Nils Venge is renowned for his ability to produce exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects Napa Valley and his own unique personality. Now winemaker and owner at Saddleback Cellars, Nils was the first American winemaker to receive a 100-point score from Robert Parker for his 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet.
Julian Faulkner runs his family estate in Provence, France where he produces Jules Wines and Les Grand Cros Wines for sale in France and internationally. Julian’s advice to wine drinkers is that “you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy great wines.” It was Julian’s abundance of passion, ambition and idealism that sparked the original filming.
Recently featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine, Angelo Gaja lives in Barbaresco, Italy where he makes wine in tandem with his daughters Gaia and Rosanna. Famous for lifting the Nebbiolo grape variety from relative obscurity outside of Italy to international acclaim, Angelo is the quintessential artisan winemaker.
Jeannie Cho Lee, the first-Asian born female Master of Wine, is a leading writer and speaker about wine worldwide. In particular, Jeannie promotes food and wine pairings and emphasizes the many ways wine complements the flavors in Asian cusines. Jeannie’s first book, Mastering Wine for The Asian Palate, won many top international awards.
Gary Vaynerchuk is an innovative thinker about business, wine and social media whose two books Crush It! and The Thank You Economy both appeared on The New York Times Bestseller List. Gary initially rose to fame after starting Wine Library TV, the first video blog to gain a large and loyal following in the United States and abroad.
In Escaping Robert Parker: Director’s Cut, Peter Herbst is the voice of the educated wine consumer who has relied in part on Parker’s Wine Advocate recommendations for many years. Herbst was a founding editor of Premiere, the movie magazine, and was its editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2007. Fittingly, Herbst has named his first album of singing and guitar “Late Harvest.”
Alyssa J. Rapp, is the founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc. Bottlenotes is a leading new media company dedicated to educating and entertaining wine enthusiasts through email newsletters (The Daily Sip®) and the Weekly Pint), interactive events such as the Around the World in 80 Sips® national event series, social media platforms, and iPhone applications.
John Kapon is CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit, the world’s largest auction house and America’s oldest wine merchant, a firm that has been selling fine and rare wines since 1820. Through his leadership and energy, Mr. Kapon spearheaded the Company’s transformation from a single New York City storefront to the largest fine and rare wine auction house in the world. Mr. Kapon recently published The Compendium, his first book.
Born in Switzerland, Jean Hoefliger lives and makes wine in Napa Valley, California as winemaker at Alpha Omega. Jean’s diverse background and training and his natural sensitivity help him make wine that creates an emotion in the wine drinker.
John Jannarone is a financial columnist at The Wall Street Journal in New York. He has written about wine investment and also focuses on consumer products, media, and luxury goods.
Presently, Brian Dimarco is the Founder and Managing Director of Barterhouse; a New York City-based wine importer and broker, operating in nine states. Brian is an experienced sommelier and proud graduate of The French Culinary Institute.
Olivier Baenninger is a wine importer and exporter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before relocating to Canada, Olivier, who speaks Mandarin, spent several years working in the fast-growing wine trade in China.
Elin McCoy is an American wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg Markets, international wine judge, and a contributor to publications such as Food & Wine, The New York Times, House & Garden and Zester Daily. Elin wrote extensively about Parker in her book The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker and the Reign of American Taste.
Dr. Stuart Firestein is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his colleagues and he study the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. His laboratory seeks to answer that fundamental human question: How do I smell?