Interim Director, Professional Symposium of Wine Writers
Sarah Bray is the Associate Director of The Learning Center at Meadowood Estate. Coming first to wine through the lens of language and travel, she spent over a decade in New York working first in publishing at Condé Nast and SAVEUR magazine, and then later at Sotheby’s. She then stepped into a role as an international consultant and educator working with top estates across Europe. As a writer, she has contributed to Food & Wine, The Sommelier Journal, Departures, SAVEUR, SevenFifty Daily, GuildSomm, and other publications. In addition to her work, Sarah is a co-founder of the Bâtonnage Forum. She holds the highest level of recognition from the Wines & Spirits Education Trust, Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits.
Director of Education
Kelli A. White is the Director of Education at The Learning Center at Meadowood Estate. She worked as a sommelier for nearly a decade between New York City and Napa Valley; in 2013, Food & Wine magazine named her one of the top sommeliers in the country. She is also a celebrated wine writer, having earned numerous awards for pieces commissioned by a range of publications. In 2015, she published her first book, the acclaimed Napa Valley, Then & Now, and recently contributed to the latest edition of Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson’s World Atlas of Wine. She is also a coveted speaker, having lectured on wine all over the world, including at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit, and has also made select television and film appearances.
The Learning Center at Meadowood Estate
Bringing a singular perspective to wine education, The Learning Center at Meadowood Estate, situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, aims to inform, delight, and inspire. The team leads an expansive range of educational experiences designed to engage participants at every knowledge level. Although its programs span the globe’s great wine regions, The Learning Center is grounded in a particular place, Meadowood Estate—the common ground for America’s premiere winegrowing community for more than half a century—and serves the guests and members of Meadowood Napa Valley and The Napa Valley Reserve, respectively. The Learning Center seeks to form meaningful connections with members and guests, deepening their understanding of the relationship between the land and its bounty.