With humility, he expertly guides his guests through an extensive wine list with nearly 1000 selections.Recently, he has been awarded a grant from the James Beard Foundation, in joint partnership with the Rhone Rangers, allowing him to study domestically grown Rhone grape varietals. Gillian Ballance MS, DWS has spent 20 years working in the best restaurants and resorts in the United States. Ballance began her career at Windows on the World Restaurant, working under Kevin Zraly and Andrea Robinson.Exposed to a cellar with over 100,000 bottles was the best education a passionate wine enthusiast could have, and Ballance’s career soared.
Currently Ballance is the Luxury Prestige Manager and Educator at Treasury Wine Estates.
Ballance has been featured in numerous publications like Wine Spectator, Food and Wine Magazine and an abundance of Trade publications.
She has also judged at several wine competitions and conducts wine seminars across the United States.
In 2012 Ballance passed the esteemed Master Sommelier Diploma Exam, representing one of 21 women in the world. Kim Beto is known by numerous industry folk for his dynamic and inspired work with Southern Wine & Spirits, but prior to working with Southern, he was the Director of Beverage for the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Food and wine has been a passion for Daniel since his youth growing up in the Sierra Foothills above Sacramento.
His mother taught him all about the Joy of Cooking, made with fresh ingredients and ample love.Wine was often used as a condiment on the dinner table, with a firm understanding and many joyful conversations about the role the wine played with each meal.Every birthday dinner included smoked, peppered tri-tip with locally grown Zinfandel.In his early 20s, Daniel worked as a political journalist for the Associated Press.Here he was introduced to high end wine and scotch by wealthy, corrupt politicians and lobbyists…for whom he’d like to extend his “thanks”.In 1995, he caught the “service industry bug” as he dined with a state Senator at a in Yountville called French Laundry.