Sommeliers Kelli White and Scott Brenner both came to PRESS from high profile positions in New York City in order to be closer to the pulse of winemaking activity. Kelli White began her wine industry career as general manager and wine buyer for University Wine Shop in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her proximity to Harvard University and the infamy of her tastings led to a brief teaching position there. Following a wine internship in Burgundy, she settled in New York City. She sold wine for Domaine Select for two years; worked at Tuthilltown Distillery in upstate New York; and ultimately became head sommelier at one of New York’s finest restaurant’s, Veritas where she managed one of the world’s greatest wine lists. She moved to Napa Valley in May of 2010 where she joined the team at PRESS Restaurant and occasionally talks her way into the tutelage of local winemakers. An avid writer, she is also a contributing journalist for many websites and wine publications, including Organic Wine Journal, World of Fine Wine, Robb Report and Sommelier Journal.
Scott Brenner started as a sommelier in Seattle, where he worked at Kimpton Hotel Group’s The Painted Table, Wolfgang Puck’s ObaChine, and at Avenue One. On the east coast he guided guests through an extensive French wine list at the famed White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island. Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer then hired him as wine director for his original New York restaurant, Aureole where Scott gained notoriety for his wine and exceptional wine pairing ability. After five years Scott left to found Clo, a cutting-edge wine bar in the Time-Warner Building. He helped develop a rotating by-the-glass choice of 100 of the world’s greatest wines in a very innovative setting. His latest post in New York was as sommelier at Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsey in the London Hotel. Looking to move to wine country to “get his fingernails dirty”, he joined the ranks at PRESS in May 2010. He enjoys brushing elbows with the Napa locals and is proud of his work on PRESS’ extensive, all-Napa Valley wine list that stretches back to the late 1950s.
Angela Stem joined the team during the summer of 2012, when she moved to St. Helena, California, from her four-year post as General Manager of Ghidotti’s Italian Restaurant and Wahso Asian Grill in Park City, Utah. Both restaurants are part of Utah’s largest restaurant group, Bill White Enterprises. Previously, Stem was Wine Consultant/General Manager for the Springdale Liquor Association, a regional conglomerate of seven liquor stores, where she wrote monthly wine articles for two different magazines, Celebrate and Citiscapes, and achieved her Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators. Angela’s career in the restaurant industry began in her home state of Arkansas, where she worked at a number of restaurants in the resort town of Eureka Springs and in Fayetteville.