DLynn Proctor has been a figure in the wine industry for 20 years. He comes to Fantesca with extensive experience working with the best in the fine dining business, retail/web sales, fine and rare wine brokerage, and international education. DLynn, a passionate ambassador, is instrumental in winery education programs, media relations, and radio across the Americas and Europe. He often contributes to food and wine content and to TV shows and print magazines. In addition, he travels extensively to speak publicly and represent this iconic brand to collectors, consumers, journalists, and distributors in a variety of global forums. DLynn has been involved in widespread sensory testing, winemaking, and training with top winemakers in California, Washington, Texas, South Australia, and Italy and is an adjunct lecturer and wine show judge at some of the world’s most famous universities and wine shows.
Named ‘Best Sommelier in America’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2008, DLynn was also a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin ‘Best Sommelier in America Competition’ in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the National RUDD Scholars of 2011. DLynn has been featured in publications such as GQ Magazine, Decanter, Wine Spectator, Esquire, Forbes, WineSearcher, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and a multitude of others. He was bestowed the honour as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine’s Top ’40 Under 40’ Tastemaker’s for 2014, and in October 2020 graced the cover of Wine Business Monthly as one of America’s Wine Industry Business Leaders.
DLynn has been featured in the Peacock Original TV Series Hart to Heart, as Kevin Hart’s sommelier; and is one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’. A follow up film ‘SOMM: Into the Bottle’, was released in 2015, and the third installment SOMM 3, was released in 2018. The SommTV streaming service launched in fall 2019, slating Somm 4: Cup of Salvation, to be released fall 2022.
DLynn has most recently appeared on screen with a cameo in the Netflix Original film ‘Uncorked,’ where he also earned the title of Associate Producer for his work behind the scenes, and is co-founder of the non-profit Wine Unify.
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