Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

Valerie Masten

Valerie Masten

Valerie Masten serves as vice president for the New York importer Skurnik Wines & Spirits, specializes in German and Austrian wines as well as grower champagnes.

A vivacious native of Richmond, Virginia who lived in Atlanta after earning a degree in cellular biology from the University of Georgia, Masten leavens her intense knowledge of all things oenological with a background as a competitive cheerleader, and, as she once told The New York Times, she has “no fear of being silly. I’m known for randomness, non sequiturs, and goofiness.” Exemplified, perhaps, by her ability to pull off a one-handed cartwheel while holding a full wineglass.