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DLynn Proctor      

Master Sommelier, Director at Fantesca Estate & Winery

DLynn Procter is a Master Sommelier and Director at Napa’s Fantesca Estate and Winery. He has extensive experience working with the best in the fine dining business, retail/web sales, fine and rare wine brokerage and international education. He is a former winemaking ambassador for Penfolds, the mega Australian winemaker and became an adjunct instructor at the San Francisco Wine School. Procter has been involved in widespread sensory testing, winemaking, and training with top winemakers in California, Washington, Texas, South Australia, and Italy and is a frequent celebrity judge at wine shows. Proctor is a passionate wine educator in a variety of global forums.

Proctor was named “Best Sommelier in America” by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2008, was a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin Best Sommelier in America Competition in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the National RUDD Scholars of 2011. Proctor has been featured in Decanter, Wine Spectator, Everyday with Rachel Ray, The Tasting Panel, WineSearcher, Huffington Post, The New York Times and many other publications. He was named to Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine ’40 Under 40’ Tastemakers for 2014 and in October 2020 graced the cover of Wine Business Monthly as one of America’s Wine Industry Business Leaders.

Proctor is also one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’, covering the three-year journey through six countries of filming to becoming a coveted Master Sommelier. A follow up film ‘SOMM: Into the Bottle’, was released in 2015, and the third installment SOMM 3, was released in 2018. Procter most recently appeared on screen with a cameo in the Netflix Original film ‘Uncorked,’ where he also earned the title of Associate Producer for his work behind the scenes.

Procter is also the CoFounder of WineUnify, an organization that seeks to provide funding, mentorship, and inclusion for underrepresented minorities in the wine industry.


DLynn Proctor Hopes to Unify and Inspire Wine Lovers
DLynn Proctor is one of the co-founders of Wine Unify, a nonprofit looking to increase diversity in the wine industry through education, and the current director of Napa's Fantesca Estate & Winery.
Always Aiming High: DLynn Proctor Chats Live on His Storied Career
When it comes to wine, very few can match DLynn Proctor's experience and style. The veteran sommelier and director of Napa's Fantesca Estate & Winery is perhaps best recognized for his appearance in the Somm films and his work as associate producer on Netflix's feature film Uncorked.
Dlynn Proctor Associate Producer Netflix film Uncorked Somm
Meet DLynn Proctor, named Best Sommelier in America, a Sommelier by trade, and a star in all of the SOMM films. He is a man who loves hockey, fine wine, single malt scotch and believes in the power of a liquid passport. You might also recognize him from the 2012 documentary, “Somm” — available on SommTV.com — and all 3-films are worth watching. Yes, he is black, yes he is a sommelier and YES this film helps to tell some of his story as a black sommelier.
Sommelier DLynn Proctor Joins Fantesca as Director
Fantesca today announced that DLynn Proctor, former winemaking ambassador for Penfolds, will join Fantesca as director, effective ...

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