Gary Russell

Sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

I have worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade, with the past six years focusing on the world of wine. I have a passion for creating unforgettable guest experiences and in causing leadership in those I work with. I earned my Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers North America in 2016, and am taking the necessary steps to continue that education in reaching the Master Sommelier Diploma. I have also passed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust's Level II. I have brought my passion to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes and am sharing it with the hotel staff throughout the seven outlets for which I oversee.


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SCA Entry Process & Fees

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Meet the other judges

Robert Bath MS

Professor of Wine and Beverage, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone