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This Year's Speakers

Please see below for the names and bios of this year's featured speakers.


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Stephen SatterfieldCo-Founder, Whetstone Media

Stephen Satterfield is a publisher, public speaker, writer, event and multimedia producer. He is the founder of Whetstone, a groundbreaking magazine and media company dedicated to the story of food.  Since 2007, he has spent his career using food and wine as means of organizing, activating and eduating. Before his career in media, Satterfield was a sommelier and social entrepreneur using wine as a catalyst for socioeconomic development for Black wine workers in South Africa. Satterfield is among the most  prominent and respected voices in American food media.

Felicity CarterExecutive Editor, Pix

Felicity Carter is the Executive Editor at Pix, the wine discovery platform set to launch in Fall 2021. Previously she worked for Meininger Verlag, Europe's biggest wine and spirits publisher, where she built Meininger’s Wine Business International into the world's only global wine business magazine, with correspondents from 30 countries and subscribers in 38. Before arriving in Europe she wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers in her native Australia, and is now an occasional contributor to The Guardian USA. She is an international wine judge and speaker, and editorial consultant to Liv-ex, the London-based fine wine exchange.

Jancis RobinsonMaster of Wine, Wine Writer and Publisher of JancisRobinson.com

Described by Decanter magazine as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world," Jancis Robinson writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (one of the most successful subscription wine websites and voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

 

An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. (California has played an important part in her professional and personal life.) In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

 

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

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Eric AsimovChief Wine Critic of The New York Times

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times and the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,’’ published by William Morrow, and “Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes From The New York Times,’’ written with recipes by Florence Fabricant and published by Rizzoli. His weekly column appears in the Food section of The Times. Naturally, he is on Twitter and Instagram, @EricAsimov. A collection of his columns is included in “The New York Times Book of Wine,’’ published by Sterling Epicure.

Jullianne BallouLibrarian, UC Davis

Jullianne Ballou is a librarian at UC Davis who is the inaugural Warren Winiarski Fellow. She curates and manages the Wine Writers Collection and develops the food and beverage collections. Previously she stewarded literary collections at the Harry Ransom Center, was an editor of the Oxford American magazine, and copyedited books for The University of Texas Press. She lives on an almond orchard in Woodland, CA.

Kristen BielerEditor in Chief, SevenFifty Daily

Kristen Bieler is the editor in chief of SevenFifty Daily and the editor in chief of Beverage Media Group publications. Based in New York City, she has been writing about wine, spirits and food for nearly two decades, and her work has appeared in GQ, TASTE, and Food & Wine Magazine’s Annual Wine Guide, among others. She is also a judge at the Ultimate Wine Challenge and a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Follow her on Instagram: @bielerkristen.

 

Deniece BourneAccount Development Manager, WSET Americas

Born in Brooklyn, NYC, Deniece mostly lived and was educated in Barbados, completing an Associate degree in French, Spanish and Italian for Business and Tourism followed by a BSc in Biology with the intention of pursuing a career in Marine Biology or Forensic Sciences. In 2007, she met and fell in love with wine while pursuing a Master’s in Management, and her evolving love and passion for industry led to Palate Selections, a boutique wine import and distribution business which she co-founded and managed for almost a decade.

 

Since her return to NYC in 2018, Deniece has been working for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and is currently the Account Development Manager with responsibility for Eastern USA and Canada and The Caribbean. A firm advocate for Wine and Spirits education amongst industry professionals at all tiers, Deniece is WSET Level 3 Wines Certified, a Course Educator for WSET Levels 1 and 2 in Wines and in Spirits and a current candidate for the WSET Diploma in Wines!

 

Sukari BowmanCreator, "The Color of Wine" Podcast

A wine-loving Cali girl with Southern charm, Sukari Bowman has mastered the balance of her 20-plus year career in Real Estate Finance and her passion as the co-founder of Love & Vines, an educational, lifestyle platform that passionately cultivates souls through wine, food and music.

