Every month we showcase a different group of individuals that have dedicated their lives to the world of wine and food. These aficionados graciously lend us their palates and expertise and blind taste through several uniquely excellent wines. The highest rated wines from the blind tastings are then chosen to be shared with our club members.
Please check out their other endeavors. They are truly allstars in their areas of expertise. A huge thank you, and cheers!
Katie Hamilton Shaffer is a wine country entertainer, chef, philanthropist and vintner in Napa Valley. Wishing to merge her passions for all things food, wine and philanthropy, Katie created the lifestyle brand "Feast it Forward" to raise a glass, awareness and funds while offering insight on how each person can make an impact and live beyond their backyard. Katie is a driven entrepreneur that has been named one of San Francisco’s “Magnificent 7” in Bay Area Food and Wine, as well as one of San Francisco’s 40 Under 40 emerging leaders in business.
Didier was born and raised in southwest France, with his first apprenticeship taking place in Gradignan, just outside of Bordeaux. He moved to the US in 1989, landing in the Napa Valley in 1994. Didier opened the first Dean & Deluca on the West Coast as the senior wine buyer. In 2004 he opened DDC Shipping, LLC, an international wine shipping company. That same year Didier launched Loustau Wines and Marketing, a company focussing on exposing small production, artisan wines to a broader audience. In 2009, he launched ToutSuite, a unique web platform for luxury brands.
Jack is a seasoned veteran in the wine industry, having spent 10 years in New York in the import and wholesale business and 20 years traveling the world selling Napa Valley wines. His extensive travels took him to the Rhone Valley in France, where he fell in love with the wines and the people. His passion for the surrounding area grew so he decided to start The Jack Edwards Collection, a direct wine importing company that specializes in small production, high quality wines from southeast France. His portfolio represents multiple family owned French wineries in the US and Canada.
Sara has been immersed in the wine industry for over 25 years, after joining the sales and marketing team at Honig Winery in 1992. In 2004, she accepted a position at Cliff Lede Vineyards, acting as a key player in the company’s growth and development on a national scale. Today she oversees national sales and distribution for three distinct brands: Cliff Lede Vineyards and Poetry in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and FEL Wines from the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. Having traveled the world in search of adventure and great wines, she has developed an extremely talented palate.