Who We Are

GuildSomm is a nonprofit international membership organization for sommeliers and wine professionals that promotes education, collaboration, and healthy debate while maintaining the key values of the sommelier profession: integrity, humility, and hospitality. We're here to help you expand your knowledge of the wine world, network, and stay up-to-date on industry news and trends. Our partner organization SommFoundation helps GuildSomm members meet their educational goals through scholarships and enrichment trips.

Feature articles, podcasts, and videos are publicly available and cover varied topics on the world of wine. For members, we have additional in-depth educational materials, forums for discussion, events, and much more.

You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube.

Staff

Geoff Kruth, MS
President

MS Geoff Kruth launched the GuildSomm website in 2009, joining his career in wine with his early background in technology. He manages the organization, hosts the GuildSomm podcast, develops content, and leads masterclasses. Geoff also travels and speaks extensively, promoting GuildSomm, wine education, and the sommelier profession.

Stacy Ladenburger
Director of Operations & Editor

After working in the nonprofit and food technology sectors, Stacy made her way into the wine industry through a stint at Ordinaire Wine Bar. She guides GuildSomm's internal and external operations, manages member communication, oversees content development, and edits the site.

Emily Nixon
Events Manager

Wine captured Emily's attention through a job at a wine shop while studying abroad in Spain. She honed her skills by working in wine PR and at San Francisco's Resolute Wine Bar and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant before joining GuildSomm as event manager. 

Christine Sayre
CFO & Membership Director

Leveraging her background in software and business intelligence, Christine manages GuildSomm's finances, monitors analytics, and provides member services. She married into the wine business and learned the basics of the production side of the industry from her husband and father-in-law.

Chris Tanghe
Chief Instructor

Chris began his career in the kitchen, but inspired by front-of- house hospitality, he transitioned into wine. After working in restaurants across the country, Chris passed the MS exam in 2013. He spearheads masterclasses and webinars and contributes content as GuildSomm's chief instructor.

Kelli White
Senior Staff Writer

Kelli began her wine writing career while working as a sommelier in New York. In 2010, she moved to Napa to run the wine program at PRESS and make wine. Her 2015 book Napa Valley, Then & Now offers an unparalleled look at Napa Valley's history and winemakers.

Bryce Wiatrak
Staff Writer

Bryce entered the wine industry on a whim with a college internship. Previously serving as a junior editor at Vinous and content manager for Delectable, his work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, and other publications.

 

Board of Directors

Fred Dame, MS, Chairman
Educator & Consultant

Fred Dame passed the Master Sommelier exam in 1984 and founded the American branch of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986. A revered expert and mentor, he has been instrumental in GuildSomm's growth.

Gray Randolph, Vice Chairman
Executive Vice President
CBRE

Alongside his work in commercial real estate, Gray owns Appellation Wine Group, a wine brokerage firm. He is an enthusiastic student of wine.

Jennifer Huether, MS
Prestige Account Manager for Canada
Jackson Family Wines

In 2011, Jennifer became the first female Master Sommelier in Canada. She is part of the international team at Jackson Family Wines.

Shelley Lindgren
Co-owner and Wine Director
A16, A16 Rockridge, and SPQR

Co-owner and wine director of popular Bay Area restaurants SPQR, A16, and A16 Rockridge, Shelley is well known for her expertise in Italian wine.

Nicholas Paris, MW
Director Global Sourcing
E.& J. Gallo Winery

Nicholas is director of global sourcing for E. & J. Gallo Winery. Active in education, he achieved the Master of Wine certification in 2014.

June Rodil, MS
Beverage Director and Partner
McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group

MS June Rodil oversees the beverage programs at the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group's seven restaurants, including June's All Day, where she is a partner.

Sabato Sagaria, MS
President
bartaco

Master Sommelier since 2012, Sabato is president of bartaco. Previously, he was Chief Restaurant Officer for the Union Square Hospitality Group.