The Sommelier Society of America

Sommelier Society of America Instructor Anthony Benitez

Anthony Benitez has been an instructor since 1998, teaching the Wines of Spain class. He is the son of Juan Benitez, former president of the Sommelier Society, 1986 - 1989. Juan has been involved with wines since 1972, with his arrival to the United States. Juan's passion for wine developed while employed as Sommelier at New York City's fabled "21 Club" - his anecdotes and memories are a treat: He is holds many oenophilic secrets of celebrity regulars like former U.S. president Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor and Muhammed Ali.

Anthony has been at his father's side from the earliest days of joining the importing firm over ten years ago where his quest is searching for newest, competive wines as well as traditional wines from Spain. He enjoys spending much time in Spain relaxing with family particularly in his father's hometown of Estepona, Malaga on the Costa del Sol.


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