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 2018

EXPERTS, OPINION LEADERS AND INTERNATIONAL SOMMELIERS 
 


 

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. 
  






ALEXANDER PEH
Singapore

Alexander is currently the Assistant Manager in the Food & Beverage Division with the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and is currently helming the  wine program of the hotel. During his time in Four Seasons, he has represented the group, and Singapore, in the South East Asia + Taiwan Best Sommelier Competition 2017 held in Jakarta and finished as Runner-Up. Prior to the regional competition, and immediately after graduating from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in 2016, Alexander flew home to compete in the Singapore National Sommelier Competition 2016 and achieved a Runner Up position. During his three years in school, Alexander was the Founding Team for Switzerland's Wine Exposition, namely - World of Wines Exposition (WOWExpo), and was also the President for the Les Roches Wine Club. Prior to the Four Seasons, Alexander has worked under Master Sommelier in Island Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong, and also at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Royal Hospital Road London. Alexander is deeply passionate about the art, science, the history and the geography of wines and strives to transcend his knowledge and love into Asia where he currently resides. He looks forward to being part of the great Collisioni event to continue his learning journey into the secrets of the Piedmont that lies some of the best wines the world has ever seen.



ALEXANDRA JIE GAO
China

Wine importer based in Beijing, China. Co-Founder of LeanFair UK Ltd, a marketing agency in London. She helps companies create, implement and deploy marketing systems and eCommerce solutions, especially in the Chinese market. As a professional Keynote Speaker, she speaks over 30 conferences per year on top-ics related to marketing, eCommerce, building famous brands and selling successfully in China. After earn-ing an Electronic Engineering degree from Tsinghua University, she worked in the eCommerce marketing in-dustry, first as a Software Engineer then Marketing Manager. She is deeply attracted to the rich tradition and long history of wine. Having a personal website StoreCEO (www.storeceo.com), she is documenting her en-trepreneurial journey and writing weekly newsletters to 50K+ subscribers. She speaks fluent Chinese, Eng-lish, and Japanese, and has been learning French, Spanish and Italian.

 



ANNE MARIE MORSE
USA

Annemarie has a Master's Degree in Oenology from Cornell University. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Wine Marketing classes. She is an American Wine Society (AWS) certified wine judge, co-coordinator of the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program and teaches at the National Conference. She founded the Finger Lakes chapter of the AWS and served as the chairperson, presenter and coordinator for 5 years. Annemarie recently participated in the VinItaly International Academy, OperaWine, Collisioni and VinItaly 2018 and hosted a wine tour and cruise of Italy in 2017. She has presented at the Viticulture and Annual Wine Industry Workshop and worked through harvest and blending as an assistant winemaker at Damiani Wine Cellars. She has completed the Court of Master Sommeliers, Introductory Course and Exam and is preparing to take the certified exam. Annemarie is a trained panelist on the Cornell University Cheese Sensory Evaluation and Alcohol Beverage Panels. She is a published freelance wine & food writer. She has a love for food and wine, exploring different regions of the world and sharing these experiences with others.






BOB MIAO
China

Bob Miao writes about food and wine and travel. He is founder of the blog “Fanzui Tuanzhang” (Food & Wine Commander) on the Wechat platform (Chinese version of tweeter + facebook and more). He also writes in English for Travel + Leisure Web, Ideal Ningbo (a magazine of Shanghai Daily), and in Chinese for FT Chinese Web (Financial Times Chinese version), Sanlian Life Weekly, Weekend Pictorial, and Loha Magazine. Bob Miao is a Chevalier de Champagne, and Certified Trainer of Bordeaux Wines. During 2010-2013, He was the head of Michelin Guide in Greater China, responsible for the publication and promotion of the “Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau”, and the Michelin Travel Guides. He speaks Chinese, English, and French. He is now learning Italian.


 











CHRISTIAN FENTRESS
USA

Christian started his career at The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World resort. He is a Certified Sommelier and currently the Sommelier and Manager of Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe in New York City. He also holds certifications from The Ciccerone program as well as the Society of Wine Educators.















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. 

 








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.

 



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 provides linguistic consultancy to a number of top Tuscan wineries. She also contributes to Decanter.







