Friday, August 1, 2014

8/01 TROY SMITH, MONTAGE, DIANA SCHWEIGER, SCHWEIGER VINEYARDS

TROY SMITH - MONTAGE – CRN SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR 

Earning the Advanced Sommelier Diploma from the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Troy Smith is a sommelier and beverage manager at Montage Laguna Beach.

Equipped with in-depth knowledge gleaned from more than 10 years in the wine industry, Smith oversees the selection, purchasing and storage of wines for the entire resort. He also facilitates all ongoing staff wine training.

In addition, Smith oversees the ambitious wine program for the resort’s three restaurants, including its signature restaurant Studio’s impressive 2,500 wine selections. To that end, he is instrumental in selecting Studio’s approximately 50 wines by the glass; working in tandem with Studio Executive Chef Craig Strong and the Studio sommelier team to present wine pairings for each item on the private chef’s table and tasting menus.

Previously a sommelier at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, Smith has also served as sommelier at the Ventana Room at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ.

www.montagehotels.com


DIANA SCHWEIGER - DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, SCHWEIGER VINEYARDS

Diana Schweiger grew up in Sonoma County and remembers the days of visiting her grandparents on the Spring Mountain property before there were vineyards, wineries and a lot of traffic on Spring Mountain Rd.

The early years for Diana were about as busy as her life is currently. In addition to being involved as a cheerleader and in student government at Montgomery High School, she was also a competitive figure skater and trained at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. She graduated from CSU Chico in 1991 with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations. She was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and worked in sales for the school newspaper, the Orion. Other summer jobs included a congressional internship in Washington D.C. and a VIP Guest Relations position at Disneyland in Orange County.

In 1991, two weeks after graduation from Chico State, Diana began her professional career at Heublein working as a chain merchandiser in Northern California. From there she was promoted into other positions and then moved onto working in sales management for Paterno Imports, then  Rosemount Estate and most recently, Southcorp Wines. On September 2, 2003, Diana came to work for the family winery full time.

Diana runs the national sales for her family business and spends much of her time coordinating market visits and shares the travel with her winemaker/little brother.  Take a glance at www.schweigervineyards.com and keep up with all the events and wine dinners happening around the country.  Diana also has had the opportunity to sit on the judging panel at the L.A. Wine Competition, represent the Napa Valley Vintners during market visits on local TV news stations, and most recently participate in a commercial for a major world wide business set to air on September 2, 2014.  

Diana and Andy purchased the property adjacent to the vineyard and winery that was originally her Grandparents home. Diana and Andy are avid sports participants and especially enjoy spending time on the lake waterskiing and of course enjoying wine!

www.schweigervineyards.com

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