In 1991 Peter Granoff was the 15th American to earn the coveted title Master Sommelier and is one of the 18 Americans to date that have earned the Krug Champagne Cup by passing all three parts of the exam on the first attempt.
In 1995, Peter and his brother-in-law, Robert Olson, launched Virtual Vineyards, an ecommerce pioneer and the first US entity to sell wine on the Internet. Peter has presented at professional wine and e-commerce conferences at American universities such as Harvard, Wharton, Rhodes, and UC Berkeley, and as far away as Switzerland, France, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Peter is the co-proprietor of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant & Wine Bar in San Francisco's acclaimed Ferry Building Marketplace, as well as Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant in the now-landmark Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, California. In November 2019, the team opened Mission Bay Wine & Cheese.
Nunzio Alioto is from an illustrious San Francisco restaurant family of the same name and grew up in the kitchens of some of the finest restaurants in the world. In 1987, he earned the title of Master Sommelier, becoming the sixth individual to achieve that title in the United States.
He has served as a board member of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, past Director of the California Restaurant Association, past President of the Fisherman's Wharf Merchant Association, and former Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
He is one of 118 persons to receive the coveted Antonin Careme Award given by the Chef's Association of the Pacific Coast. He recently retired from his successful management of Alioto's, a San Francisco landmark restaurant.
Nunzio has developed the wine lists for both The Kitchen Table restaurants in San Rafael, Calif., and in Reno, Nev., with his son, Chef Alexander Alioto.
Dr. Greif, the founder of the Golfweek Wine Club, passed the certified sommelier exam in 2014 and has also passed the WSET (Wine, Spirits Education Trust) level 3 exam. He is involved in wine education and consulting for restaurants, clubs and wine vendors in his home area of Eastern Iowa. Much of his wine knowledge comes from his multiple trips to various wine-producing areas.
Apart from many trips to Napa/Sonoma and Oregon, he has been to Italy (Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany & Umbria), France (Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, and Rhone Valley) and Germany/ Austria and the Porto & Duero Valley regions of Portugal. He also enjoys playing golf and has been a member of Golfweek Magazine’s golf course raters panel since 2003.