WINE AND SPIRIT EDUCATION FACULTYOur instructors are experts in the wine & spirits industry, with professional backgrounds in wine making, restaurant, retail and wholesale sales, and wine competitions. In addition to WSET and other wine certifications, many of our instructors also hold advanced degrees in education and business.
Adam Chase, Director, Grape Experience has been nominated for the prestigious honor of the the WSET Educator of the Year award four times. He won the award in 2012. Adam leads Grape Experience and its programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. Formerly the Associate Dean of Wine Studies at Copia in Napa, California, Adam has worked in the wine industry for over 15 years as an educator, retailer, and consultant. Adam is an Associate with the Institute of Wine and Spirits and holds the Honors Diploma certification from London’s Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. Adam has a particular focus of knowledge on Southern Hemisphere wine countries and on Pinot Noir. Adam also teaches spirits and sake courses and has a special interest in the Scotch Whiskeys. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Brown University.
MARTIN REYES, MW
MARY MARGARET MCCAMIC, MW
Dr. Lucia Volk comes from a Riesling grower family in the Mittelrhein region. After obtaining her PhD in cultural anthropology in the United States, she entered the teaching profession. In 2017, she passed the Certified Wine Educator exams with the Society for Wine Educators (SWE) with a score that earned her a Banfi Award. She subsequently completed her WSET Diploma through Grape Experience. When not teaching WSET classes or SWE seminars, she offers tailored tastings for private and corporate clients with MindfulVine.com. She particularly enjoys demystifying Riesling for students of wine, and thinks that we all should drink more bubbles.
Zach is a classically-trained sommelier, wine educator, and restaurant consultant. He has run notable beverage programs and consulted for clients in the bay area, New York, and L.A. for over twenty years, including the two Michelin-star Lazy Bear in San Francisco. Zach is the founder of Prologue Wine Co., a specialty online retail destination focusing on rare and limited offerings. From running Michelin-rated institutions to curating exclusive private dinners, he brings an irreverent, honest approach to the industry. Zach studied Economics at Tulane University, He then went on to acquire numerous wine & spirits accreditations, including the distinguished WSET Diploma, the Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator credential, and the French Wine Scholar certification from the Wine Scholar Guild. Zach has travelled in over thirty countries and throughout the world, including an extended six-month sojourn in France and Italy. When not running Prologue Wine Co. and leading classes, he can be found drinking cheap beer in exotic places.