Al Portney travels the world representing illustrious wine names such as Chateau Ste.Michelle, Stag's Leap and Col Solare. It's not a particular wine that has stuck in his mind, but rather a surprising event.
Sally Mohr is a Master Sommelier in Boulder, Colorado, and also a member of the Sake Education Council. If she hadn't had tasted a '69 Volnay, her career might have gone in an entirely different direction.
In 1995, Peter Granoff MS launched Virtual Vineyards, the first company to try to sell wine over the internet, which was taken over by investors and morphed into Wine.com. Today he is co-owner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco.
Master Sommelier James Tidwell is based in Dallas, Texas. In addition to his job as beverage manager for Four Seasons Resort & Club, he is the co-founder of TEXSOMM, an annual conference for U.S. sommeliers.
Blair Walter has been winemaker at one of New Zealand's most respected pinot noir producers – Felton Road – since 1996. He recently passed his pilot's licence and is trying to repair his old Messerschmitt in between harvests.
Laurent Hubert, 36, is business development and marketing director of the global bioscience company Chr. Hansen. One of its latest innovations is FrootZen, a direct inoculation Pichia kluyveri yeast designed to boost fruit flavors in wine.