Hosted by Washington Wine’s Marketing Director David Flaherty, Sommlight is a conversation series that unveils the other side of sommeliers and wine professionals, showcasing their humor, humanity and depth. Everyone knows that when they're on the floor, it's clockwork. What we don't know is, when they're off the floor, what makes them tick? Join us as we pull apart the archetype and see what makes somms — some of the most humble and brilliant humans to grace this earth — feel most alive. Primarily run on Instagram as an IGTV video series with episodes ranging 12-16 minutes, these are the long-form audio versions of each episode. Visit vimeo.com/channels/sommlight for more.
Kaitlyn Duke, Beverage Director, Bascom's Chop House, Clearwater
Kaitlyn Duke on growing up in steak houses, considering a future in funeral homes, and her surprising love for spiders and snakes.
Greg Rubin, Owner & President, Vanderbilt Ave Wine Group, NY & CT
Greg Rubin on his reasoning behind inviting T-Pain to Italy, taking life tips from Jim Carrey, and the similarities between Thelonious Monk, wine, and swimming pools.
Cara De Lavallade, Beverage Manager, Enchantment Resort, Sedona
Cara De Lavallade on wind scorpions, below-deck life of a Silversea Cruise, her 1:1 water-to-wine regime, and why there’s no more powerful mantra than: ‘It’s going to be great.’
Jennifer Estevez, Founder & CEO, OMvino, San Francisco
Jennifer Estevez on meditatively running her business, the soothing feeling of vacuuming, full-moon vibes, and maintaining eye-contact with a tiger in India.
Madeline Puckette, Co-Creator, WineFolly.com, Woodinville
Madeline Puckette on bullet journaling, domesticating crows, rebuilding a first-gen Eclipse GSX Mitsubishi, and unworking the world of wine.
Nick Davis, Founder, Medium Plus, Seattle
Nick Davis on generosity risks, his love for Red Pandas, being an aspiring master birdwatcher, and the similarities between Jazz and Champagne.
David digs below to surface and gets to know wine professionals on a deeper, more human, more relatable level. And he does so with both tact and humor. Bravo!
The best deep dive into the people of the wine world
This goes way beyond just wine info. There are so many fascinating people with so many interesting stories and hidden talents. Great job guys!
At a time when the industry is struggling, David brings a voice to the folks behind the scenes. The interviews are lighthearted, funny and often inspirational all in one. You'll be glad you went along for the ride! Cheers!