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...

Christine Clark

Christine Clark is a writer and educator on cheese, wine, and all other deliciousness. She began her career at Murray’s Cheese, where she ma...

Nancy Kent Collie

Nancy fell in love with wine by accident on a trip to France. Her career has taken her from vineyards to an office right in Astor Center, wh...

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...

Sam Davies

Sam has been in the food and beverage industry since high-school, and started working with wine and spirits after turning 21. Astor Wine & S...

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...

Don Livermore

Hiram Walker & Sons distillery’s Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore was born in Fordwich, ON —a small town one hour north of Waterloo. From a ...

Cristina Martin

Cristina Martin is a wine and spirits educator and enthusiast. For three years she served as the Programming Manager for Astor Center where ...

Robin Robinson

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

Sam Sundius

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...