Todd Lipman, C.S. is Wine Director for both the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival (Nantucket, MA) and the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival (Newport, RI). A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Todd has called Boston home for over 20 years, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University’s Department of Classical Studies. Todd has worked with top Boston chefs and restaurateurs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer at K.O. Prime, Marisa Iocco at South End Galleria and Bricco, Babak and Azita Bina at Bin 26 Enoteca and Chef Daniel Bruce, as Wine Director at the Boston Harbor Hotel. He spent seven years as Head Sommelier and Beverage Director of the Award-Winning, Bistro du Midi with acclaimed Chef, Robert Sisca. Throughout his tenure, his wine program was granted Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence and his wine list had been dubbed “one of the city’s most formidable” by Bon Appetit Magazine. Three-time winner of Boston’s Best Sommelier Award, 2011 & 2015 from Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine in 2014, Todd openly offers his industry experience to the next generation of sommeliers and is a frequent guest lecturer, occasional contributing wine writer and has been both Competitor and Judge for StarChefs Somm Slam. With his own business under the SommWerks Consulting banner, Todd continues to work on various restaurant and private consulting projects and regularly contributes to James Beard Taste America (Boston) and various other wine events around the country. He can also be found at Craigie on Main (Cambridge, MA) with James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Tony Maws, where he is currently the Sommelier-In-Residence.