ICY LIU
USA

 

Originally from Taipei, Icy moved to New York City to attend Columbia University and transitioned to the wine industry after a career in finance.  She attended the International Culinary Center’s Intensive Sommelier Training Program where she was the class valedictorian. She received her Level 1 certification (passed with a perfect score) and Level 2 certification (Certified Sommelier) from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Additionally, she passed the WSET Level 3 Theory with Distinction and Tasting with Merit.  She worked at Crush Wine & Spirits, Eastside Cellars, Bonhomie Wine Imports and currently works for Acker Merrall & Condit and teaches wine classes at Columbia University.  In her free time, she helps organize Rieslingfeier, an annual celebration of Riesling in New York City.






 

MATTEO BERNARDI
Italy

Born in San Donà di Piave (Venice) in 1982, Matteo Bernardi began working in restaurants at age thirteen, travelling between Jesolo, Venice, Milan, Lake Garda, Valtellina and Val Gardena with seasonal jobs, originally to pay for his schooling and later for his love of the restaurant world. After graduating high school in accounting, he began studying economics at the university level. However, he discovered a real passion for wine, reinventing himself at thirty. In 2013, Matteo received his A.I.S. third level sommelier diploma and began working with the Alajmo family, first at Ristorante Quadri (one Michelin star), located in St. Mark’s Square Venice, and later at Le Calandre (three Michelin stars) in Padua. He is currently the restaurant’s head sommelier.







MARIA ROSA TARTAGLIONE
Italy

Mariarosa was born in Monteroduni, a little village in Molise. Enthusiast about literature and music, with important experience in event management, but wine leads her passion.

Established in NYC in 2013, translated her wine knowledge at American Sommelier, where she has also become manager.

She worked her way up in the restaurant business and since 2016 she is senior sommelier at Marea, 2 michelin star restaurant on Central Park South, well known for its extensive, Italian dominated wine list.










MELISSA GISLER MODAnLOU
USA



She's a certified Advanced Sommelier and has spent the past 12 years working in wine. In 2005, she launched an Italian restaurant/wine bar, Ottimista Enoteca-Café, in San Francisco, which she ran (along with its all-Italian wine program) for seven years before selling it in 2012 to combine her passion for Italian wine with a focus on sustainably-farmed, low-intervention producers. She started Rock Juice in 2015 to bring these kinds of natural wines to drinkers everywhere. Now she spends her days chasing down (drinking) honest and delicious wines from inspiring small producers in Italy, and around the world, for Rock Juice, while trying to keep the trains running for her family. She’s also a mom of two young boys, whose appearance in the world inspired her to think about the ingredients she was putting in her body, and theirs. And ultimately led her to natural wines, and the idea to make them more accessible. Because let’s face it – wine is one of life’s great pleasures, and even as we have become more health-conscious, we’re not giving that up. Melissa’s philosophy, and the driving force behind Rock Juice, is awareness - be smart about what you’re drinking, and stick to the good stuff, made by real people, not big corporations, without chemicals and other weird stuff. And most importantly, enjoy. Daily. Life is too short to live for the weekend.





 

 



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.








 

MIKHAIL LIPYANSKIY
USA

Mikhail Lipyanskiy was born in Ukraine, during the Soviet Union and moved to the United States with his family as a teenager. He grew up in Queens, where he still resides with his wife and son. He’s an adjunct professor of comparative literature at Queens College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Additionally, he is a contributing writer and photographer for a local wine magazine – The Cork Report, as well as a photographer. His work can be seen on his website: www.LipyanskiyPhoto.com. He became interested in wine in the early 2000s and quickly joined the online community as well as the busy New York City crowd. His personal wine journey began with the love for German Rieslings, but it has evolved into an appreciation for various styles of wine – from the cooler climates like the northeast to the sherries of Southern Spain. He enjoys writing and tasting wines, and it inspires his true passion - photography. He is never without his trusty Nikon, trying to capture the emotion of the moment. He is passionate about history and culture and especially the wineries, farms and the small towns of the world.







EMMA DONG
China

Shangai Yitang trading co.Ltd Marketing Manager, she is Sommelier with Diploma Program Certificate of International Sommelier Guild, she has WSET Level 3 diploma, she attended the Courso Profesional del Vino de Jerez, she went to New Zealand for the New Zealand Wine Professional Level 2 certificate of New Zealand Winegrowers and New Zealand Trade&Enterprise.