 

Sukari developed her excitement for wine while working in the banking industry in New York.  Her epiphany to create the Love & Vines’ feature podcast, “The Color of Wine” was fueled by the loss of her father, the yearning to truly “live” her life, and the realization that minorities were extremely underrepresented in the wine industry.

 

Today, The Color of Wine provides an unprecedented platform for people of color in the wine industry including winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, owners of wine shops, wine touring companies and wine brands, vineyard managers and many more. The podcast draws listeners from around the world interested in unlocking wine’s intrigue and power. Since the April 2017 launch of The Color of Wine, Sukari and her brother Shomari have produced eight successful seasons with more than 32,000 downloads. As the host, Sukari pairs her charisma and cheerful personality with her insider wine knowledge to ensure listeners worldwide enhance their wine acumen. In 2021 after the completion of their eighth season and 82 episodes, Sukari and Shomari received the distinct honor of having their podcast, The Color of Wine, archived at University of California Davis as a part of the Wine Writers Collection.

Richard BradleyEditor-in-Chief, Chief Content Officer, Worth Magazine

Richard Bradley is an editor-at-large at Worth magazine, where he covers culture and business. He is also working on his fourth book, a look at the world of elite prep schools through the lens of post-Vietnam America.  Previously, Bradley was Worth's editor-in-chief, and directed the magazine's award-winning editorial content in print, digital and live formats. Before that, Bradley was the executive editor of 02138 magazine, which covered the world and work of Harvard alumni, and executive editor of George magazine, founded by John F. Kennedy Jr. to bring together the worlds of culture and politics. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, Bradley is the author of three books, American Son, Harvard Rules, and The Greatest Game. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, George, Worth, The New Republic and elsewhere.

Kristin BraswellWriter and Entrepreneur

Kristin Braswell is a writer and entrepreneur committed to changing the world through travel. She has visited over 20 countries and created lasting memories with people and places that inspire her brand CrushGlobal. She has contributed pieces to Vogue, CNTraveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Architectural Digest, Essence, CNN, USA Today, and more. She encourages her clients and readers to discover new worlds with reverence and open eyes. In 2019, Kristin won the Caribbean Tourism Award for best writing for her coverage of Havana, Cuba. A Los Angeles native, Kristin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications. She is currently pursuing her WSET certification in wine. Follow her on Instagram @crushglobal.

 

Elaine Chukan BrownWriter, Speaker, Educator, and Illustrator of Wine

Elaine Chukan Brown serves as a writer, speaker, educator, and illustrator of wine. Her work has been featured in print books and magazines, online sites, podcasts, feature-length films, television shows, documentaries, radio shows, apps, and webinars in countries around the world. In 2021, she gave the keynote address for Femmes du Vin, an international program sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the Paris Embassy. She won the prestigious Wine Communicator of the Year award from IWSC and VinItaly, and was named a Wine Industry Leader in the North American wine industry by Wine Business Monthly in 2020. In 2019, the Wine Industry Network named Brown one of the Most Inspiring People in Wine, and she was shortlisted for the IWSC Wine Communicators of the Year award. She serves as the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com, a columnist for Club Oenologique, and is a contributing writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. She contributed to the 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, and the 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine, both of which have since won multiple awards. Her writing has been featured in Decanter, World of Fine Wine, the Robb Report, Lonely Planet, and others, and recommended by Food & Wine, Imbibe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vino-Joy and Lifestyle Asia out of Hong Kong, The Drinks Business and The Buyer out of the UK, Gourmet Traveller Wine in Australia, Cuisine & Wine in Singapore, Wine Align in Canada, and more. She has been a celebrated keynote speaker for events worldwide, and serves as one of the world's most celebrated educators of wine. Prior to her career in wine, Elaine served as the Charles A Eastman Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Tomlinson Fellow at McGill University, where she did doctoral work in philosophy specializing in race and racism, as well as gender, women's and sexuality studies. Prior to her academic career, Elaine owned her own commercial salmon-fishing business in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Dr. Jo BurzynskaWine Writer, Sound Artist, and Researcher

