DLynn Proctor has been a figure in the wine industry for over 10 years. He comes to Penfolds with extensive experience working with the best in the fine dining business, retail/web sales, fine and rare wine brokerage, and international education. DLynn, a passionate Penfolds Ambassador, is instrumental in Penfolds education programs, media relations, radio, and Re-corking Clinics across the United States and Canada. He often contributes to food and wine content and to TV shows and print magazines. In addition, he travels extensively to speak publicly and represent this iconic brand to customers, consumers, journalists, and distributors in a variety of global forums. DLynn has been involved in widespread sensory testing, winemaking, and training with top winemakers in California, Washington, Texas, South Australia, and Italy and is an adjunct lecturer and wine show judge at some of the world’s most famous universities and wine shows.

Proctor was named “Best Sommelier in America” by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2008, was a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin Best Sommelier in America Competition in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the National RUDD Scholars of 2011. Proctor has been featured in Decanter, Wine Spectator, Everyday with Rachel Ray, The Tasting Panel, WineSearcher, Huffington Post, The New York Times and many other publications. He was most recently named Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine ’40 Under 40’ Tastemakers for 2014.

Proctor is also one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’, covering the three year journey through six countries of filming to becoming a coveted Master Sommelier.



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 beside 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.


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