David Glancy, Founder & CEO
David Glancy is one of only 129 in North America, and 197 in the world, to earn the title Master Sommelier (MS). He is one of only 12 MS in the world to also pass the Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator exam (CWE). In addition, Glancy passed the Certified Specialist of Spirits exam (CSS) and French Wine Scholar exam (FWS). He launched San Francisco Wine School in June 2011. The school provides professional wine studies including French Wine Scholar (FWS), Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), their own trademarked California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) and more. Glancy also runs SFsommelier Consulting and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Sommelier Journal. Previously, he created, managed and taught the Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute (now known as International Culinary Center California). During that time, he secured the partnership for the school with the Court of Master Sommeliers and helped over 400 students pass the Court of MS’ Certified Sommelier exam (CS). Glancy also taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, working throughout the U.S. and in Asia and has traveled to many of the wine regions of the world. His first love was a glass of Vouvray, soon followed by another glass. Today he could happily live on Champagne alone.
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 Catherine Fallis, aka grape goddess®, is a popular and entertaining speaker and host for corporate and private events, and the creator of the Six Week Wine Expert, a “super cool online wine class.”. Catherine is founder and president of Planet Grape LLC (www.planetgrape.com), for wine consulting, and of Sabering Champagne! (www.saberingchampagne.com), for wine entertainment. Fallis is the only person in the world to have earned both the prestigious Master Sommelier diploma from the International Court of Master Sommeliers and the Advanced Certified Wine Professional title from the Culinary Institute of America. She is also a French Wine Scholar, a California Wine Appellation Specialist, and an instructor at the San Francisco Wine School. 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 most recent restaurant position was as Wine and Beverage Director of Micheal Mina Group’s Aqua in San Francisco. From Manhattan to Honolulu, Hollywood, Aspen, Monaco and Cannes, Catherine has shared her wine expertise with novices and collectors including Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora, Nicolas Cage, Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Chris Botti, Diana Krall, and Robert Redford.
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.
Mick Cameron, Instructor
After having lived in France for over ten years Mick Cameron returned in 1996 to the San Francisco bay area to apply his knowledge of the European wine landscape to the northern California wine industry. For the last sixteen years he has worked in all tiers of the trade from retail, to wholesale and finally with the luxury import agent for the Louis Roederer Champagne portfolio, Maisons, Marques & Domaines for over ten years. Since 2011 he has been the voice behind the highly-regarded industry blog, www.slavetothegrape.com. Previously, Mick developed and taught French Toast, a series of consumer wine classes for the local market. He currently holds the titles of both Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) as well as French Wine Scholar (FWS), is fluent in French and has solid proficiency in both Italian and Spanish.
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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