Special Guests

Chad Melville
Melville Winery | Lompoc

Chad and his brother Brent planted the vineyard from raw land in the cold climate of Santa Rita Hills in 1997 and 1998. The family has been in the growing of wine business since the mid 80's and found their…

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Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray Vineyards | Los Olivos

Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhone varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980's while traveling through France's Rhone Valley. Leaving his UC Berkeley paleontology and English literature studies behind, he pursued his new mistress, Syrah, with…

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Joe Wright
Left Coast Estate | Rickreall

Joe Wright joined the Oregon wine industry in 1996 after leaving Glenwood Springs, CO where he had managed a fine wine shop for several years. While in Oregon he made wine at Willamette Valley Vineyards, which included the Griffin Creek…

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Master Sommelier Roland Micu
Republic National Distributing Company |

Roland Micu is a Master Sommelier and experienced wine and beverage educator. Roland has run wine and beverage programs for Michelin Starred restaurants in the Bay Area, California, and currently resides in the western mountain region of Colorado. Roland's true…

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Cameron Frey
Ramey Wine Cellars | Healdsburg

Cameron joined Ramey Wine Cellars prior to the 2002 harvest and has since been an integral part of crafting our award-winning wines. Cameron was born and raised in Lodi, California before heading off to California State University-Fresno. He graduated with…

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Chefs

Executive Chef Kevin Erving
Beano's Cabin | Vail

Kevin grew up in the Pacific Northwest and started his culinary career in Seattle, Washington over 30 years ago. He landed a job with The Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts at the age of 19 as a Cook III shucking…

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Matthew Limbaugh
Root & Flower | Vail

Born and raised in North Carolina, Chef Matt has been in Vail for 13 years. Starting out at Mirabelle in Beaver Creek then working his way to becoming Chef de Cuisine at Restaurant Kelly Liken for 5 years, he is…

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Executive Chef Dan Maguire
Game Creek Restaurant | Vail

Executive Chef Daniel Maguire's point of view is to utilize the best local ingredients, giving them their truest expression on the plate. Chef Dan studied at Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, and turned his culinary eye to the…

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Executive Chef Brian Ackerman
Splendido at the Chateau | Beaver Creek

Brian Ackerman has been with Splendido for over a decade, working as a sous chef and then for years as chef-de-cuisine. He purchased the restaurant in the spring of 2016, and as executive chef he is committed to carrying on…

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Jason Lahrman
Avalanche Pub, Marriott Mountain Resort | Vail

Jason started his career bouncing around the country gaining experience in a variety of culinary styles, targeting locations that are recognized for their cuisine. Some areas of focus were around seafood in the Pacific Northwest, smoked meats in the Texas…

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Executive Chef Joe Frietze
Mountain Standard | Vail

Chef Joe moved to Vail, Colorado from Chicago in 2019 because it seemed like the right thing to do. After three years in the Windy City, he was looking for somewhere new to call home. Joe found that Vail was…

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Chef Jose Espindola
Vail Chophouse | Vail

Jose has been masterfully creating beautifully prepared dishes at the Chophouse from the restaurant’s inception. Beginning at the age of 14 he has proven himself time and time again working up from a dishwasher to being named Executive Chef. Chef…

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Executive Chef Angel Munoz Jr.
Maya, The Westin | Avon

I was born in Tijuana, Mexico and was greatly influenced by the Mexican-American culture of the city. My mother was from Mexico and my father was from the States. I went to school in Mexico until the age of 24.…

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Executive Chef Riley Romanin
Hooked | Avon

Riley Romanin was born in Evergreen, Colorado before moving to the Vail Valley with his family when he was ten. His fascination for food and cooking manifested early, and he spent his childhood hovering close behind his mother and grandmother…

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Executive Chef Jay Spickelmier
Gessner Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Vail | Vail

Growing up in Denver Colorado, Jay Spickelmier joined the restaurant industry at age fourteen. His culinary career quickly took shape in Boulder, Colorado's restaurant seen, which included the iconic Flagstaff House. Finding his passion and the entrepreneur spirit, Chef Spickelmier…

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Executive Chef Jack Ridenour
Bistro 14 | Vail

Jack Ridenour attended the Western Culinary Institute and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Culinary Management. Ridenour takes pride in training culinary students from all over the world. He describes his biggest challenge as providing the freshest food at an…

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Chef Michael Sheard
Two Elk | Vail

