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Top-flight wine knowledge. From down-to-earth people.


After spending years sleuthing out winereies and Inspired to learn more, Theresa completed the Wine Immersion certification program at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. Both she and Cassius hold a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. She and Cassius have each completed the Master Sommelier introductory sommelier course given by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Having discovered for themselves that private or family-owned wineries offer the most memorable tasting experiences, they established Wine By Appointment.


Theresa Dutton-Downs, CWP, CSW, Founder and President, is a Certified Wine Professional and Certified Specialist of Wine and, has earned the Italian Wine Professional certification. Most recently, she earned the American Wine Expert certification (AWE). 

Cassius Downs, Co-Founder, oversees sales, marketing and customer service for Wine By Appointment. He is responsible for the company’s press relations and online presence, and provides back-office support for Theresa.

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