Collin Cranor Co-Founder/Winemaker, – Nottingham Cellars
At the age of 27, Collin Cranor is currently the youngest commercial winemaker in the Livermore Valley. His wines have been a focal point in recent years in the Wine Renaissance that is taking place here in the Valley. Garnering countless medals at some of the nation’s top competitions and 90+ point scores from major wine publications, Cranor has earned a place among the top ranking winemakers in California. While his focus is on vineyard designated Cabernet’s and Bordeaux Style red blends from the top grow sites in the Livermore Valley, Cranor’s portfolio also includes small lot offerings of Rhone varieties and Bordeaux blending varieties. Cranor, who is preparing for his 7th vintage in winemaking, has a goal every year to improve his processes, fine tuning every detail from fermentation regimens, to barrel programs, etc. His youth and passion coupled with his stellar foundation as a world class winemaker make him someone to watch in the coming years.
David Gibson General Manager / Wine Director, The VINE at Bridges / Bridges Restaurant
David is the up and coming wine ambassador to the millennial and generation-y audiences, offering non-pretentious and informative educational insight to the next generation of wine consumers. He cohesively engages every demographic and instills an exuberance about wine which naturally flows from his persona. With a lifetime career of restaurants and hospitality, David has been integral in localized wine staff training and wine buying for Trader Joe’s, was partner at Corks Wine Bar and Lounge in Danville, and now hangs his hat at The VINE at Bridges as their Manager coordinating everything from wine buying to overall operations. David is referred to synonymously now with The VINE and has been written up in numerous publications, both online and off, and he regularly donates his time to local philanthropic endeavors conducting wine education, tasting events, and food/wine pairings. In his spare time David thrives collaborating and consulting with a handful of different winemakers in regards to wine making, wine assemblage and observations of stylistic market sales patterns. Recently, David has been testing concepts with wine in social media, essentially founding new paths to deliver his non-pretentious, fun and off-the-cuff wine style to the new generation of wine aficionados and young collectors. He currently holds a WSET Advanced Certificate and is enrolled in the WSET Diploma program, with his sights set on the coveted Master of Wine exam in his near future; he is definitely an individual to watch through the next decade and beyond.
A.O. 5/1/2011, Diablo Magazine
Riedel Stemware Representative
Riedel is recognized worldwide for designing and producing the highest quality glasses and decanters for the enjoyment of wine and spirits.
“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” (Quote: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)
“The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile’s pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty”. (Quote: TIME MAGAZINE)
Jessica Yadegaran Food & Wine Writer for Bay Area News Group
Jessica Yadegaran is an award-winning food and wine journalist with more than a decade of experience in the Bay Area and beyond. She has worked as a wine educator with national clientele including the Cellar at Macy’s and participated as a judge in the San Francisco Chronicle’s International Wine Competition. Jessica will be the host of the From Vine to Glass Event, as well as introduce the new and improved wine section for the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and Oakland Tribune.