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.
Wine, Food & Travel Writer
Author of six books and writer for Forbes and Robb Report, Cervin is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport and a consultant for a Wine PR Firm.
Rich has been working with wine competitions since the mid 1980’s, currently directing several competitions in addition to the Toast of the Coast and Distilled San Diego.
Restaurant and Wine Consultant, Brian has played a key role in the success of many restaurants and is currently studying for his Master Sommelier Diploma.
Mike Dunne is a contributing wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee, where before retiring he was the food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic.
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.
Owner at The WineSellar Brasserie
Chairman and Founder of The WineSellar & Brasserie, Gary is a leading authority in fine wine, Union Tribune column writer, appraiser and auctioneer.
Food & Beverage Manager, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Lisa creates innovative seasonal beverage programs that encompass wine, cocktails and beer, staff training, revenue generation and service standards.
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, weekly reviews, and Wine With at WineReviewOnline.com.
California Regional Manager, Duckhorn
Working as the portfolio specialist for Moet and Hennessy, Rebekah is a certified sommelier, certified specialist of wine and a French wine scholar.
Henry Wine Group
Kevin is a long time portfolio manager for the Henry Wine Group in San Diego, representing wines from all over the world. He is WSET Advanced Certified in wine and spirits.
Certified Sommelier and Wholesale Rep
Named one Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “Best New Sommeliers”, Tammi wears many hats in the wine industry including consultant, ambassador, and wholesale rep.