Wine Enthusiast announced today their 2014 40 Under 40 list, which highlights America’s tastemakers and leaders in beverage culture. One on the list is Mutineer Magazine’s founder Alan Kropf, who is now the Director of Education at Anchor Distilling Company.
This list appears to be very well thought out and includes many very passionate and game changing beverage personalities.
Alan Kropf, 31
Director of Education, Anchor Distilling, San Francisco
A jack of all trades, Alan Kropf is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Cicerone Program and National Bartenders School. He is also founder of Mutineer Magazine, and, last year, he joined Anchor Distilling Company.
Gordon Little, 32
Co-founder, Little Peacock Imports, New York City
After moving from Melbourne, Australia, to the U.S. in 2008, Little was dismayed at the dearth of wine selections from his homeland. He founded Little Peacock to not only import and distribute Australian wine in the U.S., but also to provide wine that Aussies actually drink, helping to reshape American perceptions of wine from Down Under.
Nicolas Mestre, 29
Founder, COO, Williams Corner Wine, Charlottesville, VA
Born and raised in France and a veteran of the restaurant business, Mestre seems to have been destined for his current role. Virginia-based Mestre founded Williams Corner Wine, a wine importer and wholesaler, at the age of 23. Since then, he has been integral in introducing little-known, well-made natural French wines to the U.S.
Lex Kiefhaber, 29
Wine Director, Smith & Wollensky, New York City
At only 29 years old, Kiefhaber, wine director at legendary New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, is bringing a fresh approach to one of Manhattan’s most storied wine cellars. Kiefhaber, a Yale graduate, worked previously in a variety of restaurant roles—bartender, server, manager and writer—before taking on his current challenge.
DLynn Proctor, 34
Brand Ambassador, Treasury Wine Estates, Napa, CA
One of the men featured in the documentary SOMM, Proctor works as brand ambassador for Penfolds wines, helping to spread the gospel of high-quality Australian wine. He’s also actively involved in training and mentoring new generations of aspiring sommeliers.
Melanie Krause, 37
Winemaker, Cinder Wines, Boise, ID
In 2001, Krause began work as a vineyard technician at Stimson Lane in Woodinville, Washington, where she also started making some of her own “homemade” wine. After working at Chateau Ste. Michelle, she moved back to Boise and started her own winery consultant business, Krause Consulting, LLC, which is bringing much-needed expertise to this emerging wine region. Together with husband, Joe Schnerr, she now owns Cinder Wines, named after the layers of volcanic remnants found under the vineyards in Idaho.
Meg Gill, 28
Co-founder, Golden Road Brewery, Los Angeles
While attending Yale, Gill spent her time studying Latin, which she says, “is about putting pieces of the puzzle together, and the same thing is true of getting beer on the shelf.” Gill’s Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing—which produced 15,000 barrels last year—is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the U.S. Ever the go-getter, Gill expects to double that output in 2014, and expand distribution beyond Southern California.
Charles Joly, 38
Beverage Director, Aviary, Chicago
Joly started out as a bar back, but never dreamed he would make his career in the bar industry. Leading a crew of dedicated ice chefs, Joly runs Aviary’s bar more like a kitchen, snagging the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013 and being named Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2014. See the full post »