Special Guests

Author/Partner/Proprietor/Sommelier Rajat Parr
Domaine de la Cote and Sandhi Wines | Santa Barbara

Partner/Proprietor, Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte & Evening Land Vineyards Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, Rajat is a three-time James Beard Award winner and regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on wine. A trained chef, Rajat grew…


Lyle Railsback
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants | New York

Lyle Railsback began cooking in restaurants during college, then moved into wine and became a sommelier at age 21, working in restaurants in San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and the Willamette Valley. During his exploration of wine, France soon took center…


Master Sommelier Will Costello
Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates | Los Olivos

Will Costello is a Master Sommelier by the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Costello has competed in numerous wine related competitions including the The Court of Master Sommelier’s TOP/Somm, The Chaine de Rotisseurs “Young Somm Competition,” the…


Owner/Importer Tedd Diamantis
Diamond Importers | Chicago

In 1992, I created Diamond Wine Importers out of the belief that Greece, with its natural terroir of mountain vineyards, maritime influenced climate, volcanic and alluvial soils, and over 200 ancient indigenous varieties, can once again become a source of…


Winemaker Michael Brughelli
Scar of The Sea Wines | Santa Barbara

Story of how Scar of the Sea became: Michael and Mikey met while Mikey was in his final years of college at Cal Poly. They became friends based on their shared interest and fascination in wine and the ocean. Mikey…


MS Brett Zimmerman
Boulder Wine Merchant | Boulder

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential…


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