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Linda Allen

Welcoming atmosphere, personal service, and a great selection of local, regional, and international wines are the first things you will notice when you step into 1st Wine Company. They carry hundreds of wines and every wine in their store has been tasted and approved by owner, Linda Allen. They are proud of their wine selection an pleased to share them with their customers. First Street Wine Company has been located in the heart of downtown Livermore for over 13 years. They have a reputation for offering superb wines at reasonable prices and a friendly knowledgeable staff to help with your wine selections.

Randy Caparoso

Randy Caparoso is a multi-award winning wine journalist who lives in Lodi, California. He is Editor-at-Large and the Bottom Line columnist for The SOMM Journal, and currently blogs and does social media work for Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com. He also pens wine columns and contributes editorial to The Tasting Panel magazine; and in the past, he has bylined a biweekly wine column for his hometown newspaper (The Honolulu Advertiser, from 1981 to 2002). In a prior incarnation (1988 to 2001), he was a founding partner of the Roy’s family of restaurants, where he was VP/Corporate Wine Director, opening 28 restaurants from Hawai`i to New York. As a restaurateur, he was named Santé’s first Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year (1988) and Restaurant Wine’s Wine Marketer of the Year (1992 and 1998).

James Cardinell

Ian Cauble

Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is a wine and spirits writer, and author of seven books including “California Wine Country.” He contributes to Robb Report, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Decanter (London), Fine Wine & Liquor (China), Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, Vivino, Old Liquors Magazine, and many others. He has served as a wine/spirits judge at various competitions including Critics Challenge, Best of Vinho Verde Awards (Portugal), Taste of Rum Festival (Puerto Rico), the California State Fair Wine Competition, The San Francisco, and San Diego International Wine Competitions, as well as a judge for water competitions in the U.S. and Europe.

Kimberly Noelle Charles, DWS W.S.E.T.

Kimberly Charles’ name is synonymous with wine marketing at its best level. Over her 30+ year career she has, through her creative marketing efforts helped brands such as Taittinger Champagne, Square One Organic Vodka, Cakebread Cellars, Wente Vineyards, the region of Lodi, E. & J. Gallo among many others attain a level of recognition and draw in the marketplace. She possesses a natural gift of storytelling and helps her clients develop highly tailored messages and audiences to stand out among their peers. Additionally, her holistic approach in marketing from packaging to messaging coupled with strategic communications planning has helped her company Charles Communications Associates excel in its field. Charles Communications Associates was started 13 years ago and specializes in strategic branding, and corporate social responsibility with a focus on launching, reinvigorating and repositioning of brands. Learn more at www.charlescomm.com follow on Twitter @CharlesComm and Instagram #AlltheSwirl

Laurie Daniel

Laurie Daniel, a resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains, has been a journalist for more than 30 years.  Although she grew up in wine-deprived surroundings in the Midwest, she quickly developed an interest in wine after she moved to California. She is a regular contributor to Wines & Vines and Beverage Dynamics magazines and blogs at lauriedanielonewine.com. Her work has also appeared in magazines such as Food & Wine, Wine Country Living and Drinks, as well as in numerous California newspapers. She is a frequent judge at wine competitions and travels extensively to wine country in the U.S. and abroad.

Thea Dwelle

Rebecca Gomez-Farrell

Since 2009, Rebecca Gomez Farrell has blogged at theGourmez.com about food, drink, and travel from the average consumer’s perspective. Her writing has garnered multiple media interviews, contributor status at the award-winning Carpe Durham and WRAL Out and About blogs, panel participation at the Wine Blogger Conferences, and professional judging opportunities at NC Competition Dining’s “Fire in the Triangle” and Tabelog.Com among other accolades. She currently contributes to Localwise.com’s community blog and is a local guide for Stay.Com. Over 500 of her creative, atmospheric tasting notes appear on the Vivino app, for which she is a featured user.
Rebecca is also an accomplished speculative fiction writer. Her epic fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, is due out from Meerkat Press in August 2017. The full list of her published short stories is available at her author website: RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.

Stefani Hazelgren

Certified Sommelier, CWAS. Employed with Pacific Wine & Spirits, and Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards in Saratoga. Volunteers for wine events around the Bay Area, and mentors students wishing to pass their Certified Somm Exam. Passionate about the wine & spirits industry.

David Heppberger

Dana Klebes

Dana has extensive studies in wine regions including Italy, Spain, France and Australia. Dana is the owner of Artistic Table, with a cellar of over 5,000 bottles.

