John Sporing

John Sporing is the CEO and chief taster for A Life Well Drunk (ALWD), a wine education and tourism company. He holds an Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust of London and holds the titles of Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Port Educator from the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto, and Sommelier from the Guild of Sommeliers. In addition, he is a Sake Ambassador, and an Intermediate Certified Sherry Wine Specialist from the Consejo Regulador of D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. He is an active wine judge and educator.

A Life Well Drunk offers a wide range of wine experiences, from fun and educational tastings at home, to unique, small-group, bespoke trips to the world’s wine regions. ALWD international tours include Southern Africa, Portugal, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. ALWD also offers US- domestic tours to Washington State, Oregon, and California.

In 2020, ALWD created WineUncensored which featured wine makers from around the globe. To date, ALWD has produced over 60 episodes which are available on the ALWD YouTube Channel.

In addition to tours, ALWD works with companies to provide private individual experiences. ALWD clients include Charles Schwab, SAIC, and Merryl Lynch.

John is currently the interim Executive Director of the American Wine Society (AWS)—the largest consumer wine organization in the United States. He also sits on the National Education Committee of the AWS where he is helping to develop and deliver new wine education content to AWS membership. John sits on the Board of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association. In addition to wine and ALWD, John holds the position of Executive Director of the North American Regional Science Council, where he oversees the logistics and planning of annual conferences across North America.