Our seminars are as delicious as educational, and often explore somewhat controversial topics of the day. Our moderators are not only knowledgeable and industry experts, but skilled at keeping our panelists and audience on track and on time!
Elaine Chukan Brown
Based in Sonoma, California, Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist
for JancisRobinson.com, and a contributing writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. She has been a keynote
speaker at events around the world including the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Pinot Noir NZ, The
Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, ProWein, and the California Wine Fair in Toronto, among others. Her
work has been featured in The World of Fine Wine, Decanter, The Robb Report, MensHealth.com, among
others, and appears on her own website, WakawakaWineReviews.com. Elaine is known for having created
illustrated tasting notes, which have been described by @KermitLynchWine as "a new standard in wine
reviews." Prior to her career in wine, Elaine served as philosophy faculty at Northern Arizona University. She
was Dartmouth College's Charles A. Eastman Fellow, and a Tomlinson Fellow at McGill University, where she
did her doctoral work. Prior to her career in philosophy, Elaine was a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol
Bay, Alaska, where the rest of her family still operate their businesses.
Master Sommelier & Founder, San Francisco Wine School
David Glancy created a Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute (now known as ICC), successfully coaching more than 400 students to pass the Court’s Certified Sommelier exam.
Glancy’s program remains the only Certified Sommelier program officially approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Soon after in 2011, Glancy founded San Francisco Wine School to create the ideal educational setting from the ground up.
Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. A certified French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional, and Certified Specialist of Spirits, Glancy has earned the credential for every program he teaches, and more.
Previously he managed restaurants in the Bay Area and abroad, taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy, served on the editorial board of Sommelier Journal and was a 3-term member on the board of directors for the Society of Wine Educators. Currently he is on the advisory board for SommCon and the American Institute of Wine & Food.
Saturday Glancy – along with a panel, Tasting Through The Best of Burgundy, experts and winemakers – will lead a fun and educational tasting of some of the most notable producers and most acclaimed vintages from France’s famed Pinot Noir region, and will discuss the varying classification systems of Burgundy's sub-regions, their history, trends and the changing roles of growers and negociants. The seminar includes a three-course Pinot Noir-paired lunch prepared by the Ritz-Carlton Bacara culinary team, with wine service by World of Pinot Noir Sommeliers.
Master Sommelier & Director of Trade Sales, Chappellet Vineyards
An alumnus of Georgia Tech, Jay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989, following a three-year, highly educational stint with the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, Jay was teaching guitar lessons and working as a part-time employee of the 400-seat Ray’s on the River in North Atlanta. It was here that Jay was first charged with creating a new wine program. Jay found himself completely at home in the study of wine.
Jay passed the Master Sommelier exam in 1997, becoming only the 32nd American to successfully complete it. In 1998 Jay joined the opening team of the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas as the Director of Wine, where he developed new systems for the management and delivery of 120,000 bottles of wine inventory cellared in 20 separate locations. Jay selected and managed a team of 15 sommeliers and provided wine education for more than 2,000 service staff serving in 26 restaurants. Bellagio was generating in excess of $30 million in annual wine revenues when he departed and was recognized at the time as the most successful single hotel wine program in the world.
In 2005, Jay joined Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, ultimately achieving the post of Vice President of Fine Wine. 2013 saw Jay move to the Napa Valley joining Chappellet Vineyards as Director of Trade Sales. He leads Chappellet’s sales efforts in all trade channels as well as guiding marketing endeavors.
Jay is often a featured speaker at top wine and food events. He has appeared in a long list of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, The Wine Spectator, Restaurant Wine and other wine and beverage specific magazines. He has competed as a United States finalist in both the Grand Prix du Sopexa Sommelier Competition and the Concours Mondial du Sommeliers. Jay is a member and past officer of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He currently serves as Chairman of SommFoundation (The Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation).
Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Matt Kettmann is a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews more than 150 Central Coast wines per month, and a senior editor for The Santa Barbara Independent, where he has covered wine as well as news, arts, culture, and more since 1999. A fifth generation native of San Jose, where his family settled in the 1850s, and a graduate of UCSB, Matt has also written about wine and other topics for New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and Beer Advocate magazines. In 2009, he co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival held each fall, and, in 2012, he started making very small lots of his own wine under the non-commercial label Periodista, which means “journalist” in Spanish. He is the father of two young children and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Joanna, who was born in Bordeaux, France.
Wine Critic at The San Francisco Chronicle
Esther Mobley has covered California wine at The San Francisco Chronicle since 2015.
Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has
worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina.
Managing Director, Chanson
After beginning is career in Bordeaux and the Loire, his passion for great wines naturally drew him to Burgundy where, over the course of fifteen years, he has been successfully involved in the development and renewal of many renowned Maisons in Beaune (Bouchard Pere et Fils), Nuits Saint Georges (Faiveley) and Chablis (William Fevre). In perfect harmony with the quality strategy which prevails at Chanson, he now breathes dynamic new life in the Maison, mixing audacity and a respect for tradition.