DLynn Proctor has been a prominent figure in the wine industry for over 10 years. He comes to Penfolds with extensive experience working with the best in the fine dining business, retail/web sales, fine and rare wine brokerage, and international education.
Drawn to Penfolds by the winery’s ethos, DLynn is a passionate ambassador, instrumental to the Penfolds education programs, media relations and Re-corking Clinics across the United States and Canada. He often contributes to food and wine content and to TV shows and print magazines. In addition, he travels extensively to speak publicly and represent this iconic brand to customers, consumers, journalists, and distributors in a variety of global forums.
DLynn has been involved in widespread sensory testing, winemaking, and training with top winemakers in California, Washington, Texas, South Australia, and Italy and is an adjunct lecturer and wine show judge at some of the world’s most famous universities and wine shows.
Named ‘Best Sommelier in America’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2008, DLynn was also a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin ‘Best Sommelier in America Competition’ in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the National RUDD Scholars of 2011. DLynn has been featured in publications such as Decanter, Wine Spectator, Everyday with Rachel Ray, GQ, WineSearcher, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. He was most recently named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine’s Top ’40 Under 40’ Tastemaker’s for 2014.
DLynn is also one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’, covering the three year journey through six countries of filming to becoming a coveted Master Sommelier. A follow up film ‘SOMM: Into the Bottle’, will be released in 2015.