Specialists

Uruguay

More than a specialist, Pablo prefers to be called an enthusiast. He is a firm believer in Uruguayan wines, it’s present, past and future. Before becoming a somm, he worked four years in the oldest Uruguayan winery. But even before that, he used to write about wine and book pairing. Why? Because he finds a strong connection among them. You… Read more →

Santa Barbara

  At just 19 years old, Shawn started working in the restaurant industry, and always had the gift of hospitality. Things started small and slow, but Shawn worked his way into management and eventually into fine dinning under one of the top maître d’s and notable wine sales people in the industry within the US. Shawn served some very special vintage wines and… Read more →

Niagara

  In 1981, Kevin took his first commission check from a sales job and purchased the best bottle of wine in stock at his local wine store, a 1976 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. That was all it took for Kevin to be hooked! In the years that followed, Kevin enjoyed tasting and learning about wines from many of the world’s great… Read more →

Madeira

Niklas Jörgensen is the founder of Mad about Madeira, a website launched in 2008 and entirely dedicated to the most breath-taking wine in the world – Madeira. Wine has been a passion of Niklas for almost 25 years. Stockholm and Sweden is his base since more than a decade and his day job is in the internet sector, in the… Read more →

Sonoma

Elizabeth is a relatively new wine enthusiast, having had her most pivotal wine moment during the summer of 2008 when her travel client, a wine broker and importer, shared with her a bottle of premium, estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In March 2009, she took her first trip to the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Tasting appointments included Anderson’s Conn… Read more →

Alto Adige

Jürgen Schmücking Jürgen Schmücking is a travelling wine addict and food lover, a passionate taster, reader, writer and speaker about eating & drinking. He started his career in wine as the PR-guy for the organic winemakers of Austria. He grew up between the cider-regions of Upper and Lower Austria, spent 25 years in Vienna (*hicks*) and finally moved to Tyrol… Read more →

Badacsony

Sue Tolson Sue Tolson is the Managing Editor of WineSofa, a website dedicated primarily to the wines, food and culture of Central and Eastern Europe, a site which also brings together some unique Hungarian literary, wine, culinary, photography and design talents. She is a writer, translator and editor of articles and books on food, wine and Hungary, and has also… Read more →