Foothills Wino Panel of Sommeliers

We evaluate all wines using a Panel of Sommeliers. All Panel members have a passion for the Sierra Foothills wine region and are at least either Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2 or Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 3 certified.

 

In addition to Foothills Wino owner, Guy Tucker, our Panel consists of the following distinguished Sommeliers.

Shelby Griffiths

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Shelby Griffiths is a Sacramento native who found her love for wine through her passion for hospitality, food, history, and her unwavering desire to learn something new each day. She holds the titles of certified sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers, Advanced (WSET3) with the Wine & Spirts Education Trust and is pursuing her goal to become a Master of Wine.

 

Shelby has always held a strong love for the wines coming from the surrounding areas of Sacramento, and encourages many to explore the innovation and history that runs deep within them. She currently resides in Los Angeles and can be found sharing her passion for Sierra Foothills wines at K&L Wine Merchants.

Justin Lewis

Foothills Wino | Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis is a certified Level 2 Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Level 3 with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Justin started as a chef and has transitioned into becoming a wine expert who specializes in the wines of the Sierra Foothills.

 

Just also owns and operates Amador Uncorked Wine Tours where he is known as The Conductor. With Justin’s knowledge and personality, his tours are the best offered in the region and an excellent way to experience the wineries of the Sierra Foothills.

Gordon Mackay

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Gordon Mackay is a WSET3 certified wine educator who also happens to be a Civil Engineer, dedicated cyclist and part-time chicken and duck rancher. 

Gordon leads the Lodi Wine Swines, a group of enthusiasts that explore wines from all over the world. His wine ramblings are regularly available on Instagram @lodi_swines and other social media and on his website. 

Aiste Nichols

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A Level 2 certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Aiste discovered her passion for wine working for a boutique winery in the mountain town of Truckee. She then worked for a wine shop in Truckee in addition to working harvests in the Sierra Foothills. Aiste now lives in Napa and is working at Jessup Cellars in Yountville.

 

Aiste also provides Sommelier services including serving at private events, one-on-one cellar consultations, personal wine shopping, private classes, and restaurant staff training through her website.

Mary Orlin

Foothills Wino | Mary Orlin

Mary Orlin is a James Beard and Emmy Award-winning wine journalist, sommelier, wine educator and Sip, Sip, Hooray! wine podcast co-host. She is a Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced Certified with Merit. Mary writes for Edible Silicon Valley magazine, The Mercury News, her blog WineFashionista.com, and is currently working on a book about the famous California winemaker Paul Masson. She is a wine judge for numerous prestigious wine competitions, including the Central Coast Wine Competition, Amador County Fair, Mendocino Wine Competition, California State Fair and Southern Oregon Wine Experience.

 

She created the James Beard and Emmy-award winning NBC TV series “In Wine Country,” a  wine country lifestyle show showcasing the bounty and art of California’s winemaking regions. The show is the longest running and most award-winning wine TV show in television history. Previously Mary was the wine editor at the San Jose Mercury News, and has contributed to wine publications such as Grape Collective, The Tasting Panel, Napa Sonoma Magazine and Palate Press. She’s been a speaker at the Santa Lucia Highlands Gala and Santa Clara Valley Hop N Vine and has moderated wine panels at trade and consumer events. She was chosen as a fellow for the 2019 Professional Wine Writers Symposium in Napa Valley.

Tyler Lee

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Tyler is left-handed, which means he swirls clockwise. He learned to swirl a glass and tell the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux during six years as a wine, beer, and spirits buyer for Whole Foods Market. Tyler sometimes leads tastings, teaches private classes, and consults for wineries/vineyards. Currently, he is the sales and operations manager of Vino Noceto in Amador County. He was awarded a WSET Diploma in 2018.

Tyler is a Northern California native. He received my BA from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and a M.Litt from the Univeristy of Glasgow (in Victorian literature). He is usually found reading heavier novels and drinking lighter wines. Tyler likes cooking, meandering, shades of green, debates about ranking novels, and time with family. 

(FW Note: since Tyler is associated with Vino Noceto, he only participates in tastings where Vino Noceto wines and varieties are not involved)