Classic & Cool: Yarra Valley Up Close

Seminar Description

Chris Tanghe MS has worked in restaurants all around the country. He began taking classes with the International Sommelier Guild, which at the time were taught by Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm. The amount of knowledge, excitement & confidence demonstrated by Shayn inspired and convinced Chris to take seriously the pursuit of attempting the Master Sommelier exam.

After achieving his MS Diploma in May of 2013, Chris took on an opportunity to design a new Spanish concept restaurant from the ground up focusing on Catalonian cuisine and wine. Chris hired and trained a complete front of house team and created one of the most unique wine lists in Seattle at the time. He was awarded with Food & Wine’s Sommelier of the Year award for his efforts.

Next came a move to the distribution world where he was a portfolio manager and educator for Vinum Importing servicing Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Maintaining relationships with over 300 producers, weekly staff training and inventory management were added to Chris’ skillset over the course of 2.5 years.

In his new station as Chief Instructor with GuildSomm, Chris will spearhead masterclasses across the country, conduct webinars and contribute editorial content to He is ecstatic to be in a position to pay it forward to the next generation of talented sommeliers and play a prominent role in the professional community. This presentation gives an up to date look at a premium, high quality wine region in Australia which is valuable for changing attendees perceptions of Australian wine.

This session will provide a detailed look at classic and cool wines of the Yarra Valley. The objective is to give the participants a detailed understanding of the climate, soil and diversity of wine styles within the region.


Chris Tanghe, MS

Event Info:

  • Thursday, November 16
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
  • Trade Only
    Medium level of knowledge