David Glancy, Founder & CEO
David Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. More importantly, Glancy is a visionary for wine education.
When one didn’t exist, Glancy created a Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute, successfully coaching more than 400 students to pass the Court’s Certified Sommelier exam. Glancy’s program remains the only Certified Sommelier program officially approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
A certified French Wine Scholar and Certified Specialist of Spirits, Glancy has earned the credential for every program he teaches, and more. He taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and served on the editorial board of Sommelier Journal. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Society of Wine Educators. David Glancy has been in the industry for over 20 years, working throughout the U.S. and in Asia and traveling to many of the world’s wine regions. He founded San Francisco Wine School in 2011.
Glancy’s first love was a glass of Vouvray, soon followed by another glass. Today he could happily live on Champagne alone.
Adam Lapierre, Instructor
Adam Lapierre is a Master of Wine based in San Francisco, CA. Beginning his career working in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, Adam’s interest in wine soon grew into a deep passion. After earning the Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Adam went on to pursue various credentials from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, earning his Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2007.
Upon entering the Master of Wine program, Adam returned to his native California to work for importer Frederick Wildman and Sons. There, Adam held numerous management roles overseeing the company’s national accounts division and finally as National Sales Manager.
Adam earned the Master of Wine qualification in 2013 and now works as an industry consultant, wine educator, writer and wine judge.
Brian Cronin, Instructor
Master Sommelier Brian Cronin began his wine career in Raleigh, North Carolina. After studying biology in college, Brian realized that he wanted to make wine. However, it was his exposure in restaurants to wines from all over the world and his growing passion for wine that made him want to learn everything that he possibly could. Brian then went to work as sommelier in some of the top restaurants in the country. In Chicago he worked for Charlie Trotter as the assistant sommelier, under Master Sommelier Joe Spellman, and then worked his way up to head Sommelier. Since then, he has worked as an Educator for Southern Wine & Spirits in Hawaii, Wine Director for St. Regis, as well as the Sommelier at Gary Danko Restaurant, The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, in San Francisco, as well as National Education for Jackson Family Wines. Brian is a very active member with the Court of Master Sommeliers, examining and teaching at all levels, as well as serving as an elected member of their Board of Directors.
Rebecca Chapa, Instructor
Rebecca Chapa, is a Certified Wine Educator, Certified Sommelier and holds the Diploma Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London. Chapa is Chairman of the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Chapa is Beverage Manager for SF Chefs www.sfchefs.com and has taught wine classes for consumers with her own company, Wine by the Class since 2001. Chapa is an adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America teaching Tasting Terroir and Oregon and Washington Intensive. She also teaches WSET classes and classes for W.I.S.E. As West Coast Ambassador for Wines of Chile, Chapa helps educate and promote the trade on Chilean wines. Chapa’s blog www.rebeccachapa.com explores wine, spirits, travel and culture. Chapa launched Tannin ManagementSM in 1999, a San Francisco-based wine consulting firm whose clients include Wines of Chile, National Pork Board, Napa Valley Vintners, and Slow Food San Francisco. Previous clients have included Pacific Catch, Ribera del Duero, Constellation, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, Canyon Road Winery, Geyser Peak Winery, Heck Estates, Credit Suisse, Wines from Spain, Iluna Basque, Twenty-Four Restaurant, Cetrella, XYZ Restaurant at the W Hotel, Belon, Westin St. Francis Hotel, and Auberge Del Mar.
DLynn Proctor, Instructor
DLynn has spent years in fine dining, opening and consulting in several restaurants, and having managed and educated the wine cellars of The Halstin Group, Sambuca Restaurant Group, Wells’ Hospitality Group, Thirteen 26 Ventures, and Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Restaurants. He has worked alongside many of the world’s greatest chefs, such as Michael Mina, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Masaharu Morimoto, and Charlie Palmer.
In 2004 Mr. Proctor decided to pursue the Court of Master Sommeliers program and after passing the rigorous series of exams, DLynn received the Advanced Sommelier Diploma in 2008 on his first attempt. He has also passed the Master level Theory and Service, needing only Tasting to become a Master Sommelier. DLynn was also a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin Best Young Sommelier in America Competition in 2008 and in 2009. In October 2008, Wine & Spirits magazine named DLynn “Best New Sommelier in America 2008”, and he was named a National RUDD Scholar in 2011. Mr. Proctor has been featured in Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Decanter, The Tasting Panel, WineSearcher, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. DLynn Proctor was also 1 of 4 feature subjects in the international wine documentary film “SOMM”, covering the 3 year journey through six countries.
Catherine Fallis, Instructor
Master Sommelier at Planet Grape® LLC – www.planetgrape.com, a wine consulting firm
providing education, entertainment, content, and sommelier services, Catherine created her alter-ego, grape goddess®, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is the only person in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and Advanced Certified Wine Professional credentials, and is the world’s only Master Sabreuse, opening Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance-www.saberingchampagne.com. She is Contributing Editor/Columnist The Tasting Panel Magazine & The SOMM Journal, Tasting Panel Lead at Swanky Wine Shop – www.swankywineshop.com and resident Master Sommelier at Summertime in a Glass – www.summertimeinaglass.org. Introduced to wine while backpacking around Europe in college days, she honed her skills later when she returned to live in Florence and Paris. Upon her return to New York she worked with Chef Alain Sailhac at Le Cirque, Leona Helmsley at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, and Kevin Zraly at Windows on the World. Her last restaurant position was as Wine and Beverage Director of Micheal Mina Group’s Aqua in San Francisco. Catherine passed the Master Sommelier exam in 1997 and became the fifth woman in the world to earn that title. At the same time, she joined the Master of Wine program and is currently a second year Master of Wine candidate. She earned the title of Advanced Certified Wine Professional (ACWP) from the Culinary Institute of America in 2009, French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors in 2011, and in 2012 became a California Wine Appellation Specialist.
Fred Swan, Instructor
Fred is a SF Bay Area-based wine writer and authority on California wines and wineries. He is a Certified Sommelier and California Wine Appellation Specialist. He has also completed the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits program plus intensive courses on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy and Napa Valley at the Culinary Institute of America. In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship by the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. In that same year, he was inducted into the Eschansonnerie des Papes, the honorary society of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC. His writing appears in various publications, and at his own site, (NorCalWine.com), which includes articles, wine reviews, a winery database and event listings. In addition to his writing, Fred judges wines and conducts focused wine tastings, dinners and seminars. He also leads tours of Northern California wine regions.
Zach Pace, Instructor
Zach is a San Francisco-based wine buyer, educator, and consultant with a focus on the wines of France. In addition to being a French Wine Scholar Instructor, he holds the Diploma in Wines & Spirits and is a Certified Educator with the WSET, as well as a Certified Wine Educator with the Society of Wine Educators. He is highly involved with the local food and wine scene, contributing regularly to tasting panels for the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine & Spirits Magazine. His contributions to culinary publications include Say Cheese Media, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Private Clubs Magazine, and Brixr. He has participated as a guest sommelier for Chaya Brasserie, Internos Wine Cafe, and CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture and judged for the Santa Cruz Mountains Commercial Wine Competition.
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