Mike Sheard graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management. Sheard is the Executive Chef at Two Elk Lodge and has worked with Vail Resorts for 26 years, starting…

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Executive Chef Tyson Amick
Frost Creek | Eagle

Born and raised in North Carolina, Chef Amick has been living in Eagle County for almost three years, and has worked in progressive cuisine for 25 years. Growing up surrounded by agriculture, he began his education at an early age…

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Ben Gilbert, Mike Fernandez and Jeff Kennedy
Moe's Original BBQ | Vail

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que was founded by three Alabama boys: Ben Gilbert from Athens, Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. After meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, they instantly became friends and had a mutual interest…

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Executive Chef Mike Irwin
Sauce on the Creek | Avon

Michael Irwin had started his career in the Vail Valley in 1994 working at Sweet Basil until 1999. This is when he left Sweet Basil to open Larkspur with Thomas Salamonovich. Over the course of his early days working in…

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Executive Chef Marco Fossati
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail |

Distinguished chef and culinary leader Marco Fossati has been appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Fossati has an impressive culinary career that began more than 30 years ago in his home country of Italy. After completing…

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Chef de Cuisine Taylor Frankel
Sweet Basil | Vail

Taylor grew up in Boulder and loved to ski and snowboard, and everything mountain. She began her culinary career at home with her parents when she was a child. They would cook elaborate meals on the weekends, and their cuisine…

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Chef Paul Ferzacca
La Tour | Vail

La Tour's award-winning Chef-Owner Paul Ferzacca, honored at the James Beard House in New York City, is one of Vail's most celebrated and respected chefs. He has served in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the country, such as…

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Matt Good
Mid-Vail | Vail

Matthew Good's career began after enrolling in the Culinary Program at Colorado Mountain College where he quickly found his way into the field of fine dining. After 6 years working in Vail Valley for a variety of restaurants such as…

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Executive Chef Paul Wade
Tavern on the Square at the Arrabelle | Vail

Wade's career has taken him from his roots in Sonoma, California, to the island of Maui and then to the Colorado mountains. He worked his way up early from pastry chef to line cook to sous chef, then to executive…

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Wineries

Brett de Leuze President/Partner
ZD Wines | Napa

ZD Wines President Brett deLeuze is a lifetime veteran of the wine business. He was only four years old when ZD Wines was founded in 1969. He grew up immersed in the excitement surrounding the founding of a new winery.…

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Joshua Wludyka
Lingua Franca | Salem

Josh first worked with MS Larry Stone on the wine team at the legendary Michelin Charlie Trotter's. When chef Trotter retired, Josh relocated to the Cayman Islands, where he continued his pursuit of excellence in food and wine- opening a…

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Master Sommelier Jesse Becker
Craft + Estate | Glen Allen

Jesse Becker is a Master Sommelier and has worked for some of the top restaurants in the United States including Tra Vigne (Napa Valley), NoMI at the Park Hyatt (Chicago), and Frasca Food and Wine (Colorado). His training included three…

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Executive Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Neil Collins
Tablas Creek | Paso Robles

Neil was born and raised in Bristol, England. Trained as a chef, he moved into winemaking with stints with John Munch at Adelaida Cellars and Ken Volk at Wild Horse. At Adelaida, Neil met Robert Haas and the Perrins of…

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Winemaker and General Manager Chris Kajani
Bouchaine Vineyards | Napa

"Winemaking is a science and entails technical skill, but just as critical is having deep intuition, keen observation, and a sense of wonder." Chris Kajani became the winemaker and general manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in early 2015, replacing longtime Bouchaine…

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Owner and Winemaker Matt Trevisan
Linne Calodo | Paso Robles

Matt Trevisan, owner, and winemaker of Linne Calodo crafted his first vintage in 1998. He has garnered accolades and A-level scores for his Rhone influenced and Zinfandel artisan blends. Considering Paso Robles is a wine region in the grips of…

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President Eric Malinksi
Piattelli Vineyards | Cafayate & Mendoza

Applying his Business Management degree from St. Mary's University, Eric has enjoyed building and managing businesses alongside incredibly talented professionals. Eric has expertise in building and cultivating strategic partnerships and is committed to applying his experience to serve the family…

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Brian ODonnell
Belle Pente Winery | Carlton

Brian O'Donnell began his winemaking career in New York City in the 6th grade when he pilfered some Concord grapes from a neighbor's arbor. After the ensuing hangover, he went into retirement for about 20 years until he started making…

