Chris Slaughter - Executive Director Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association
Mike was at attendance at this weekend's event. CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM Educational Experience
Sean Chaudhry - GM at The Cellar Door Wine Shop and Bistro in Downer's Grove , IL.
The Cellar Door was founded by Sean Chaudhry in 2005. As a result of Sean’s immersion in the wine community, he recognized a need for a local, no frills bistro and wine shop. The Cellar Door was created to offer enthusiasts a place to relax and enjoy great food and wine, and at prices to be savored as well.. They are a frequent user of Groupon and Sean is here to explain how it works. Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door wine shop and bistro emphasizes the essence of ancient drink itself, curating a no-frills atmosphere that prioritizes quality of flavor above all. In allusion to the eatery's moniker—named for the simple phrase that author J.R.R. Tolkien famously called the most beautiful in the English language—straightforward combinations of globetrotting wines and grilled sandwiches, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie small plates blend together atop mesmerized palates. More than 30 by-the-glass vintages hail from Spain, California, and Italy, and the staff encourages diners to select full bottles from the onsite retail shop, paying only retail price and a small corkage fee to eliminate unnecessary restaurant markup and taxes on drawn-out toasts. While their taste buds soak up new flavors, diners can challenge their brains to Wednesday trivia or tune their ears to live music on Fridays.
JEFFEREY HARRELSON - OPERATING PARTNER AT FLEMINGS PRIME STEAK HOUSE IN WOODLAND HILLS, CA
When the sun sets over the San Fernando Valley, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar comes to life with a celebration of exceptional food and wine. Join us for dinner or for a drink after work. Our menu features the finest aged prime beef and market-fresh seafood. Are you a wine enthusiast? You will be delighted to discover the Fleming's 100, our award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass, with exclusive selections put together by our Wine Manager. We have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 4 straight years. We are located just north of the 101 Freeway near the Warner Center Business Complex. Convenient to the West Valley, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks and Malibu.