JULY: Chelsea Hoff & DLynn Proctor
Ladies & Gents please help us welcome Sir DLynn Proctor (still waiting to be knighted) and Mademoiselle Chelsea Hoff to the stage as our fourth (and fifth :)) preachers!! This fearless duo will be joining us on July 29th to spread the gospel of Chelsea’s brand new rose (aptly dubbed Fearless), the ethos behind Fantesca Estate & Winery (DLynn’s current professional home) and drop some wine knowledge from their combined winemaking and tasting experience. It’s time to drink pink!
Most notably known as “Busser of the Week,” one fateful week in 1996 ;-) DLynn Proctor has extensive experience working just about every position a restaurant has to offer with a number of Michelin starred chefs. But in all seriousness, some may recognize him as one of the four sommeliers featured in the Somm movie (or from the second film or soon to be released third Somm movie). Others may know him from his impressive career as Winemaking Ambassador for Penfolds throughout the globe. A few of you may have caught a glimpse of him in Dallas, Adelaide or Vegas at one of the many restaurants he’s helmed and there’s a chance some of you may even have had the opportunity to call him ‘teach’ if you were a student of his at the San Francisco Wine School and prestigious universities.
Throughout his 15 years as a prominent figure in the beverage & hospitality industry, DLynn has established himself as a guru in everything from retail/web sales, to corporate sales, marketing strategy, sensory testing, to winemaking and beyond. Whether you’ve crossed his path before or only know him from the big screen the point is, we are very excited to welcome such a well-rounded, well-studied and well-dressed fellow Somm as our next preacher. As a well-seasoned professional he is able to sing the gospel on everything from international wine travel, to the brokerage of rare & fine wine deals, to what it’s like to work your way up from busser of the week to “Best New Sommelier in America” (Wine & Spirits 2008), a finalist in the esteemed The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin ‘Best Sommelier in America Competition’ (2008 & 2009), a “Top ’40 Under 40’ Tastemaker for 2014“ (Wine Enthusiast 2014), creator of “Best Dressed Sommelier” (GQ Magazine 2014 & 2015) and more! When he’s not globe trotting or moderating at a fabulous event you can usually find him parked at PRESS’s bar enjoying a beer or negroni.
Chelsea Hoff’s entre into the wine world began at a young age as her parents established Fantesca in 2004. Catching the winemaking bug early on (Miss Hoff used to make mixtures of shampoo, shower gel & lotion before setting them aside to ‘age’) Chelsea immediately immersed herself in all things Fantesca upon moving to St. Helena in 2007. After graduating from St. Helena High School, Chelsea accepted her spot at UC Davis with vigor, determined to soak up everything she could about viticulture, viniculture and winemaking. During her time at Davis, she was able to intern in Italy and Dijon, FR which opened up the opportunity for her to be Chateau Smith Haut Lafite’s harvest intern upon graduating in August 2015.
Not ready to head back to Cali yet, Chelsea also did a harvest internship in Australia’s Barossa Valley at Charles Melton Wines before returning home to work under Heidi Barrett in the family biz. Ready to branch out on her own, Chelsea launched her brand Fearless Wines in January 2017 and released her first 100% Grenache Rose sourced entirely from Amador County in early 2018. When she’s not in the vineyard, up at Fantesca or hosting one of Fearless’ amazing ‘pick up’ parties, Chelsea can be found at PRESS with her parents sipping on 1997 Heitz Martha’s or Dominus’ new project, Ulysses.