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!
Joe realized his passion for wine following his culinary education at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in St. Helena, CA. While working at the Slanted Door in SF he realized that his next pursuit would be wine, so he returned to his alma mater to study under Master Sommelier Robert Bath and Sommelier Christie Dufault at the school’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program. Joe received his Certified Sommelier accreditation from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and most recently represented an international wine portfolio.
Lazaro’s roots run deep in Sonoma Valley. As a 4th generation vineyard grower he was destined to continue the family tradition in the wine industry. While working as the VP of sales for his family’s business, Robledo Family Winery, Lazaro is currently developing his own label called “8of9” (referring to being the 8th out of 9 children), which focuses on premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. He ha his level 3 WSET wine certification and also produces 10 tons of extra virgin olive oil from his Rancho Los Tres Toros.
After studying viniculture and winemaking technology at Napa Valley College in 2000, Jerry started making “garage” wine in Yountville, CA. He is currently working on his 18th consecutive harvest with the Ledson Family, where he is the Vice President of sales, a valuable asset in assisting the winemaker with his final blends, and a prominent contributor on tasting panels. Jerry has passed his first level with The Court of Master Sommeliers, while also representing Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Zina Hyde Cunningham, & Mountain Terraces Vineyards.
Christine’s path to the wine industry is not so uncommon, as some of the best wine pros have started off in other business sectors. Prior to her moving to the wine country, she had experienced launching software and medical device startups, working in the regulatory department of a major financial exchange, and engaging in product development for international educational exchange programs. After 15 years in San Francisco, she moved to Sonoma to pursue her love for wine. She became a Certified Wine Specialist and opened Uncorking Sonoma, an educational wine tasting business.