Meet the CSWs

Meet Our Experts

You’ll find our wine and beer experts at many of our grocery stores and right here at The Proof! We’re proud of the fact that we have we have more Certified Specialists of Wine (CSW) than any local grocer. To prove their expertise and be certified, they have to pass a rigorous exam. They’ll be happy to help you find some wonderful new wines in-store and online. You can also count on our Certified Beer Servers, who have gone through their own certification process, for the latest news and ideas to help you find new craft or specialty beers.

Stephen Gitto CWE, CSW

Schnucks Lindbergh

Stephen passed the CSW exam in 2006 and the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam in 2009. He is also an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is the only Advanced Sommelier working for Schnucks and also one of 5 in St. Louis. Sure, he knows his wine, but he's also a fan of bourbon. He provided three recommendations.

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Gary Paplanus CSW, Level One Cicerone

Schnucks Woods Mill

A Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and a Level One Cicerone, Gary is frequently asked, “What wines or beers pair with different foods?” He's got your answer.

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Barb Hunt CSW

Schnucks Cottleville

Barb has been a Certified Specialist of Wine for 5 years and is committed to providing the best answer to your most pressing question ... "What's new?"

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Matt Wider CSW, CSS, CBS, CS, WSET II, NVV, CIA

Beverage Alcohol Field Merchandiser and Special Events Coordinator

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between bourbon and whiskey? Matt can help you out as well as let you know that although whiskey is trending right, there is another liquor making its way into the light.

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Tom End CSW, CBS

Schnucks Kirkwood

Tom shares a bit about an upcoming trend: craft tequila. From Blanco to Rosa and Resposado, Tom can help you navigate the perfect pairing.

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Mary Jo Gilsinn CSW, CBS

Schnucks Eureka

Need a recommendation on what wine to use when cooking? Curious about the difference between cooking wine and wine in the Liquor Department? Mary Jo offers up these answers and much more.

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Stacey Seipp CSW, CBS, WSET II

Schnucks Ballwin

Whether you're heading to a party or casual get-together, Stacey can provide you the perfect recommendation for your next host/hostess gift. She may even have your next signature cocktail recipe!

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Wes Powers CSW, CBS

Schnucks Ladue

Wes talks a little bit about his road to becoming a Certified Wine Specialist and is asked, “What is the difference between pinot grigio and pinot gris?” It may be a simple answer, but one that you probably haven't thought of.

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Janet Nicoletti CSW, CBS, WSET II

Schnucks Richmond Center

Janet's experience in the Liquor Department and dedication to beer, wine and spirits made her the perfect candidate to highlight. She predicts what may be on the horizon for her department.

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