Chantal Tseng loves just about anything fermented and poured, as she tells it, but especially wine, tea and cocktails. She’s turned that love into over 20 years of serving drinks as a bartender, bar manager and part-time Sommelier.
She is a co-founder of Redeye Menus, a sherry pairing dinner social club that pairs sherry with Asian food. You might also find Chantal freelancing as a Sherry educator, promoting the local library, or just doing some chalk art. Her regularly scheduled passion of the last five years is running the “Literary Cocktails” series formerly based out of the Reading Room of Petworth Citizen, most recently re-located to the upstairs bar at The Gibson, where every weekend she creates specialty cocktail menus that are inspired by classic and contemporary literature. She also was named EaterDC’s 2013 Bartender of the Year and one of Daily Meal’s 25 Top Bartenders in America.
A true student of all things liquid, she is a Bar Ready graduate of the B.A.R. program, a Certified Sommelier via the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Sherry Educator from the Consejo Regulador in Jerez. She also plays a mean game of pool. You can find her posting regularly on Twitter and Instagram as @shinobipaws.
Adam founded VinePair with Josh Malin with one simple goal: create a publication he actually wanted to read in a space he was extremely passionate about. Since founding the publication Adam has become recognized as an authority on how to make the drinks world accessible to everyone as well as on the ever evolving media landscape. He is the winner of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup American Wine-Tasting Championship and holds an MBA from NYU Stern.
Shannon Mustipher is a spirit’s educator, cocktail consultant, and expert of rum and cane spirits.In 2014, she became the Beverage Director of Glady’s Caribbean in Brooklyn and has poured cocktails in settings ranging from neighborhood pubs to Michelin restaurants. In addition to working with several spirits brands across a range of categories, she is one of the founding members of Women Leading Rum, an organization dedicated to providing education and professional development for industry and trade professionals.
In 2018, she launched Women Who Tiki, a tropical cocktail-centric popup that gathers a team of women bartenders to share their talents and collaborate on creating a one night only experience, which has been featured at Rumba Seattle, Tiki Oasis, and NY Cocktail Expo’s Rum Room. Shannon’s writing, cocktail recipes, and opinions have been featured in several publications, including Punch.com, GQ.com, Liquor.com, New York Magazine, Design Sponge, and the Huffington Post, and she has been a panelist and presenter at Bar Convent Brooklyn, NY Rum Rest, The Museum of Food and Drink, and Food Book Fair NYC.
She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and enjoys traveling, cooking, and collecting “too many books.” Shannon has also written the popular cocktail book, TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails, transporting readers to an endless vacation through drinks.