THREE QUESTIONS WITH CHUCK FURUYA

In 1989, Wine Speak co-founder Chuck Furuya became only the tenth person in the United States to pass the rigorous Master Sommelier examination. It was his passion to fully excel at wine service and education that led him on the path to certification as a Master Sommelier.

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Christine Curtis
SIX QUESTIONS WITH FRED DAME

SIX QUESTIONS WITH FRED DAME

Fred has been hailed as “America’s sommelier” and is undoubtedly one of the most renowned in the world. Fred was the first American to successfully pass all three parts of the Master Sommelier Examination in a single year. He founded the American Branch of The Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986 and has played an active role in the expansion of the Master Sommelier program since that time.

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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH MATT KETTMANN

Matt Kettmann is a California native with deep roots in the Golden State, and a longtime journalist who has been with theSanta Barbara Independentsince 1999. He is also a family man and adventurer.

We recently caught up with Matt to learn more about his journey—and to get his take on Wine Speak Paso Robles:

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SIX QUESTIONS WITH MERIDITH MAY 

SIX QUESTIONS WITH MERIDITH MAY 

Meridith May is a publishing powerhouse in the wine and spirits world. She is the publisher and executive editor of The Tasting Panel magazine, which is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry. She also holds the same titles at the SOMM Journal and The Clever Root magazines. 

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