About SommSelect

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Master Sommelier Ian Cauble co-founded SommSelect in 2014, seeking to deliver sommelier-curated wines direct to the consumer. Ian currently leads an expert team in selecting wines for SommSelect’s daily offers, which are presented in rich detail and sent via email to our growing list of subscribers.

After graduating with a degree in International Business, Wine Business, and Spanish at Sonoma State University in 2003, Ian worked a harvest in Portugal, which subsequently launched his wine career. In 2011, Ian won the ‘Best Young Sommelier in the World’ competition in Athens and that same year, took first place at TOP|SOMM in the United States. He was then featured in the cult-classic wine documentary, SOMM, in 2012, which chronicled his quest to become a Master Sommelier.

At the start of 2017, SommSelect brought in veteran sommelier and wine writer David Lynch as Editorial Director. In this role, David shapes the site’s content, adding his voice to our daily offers and striving to make SommSelect the most authoritative and entertaining wine seller in e-commerce. Perhaps best known for co-authoring the award-winning Vino Italiano (and for his 7 years as Wine Director, then GM, of New York’s Babbo Ristorante), David has a unique skill set: He was a Senior Editor at Wine & Spirits magazine and, more recently, a columnist for Bon Appétit; on the restaurant side, he was more recently the Wine Director at San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Quince, and later at his own restaurant, St. Vincent. He’s one of very few people to win James Beard Awards for both Journalism (2001) and Restaurant Wine Service (2004).

In February of 2019, SommSelect added to their executive team. Wine industry expert and process specialist, Karen Roche, became CEO. Roche is well regarded in the wine industry for her role as COO of The WineTasting Network (WineTasting.com; Ambrosia.com), one of the earliest online wine ecommerce and fulfillment operations developed for Napa and Sonoma wineries in the early 2000s. In addition to The WineTasting Network (acquired by 1-800-FLOWERS), her experience includes roles as President of Streetwise Reports, and Partner at Sibson and Company Management Consulting.

The SommSelect team works closely with top vendors and winemakers, tasting constantly in search of the most memorable bottles—from bottles you can pour tonight to ‘collectibles’ destined for your cellar.

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