Mike Kujacich

Former Retail Wine Manager and Library Wine Buyer Former Retail Wine Manager and Library Wine Buyer.

Nick Liang

Nick Liang is the sommelier & owner at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard. His job is have fun capturing the intrinsic magical unfolding in the pairing of wine and Asian/Chinese cuisine, and create new dimensions for the palate.

Laura Ness

Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” is a wine journalist and judge who enjoys writing about the world of wine and all the fascinating stories it holds. She is a frequent contributor to The Livermore Independent, Wine Business Monthly, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and other consumer and trade publications.

Tuan Nguyen

Chef, Restaurant Owner, Wine Buyer

Mary Orlin

Staff wine writer and video producer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning wine journalist, a Certified Sommelier, WSET Advanced certified and frequent wine judge.

Greg Richtarek

With over fifteen years in the wine industry, including president and marketing director of the Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, Greg currently is a wine business consultant with a regional retail chain. With over fifteen years in the wine industry, including president and marketing director of the Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, Greg currently is a wine business consultant with a regional retail chain.

Sue Ryan

Level one Sommelier, studying for CSW now.  Taken the California Wine Appellation Specialist class and exam.  I work currently at Savannah Chanelle Vineyards in the SCM and J Lohr.   Level one Sommelier, studying for CSW now.  Taken the California Wine Appellation Specialist class and exam. Currently working at Testarosa Winery in Los Gatos.

Fred Swan

Fred Swan is a San Francisco Bay Area-based wine writer and educator. He holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, is a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist and Certified Specialist of Wine. In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship by the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. His writing and reviews appear in various publications such as The Tasting Panel, SOMM Journal, Snooth, PlanetGrape.com and NorCalWine.com. He teaches for the San Francisco Wine School, judges wine and conducts focused wine tastings, dinners and seminars. Fred Swan is a San Francisco Bay Area-based wine writer and educator. He holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, is a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist and Certified Specialist of Wine. In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship by the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. His writing and reviews appear in various publications such as The Tasting Panel, SOMM Journal, GuildSomm.com, PlanetGrape.com and FredSwan.wine. He teaches for the San Francisco Wine School, judges wine and conducts focused wine tastings, dinners and seminars.

Jorge Tenoco

Wine Director/Sommelier, Wente Vineyards
Jorege is a lifelong learner and lover of wine and the history of wine. Jorge has been in the wine industry for over 20 years and there is nothing more exciting to him than tasting a wine that he’s never tried before or seeing one of his students become excited about a wine that he has shared with them. Jorge continues to learn and grow in his field. He looks forward to where his experience and passion will take him.

Julie Thiebaut

Wine Professional,  Consultant, Judge Julie Thiebaut – Wine Professional,  Consultant, Judge

Ilona Thompson

Ilona Thompson is Editor-in-Chief at PalateXposure, a destination site for oenophiles, gourmands and luxury travelers. She also recently launched #Wine, a site dedicated to wines and spirits reviews, and #Photography, a site devoted to high-quality wine, food, and travel related photography.

She is a contributor to Wine Behind the Label book (now in its 10th edition) and has written for a multitude of publications, such as 7×7, Artful Living, Drink Me, Glass of Bubbly, Snooth, etc. Post her successful stints in the fine art and wine business, she pursued her passion for writing. She splits her time between visiting wine regions worldwide, attending trade and consumer tastings, taking professional development courses and judging at wine competitions. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America, (CIA) and holds a California Wine Appellation Specialist certification (CWAS). Her recent international destinations include multiple regions in France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand as well as the Cayman Islands and Tahiti. Stateside, she has spent the last several years extensively covering Napa, Sonoma and Anderson Valley, Central Coast, Paso Robles, Lodi and Livermore wine regions.

Ilona covers a multitude of notable events, such as Auction Napa Valley, Aspen Classic, Harvest Summit, Naples Winter Wine Festival, New York City Food & Wine, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Sonoma Harvest Weekend, Sun Valley Wine Auction, ViniSud, Vino2017 and several others. She has interviewed countless celebrity chefs, vintners, winemakers, and other food and wine influencers. She has earned a “Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogger Award” from Exel Wines, was chosen as a Finalist in both Wine Blogger Awards and in Wine Reporting category by Millesima Wine Writing Awards, is an expert digital communicator and avid photographer. Ilona is ranked in the top 1% of all social media influencers, according to Klear Analytics, and has a score of 948 on Kred.