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...

Chris Badini

Chris’ career in the hospitality industry started at a very young age in his family’s restaurants. Food was his original passion and working...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Bambi Ray

Bambi Ray is a Sales Manager at New York City’s Astor Wines & Spirits and a voluptuary in her spare time. She holds an M. A. from Tulane Uni...

Robin Robinson

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

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...

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...