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August / September 2016

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PARTICIPATING WINE BUYERS AND SOMMS Wilson Oswald, CSW, CSS, CS, Director of Beverage, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Alpharetta, Georgia Rachael Lowe, Beverage Director, Spiaggia, Chicago Christian Varas, Buyer, River Oaks Country Club, Houston Tom Poor, Owner, Bin 66 Fine Wine & Spirits, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Vincent Comunale, Wine & Beverage Manager, Harvest Restaurant Group, Morris Plains, New Jersey Matthew Kaner, Wine Director/Partner, Bar Covell & Augustine Wine Bar, Los Angeles Corey Drake, Sommelier, RPM Steak/RPM Italian, Chicago Andrew Izrael, Beverage Manager, Fahrenheit Charlotte Grant Simpson, Asst. Manager, Memphis Country Club Matt Dulle, Sommelier, The County Bench, Santa Rosa Wendy Heilmann, Director of Wine & Spirits, Pebble Beach Resorts J.D. Wagoner, CS, CSW, FOH Manager/ Wine Director, Restaurant Orsay, Jacksonville Gregory Mayer, Wine Director, Haven, Tampa Dave Lund, Sommelier/Wine Buyer, III Forks Austin Cassandra Felix, Sommelier, HMF at the Breakers, Palm Beach Mirko Marchi, Director of Restaurants, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert Veronica Litton, CSW, Wine Buyer, Crown Wine and Spirits, Fort Lauderdale Brian Phillips, CWE, Adv. Somm, Sommelier, Darden Restaurants, Orlando Kevin Bratt, Concept Wine Director, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chicago Liz Mendez, Proprietor/Beverage Director, Vera Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chicago Jon McDaniel, Corp. Beverage Director & Sommelier, LessLaw Hospitality, Chicago Troy Grenstiner, Sommelier, Craftsteak, Las Vegas Jordan Villareal, CS, Sommelier, The Hobbit Restaurant, Orange County Elizabeth Kelso, Retail Sommelier, Wally's Vinoteca, Beverly Hills { }  79 No sub-appella- tions exist within Alexander Valley as of yet, but the wine- makers make it clear that there should be three distinct areas: north, middle and south. Bret Munselle con- firmed, "To me, the decision is clear as day."

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