Bob Lipinski, a Certified Sommelier, is the author of nine books and more than 500 articles. As a professional speaker, entertainer, and educator, he has conducted seminars worldwide. He has presented to businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, trade shows, and conventions. Bob taught the Executive Staff at The White House "How-To Pair Wine with Food," "Proper Wine Service," and "Sensory Evaluation Skills." He also has television and radio experience as a host, writer, and guest. Bob has held executive-level sales, training, and education positions in the Wine & Spirits Industry as well as a College Professor of Management & Marketing at N.Y. Institute of Technology; Visiting Professor at the Culinary Institute of America; and Dean of U.S. and International Studies at the Epicurean Institute of Italy. Bob has also worked as a consulting enologist and viticulturist.
Gary Grunner is the founder and managing partner of Grapes On The Go, Inc., "A Cutting Edge Beverage Marketing Management Group." He is a 25-year veteran in the wine and spirits industry and has been fortunate to have worked with some of today's most successful importers and distributors in the wine business. His philosophy is very simple-"out of the box thinking, detailed customer service, utilize today's cutting edge technology, and partner with other top industry people in the field to deliver a successful program to his clients." Born and raised in New York, he is the first to say his Italian wine career started in 1982, when he spent a semester in Italy as a college student where he fell in love with Italian wines, Italian culture, discovered regional Italian cuisine, and the Italian "zest" for life.
In 2009, Gary was the Silver Award recipient of The Italian Trade Commission Distinguished Service Award for the work he has done promoting, educating, and building Italian wines in the United States.