Evan is the Wine Director and co-founder of The Wine Guild. He tastes thousands of wines a year and recommends his favorites. A lover of Burgundy and the Loire Valley, he also crushes a significant amount of Italian and California wines.
A co-founder of the Guild, Stephanie has worked behind the scenes since the Guild's inception to keep everything running smoothly. The architect behind several notable local restaurants and wineries in Charlottesville, she also took her passion for local food to a new level when she founded La Vache Microcreamery in 2013. Stephanie tastes dozens of wines every week, many of which you can find on the Guild's retail shelves or in Evan's email offers.
Ryder has traveled and tasted throughout Napa, Sonoma, Washington, Arizona and of course,Virginia. His European travels have taken him to Bordeaux, Spain, Veneto, and Trentino Alto-Adige. He prefers wines that are “rich, muscular, full-bodied, complex and ethereal”. His picks will usually be from the New World, but also some bolder international selections.
Priscilla Martin Curley
Priscilla is the Wine Director of Tavola restaurant and a certified sommelier. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Priscilla began her wine career with the BOKA group in Chicago. She is an expert on Italian wine, specifically the little-known, indigenous varietals.
Before running the Guild, Will was the General Manager and Wine Director at the award-winning Brasserie Saison in Charlottesville. He got his start with wine in Chicago, with a stop at the James Beard Award-winning The Purple Pig. Will has a deep love of cool-climate Nebbiolo, fine Burgundy, and cheap Pinot Grigio.
Megan got her start in the Virginia wine industry many years ago after graduating with a Masters Degree in Food Science from Virginia Tech. A lover of clean, bright, and lively wines she holds a particular passion for the wines of Northern Spain and Portugal. She is always searching out wines that have excellent balance and show the best characteristics of the varietal and style of winemaking. Megan’s career and travels have allowed her to develop a deep love of our growing wine industry in the mid-Atlantic as well as most of the Iberian Peninsula and Italy. Megan also holds a WSET Level 3 Award in wines.
Paul fell in love with wine over two decades ago, when he was stationed near Napa Valley while in the Air Force, and has been a part of the Guild since its earliest days. A lover of Burgundy, ageable white wines, and Champagne, Paul is always looking for a wine with elegance and depth. He is WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 certified, and is currently working on Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Sake Specialist (CSS) certifications.