works with innovative thinkers, creators, and institutions in the arts, science, and technology curating exhibitions, producing films, writing and speaking, to craft narratives that connect people to the places they know — and to those they may never actually visit. Working with the world’s top architecture and urban design firms she advises on the art and cultural elements of master plans for new and reimagined places around the globe. For more than 20 years in her work as art advisor she has guided art collectors through the ever-changing landscape of modern and contemporary art.

Her collaborations include the Earth Institute/Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History, Center for Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With Mad Rose Journeys, Victoria unlocks stories hidden in the places we'll travel: private collections and gardens, artisans’ and artists’ studios, secret parts of major museums — and marries these with the voices of scientists, historians, and cultural innovators. Victoria holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and previously worked in international investment banking.