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Senior Vice President Winemaking and Viticulture Dave Guffy
The Hess Collection | Napa

Dave Guffy first became interested in wine as a Food Science student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During his college years, he was working in restaurants where he had the opportunity to sample a variety of different…

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Managing Partner Adam Fox
Canard Vineyard | Calistoga

Adam Fox is the Managing Partner at Canard Vineyard in Napa Valley, CA. Originally from Denver, Colorado, his family moved to Los Angeles in the early 70's. From a young age, Adam was passionate about creating art. Over the years…

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Founding Partner German Bistue
BISTUE cellars | Davis

German Bistue is a Founding Partner at Wine Bridge Imports and assistant winemaker at Bistue Cellars winery in California. Growing up in Mendoza, Argentina, German has always been involved in the wine industry. After graduating from college, he managed a…

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Proprietor and Winemaker Carolina Bistue
Bistue Cellars | Davis

Carolina Bistue is a Proprietor and Winemaker at Bistue Cellars winery in California. Growing up in the heart of the Mendoza wine region in Argentina, the world's fifth largest wine-producing country, Carolina developed a strong passion for wine early on.…

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Winemaker Florent Merlier
Van Duzer Vineyards | Dallas

Intrigued by the potential of the microclimate and its ability to produce evocative Pinot Noir, Carl and Marilynn Thoma were among the first to choose the foothills at the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor to build their family estate…

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Winemaker and GM Michael Beaulac
Pine Ridge Vineyards | Napa

Michael Beaulac knew he wanted to be a winemaker after reading a single interview with winemaker Christian Moueix of Bordeaux's renowned Chateau Petrus. From then on, the Burlington, Vermont, native likes to say, he learned about winemaking from the school…

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Head of Operations / Assistant Winemaker Harry Wetzel IV
Alexander Valley Vineyards | Healdsburg

When you are born into a family business and the "office" is just outside your back door, the chances are pretty good you will be put to work at a very early age. And so it was for Harry Wetzel…

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Winemaker Jesse Katz
Aperture Cellars | Healdsburg

Jesse's diverse experience spanning 18 harvests at wineries, along with his desire to travel, fed his aspiration to learn from the best in the industry, including Petrus in Bordeaux, as well as time on the winemaking teams at Screaming Eagle…

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Winemaker Mike D. Etzel
Beux Freres | Newberg

Mikey Etzel's tenure at Beaux Freres began in 1994 when he and his two brothers sought to acquire the recently debuted Nintendo NES game console. Their father advised them that if they truly wanted it, they would have to work…

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Winemaker and Owner Paddy Borthwick
Borthwick Wines | Wairarapa

Paddy's family association with farming and the fine food it produces dates back to his great-great grandfather, Sir Thomas Borthwick who was a pioneer in the English meat trade. Originally a butcher, Sir Thomas went on to be one of…

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Amber Moshin
Moshin | Healdsburg

Amber used to tend bar at beloved local spots like The Altamont in Occidental, the lobby bar at the Hotel Healdsburg, and Underwood Bistro in Graton, but it was a tasting room gig at Rochioli Vineyards that ignited her passion…

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Owner and Winemaker Rick Moshin
Moshin Vineyards | Healdsburg

In the late 1970s, while teaching math at San Jose State University and working a side hustle at a home-brewing supply store, Rick was encouraged to try his hand at winemaking and fell deeply, madly in love. His hunger for…

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Shannon Hyde
Hyde Vineyard Estate | Napa

Growing up on the East Coast, Shannon began a career in television working for Viacom Inc. as a Line Producer for on-air promos. In her spare time, she learned about wine while helping her father, a home winemaker, and the…

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Christopher Hyde
Hyde Vineyard Estate | Napa

Christopher Hyde has always had a passion for land. After studying Agricultural Business and Viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Farm Management, Chris worked an internship in sales at Wilson Daniels.…

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Matthew Regan
VGS Chateau Potelle | St. Helena

Matthew Regan is the Vice President/Brand Ambassador of VGS Chateau Potelle Winery in the Napa Valley. Matthew joined Chateau Potelle in 2000, and now manages all aspects of the VGS experience. Prior to his appointment at VGS Chateau Potelle, Matthew…

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Winemaker Keith Emerson
Vineyard 29 | St. Helena

Braintree, MA native, winemaker Keith Emerson has more than 20 years of experience in fine wine production. He is one of the few winemakers who excels in crafting both Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties and produces wines from Napa, Sonoma, Oregon…

