Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios


Dewey Markham JrDewey Markham, Jr. has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Cinema from New York University. He is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Post-graduation, he received a fellowship as an editorial assistant engaged in research and writing for the school’s textbook, The New Professional Chef.

From 1986 to 1989 Markham lived in Paris, where he was a director of the French cooking school L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne where he introduced a wine studies program to the curriculum.

He has worked  for two of New York's leading wine shops, Morrell and Company and  Sherry-Lehmann Wines and Spirits; in addition, he has authored Wine Basics (published in the United States by John Wiley and Sons), an introductory book for the beginning wine drinker that has gone through seventeen printings to date.

Since 1993 Markham has lived and worked in Bordeaux, where he wrote 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification, published in 1997 to critical and professional acclaim. It was winner of the James Beard award for wine book of the year.

He holds a degree in wine tasting from the School of Oenology at Bordeaux University and is an accomplished lecturer on the Bordeaux region and its wines.

Words on Dewey’s teach style (feedback from Wine Scholar Guild Conference 2010 attendees):

“Dewey is an excellent speaker; great presentation”
“Enjoyed and learned; great presentation”
“I thought his talk was super-informative.”
“Entertaining and engaging speaker”
“Best speaker of the whole conference”
“Great presenter”

Charles Curtis, MW

Head of North American Wine Sales, Christie’s

Charle’s professional career began as a chef who trained at the Cordon Bleu Paris. He worked in restaurants around the world before moving to the wine wholesale and importer arena in NY. Most recently, he was Director of Wine and Spirit Education for Moët Hennessy USA.

Curtis became the 22nd Master of Wine in the United States in October of 2004.  Through the years, he has garnered a number of honors, including the prestigious “Bourse André Crispin” in 2002, presented by the Commanderie de Bordeaux aux Etats-Unis, of which he is now a member.  He is on the board of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America).

Words on Charles’ teaching style (feedback from Wine Scholar Guild Conference 2010 attendees):

“What a treat! Worth the money and the trip from far away. Star of the show!”
“This was the most fun! Loved this! Wish we could do it for half a day!”
“Excellent speaker”
“His presentation was worth the admission I paid for the entire conference, excellent”
“His guided tasting was invaluable.”
“Enjoyed and learned…great experience”

Jay Youmans, Master of Wine

Jay has been involved in the wine industry for nearly 30 years.  He owns Rock Creek Wine Merchants LLC. and The Capital Wine School, He is a Certified Burgundy Wine Educator, an Advanced Level Sommelier, a Certified Wine Educator, and a Master of Wine.

Jay is the 21st American to pass the MW exam, considered the most difficult of its kind in the world. His dissertation was on cool climate viticulture. He also won the Vina Errazuriz award for an outstanding paper on the business of wine.


Fiona Morrison MW is an independent wine writer and consultant with over 30 years of international experience in the fine wine business on both sides of the Atlantic.   Born in America of British Parents, she was raised and educated in France and Britain before starting off her career first as a journalist and then in the fine wine business for Anthony Terlato, Seagram Château & Estates and the Wines of Bordeaux (C.I.V.B.)

Since her marriage to Jacques Thienpont,   Belgian wine négociant and owner of Le Pin in Pomerol in 1997, Fiona divides her time between Belgium and Bordeaux.   Winner of numerous awards for her wine journalism including the James Beard Award and the Prix Lanson, and co-chairman and organiser of the 2010 Master of Wine Symposium in Bordeaux, Fiona runs the family wine négociant business in Belgium and writes, consults and lectures about wine throughout the world when not working with her husband at Le Pin or at L’IF, their recently purchased vineyard on the plateau of Saint Emilion. She also sits on the board of directors of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London and the C.M.B. international shipping company in Antwerp.


In 1993, Roger became one of the first Americans to pass the Master of Wine (“MW”) examination administered by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. For ten years he dedicated himself to the MW cause, first as Education Coordinator of the North American educational program, then as Chairman of the No. American Advisory Board, leading the formation of the non-profit Institute of Masters of Wine (No. America), where he served three terms as its first President.

Roger has worked for two national importers, last as Senior Vice President-Marketing for Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, where he directed a team in brand management, advertising, and public relations. He acted as buyer and liaison with wineries in a dozen countries, and also developed training and education for the firm’s staff and wholesale clients.

More recently, he set up the U.S. affiliate of Millesima, S.A., Europe’s leader in direct sales of fine wines to consumers via mail order and the internet. At present, he is an independent educator, speaker and consultant. Visit Roger's website:

His articles and writing have appeared in Wine Business Monthly, Santé Magazine for restaurant professionals, and The Business of Wine – An Encyclopedia. Roger also provides the “Wine Q&A” replies to questions posted on

Words on Roger’s teaching style (feedback from past students and hosts):
“You have an amazing talent in your ability to succinctly and clearly convey a great deal of knowledge” – Great Wine Seminar, Florida
“You received so many accolades from the audience – far more than any other speaker” – Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh
“You put on one of the most enjoyable and educational tastings I have had the honor of attending” – California State University, Fresno, Dept of Enology
“Your presentation was outstanding” – Sonoma County Grape Growers
“Your presentation romanticized the wines and literally brought them to life” – Epcot Wine Festival, Walt Disney World
“The SWE would like to have you back as a speaker…your evaluations in  both sessions were extremely high and the sessions were very popular” – Society of Wine Educators


Debra Meiburg MWA resident of Hong Kong for nearly 25 years, Debra Meiburg MW is an award-winning wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and corporate speaker.

Along with producing the first-ever Guide to the Hong Kong Wine Trade, Debra is presenter in the wine television series Taste the Wine, delivers one-minute video wine tips called Grape Moments via China’s metro-city taxis and has developed a chic suite of “edutainment” tools for wine students and aficionados.

She is a long-time wine columnist with the South China Morning Post, has worked at wineries on four continents and is a champion of the wine industry in Asia.


Andrew Jefford

Andrew has been a freelance drinks journalist and broadcaster since the 1980s expressing his passion about the business through many avenues including the Evening Standard and BBC Radio Four.

He has written twelve books including the widely admired The New France, Peat Smoke and Spirit, and the Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.

During 2009, Andrew was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and served as Wine Writer in Residence to the Wine 2030 Research Network.

He has won a number of distinctions for his work, including eight Glenfiddich Awards and three successive Roederer Awards.




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