02 | Mar | 2016

RyR Trade + Press Trip

February 29- March 6, 2016 - Attendee Backgrounders

Outlet/EmployerNameTitleSocial MediaDescription
The Bristol
Charles Ford
Sommelier/Brand Ambassador@CharlesTheBrstL
294 Twitter Followers
712 Instagram Followers
He began his career as a line cook at Jackie Shen’s Red Light Restaurant. In October 2011, after over a year at Everest, Charles followed Dave to The Bristol, where he joined the team as Assistant Manager. While continuing to find his niche in the hospitality industry, Charles became a Certified Sommelier with Court of Master Sommeliers. He is currently the Assistant General Manager and Wine Director, fulfilling his passion for creating memorable experiences for guests through both great service and exceptional wine.
Wine-all The Time
Marissa A. Ross
Tastemaker and Wine Reporter@Marissaaross
18.1K Instagram Followers
12.9K Twitter Followers
Marissa is a leisure enthusiast, writer and wine drinker. In 2015, Marissa won both Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice awards at Saveur Magazine's Blog Awards, and was also named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40. She is a contributor for VICE Munchies and the author of UNWINED (Plume, 2017). She recently started contributing to Bon Appetit print and online editions through summer 2016.
Southern Wine & Spirits
Dana Gaiser
Wine Import and Budding Sommelier@richeboured
710 Instagram Followers
681 Twitter Followers
A 14-year veteran of the wine industry, Dana has served as a Sommelier and Beverage Director at top restaurants such as Veritas, Estiatorio Milos and others in New York, Nantucket and California. He is currently Key Accounts Director for Lauber Imports, the fine wine division of the largest wine and spirits distributor in the U.S.
Vine Pair
Emily Bell
6,269 Twitter Followers
37,598 Facebook Followers
6,644 Instagram Followers
Emily has been writing about food, drink, and the culture and politics thereof for several years now - despite all of which, she is still weirdly hungry and thirsty.
Eddie V’s Restaurants
Brian Phillips
Advanced Sommelier@GroundUp_Ltd
282 Twitter Followers
Brian is an Operating Partner for Eddie V's Prime Seafood, an Advanced Sommelier, a Certified Wine Educator and a Certified Food & Beverage Executive
FWx Food & Wine
Ethan Fixell
20.5K Twitter Followers
152 Facebook Followers
1,859 Instagram Followers
Ethan is a a Certified Cicerone® and frequently writes about beer and spirits for Food & Wine’s FWx, Tasting Table, Food Republic, and Quartz. Additionally, he has contributed to Food & Wine, Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Saveur, DuJour, and Draft Magazine, and previously wrote a weekly column for Serious Eats called “On the Beer Trail.”
Bar Boulud
Jennifer Foucher
Sommelier / Sommelier Challenge International Judge@JenFouch
536 Twitter Followers
321 Instagram Followers
Jennifer is a certified sommelier at Bar Boulud (formerly the wine director at Del Posto) and Sommelier Challenge International Judge. She will be participating in the 2016 Rieslingfeier this month.
Fred Dexheimer
Fred Dexheimer
Master Sommelier/Wine Consultant@FredDexMS
7,149 Twitter Followers
1,112 Instagram Followers
Fred Dex is one of only 210 Master Sommeliers in the world and the only one holding that honor in the Carolinas. Fred’s career as a wine and beverage professional spans nearly two decades and has touched upon nearly every aspect of the business.
Drink Me
David Furer
Wine Consultant@drinkmemag
35K Twitter Followers
17K Facebook Followers
Since 1986 David has performed many roles in the alcohol beverage industry–lecturer and teacher to both pros and consumers, consultant to numerous wine regions and countries, event organizer and host, retail buyer, sommelier and restaurant manager, and wine/spirits/beer writer/author/judge. In addition to holding an Advanced level certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and attaining Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators, he’s worked at five German wineries. His lecturing skills have been appreciated at the University of Chicago and, while residing in England, at Oxford and Cambridge universities
Wine on the Road
Ben Weinberg
Writer/Wine Consultant@WineOnTheRoad
1,265 Twitter Followers
51 Facebook Followers
Ben is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and travels extensively in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Washington, Idaho and Colorado. He regularly attends wine- and writing-focused events such as the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He has been the Rocky Mountain Editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine and has written for The World of Fine Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Wines & Vines, Wine Country International, Nation’s Restaurant News, Worth Magazine, Where Magazine, Denver Magazine, and The Colorado Statesman. Ben also authors the Wine Roads travel ebook series in conjunction with Board and Bench (formerly the Wine Appreciation Guild).
Conde Nast Traveler
Krisanne Fordham
Freelance Travel + Wine Writer@krisannefordham
2,153 Instagram Followers
1,370 Twitter Followers
Krisanne is a travel, culture and wine writer for Condé Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Departures, and Travel + Leisure. Previously, she was a staff editor at Condé Nast Traveler and The AOL-Huffington Post Media Group. Krisanne grew up in Sydney, Australia and splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Umbria, Italy.


RyR Trade + Press Trip February 29- March 6, 2016 Attendee Backgrounders