Vino&Food Project


WINE PROJECT

CREATED AND SET UP BY IAN D'AGATA, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF COLLISIONI VINO&FOOD,
SENIOR EDITOR OF VINOUS AND

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF VINITALY INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


WINE AS A GUEST STAR 

It's been four years since Collisioni decided to enrich its art, literature and music festival program with a project dedicated to Italian enogastronomic culture. Collisioni Wine Project brings a number of great wine experts in Barolo during the festival days for a series of tastings, winery visits, tour, walk-around tastings, lunches and dinners with producers and Consortia making journalists, sommeliers and importers live Piedmontese and Italian wines, territory and culture. Collisioni Wine Projet, created and directed by wine expert and writer Ian D'Agata, aims at giving voice to the regionality, territoriality and richness of the great treasure being Italian wine&food patrimoine. 

For the 2016 edition, Collisioni Wine Project welcomed more than 70 selected experts from 11 Countries around the world for more than 60 events: tastings, speeches, meeting with producers and winery visits. 

 
   


IAN D'AGATA

Ian D'Agata is the Creative director of Collisioni's Wine&Food project. He is also the Senior Editor at VINOUS, the Scientific Advisor of Vinitaly International and Scientific Director of Vinitaly International Academy.
 Ian is the winner of 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year with his Native Wine Grapes of Italy, the first time an Italian wine writer has ever been so honoured, and is winner of 2017 Cuvée Aawrd of Excellence, a Canadian wine award. He lectures on Italian wines and wine culture at NYU Master’s Program in Food Sciences (US) Italy campus in Florence. 

 

«I am really glad I joined forces with Collisioni for the development of a cultural project about wine culture that aims to become a pool of prestige and international appeal. Collisioni is an outstanding festival, that succeeds in gathering together important international artists such as Sting, Mark Knopfler and Nobel Prizes as Herta Muller or Vidia Naipaul as no other in Italy. Here, culture and art support Regional traditional food and wine all around Italy and abroad. In thinking about and building up the program – made possible by the collaboration of the many wine producers and Regional realities, who are long-run partners of the festival – I tried to respond to a double interest: on the one hand, the purpose was to bring to the festival some of the most important wine critics and journalists from all over the world, in order to develop a relationship between international experts and producers and products from all over Italy. On the other hand, I was willing to offer a panel of didactic tastings and meetings to a wider public. A series of dynamic and appealing events to meet the expectations of those who come to Collisioni every year to discover the finest wines and learn how to appreciate them as well››.


GUESTS OF COLLISIONI WINE PROJECT 2017

EXPERTS, OPINION LEADERS AND INTERNATIONAL SOMMELIERS 
 




MICHAEL APSTEIN
US

Michael Apstein is a columnist and wine reviewer for WineReviewOnLine.com. As a free-lance writer, he wrote over 300 wine columns for The Boston Globe newspaper. His writing has also appeared in a variety of US and UK publications, including Decanter, The San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Magazine, Wine and Spirits, and The Wine News. He received a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in 2000. In 2008, he won the Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne Press Trophy. In 2010, he was nominated for the prestigious Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards in the best drinks journalist category. Dr. Apstein judges frequently at international and national wine competitions, including the Concurso Vinhos de Portugal (Wines of Portugal Challenge, 2016), Decanter World Wine Awards (2014, Burgundy Panel), The Left Bank Bordeaux Competition held at Château Lafite Rothschild (2013) and the Coupe des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc held in Bordeaux (2013). In 2012 he was the Chief Judge at the Challenge Millésime Bio (The Organic Wine Competition) held in Montpellier, France. He is a regular judge at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Critics Challenge Wine Competition, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. He has judged at the LA County Fair, The Riverside (California) International Wine Competition, The Old Ebbitt Grill International Wine for Oysters Competition, and the Concours St. Marc in Châteauneuf du Pape. He has been a regular guest commentator on Whitley on Wine, a radio show. He is a well-respected wine educator who taught at the Boston Center for Adult Education for 20 years.




