Christy Canterbury, MW, was the 7th woman in the US to earn the Master of Wine title. Christy speaks and writes about wine and designs wine programs for hospitality venues and private clients.
Christy recently revamped the wine list for Scotland’s Loch Lomond Golf Club, and she currently is designing the 10,000-bottle cellar for a new, private Manhattan club. She also revived the wine programs at Ilili and the former Gordon Ramsay at The London in Manhattan. Previously, Christy oversaw 16 restaurants as the National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and directed international operations as the Corporate Beverage Director for Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, managing programs in restaurants and hotels from Istanbul and Doha to Vancouver and Bora Bora. In the retail sector, she directed wine purchasing programs for New York-based retailers Italian Wine Merchants and Zachys while also overseeing their Hong Kong operations.
Christy’s corporate client event roster includes Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Rackspace, Fitch Ratings and Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group. Her appearances have included Wine Masters TV, FOX Business, Chief Wine Officer, Grace Farms and numerous international wine fairs.
In 2014, the Roederer Awards short-listed Christy for the Online Wine Communicator of the Year Award. Her work has been published by Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Huff-Post, Wine-Searcher, SevenFifty Daily, Edible Green Mountains, Food Arts, Kendall-Jackson, Tim Atkin and other outlets. She was the Consulting Editor of the GOURMAND AWARD-winning book, Rock and Vine, and the Italian Wine Editor for three other books: Sunday Pasta, Garrubbo Guide: The Importance of Eating Italian and the Professional Wine Reference.
Christy is fond of how the PairCraft methodology refines certain ideas behind textbook pairings while unearthing surprising–even confounding–new ones. Plus, Christy loves the practicality of the PairCraft takeaway, which is a wine style rather than a specific wine or grape or region, making PairCraft’s advice far more functional than most food-and-wine pairing approaches.