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Kempton Hyson

Kempton obtained his Sommelier certificate in 2001 from The International Sommelier Guild. He currently holds the position of Information Manager with AppellationAmerica.com as well being the Treasurer and a Director of C.A.P.S.A.C. (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Atlantic Chapter ).

Living in Nova Scotia, Kempton is a fan of cool climate, food-friendly wines, particularly Pinot Noir, Riesling and French-American hybrids. Kempton has over 22 years of Restaurant / Hotel Management experience and loves to teach wine education to all levels of expertise.



Barbara Trigg

After a long career in travel, Barbara relocated to Napa to pursue her interest in, and further her knowledge of, wine. She is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), she is a "mere" blind-tasting away from achieving her goal of becoming a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) with the Society of Wine Educators. She considers her position as coordinator of the Best-of-Appellation Program to be the ultimate wine-geek job, allowing her the opportunity to sample wines from the diverse growing regions across North America.

Sommelier Wine Picks

Joseph Jewel Wines
2008 Pinot Noir - Elk Prairie Vineyard
(Humboldt County)


750ml $39.00

Boxwood Winery
2010 Boxwood - Estate
(Middleburg Virginia)


750ml $25.00

Joseph Jewel Wines
2009 Pinot Noir - Floodgate Vineyard
(Russian River Valley)


750ml $42.00

Joseph Jewel Wines
2010 Rose of Pinot Noir - Elk Prairie Vineyard
(Humboldt County)


750ml $20.00

Briceland Vineyards
2011 Chardonnay
(Humboldt County)


750ml $21.00

Loos Family Winery
2010 Loos Family Pinot Noir - Bohemian Vineyard
(Russian River Valley)


375ml $22.00, 750ml $44.00

Boxwood Winery
2010 Boxwood Trellis - Estate
(Middleburg Virginia)


750ml $18.00

Handley Cellars
2010 Gewurztraminer
(Anderson Valley)


750ml $18.00


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