The 2nd Annual “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry" – 2013

40- George Miliotes: Master Sommelier George Miliotes began creating award-winning wine lists in the late 1980s and eventually created one, the first of its kind, for The California Grill at Disney World. He is currently Director of Beverage and Hospitality for the Capital Grille, a Darden restaurant concept, where he oversees the wine list for all 40 locations of the national steak house chain, with wine lists ranging from 300 to 1,000 selections. That translates to a lot of wine. Miliotes is also the food and beverage director for the nationally recognized, Seasons 52.

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39-Paul Mabray: Billed as the digital think tank for the wine industry, Mabray’s creation- VinTank is the wine industry’s most powerful social media monitoring and data distribution platform. VinTank is designed to help revolutionize the wine industry through e-business and innovative digital products and marketing, including phone apps, QR codes and point of purchase information for consumers to access wine information. They monitor and analyze blogs, social media, tasting note platforms and distribute that information so you know who’s talking about you and your wine.

38- Jeremy Bensen: is the executive director of Free the Grapes!, a national grassroots coalition of wine lovers, wineries and retailers who seek to remove restrictions in states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from wineries and retailers. Established in 1998 by five wine industry associations which together represent thousands of U.S. wineries, Free the Grapes’ operations are funded exclusively by contributions from wine consumers, winemakers and retailers and are attempting to change archaic wine laws.

37- Tim Gaiser: is a nationally renowned wine expert and Master Sommelier. He is the director of education for the American chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, and adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. With experience in all phases of the wine industry - online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant - he has developed wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools, and wine distributors and taught classes on wine and spirits increasing the awareness of how our minds recognize and code smells and tastes.

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36- Cyril Penn: is editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly, the largest circulation of any wine trade publication in North America. The magazine focuses on the most up-to-date and comprehensive editorial, including legislative changes, winery marketing, covering everything from tank presses and mobile bottling lines, to how to properly clean a stainless steel tank to ATV’s for your vineyard, and yeast selections. It’s the nuts and bolts of the wine industry and the publication family includes Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, and Practical Winery and Vineyard.

35- Meredith May: as publisher, executive editor and co-owner of The Tasting Panel Magazine May has helped create the Tasting Panel into one of the fastest growing and most widely read magazines for the beverage industry. With over 100,000 readers, of which over half are on-premise wine buyers, the magazine wields a lot of power staying current with the latest trends and up and coming wine regions. The Tasting Panel also holds media and trade tastings, getting new wines in front of wine writers and buyers.

34- Gregory Dal Piaz: is editor in chief at Snooth Media, a technology-driven media company that is a leader in delivering wine, spirits, and food content to the epicurean consumer with online articles, wine reviews and a purchasing site. Snooth Media, with a reach of more than 3.5 million monthly visitors, includes the largest online wine community with over 1 million registered members.

33-Alder Yarrow: started Vinography in 2004 before wine blogging was even remotely cool. His site is among the most influential wine blogs and has received multiple wine blog awards. Featuring wine and sake reviews, restaurant reviews, editorials, book reviews, wine news, and wine event coverage, Vinography publishes new content daily to a global readership.

32-Steven Tanzer: is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine lovers in all 50 states and 34 countries, and translated into French and Japanese. Tanzer has also served as Senior Editor and wine columnist for Food & Wine magazine, and wine columnist for Forbes FYI, and has authored two wine books, and the wine blog, Winophilia.

31-Rob McMillian: is the founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena. Just like politicians and lawyers, no one likes bankers, but wineries need capital and this bank is the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business. McMillian publishes reports on emerging trends and is author of the bank’s Annual State of the Wine Industry Report which has become one of the most widely read reports of its kind. Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division is the leading provider of financial services to wineries and vineyards in the western U.S. with over 300 winery and vineyard clients in Napa, Sonoma, California’s Central Coast, Oregon and Washington.