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Top Wine Influencers in Chicago

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27/08/2020 Check out these wine influencers from Chicago who are changing the world of wine with their expertise.

Here is a list of top influencer sommeliers that have a good loyal following on social media. 

Ken Fredrickson

Following critical acclaim for his wine programs, while working with world-renowned chefs Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter's )and Wolfgang Puck (Spago, Chinois), Fredrickson ultimately attained the rank of Master Sommelier in 2000. Fredrickson is a founding partner in Tokiwa Imports, Laika Spirits, Family Tradition Cognac, and Rahi Imports a collection of spirit producers that fall under the High Road Spirits umbrella. These small specialty import companies tell the stories of families who are passionate producers from around the world.  

Fred Dame

Fred Dame, the world-renowned master sommelier whose superhuman tasting skills have become the stuff of legends in the industry, will be pouring a selection of Daou Family Estates wines at a pairing dinner Wednesday at Marina Kitchen & Bar. Dame, who was called “the godfather of the American sommelier community” by a fellow master somm, was the first American to serve as president of the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide. 

Shiba Sommelier

Shiba sommelier is the world's first fine wine rating Dog. Shiba Sommelier doesn’t actually taste the wine, but he does supervise his hoomans as they study to be Masters of Wine. Shiba Sommelier has formulated his own wine rating (and price) guide. Shiba Sommelier also rates the wines on a scale of 1 to 5 bones. You can see all of the ratings on his website or visit his Facebook page. So, with all that in mind, let’s look at Shiba Sommelier’’s social media accounts. 

Alpana Singh

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh is as rare and ebullient as some of the fine wines she recommends to people. Singh became the youngest person to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers' advanced certification exam at the age of 21. She achieved another milestone in the wine profession by clearing the final exam to become the youngest person in the world to get the rank of Master Sommelier in 2003. 

Joe Fiely

Joe Fiely is a long-time sommelier, falling in love with all things wine when he visited his college roommate's family in Italy. Many years acting as Wine Director of iconic Chicago restaurants (Mia Francesca, The Purple Pig, and more) has led Joe to his current role as Managing Partner and Wine Director of Joe's Imports on Fulton Market in Chicago's West Loop.