Kelli White

Kelli Audrey White is the Director of Education for the Napa Valley Reserve. Just prior, she was the Senior Staff Writer for GuildSomm, where her work won two Roederer Awards for excellence in wine writing. Before committing fully to writing, her work as a sommelier, first at New York City’s Veritas and then at PRESS in St. Helena, was covered by many of the wine industry’s top publications, including Food & Wine, Vinous, The Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, World of Fine Wine, and Forbes; in 2013 she was named one of Food & Wine’s top ten sommeliers in the country. Her writing has appeared in World of Fine Wine, Robb Report, Sommelier Journal, Le Pan, and Vinous. At Vinous, Kelli was a key member of the maps team, and worked with famed Italian cartographer Alessandro Masnaghetti to map many of the appellations of Napa Valley. She made a brief appearance in 2015’s documentary Somm II: Into the Bottle and currently can be seen on multiple episodes of SommTV. Her book, Napa Valley, Then & Now, was released in November of 2015 and has received enormous critical acclaim, winning both the IACP award for Best New Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book and a Graphis design award. In October of 2016, Kelli led a wine tasting seminar at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. She was nominated for Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year (2017) by Wine Enthusiast magazine, who then named her a top 40 Under 40 wine influencer in 2018. Most recently, she contributed to the 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine.