Presenters

Laura Atbashian

Laura Atbashian is the Saké buyer and assistant wine buyer for Astor Wines and Spirits. She is a saké sommelier certified by the Saké Instit...

Zaan Eksteen

Zaan was born on the Eastern Coast of South Africa and moved to the US with his family when he was 10 years old. During high school, he bega...

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 Ast...

Ethan Fixell

Ethan Fixell is a passionate beverage journalist, Certified Cicerone, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and Certified Specialist of Spirit...

Tess Rose Lampert

Tess, now NYC based, has been a lifelong world traveler and lover of food and drink. She holds the advanced certification from the Wine & Sp...

Gordon Little

Gordon grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but only found his calling in wine after moving to New York in 2008. Having previously worked in win...

Cristina Martin

Cristina is a wine and spirits educator, writer, and enthusiast. She currently serves as the Programming Manager at Astor Center, where she ...

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson is a private consultant to the American craft whiskey industry, where he helps small brands identify their unique stories to ...

Kimberly Severson

Kimberly Severson is a wine educator, sommelier, caterer and all-around food and drink enthusiast. Trained at the Culinary Institute of Amer...

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 ba...

Nellie Wu

Nellie Wu, the general manager at Element Seafood, has been a seafood lover for most of her life. Her family started a small retail seafood ...

Dylan York

Dylan York's passion for wine began with a magical bottle of Bordeaux. Originally a biology and psychology major, he channeled his fervor fo...