ALEXANDRA ALEXANDROVA

Russia

Deputy Managin Director of group GOURMET ALLIANCE of Italian restaurants "DeMarco" "La Taverna" "La Prima", "la Panorama" "Villa Pasta", "Porto Banus" and many others in Moscow, as well as "Villa Don Juan" Crete, Greece. She received the 3rd level WSET diploma.







ANNA BARANOVA

Russia

Teacher in Marine Express wine school, wine consultant Caffe Italia and CEO at Vinoteca Anima (Saint Petersburg, Russia), she was previously teacher in Millesime wine school and sommelier at Grand Cru restaurant and Pepper restaurant. She holds the WSET Diploma 













GURVINDER BHATIA
 
Canada

Wine editor for Quench Magazine, Canada’s most important journal in the wine sector and for Global TV Edmonton. Bhatia is wine consultant and judge in various occasions, he is purchase manager at Unwined and owner of one of the 20 best Canada wine boutiques. He is also founder and director of the food and wine Canadian festival “Northern Lands” and judge of Vinitaly 5 Star Wines Award.





 

HAYLEY BLACK 
USA 

Wine Program Director for Tutta Bella, a Seattle restaurant group specializing in Neapolitan cuisine with an all Italian wine list. Hayley's fierce passion for the history and stories of Italian wine has been the driving force behind her career. Her ability to inspire, educate and connect over wine has propelled her through developing Tutta Bella's wine selection, and creating the company's comprehensive wine training program.  She is a member of the Vinitaly International Academy and she has reached the 3rd level certification of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust certification courses.






 

TUSHAR BORAH
UAE

 

Hotel Sommelier at Burj Al Arab, the world most luxurious Hotel, Jumeirah Group in Dubai. Taking care, the wine programme of award winning fine dining restaurant “Al Mahara” and now in the process of opening a new restaurant under the guidance of Michelin Star Chef Nathan Outlaw from London. Prior to Dubai, he worked with different wine markets in Hong Kong, Maldives, India under hotel chain of Shangri-La, Kempinski, Sheraton etc.





jenna briscoe
Canada

 



Jenna is the General Manager for Vancouver's famous Café Medina. 
In 2016, she was acknowledged by Vancouver Magazine as one of the top six 'front-of-house all stars' in the Vancouver restaurant scene. She has a background in performing arts. This has equipped her with a unique edge when directing Café Medina’s service team within owner Robbie Kane’s philosophy of enlightened hospitality. Her most recent endeavours have been in the world of wine - producing dinners and hosting tastings while always pursuing higher levels of wine education. 
  






BERNARD BURTSCHY
 
France 

Professor in Statistic and Mathematic at Télécom ParisTech and at Ecole Centrale de Paris, he is passionate about wine. He is critic and wine writer for the wine section of French newspaper Le Figaro and President of the association of French Wine Press. He writes for various French and foreign journals as Japanese Wands and German Feinschmecker and he is now honorary member of European wine association Grand July Européen. He is founder of a site about wine and tasting: bernardburtschy.com.







SAMUELE CALISTRI 
Switzerland


Working as sommelier at Four Season in Ginevra, he is winner of Ruinart sommelier Challenge 2017. Certified sommelier and sake sommelier by WSET, he worked at 2 Michelin starred Umu restaurant, known as the best saké wine list of Europe and one of the best London wine lists. He started his career at Michelin Star restaurant Enoteca la Torre Villa Laetitia Fendi in Rome. He is in charge of the wine list of his family restaurant in Tuscia region (Toscana), where he also organizes enogastronomic events.

 

 

 

FLAVIA CATALANO 
Italy 

Born in southern Sicily, after graduating in Law, enriches her professional profile in the field of Human Resources, communication and education. Her passion for wine brings her to become a sommelier, from that moment on, she collaborates with online Enonews.it writing about travels, tastings and events. She participates as sommelier to the editing of “Vitae” guide; she as well organizes events, professional tastings and communication seminars.




