Valerie Masten Bonné
Valerie Masten Bonné is the vice president for national sales at Skurnik Wines & Spirits, and one of the country’s foremost authorities on national fine-wine sales. Over the past seven years, she has built a team to sell the critically acclaimed Terry Theise wines in nearly all 50 states, part of an extensive national portfolio that includes everything from blue chip Burgundy to the cult wines of Raul Pérez. That has given her a deep working knowledge of wine sales at every level, from Michelin-starred restaurants to major national retailers and airlines—skills built on her years as a top fine-wine saleswoman in Atlanta during that city’s culinary boom years. She also works with distributor partners to train wine professionals and sommeliers in markets across the country, providing detailed education on topics like grower Champagne and German wine law. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jon, and their gaggle of cats.