Nathan L. Engle: Nathan is a climate change and water management specialist, currently working for a large international development institution in Washington, DC. A Pennsylvania native, he has also lived in California, Michigan, and Chicago. He has been to dozens of countries around the world, and his travels are a reflection of his wine preferences; enjoying many short visits and favoring experimentation over the familiar. If he had to choose, his “comfort” wines would be Côtes do Rhône reds (although the whites are quite tasty too), Sonoma Coast Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and Portuguese reds. He is also a big advocate of local Maryland and Virginia wines. A visit to Stellenbosch and Paarl in 2001 exposed Nate to the world of wine, and he has been steadfastly searching for the perfect plot of land to grow his own wine ever since. To prepare himself for this fate, Nate has been buying grapes and making wine for the past eight years, and he recently planted and began cultivating several rows of barbera at his home in Maryland.
Sheridan S. McKinney: Sheridan works as an attorney, policy consultant, and part-time law professor in international trade and investment in Washington, DC. He spent the better part of his twenties playing in indie rock bands and painting, while tending bar by night in Louisville, KY. During several years bouncing around Latin America and Iberian Europe, as well as living in Miami, he gained a taste for Latin, Iberian, and Caribbean flavors, not to mention Southern spirits and wines. Most recently, close ties to Vietnam and Eastern Europe have further broadened his favorites list. An early evangelist for the quality of Spanish wines in the mid-1990’s and Argentine offerings in the early 2000’s, he’s most recently undertaken to tackle the daunting task of getting better acquainted with Italian wines, as well as discovering the glory of the Portuguese table wine revival. Sheridan makes a mean paella, about a hundred variations on ceviche, and just might know the old man that signed the label of your bourbon bottle.