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ABOUT DIRECTOR LOU PHILLIPS

LEVEL 3 SOMMELIER   ■   CERTIFIED WINE EDUCATOR   ■   20+ YEARS EXPERIENCE

Lou Phillips

“Founded on my passion to deliver expert wine education, professional training and consulting services, we bring expertise, entertainment and ethics to every class, consult or special event.” ~ Lou Phillips – Director

Excellence & Ethics in Wine Education for Wine-Lovers, Professionals & Businesses
Director Lou Phillips’ professional career began in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 70’s during a golden-age of a wine and culinary revolution.  Northern California provided explorations of wineries and a cutting-edge culinary scene – think Louis Martini, Robert Mondavi and Joseph Phelps and pioneering restaurants such as Chez Panisse, Auberge du Soliel, and Masa’s.

It was during forays to these great restaurants and wineries of Napa Valley and Sonoma that he collected his passion and his palate. This grew into participating in and founding food/wine tasting groups that persist to this day.

A professional Sommelier at a numerous wine-bars and restaurants for over 20 years, Lou most recently worked as Sommelier at The Wild Goose,  a multiple-Wine Spectator-award-winning lakefront restaurant  at Lake Tahoe.

Mr. Phillips shares his enthusiasm for wine regularly through a variety of activities such as tasting-groups and judging wine competitions. He also gives his energy to non-profit organizations coordinating wine-donations and serving as Guest Sommelier at fund-raising events in his community.

In addition to earning a Level-3 Sommelier Rank with the WSET and a Certified Sommelier rank with the COM, he holds degrees in Education and Communication from The University of Nevada, making him uniquely qualified to provide wine education.  As a passionate professional wine-educator Lou brings a graceful, entertaining and respectful teaching style to all projects, whether that role is Educator, Consultant or Sommelier.

Most of all Lou revels in the continued discovery and sharing the taste, culture and MAGIC of wine.  Contact him today!

DR. Robert Wildman is a Wine Educator (Certified Specialist of Wine, Society of Wine Educators, and Level 2 Sommelier). He is also a widely published Clinical Psychologist and Researcher ( do NOT ask for therapy in class!!!). Known in Reno wine-circles as the local Robert Parker for his exhaustive wine analysis (aided by the ever-present and infamous “Wildman notebook”) even at the most casual wine tastings. Dr. Bob has also worked the vineyards at the University of Nevada’s wine program.

Bob prides himself on bringing history and theory as well as technical information to his teaching.

Brooklyn Joiner is the Social Media and Marketing Specialist.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Public Relations and Social Media.  Passionate about wine, Brooklyn is currently in the process of obtaining her Level 1 Sommelier.