Chris Blanchard

Chris Blanchard


Chris Blanchard, MS, has over 25 years in the wine business, opening and creating wine programs for numerous restaurants across the country, and representing some of the Napa Valley's most exclusive wineries.

His restaurant experience includes many years as the Wine Director and Sommelier for REDD Restaurant, where San Francisco Magazine named Chris as the “Critic’s Choice Best Wine Director” naming him as one of the “4 Stars” in the entire San Francisco Bay Area food scene. Forbes Magazine named his wine list at REDD as one of the “Top Wine Lists in the World” and he has been featured in numerous Food & Wine Magazine articles.

As a former rapper and DJ, he scored a Top 20 hit in the late 80’s with “That’s The Way Girls Are” under the name DJ Vitamix, and launched a wine label called “Down By Law”, paying homage to his former hip-hop career. Chris currently resides in the Napa Valley where he is Director of Sales for the iconic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon producer, Vine Hill Ranch Estate.

  • Title: Master Sommelier | Director of Sales, Vine Hill Ranch Estate
  • Location: Napa Valley, CA
  • Years in Industry: 25+