Mary Ewing-Mulligan, CWE, MW
President, Lecturer

Mary is the first woman in America to become a Master of Wine, and is currently one of 30 MWs in the U. S. In addition to operating International Wine Center and lecturing in WSET Diploma-level classes there, she is a freelance wine writer, an author, a speaker and a wine judge. Mary is past president of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America), and Executive Director of U.S. Programs for WSET.

She co-authored (with Ed McCarthy) the book, Wine Style ( and the groundbreaking Wine For Dummies, both published by Wiley & Sons. With more than one million copies sold, and translations into more than 35 languages, Wine For Dummies is the fastest-selling wine book ever in the U.S. The couple have also authored White Wine For Dummies, Red Wine For Dummies, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies, Italian Wine for Dummies, French Wine for Dummies and California Wine For Dummies. Both Wine For Dummies and Italian Wine For Dummies were nominated for James Beard Foundation book awards.

Mary is a regular columnist for the online wine publication, Wine Review Online ( and a freelance writer for other publications. She was the wine columnist for The Daily News in New York City for ten years. She serves as Chief Judge for the Critics Challenge Wine Competition.

Her accomplishments have been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine magazine, The New York Times, The Wine Spectator, Newsday, and Gourmet, and she has made dozens of television appearances. She also frequently judges at major national and international tasting competitions, and lectures to private groups.

Linda Lawry, DWS, CWE
Director, Lecturer

Linda Lawry is the Director of the International Wine Center in New York. She is the primary lecturer for the Advanced Certificate, and a specialist lecturer for the Diploma. Her affiliation with the International Wine Center began in 1985.

She is also an adjunct instructor at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, where she has taught the Beverages Course for the past 10 years.

Linda was the Director of the New York Office of Wine Institute, the trade organization that represents the wines of California. She has lectured widely and has been a judge in many wine competitions. She is a trained chef, with a Certificate with Honors from the New York Restaurant School.

Her other associations include membership on the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators, a President of Les Dames d'Escoffier New York chapter and Co-Chair of the program committee of the Culinary Historians of New York.

Linda holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Advanced Certificate with distinction, and earned the WSET Diploma in 1997. She is a Certified Wine Educator and a Certified Specialist of Spirits of the Society of Wine Educators.

Michael Ahlborn, DWS, CWE

Michael is the National Development Coordinator at International Wine Center. After many years in the auto industry, and later in information technology, the tech crash of 2000 encouraged him to explore the world of wine full time. For several years he worked for wine retailers in New Jersey and Philadelphia and taught WSET® courses at the Philly Wine school.

At IWC he continues his involvement with WSET®, where he divides his time between developing the WSET® provider program throughout the United States and helping IWC students navigate their way through the challenging Diploma program. Michael is a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators and completed his WSET® Diploma studies at IWC in 2005.

Mollie Battenhouse, DWS

Mollie began her culinary career in Atlanta, Georgia, at Indigo Restaurant and then moved to Partners Restaurants in the Virginia Highlands. She attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y, where she graduated at the top of her class. Her CIA apprenticeship was at the Palace Café, one of the Brennan Family restaurants in New Orleans. She then moved to New York City, and worked for Payard Bistro, owned by Daniel Boulud.

In 1998 Mollie began her wine career at Best Cellars, an innovative wine retail store in New York City, where she became the Wine and Training Director. In 2006, she became Sommelier at Tribeca Grill. She has been studying wine intensively for the last several years, and currently is a candidate for the Master of Wine credential. In addition to lecturing at International Wine Center, Mollie teaches wine classes at the 92nd Street Y and the Natural Gourmet Center, in NYC, and also teaches private cooking classes.

Tad Drouet DWS, CWE

Tad Drouet is a wine sales representative with Michael Skurnik wines, a highly-respected, quality wine importer and distributor in the New York and New Jersey areas. He is an instructor and board member for the Sommelier Society of America, and has designed and taught classes in both commercial and private venues.

Tad is a 1990 graduate of Williams College, with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was bitten by the wine bug at age 21 during a trip to Europe, after tasting a great bottle of St.-Emilion in the town of Bordeaux on Christmas Eve. In 1998 he left a seven-year sales career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue his passion for wine full time.

He holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust® Advanced Certificate with Distinction and earned the WSET® Diploma in 1999. Tad also holds the Sommelier Society of America (SSA) Certificate and is a Certified Wine Educator, of the Society of Wine Educators.

Mary Gorman, DWS, MW

Mary Gorman is a lecturer at Intermediate Certificate and Advanced Certificate levels and a guest instructor at Diploma level. Her specialty is Champagne and sparkling wine. Mary joined the staff of International Wine Center in 2002, having moved with her husband to New York from Dublin, Ireland. Mary earned the WSET® Intermediate Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Dublin, and she successfully completed the WSET® Diploma in New York in June 2003. She became a Master of Wine in 2011. During the course of her MW studies Mary was awarded both the Trinity Champagne Scholarship and the Constellation Brands scholarships. In the MW Exam, she won the Errazuriz trophy for the top performance on the subject of the Business of Wine.

