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Experts & Enthusiasts

Learn from the Best

When you come up for the Breckenridge Wine Classic, you’ll learn from the best of the best in the wine industry. See how passion for wine, food and the great outdoors blend together to create the most memorable experience. You won’t just sip, sniff, and swirl with our experts, you’ll ride down a mountain or hike up a trail with them! Go on your leaf peeping mountain adventure and pair it with a wine weekend getaway. Engage with winemakers, vineyard owners, and Master Sommeliers in their element for so much more than a lecture.

Court of the Master Sommelier Member

1996 – Present, the 28th member of the court of master sommelier

1997-2002, Rudd Winery and Vineyards – part of a team that created a new Oakville Estate with new vineyards, and winery led by David Ramey. He is also responsible for national sales and marketing.

Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma

Sean Razee, MS is one of a very select group of wine professionals in the world to have achieved the title of Master Sommelier. Emerging from a love of food, wine and travel, Sean began a career in the wine business in 2002. His wine travels have taken him to many locations around the globe and have given him experiences that continue to fuel his passion. 

After building world-class wine programs for The Ritz-Carlton and Wolfgang Puck, Sean served as Corporate Beverage Director for Vail Resorts, overseeing wine and cocktail programs across the country. 

Capitalizing on his unique insights and knowledge, Sean was recruited to build and manage a premium wine distribution branch for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado, where he served as general manager. Sean currently holds the position of Director of Wine Education at the company, working with a domestic and international portfolio of world-class producers. 

When not lecturing, conducting staff trainings, or mentoring aspiring sommeliers, Sean works hard to become a “highly-acclaimed” home chef.

Co-Owner and President

Early adopter of farmer’s markets, underage winemaker, long distance runner, UC Davis alum, champion of Lodi Wines, cork dork, brother, husband, father, outdoor enthusiast. 

Working the family farm and vineyards from a young age, Dave returned to Lodi in 1989 after graduation, a job in the wine cork industry, and backpacking the world. Since then, he’s combined his love of our wines with his love of travelling by overseeing distribution from just one state to all 50, then onto 32 countries!

Shelley Sale, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Colorado, Trade Development Business Manager, SR.

Shelley Sale is a Colorado native who is celebrating 26 years with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado. Her credentials include: Riedel Ambassador for the State of Colorado, 1 st level Sommelier with MS program, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Sake Professional, and Certified Spirits Specialist. 

On the beverage scene, her passions are for Rye Whiskey, Sake, Bubbles and Roses. She loves to travel around the world to visit the land and dirt that grows the grapes. Go Biodynamics!!

During COVID she re-found her passion in volunteering at the Park Hill Foodbank (which feeds 200 families every week). Taking Yale courses and expanding her growth in Inclusion and Diversity within her community. 

Her passion is to learn, share and grow the opportunities that are advancing women in the wine and spirits industry, as it is changing everywhere in the work environment around the world. In the last year she adopted a dog from Iraq, this Akbash Shepherd is handful.

Trey Johnson has been a Regional Sales Director for Alexander Valley Vineyards for nine years. During that time he has been responsible for two different territories, covering 21 states total. Before coming on board at AVV, Trey was a wine manager for Binny’s Beverage Depot in Illinois. Outside of the Alexander Valley, favorite wine regions include Rioja, the Rheingau, and Champagne.

 In a previous life Trey was a professional French horn player, conductor, and music educator, and finds time to make music every once in a while. When not on the road, he enjoys gardening, fishing, and the occasional round of golf. A native Texan, he and his family currently live in Illinois.

Importer and Division Manager

Chris began his career in the hospitality industry while attending Boston University for his Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree.  He moved to Chicago in 1990 where he worked for Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group.  While in Chicago his interest turned to wine where he began his studies at the Chicago Wine School.  

Upon moving to Denver, he worked for the California Café and established a wine school for public wine education and later expanded to The Seasoned Chef and a wine educator for City Wine while starting his own company, Barique.  Barique, focused on all aspects of restaurant and wine education, consulting; as well private and commercial wine storage design and collecting.  

After thirteen years in the restaurant business, extensive travel, and a dedication to the court of Master Sommelier Program (of which he has reached the advanced level) he dedicated his interests full time to Wine and Spirits education and sales. His career on the wholesale side of the wine world began in 2001 as the Director of Education and continued for 4 & 1/2 years at Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado as both the Director of Education and Vice President of the Signature division.   It was with Southern that Chris became acquainted with the wines of Old Bridge Cellars, its winemakers, and families.  He is now charged with the full-time sales, promotion, and education of that portfolio with a team of four that covers half the country. 

After a 20 year absence, he’s elated to be returning to the Seasoned Chef to help bring the world of wine to their ever growing base of loyal followers.

 In this age of ‘big company’ buyouts, increasing consolidation and mass production, Old Bridge Cellars brings to you a group of fiercely independent winemakers who retain their belief in artisan winemaking. Coming to know their land through the generations before them, they have an intuitive understanding, quiet confidence and desire to produce only the best they can from each vintage. In standing resolute behind their own style, they’ve established themselves as regional pioneers, benchmarks and leaders alike, universally acclaimed by wine critics across the globe.

Representing these highly sought after, compelling wines since 1990, Old Bridge Cellars has become the US importer of choice for iconic Australian wines. In fact, our allegiance to fine wine and regional expression has been recognized in such publications as The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Cellar and Wine Enthusiast. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate has gone so far as to say, “thanks in large part to the work of such talented importers as Old Bridge Cellars et all, American consumers have never had such an enormous selection of Australia’s finest as well as rarest wines.”

Our portfolio is anchored in Australia, yet also reaches internationally through long standing relationships with vintners in many of the world’s most applauded winemaking regions. Our parameters remain, simply, that the wineries we represent are true to their regions and true to themselves. They necessarily share a deep commitment to good land stewardship, preserving their independence, and respecting their regional heritage, all the while embracing the international wine world as their quality yardstick.

We see as our mission the championing of these winemakers who give everything in their pursuit of truly distinctive, regionally defined styles that sit comfortably with the world’s best. And who believe they can do it even better the next vintage!

View our Experts & Enthusiasts that will be wining and dining with us at the 2021 Breckenridge Wine Classic.  

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Joseph W. (Bill) Norris

Texas SommeY’all

John Bieloh

The Maggie

Kent Savitt

Don Sebastiaini & Sons

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Courtney Leedahl

The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge

Scott Hybbeneth

Carboy Winery

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Todd Nelson

Giampetro’s

Sean Razee

Master Sommelier

Damon Ornowski

Master Sommelier

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Billie Keithley

Breckenridge Distillery

Biography
William Davis

Wilson Daniels

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Mari Beth Baumberger

Crystal of America

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Michael Halpin

Hearthstone

Alex Wright

Hahn Family Wines

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Jim Pittenger

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

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Steve Steese

The Storm Cellar

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Jayme Henderson

The Storm Cellar

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Jen Mattioni

Q House

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Josh Niernberg

Bin 707 Foodbar

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Bryan Jay Redniss

The Rose

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Duane Walker

JAX Fish House / Lola Coastal 

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Kevin Grossi

The Regional

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Hank Wetzel

Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Linda Wetzel

Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Brooke Smith

Winesellers Ltd.

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Alex Baeten

Briar Rose

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Aaron Boyd

9600 Kitchen

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