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The Concourse
8th & Brannan, San Francisco
Saturday, February 2
Trade & Media 10 am - 1 pm
Members: 1 pm - 5 pm
Public: 2 pm - 5 pm

Sommeliers’ Insights into California’s Zinfandel Regions
Located at Zin Kitchen
2:00 - 2:45

Description of seminar:
How do professional sommeliers delineate Zinfandel’s multiple growing regions in California, and what are their favorite producers? In this seminar, Sommelier Journal’s Randy Caparoso moderates a panel of 9 extraordinary sommeliers, each sharing their thoughts from their perspectives as experienced restaurateurs, certified educators, professional wine judges and consultants.

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Featured Sommeliers:
Gillian Ballance, MS, DWS
Wine Director, Cavallo Point, Sausalito Resorts
Prior to her appointment as Wine Director at Cavallo Point in 2012, Gillian 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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Cassandra Brown,

The Chocolate Grape - Sommelier At YOUR Service, San Francisco
Cassandra Brown’s passion for food and wine was ignited in Atlanta, when she worked as Business Manager for Chef Matthew Kenney’s New York restaurant concept, COMMUNE. She began formal wine studies while apprenticing at Atlanta wine educator/author Anita LaRaia’s Wine School ...
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Catherine Fallis

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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David Glancy, MS, CWE, CSS, FWS
Founder/CEO, San Francisco Wine School
David Glancy is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of the San Francisco Wine School. He is one of only 12 Master Sommeliers in the world to also pass Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam. In addition, Mr. Glancy holds Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and French Wine Scholar (FWS) credentials...
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Ellen Landis, CS, CSW
Owner/Sommelier, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay
Ellen Landis is a widely published wine writer, Certified Sommelier (CS), Certified Wine Specialist (CSW), educator, blogger (ellenonwine.com), and AWS Wine Journal contributor (americanwinesociety.org). On top of that, she is Wine Director and Sommelier at Half Moon Bay’s Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn ...
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Ronald Plunkett, CS, FWS, CWAS
Sommelier, Hakkasan, San Francisco
Ron Plunkett has been a self-described “wine geek” for the past 20 years. Prior to assuming his current position at Hakkasan in San Francisco, he was director of education and sales for Vezer Family Vineyard in Suisun, CA, and wine director/sommelier at Fairfield’s Mankas Tapas Bar & Steakhouse ...
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Paige E. Post-Bindel, CS
Sommelier, Pèppoli Restaurant, Pebble Beach Resorts
Paige E. Post-Bindel is a fourth generation Monterey Peninsula native with roots going back to the 1850s on the Big Sur Coast. She developed a passion for people and wine early on, and has held her wine positions with Pebble Beach Company over the past 10 years...
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Rob Renteria
Analog Wine Company, Napa Valley
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 ...
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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 ...
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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 is 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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