Our Team

The Chelsea Wine Vault Team

When you hold your event with us, you're not just treating your guests to a beautiful event space, you’re also giving them the chance to learn with some of the most knowledgeable wine professionals in New York. Our dedicated team of wine educators and event staff are ready to help you with every step of the planning process. From finding the perfect configuration for your event, to picking out the perfect wines, to planning fun and informative themes, we’ve got you covered. If you have a question, just ask! Get started ›


David Hunter

General Manager

"Drink what you like but be open to trying something new."

Over the years, David has had almost every job possible, but wine is his true vocation. He’s traveled four continents in search of new and exciting wines, and he brings the depth of his experience to each class he teaches. David holds an Advanced Certificate from the WSET, and is currently enrolled in the WSET Diploma & Certified Sommelier Program.

Classes: Wines of Italy, Wine and Chocolate, Southern Hemisphere Superstars, Rhone Valley Wines

John Ferro

Wine Buyer

"Don't get stuck in a rut. There are so many great wines from all parts of the globe. Be open and try as many different wines as you can."

John is such a devoted wine lover, that he’s joined the industry as his second career. He brings his enthusiasm to every class. He’s visited his favorite wineries in Napa to learn more about the winemaking process, but he’s always open to finding new favorite wines from around the world. 

John is also well-versed in wines from Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.

Classes: Napa Valley Reds, Wine 101, All About Burgundy, Wine and Cheese

Krista Lee

Culinary Educator & Corporate Sales/Events

"Finding a new favorite wine should be a regular part of your journey through the wonderful world of wine."

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Krista comes to the wine world with great kitchen experience. This makes her a natural at food and wine pairing, and she’s our culinary expert for food-centric classes. Krista also provides personalized service for our corporate customers.

Krista holds an Advanced WSET.

Classes: Wine & Cheese, Wine & Charcuterie, Wines of Jura, Wine & Food Pairing 101 

Amelia Blair

Events Coordinator

"If you're learning about wine and not having fun, you're doing something wrong."

Amelia was in the process of pursuing a Master's of Social Work when she found her calling in a completely different type of social work. Her years of experience working closely with clients to customize their wine tastings and parties has made her a master of event planning. Amelia brings her dedication, organization, and attention to detail to every event at Chelsea Wine Vault.

Amelia holds an Intermediate WSET.