Vitalii was born and raised in Republic of Moldova the country with the highest wine per capita production in the world. There Vitalii got to learn about viticulture and wine making since his early childhood. He continued developing his passion for food and wine after moving to USA. After years of working in restaurants in Washington DC and New York City, dozens of books read and thousands of wines tasted, Vitalii proudly holds the title of Wine Geek! Vitalii is no typical wine week he is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and holds a WSET Advanced Certificate. In addition to being a Wine Ambassador for City Wine Tours, Vitalii works as a Sommelier at our SoHo partner City Winery and at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels a natural wine bar in Soho.
Justin Miller is an advertising executive turned wine guy. He has worked at the biggest agencies in the world on the largest brands. He created advertising campaigns that won many awards and sold tons. After years of just drinking wine, he decided to follow his passion into the business of wine. He has sold and marketed wines from all over the world . . . and tasted copious amounts in the process. He currently works as a marketing and brand building consultant to some of the largest importers of fine wine. He also knows about space planning and design having worked at an architectural firm in Manhattan. He has an approachable style and makes understanding the nuances and complexity of wine easy and fun. And he loves going to the gym and Nebbiolo.
Gil spent a school year in France when he was 19 and fell in love with food and wine. After working for nearly 30 years in financial and professional services, Gil joined the wine business full-time as a wholesale representative for a great French importer, Martine’s Wines. He has completed the Advanced (Level 3) WSET Certification with Merit. Gil is also an ex-President and current board member and presenter for the Essex County Wine Society (ecwsnj.net), a non-profit tasting group operating for 40+ years in New Jersey. Recently, Gil was a finalist in the Heritage Auctions Blind Tasting Challenge. Gil believes that wine tasting is subjective and that “only you know what a wine tastes like once it’s in your mouth.”
Sarah Tracey is a wine professional living, drinking, and entertaining in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah is passionate about sharing all the knowledge shes soaked up during her years in the beverage industry. Whether teaching wine & cheese pairing classes, selecting wines for corporate and media events, or creating wine-themed touches for intimate celebrations, shes driven by her love for the smaller producers making fabulous wines who are also mindful of our environment. You can find her pouring wine nightly at City Winery New York Manhattan’s only working winery and on the weekends, moonlighting as a wine ambassador with City Wine Tours. On her website The Lush Life, Sarah shares her favorite budget-friendly bottles along with informative and approachable wine knowledge and expertise. She’s a regular contributor on wine and entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Online and Martha Stewart Weddings.
Tess has been a lifelong lover of food and drink, growing up in a family that loved to cook, travel and try new things. After earning her MA in Philosophy of Food and Drink from the University of East Anglia, UK, she began working in the wine industry in New York City. Over the last decade she has worked her way through all sides of the industry including importing, wholesale and retail, as well as managing various restaurants and wine bars across the city. She now spends her time writing and teaching about wine, introducing people to new flavors and sharing tips on how to get the most joy and pleasure out of every glass.