Who We Are

GuildSomm is a nonprofit international membership organization for wine professionals that promotes education and community. We strive to uphold the values of hospitality, inclusivity, and integrity in our content, and we actively work to create a platform that welcomes a variety of perspectives. 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.

Jennifer Angelosante
Technical Writer

Jennifer spent five years apprenticing at wineries around the world and studying winemaking at UC Davis. More recently, she worked in both viticulture and winemaking in Napa. She brings a crucial technical perspective to GuildSomm in the new role of technical writer.

Ashley Hausman, MW
Director of Education

Ashley entered the wine business with a retail job in New York while pursuing her MA in English Literature. She moved quickly toward wine certifications while working in retail and distribution and in 2017 passed the Master of Wine exam. Ashley is an active member and mentor in the Colorado wine community.

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
Event & Project 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, provides member services, and offers HR and other key support for the team. She was one of GuildSomm's earliest employees, joining in 2010.

Chris Tanghe, MS
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.

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
Colliers International

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
Educator & Consultant

In 2011, Jennifer became the first female Master Sommelier in Canada. She is a speaker, an instructor both within and outside the trade, and a wine consultant for restaurants.

Andrew McNamara, MS
Vice President of Wine Development
Breakthru Beverage Group

Andy oversees Breakthru's Luxury Wine Team and Augustan Wine Imports in Florida. He became a Master Sommelier in 2007 and was chairman of the CMS board from 2015 through 2017.

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

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

Sabato Sagaria, MS
President
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Master Sommelier since 2012, Sabato is the president of bartaco. Previously, he was the chief restaurant officer for the Union Square Hospitality Group.