St. Louis Wine Cats

Demystify Wine

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Meet Jeff Callahan, CSW

Jeff Callahan got into wine while moonlighting as a Wine Steward at Porter's Steakhouse and Cigar Bar in Collinsville, IL in 1998. That position expanded into teaching a weekly wine class, hosting wine dinners, leading local winery tours, advising the annual Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Wine and Food Expo, and hosting various wine-related events. Jeff went on to become a certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2001.  When Jeff met Scott Sutter in 2004, he discovered that they shared the dream of drawing wine drinkers together from around the St. Louis area. Now Jeff is excited to see their dream of lining up fun and educational wine events, as well as creating opportunities for wine drinkers to become friends, becoming a reality!

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Meet Scott Sutter

Scott Sutter met Jeff Callahan in 2004 at a wine event at Porter's Steakhouse and Cigar Bar. The two hit it off and the Wine Cats were formed. Scott's love for wine started in college and continued into his professional career as Vice President of Mount Pleasant Winery and as President of Chandler Hill Vineyards. Recently, Scott has begun his own business with focus of consulting to the wine industry and has worked at Cedar Lake Cellars as VP of Wine Operations.  Other wine societies he's involved with are Chevalier's du Taste Vin and Compagnons du Vin.  His favorite wines are from Burgundy and Carneros.