South African winemaker Carmen Stevens has been working at Amani since 2005 and continually strives to learn more about wine and advance her career. Her focus on quality has enhanced Amani's wines and have resulted in international attention and awards. Carmen has also recently launched her own range of wines through online wine retailer Naked Wines and her range includes the Angel's Reserve Chenin Blanc and the Angel's Reserve Shiraz that feature labels designed by her daughter daughter.
A trip to New York's Wythe Hotel and its restaurants will put in you the company of sommelier Lee Campbell, one of the industry top wine professionals.
Born and raised native of Dallas, DLynn Proctor is now an international fixture in the wine industry. In 2008, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Proctor the "Best New Sommelier in America." This proclamation was followed by articles and features in national media outlets such as Wine Spectator, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Decanter and The New York Times.
Read more about DLynn Proctor in Cuisine Noir magazine.
Greg B. C. Shaw
Greg is a college professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration at California State University, Sacramento. His areas of specialty include wine tourism education and California wine geography, and Greg has conducted wine tours, written a book chapter about wine tourism, and is also a contributing writer for Cuisine Noir magazine.
Jarod Sleet is a winemaker Argyle Winery in Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in viticulture and enology. In the future, he hopes to start his own label and have his own line.
Joseph Smith is the winemaker at Klinker Brick in Lodi Wine Country. Originally from Belize, Joseph is the man behind the award-winning wines in this undiscovered wine country.
Read more about Joseph Smith in Cuisine Noir magazine.
Ntsiki Biyela is the resident winemaker at Stellakaya Winery in South Africa and is also the first Black woman winemaker in the country as well. She joined the winery in January 2004 and has a passion for red wine and was named the Landbouweekblad Woman Winemaker of the year in 2010.
Read more about Ntsiki Biyela in Cuisine Noir magazine.
Victoria Coleman's passion for viticulture and winemaking is stimulating. The Seattle native began working in the wine business as a production assistant to Michael Silacci. She is currently the wineamaker at Mario Bazán Cellars and has been there since 2004.