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 ›


Chris Penwarden, Dip WSET

Business Development and Fine Wine Specialist

 "I love chatting to our customers and helping them to get the best out of their chosen bottle of wine."

Our charming wine expert from across the pond, Chris has completed the rigorous WSET diploma course, and loves sharing his knowledge with customers and students. He brings a sense of history and humor to his work, and never gets hung up on the so-called wine rules. 

Classes: Drinkable History, Old World vs New World, Blind Tasting, Wine 201

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