Anne Krebiehl MW is one of the foremost experts on German wine and editor-in-chief at Falstaff International, a prestigious quarterly magazine and digital platform dedicated to food, travel and wine. She is author of the award-winning book The Wines of Germany and a former contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast for Austria, Alsace, Burgundy and England.
Carmelo Anthony is a ten-time NBA All-Star and a three-time Olympic gold medal winner who is now racking up big wines in the wine world with his newly launched wine brand VII(N) The Seventh Estate. He has also been featured in Moët & Chandon x NBA 'Greatness Under Pressure' campaign and is a host of the popular 'What's In Your Glass' series of interviews.
Globally minded and constantly curious: David Forer is an England-born and Canada-raised Master of Wine and a co-owner of a vineyard in Priorat, Spain. He combines his wine career with developing corporate strategies for brands and acting as a private investor in wineries and startup wine tech companies.
As the director of the Legacy Cellar Foundation, Garth is responsible for working with the world’s most passionate wine aficionados to transition their collections into transformative gifts to charities and causes they care most about. A commanding name on the US wine scene, Hodgdon is a certified Advanced Sommelier, who was named one of the "Best New Sommeliers in America" by Wine & Spirits magazine back in 2010 and whose previous experience includes being the US Ambassador for Krug Champagne and sommelier of Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California.
Recognized as @the.wine.girl by collectors and wine enthusiasts world-wide, Jana's social media presence and wine communication skills have opened doors into many diverse areas of the wine, television and tourism industries. She is a WSET Diploma holder and has experience from the soil up after working for one of Germany's leading wineries in the vineyards, cellar and export department, Weingut am Stein.
Jerusha Frost is a New York-based sommelier & wine director who has worked with some of the best in the business at top locations including Bar Boulud, Le Bernardin, Press Napa Valley & Chefs Club. She is currently Creator Partnerships & Investments at Creative Juice, a banking app for online creators.
A social media strategist, an experienced patent litigation attorney and an avid wine collector with an active presence on Instagram and Youtube: this is one of our founding members John Jackson, known to the rest of the wine world as @AttorneySomm.
Club dVIN co-founder Behdad Shahsavari is an innate business builder, bringing over 25 years of expertise in wine, venture capital, start-ups and managements. He is a partner in several VC firms including Antler, a global foundry and incubator; a board member and an advisor. With his diverse track record in wine and venture capital, Shahsavari leads Club dVIN's product, tech and business development.
A fine blend of impressive professional and cultural backgrounds: Lili Kocsis is a Bordeaux-based versatile food & wine professional and a Digital Marketing Specialist for Millesima, a fine wine and en-primeur merchant in Bordeaux, established back in 1983.
California native Michael Juergens is a senior partner with a Big Four consulting firm, a seasoned business executive and an intrepid explorer of the world's newest wine frontier in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with his Bhutan Wine Company. He's authored two books in the “Drinking & Knowing Things” series and has founded the award-winning SoCal Rum company.
MJ Towler a.k.a. the @BlackWineGuy is the world’s first ever African-American fine and rare wine auctioneer and the host of the popular Black Wine Guy Experience podcast.
From investment banking to fine wine investment: Philip Harden MW is a world-class expert on fine wine trading and investment, who swapped a career in finance for the world of wine. He splits his time between advising fine wine collectors and investors, mentoring, teaching and judging.
A true icon of the wine industry, Rajat Parr is one of the world’s foremost experts on wine. He rose to international stardom after his tenure at San Francisco's institutions like Rubicon and Fifth Floor, but more recently, his prestige as an industry-shifting wine director has been eclipsed by his renown as a wine writer and winemaker. He is partner/proprietor in Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte in Santa Barbara, Evening Land in the Willamette and a force of nature behind the regenerative farming project Phelan Farm in Cambria.
Senior executive, Chief Operating Office and a true trailblazer in the wine and spirits industry, Rodolfo Neirotti is currently co-founder and senior advisor to 2N Trade LLC, an innovative wine importer. He is a WSET Diploma holder and a Master of Wine Candidate.
Said El Yousfi is the founder of Maison Wineted, a wine merchant in rare and iconic wines, and co-owner of the famed Domaine Saint Laurent, located between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Vacqueyras. His impressive career includes five years at PwC as an Audit Wine Industry Supervisor, where he oversaw a team of specialists in legal audits for wine estates and wine wholesaler companies in and around Bordeaux.
Sashi Moorman is one of California's brightest wine talents and the founder of three stellar projects on its cool Central Coast: Sandhi Wines and Domaîne de la Côte, both collaborations with Rajat Parr, and Piedrasassi - Moorman's family project. He is also the founder of Provignage - a winemaking consulting and human resource company to the wine industry.
One of Argentina’s brightest wine talents, Valentina Litman, DipWSET (@valentinalitman) is an award-winning sommelier with experience spanning across continents. She worked at Martín Berasategui restaurant in Lasarte-Oria, Spain, becoming the 'Best Sommelier in the Basque Country' and led the wine team at Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. Today, she is fulfilling her dream of starting her own winery project with a friend, learning the art of winemaking in Catalonia, Penedes and is proudly serving as Head of Community at Club dVIN.
