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Tuesday, May 16 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Standing Alone: Petit Verdot FILLING

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Throughout the years, Petit Verdot has stretched its legs from a classic blending grape to a distinctive stand-alone wine. Join us for a comparative tasting of Virginia Petit Verdots alongside PVs from other great wine regions to see how this varietal has grown. 

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Jennifer Knowles

Service and Wine Director, Mirabelle DC
Jennifer Knowles studied chemistry at Syracuse University before moving to California and gaining a foothold in the in the retail beverage industry. Knowles was named the New World Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs for her work at Rubicon in San Francisco before eventually findi... Read More →

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Andy Chabot

Sommelier and Food & Beverage Director, Blackberry Farm
Andy has always had an interest in how things taste. After working his way through local restaurants, Andy headed straight for the CIA to round out his education in the culinary arts and restaurant management. After a stint at Little Nell, Andy found his true interest in the fron... Read More →
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Steven Grubbs

Empire State South and Five & Ten, Wine Director
Steven Grubbs is Wine Director and Sommelier for both Empire State South in Atlanta, GA and Five & Ten in Athens, GA. He began working for Chef Hugh Acheson as a bus boy at the Five & Ten at its inception back in 2000, where he soon became a wine-interested waiter. Eventually Acheson--who had been pulling triple duty as chef, handyman, and beverage director--handed the wine reins over to Grubbs. In 2010 they partnered in opening Empire State South, a glorified haberdashery of sorts that hopes to rethink modern southern cuisine while also cultivating serious wine, cocktail, and coffee programs. When Grubbs isn't decanting he is likely to be found playing music, sailing, or breaking something on his car. He is also a writer, and has been published by Food... Read More →
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Rachael Lowe

Director of Beverage, Spiaggia
Rachael Lowe Rachael Lowe has crafted wine programs at some of the most distinguished dining establishments throughout the United States. She holds an advanced Sommelier degree from the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she was rewarded the Rudd Scholarship for top scores on the Advanced Exam. In addition to such merit, she won the top prize at the Ruinart Chardonnay competition hosted by Ruinart and the Guild of Sommeliers in 2010, the 2010 Jean Banchet award for Top Sommelier for Chicago, and was also awarded the Rising Star Sommelier title through Star Chefs, and most recently Food and Wine Magazines Sommelier of the year in 2016. Lowe served as Sommelier at the Michelin-rated Bouchon, a French bistro in Yountville, CA, under the direction of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. Prior to her time there, she spent more than three years as Sommelier for several fine-dining venues throughout New York City, including... Read More →
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Jordan MacKay

Jordan Mackay is a James-Beard-award winning writer on wine, spirits and food. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Art of Eating, Wine and Spirits, Food & Wine, and many other publications. His first book, Passion... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Pavilion III