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Wine Enthusiast’s Future 40 Tastemakers

Every year, Wine Enthusiast’s Future 40 list recognizes a diverse set of tastemakers who are bringing the drinks business into the future. Among them are winemakers, educators, brewers, sommeliers, viticulturalists, founders, conservationists, lawyers and other professionals who find unique ways to open doors and build bridges in the industry. Explore the incredible feats and stories of our recipients below.

Conner Taylor, Keenan O'Hern (l to r, standing), TJ Douglas, and Gabriela Fernandez (l to r, seated) poses for a portrait as part of the Future 40 Innovators.

Future 40 Tastemakers & Innovators of 2023

Meet the emerging tastemakers, innovators and advocates changing the way we drink this year.

Future 40 Hall of Fame

Meet the tastemakers shaping the drinks industry over time, including 40 Under 40 recipients from years prior.

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2022 | Future 40 Tastemakers

Alycia Abreu | Executive Assistant, The Roots Fund, Brooklyn, NY

Maryam Ahmed | Owner & Founder, Maryam + Company

Beny Ashburn & Teo Hunter | Cofounders, Crowns & Hops Brewing

Thatcher Baker-Briggs | Founder, Sommelier, Thatcher’s Wine Consulting

Natalie Rose Baldwin | Research & Development Brewer, Breakside Brewery

Jen Blair | Founder & Creator, Under the Jenfluence

Peter Cook | Wine Hospitality Access Advocate and Wine Educator, Uncorked Access

Michelle D. DeFeo | President, Champagne Laurent-Perrier U.S.

Forrest Dein | Cofounder & Chief Marketing Officer, JuneShine

Miguel de Leon | Wine Director, Pinch Chinese

Laura Deyermond | Head of Viticulture, Newton Vineyard

Remy Drabkin | Winemaker and Founder, Remy Wines

Larissa C. Dubose | Sommelier & Educator, The Lotus and The Vines

Ikimi Dubose-Woodson | Cofounder and Executive Director, The Roots Fund

Tara Fougner | Cofounder, Thirsty Media

Zwann Grays | Sommelier and Founder, Zwann Grays

Desiree Harrison-Brown | Founder & Content Creator, The Wino Shop and Wino Noire

Julia Jackson | Founder, Grounded

Natalie Jacob | Bartender, Attaboy Nashville & Author

Telly Justice & Camille Lindsley | Co-owners, HAGS Restaurant

Vivianne Kennedy | Owner and Winemaker, RAM Cellars

Ryan Malkin | Attorney, Malkin Law

Katie Melchior | Founder, The French Wine Tutor

John Michael “JM” Morcilio | Content Creator and Founder, Urban Wine Tribe TV

Jenny Nguyen | Founder & Owner, The Sports Bra

Dr. Nicola Nice | Sociologist and Founder and CEO, Pomp & Whimsy

Mandy Oser | Owner & Wine Director, Ardesia Wine Bar

Mailynh Phan | CEO, RD Winery

Carlos “Charlie” Reyes | Owner and Curator at Audio Culture

Aminah Robinson-Briscoe | Chef, Founder, Black Food & Wine Experience

Dia Simms | CEO Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal and Cofounder, Pronghorn

Aubrey Slater | Chief Brand Development Officer, Saint Luna Spirits

Jackie Summers | Founder and CEO, JackFromBrooklyn Inc.

Chockie Tom | Founder, DoomMersive

MJ Towler | Executive Producer and Host, The Black Wine Guy Experience Podcast

Ariana Tsuchiya | Sommelier & Manager, G.Lion Hawaii

Elizabeth Whitlow | Executive Director, Regenerative Organic Alliance

Kayla Winter | Director of U.S. Product Services & Winemaking, BevZero


2021 | 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Lisa Allen | Head Brewer, Heater Allen

Philippe André | Brand Ambassador/Senior Business Development Manager, Charles Heidsieck Champagne / Folio Fine Wine Partners

