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Ron Rawlinson

National Sales Manager, Ortman Wines, Arroyo Grande, CA

Rawlinson’s wine career has spanned across most levels of the industry, beginning with several hilarious episodes as a home winemaker in the 1980s. Since then he has sold wine for America’s largest wine wholesaler, for several Central coast wineries, as a fine wine retailer for nine years and then as a restaurant and wine manager. He has served as a certified professional judge at major wine competitions since 1995, and been an instructor for wine programs at Cal Poly SLO, Cuesta College and the Central Coast Elderhostel program. He was a course director for Paso Robles Wine University/SIP Paso and was the director of one of America’s largest wine clubs. Rawlinson has held the position of Conseiller Gastronomique for the Central Coast baillage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and has consulted for the Central Coast Wine Classic and Central Coast Wine Challenge among other wine industry and private clients. He currently serves as a sommelier and coordinator for the Hospice du Rhone and Paso Robles Rhone Rangers.


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