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Tuesday, May 16


Philosophy of a Wine List
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you develop a wine list that has both personality and versatility? Hear experts talk about building a great wine list. 

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Crystal Cameron-Schaad

Crystal Palate, Owner
Crystal Cameron-Schaad owns Crystal Palate, a wine education, consulting and multi-media company based in Coastal Virginia. She is a keynote speaker and radio show host of Crystal Palate’s Wine Country. The weekly program airs Saturday mornings on Cville 107.5 and 1260 WCHV in the Charlottesville market and has a strong focus on Virginia’s dynamic wine industry.   Crystal is an award-winning journalist who... Read More →

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Harry Root

Grassroots Wine, President
Harry Root is co-founder and principal of Grassroots Wine. Operating in Charleston, South Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama, Grassroots Wine represents place-driven winegrowers from every major wine region on the planet. A native of Tampa, Florida, Root received a degree in Natural Resource from the University of the South. He currently serves on the Boards of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Charleston Wine and Food Festival, and St... Read More →
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Clint Sloan

Southeast Sales Manager, Banshee & Valkyrie Selections
Clint Sloan is currently the Southeast Sales Manager for Banshee & Valkyrie Selections and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut Clint decided to head south to attend the College of Charleston in 1996 where he studied computer and political science. It was here that Clint found his true passion, wine. He started as a bus boy at McCrady’s Restaurant in 1999 and eventually became Beverage... Read More →
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Sebastian Zutant

Sebastian Zutant realized his calling was in the food and beverage industry at an early age. Raised in Rockville, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Zutant dabbled in the restaurant industry, making pizzas and pastas at a neighborhood Italian eatery, before attending the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in photography in 2000, Sebastian returned to DC and worked as a server and... Read More →

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


Standing Alone: Petit Verdot
Limited Capacity seats available

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 finding herself on the east coast. Knowles has worked in several positions within the industry and is currently the Service and Wine Director at Mirabelle DC in Washington... 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 front of house. He graduated from the CIA in 2001 and moved to Walland and began his career with Blackberry Farm in 2002. He soon became involved in the young wine program... 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... 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... 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 for Pinot, was published in 2009, and his second, Secrets of the Sommeliers (with Rajat Parr), won a James Beard award in 2011. Two in the Kitchen, with his wife... Read More →

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


Defining Local on the East Coast
Limited Capacity seats available

50 states now produce wine. Virginia and New York are leading the pack on the East Coast. Taste along with our expert panel and explore how these states are defining local east of the Mississippi.

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Erin Scala, DWS

Wine Director, Fleurie Restaurant
After working for many years in New York City as a sommelier at several Michelin star restaurants, notably PUBLIC and The Musket Room, Erin returned to her home state of Virginia. She writes a wine blog, produces a weekly wine podcastRead More →
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Noah Singerman

Sommelier, Husk Charleston
Noah has been working in wine and spirits for over 15 years. Born and raised in Sonoma County, the landscape of the region not only shaped and inspired his early palate, but also instilled a passion for wine that has led him into a career as a Sommelier and Beverage Director.He began his restaurant career in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Petaluma, CA and moved to New York City over a decade ago. In NYC, he served as a Beverage Director at Five... Read More →

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Robert Newton

Chef & Owner, Black Walnut, Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen
Robert Newton is the chef and owner of Black Walnut at the new Hilton Brooklyn. He is also the chef and owner of Nightingale Nine, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen all located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Newton and his restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Garden & Gun and on The Barefoot Contessa and Martha Stewart Radio. He has earned a reputation for supporting Brooklyn... Read More →
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Lenn Thompson

Founder & Editor, The Cork Report
Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a 15 years ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing, and community management professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. The site became the premier source for independent New York wine... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Pavilion III


Hot Pink! A Discussion on Virginia Rosé
Limited Capacity seats available

Pink is hot this year! Hot Pink! panelists will taste a broad spectrum of Virginia Rosés with a wide variety of characteristics and lead a discussion on Virginia wines making their mark in this category.

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Dave McIntyre

Wine Columnist, The Washington Post
Dave McIntyre has been The Washington Post’s wine columnist since October 2008. His writings have appeared in several other publications, including Wine Enthusiast magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as his award-winning blog, Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, created in 1999. Meininger’s Wine Business International and Worth magazines named him among the most influential wine writers in the United States. He was a co-founder of Drink... Read More →

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Carrie Dykes

Tasting Coordinator, Wine Enthusiast
Carrie joined Wine Enthusiast in 2015 after years in multiple areas of the wine industry. She immediately realized her path as a reviewer and worked passionately to achieve that goal. Having finished her Advanced Level WSET in January, she plans to begin the WSET Diploma program this year. In addition to wine, she is enthusiastic about cider, contributing articles on the subject for the magazine. She is currently studying for the CCP exam under... Read More →
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Max Kuller

