2018 Sommeliers
Serafin Alvarado, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

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

Brian Bauer, CWE, CSS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

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

Rob Bigelow, MS
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. As part of his dual responsibilities he also plays a critical role in the company’s....MORE

Matthew Citriglia, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Matthew Citriglia has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry, which began by stocking beer, wine, and soda at the age of fourteen....MORE

Mark De Vere, MW
Constellation Academy of Wine

As Master of Wine for the Constellation Academy, Mark presents fine wine educational programs to consumers and wine trade audiences around the world...MORE

Desmond Echavarrie, MS
American Airlines

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...MORE

Eric Hemer, MS, MW
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

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

Allison Hupp, DipWSET, CS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Allison joined the SGWS family in 2012 as an Estate Wine Manager for Indiana. Her experience in PR, fine dining, journalism and the entertainment industry evolved...MORE

Kathy Morgan, MS
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Before moving to New York in 2016, Kathy Morgan began her wine career as a sommelier in Washington, DC. She has over 15 years of restaurant experience....MORE

Ira Norof, CWE, CSE
Southern Glazer's Wine & 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 in a Beverly Hills Restaurant...MORE

Alpana Singh, MS

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 ethnic grocery store...MORE

Joseph Spellman, MS
JUSTIN Vineyards

Joseph Spellman, MS is the lead wine educator for JUSTIN Vineyards of Paso Robles, and Landmark Vineyards of Sonoma County....MORE

Guy Stout, MS
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

Madeline Triffon joined Plum Market in 2011 as the in-house Master Sommelier.  Plum Market is a full-service grocery retailer with stores in Southeastern Michigan...MORE

Millennium Park   |   Sept 27 - 29, 2019