WAI XIN CHAN 
Singapore

Wai Xin Chan is a freelance wine educator and writer based in Singapore. He is one of the seven Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Experts, and also a Certified Wine Educator. He focuses on educating consumers on wine culture through introducing romance, culture and history to wine drinkers. His past writing can be found in local and regional magazines, and also in the local financial dailies. 

 






 

FABIO CIARLA 
Italy 

Professional journalist, sommelier and FISAR courses professor, author of Enoagricola.org audioblog, collaborator for Corrieredelvino.it. Born from a family of enologists active in the wine market, after trying to escape his destiny actually started being interested in the world he raised in. His journalism activity is shifting, thus, in the field of wine and enogastronomy, with the chance of preparing new FISAR sommeliers.

 



GIORGIO D'ORAZIO
Italy 

Independent writer, he is editor for many different journals, among them, il Centro (Gruppo Espresso) and Il Giornale dell'Arte, writing about culture and enogastronomy: of wines and producers writes for Le Guide di Repubblica and Slow Wine


 



LEVI DALTON 
USA


One of the most followed wine bloggers and podcasters in the US thanks to his I’ll Drink To That! Dalton is contributing editor for many online as well as paper journals in the wine sector such as Wine & Spirits MagazineBon Appetit Eater NY. After a long career as a Sommelier in some named Manhattan restaurants, nowadays his voice is one of the most followed and downloaded of the Country.










HENRY DAVAR 
USA 

After 6 years working as a sommelier & Wine Director for the Batali & Bastianich restaurant group in New York, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong, Henry Davar joined Breakthru Beverage Nevada (formerly Wirtz Beverage) in 2013 where he is currently the Wine Educator and Business Development Manager. In April 2017, he became certified by the Vinitaly International Academy as Italian Wine Expert.





JENNIFER DELALOCA 

Denmark

Relatrice, scrittrice, educatrice di corsi di settore, importatrice e commerciante di vino, professionista nel settore della ristorazione, Italian Wine Ambassador per Vinitaly International Academy e studentessa del Diploma WSET. Vive in Danimarca.

 

 


LAURA DEPASQUALE, MS 

USA
 

General Manager of Artisanal Fine Wine & Spirit Division for Southern Wine&Spirits - Florida sales group. The ART is an innovative a new concept in wholesale dedicated to small wineries, new trends and brand development combining a smaller lighter approach to the market with educational events and consultative selling. She is Panel Chairman of Vinitaly 5 Star Wines Award.

 




NOELL DORSEY 
USA

Boston based sommelier, she has been working in all aspects of restaurants and hospitality for the last 18 years. Most recently Noell was the Wine Director of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square. Here she focused heavily on wine education and getting people excited about wine and bivalves. Since taking over the wine list Island Creek was featured in Eater National, Punch Drink, Food Republic, Boston Globe and TimeOut Magazine. This spring she participated in VinItalys International Academy focusing on Italy's native varietals and regions in Verona. Feeling the pull of Nantucket nearby but still needing her oyster fix, she is now a sommelier at acclaimed CRU Oyster Bar in Nantucket, MA. 

 



ANDREA EBY
Canada



Manager, buyer and consultant at Banville & Jones Wine Co. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Andrea is a senior educator and partner at the Wine & Drinks College of Manitoba where she teaches classes for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wine Scholar Guild, and ASI accredited Sommelier programs. Andrea holds the WSET Diploma with Distinction and was awarded the ProWein Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments. Andrea is a judge for the International Wine & Spirit Challenge, sits on the editorial board of the Cellar Door magazine and acts as Director of Operations for the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. Andrea has worked a stage at Tolaini winery in Tuscany and spends time each year in Italy learning more about Italy and its wines.