Dr Jo Burzynska is a wine writer, sound artist and researcher whose work in these areas has increasingly converged in projects that combine sound, aroma and flavour. This includes a recent PhD investigating the influence of sound on the perception of wine, and the creation of multisensory art and immersive experiences, such the establishment of the world's first wine and sound bar. She writes on wine for general and specialist publications internationally and is the author of Wine Class (Random House). As an artist she has exhibited, performed and released her work around the world.

 

Recent years have seen her work on numerous projects that blend her two-decade wine experience with multisensory art and science, involving research with leading figures in the fields of experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and sensory science. She was awarded a PhD for her interdisciplinary thesis, Tuning Sensory Terroir that investigated sensory and aesthetic interactions between sound and wine aroma/flavour and their creative application.

 

Her art installations and performances regularly combine her specialisations of sound, taste and olfaction. These often involve wine, such her recent Risonanze di Vino project, in which she worked with winegrowers in Southern Italy in the creation of a series wine and sound compositions and the publication of a book of the same name (Interferenze Publications). Prior to this she established the world’s first dedicated wine and sound bar at the Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she curated a wine list, in which wines were matched to the current exhibition and the music playlist she made for the space.

 

As a writer, she is actively involved with communicating about wine, and music/sound. She has edited a number of wine magazines (most recently WineNZ); was wine editor at the New Zealand Herald for nine years; and continues to write on wine for publications worldwide. She is also a senior judge and panel chair at a number of local and international wine competitions. In the area of music, she is the co-editor of Writing Around Sound, contributes to the likes of the UK’s Wire magazine and wrote a chapter in the book Erewhon Calling: experimental sound in New Zealand.

 

She is currently based in Lyttelton, New Zealand.

 

www.joburzynska.com

 

Julia ConeyWine Writer, Wine Educator, Speaker, & Consultant

Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas-based wine writer, wine educator, speaker, and consultant. Her wine writing includes stories on wine, winemakers, and the intersection of race, wine, and language. She holds a WSET Level Two Certification in Wine and Spirits and is currently pursuing her Master Level Champagne Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild and WSET Level Three Certification.

 

 

Julia is the recipient of Wine Enthusiast's 2020 Social Visionary Award Winner for her work in writing and speaking on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the wine industry.

 

 

Julia is the Founder of Black Wine Professionals, a resource for wine industry employers and gatekeepers, professionals, and the food and beverage community. Their goal is to lift up the multifaceted Black professionals in the world of wine.

 

 

Julia is a Contributing Editor for VinePair, the world’s largest online drinks platform. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, VinePair, Wine Enthusiast, Thrillist, The Tasting Panel, Plate Magazine, Forbes.com, WineEnthusiast.com, The Washington Post, Seven Fifty Daily,  Wine Searcher, the Financial Times, JancisRobinson.com, Glamour, Essence, and numerous print and digital publications. Julia is a 2019 Fellow of the Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley. Julia has spoken at conferences such as wine2wine, Assemblage Symposium, The Culinary Institute of America’s Summit for Sommeliers and Beverage Professionals, and Bâtonnage Forum. You can find her on all social media at @juliaconey and her website juliaconey.com.

 

 

She is a lifelong Francophile and hopes all her assignments involve French wine. You can find her on all social media at @juliaconey, her website juliaconey.com, and contemplating a love-hate relationship with Whole 30.

 

 

Julia CosgroveVice President and Editor-in-Chief, AFAR Media

Julia Cosgrove is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of AFAR, the critically-acclaimed travel media brand that inspires, guides, and enables travelers to have deeper, richer, and more fulfilling experiences.