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Co-Founder Ken Freeman
Freeman Vineyard & Winery | Sebastopol

Ken fell under the thrall of wine's mystery while growing up in Scarsdale, New York, amidst a wine loving family. He recalls venturing to Zachy's with his mom and being fascinated by the wooden crates bearing the imprimaturs of Chateau…

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Winemaker Rod McDonald
Te Awanga | Harke's Bay

THE STORY: When I was a kid, I thought I'd be a farmer. All my family thought I'd be a farmer. When we sold our farm, I spent every school holiday I could on a farm. I loved getting up…

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Jeff Zappelli
WALT Wines | Sonoma

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton's Steakhouse, Jeff Zappelli joined HALL Wines in 2006, helping define one of the most successful Direct to Consumer industry efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2012, Craig and…

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Head Salesman and Utility Infielder Carey Shanks
Marble Distilling Co. | Carbondale

Mr. Shanks has a long history of driving our collective consciousness toward 'Sustainability as a Business Model'. Carey, along with his wife Connie, have put Marble Distilling on the map as 'the most sustainable distillery on the planet'. And Carey…

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Head Distiller and Queen Bee Connie Baker
Marble Distilling Co. | Carbondale

Ms. Baker spent her years in marketing drugs, with a long standing fascination for vodka and how its produced. "It's amazing to me that you can make vodka out of anything." In 2010 Connie went to school for distilling, and…

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Zach Barlow Smith
Barlow Vineyards | Calistoga

Zachary Barlow Smith is 3rd generation grape grower within the Barlow vineyards family. From a young age, he started learning about life in the vineyard and the daily work that goes into all four seasons of farming vineyards. After high…

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Olivier Tonnerre
Champagne Canard Duchene and Dourthe Vineyards | Ludes

Olivier will impress you from his 6'8" frame and charm you with his kind & friendly attitude. From Brittany, he moved to the US in 1994. He started working in the wine industry in 2001 and joined the Thienot USA…

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Macey Bires
Halter Ranch Vineyard | Paso Robles

Macey resides in Austin, Texas; however, she spends much of her year on the road in Texas, California, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama, Nashville, and Oklahoma. Macey's love of wine began in her days as a bartender while attending the University of…

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Western Region Sales Manager Grant Jennings
Piattelli Vineyards | Cafayate & Mendoza

My career in the wine business began at 15; however, while at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas I double majored in Hospitality Management and Philosophy. Moving on to the Court of Master Sommeliers the "brass tacks" of wine have…

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Central Coast Winemaker Katie Povah
Duckhorn Portfolio | St. Helena

As the Central Coast winemaker for the Duckhorn Portfolio, Katie brings more than 15 years of experience to her role helping to guide a winemaking program that reaches from Monterey County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the…

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Sommelier Ali Hill
Wine Bridge Imports | Davis

Ali Hill is a certified Sommelier who discovered her passion for wine while bussing in a French restaurant at 19 years old. Residing in Denver, she covers the Southwest and New England regions for Wine Bridge Imports and enjoys sharing…

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Janet Pouchot
Domaine Mirabeau | Cotignac

It was while living in Paris that Janet discovered a fascination and passion for wine. With visits to Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhone, the Loire and the Languedoc, she began her education. After two years abroad, Janet returned to New York…

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Mike Steffel
Miner Wine | Oakville

Hometown: St. Paul, MN Been at Miner since: January 2017 Why the wine industry? Passion for constant learning. Always a new vintage and grape varietals to learn and taste. Favorite part of your job: Working with our team! We have…

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Brandy Bradshaw
Premium Port Wines | Castle Pines

Brandy has always had a passion for wine and has now worked in the industry for almost 20 years. Starting with domestic, then imported wines, the world of Port sparked her interest as one of the more mystical wine regions…

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Sommelier Ali Hill
Wine Bridge Imports | Davis

Ali Hill is a certified Sommelier who discovered her passion for wine while bussing in a French restaurant at 19 years old. Residing in Denver, she covers the Southwest and New England regions for Wine Bridge Imports and enjoys sharing…

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Winemaker Tim Colla
Saintsbury | Napa

Tim Colla discovered his passion for winemaking while traveling through Argentina during a post-high school gap year. After completing his studies in Fine Art and Chemistry at Columbia University, he returned to Argentina to start his career in wine with…

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