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.

Sheri currently works as an independent wine educator, consultant, writer and judge. Since 2004, she has served as the spokesperson for the Wines of France campaign in the United States, educating American consumers about French wines. She also works for Strategic Insights, a full-service marketing research firm, where she specializes in handling the firm’s beverage research. 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, the Dallas Morning News/TexSom Wine Competition, 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 cats and dogs.  In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling and cooking.

Mary Margaret McCamic, DWS

Mary Margaret’s background is in education; she holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an M.A. in Teaching, also from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her interest in wine led her to New York City, where she studied at the International Wine Center and obtained multiple certifications through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  She completed both the Intermediate and Advanced Certificates with Distinction, and in 2011, earned the WSET® Diploma with Merit.  Her overall performance on the Diploma earned her the Wines of Australia Scholarship, which is awarded to each of the highest scoring graduates in five different markets around the world.

Mary Margaret is also an instructor at The Chef’s Academy, an accredited culinary school in Morrisville, North Carolina, where she teaches wine, writing, and communication courses. She has taught classes for consumers at A Southern Season and has led workshops at local wine events such as TerraVITA.  Mary Margaret recently launched The Clever Vine, a wine consulting service that specializes in private education courses for consumers, private wine events, and cellar management.

Prior to returning home to Chapel Hill, Mary Margaret served as the Cellar Master at New York City’s Balthazar. She later worked for Wineberry, a small, French-focused importer and distributor based in Manhattan. She has worked in retail, including Chapel Hill Wine Company and A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, as well as Harlem Vintage and Appellation Wine & Spirits in New York City.

Currently, Mary Margaret lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband Nathan, who is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute.  There’s almost always a bottle of wine open and something delicious cooking in the kitchen.