Under Julia’s leadership, AFAR is the only brand to win a Lowell Thomas Award every year since launch—Best Travel Magazine, Best Website, and Best Foreign Travel Article—and the only brand to be a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Julia helped launch AFAR in San Francisco in 2009 with AFAR magazine and Learning AFAR, a nonprofit foundation that has funded trips abroad and in the U.S. for more than 900 underserved high-school students. Today, AFAR.com is a thriving digital media platform that helps travelers through every stage of the research and planning process. AFAR also hosts AFAR Experiences—one-of-a-kind consumer events—throughout the world. Prior to launching AFAR, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out, BusinessWeek, and ReadyMade.

A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at Stanford University.

Erica DuecyChief Content Officer, Pix

Erica Duecy is an award-winning wine writer and editor. Currently, she is chief content officer of the forthcoming wine-discovery platform Pix. She has run several publications as editor in chief, including VinePair and SevenFifty Daily, and has worked as a digital director for magazines including Architectural Digest and Saveur. Her editorial and video programs have won more than 40 digital awards. She holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Advanced Certification. Every week, she scouts the web for the best wines you can buy online and shares those in her free weekly newsletter Bottle Service.

 

Dorothy J. GaiterSenior Editor, Grape Collective

Dorothy J. Gaiter is Senior Editor of Grape Collective, an online magazine for which she and her husband, John Brecher, coauthor a biweekly column. She has been studying and enjoying wine since 1973. After long careers as award-winning hard-news journalists, the couple conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to 2010.  In 2020, they donated their papers to the Warren Winiarski Wine Writers Collection at UC-Davis. Gaiter has had a distinguished career as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as at The Journal. The couple has written four wine books, including their memoir, “Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage,” and are well known for Open That Bottle Night, an annual, international celebration of wine and friendship.

Mary-Frances HeckSenior Food Editor, Food & Wine

Mary-Frances Heck is the Senior Food Editor of Food & Wine, where she oversees recipes for the magazine and edits stories about food and cooking. She is the author of Sweet Potatoes (Clarkson Potter 2017) and her writing and recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, Lucky Peach, Cooking Light, and The Wall St. Journal, among others.

 

Joseph HernandezResearch Director, Bon Appétit

Joseph Hernandez is the Research Director at Bon Appétit. He is also an award-winning writer and editor who previously served as the deputy editor of food and dining at the Chicago Tribune, and senior editor at Thrillist, SevenFifty Daily, and Wine Enthusiast. In his spare time (lol, as the kids say), he serves as vice-chair for the James Beard Awards Restaurants and Chefs committee and as a 2020-2021 fellow for both the National Critics Institute and The Poynter Institute's Leadership Academy, organized in association with The Washington Post. His writing covers the intersections of food, wine and culture, published by the likes of Bon Appétit, Eater, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his husband and their grumpy hedgehog, Hedgewig the Angry Inch.

Maggie HoffmanSenior Editor, Epicurious

Before arriving at Epicurious, Maggie Hoffman was the managing editor of Serious Eats and the founder of that site's drink section. She's the author of Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Drinks for Every Occasion and The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, both published by Ten Speed Press. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food + Wine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and others.

Baxter HolmesSenior Writer, ESPN

Baxter Holmes is a Senior Writer for ESPN who focuses on in-depth projects, features and investigations around the NBA. He's worked as a reporter for ESPN for six years, the first three of which were spent covering the Los Angeles Lakers, including Kobe Bryant's final two seasons. Baxter is the only sports media person to ever win a James Beard Foundation Award, which he won in the Feature Reporting category for his 2018 ESPN The Magazine feature on the NBA's obsession with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That story also won a 2018 New York Press Club award for Food Writing. He has also been short-listed for a Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award. Before joining ESPN, Baxter spent two years covering the Boston Celtics for The Boston Globe. And before that, he worked as a sports reporter for The Los Angeles Times for 3 1/2 years. Baxter was hired by The Los Angeles Times after attending the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 2009. He was born outside Seattle but grew up in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, a very small town in the state's southeastern corner.