Tiquette Bramlett | President/Founder, Vidon Vineyard/Our Legacy Harvested

Laura Brown | Wine Educator, Vin Social

Maria Calvert | Cofounder, Hispanics in Wine

Isis Daniel | #WineTok Influencer on tikTok, @MillenialSomm

Alyssa DiPasquale | Founder/Owner, The Koji Club

Sadie Drury | Vineyard Manager, North Slope Management

Sam Fitz & Rachel Topelius | Cofounders, ANXO Cider

Krystal Goulart | Head Distiller, Spirit Works Distillery

Woody Hambrecht | Found, Haus Aperitifs

Shanika Hillocks | Influencer Marketing Manager, E & J Gallo

Kristopher Johnson | Owner/Brewer, Green Bench brewing

Shakera Jones | Blogger/TV Host/Podcaster, Black Girls Dine, Too/Crush on Somm TV/Glass for Every Palate

Icy Liu | Podcaster and Community Organizer, Ungrafted Podcast and Asian Wine Professionals

Jesús Martínez Bujanda Mora | President, Valdemar Estates

Mary Margaret Mc Camic, MW | Cofounder, Wine Unify

Carlton McCoy Jr, MW | Managing Partner / Founder, Lawrence Estates / Roots Fund

Kelly  Mitchell | Founder, Kelly Selects

Simone Mitchelson | Cofounder, Natural Action Wines

Todd Nelson | Vice President of Marketing, Winesellers, Ltd

Kristin Olszewski | Founder and Chief Beverage Officer, Nomadica Wine

Lauren Paylor | Owner/brand Ambassador, Focus on Health / Seedlip / Silver Lyan

Aaron Polsky | Founder/CEO, LiveWire Cocktails

Helena Price-Hambrecht | Founder, Haus Aperitifs

Brenna  Quigley | Geologist and Podcast Host, Roadside Terroir Roadside Terroir

Alexandre Remy | General Manager and Winemaker, Atlas Wine Company

Lydia Richards | Cofounder/PR Manager, Hispanics in Wine/Taub Family Wines

Alexandra Schrecengost | Founder & CEO, Virtual With Us/Culture With Us

Samantha Sheehan | Founder/Winemaker, POE Wines/Ultraviolet Wines/Mommenpop

Aaron Sherman | Cofounder and CEO, SevenFifty

Bill Shufelt | Cofounder & CEO, Athletic Brewing Company

Doug Veliky | Chief Financial Officer, Revolution Brewing

Gianfranco Verga | Cofounder and President, SevenFifty

George W. C. Walker | Founder/Assistant Director of Operations, Graped Out/Wade Cellars

Dr. Hoby Wedler | Ph.D. Chemist and Entrepreneur

Aly Wente | Director of Marketing, Wente Family Estates

Tiffany Wojtkiewicz | President and Cofounder, ONEHOPE

Rania Zayyat | Founder, Lift Collective


2020 | 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Rachel Adams | Founder + Executive Director, Assemblage Symposium

Zidanelia Arcidiacono | Pinot Noir Winemaker, Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards

Drew Baker | Farmer & Cofounder, Old Westminster Winery

Chevonne Ball | Founder, Dirty Radish Travel & Consulting Company

Marcus Baskerville | Head Brewer and Co-owner, Weathered Souls Brewing Co.

Will Blackmon | Owner & Personal Wine Concierge, The Wine MVP

Mark Bright | Cofounder, Winemaker, Wine-Director Saison Hospitality

Chris Brundrett | Cofounder & Winemaker, William Chris Vineyards

Mika Bulmash | Founder and CEO, Wine for the World

Ashleigh Carter | Head Brewer/Co-owner, Bierstadt Lagerhaus

Ryan Chetiyawardana | Bartender, Mr Lyan

Christopher Christensen | Head Honcho & Winesmith, Bodkin Wines

Chappy Cottrell | Wine Director, Barndiva

Samara Davis | CEO/Founder, Black Bourbon Society

John deBary | Cofounder & Board President, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

