DR. DANA DEPIETRO is a professional archaeologist and educator originally from Rattlesnake Bar, CA. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Society for Archaeological Research and Exploration (S.H.A.R.E.), a non-governmental organization that runs archaeological and dialogue projects for youth in Israel/Palestine. Dana is an expert in Near Eastern history and archaeology and he has been traveling to the region for over twenty years to conduct fieldwork and research. Dana has honed his knowledge of ancient wines through nearly a decade of professional experience in the Bay Area wine industry.
DR. JEFF PEARSON is an archaeologist and educator originally from Spokane, Washington. He has nearly twenty years of teaching experience and is an expert in the history and archaeology of Greece, Rome, and the ancient Near East. Jeff has worked on a wide range of archaeological excavations in Egypt, Jordan, Australia, California, and Israel/Palestine, where he currently co-leads youth archaeological projects with the Society for Humanitarian Archaeological Research and Exploration (S.H.A.R.E.) every summer. Alongside his teaching and archaeological work, Jeff has amassed considerable experience within the wine industry over the past decade. He is currently studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma.
A historian and teacher by training, TI NGO fell in love with wine as he pursued a graduate degree in Japanese history at UC Berkeley. The dynamism of wine and its many connections to the history, cuisine, and culture of a place both fascinated him and resonated with his research. Over the course of nearly a decade in the wine industry, Ti has worked as a wine director and manager for multiple shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the lead buyer for Ancient Wine Guys' events and Ancient Wines Club, he is passionate about discovering and sharing small-production wines with direct historical and geographical connections to the ancient world.
With a decade of experience in the wine industry under his belt, California-native RYAN WIHERA has held roles in almost every aspect of the world of wine. In addition to roles as lead manager and wine buyer for boutique shops in California's Bay Area, Ryan was Marketing Director for French wine importer Aline Wines where he led numerous wine-tasting trips to France's historic wine regions. Throughout his career, he has worked harvests in France and California, and is co-founder of Monty Sips, a unique wine-meets-AI tech startup. He is thrilled to be sharing his enthusiasm for wine education, history, and the cultures of the ancient world as the newest member of the Ancient Wine Guys.