 

Ray IsleExecutive Wine Editor, Food & Wine Magazine

Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine and the Wine & Spirits Editor for both Travel + Leisure and Departures. For Food & Wine he writes the monthly “Wine Flight” and “Bottle Service” columns; he also contributes regular magazine and online features on wine, spirits, and wine travel to all three brands. His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in a wide range of national publications, he has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award, and has twice won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing. He speaks regularly on wine at live events and is a frequent guest on national media, appearing on programs such as Today, CNBC’s On the Money & Squawk Box, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “Splendid Table,” among others. Follow his wine exploits on twitter @islewine and on Instagram @rayisle.

 

Susan KostrzewaExecutive Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Kostrzewa has over 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and lifestyle personality in the wine industry and currently oversees all editorial direction of Wine Enthusiast Media, in addition to the global tasting programs. In her 13-year tenure at Wine Enthusiast, she has led a comprehensive rebrand of the legacy media group, including a complete redesign of the print magazine, website and expansion of the editorial and tastings teams on the West Coast, Europe and beyond. Kostrzewa was awarded Folio’s Changemaker of the Year award in 2018 for efforts including successful age-and gender-diverse audience initiatives and ongoing California wildfire relief support. She was named a 2020 Wine Industry Leader by Wine Business Monthly. She has co-authored numerous books on wine, food and travel, including Opus Vino, 1,000 Everyday Wines and the Footsteps of Fame Literary Travel series. Kostrzewa is also an active member of the Women of the Vine & Spirits global content committee (WOTVS), American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and Diversity in Food and Beverage (DWS) organization.

Jess LanderAuthor, The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook

Jess is a freelance wine, booze, food, and travel writer based in Napa Valley. She's a regular contributor for Decanter, SevenFiftyDaily, October Magazine, 7x7, Eater SF, Sonoma Magazine, Napa Sonoma Magazine, and the Napa Valley Register. Her work has appeared in many other publications, including VinePair, Wine Enthusiast, AFAR, Lonely Planet, and the SF Chronicle.

Adam LechmereConsultant Editor, Club Oenologique

Adam Lechmere is consultant editor for Club Oenologique. He has been writing about wine since the turn of the century, when he launched decanter.com. He has interviewed Cliff Richard, and he lives in London.

Jeannie Cho LeeMaster of Wine, Founder of Asian Palate.com, Contributor South China Morning Post, Decanter

Jeannie Cho Lee is the first Asian Master of Wine and an award-winning author, wine critic, judge and educator. Jeannie was the founding publisher and CEO of Le Pan Media. Jeannie’s pioneering book, Asian Palate, exploring Asian food and wine pairings in ten Asian culinary capitals, won the Gourmand award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World in 2010 as well as other awards. Jeannie’s second book, Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate, was released in September 2011.

Jeannie was born in Korea and has lived in Hong Kong since early 1994 where she started her publishing career with financial publications such as Asia Inc, Far Eastern Economic Revue, The Asset, before moving on to lifestyle and wine publications such as Wine Spectator, The World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Revue du Vin and Tatler.

Currently, Jeannie is contributing editor for Decanter UK and a weekly columnist for mainland China’s China Business News as well as the largest English newspaper in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post. She pens monthly columns for other publications. Jeannie is responsible for the master wine list of nearly 50 food and beverage outlets for Galaxy Macau, and also consults for Singapore Airlines.

Jeannie holds a Certificat de Cuisine from Cordon Bleu and her love for food and wine inspired her to found AsianPalate.com, a site that celebrates the confluence of Asian food and wine. Jeannie is a Master Sake Sommelier from Japan’s Sake Service Institute and is a Certified Wine Educator from UK's Wine & Spirits Education Trust as well as the US Society of Wine Educators.

