Christie Dufault is a San Francisco based sommelier and wine educator. She is member of the faculty at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley, where she has been an instructor for nine years. Previously, Christie worked as the wine director for some of the Nation’s finest restaurants including Gary Danko in San Francisco, where she was featured on the Food Network and earned the Grand Award from the Wine Spectator. As the head sommelier at Quince, Christie was awarded “Best Wine Director 2007” by San Francisco Magazine. In 2009, Christie helped open RN74 restaurant in San Francisco, and remains a consultant on the project. Considered an authority on hospitality, Christie routinely conducts seminars on a variety of service subjects, and is a regular guest lecturer at the San Francisco Wine School. She is also a regular contributor to the publications, Sommelier Journal and Pro Chef Magazine.