LA Blockchain Summit is North America's leading conference and expo focused on crypto investing. A high-impact event with some of the world’s foremost innovators, change-makers, and inspiring leaders in the web3 ecosystem. La Fête du Champagne is the world’s premier champagne festival, skilfully blending extraordinary in-person events and virtual tastings.
These two blockbuster events will become the setting for our exclusive afterparty. Join our founding members Garth Hodgdon and Desmond Echavarrie MS to discover all about the intersection between the worlds of fine wine and web3.
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.
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.