 



JEREMY ENNIS 
Canada 

Chief Sommelier at Savoury Restaurant, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto.




 



KIERAN FANNING
Canada



Kieran Fanning began in hospitality at 16, working in a local café. Yet, it wasn’t until serving the wines of Burgundy and Champagne at Jules Bistro that his love for wine blossomed. By age 22 Kieran was hired onto Chambar Restaurant’s wine team under BC Sommelier Champion Jason Yamasaki while he quickly underwent training through the W.S.E.T. As assistant sommelier, Kieran aided in elevating the wine program to a coveted ‘Platinum’ distinction at the Vancouver International Wine Festival - marking it as one of the top wine destinations in the city. In addition to consulting for Vancouver’s Westin Grand Hotel, Kieran is currently Wine Director for The Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant and their adjacent wine bar Grapes & Soda. Here he curates two separate lists, composed solely of organic, biodynamic, and natural wines, all of which express their place, time, and typicity. 





HELEN FARRELL

UK




Helen Farrell is editor-in-chief of The Florentine, the English news magazine for Florence lovers. Epicurious and bilingual (English by birth, Italian by osmosis), she also serves as the publication's food and wine writer. Helen has translated cookbooks and chef monographs, devised course material and led seminars for Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori e Ristoratori, and provides linguistic consultancy for a number of top Tuscan wineries. She also contributes to Decanter, Newsweek and Der Feinschmecker.




 


ROBERTO FIORI

Italy

Born in Alba, Roberto Fiori is a journalist, working from 2006 to LaStampa newspaper in Turin, where he writes of wine, food, economy and agro-food policy, anytime the news allow him to. From 2011 he teaches Theory and techniques of journalist language at Cattolica University in Milan, at the Media Lenguages course of Litterature and Philosophy.

 









MARIA GERARI

Grecia 

Greek born, tasting life (and wines) around the world. After a fascinating path through various sectors of the wine trade, from vineyard to export sales, wine tourism and buying, in Greece, France and Italy, I’m currently based in the land of Brunello di Montalcino, working as a wine consultant and wine educator, but have also the privilege of tasting wines as a judge at the International Wine Challenge and being an Italian Wine Ambassador certified by the Vinitaly International Academy.











Michael Godel
USA 

Michael Godel, a.k.a. “Godello” hung up his 25 year-old chef’s apron in 2013 after joining the team at Toronto's Barque Smokehouse in March of 2011 as Wine Director and Consultant-At-Large. Godello is now a Principal Wine Critic at winealign.com and he processes his thoughts about wine, music and pop culture at godello.ca. He lives in Toronto with his wife of 20 years and three children.








Vanessa green
Australia


Vanessa Green is Managing Director of Crimson Wine, a wine wholesaler and consultancy; and co-owner of the Apples + Pears Group of restaurants which has venues in New Zealand and Australia. Vanessa judges at wine shows around the world, is a certified Ambassador of Italian Wine for Vinitaly International, has professional accreditations from WSET and the Australian Wine Research Institute, is a Commandeur of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. When not focusing on wine, Vanessa manages marketing for the restaurant group and is involved in strategic development of the wider group of sister companies including Cliftons Conference Centres, BCG Design Group, Crimson Cartwheel and Crimson Wine in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

 


ESMÉ GROENWALD
 
South Africa 

Restaurant Manager and Sommelier for Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House Hotel and Spa. She is also a member of the South African Sommelier Association, a regular fixture on many of the most acclaimed tasting panels and is currently enrolled with the WSET Diploma Program.






ERIC GUIDO 
USA

Eric Guido is an American Wine Writer and Director of Wine and Marketing for the Morrell Wine Group, who found his way in New York City's restaurants and upscale private kitchens. His writing and photography skills can be witnessed in the annual catalogs published by Morrell, which have been noted as a major accomplishment within the industry, mixing Eric's passion-driven prose with his eye for minute detail and vivid photography. His work can also be witnessed through Morrell's hand-tailored selection, advertisements in The Robb Report and Bloomberg magazine, as well as being heavily involved in social media, where his tasting notes, acclaimed and relied upon by Sommeliers and consumers, are published regularly.

