About the Author
BOB LIPINSKI Bob Lipinski, a Certified Sommelier, is Vice President-Brand Management and Education for Grapes On The Go, Inc., "A Cutting Edge Beverage Marketing Management Group." He is also the Dean of U.S. and International Studies of the Epicurean Institute, which offers "sommelier" and "culinary" study both in Italy and the United States. Bob is the author of four books-The International Beverage Dictionary, Professional Beverage Management, The Complete Beverage Dictionary, and Professional Guide To Alcoholic Beverages. Bob was also a college professor of Hotel, Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts at N.Y. Institute of Technology and a visiting professor at the Culinary Institute of America. As a professional speaker, entertainer, and educator, Bob has conducted seminars worldwide. He has given presentations to businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, trade shows, and conventions. He taught the Executive Staff at The White House "How-To Pair Wine with Food," "Proper Wine Service," and "Sensory Evaluation Skills." He also has extensive television and radio experience as a host, writer, producer, and guest. Bob has also worked as a consulting enologist and viticulturist. GARY GRUNNER Gary Grunner is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Grapes On The Go, Inc., "A Cutting Edge Beverage Marketing Management Group." He is a 25-year veteran in the wine and spirits industry and has been fortunate to have worked with some of today's most successful importers and distributors in the wine business. His philosophy is very simple-"out of the box thinking, detailed customer service, utilize today's cutting edge technology, and partner with other top industry people in the field to deliver a successful program for his clients." He currently calls New York and Le Marche, Italy, home. He is the first to say his Italian wine career started in 1982, when he spent a semester in Italy as a college student where he fell in love with Italian wines, Italian culture, discovered regional Italian cuisine, and the Italian "zest" for life. In 2009, Gary was the Silver Award recipient of The Italian Trade Commission Distinguished Service Award for the work he has done promoting, educating, and building Italian wines in the United States.