DLynn Proctor

DLynn Proctor, isn't just in the wine business; he’s an esteemed personality in the wine world and a pioneer in contemporary wine culture. He's a wine virtuoso, a tastemaker, and a trailblazer who has been swirling, sniffing, and sipping his way through the industry for over two decades. With an extensive palate that has been put to use in the finest dining establishments, retail, rare wine brokerage, and international education, DLynn's name is synonymous with oenological excellence.

A globetrotting ambassador of wine, DLynn brings the art of wine tasting and winemaking to life through media relations, seminars, and educational programs across the Americas and Europe. Whether gracing TV screens, contributing to magazines, or captivating audiences in global forums, DLynn's passion and expertise shine as brightly as the most lauded of vintages.

Training with top winemakers from California to Italy, judging at renowned wine shows, and lecturing at world-famous universities are just a few lines on DLynn's impressive cv. His accolades include 'Best Sommelier in America' by Wine and Spirits Magazine, and being named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine’s Top ’40 Under 40’ Tastemaker’s.

But DLynn is more than a sommelier; he's a maven in his own right. From his appearance in 4 seasons as Kevin Hart's sommelier in the Peacock Original TV Series "Hart to Heart", to his prominent role in the critically acclaimed wine documentary series ‘SOMM’, DLynn's on-screen presence has made wine appreciation accessible and intriguing to a whole new audience.

Adding "Associate Producer" to his titles with his cameo and behind-the-scenes work in the Netflix Original film ‘Uncorked’, co-founding the non-profit Wine Unify, and partnering in Gabriel-Glas North America, DLynn continues to pour his heart into projects that matter. What sets DLynn apart is his ability to translate the complexity of wine into a language that resonates with everyone, from renowned collectors to casual enthusiasts. His dedication to the craft and his relentless pursuit of perfection have positioned him as one of America's Wine Industry Business Leaders.

With an uncorked enthusiasm for life, a nose for the finest, and an unerring taste for quality, Mr. Proctor is more than a figure in the wine industry; he's its charismatic, tireless ambassador, connecting people through the love of the vine, one glass at a time.

Get To Know Dlynn

Who is the most interesting guest you have served?

Mr. Shawn Corey Carter. Most know him as Jay Z. It was last year’s Super Bowl at MetLife, and we spent (a good portion of the game) discussing styles and tasting notes, while drinking Grange, Opus and Conterno.


What's your most memorable wine experience?

I have been fortunate to have many memorable experiences, but acting as chef sommelier for the Thienponts (owners of Le Pin and VCC) may take the cake.

What's the biggest challenge in your job?

Getting consumers and buyers to realize Australia is not dead as a category. There are so many incredible wineries(big and small) that are steeped in terroir o foz, but also the ethos of the Old World.


What other passions aside from wine do you have?

Classical Guitar, The NHL and film. All film. From B Horror/Zombie movies to Indie’s to Oscar worthy films.


If you could teach anyone in the world, who would you want to teach?

Johnny Depp. I understand (and know first hand) he is a massive fan of Haut Brion. I’d like to spend a couple of hours with him doing an intensive regional tasting encompassing the world.