 

 




 

LINGZI HE 
China 

Wine journalist and educator based in Bordeaux. A MW student, one of only three Vinitaly International Academy Certified Italian Wine Experts to date, she speaks fluent English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese plus Italian with professional working proficiency. One of the judges on Regional Italy panel at Decanter World Wine Awards, she regularly holds executive wine seminars regularly in Shanghai, Chengdu and Dalian for Vinitaly International Academy, and guides tastings in China. Chief editor of www.iandagata.com, she also writes regularly for vinehoo.com (China), Modernweekly (China) and Wine Mag (Hong Kong).

 


ELLEN JACKOBSMEIER
France / Canada

sommelier certificata originaria del Canada, Toronto, dopo aver frequentato la Scuola Superiore di Commercio (ESC) a Digione, in Francia, con un Master in Business del vino, attualmente lavora per una azienda di export specializzata in vini francesi e italiani. Appassionata di condividere il suo amore per le varietà autoctone italiani con chiunque, in particolare con i suoi clienti e colleghi nella sua nuova patria adottiva: la Francia.





STEPHANIE JOHNSON 
USA

After sixteen years in the textbook publishing business, Stephanie decided to follow her passion and traded in her books for a tasting glass. She holds the Intermediate, Advanced, and Diploma in Wine & Spirits designations from the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Stephanie worked in retail at Astor Wine & Spirits, and in 2008 became Wine Director at City Winery in Soho, where she built an award-winning list of over 400 selections from wine regions around the globe. Stephanie joined Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2013 as Tasting Director, and assumed the role of Italian Wine Editor in 2016. She has taught numerous wine classes, served as a judge at international wine competitions, and consulted on corporate wine events for clients including JP Morgan and Estée Lauder. 






SAlly kim

USA



While majoring in French literature at UC-Irvine, Sally Kim interned at The Underground Wine Journal. She later spent some time working at Domaine Carneros, at several San Francisco restaurants including Marketbar and Restaurant Lulu, in wine sales, and with the Terroni Restaurant Group in Los Angeles and Toronto. She started at the Delfina Restaurant Group in June of 2014, as the Beverage Director of the Italian-focused wine lists at Delfina and Locanda as well as the four Delfina Pizzerias in the Bay Area.






KURTIS KOLT
 
Canada 

Vancouver-based wine consultant who writes about wine, presents seminars, hosts events, judges wine competitions, works with restaurants on their wine programs. In 2010 he’s been awarded 'Sommelier of the Year' award at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival. He made many high-profile appearances, from being the subject of a Wine Enthusiast profile, sitting on tasting panels for Wine & Spirits Magazine and appearing at New York’s James Beard House, to leading wine festival seminars. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Top Drop Vancouver, an annual wine festival spotlighting international, terroir-driven wineries.


MICHELE LONGO

Italia

Graduate in Information System with a Master Degree in Engineering and Management, he always focused on the “human side” more than on technical aspects of wine. Certified Sommelier, he writes for “Barolo&Co.” curating “Territori del Mito”. He is also one of the curator of  the Wine Educational Board (W.E.B.), collaborating with Collisioni Festival and co-curator of the "W.E.B. Tasting Notes" section. He is also Deputy-Director of iandagata.com and vice-curator of "5StarWines - THE BOOK" the new wine guide of Veronafiere. He is completing with Ian D’Agata and Lingzi He the book “Barolo and Barbaresco: A cru by cru and wine by wine studying and tasting companion”. There, cru, wines and people of the two Langhe denominations are told through the history, the storytelling of producers and the experience of authors.







