ST. HELENA, NAPA VALLEY, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Joseph Spellman, a Master Sommelier who, in 1997 in Paris, won the title "Best Sommelier in the World for French Wines and Spirits," is the new Education Director for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, according to Tom Shelton, President and CEO of the noted Napa Valley winery. He previously was Director of Advanced Wine Education for Paterno Wines International. Spellman has worked in every phase of the wine world for the past 25 years, principally as sommelier for some of Chicago's most famous restaurants -- Tango, Maxim's, The Pump Room, The Park Hyatt Hotel and Charlie Trotter's. He has been a leading wine educator, writer and consultant and has led wine seminars throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. He earned his prestigious Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held by 71 Americans and only 130 individuals worldwide. He is now an instructor and examiner for this organization and recently passed the very comprehensive Certified Wine Educator Examination. In addition to his extraordinary "Best Sommelier" win in Paris, one of only two Americans to gain this award, in 1998 he was named Bon Appetit Magazine Wine & Spirits "Professional of the Year." In his new post, he will initiate and conduct wine education programs for the trade and consumers as part of Joseph Phelps's long-range goal to be the benchmark producer of Napa Valley wines. Shelton said, "We are very pleased to add Joe to our roster of excellent wine people. The trade already knows him through his fine wine writing, high level wine judging and his appearances at all of the important wine festivals throughout the United States." In addition to wine, Spellman's interests include film, fiction, photography, baseball and beer. He will be headquarted in Chicago.
SOURCE Joseph Phelps Vineyards