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The Center For The Arts Presents In Conversation with John Gilman & Megan Hart: Wine Tasting

Sunday, May 16, 2021
In-Person & Online!

4:00 p.m.

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This special conversation with Megan Hart of Hart House Wine Company and John Seeger Gilman of New West Wine Co. will take place ONLINE and IN-PERSON at The Center. Megan and John will taste wines with you and go over the fine elements of tasting – reds, whites and sparkling! You have the option of purchasing a wine package with three bottles of wine which you can share with friends to join in the tasting experience. Wines are available for pickup at The Center or at the bar if you are joining us in person. There is a very limited number of in-person tickets available and we anticipate wine packages will run out so reserve yours today! 


John Seeger Gilman
While working in New York City, John met his future wife Amber Jo, a native of Nevada City, CA. On their first date, over a bottle of Chianti and a conversation about vineyards in northern California, John’s interest in wine was sparked. This interest soon became a passion, leading him to enroll in the Sommelier Society of America, the first professional wine school in the United States. After earning his sommelier diploma, John embarked on a new career in various areas of the wine industry – pouring and promoting wines he loved and making them accessible to all. While working in a neighborhood wine shop in Oakland, CA, he began to dream of opening his own wine store. When he and his family moved to Nevada City, it felt like the ideal place to launch his dream. John fell in love with the natural beauty of the Sierra Foothills, the abundance of small, local wineries, and the charm of the tight-knit community. The newly renovated, historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley offered the perfect home for the New West Wine Co.


Megan Hart

Megan has 20+ years of experience in the service industry and is currently a WSET3 candidate. She operated Nevada City’s supper club, Polly’s Paladar for 8 years and has since started her own business, Hart House Wine Company. Megan hopes to contribute to a more broad reaching wine experience, accessibility/equity in the food and beverage industry, as well as the unsustainable infrastructure of dining practices, whatever way she can.



  • ICW // FOOD
  • The Center For The Arts In Conversation with
  • John Seeger (New West Wine) & Megan Hart (Hart House Wine Company): Wine Tasting
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 4pm • Online & In-Person
  • $10, Free to Members
  • In-Person Ticket • Online TicketWine Package
  • — Member Benefit Alert — Members of The Center for the Arts get access to Free online content including this series, concerts, artist talks, PLUS replays are allowed exclusively to members via an On-Demand Video Library. To access these benefits become a member today.


ABOUT THE HOST: Jacob Freydont-Attie is a writer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and former lingerie salesman. He grew up in rural Nevada County without the distractions of electricity, telephones, or television. After receiving a B.A. in religious studies from Oberlin College, he spent ten years on Hollywood Blvd running the family business, the world’s largest lingerie store. His first feature film, String Theory, was featured in numerous festivals and is available on DVD and through streaming. His documentary on climate change and capitalism can be viewed for free at www.crossofthemoment.com.


Join The Center for the Arts In Conversation With local celebrities exploring the topics of Nature, Food, Lifestyle and Art. From tattoo artists to mushroom hunters, naturalists to nutritionists, farmers to brew masters, this weekly series will feature the very best of Nevada County. Hosted by Jacob Freydont-Attie, each conversation provides an opportunity to interact with the experts in a Q&A via Zoom.

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