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Customize your schedule for the 2017 #VAWineSummit by clicking on the radio button next to the session you would like to attend. For more information on the session, hover your mouse over the session’s title.

Red sessions are intended for all Virginia Wine Summit attendees. Make sure to add them to your schedule!

There are three blocks of breakout sessions: Morning, Mid-Morning and Afternoon. Select only one session in each block. Please note that there is a trade track and winery track this year!
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Steven Grubbs

Wine Director
Empire State South and Five & Ten
Atlanta, GA
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 & Wine Magazine and Time.