 


kara maisaNo 
Australia

Kara Maisano is a Sommelier and Wine Director at Masani Italian Dining & Terrace in Melbourne. She is a graduate of the WSET Diploma, Court of Master Sommeliers and a Vinitaly International Academy Wine Ambassador. Alongside serving she continues to strive within her profession by associate judging at local and international wine shows, and hosting wine tutorials for wine lovers and aficionados in Melbourne. Recent accolades include finalist Gault & Millau Sommelier of the Year 2016, Vin de Champagne Awards 2016, Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2016.








MONICA MARETTI

Italy

If she had to describe herself as a wine, she would be "clean, sparkling, intense. Balanced with very long lasting. Aging: mature. Harmonic in the complex". She is enogastronomic blogger and qualified sommelier. She writes on her blog www.acinoparlante.it of Italian wine&food, exploring the bonds with the life of people producing them. She has international experience as Marketing Manager in high-profile brands of Made in Italy and she keeps on with her misson of spreading Italian excellence around the world.





ELENA MATEI
 
Italy 

Works in the world of wine and from three years she writes about enogastronomy. She is author for the journal De-gustare.it and owner of the enogastronomy website zoomcucina.it, she works in the organization of events and conventions in Lazio Region. She as well organizes seminars and tastings of both wine and olive oil. Graduated oil sommelier AISO and professional wine sommelier FIS.

 






ELIN MCCOY
USA

Wine journalist and noted expert, wine and spirits columnist at Bloomberg News and Markets, she writes on various specialized journals. She is winner of prestigious prizes and author of books and guides.





robert miller
Canada


Rob Miller has over twenty years experience in the beverage industry. A certified Sommelier with the International Sommelier Guild, Miller also holds accreditation with The Wine & Spirits Education Trust in the UK, the American- based Society of Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as a Certificate in Oenology & Viticulture from the University of Guelph. He currently works with wine distributor The Vine Agency, as well as doing Sommelier shifts at Canada's top restaurants including Alo, Langdon Hall and George.















ANTON MOISEENKO

Russia


With 12+ years experience in wine writing and wine communications, Anton is paving his way through the debris of unconventional wine writing — both in Russian and English. He is an apologist of emotional content, ironic texts and entertaining storytelling; from short texts to long ones, from winemaker interviews to regional wine & dine formats — inspiring wine lovers and professionals with words at many levels. Anton is a contributor to Meininger’s Wine Business International and holds WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits





MICHAELA MORRIS 
Canada 

Wine writer, educator and presenter based in Vancouver. She is the weekly wine columnist for the Westender newspaper, makes regular radio and television appearances and sits on wine panels and judges both locally and abroad including Vinitaly’s 5 Star Wines Award. Michaela holds the WSET Diploma and is also one of only three Vinitaly International Academy Certified Italian Wine Experts to date.







ARLENE OLIVEROS

Filippines / Canada

 

Born and raised in the Philippines , she then grew passionate of the world of wine. She is the first and only certified Philippine sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and she founded WOW (World of Wines) an agency dedicated to organization of tastings, educational programs, tours and events, as well as writing for magazines both in Canada and Philippines.

 


GIANPAOLO PATERLINI
 
USA 

Wine Director and Owner of the italian-style restaurant Acquarello, awarded with two Michelin Stars in 2015, as well as Wine Director at 1970 restaurant, both in San Francisco. Paterlini is a great estimator of Italian wines, both for profession and for passion, and he travels often to Italy in order to discover new wines. He is also one of the judges of Vinitaly 5 Star Wines Award.





KIRK PETERSON 
USA 

Sommelier and Wine Manager at Bastianich&Batali Group Las Vegas restaurants such as B&B Ristorante, B&B Burger & Beer, Carnevino and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. “Growing up in a small town, there weren’t a lot of restaurants, but my parents were excellent cooks and, whenever we’d sit down for dinner, we always had the appropriate beverage to go with it.” Peterson is now considered by his peers to be one of the most respected Italian wine specialists on the US West Coast.