Jeannie’s interest in wine began at Oxford University where she spent her junior year before returning to Smith College where she graduated with a dual degree in Government and Sociology. Jeannie then went on to obtain a master’s degree in public policy and international relations from Harvard University.

jeannie@asianpalate.com

 

Karen MacNeilWine Educator, Consultant and Author of The Wine Bible

Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won most major wine awards given in the English Language. These include the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year and the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year.  In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen, “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”

 

Karen is the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best selling wine book in the United States praised as “A masterpiece of wine writing.”  THE WINE BIBLE has sold more than one million copies, and has been translated into several languages including Mandarin.

 

The former wine correspondent for the Today Show on NBC, Karen was also the host of the PBS television series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy.


Karen gives speeches, seminars and presentations to wine audiences globally, and is known for her passion and unique style. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, Oneida, and UBS, as well as numerous biotech firms, insurance firms, and law firms.  In addition, she creates customized wine experiences for individual groups as well as corporations, and leads these wine experiences in wine regions around the world.

 

Karen’s is the creator and Editor in Chief of WineSpeed her digital newsletter with an audience of 45,000 subscribers. Her articles have been published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Town & Country, Food & Wine, and Worth.

 

And finally, Karen is the creator and Chair Emerita of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called the “Harvard” of wine education.

 

More information is available at www.karenmacneil.com

 

Wanda MannEast Coast Editor, The SOMM Journal

Native New Yorker Wanda Mann began writing about wine in 2008. She is the founder of the website Wine With Wanda and has worked as a freelancer for various publications. She regularly hosts informative, and often humorous, Instagram Live interviews with winemakers and other industry professionals. The daughter of a professional chef, Wanda has always been captivated by the world of food and wine, but it wasn’t until studying in Spain for two years that she began to truly understand wine’s cultural significance. She has since traveled to numerous new- and old-world wine regions. Wanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Pomona College, and in 2015 she earned the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential from the Society of Wine Educators. She currently serves on the board of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York.

Esther MobleyWine critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Esther Mobley joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina. She studied English literature at Smith College.

 

Nadine NettmannEditorial Director, SOMM TV

Nadine Nettmann is the Editorial Director of SOMM TV and producer of the three upcoming SOMM films as well as most of the series on the network. She is a certified sommelier and a multi award-nominated author of the Sommelier Mystery Series.

Pavia RosatiFounder and CEO, Fathom

Pavia Rosati is the founder and CEO of Fathom, the award-winning travel website that guides passionate travelers to the places they’ll be dreaming about long after they’ve come home. Fathom mixes curated guides and personal stories with the best resources and products, and plans custom trips for readers. Companies like Vox Media, American Express, Qantas Airlines, and Kate Spade New York look to Fathom to help tell their travel stories.

 

Prior to Fathom, Pavia spent nine years as the original executive editor at the groundbreaking lifestyle media company DailyCandy, growing the beloved brand from a New York newsletter into an international publication with 28 editions. At DailyCandy, she covered food and travel in New York City and around the world, with a focus on emerging talent and best-in-class destinations. She has written about food, travel, and culture for The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetit, and Departures, among others. Pavia has spent a good part of her life in Italy and is part of a third generation of restaurateurs in the United States. Her grandfather, Nello, established The Homestead Inn in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1939, a restaurant that is considered a landmark and a destination for its authentic Italian-American cuisine. She divides her time between New York and the rest of the world. She can be found on Instagram at @pavianyc.

Reva K. SinghOwner, Sommelier India Wine Magazine

Reva K. Singh, a veteran of the Indian magazine industry, is the owner and publisher of Sommelier India Wine Magazine, the first and only Indian magazine dedicated to wine. Prior to this, Reva edited The Oberoi Group Magazine for six years raising it to a level of excellence comparable to the best international hotel magazines. She has led or been on the editorial team of several high profile publications in India and abroad over her 30-year publishing career.

