Ian D’Agata has been speaking and writing about wine for over twenty-five years. An award winning writer, his Native Wine Grapes of Italy (Ed. University of California Press) was recently named 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year, the first time an Italian wine writer has ever won the award.
He is the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy and Scientific Advisor to Vinitaly International and lectures on wine culture and history in NYU’s Master’s Program in Food Sciences.
Ian is the Senior Editor and Head of Development of Europe and Asia of Vinous (USA), the Creative director of Collisioni, Italy’s largest music, literature and enogastronomy festival, and is the italian correspondent for China’s Taste Spirit lifestyle and wine web magazine. He is actively involved in resurrecting forgotten old native wine grapes and having wine made from them again.
An award winning wine writer, he has been named numerous times Italy’s best wine writer and was most recently (2016) nominated one of the world’s eight best international wine writers by Les Plumes d’Or, as voted upon by French wine estate owners and winemakers.
Levi Dalton has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America.
He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan.
Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater Drinks.
Today he is a wine writer for Eater NY and the host of I’ll Drink to That!, a well respected podcast featuring guests from the wine world”I’ll Drink to That! has released over 400 long form interviews to a global audience.
Originally from Texas, Jeffrey Porter‘s passion for wine started while at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career at Central Market in Austin, Texas. After graduating Jeffrey moved to California where he worked as a sales person for a wholesaler in the Bay Area. His sommelier career began in Napa Valley working at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena, California. He joined the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group in 2009 at Osteria Mozza. In 2011 he moved to New York to become the wine director for Del Posto and in 2014 Jeffrey became the Beverage Operations Director, overseeing the beverage programs for Babbo, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, Babbo Pizzeria & Enoteca in Boston, MA, and our newest restaurant La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel.
Following a business management career within the music industry, Eric Guido worked his way into the New York restaurant scene at The Hotel on Rivington (T.H.O.R.) and later founded The V.I.P. Table, a private dining and events company with a focus on fine wine. Interests in food and wine led him to becoming a freelance writer and photographer for Snooth media before creator of The V.I.P. Table and Cellar Table Blogs. Today Eric Guido holds the position of Director of Wine and Marketing for The Morrell Fine Wine Group, where he is responsible for their catalog of hand tailored and curated selections.
John Gillespie is the founder and CEO of Wine Opinions, the leading wine market research firm in the U.S., which provides custom quantitative and qualitative research of U.S. wine consumers and the wine trade to wineries, wine marketers, and wine trade associations. He is the most prominent wine market research authority in the U.S. His career spans more than thirty years, and includes his leadership of Wine Market Council and direction of the council’s ongoing wine market research for two decades. Beginning his career in New York as a wine magazine editor, Gillespie has worked as a wine journalist, in the retail and restaurant trade, in marketing and communications for wineries, and as the head of the Bordeaux Wine Information Bureau and Wine Market Council. He is also a founding partner in Wine Colleagues – wine business advocates and advisers.