Sommelier Society of America
The First Wine Teaching Institute


SSA Contributing instructors of New York sommeliers and wine professionals

Contributing Instructors

SSA instructors are all sommeliers and wine professionals working in New York City


yannick benjamin

is a New York City based sommelier and one of the co-founders of Wheeling Forward, an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.


jordan ross

left a career as a stockbroker to take a degree at the University of California at Davis School of Enology & Viticulture. He has been published in Wine SpectatorWines & Vines, Global Vintage Quarterly


Kimberly prokoshyn

is a veteran of the New York City hospitality scene for over fifteen years, and Sommelier who began her wine career at Pearl & Ash under the mentorship of Patrick Cappiello.


anthony benitez

is a New York wine importer and distributor in the family founded and operated Vintage Wines.


Anna-Christina Cabrales

is the Beverage Director and General Manager at Morrell Wine Bar, she graduated from the first Intensive Sommelier program.


Stephanie Frederick

owns an international wine consulting firm, for which she lectures on wines as well as hosts multi-level dinners and creates wine lists for restaurants



John Bandman

holds WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, sommelier certifications from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier Society of America.