                                                                 EMMA JENKINS
                                                                                    New Zealand

Emma Jenkins MW abandoned her University of Otago science degree for a more sociable career in wine. She's worked in fine wine retail, holds a diploma in winemaking and viticulture, and in 2011 became New Zealand’s ninth Master of Wine. Emma is wine columnist for The Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ edition), co-editor of The Independent Wine Monthly alongside Jane Skilton MW, and also writes on a freelance basis for a number of trade and general publications. She provides consultancy services to a wide range of industry and corporate entities. In addition, Emma is involved with the MW education program, teaches WSET courses on occasion and continues to hone her skills judging wine both at local and international competitions. In her spare time, Emma attempts to gain control of a large, unruly garden populated by small children, dogs, cats, chickens and a pet pig. This is proving mostly futile.





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.

 

 







EVAN WATSON
Canada


Evan Watson is the Co-Owner of Bar Clementine, a 30 seat bistro recently awarded 5th best new restaurant in Canada by Enroute and 9th best bar in Canada by Canada's top 100, located in Edmonton, Canada. He has spent the majority of his life in the restaurant industry, split evenly between the kitchen and the floor, and his hands now stay busy swimming through the absolutely life-affirming world of wine. He was awarded the 2018 Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs regional young sommelier of the year, has judged and educated, and is an ongoing columnist for CBC. His life is pleasantly spent navigating the art and commerce dialectic in food and drink -- mostly he just likes to eat good things and drink good things with his closest friends that prefer to do the same.





 

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).




 


MARISA FINETTI
USA

For over 15 years, award-winning writer, Marisa Finetti, has covered numerous subjects from architecture to spas but her favorite storytelling subjects revolve around food and wine. She is the food and wine editor for Class Magazine (theclassproject.com) and also contributes regularly to a number of other publications, including David, Vegas Seven and Vegas Magazines. During her free time she enjoys cooking for friends and celebrating life with friendly bocce ball tournaments. Finetti is a two-time fellowship recipient of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Level 2-certified with Wine & Spirit Education Trust and a Piedmont Food & Wine Specialist, certified by 3iC.










MICHELE LONGO

Italy

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.







 



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.







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 

Michaela Morris is an international wine writer, educator, judge and speaker based in Vancouver, Canada, with frequent engagements in Italy. Besides writing for several Canadian publications including Taste and Quench, Michaela contributes to Meininger’s Wine Business International and Decanter online and print magazines. She was one of the first certified Italian Wine Experts through Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) in 2015 and sits on Collisioni’s Wine Educational Board (W.E.B.). Michaela also holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma and is currently a 2nd stage student of the Institute of Masters of Wine.





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.







RAMONA RAGAINI
Italy

Sommelier at the Andreina di Loreto restaurant (one Michelin star) since 2009.













ROSE ANNE JOHNSON

USA

Rose Anne Johnson has worked in restaurants since she was seventeen. After graduating from UNLV with a Bachelors degree in Psychology she realized she wanted to pursue a career in wine. After working as a fine dining server for several years and studying wine, she passed the certified sommelier exam in 2014. She was hired as a sommelier at Caesars Palace Las Vegas shortly after passing the exam. She worked at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill for a year and a half before transferring to Caesar's Italian restaurant called Rao’s where she has been for almost three years. Her love for Italian wine started at Rao’s. She began to study everything she could about Italian wine and Italy. She is currently an Italian Wine Professional and Italian Wine Ambassador. She loves wine from all around the world but Italian wine is her favorite.








KELCIE JONES
Canada

A perennial student of wine, Kelcie has recently completed the WSET Diploma program as well as the inaugural 3IC Piedmont Specialist course with Ian D'Agata in 2018. Kelcie lives and works in Vancouver, Canada, where she is the Wine Director for Chambar Restaurant. Prior to Chambar, Kelcie worked as part of the sommelier team for the prestigious Hawksworth Restaurant Group at their inaugural restaurant, then was part of the opening team for their second restaurant, Nightingale. Outside of wine, Kelcie also holds a Master's in English Literature from the University of Toronto. 

















