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 several years of professional experience in the Bay Area wine industry.
DR. JEFF PEARSON is an archaeologist and educator originally from Spokane, WA. He currently teaches Latin in Honolulu, HI and is an expert in the history and archaeology of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Jeff has worked on excavations in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Australia, and California. As the Director of Programs and Curriculum for S.H.A.R.E., he currently co-leads youth archaeological projects in Israel/Palestine every summer. Jeff has served in various roles within the wine industry and recently earned his WSET Level 3 certification.
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. In just four short years in the wine industry, Ti has worked as a wine director and manager for multiple shops in San Francisco and Berkeley. 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.