Staff Trey Wallace Blankenship
A seasoned wine industry professional, with more than 25 years of experience, Trey Blankenship brings a specialization in sales and hospitality to his position at Texas Wine Research Institute. Prior to the Texas Wine Research Institute, Trey was the Brand Manager for Sonoma-Loeb, director of California sales for Napa Valley's Revana Winery and Oregon's Alexana Winery, and before that he spent seven years as the regional sales manager for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, where he oversaw sales in multiple states, including California. Trey also has extensive experience on the hospitality side of the wine industry and holds a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, and earned a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional management from Texas Tech University. He is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked as the tasting room manager for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and the wine buyer for Napa Valley's famed Oakville Grocery.