Julie Dalton is an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and works with the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Houston, TX. She discovered her passion for wine while waiting tables during her undergrad days at Texas A&M University. She studied wine on her own for twelve years while holding a full-time job in the biotech industry and while getting her master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She switched directions in 2010 combining her love of wine and outside sales to represent Terry Theise with Michael Skurnik Wines. Realizing hospitality was her heart and soul, she returned to Baltimore and worked with Michael Mina at the Four Seasons. Accolades along the way include DC Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs, winner of Cochon 555 Somm Smackdown in Washington, DC, Baltimore’s Best Sommelier by Baltimore Magazine and most recently, Julie was the first female sommelier to win Houston’s Iron Somm competition in 2018.