Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center Faculty

Sandy Block, MW

Sandy Block attained certification as a Master of Wine from the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine in 1992. He is vice president of beverage operations at Legal Sea Foods and frequently lectures at wine festivals both regional and national. Sandy is also wine editor of the Improper Bostonian, a monthly columnist for the Massachusetts’ Beverage Business, and has contributed to the Quarterly Review of Wines, Boston Magazine, International Wine Review, Wine Enthusiast, Santé: The Magazine for Restaurant Professionals, Wine & Spirits, Cheers, and Sommelier Journal, among many other publications. He has an MA in history, and has worked as both a sommelier and vice president of several wholesale and importing companies.

Bill Nesto, MW

Bill Nesto holds the prestigious Master of Wine certification awarded by the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine, which represents a thorough knowledge of the international wine business, sciences, and arts. Bill is co-author of The World of Sicilian Wine (University of California Press), which won the 2013 Andrè Simon Award for best book in the “drink” category. He is a frequent guest lecturer and judge at international wine competitions. Bill’s prior experience in the wine world includes time as an award-winning sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston, wine director of a food and wine festival, managing director of an Italian wine-tour company, and wine journalist for several publications—including Massachusetts Beverage Business and Gastronomica

Stacy Woods

A Certified Wine Educator (CWE), Stacy Woods has multifaceted experience in the wine industry. In addition to her duties at Boston University, she serves as a retail consultant and journalist. She is the wine columnist for Worcester Living Magazine and contributes to several online publications. Her wine-tasting notes can be found at delectable.com.  

Beth Ann Dahan

A Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW), Beth Ann Dahan has earned diplomas from the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center and Le Cordon Bleu in London, as well as an MBA from Northeastern University. She previously owned a Boston-area café and catering business, and is now the director of Vela Wines, a company that produces and imports wines from the Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she owns a vineyard with her husband and business partner.

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