World-Renowned Judges (2017)
TRACI DUTTON (CA USA)
Wine & Beverage Faculty; C.I.A. California
Traci Dutton serves as the Sommelier in the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America. With the goal of creating Ms. Dutton worked in New York City for 14 years before moving to California. She specialized in Italian wines with her first Sommelier position at Andiamo! and then immersed herself in French wines by joining staff at the 3 star Montrachet, under the direction of Daniel Johnnes. Ms. Dutton worked as a consultant for several other restaurants in New York at various times specializing in mixology, beer, organic wines and the wines of the northeastern United States.
Ms. Dutton wide ranging experience as a wine judge in numerous competitions. She has judged the Dallas Morning New Wine Competition and the LA County Fair "Wines of the World" Competition, two of the largest competitions in the country. Her special interest is in passing on the belief that most wine should be for everyday drinking and to continue to find places which produce.