Beverage Director & Partner, Doi Moi, Estadio, and Proof
Max Kuller’s eclectic, eccentric journey through life has led to his current place on the wine side of the restaurant world. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Maryland, from early on Kuller had his palette spoiled by his mom’s great cooking and dad’s uber-wine and restaurant connoisseurship.  Before settling in as the Wine Director of his family’s DC-based restaurant group, Fat Baby Inc. (proof, estadio, doi moi/ 2... Read More →
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Winn Roberton

Bourbon Steak, Head Sommelier
As a child in suburban Washington, DC, Winn Roberton's dining out experience was limited to family birthday celebrations, but the 'magic' of restaurant operations that entranced him then has had a fast hold ever since. These days, as a member of the wine team overseeing the capital city's deepest cellar, it is his great pleasure to be making that magic happen for others.   Winn’s early food fascination was fed by "Emeril Live" and... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Pavilion I


A New Look at Viognier
Limited Capacity seats available

For years, Viognier has been a prominent white varietal in Virginia. In this panel, Virginia winemakers explore how they're experimenting with Viognier blends and bringing a fresh perspective to this classic grape.

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Frank Morgan

Author, DrinkWhatYouLike.com
A Virginia native, Frank Morgan works in the Legal and Data Privacy group of a global aerospace company by day. He is the author of the DrinkWhatYouLike wine blog, started six years ago to chronicle his wine experiences from the perspective of an avid wine consumer and to share stories of the wines, wineries, and winegrowers of Virginia. His site was recently named one of the top wine news blogs by Millesima. Morgan is also a contributor for... Read More →

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Matthieu Finot

Winemaker, King Family Vineyards
Matthieu was born in Crozes Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Coming from a family of viticulturists and wine lovers, Matthieu was predisposed to continue his family's pursuit of making and enjoying wine. He first studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. After graduating in 1995, Matthieu worked in many different wine regions around France including Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Provence, and Jura. He... Read More →
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Michael Heny

Winemaker, Horton Vineyards
Michael Heny studied Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1990. He soon began making wine in Virginia, experiencing firsthand the dynamic growth of an industry celebrated for distinct wines from unique grapes. He joined the winemaking team at Horton Vineyards in 1997, entranced by the promise of the flavors to be unleashed from the rolling hills of Central Virginia. To this day Mr. Heny... Read More →
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Sébastien Marquet

Owner & Winemaker, Burgundy Style
Loudoun winemaker Sebastien Marquet, studied winemaking in his native Burgundy where he attended and graduated from the Lycée Viticole et d’Oenologie de Beaune. Through the 90s, Marquet produced wines in prestigious villages in Burgundy as well as in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France. After leaving France, Marquet launched the Caribbean’s first vineyard. After 7 years, Marquet left paradise for another; California’s... Read More →
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Michael Shaps

Winemaker, Michael Shaps Wineworks
Michael has been making wine in central Virginia since 1995.  He previously worked with two highly regarded central Virginia wineries – Jefferson Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards.  He currently works as a consultant to wineries in several states and has been involved in the startup of more than ten wineries.  He was the winner of the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition in 2004 and has been mentioned in... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pavilion III


Shake It Up: Mixology with Virginia Wines
Limited Capacity seats available

Wine doesn't always have to come straight from the bottle! Enjoy a mixed wine concoction while Derek Brown and other expert mixologists discuss exciting new cocktail recipes integrating Virginia wines.

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Derek Brown

Drink Company, President
Derek Brown is a leading spirits and cocktail expert with four of the country's most respected craft cocktail bars, Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency and the twice James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room, located in Washington, D.C. A native Washingtonian with deep ties to the city — his great-grandfather was once D.C.’s police chief — Derek admits that Washington provides a unique vantage point as the... Read More →

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Shannon Hood

Bar Manager, Brenner Pass
Shannon Hood has been working in the restaurant industry since 2005.  Born and raised in Upstate New York, she moved to Richmond, VA in 2011.  Over the last decade, her work history has ranged from craft beer bars to nightclubs. About three years ago, a passion for carefully crafted cocktails began to blossom.  She served as the Bar Manager at the former Portrait House and sister restaurant, Don't Look Back.  It was there... Read More →
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Mattias Hägglund

Bartender, Shagbark
Mattias Hägglund is a bartender in Richmond, VA. He began tending bar while studying history at Virginia Commonwealth University. His interest in history instructs his cocktails, with a mind toward classic styles that he carries forward to the contemporary bar. He believes in quality ingredients and a straightforward approach, and that hospitality is essential to the drinking experience. In 2012, he opened Heritage restaurant and most... Read More →
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Thomas "T" Leggett

The Roosevelt, Bar Manager
Originally from Danville, Virginia, Thomas Leggett moved to Richmond in 2002 after graduating from college and immediately fell in love with the food and beverage scene. Leggett found his voice as a bartender at Six Burner in Richmond, and has established The Roosevelt as having the city's most lauded cocktail program. The Roosevelt was awarded Elby's in 2013 and 2017 as the Richmond,  “Cocktail Program of the Year”. In addition... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pavilion I