CIA Sommelier Summit

March 1–3, 2020

Join us next year for our fifth annual CIA Sommelier Summit!

During this fast-paced, multifaceted three-day summit, we provide networking, skill-building, and sensory training to both new and up-and-coming wine and beverage professionals. This showcases what the CIA does best: teaching and learning, tasting and savoring, meeting new people and seeing old friends—all in the spirit of enjoying the pleasures of the table.

After hearing from myriad experts—some with decades of experience and success, and others who have caused more recent revolutions in the industry—you’ll be invigorated to map out your own path so you can enjoy the journey as well as the achievements.

Our 2019 presenters included:

Bob Bath, MS
Professor of Wine and Beverage, The Culinary Institute of America

Chris Blanchard, MS
Vine Hill Ranch

Elias Cairo
Owner and Meat Maker, Olympia Provisions

Christie Dufault, ACWP, CHE
Professor of Wine and Beverage, The Culinary Institute of America

Mark Erickson
Provost, The Culinary Institute of America

Ken Fuhr
Communication Specialist, Clarity Media Group

Orietta Gianjorio
Sensory Evaluation Expert, Orietta LLC

Evan Goldstein, MS
President, Full Circle Wine Solutions and Master The World

Peter Granoff, MS
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Oxbow Cheese & Wine

Michael Griffo
Master Distiller, Griffo Distillery

Peter Heitz
Winemaker, Turnbull

Jessica Hereth
Wine Director, Olympia Provisions

Molly Hill
Winemaker, Sequoia Grove

Lars Leicht
Director of Trade Development, Banfi Vintners

Jordan Mackay

Karen MacNeil
President, Karen MacNeil & Co.

Tim Marson, MW
Senior Buyer,

Patrick McGovern
Scientific Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum

Leslie Merinoff
Strategy and Liquid, Matchbook Distilling Co.

Rajat Parr ’96
Winemaker, Sandhi Wines

Dan Petroski
Winemaker, Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery

John Ragan, MS
Senior Director of Operations, Union Square Hospitality Group

Andrea Robinson, MS
The ONE Stemware

Ron Runnebaum
Assistant Professor for Dept. of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis

Pam Starr
Owner and Winemaker, Crocker & Starr Winery

Larry Stone, MS
CEO, Lingua Franca

Dustin Wilson, MS
Co-Founder, Verve Wine

Kevin Zraly

2018 CIA Sommelier Summit Photos


The CIA Sommelier Summit brings together a dynamic group of wine and beverage professionals all in one place to discuss what’s trending in the beverage world. It’s a great career development opportunity conference for up-and-coming wine and beverage professionals. Are you looking to expand your career and connections within the beverage industry? This summit is for you!

For more information on the summit, please e-mail [email protected].

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Jeannie Canepa at 707-320-7971 or [email protected].