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Gilian Handelman

GILIAN HANDELMAN
VICE PRESIDENT OF WINE EDUCATION
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

With a career that began as an assistant sommelier in 1987 in the 35,000-bottle cellar of Pierce’s restaurant in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Gilian Handelman couldn’t resist the call of the cellar, moving into wine production in 1988 in Washington State for six harvests in three different wineries.

Handelman was hired in 1994 by Kendall-Jackson as Enologist, where she produced experimental wine, yeast and barrel trials and tracked the 1,500-plus lots of wine made by the winery each year.... READ MORE

GILIAN HANDELMAN
VICE PRESIDENT OF WINE EDUCATION
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

With a career that began as an assistant sommelier in 1987 in the 35,000-bottle cellar of Pierce’s restaurant in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Gilian Handelman couldn’t resist the call of the cellar, moving into wine production in 1988 in Washington State for six harvests in three different wineries.

Handelman was hired in 1994 by Kendall-Jackson as Enologist, where she produced experimental wine, yeast and barrel trials and tracked the 1,500-plus lots of wine made by the winery each year. In 1996, she was tapped to create a comprehensive education program for the winery, where she developed training for KJ’s sales force as well as wine and food education and seminars for trade and consumers.

In 2000, Paige Poulos Communications recruited Gilian as Director of Wine Communications where she developed PR and education plans for winery and industry clients. It was here that the diversity of her skillset was brought together, combining sensory evaluation, winemaking and culinary education with strategic initiatives.

In 2002 Gilian was hired by Wine & Spirits Magazine; as their Director of Marketing and Education she created their lauded “Top 100” event, developed the “Best New Sommelier” program, and coordinated and taught scores of classes at culinary and hospitality schools around the United States.

Propelled by a strong desire to return to the world of vineyards and wineries, she was lured back to Jackson Family Wines in 2008, where she currently directs enterprise education for the family’s 40 wineries around the globe.

Gilian lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two children.

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