Instructors

Andrew Fisher
Andy Fisher has been President of Astor Wines & Spirits for over 30 years. When he started in 1971, it was a small shop in the middle of Astor Place. In 1980 he expanded to the corner of Astor Place...
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Tess Rose Lampert
Tess, now Brooklyn-based, has been a lifelong world traveler and lover of food and drink. She holds the advanced certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, as well as an MA from...
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May Matta-Aliah
May Matta-Aliah is the President of In the Grape, an organization dedicated to making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone. She is a long-time instructor at the prestigious...
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Kara Newman
Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and author of Cocktails for a Crowd. Her writing also appears in publications including The New York Times, Imbibe and Saveur. Kara’s...
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Emily Peterson
Award-winning culinary instructor and food writer Emily Peterson won Best in Show for her peanut butter cookies as a kid. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Radio, Robb Report, The New York...
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Robin Robinson
Robin Robinson has combined his background in theatre and sales with a life-long love of single malt Scotch whisky to serve as the US Brand Ambassador for Compass Box Whisky. As such, he is...
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Allan Roth
An academic by training and a whiskey lover by the grace of God, Allan found his true calling in the studying, teaching and tasting of whiskey. Allan has been a guest instructor at a variety New...
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Kristina Sazama
Kristina first discovered her passion for wine while entertaining clients during a decade on Wall Street. Since leaving the world of finance behind, Kristina has pursued her interest in wine while...
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Kimberly Severson
Kimberly Severson is a wine educator, sommelier, caterer and all-around food and drink enthusiast. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Kimberly worked in celebrated NYC restaurants such as...
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Jenn Smith
Jenn started working in food at 13, and in college passed on work-study shifts at the library in order to serve beer and shots in a biker bar, work the overnight shift at a bakery in Boston, manage a...
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Timothy Sullivan
Timothy Sullivan is the founder of UrbanSake.com, which is America's longest-running sake website and a treasure trove of information on anything related to sake. In 2007, Timothy was awarded...
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April Wachtel
April is a recent transplant from Boston where she bartended for the past decade. She worked in a range of venues, from fine dining restaurants to cocktail bars, and was featured as a Bartending...
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Nellie Wu
Nellie Wu, the general manager at W&T Seafood, has been a seafood lover for most of her life. Her family started a small retail seafood shop in Lower Manhattan 25 years ago, which today has expanded...
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Dylan York
Dylan York's journey into wine began in 1999 after enjoying an epic bottle of 1983 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. Since then he has devoted his career to studying wine and creating educational and...
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