Chappy Cottrell

Award Winning Wine Director, Certified Sommelier and Wine Podcast Host

Chappy Cottrell is an accomplished sommelier, marketer, podcaster, and former wine director. His extensive background in running award-winning wine departments in the Bay Area combined with his oversees marketing work with blue chip companies like Lloyds Banking Group and Virgin Money, have set the foundation for becoming a regarded wine marketer.

Cru, Cottrell’s weekly long-form wine podcast, has partnered with companies such as Verve Wine and Sonoma State University while interviewing some of the top professionals in the industry including Esther Mobley, Rajat Parr, Francoise Peschon, David Ramey, Martha Stoumen, Steve Matthiasson, and many more. In 2019 he was nominated for Sommelier of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and is a 2020 Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 award winner. Currently, Cottrell is the director of sales and marketing for the West County Pinot Noir house, Joseph Jewell.

Meet the other judges

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations and Beverage Director at Le Colonial Chicago

Marsha Wright

CSW, WSET, CSWS, Corporate Lead Sommelier at Greek Brands, DineAmic Hospitality, Chicago

Arthur Hon

Beverage Director at the Modern, Union Square Hospitality Group, New York