Meet our Wine Panel
When you join our Wine Club, you'll receive two great bottles each month that are hand-selected by WineStyles and then analyzed and evaluated by our wine panel. Comprised of Doug Frost, independent Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, and Sean Parisi, Certified Specialist of Wine, our panel provides expert guidance in selecting and discovering great wines from boutique wineries around the world. This collaborative process results in a group of wines that are offered at great prices at WineStyles. Our wine panel also determines a rating for each wine selected: a BRONZE STAR (a solid, value wine), a SILVER STAR (a very good value wine) or a GOLD STAR (an excellent value wine).
Our wine panel will guide you through the selection process with the type of honest and thoughtful advice that you’d expect from a good friend and the expertise and knowledge you’ve come to count on from WineStyles Tasting Station. We invite you to join our Wine Club and learn more about our panel members below.
Master of Wine
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and almost two decades later he is still one of only three people in the world to have achieved both these remarkable distinctions.
According to USA Today, "Frost likely knows as much as anyone in the world about how to make, market, serve and identify wines." The Wine Spectator has also bestowed the accolade of Master of Spirits on Mr. Frost, and he is one of the founders of BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource), considered by most industry professionals to be the preeminent education and examining body for the spirits and cocktail industry. He continues to teach and examine for BAR and within the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine programs. Mr. Frost's love of wine began in the late 1970's as a waiter and wine steward, although he dates his first interest to a glass of Louis Martini 1968 Special Select Pinot Noir when he was fifteen years old. Frost was a fine wine wholesaler in the Kansas City area for fourteen years and, in that capacity, represented most of the best wineries and estates from America and the world. Frost’s experience behind the stick dates back to a run as a bartender even before his time as a waiter, though his first restaurant job was as a dishwasher.
His first book, Uncorking Wine, was released in the summer of 1996, and is still a staple for many restaurant and retail companies and their staff and management. Frost’s next book, On Wine, published by Rizzoli International, was released in the fall of 2001. The Washington Post calls it “fabulous, witty, engaging and wise… conveys more accumulated wine wisdom than most books 10 times as thick.” Frost’s most recent book, Far From Ordinary: The Spanish Wine Guide, was released in October 2005; the third edition in late 2011.
Frost is a contributor to the Oxford Companion of Wine, Opus Vino, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and The Wine Report, an annual report edited by Tom Stevenson. He writes about wine and spirits for many publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Underground Wine Journal, Drinks International, Practical Winery & Vineyard, Wines & Vines, Wines & Spirits, Cheers Magazine, Sante Magazine, and Epicurious.com and is the beverage columnist for the James Beard award-winning food section of the Kansas City Star, as well as Hemispheres Magazine, Missouri Life and Fine Cooking.
Frost is the host of Check Please!, an Emmy Award nominated weekly public TV show filmed in Kansas City. He also appears as a featured judge on Public Television's The Winemakers, PBS's first nationally broadcast reality show. Mr. Frost is also the wine and spirits consultant for both United Airlines worldwide, helping to select tens of thousands of cases of wines and spirits each year for service aboard the world’s most important worldwide carrier. He is the founder and director of the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, a eleven-year-old national competition, is Head Judge and founder of the Mid-American Wine Competition, in its fourth year and has recently begun the Washington Cup, a competition for American craft spirits. He has served for many years on the board of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He also serves on the board of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America, and is the current Vice Chairman.
As a founding partner of a new spirits and cocktail educational organization, BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource), Frost has created a fantastic resource with his partners: Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour and David Wondrich. BAR opened for business in June 2006; Cheers Magazine selected BAR and its founders as Innovators of the Year for 2007. Frost was awarded Beverage Innovator of the Year 2009 by Cheers Magazine. He consults with many retailers, restaurateurs, wineries and distillers in the realms of marketing, merchandising, sales, education and sensory perception. Mr. Frost lives with his wife and two children in Kansas City, where he spends his spare time listening to his massive punk rock, vintage jazz and weird music collection.
Certified Specialist of Wine
Director of Franchise Operations
Sean Parisi serves as the Director of Franchise Operations where he oversees field and internal operations, training and management of the national wine program for WineStyles Tasting Station.
Parisi is a Certified Specialist of Wine and works closely with many of the world’s leading wineries and import organizations to source, promote and manage WineStyles Tasting Station’s inventory.
His career with WineStyles Tasting Station began in 2005 when he joined the franchise network as a multi-unit operator of two WineStyles locations in Arlington Heights and Glenview, Illinois. In 2006, Parisi took over as the Area Developer for the state of Illinois. Today, he continues to operate a WineStyles franchise in Glenview, IL and oversees all aspects of business development for the IL region in addition to his corporate responsibilities.
Prior to WineStyles Tasting Station, Parisi worked as a real estate sales agent where he developed an extensive client base of residential and commercial real estate buyers.
Parisi lives with his wife, Paula and their two children Jack and Giorgio, in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.