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Sommelier Workshops
Terroir Tasting
Observation Post,The Presidio

Topic for Workshop:
Sommeliers tend to look at Zinfandel not simply from the perspective of “varietal character” or brands. They also look for “sense of place,” and appreciate the differences between regions. Please join host Randy Caparoso and seven extraordinary sommeliers, who will be presenting eight 30-minute tasting/workshops; sharing their insights into California’s Zinfandel regions through their experience as restaurateurs, educators, professional wine judges and industry consultants.

Workshop schedule:
10:50 – 11:20 AM: Catherine Fallis MS - Lodi
11:30 - 12:00 PM: Ellen Landis CS, CSW - Mendocino
1:10 – 1:40 PM: Tracey Berkner - Sierra Foothills
1:50 – 2:20 PM: Rob Renteria - Amador County
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Christopher Sawyer - Sonoma County
4:10 – 4:40 PM: Robert Bath MS - Dry Creek Valley
4:50 – 5:20 PM: Randy Caparoso - Paso Robles
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Gillian Balance MS, DWS - Napa Valley

Featured Sommeliers:
Catherine Fallis MS
Planet Grape®, a.k.a. Grape Goddess®

Few sommeliers are as adept at bringing wine back down to earth as Catherine Fallis. Ms. Fallis is a wine educator, frequently published wine journalist, founder of Planet Grape LLC (planetgrape.com), a popular speaker for corporate and private events, and the world’s only Master Sabreuse with her Sabering Champagne! ...
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Ellen Landis, CS, CSW
Proprietor/Sommelier, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn

Ellen Landis, and her chef/partner/husband Ken Landis, founded Landis Shores in California’s Half Moon Bay as “a sanctuary for wine lovers.” Ellen has become so renowned as a wine professional that she is now frequently in demand as wine judge for national and international wine competitions...
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Tracey Berkner
Proprietor/Sommelier, Restaurant Taste and Volcano Union Pub + Inn

Tracey Berkner has developed her great reputation as a wine professional as the co-proprietor of the acclaimed Restaurant Taste (Plymouth, CA) and Volcano Union Pub + Inn (a B&B and pub in Volcano, CA) in the Sierra Foothills, which she operates on a hands-on daily basis with her husband, Chef Mark Berkner...
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Rob Renteria
Partner, Analog Wine Company, Napa Valley; Sommelier, La Folie


Rob Renteria was a sommelier in the Northern California restaurant industry for over 15 years before co-founding Analog Wine Company, a Napa Valley based négociant wine label. In San Francisco, he first worked with in the wine program at Rubicon ...

Christopher Sawyer
Wine Director, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, The Lodge at Sonoma

Christopher Sawyer is an internationally known sommelier, wine consultant and journalist, public speaker, and professional wine judge. Born and raised in Sonoma County, Mr. Sawyer has been the sommelier and wine educator for The Lodge at Sonoma since 2005. In fall of 2011, he served as the official sommelier for ...
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Robert Bath MS
Owner, RLB Wine Group; Educator, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

A third generation Northern Californian, Bob became one of the first 25 Americans to pass the Master Sommelier exam in 1993. Over the past 30 years he has worked in virtually every aspect of the hospitality and wine industries, including managing several “Wine Spectator Grand Award” ...
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Randy Caparoso
Blogger and Social Media

Our moderator, Randy Caparoso, is a multi-award winning wine journalist who lives in Lodi, California. He was the Bottom Line Editor of Sommelier Journal, and currently blogs and does social media work for Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com. He also authors wine columns for The Tasting Panel Magazine, San Joaquin Magazine, and Lodi News-Sentinel; and in the past ...
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Gillian Ballance, MS, DWS
Treasury Wine Estates

Just prior to taking her current position with Treasury Wine Estates in 2013, Gillian Balance served as Wine Director at Cavallo Point in Sausalito Resorts. Ms. Ballance’s restaurant wine career spanned 20 years. Some highlights: as PlumpJack Group's wine director (2004 to 2009), she was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine for ...
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Workshop Moderator

Randy Caparoso
Bottom Line Editor, Sommelier Journal

Our moderator, Randy Caparoso, is a multi-award winning wine journalist who lives in Lodi, California. He was the Bottom Line Editor of Sommelier Journal, and currently blogs and does social media work for Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com. He also authors wine columns for The Tasting Panel Magazine, San Joaquin Magazine, and Lodi News-Sentinel; and in the past, he has bylined biweekly wine column for his hometown newspaper (The Honolulu Advertiser, from 1981 to 2002). He was a founding partner of the Roy’s family of restaurants, where he was VP/Corporate Wine Director for 13 years; earning distinctions of being named Santé’s first Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year (1988) and Restaurant Wine’s Wine Marketer of the Year (1992 & 1998).
 



 

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