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Serafin Alvarado, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Illinois

Serafin Alvarado’s love of wine began more than decade ago, as a room service waiter for Hilton Hotels in his native Puerto Rico... MORE

gillian ballance, MS
Treasury Wine Estates

Gillian Balance MS, DWS has spent the last 20 years working in the best fine dining restaurants in the United States. Ms. Ballance began her career...MORE

brian bauer, cwe, css
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, Director of Wine Education - Midwest

In his role as Director of Wine Education, Brian is responsible for developing and facilitating Wine Education programs to thousands of employees in the midwest...MORE

Richard Betts, MS
Sombra Mezcal

After an academic journey that included a BS, an MS and nearly a JD, Richard finally found his way to his real love; Wine. While traveling in Italy...MORE

Rob Bigelow, MS
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs .... MORE

Fred Dame, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of California

Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier brings an impressive blend of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the world of wine and cuisine. He is the first American .... MORE

Eric entrikin, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of California

Eric Entrikin MS instructs at the Introductory and examines at the Certified, Advanced and Master levels for the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas. He was most recently.... MORE

Des Echavarrie, MS
Scale Wine Group

By the time Des Echavarrie was 30, he’d accomplished more than many sommeliers achieve in a lifetime of service. He won the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier U.S. competition in 2004 at age 22.... MORE

eric hemer, CWE, MS, MW
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of America

Eric Hemer began his career at Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS) in 1988 as an On-Premise Wine Consultant in Palm Beach County, Florida. He went into management.... MORE

Peter Marks, MW
Vice President of Wine Education for Constellation Wines

Peter Marks manages the Constellation Academy of Wine team, which is responsible for Constellation Wines’ diverse wine education programs. Marks is one of only .... MORE

Ira Norof, CSE, CWE
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of California

In 1976 his wine & spirits career began in a retail wine shop. As his knowledge and passion for the product grew he eventually became a Sommelier .... MORE

Alpana Singh, MS
The Boarding House/Seven Lions/Terra & Vine

Born and raised in Monterey, California, Alpana Singh’s strong work ethic and ease with people of all ages stemmed from a youth spent working in her family’s.... MORE

Joseph Spellman, MS
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

Joseph Spellman, MS is the lead wine educator for JUSTIN Vineyards of Paso Robles, and Landmark Vineyards of Sonoma County. He has worked with wine since 1979.... MORE

Guy Stout, MS, CWE
Corporate Director Beverage Education Texas - Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Guy is one of only 230 Master Sommelier (MS) in the world. He is also a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), Certified Spirits Specialist (CSS), Certified Bordeaux Wine Educator.... MORE

madeline triffon, MS
Plum Market

Madeline joined Plum Market in 2011 as the in-house Master Sommelier. Madeline directs wine tasting events, hand selects wines for in-store and online retail sales.... MORE

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