Angela Scott is a human rights lawyer by background who is currently on a quest to become the first black Master of Wine. Her wine experience includes working as a tasting coordinator for Karen McNeil, author of the Wine Bible, and a tenure at the Napa Valley Spottswoode winery as a hospitality manager.
A passion-driven community builder, David Garrett is Club dVIN co-founder with an impressive track record in a number of tech, wine and finance ventures like the groundbreaking The Vines of Mendoza project or a digital wine list and database Entaste. He is focused on leading Club dVIN’s community efforts, fostering meaningful connections among the ever-growing community of wine enthusiasts.
San Francisco-based Master Sommelier Desmond "Des" Echavarrie is CEO and founder of Scale Wine Group, that helps family-owned wine producers from Northern California, France and Germany build wine brands through wholesale strategy. He began his sommelier career in wine at age 20, won the prestigious Chaîne des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier National Finals in 2004 at age 22 and the U.S. Top New Somm competition in 2011. That same year, he took a position as a sommelier at the famed The French Laundry restaurant and passed the MS exam in 2012.
Filippo Magnani has been connecting the world to the people who make the finest wines in Italy. Since 1999, I have written extensively about wine and created exclusive wine journeys that uniquely blend classic premium experiences with less known, more authentic and just as much prestigious ones
Rich Antoniello is the founder and former CEO of Complex Networks, a NYC-based global youth entertainment network with unparalleled reach to millennials and Gen Z across big pop culture categories including streetwear and style, food, music, sneakers and sports. It has been named by Business Insider as one of the Most Valuable Startups in New York, and Most Valuable Private Companies in the World, while its founder Antoniello made it to the Silicon Alley 100 as one of "The Coolest People In New York Tech".
Nimbility Asia's founding partner Francesca (Chess) Martin boasts a stellar career that has spanned three continents and multiple disciplines, from brand managing to PR, from winemaking to marketing. She has worked for some of the most renowned names in the wine industry and has managed some of the most desired brands from all over the world, from Vega Sicilia to Ornellaia. Martin is a certified WSET educator and an advisory board member for Cellar Media Inc. in the USA.
Isaac Patka is the co-creator of Logos, a DAO exchange furthering the adoption of Web3 governance in IRL communities. He is also the co-host of the DAO or Never podcast, a core developer in the Moloch Mystics building Moloch v3, a member of DAOHaus, and a research fellow with DAOstar, building interoperable standards for web3 communities.
Jared Clevenger is an experienced wine professional with ample experience in some of the leading Californian wineries like Orin Swift Cellars or Landmark Vineyards. Today, he is a Chief of Staff at VinPorter Wine Merchants, a premiere online wine store.
Known as 'The Sherlock Holmes of Wines', Maureen Downey is the foremost global authority on counterfeit wine and fine wine fraud and authentication, that has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the World of Wine list by The Drinks Business. She advises the world’s top collectors in purchasing, selling, and managing their collections with her firm, Chai Consulting. Downey is also the founder of Winefraud.com, a membership-based education portal & resource on all things wine fraud & counterfeiting.
America's Best Blind Palate and several Sommelier of the Year titles in the US are just some of Michael Madrigale's (@mikemadrigale) accolades. This renowned sommelier worked as the wine director at the New York City institutions like Bar Boulud, Épicerie Boulud and Boulud sud; today, he is a sommelier and a partner in Grande Cuvée, an online sommelier service and app for consumers purchasing wine.
Pauline Vicard is the co-founder and executive director at ARENI Global, a global research and action institute dedicated to the future of fine wine. Born and raised into a winemaking family in Burgundy, Pauline has been working in the wine sector for the last 15 years both in Europe and internationally. Today, Vicard directs all Areni's activities, when she is not studying for her Master of Wine exam or playing ultimate frisbee.
Peter Yeung is an independent business consultant and host of the wine business podcast XChateau. This ambitious McKinsey alum has consulted for California heavyweights like Kosta Browne or Realm Cellars and has authored the 'Luxury Wine Marketing' book - achievements that have won him a place on the 2020 Wine Industry Leaders list by Wine Business Monthly.
Simon Pavitt is the founder, wingman and director of the UK-based London Technology Club, a private club for investors who want to know a bit more about where to invest their money when it comes to tech. His international experience and background in psychology have helped him become the perfect candidate for working with high-net-worth individuals — something he has pursued most of his professional life.
Tom Hinde is a true veteran of the California winemaking industry. Having worked with iconic producers like Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates or Flowers Vineyards and Winery, he is currently president and director of winemaking at Prestige Wine Co. and winemaker for Prospect Brands in Healdsburg, Sonoma.
Quinton Jay, the founder and owner of Bacchus Wine & Spirits and managing partner of Coasters.co, has over 20 years of experience in the wine industry has actively contributed to the success of many wine ventures in the Napa, Sonoma and beyond.
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