Draper, Paul --- enormously-respected winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, which is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains (just south of San Francisco); in the 2006 rematch of the 'Judgement of Paris' tasting, his 'Monte Bello' Bordeaux-blend took first place. Laube, James --- one of the principle writers for The Wine Spectator magazine, specializing in the wines of California; retains quite a large following. Meadows, Allen --- devoted follower and writer on the wines of Burgundy; has written on Burgundian wines for over twenty-five years --- website: www.burghound.com
Mondavi, Robert --- one of the most important figures in the history of California winemaking and marketing; Mondavi (1913-2008) founded his wine company of the same name in 1965, and subsequently created some of California's most famous brands, from Mondavi Woodbridge to Opus One; in 2004, his company was acquired by Constellation Brands.
Parker, Robert --- influential and often highly controversial wine critic; often lauded and criticized for his 100-point scale and large-scale influence; retains an exceptionally large, worldwide following of wine enthusiasts, producers and sellers, and collectors; author of such works as: (1) Wine Advocate newsletter; (2) Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide; (3) The Wines of the Rhône Valley and Provence; and (4) Bordeaux --- website: http://www.erobertparker.com/
Rovani, Pierre-Antoine --- accomplished wine writer and critic, making a name for himself when he collaborated with Robert Parker in 1996; he has worked with Parker on several wine-related books; in late-2006, he announced that he was no longer working with Parker.
Suckling, James --- Formerly one of the principle writers for The Wine Spectator magazine, specializing in the wines of Bordeaux and Italy; retains a very large following of wine enthusiasts, speculators, and producers and sellers, Suckling currently resides in Italy.
Tanzer, Stephen --- world-famous wine critic; retains a very large following; publisher of the very successful bi-monthly newsletter Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
Turley, Helen --- one of the most renowned winemakers and consultants in California; over the years, Turley has served as a winemaker and consultant for some of California's most prestigious estates, including: (1) Peter Michael; (2) Bryant Family Vineyard; and (3) Colgin.