Joseph Phelps Vineyards Appoints a Master Sommelier to New Education Post

Joseph Spellman, M.S. To head wine education trade program

Apr 22, 2005, 01:00 ET from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

    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