Talent

Our seminars are as delicious as they are educational, and explore thoughtful and fun topics. Our hand-picked moderators and panelists are some of the most knowledgeable industry experts who create entertaining and informative experiences.

March 8, 2021
Michael Accurso

When we began our pursuit of the pinnacle of Pinot Noir — embodied in our "Les Pommiers" blend — we chose to approach the varietal by...

March 8, 2021
Anthony Avila

Anthony joined Bien Nacido Estates in 2013 as Assistant Winemaker. While studying Business Finance at Cal Poly, Anthony developed a  passion for fine food &...

February 18, 2021
Keith Beavers

Keith is VinePair’s Tastings Director. He is a wine lover and self taught wine geek who has owned a wine retail shop as well as...

February 16, 2021
Josh Bergström

In 1999, Josh Bergström returned to Oregon after a postgraduate program in viticulture and enology in Burgundy and founded the Bergström label with his father,...

March 8, 2021
Greg Brewer

Greg Brewer’s primary focus in the winery is the pursuit of refinement. He is engaged in every aspect of his work, from vineyard to market,...

March 8, 2021
Paul Bridgeman

A Yarra Valley local, Paul was amazed by the quality of fruit produced by our vineyards and decided to join Levantine Hill in 2013. By...

February 16, 2021
Michael Browne

Founding winemaker at Kosta Browne, and now proprietor and winemaker at CIRQ and CHEV, Michael Browne is continuing his craft of building hand-made Pinot Noir...

March 8, 2021
David Coventry

David Coventry is a native of Monterey, California, so he knows firsthand just how special it is here – from the vineyards and the landscape...

January 20, 2020
Richard Doré

Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara County resident returned to...

February 16, 2021
Gary Franscioni

Gary is a third generation Santa Lucia Highlands farmer. Gary and Rosella Franscioni started ROAR Wines with the knowledge that Pinot Noir had a shining...

October 11, 2019
David Glancy MS

David Glancy created a Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute (now known as ICC), successfully coaching more than 400 students to pass the...

December 2, 2019
Evan Goldstein MS

Evan Goldstein, MS, is one of the nation’s most prolific food and wine industry veterans. His food and wine career started at age 19 in...

March 8, 2021
Megan Gunderson

Winemaker Megan Gunderson Paredes began her career in the Napa Valley in 2001 when she moved from Colorado to California and worked as an intern...

March 8, 2021
Chris Hammell

Chris grew up in Arroyo Grande and has a degree from Cal Poly in Agribusiness. He gained valuable experience at Santa Maria’s Cambria Vineyards, first as...

October 23, 2019
Eric Johnson

Winemaker Eric Johnson was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California.  He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he...

March 8, 2021
Tim Jones

Tim Jones spent most of his life in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. He was born in Ashland, OR and grew up in Eureka,...

February 23, 2021
Michael Jordan

Five-time Sommelier of the Year, Veteran Restaurateur and “Sommelier for the People” Michael Jordan is Director of Global Key Accounts for Jackson Family Wines. Jordan...

February 18, 2021
Breauna Kanzler

Breauna is the soul of the Kanzler wine allocation process and customer care. She releases bottles directly to clients via the mailing list during biannual offerings,...

November 21, 2019
Alex Kanzler

Winemaker Alex Kanzler produces a limited 2,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the foggy western hills of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. He is...

December 5, 2019
Matt Kettmann

Author of the acclaimed new book Vines & Visions: The Winemakers of Santa Barbara County, Matt Kettmann is a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, where...

February 22, 2021
Ed Kurtzman

Ed began his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay journey at Bernardus in the early 1990s. In 1995 he became the enologist and assistant winemaker at Chalone...

October 15, 2019
Adam Lee

Raised a Southern Baptist in Austin, Texas, Adam Lee’s love affair with wine did not begin until after he graduated with a degree in history...

March 8, 2021
Steve McIntyre

Having planted more than 20% of the entire AVA, farmed nearly a third of its vineyards and vinified hundreds of wines from its grapes, Steve...

February 23, 2021
Shane Moore

Hailing from Idaho, Shane had an early interest in wine and agriculture, which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Enology and Viticulture...

March 10, 2021
Greg Morthole

 Raised in Sacramento, Greg Morthole attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a B.S. in Natural Sciences. He entered the wine industry in 1999...

December 6, 2019
Joshua Orr MS

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Joshua Orr got his start in the wine industry while attending Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California....

March 8, 2021
Coby Parker Garcia

A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia’s love of farming was forged as a child working in his family’s garden in San Luis Obispo. After extensive trips...

February 16, 2021
Mark Pisoni

Mark Pisoni has a connection with the soil. Mark is the third generation farmer who manages Pisoni Vineyards, initially planted by his maverick father in...

March 8, 2021
Jon Priest

He might be the only winemaker to run 100 miles in one day over the Sierras, and then do it again riding his horse, Merlin....

March 8, 2021
Matt Revelette

Originally from Kentucky, Matt fell in love with wine by working in vineyards during his summers as a college student. He solidified his choice while working the sunrise shift during...

February 24, 2021
Regine Rousseau

Regine Rousseau, wine and spirits expert, writer, presenter, and media personality, focuses on making wine knowledge accessible to people at all levels of proficiency. She...

March 8, 2021
Erica Stancliff

Erica Stancliff’s journey into winemaking started one evening when she was 10 years old. Paul Hobbs came over for dinner and brought a bottle of...

March 8, 2021
Alicia Sylvester

Raised on her family’s almond farm in California’s Central Valley, Alicia Sylvester’s strong work ethic and love of agriculture was cultivated at a young age....

March 8, 2021
Cory Waller

Raised in the town of Hollister--- just a few miles as the crow flies from Eden Rift---Cory grew up exploring the forests, canyons and river...

March 8, 2021
Jen Walsh

 Jen Walsh grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and worked in restaurants during her time in high school, as well as while she attended college at...

March 1, 2021
Patrick Will

Patrick joined VINTUS in late 2010 when VINTUS purchased his national importing company Ex Cellars Wine Agencies, Inc., and merged two dynamic portfolios. Prior to...

February 23, 2021
Sarah Wuethrich

 Maggy Hawk Winemaker Sarah Wuethrich grew up in Cupertino, California, and arrived at the University of California at Davis intending to be an atmospheric science...

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