What Would a Good Wine Teacher Look Like?
It’s one thing to know a lot about wine. But it’s something else entirely to be a good teacher.
A good wine teacher should enjoy helping people at all levels of expertise learn; not just experts and Napa regulars. Second, they should know a thing or two about what other people like about wine; not just their own preferences. And third, yes…they should probably know a bit about wine, in a formal sense.
Wine Fluent owner and founder, Sean Trapani, does his best to capture all three aspects to create the best learning experiences possible. He’s been a teacher in higher education (5 years full-time, 5 years adjunct). He spent 20 years on the creative side of the advertising business. He’s tended bar. And he’s a retail wine consultant on the side.
Sean also has formal wine training. He went to London to attend one of the world’s most prestigious sommelier schools, the London Wine & Spirit School, where he earned his advanced certification in wines and spirits (WSET Level 3).
Today, Sean teaches “un-classes” to Wine Fluent clients, runs a small wine group for enthusiasts, and works as a retail wine consultant in the Ocala, Florida area. He continues to be an adjunct professor for a “little” art and design school based in Savannah, GA. To stay current in the field, he is pursuing his Certified Specialist of Wine designation with the Society of Wine Educators and is a member of both the Guild of Sommeliers and French Wine Society.
In his downtime, Sean is an avid photographer, blogger and traveller.