 

Reva has built a formidable reputation for herself in the Indian wine industry. As editor and publisher of Sommelier India, she gets the privileged opportunity to taste a variety of wines from around the world. This has built her knowledge base, a knowledge that she gladly shares with her readers. She has been quoted in newspapers and magazines around the world discussing the wine culture in India. Some of the publications include The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times (London), Times of London, India Today and Outlook Magazine.

 

Reva has an MA in English Literature from Delhi University (Miranda House) and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Harvard University. Reva has travelled extensively visiting vineyards and wineries around the world including her annual visits for the En Primeurs in Bordeaux. Just before Covid-19 put a stop to all travel, Reva was invited for intronisation into the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin at the Château du Clos de Vougeot.

Dr. Hoby WedlerPh.D. Chemist and Entrepreneur

Dr. Hoby Wedler is an insightful, disarming, and passionate thinker who loves to bring people together to help them see new possibilities. With the heart of a teacher, Hoby helps turn your dreams into realities. Hoby has been completely blind since birth. He is a scientist, an entrepreneur, a sensory expert, and is driven by his passion for innovative, creative, and insightful thinking. Hoby is remarkably tuned into his surroundings and has frequently chosen to walk the unbeaten paths in life over known territories. In 2016, Hoby earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UC Davis. His fearlessness is infectious, and he has actively paved the way for others to join him in his quest to follow passions regardless of the challenges that lie ahead.

 

In 2011, Hoby founded a non-profit organization to lead annual chemistry camps for blind and visually impaired students throughout North America. In the same year, he began opening doors to the world of wine aromas by developing Tasting in the Dark, a truly blindfolded wine experience, in collaboration with the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. He has since expanded the program to a global market in a variety of industries and special projects. Over the years, Hoby has become a motivational speaker, a mentor, and an educator. He is also committed to making the world an inclusive, equitable, and accessible place for everyone.

 

In his work, you will find a unique trilogy between sensory awareness, scientific knowledge, and a love for sharing his insights.

 

Numerous people and organizations have recognized Hoby’s work over the years. To name a few, President Barack Obama recognized Hoby by naming him a Champion of Change for enhancing employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities. Also, Forbes Media named Hoby as a leader in food and drink in their 30 under 30 annual publication. Hoby’s dedicated to impacting everyone he works with by unlocking doors, overcoming challenges, increasing awareness, and expanding their horizons.

Amy WislockiMagazine Editor, Decanter

Amy Wislocki joined Decanter in October 2000 as magazine editor, aged 28, and has spent the past two decades happily immersed in the world of wine and wine magazine publishing. Her remit also includes commissioning and writing copy for Decanter's online channels, Decanter.com and Decanter Premium (paywall site), as part of a team of regional editors. Before joining Decanter, she had a career working on other magazines with a mostly male readership – first on What to Buy for Business (Reed Business Information), a buying guide to office equipment and services, then (at customer magazine company Redwood) on Psion User, AA Magazine and BT Talking Business.

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Emcees

Maryam AhmedProgram Committee

Program Advisor

Maryam has spent over ten years in the hospitality industry. Maryam owns a collaborative consulting firm that specializes in project management, programs and experiences, and strategic planning for hospitality businesses with a focus on the world of food and wine. Before launching her business, she spent five years as a director and intrapreneur at the Culinary Institute of America. Maryam’s team of thirty created unique educational and experiential programs for the public and the wine trade. Most often, Maryam's work takes place at the intersection of chefs, sommeliers, activists, sustainability experts, creatives, and organizations focused on equitable access and diversity within their communities. 

Maryam is a graduate of Cornell’s Hotel School (2011) and the Walla Walla Enology & Viticulture program (2015). She is an active member of the San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the program advisor for The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, and the creator of the biannual https://www.diversityinwineforum.com/.

 

Sarah BrayProgram Committee

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.

 

Kelli A. WhiteProgram Committee

Program Advisor

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.

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