Why Attend Our Conference?

  • Complimentary! Our conference is completely free for qualified trade and media to participate.

  • Apply by September 1 and you may be eligible to receive complimentary wine kits to complement the seminars.

  • Seminars are led by stars of the industry: Top educators, winemakers and industry leaders.

Countdown To Our First Seminar

Sign up by Sept 1 to apply for Wine Kits

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Seminar Schedule

Presenters and Panelists

Master Sommelier & Chief Education Officer, Full Circle Wine Solutions | Master the World

Evan Goldstein

Evan is one of the nation’s most prolific food and wine industry veterans. In 1987, he became the eighth American to pass the Master Sommelier examination. Evan has created wine education and service programs for Seagram Chateau & Estates, Diageo, Allied Domecq and Beam Wine Estates, and is the author of several critically acclaimed books on food, wine and hospitality, including Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence, Perfect Pairings, Daring Pairings, and Wines of South America: The Essential Guide. He is currently President and Chief Education Officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions and Master the World. Seminar(s): Explore the Nuances of Côtes du Rhône; Today’s Chile: Right Place, Right Time, Right Wines; Oxygen & Bottle Ageing: OTR vs OIR - What's the Difference?; Andean Adventures; A is for Alentejo

Co-Founder & CEO, Full Circle Wine Solutions | Master the World

Limeng Stroh

Limeng Stroh heads two wine-education-based companies with business partner Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein: Full Circle Wine Solutions, a top California-based wine and spirits marketing and education firm, and now Master The World™, an innovative wine education platform that equips users with an array of tools to enhance their tasting skills and their wine knowledge. Limeng will be moderating all seminars, expertly directing all Q&A and ensuring we stay on time!

Master Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Tim Gaiser

Tim is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer and was the former Director of Education and Education chair for Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Currently, Tim is focused on a long term project involving behavioral and neuro-sciences to teach and improve olfactory and palate memory and synesthesia. He was also the former Director of Education for Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Seminar(s): Off-Roading in the Rhône Valley Vineyards

Master Sommelier & Wine Director, Landry's Restaurants

Keith Goldston

Born and raised in Napa Valley, Keith Goldston was one of the world’s youngest Master Sommeliers when he was the proud recipient of the illustrious Krug Cup trophy. His career has spanned more than three decades, including positions with Domaine Chandon, Masa’s, Spago, Picasso, Aureole and Charlie Palmer Steak. Most recently Keith has moved to Houston, Texas and is the corporate Master Sommelier for Landy’s; a restaurant group with over 600 restaurants around the world. He is currently trying to spend as much of billionaire Tilman Fertitta’s (the owner of Landry’s) money as possible in creating one of the top wine programs in the United States; The Cellar at the Post Oak Hotel. With extensive hands-on experience and a natural born talent, it is no wonder Wine Spectator calls Goldston “a wizard at matching food with interesting wines.” Seminar(s): Explore the Nuances of Côtes du Rhône

Master Sommelier & Wine Director, PRESS Restaurant

Vincent Morrow

A love for wine and hospitality, plus a passion for learning, laid the foundation for Vincent’s considerable career––from vineyards to fine dining. Vincent worked the floor at various iconic restaurants, including The French Laundry, Gary Danko, and Benu. During this time, he became the USA Champion in the TOPSOMM Young Sommelier Competition and the Chaine des Rotisseurs Sommelier Competition, and in 2019 he achieved his Master Sommelier certification. Seminar(s): Today’s Chile: Right Place, Right Time, Right Wines

Master Sommelier, Plum Market

Madeline Triffon

Madeline was the first American woman – and only the second worldwide – to pass the M.S. exam. In 30 years of directing wine programs and events in the Metro Detroit area, she has mentored dozens of service professionals. With numerous industry awards to her name, she is currently the in-house Master Sommelier for Plum Market and a Chairman Emeritus of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Seminar(s): Off-Roading in the Rhône Valley Vineyards

Master Sommelier & Partner, WineRing

Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson is one of 33 female Master Sommeliers’ in the world. Originally born in a dry county in Arkansas, she passed the MS exam, noted by Forbes Magazine as “the world’s toughest wine exam,” after barely a dozen women in the world had done so. She has directed Italian and German wine imports across the US and worked as Beverage Director for a Michelin Three-Star, New York Times Four-Star restaurant and an exclusive hotel in NYC. Currently, she advises, speaks, consults and teaches wine lovers to expand their joy and become their best personal guide through exploring exotic grapes from remote zones to unlock their palate and embrace personal preference. Laura has shared her esteemed expertise through features on CBS, FOX, NBC, Forbes Magazine and Wine Spectator. Seminar(s): A is for Alentejo

Our Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2020 sponsors! 2021 Sponsors to be announced soon.

Winemakers & Winery Representatives

Director of Winemaking, Herdade do Esporão

Sandra Alves

As Director of Winemaking at Herdade do Esporão, Sandra Alves holds one of the most visible and demanding winemaking jobs in Portugal. The former second-in-command at this prestigious, internationally renowned estate in Portugal’s Alentejo region was appointed to the lead role in February 2020. Alves’ job description includes production of an eclectic mix of 30 different wines from fruit grown on 1,236 acres of vineyards. Sandra joined the Esporão family in 2001. For several years she was responsible for the production of white wines at Herdade do Esporão, extending her responsibility to red wines in 2016. During that time, Alves worked alongside her mentor, then-Chief Winemaker David Baverstock, from whom she learned valuable lessons ranging from the complexities of blending to the role of leadership: Work as a team, trust your team, and give them room to experiment. Seminar: A is for Alentejo