Sarah Deiter | Cofounder & Creative Director, Makers & Allies

Jhonel Faelnar | Wine Director, Atomix

Tahiirah Habibi | Founder/Sommelier, Hue Society

Lia Jones | Founder & Executive Director, Diversity in Wine and Spirits

Sean Kelly | Founder/Cider Maker, WildCraft Cider Works

Kelly Koch | Winemaker, Macari Vineyards

Maggie Kruse | Winemaker, Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Bricia Lopez | Co-owner, Guelaguetza Restaurant

Lacey Lybeck | Vineyard Operations Manager, Sagemoor Vineyards

Vittorio Marzotto | Senior Director of Fine Wines and Business Development, Santa Margherita USA

Elizabeth McCall | Assistant Master Distiller, Woodford Reserve Brown-Forman

Josh McDaniels | CEO & Director of Winemaking, Doubleback, Bledsoe Family Winery, and Bledsoe- McDaniels Winery

Chris Montana | CEO/Head Distiller, DuNord Craft Spirits

Andrew Nelson | Partner/President, WarRoom Cellars

Cristie Norman | Founder & CEO, The Online Wine Course—For Beginners

Michael Pierce | Director of Viticulture and Enology, Yavapai College, Southwest Wine Center

Zev Rovine | Owner, Zev Rovine Selections

Brenae Royal | Vineyard Manager, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Erik Segelbaum | Founder and Chief Vinnovation Officer, SOMLYAY LLC

Jermaine Stone | Founder/CEO Cru Luv Wine

Briana Volk | Owner/Creative Director, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

Andrew Volk | Co-owner, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

Amie Ward | HBIC Healthy Snacks and Good Posture, The Healthtender

Tim Wiggins | Co-our wner & Beverage Director Yellowbelly

JJ Williams | General Manager, Kiona Vineyards

Sakura Yagi | Chief Operating Officer, T.I.C. Restaurant Group


2019 | 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Ed Bailey | Host & Cofounder, Drinking Partners Podcast/Fresh Fest

Jamie Benziger | Winemaker, Imagery Estate

Ashtin Berry | Cofounder, Radical Xchange

Elizabeth Bourcier | Assistant Vignerrone, Cayuse Vineyards

Day Bracey | Host & Cofounder, Drinking Partners Podcast/Fresh Fest

Paul Brady | Brand Ambassador, New York Wine and Grape Foundation

Alexis Brown | Cofounder/Bartender, Causing a Stir, Serving Life Behind Bars, The Drifter, The Dearborn

Sarah Cahn Bennett | Farmer, PennyRoyal Farm

Todd Cavallo | Owner & Winemaker, Wild Arc Farms

Christine Collier Clair | Winery Director, Willamette Valley Vineyards

Álvaro de la Viña | Owner, Selections de la Viña

Sebastian Donoso | Winemaker, Fringe Collective/Bonterra/Fetzer Vineyards

Tara Empson | CEO, Empson & Co. and Empson USA

Gabriel Fernando Urrutia | Founder, Spirited Miami and Miami Drink Week

Shoshana Filene | Business Development Manager, Zachys Auction

Sam Filler | Executive Director, New York Wine and Grape Foundation

Morgan First | Founder, Rosé Mansion

Chip Forsythe | Owner & Winemaker, Rebel Coast Winery

Paul Gospodarczyk | Instructor/Program Coordinator, Viticulture and Winery Technology Department; Exec Director, Napa Valley College

Jamie Graves | Japanese Portfolio Manager, Skurnik Wines

Richard Hanauer | Wine Director, RPM Restaurants

Jack Hendler | Co-owner and Brewer, Jack’s Abby Brewing

Ksenija & John House | Co-owners, Ovum Wines

Erin James | Editor-in-Chief, CiderCraft Magazine and Sip Northwest Magazine

Matthew Kaner | Wine Director/Partner, Bar Covell, Augustine Wine Bar,
Good Measure

Carlin Karr | Wine Director, Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale, Tavernetta

Maayan Koschitzky | Partner and Director of Winemaking, Atelier Melka

Naomi Levy | Founder/Head Bartender Beyond the Mixing Glass/Better Sports Social Club

Andréa McBride-John | Cofounder & CEO, McBride Sisters Collection

Cha McCoy | Business Owner, Cha Squared Hospitality

Geoffrey McFarlane | CEO & Cofounder, Winc

Leslie Merinoff-Kwasnieski | Cofounder, Matchbook Distilling Co.