KEZIA PRAJITNA
USA

Kezia Prajitna joined the Tannin Wine Bar team at the top of 2015. She landed in Kansas City after leaving New Zealand, where she first discovered her passion for terroir driven wines. Working with the wine list at Tannin only emboldened her love of wines with an undeniable sense of place. Barry Tunnell, Tannin’s wine director has spent years curating a list that honors the traditions of the great wines of the world, but also allows ample room to feature those of curious indigenous varietals and regionally obscure. Kezia’s dedication to the wine program and her contribution towards staff training at Tannin was a key factor in securing the restaurant’s spot on Wine Spectator’s covered list of America’s top 100 wine restaurants. The real trophy for Kezia, though, is the opportunity to host and cater to the heroes of the craft. Kezia’s love for wine is certainly the culprit to her developing relationships with winemaking’s all stars. Her deft technique in hospitality has emblematized the spirit of Tannin for greats like Jean-Pierre Charlot, Jean Bourdy, Eric Texier, Pietro Oddero, Marc Hochar and Francesca Vajra. “It’s one thing to shake the hands of your heroes, and it’s another to be the instrument that allows others to share in the excitement [in the context] of the special wines they produce.” she says, when asked about her role [at Tannin] “It charges my battery every day!” Kezia was invited to Collisioni by Ian D’Agata, whom she met through Levi Dalton on a recent trip to New York City.






KIRK PETERSON 
USA 

Kirk Peterson is an experienced wine and spirits professional who enjoys a life and career dedicated to food, wine, and hospitality. Peterson is a wine educator, award-winning writer, and fellowship recipient of the 2018 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. He is also an Italian Wine Ambassador certified by the Vinitaly International Academy and Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Delivered with a unique blend of style and with he combines expertise and enthusiasm to impart his passion for food and wine to audiences and students alike. Kirk is often seen and heard on Las Vegas’ ABC-affiliate daytime television talk show, FOX5 Las Vegas, and KNPR Nevada Public Radio in addition to being a regular contributor to Vegas Seven, David Magazine, The Tasting Panel, and The Shift Drink.

 







KURTIS KOLT
Canada

Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based freelance wine consultant, writer, and competition judge. Certified by London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers, his enthusiasm and experience have resulted in many high-profile appearances, from being the subject of a Wine Enthusiast magazine profile and appearing at New York’s James Beard House, to leading wine festival seminars and beyond. He has contributed to many international publications, including Maclean’s, Sip Northwest and Decanter. Recent years have found him running Top Drop, a Western Canadian, international terroir-driven, which he co-founded in 2014.








JAN SPENER
Slovakia

Jan Spener studied Marketing Communication at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia. In 2016, he passed the Diploma of Wine and Spirit Education Trust at the Wine Academy of Rust, in Austria. Year later he passed the final Weinakademiker exam. During his university studies he already worked as sommelier in Michelin starred restaurants in France and leading Slovak restaurants. Currently he is Head Sommelier at Vinimka winebar in Bratislava, Slovakia as well as Import and Distribution Manager. In November 2017 he passed the exam for Italian Wine Ambassador of the Vinitaly Internationl Academy. He is also Certified Sommelier by Court of Masters Sommeliers, Certified Sake Sommelier and Certified Sherry Educator.






JARED FISHER
USA

Jared discovered wine while paying his way through a college degree in Philosophy in Colorado.

The combination of academia and hedonism was a natural fit and he as never looked back.

Jared has spent the last decade working all angles of the sommelier circuit in NYC, from Master Sommelier Scott Carney's Brooklyn start-up Bussaco, to the universally-acclaimed Le Bernardin, to the lofty confines of the Peninsula Hotel, and now holds court at chef Andrew Carmellini's flagship restaurant, Locanda Verde.

Jared is certified Advanced by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and his most recent academic accomplishment is his recognition as an Italian Wine Ambassador by the VinItaly International Academy.












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.








SHARON LU
China

Sales Director of Lelane which imports wine from 9 countries including Italian wine in different regions. Awards of WEST Level 2 & 3, WSET Diploma Candidate, Barossa Wine School Level 1, Napa Vally Professional Wine Course Level 1
















SUSAN GORDON
USA

Italian Wine Ambassador. 3iC Piemonte Wine and Food Specialist. Her love of wine and writing is also matched by a Level 3 WSET, current Level 4 studies, and an MFA from The New School. Her work has appeared on ForbesLife, Eater, The Daily Meal, and the Wine Advocate.

 

 

 


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.



 

JASON YAMASAKI
Canada

A life and a career dedicated to hospitality, service, food, & wine.  Professionally, he is the Sommelier for the Joey Restaurant Group creating the wine offering for over 30 restaurants across Canada and the westcoast of the United States. Jason earned the title of British Columbia’s Best Sommelier in 2015 and competed in Canada’s Best Sommelier 2016 e 2017. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, a vintage in Austria, and a background in casual and fine dining.