Larry Stone MS | American. CEO and Founder of Lingua Franca, an estate winery in Willamette Valley in Oregon, working with Dominique Lafon to craft elegant, complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a Burgundian sensibility in the New World. He became the first American to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Sopexa in Paris over 20 years ago, months after becoming a Master Sommelier. His career as a restaurateur and sommelier included opening the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, working as general manager and sommelier of Charlie Trotter’s restaurant, and then relocating to San Francisco to open Rubicon Restaurant with New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent and partners Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola.