Sheri Sauter Morano, Master of Wine

Sheri Sauter Morano MW found her interest in wine initially sparked during a trip to Italy when she was 17. She began her formal wine education at the International Wine Center (IWC) in New York City in 1997 following graduating Magna cum Laude from Duke University, where she earned a B.A. with distinction in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Classical Studies with a minor in Art History.

At the IWC, where she later became an instructor, Sheri completed the WSET® Intermediate Certificate in 1998 and the WSET® Advanced Certificate in 1999. In October of 2000 she became one of the youngest Americans to complete the WSET® Diploma and the following year passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam designed by the Society of Wine Educators to promote higher standards among wine educators in the United States. In November 2003, Sheri became the youngest American woman to earn the esteemed title Master of Wine, considered the highest level of certification one can obtain in the wine trade.

With a background anchored in interdisciplinary studies, Sheri enjoys working in a variety of fields within the wine industry. She is a partner at Wine Ring, the market leader in consumer preference technology, and also consults for a number of companies including Rutherford Wine Company, Nomacorc and Strategic Insights, Inc., a full-service marketing research firm. In 2012, she founded the Triangle Wine School which offers the WSET certifications to wine lovers and trade professionals in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Sheri also serves as a Senior Account Advisor for Chai Consulting, which under the direction of Maureen Downey specializes in wine cellar planning and inventory management strategies as well as fine & rare wine authentication. Sheri has contributed articles to such publications as The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia, The World of Wine and Wine Business Monthly and has been featured in numerous magazines and online publications including O Magazine, Maxim, Marie Claire, Bloomberg News and Fortune. She has also appeared on television and radio shows around the United States as well as in France and Argentina. Sheri has traveled extensively throughout the world’s major grape-growing regions. An experienced wine judge, Sheri has judged at competitions in the UK, Argentina and the US including the International Wine Challenge, the Argentina Wine Awards, TexSom, The Virginia Governor’s Cup and the Tri-Cities Wine Festival.

Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, son, and an assortment of dogs, cats, fish and birds.  In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling and cooking.