Apart from teaching Mary is the wine columnist for the highly popular blog and website, a freelance wine writer and wine judge. Mary graduated from Dublin City University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Languages & International Marketing. In 1989 she graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) Graduate Business School in 1989 with a Master of Business and Science (Honors) in International Marketing – and was awarded both the Dean’s List Award & the Sir Charles Harvey Award for academic excellence in post-graduate studies. Prior to joining International Wine Center, Mary held many senior marketing and business strategy positions in Dublin and Paris (France) and lectured in International Marketing Strategy at The UCD Graduate Business School.

Mary is a member of the Society of Wine Educators in the US and a regular speaker at their annual conference. An avid food lover and cook, Mary spends many weekends exploring the farmers' markets of New York with her husband Joe and 8 year old son, Luca.

May Matta-Aliah DWS, CWE

May Matta-Aliah is a New York-based wine educator and president of In the Grape (, an organization dedicated to making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from the curious appreciator to the wine trade professional.

May is a lecturer for the WSET® Intermediate Certificate class, as well as a specialist lecturer for the Advanced Certificate and Diploma classes. She is a frequent presenter at Astor Center, and was a guest wine instructor at Schiller International University, a culinary school in Switzerland.

As of April 2009, May has been the Armagnac Ambassador to New York and has been training retailers, restaurant wait-staff and bartenders on the diverse pleasures of France’s oldest spirit.

May has worked at New York City's largest retail store, Astor Wines & Spirits, and has experienced firsthand the practical aspects of wine-making through time spent working the harvest at Lenz Winery, on the North Fork of Long Island.

Prior to her involvement in the wine world, May was a creative director with over 15 years of experience in the field of design and promotions aimed primarily at the wine trade.

May holds numerous regional certificates as well as the Wine & Spirit Education Trust® Advanced Certificate with Distinction and the WSET® Diploma, which she earned in 2000. She also holds the American Sommelier Association (ASA) Certificate, and is a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators, for which she was also the Banfi Award Recipient for 2001.

Stephanie McKinnon McDade, DWS

Stephanie is the Operations Manager at International Wine Center, where she also teaches WSET® Foundation and Intermediate classes. Her interest in wine was piqued while a newspaper reporter in Northern California, where she was easily distracted by wine regions in every direction. After 15 years in journalism and political communications, she took the leap into the world of wine. Her first assignment was humble: building display cases of Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe's first NYC Wine Shop.

Stephanie has gone on to earn her WSET® Intermediate and Advanced Certificates with Distinction and achieved her WSET® Diploma in Wine & Spirits in 2010. She holds the Certified Specialist of Wine credential through the Society of Wine Educators and was a 2012 scholarship winner to the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy.

Stephanie joined the IWC team in 2007. She also has written and edited for the wine marketing site, Food & Wine magazine's annual wine guides and the California State Fair's wine competition magazine.

Candela Prol, DWS, CWE, AS

Candela Prol has 20 years experience working in the wine industry, though she began her career in the kitchen, graduating Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University's Culinary Arts College and working several years as a cook and pastry chef in Rhode Island.

Candela was the sommelier at Pier House Hotel, the wine director and educator of Louie's Backyard Restaurant, both in Key West, Fla. and a consultant for Fatfish Restaurant in Bayshore, N.Y.

She was a sales representative for the North Fork, Long Island wineries Lenz, Palmer and Paumanok, a contributing editor to Food & Wine Magazine's Wine Guide 2000 and is the buyer of Spanish wines for Marble Hill Cellars. She had a long-standing affiliation with retailer Astor Wines & Spirits in New York City and currently is the wine educator for Chambers Street Wines.

Candela teaches the Wine & Spirit Education Trust® Intermediate, Advanced and Diploma classes, specializing in Spain and Portugal, at International Wine Center. She teaches cheese and beverage pairing at Artisanal Cheese Center and has taught the Wine Sensory Evaluation Course for the Department of Hospitality at the New York School of Technology.

Candela holds the WSET® Advanced Certificate with Distinction and earned the WSET® Diploma in 1997. She is a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators and holds certificates in wine, beer and cheese from the Spanish Wine Academy, the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Napa Valley Wine Alliance Academy and Artisanal Cheese Center. She also holds a degree in anthropology from the New School.

Scott Rosenbaum, DWS

Scott Rosenbaum is the Spirits Strategist for T. Edward Wines. He holds an MA in Food Studies from NYU; he has worked at the International Wine Center as Director of Operations, Wine Buyer for, and Director of Strategy at Vino Fine Wine and Spirits. He is a judge at multiple wine and spirits competitions. He has also been a consultant for Madame Claude Wine in Jersey City since it opened in 2010. Scott currently resides in Jersey City with his books. 

Kristina Sazama, DWS

Kristina first discovered her passion for wine while entertaining clients during a decade on Wall Street. Since leaving the world of finance behind, Kristina has pursued her interest in wine while working at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, and Michael Skurnik Wines.

Kristina holds the Diploma of Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London and is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. When not indulging her passions for eating and drinking, Kristina can be found in vineyards all over the world preparing for the Master of Wine examinations.