MS – Author, Educator & Consultant
Named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine People in the US Wine Industry by Intowine.com in 2012 and 2013, Belding now teaches throughout the US.
American Wine Society Director of Member Services
Jay has a wealth of experience judging wine. He is one of only three International Wine Master graduates, and his writing has appeared in many international publications.
Wine, Food & Travel Writer
Author of six books and writter for many publications including Forbes and Robb Report, Cervin is currently the wine and spirits buyer for Montecito Village Grocery.
With diverse experiences in the wine industry, Arthur was raised in France and studied wine in Montreal. He currently manages the wine club at The WineSellar & Brasserie.
Founder of Maurice DiMarino’s CRU
Maurice is a certified sommelier, certified cicerone, CRT certified by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila. He is the wine & beverage manager for the Cohn Restaurant Group.
Mike Dunne is a contributing wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee, where before retiring he was the food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic.
Manager—Public Wine & Beverage Studies at CIA
Manager of public wine and beverage studies at the CIA at Greystone, Traci was named on of the country’s top wine sommeliers by Tasting Panel Magazine.
Starting in the industry in 1983, Rusty is the Winemaker for Vino Noceto overseeing the vineyard and orchard operations. He also judges various wine competitions.
Director Mid-American Wine Competition
Assistant Editor of the California Grapevine, Bob has judged wine for over 30 years and is the director of the Mid-American Wine Competition.
Michael Franz, Ph.D
Editor, Wine Review Online & Sommelier Magazine
Editor of Sommelier Magainze and Wine Review Online, Franz also works as a wine consultant and instructor for L’Academie de Cuisine and Capital Wine School.
Writer, Educator & Advisor
Paul Lukacs is a wine writer, educator, and advisor. He is the author of three books including Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasure.
President of Wine Spoken Here
Judging 100+ Wine and Spirits Competitions, Tim has more than 30 years of success in the industry with positions in PR, trade relations, marketing, sales and education.
Director of Hospitality, Patio Restaurant Group
Certified Sommelier and professional judge, Bill has played a role in the opening and operating of many food and beverage concepts in San Diego.
Founder & Editor California Grapevine
Founder and editor of the California Grapevine, the longest continuously published wine newsletter in the US, Nick brings more than 40 years of industry expertise.
Sommelier & Independent Wine Consultant
Internationally-renowned Sommelier, Wine Journalist, Wine Judge, Consultant, and Public Speaker, Mr. Sawyer is an industry legend.
MS – Wine Warrior & Kalinist Sommelier
Skorka represents family owned high integrity wines and has recently been the GM of Bastide, F&B Director of La Merigot Hotel and Sommelier in Church and State.
Wine Director at Barons Marketplace
With 30+ years of retail wine experience, Jeff has judged at numerous wine competitions and is the current Wine Director of Barons Market.
Wine Journalist, Educator & Judge
Since 1985 Mike has written his wine column, “Life is a Cabernet” and is the current managing director of the Bakerfield Wine Society.
Award-winning photojournalist specializing in wine, food and travel. She writes a column plus weekly wine reviews at winereviewonline.com, where she is also co-writer of Wine With.
Hotel Key Account Manager at Regal Wine Company
Wine expert Jeanette is a San Diego Native who currentely represents Regal Wine Company, a subsidiary of Jackson Family Wines.
CSW, CS, FWS – Wine professional
Working as the portfolio specialist for Moet and Hennessy, Rebekah is a certified sommelier, certified specialist of wine and a French wine scholar.