 




JEFFREY PORTER 
USA

Advanced Sommelier and candidate Master Sommelier, after a career as Wine Director at Restaurant Osteria Mozza, Hollywood and Del Posto in New York, since 2014 he is Wine & Beverage Director of all the restaurants of the Batali&Bastianich Hospitality Group in the United States.

 

 

WILL PREDHOMME 
Canada 

Professional Sommelier. His company Predhomme Inc. (2014) is an experiential marketing company born to address the needs of agencies, operators, & trade associations in the beverage alcohol industries. Prior to this, Will was known for the development of multiple world-class wine programs, such as for Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (Canoe Restaurant & Bar, Toronto), & Caesars Casino Canada. He is a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma graduate & is currently pursuing the Master Sommelier accreditation. Will has has represented Ontario (2011) & Canada (2014) at the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition.

RASHMI PRIMLANI
USA

Rashmi Primlani is the founder of Primlani Kitchen - a food and wine centric blog and a freelance wine educator based in Orlando, Florida. She is also a proud member of VIA and an Italian wine ambassador. Currently a WSET diploma student and certified Sommelier. 







 


SNEZHANA REVCHUK
Russia

Previously sommelier and Chef Sommelier respectively at Buddha Bar and Il Lago dei Cigni in St. Petersburg, she opened in 2015 her own restaurant/wine bar Molto Buono and in 2016 the bar Raw Materials Bar & Magazine. In 2017 she has became Vinitaly International Ambassador and she founded her own trading company Diletant of wine distribution working as Buyer and Sales Manager.







CLEMENT ROBERT MS 
UK

Group head sommelier and wine buyer at 28-50 Restaurant Group, London. In 2013 he was nominated UK Sommelier of the Year.






 

RICHARD SAGALA
Canada

Based in Montréal, Canada, Richard Sagala Bordeaux Wine MBA is the owner of the International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) and École In Vino Veritas, an accredited WSET training center and wine business school with a track record of academic research. A WSET Certified Educator, butler, sommelier, instructor and wine critic for the IMBA, Richard Sagala became in 2015 Italian Wine Ambassador at the Vinitaly International Academy and, in 2016, judge at the Vinitaly five Stars Awards.



 

 



RUBEN SANZ RAMIRO 
Sweden

Hotel Business graduated in Spain, Ramiro starts his career in New York a Wine Director for Veritas wine-restaurant and than moves to London.After spending some time working in the vineyards of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsazia, he is now Chief Sommelier for PM & Vänner Restaurant & Hotel in Vaxjo, Sweden.

 


BARRY SCHOLFIELD 
South Africa 

Head Sommelier for the prestigious Rust en Vrede Wine Estate and Restauarant in Stellenbosch with one of the largest selections of international wines in South Africa. Member of the South African sommelier community, member of the South African Sommelier Association and currently enrolled in the WSET Diploma Program.



LUZIA SCHRAMPF

Austria

 

Giornalista freelance con base a Vienna, ha conseguito il Diploma WSET e pubblica articoli sulle maggiori testate specialistiche (e non) austriache quali “Der Standard”, “wein.pur” e Slow Food Magazine. È inoltre giudice per numerosi concorsi enologici nazionali e internazionali, educatrice per la Wine Academy austriaca e consulente per un programma televisivo sul vino.



michael Shemtov
USA



In the fall of 2011, Shemtov opened Butcher & Bee in downtown Charleston. Butcher & Bee has been a critical success, and has resonated deeply with guests. In 2014, he opened Butcher & Bee’s sister concept, The Daily, and in 2015, Shemtov’s first concept outside of Charleston, Butcher & Bee Nashville. In 2016, Shemtov moved the original Butcher & Bee to a larger space, offering an extended menu with a continued focus on the sandwiches, vegetables and Middle Eastern inspired dishes guests have come to love Shemtov’s newest project is a multi-concept fancy food court in Charleston named Workshop, which opened in May 2017. The space offers a shared, fully equipped prep kitchen and dining space with a rotating roster of five chef-driven restaurant concepts.







