Walter Hamlin

Wine Director at Oakville Wine Merchant & Oakville Grocery, California

Walter Hamlin is the Wine Director at Oakville Grocery and Oakville Wine Merchant in Napa Valley, California. He grew up in Southern California surfing and working his weekends in restaurants. After moving to Napa to finish his undergrad in Communication and Spanish he decided to start working in tasting rooms. That led to wine distribution and the retail side of the business. Over the last ten years he’s been working in fine wine online retail and sales and most recently running the Oakville Grocery stores’ purchasing and online business. He urges people to visit him to talk wines in the new retail tasting room in the Old Victorian next to Oakville Grocery.


Meet our 2021 Judges

Thomas Brenner

Sommelier and wine buyer at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club