Evan Goldstein, MS, is one of the nation's most prolific food and wine industry veterans. In 2008 Goldstein joined Full Circle Wine Solutions, Inc., a global wine and spirits education company, as President and Chief Education Officer to create tailored experiences that help clients grow brand loyalty and business profits.
Evan's food and wine career started in the renowned kitchens of Paris and California.
In 1984 he joined his mother, Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein, in opening the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Square One. In 1987 he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Since 1990 Evan has created wine education programs and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and most recently, as the Vice President of Global Wine & Brand Education at Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member.
Evan is the author of Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence (On Premise Communications Inc. publishers) and the critically acclaimed books, Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier's Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food and its sequel, Daring Pairings: A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs, both published by the University of California Press.
In addition, Goldstein co-authored numerous books with his mother Joyce Goldstein, including Wine and Food Pairing in the Williams Sonoma Lifestyles Series. His latest literary undertaking, an essential guide to the wines of South America (UC Press), will be out in 2014.
Evan is a regular editorial contributor to America's Sommelier Journal, a contributing editor for Wine & Dine and Indulgence magazines in Singapore, is the American wine correspondent for Wine Review, South Korea's leading wine and food magazine, and is a recurring guest wine expert on NBC's syndicated television show "In Wine Country." He also makes regular guest appearances on the top-rated "Ronn Owens' Show" on KGO Radio, and on Saturday morning television's KPIX "Eyewitness News", both in San Francisco, and on the nationally syndicated Martha Stewart Radio, hosted by Sirius.
Our goal is to bring you fresh perspectives from the marketplace each year. This year's keynote will be delivered by Master Sommelier Devon Broglie from Whole Foods Market will present The Retail Experience: The 15-year veteran of Whole Foods Market explains his journey and the moment when he decided to focus his professional energy in a grocery store. How he and team select and curate a selection of the highest quality wines that always over deliver. What goes in to creating an exciting and trusted retail destination. And why he believes Whole Foods has the ability to change the way the world drinks.
Bob Paulinski, MW currently resides in Concord, California. He is the Senior Vice president for Bevmo Stores which has 155 outlets across California, Arizona and Washington. Previously, he has held a number of leadership positions across the US. Prior to accepting the Bevmo role in late 2013, he was based in Jacksonville, Florida for five years as Category Director of Wine/Spirits/Beer for Bi-Lo Holdings for 1000+ grocery stores throughout the southeastern US. Before that, he spent five years in Bentonville, Arkansas as Category Manager for Wine/Spirits/Beer for Sam’s Club US. He was an independent owner/operator of a specialty wine retail business for sixteen years in Traverse City, Michigan.
In 2002, he became the ninetieth North American to pass the Master of Wine examination and in doing so, ended a four year period in which no new North American candidates had been awarded with a successful completion of the program. He remains active in the MW program, both as an instructor and as an examiner. He has also judged in several wine competitions throughout the US, Europe and South America. He has traveled extensively to the world’s wine regions, with a strong affinity to the wine regions of southern France and both Chile and Argentina. Outside of work and involvement in the MW program, Bob is an avid road cyclist, participating in race and long distance endurance events.
Joe Roberts is a writer and musician in the greater Philadelphia area. His work has appeared in Playboy.com, Answers.com, PalatePress.com, Publix Grape Magazine, The Guardian, and Parade. He holds the Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in England, and earned the title of Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. Roberts was included among the top fifteen entries in
IntoWine.com's list of 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry for 2013, and his website received the Wine Blog Awards honor for Best Wine Blog in 2010. He was a Best Overall Wine Blog finalist in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Follow him on Twitter at @1winedude.
Block was the first American resident on the East Coast to have been certified as an expert Master of Wine, and is one of only 23 Americans and 257 individuals worldwide to hold this prestigious title. To achieve this honor requires passing an examination which involves writing 13 lengthy essays covering every aspect of wine, as well as achieving favorable results on a blind tasting test requiring candidates to identify and assess the varietal composition, region of origin, vintage and quality level of 36 wines. Over the years his particular specialty has been researching more effective ways to communicate about wine and food together. His extensive credits include serving as
Wine Editor at The Improper Bostonian, and writing monthly columns for the Massachusetts Beverage Business Journal for several years as well as contributing articles to The International Wine Review, the Quarterly Review of Wines, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The New England Wine Gazette, The Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, Travel Smart and L’Officiel du Vin.
Block serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Cheers Magazine, the Sante Magazine Executive Symposium Committee, and the Executive Board of Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center (where he has taught advanced courses since 1999). He developed the curriculum for the accredited Wine Studies program at Boston University and for several years taught a mandatory wine tasting course to aspiring chefs at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Block also operated the Boston Wine Center, a school he co-founded in conjunction with the World Trade Center in 1994.
Sandy Block joined Legal Sea Foods as Vice President of Beverage Operations in 2004 after a long association with CEO Roger Berkowitz cemented by their mutual love of wine and food. His extraordinary educational qualifications and relentless focus on quality selection swiftly elevated Legal’s beverage program to new heights. An Honors graduate from Vassar College, Block earned a Master’s Degree in American Intellectual and Cultural History from the State University of New York. Prior to entering the wine trade he wrote scripts for radio, and taught history. Married and a father of two sons, he has recently completed writing his first novel.
Sara Schneider is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing in the test kitchen, wine-related food and travel coverage, Sunset’s International Wine Competition, and the magazine’s wine club.
With a B.A. and an M.A. in English, Sara taught high-school English for 10 years before a love of cooking drew her to San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, where her wine interest began. After earning her AOS degree, she combined her word and culinary backgrounds as editor of Berkeley-based Bay Food magazine for three years, then joined Sunset’s editorial staff, first on the copy desk, then as a senior food editor, eventually becoming head of the food department. In that role, she expanded the magazine’s wine coverage, and launched its Western Wine Awards program and the Sunset Wine Club. In 2005 she was named wine editor.
Sara writes a monthly column on food and wine pairing, trends, and issues in wine, as well as other wine-themed food and travel stories, and in 2007 co-authored the book California Wine Country, a Sunset Field Guide. She has judged many wine competitions, both on the West Coast and internationally.
Sara has been nominated twice for James Beard Journalism Awards and holds the Academy of Wine Communication’s Certificate for Excellence in Wine Writing.