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Samantha McCrimmon

Samantha’s journey into the world of wine began during her tenure at The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.  She was encouraged by the Director of Food and Beverage as well as her manager to follow through with her passion.  After she completed Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine School at the iconic One World Trade Center, she cemented her passion for wine, cuisine and culture.  Samantha continued her studies through International Wine Center, Sommelier Society and then WSET. 

During her education, Samantha made her presence known in the beverage wholesale and retail industry including cellar managing.  She began her collection soon after her course at Windows and shared her thoughts and knowledge with perspective clientele.  Her private practise continues to be distinctly operational and predominately located in New York.

With her wine education and enduring relationships cultivated through the wholesale industry, Samantha developed wine programmes and sales training classes for several restaurants in New York City.  She was hired by Plein Sud (Thompson Hotel), The Crown Group (Wine Spectator Award of Excellence) then Hotel Hugo to direct their wine programmes.

An opportunity to blend her love of wine, gracious service and the outdoors presented itself to revitalise the wine programme (which in the past received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence) and to lead their talented associates at Topnotch Resort and Spa in the quintessential New England town of Stowe, VT.

Samantha now spends her time travelling to auctions, private sales, consulting with small establishments on their wine programmes including menu development, purchases, storage, inventory, service training and pursuing a new passion, craft beers.

Meet the other judges

Peter Plaehn

Wine Director-Houston, Atlas Restaurant Group, Ouzo Bay/Loch Bar

Josh Orr MS

Master Sommelier,Regional Sales Manager, Broadbent Selections