 




susannah smith

USA

Head buyer for Flatiron Wines & Spirits, located in Manhattan and one of New York City's finest wine shops, now with an additional branch in San Francisco, California. Italy is Susannah's primary focus at the shop, where the selection majors in Langhe & Toscana and minors in Alto Piemonte, Sicily, and Valle d'Aosta. Connecting customers with the vines and the humans that make their wine is her greatest passion.


 

 

AGNESE TESTADIFERRO

Italia

Journalist, born and raised on Marche hills. She is fascinated by native grapes risking to disappear and that should be protected and communicated instead. She collaborates with Corriere Adriatico, where she writes of Wine&Food. In her writing, she loves to speak about the history of the family, the winery, the philosophy behind every label, to watch the producer in the eyes, as the human factor is the most complete and significative answer behind every technique in vineyard and winery.
 

ELISE VANDENBERG

USA

General Manager and Wine Director of Liberty Food & Wine Exchange in Reno, NV. She is a VinItaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador and a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Elise is passionate about sharing her love of Italian wine with the world. 



 

 




MONTY WALDIN 
UK 

He sensed when working as a teenager on a conventionally run Bordeaux château in the mid-1980s that the more unnecessary sprays were applied to the grapes, the more additives and other corrective treatments were needed subsequently during the winemaking. By the mid-1990s he had become the first wine writer to specialize in green issues and he wrote various award-winning books. and he was protagonist at TV series Chateau Monty. Now, he is a regular speaker at conferences on “green” issues and has consulted to vineyards and wineries in both hemispheres who are looking to work with nature.






CRISTOPHER WILTON
Canada

Christopher Wilton is a Canadian sommelier, wine educator, and writer, based in Peterborough, Ontario.  A Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Christopher has 25+ years experience in restaurants, from dishwasher to sommelier to manager. Christopher teaches wine and food pairing at Durham College to culinary students and operates his own sommelier-for-hire business through Wilton Wine Consulting. A playwright and poet, Christopher also writes on food and wine. You can find his musings on terroir in the virtual pages of Good Food Revolution http://www.goodfoodrevolution.com/ and on food culture in Peterborough in http://www.electriccitymagazine.ca/


DAWN WREFORD

Canada

More than 25 years of experience in retail and hospitality have carried Dawn into the position of Procurement and Marketing Manager for Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. Certified Sommelier, Dawn provides consultation for wine lists to local restaurants and also plans and facilitates many events on behalf of the co-op, including wine education, trade shows and consumer tastings.


JASON YAMASAKI
Canada

Group Sommelier for the dynamic & ambitious Joey Restaurant Group. In this role, he founds the wine philosophy for 27 restaurants across Canada and the westcoast of the United States. Jason earned the title of British Columbia’s Best Sommelier in 2014 and competed in Canada’s Best Sommelier 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, and a background in Michelin-starred fine dining. He is most energized when communicating about wine. The enthusiasm and thoughtfulness that he brings to his communication have allowed him to be a recognized as a top tastemaker in Canada. Jason is honored to bring that level of care and passion to Collisioni 2016.


JINGLIN ZHANG
China / UK

Jinglin Zhang is one of the Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert based in London and a WSET Diploma holder. She worked as innovation and insight executive at the oldest English merchant Berry Bros & Rudd before founding her own importing business Grape Paradise to China focusing on small boutique producers in Italy. With a marketing educational background, Jinglin is currently experimenting a new form of tasting experience in London and Beijing - wine and music pairing. Her London based event programme Bach Meets Barolo (www.bachmeetsbarolo.com) is in collaboration with young talented musicians to co-create live classical music and wine pairing events.