Trade/Education Honorary Chair: Tim Gaiser, MS, Former Education Director, Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas
Tim Gaiser is a nationally renowned wine expert and Master Sommelier. He is the former Director of Education for the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas as well as an adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley.
Tim has experience in all phases of the wine industry--online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant--including stints at Heitz Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley and Bix and Cypress Club restaurants in San Francisco. He has developed wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors; and taught classes on wine and spirits at every level of education. His client list includes Fosters, Diageo, American Express, Evian, Pepsico International, Franklin-Templeton and Wells Fargo. Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera.