Joseph Spellman, MS
Joseph Spellman is a Chicago based Master Sommelier and national spokesman for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, Calif., and Landmark Vineyards of Sonoma, Calif., and JNSQ Wine. He has been professionally engaged with wine as a sommelier
and wine director in numerous Chicago restaurant cellars, including Tango, Maxim’s, The Pump Room, La Tour at Park Hyatt Chicago, and Charlie Trotter’s.
Joseph earned the prestigious Master Sommelier Diploma, the 29th American to do so, in 1996. He later won the international 1997 French Sommelier Competition in Paris sponsored by SOPEXA, and the title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits.”
Among his professional written works, he is most proud of his critically praised wine notes featured in the landmark series of recipe and photography books by Chef Charlie Trotter in the 1990s.
He has presented seminars and tastings at wine and culinary festivals all over the country and in his free time Joe enjoys architecture, photography, theatre, opera, and beer.