Event host and Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson is dean (and a graduate) of the International Culinary Center school in NYC, the author of four books on wine and food, an award-winning television host and the co-creator with of a glassware line. She also creates wine programs for fine-dining restaurants and the travel industry, and since 2006 has grown wine grapes in Napa.
Event panelist Joseph Wagner is a fifth-generation vintner who started his career at age 19 at Caymus, his family’s celebrated Napa Valley winery. He soon launched his own venture – the single-vineyard Pinot Noir label, Belle Glos -- to much acclaim. In 2014, Joe formed Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, where he focuses on balancing genuine craftsmanship with innovations that produce the highest-quality wine.
Kathryn Walt Hall
Proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines, event panelist Kathryn Walt Hall has been involved in the California wine industry since the 1970s. A successful businesswoman, attorney and community activist committed to social issues, she was also the United States Ambassador to Austria in the late 1990s. The HALL winery’s estate vineyards in Napa Valley encompass over 500 acres of Bordeaux varietals.
Event panelist Kashy Khaledi, proprietor of Napa’s Ashes & Diamonds winery, is an acclaimed creative multimedia and advertising executive known for bridging culture and branding in campaigns for a diverse roster of clients. An interest in organic grape farming and his passion for elegant wines from the 1960s and ‘70s led Kashy to establish Ashes & Diamonds, known for its Burgundian approach to Bordeaux varietals.