Shayn Bjornholm

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Shayn followed the logical path to the wine world: career schizophrenia with furious forays into completely unrelated professions in architecture and acting on both coasts before discovering he actually loved beverage service wherever he was. Freed, he ascended quickly: Wine Director for the world-class Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, Education Director for the Washington State Wine Commission and now the Examination Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas. Along the way, he has moonlighted as a frequent speaker at illustrious gastronomic events such as this (and Nantucket Wine Festival and Pebble Beach Food & Wine), wine columnist for Seattle Magazine, featured sommelier in numerous publications like Food and Wine Magazine and Wall Street Journal, a “Most Trustworthy Sommelier in the United States” as named by GQ Magazine and brief-but-memorable-to-his-loved-ones performer in the well-received documentary SOMM. He earned his Master Sommelier Diploma on his first effort in 2005 (garnering the coveted Krug Cup, the 10th in the world to have achieved this distinction at that time). More than anything, Shayn enjoys chaperoning wine-lovers to their next great discovery; he is thrilled to return to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen to do exactly that.