Alexandra Minton | Wine Director, Jack Rose at The Pontchartrain Hotel

Andrea Morris | Beverage Director, Intersect by Lexus

Alex Negranza | Bartender/Health Advocate, The Pastry War/Tongue Cut Sparrow/Nightengale Room/Anvil

Brian Polen | Co-owner/Cofounder, Brooklyn Kura

Jennifer Reichardt | Owner/Winemaker, Raft Wines

Kirk Wiles | CEO & Founder, Paradise Springs Winery

Amanda Wittstrom Higgins | VP of Operations, Ancient Peaks Winery


2018 | 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Shelby Allison | Founder/Owner, Chicago Style Cocktail Conference/Lost Lake

Neil Bernardi | VP Winemaking, Duckhorn Wine Company

Alisha Blackwell-Calvert | Beverage Director/Head Sommelier, Reeds American Table

Chelsea Boss | General Manager/Cofounder, Senses Wines/Rebuild Wine Country

Margaret Campbell | President/Head Distiller, Privateer Rum

Cory Cartwright | Owner, Selection Massale

Maya Dalla Valle | Director, Dalle Valle Vineyards

Massimo di Costanzo | Owner & Winemaker, Di Costanzo Wines

Paul Elliott | Founder & CEO, Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka

Jamie Evans | Founder, The Herb Somm

Jim Fischer | Winemaker, Fossil & Fawn

Jésus Guillén | Owner/Winemaker Guillén Family Wines

Jonathan Hajdu | Winemaker, Covenant Winery

Chris Hall | Proprietor/Chief, Operating Officer Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates

Shaun Hill | Owner/Brewer, Hill Farmstead Brewery

Katherine (Katie) Jackson | VP Sustainability and External Affairs, Jackson Family Wines

Helen Johannesen | Owner, Helen’s Wines; Partner, Jon & Vinny’s; Beverage Director, Joint Ventures

Nathan Kendall | Owner/Winemaker, Nathan K

Max Kuller | Wine Director/Principal, Fat Baby Inc.

Daniel Lafuente | Cofounder/CEO, Simple Spirits Company

Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen | Winemaker/Owner, Vintners & Raconteur Wine Company

Katarina Martinez | Owner & Head Brewer, Lineup Brewing

Dan Maslow | Cofounder & President, Simple Spirits Company

Michelle McGrath | Executive Director, United States Association of Cider Makers

Alexander Milligan | President, David Milligan Selections

Jenny Mosbacher | Co-winemaker/Deputy Chief, Stuff Fossil & Fawn

Femi Oyediran | Co-owner, Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Morgan Perry | Founder, Yoga Unwined

Ashley Ragovin | Founder, Pour This; Cofounder, All Time Pour This

Krista Scruggs | Owner/Winemaker, Zafa Wines

Ryan Stetins | Owner/Partner, Compline Wine Bar

Christopher Strieter | Founder/Executive Director, Senses Wines/Rebuild Wine Country

Kellie Thorn | Beverage Director, Hugh Acheson

Ashley Trout | Owner/Winemaker, Vital Wines and Brook & Bull Cellars

Yael Vengroff | Beverage Director, The Spare Room, Winsome, Genghis Cohen

Derrick Westbrook | Sommelier/Wine Buyer, 57th Street Wines; Owner, Vine Culture

Kelli White | Senior Staff Writer, GuildSomm

Brandon Wise | Vice President of Beverage Operations, Sage Restaurant Group

Robby Younes | Chief Operating Officer & Wine Director, Crystal Spring Resort/Restaurant Latour