Special Guests

Gianni Abate
Chalone Vineyard | Soledad

Gianni Abate earned his reputation of making world-class wines for over 18 years. Receiving a degree in Biological Science from University of the Pacific, Gianni found himself working in the laboratories of San Joaquin County wineries. There, he discovered his…

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Winemaker/Author Richard Betts
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After an academic journey that included a BS, an MS and nearly a JD, Richard finally found his way to his real love; Wine. While traveling in Italy, he fell in love with the country’s dining tradition and came to…

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Owner Beverage Director and Advanced Somm Jeremy Campbell
Root and Flower and MBar | Vail

Jeremy Campbell has worked in the hospitality industry for 26 years and has over a decade of experience as a Sommelier and wine director. Jeremy is an advanced sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and passed the theory portion…

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Sean Capiaux Winemaker/President
Capiaux and O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery | Angwin

Founding winemaker, Sean Capiaux, has established an impressive and notable career over the past twenty-six years at prominent wineries around the globe. He graduated from California State University, Fresno (BS, Enology; minor in Chemistry) in the late-80’s and began his…

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Hunter Chamness Chef
Boxcar Restaurant & BAr | Avon

As a recent college graduate, Hunter got a job working the line at Clyde Nelson’s The Home Ranch in Steamboat Springs, to support his ski/fish lifestyle. The job soon became more than that, though, and ultimately inspired him to seek…

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Neil Collins
Tablas Creek Vineyard | Paso Robles

Neil Collins- Winemaker Tablas Creek Vineyard Neil was born and raised in Bristol, England. Trained as a chef, he moved into winemaking with stints with John Munch at Adelaida Cellars and Ken Volk at Wild Horse. At Adelaida, Neil met…

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Chef Marc Copenhaver
Frost Creek | Eagle

Executive Chef Marc Copenhaver is a twenty-five-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His varied experiences include time in the Vail kitchens of Sweet Basil, in the late ‘90s, and Larkspur, where he recently served as Chef de Cuisine before joining…

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Michael Davies
A to Z Wineworks | Dundee

In 2006, the group welcomed another Oregon wine veteran, Michael Davies, as winemaker, and partnered with Gregg Popovich (Coach of the San Antonio Spurs) to buy REX HILL Vineyards and Winery (established in 1982). A to Z has worked with…

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Brett deLeuze President/Partner
ZD Wines | Napa

Brett deLeuze, president/partner of ZD Wines in the Napa Valley, began his winery career at the young age of 4 when his parents founded ZD Wines. Growing up with the family business, he helped with picking grapes, then to bottling…

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Steve Doerner
Cristom Vineyards | Salem

In 1992, after working for Calera (a California Pinot Noir producer) for 14 years, I was ready for a change. I identified two goals to help determine where I wanted to work next. First, I wanted to continue making Pinot…

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Richard Grosche Managing Director
Reichstrat Von Buhl | Deidesheimer

Reichsrat von Buhl has been a family-owned winery for more than 150 years, and has belonged to the circle of the most prestigious wineries in Germany for just as long. Since it was founded in 1849, Reichsrat von Buhl has…

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Bob Iantosca Executive Winemaker
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards | Sonoma

Executive Winemaker Bob Iantosca travels as a historian and ambassador for Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, educating wine lovers and trade around the country about its wines and distinctive Sonoma Carneros terroir. An early sparkling wine pioneer, he mentored current…

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Chris Kajani Winemaker/General Manager
Bouchaine | Napa

Winemaker / General Manager “Winemaking is a science and entails technical skill, but just as critical is having deep intuition, keen observation, and a sense of wonder.” Chris Kajani became the winemaker and general manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in April…

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Gary Lipp President/Owner
Coho Wine | Napa

Gary Lipp After five years living to ski in Steamboat Springs, Gary learned that though you can’t have too much fun, you might need to pursue it in a new environment. The wine was calling and it said to move…

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Owner Zach Locke
Old World Wine Co | Edwards

Zach Locke, owner of Old World Wine Co, started importing French wine into Colorado in 2004. Wine from France remains a focus, but Old World Wine Co. is now bringing fine wines from across Europe to Colorado. Formally trained in…

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Asst Winemaker Molly Lonborg
Halter Ranch Vineyard | Paso Robles

Molly Lonborg joined the Halter Ranch team in June of 2011. Originally hired as lab manager and cellar assistant, she was quickly promoted to enologist and in January 2014, Molly was named Assistant Winemaker. A graduate of Cal Poly, San…

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Cara Luff Chef
Boxcar Restaurant & Bar | Avon

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Denver, Cara began her culinary career at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. Originally born in Philadelphia but grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she developed a love of…

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Patrick Mata
Ole Imports | New York

Ole Imports was founded in 1999 by Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata, college students at the time. in 1999 Ole started with 3 wines, today Ole is importing more than a 100 wines to the U.S. Ole’s goal is to…

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Chef Jarrod Morrah
Harvest | Edwards

Jarrod Morrah began his career at the Four Seasons Chicago before moving to Colorado. As Chef de cuisine at The Sebastian in Vail and Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek, Morrah brings years of experience to the Harvest team, incorporating…

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MS Sean Razee
General Manager Artisanal Wine & Spirits of Colorado | Vail

Master Sommelier (MS) – February 2008 Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma (DipWSET) – July 2011 Certified Sake Professional (CSP) – July 2012 Sean Razee is one of only 236 wine professionals worldwide and one of the first 100 people…

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Matthew Regan Vice President/Partner
VGS Chateau Potelle | St Helena

Matthew Regan is the Vice President/Partner of VGS Chateau Potelle Winery in the Napa Valley. Matthew joined Chateau Potelle in 2000, and now manages all aspects of the VGS experience. Prior to his appointment at VGS Chateau Potelle, Matthew managed…

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Mike Reynolds President
Hall Wines Napa Valley | Napa

Mike Reynolds began at the inception of the winery, shortly after Craig and Kathryn Hall returned from Austria in 2002. Mike served as Winemaker and General Manager during the infancy of the winery, and was promoted to President in 2006.…

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Chef Chris Schmidt
Sweet Basil Vail | Vail

Chris Schmidt, known as "Schmidty" in the kitchen, started his passion for food early with both parents working as managers in Atlanta, Georgia restaurants. He attended Johnson and Wales Culinary school on a full scholarship after winning a national cooking…

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Daniel Stotesbery Director
Ladera Vineyards | Angwin

Dan Stotesbery joined Ladera in April, 2006 after having worked in Chicago with the Board of Trade. His wine background, starting from his childhood at the dinner table (yes he is a member of the family), is growing rapidly as…

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Pedro Vieira
Esporão Wine | Alentejo

Born & raised in Lisbon, Pedro has always been around wine. His family has operated a small biodynamic winery just for the locals (and themselves) for several decades. As a young boy he played a lot of soccer & always…

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Sommelier Josh Wesson
Best Cellars | New York City

Once a hugely respected sommelier who reveled in the extravagance of princely pours, Josh now sips from the cups of carpenters as lord of wine, beer and spirits at Best Cellars at A&P — a chain of value-oriented wine stores…

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MS Brett Zimmerman
Boulder Wine Merchant | Boulder

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential…

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