Presenters

Lorena Ascencios

In 1998, Lorena Ascencios began working for Astor Wines & Spirits. Starting in a sales position, she was promoted to assistant wine buyer wi...

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...

Vitalii Dascaliuc

Vitalii grew up working on his family’s vineyards in Moldova, and naturally fell in love with wine culture. He made his first barrel of wine...

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...

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...

Bailey Pryor

Bailey has worked as a writer, producer and director in the film and television industry for over 25 years, in that time garnering 16 Emmy A...

Robin Robinson

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

Richard Seale

Richard is the Master Distiller and Blender at the family owned Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados and producer of The Real McCoy Rum. Ri...

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...

Sarah Sutel Looper

Presently Tasting Director at Wine & Spirits Magazine, Sarah has been in the wine and food world for twenty-five years. She is a Master Som...