Instructors

Alex Krause & John Locke
Alex Krause and John Locke founded Birichino in Santa Cruz in 2008. Drawing on a combined four decades of winemaking in California, France, Italy, and beyond, they focus on striking a balance between...
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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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Daniel Fisher
Daniel grew up in the drinks industry as the grandson of the founder of Astor Wines & Spirits. Exposed to wine education at a young age, he moved on to pursue his own passion for distilled spirits...
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Ethan Fixell
Ethan Fixell is a passionate beverage journalist and Certified Cicerone® who has written frequently about beer, wine, and spirits for Food & Wine, Tasting Table, Men’s Journal, Food Republic, Travel...
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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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Robin Robinson
Robin Robinson is a private consultant to the American craft whiskey industry, where he helps small brands identify their unique stories to penetrate and activate the marketplace. Prior to that,...
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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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Colin Spoelman
Colin Spoelman was born and raised in rural Kentucky, where he first learned to drink by buying liquor from bootleggers. After moving to New York he began to study the science and craft of...
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Alexis Tanen Shaw
Alexis Tanen Shaw has been compelled by an inherent craving for deliciousness and has read, eaten, and cooked to that end since childhood. She is proud to have been working as a cook continuously...
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April Wachtel
April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experienced mixologist, a spirits aficionado, and a lover of learning, technology, and design. She earned most of her chops in Boston, where she bartended...
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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 has over 20 years experience in the food and wine industry. He cut his teeth in the restaurant business at an early age while pursuing a bachelor's degree in science with plans of...
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