Based in Seattle Washington, USA, Hayley believes a passion for wine paired with a desire to learn creates a never ending journey. Her wine adventures started in restaurants 15 years ago and she now works for an American based importer. Her accolades include the WSET Diploma in Wine and the VinItaly International Italian Wine Expert certificate.
Russian-born, Valeria has lived and worked in eight countries of Europe and Asia. She started her career in wine in 2009, having obtained a sommelier diploma in Saint-Petersburg, later adding to that a WSET 3 certificate and lately a VIA Italian Wine Ambassador title. She was the winner of the 2018 Best Female Sommelier of Russia and a runner-up in Ruinart Sommelier Challenge France 2019. Based now in Bordeaux, she works as a sommelier at an Italian 1* Michelin restaurant and writes for several Russian wine magazines.