Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman has been a steady presence in the Chicago dining scene since 1979, as professional sommelier, restaurant manager, wine writer and educator.
In 1996 Joe successfully completed all three stages of the prestigious and difficult Master Sommelier Diploma. In 1997, representing the United States, Spellman finished first of 24 national champion European, Asian and North American sommeliers when he won the International Grand Prix SOPEAX du Sommelier, the most recognized sommelier competition in the world.
He now carries the title “Le Meilleuer Sommelier du Monde en Vines et Spiritueux de France,” only the second American to ever achieve this distinction. Joseph’s accomplishments notwithstanding, he still believes quite simply that most wines go with most foods, that a half-full bottle is better than a half-empty glass and that it takes a lot of beer to make good wine.
A sought-after speaker nationally, The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is pleased to celebrate Joe’s fifteenth anniversary of hosting our Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Seminars.