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.
What is your favorite wine region to visit?
Burgundy! I love the people, the villages and the wines.
What's your most memorable wine experience?
Without getting into too many specifics, my most memorable wine experiences are a handful of long, boisterous nights filled with conversation, dancing, laughter (and often karaoke) with other wine professionals.
Why did you decide to become an instructor?
Throughout my career, teaching people about wine has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. I love helping to fan the sparks of interest and appreciation into full-blown passion!
What other passions beside wine do you have?
Yoga. I have a daily personal practice and teach yoga in San Francisco and beyond. Like many folks in wine business, I also love to eat, but I'm probably a bit of a black sheep since I'm vegan. This fact has opened up a whole new world to me when it comes to food and wine pairing!
Name some recent wine discoveries that you find exciting.
Most recently Cabernet Sauvignon from The Red Hills of Lake County AVA has really excited me for its balance, elegance and value.