Savanna Ray is the Wine Director for RingSide Steakhouse, Portland’s premier classic downtown steakhouse since 1944. A native Oregonian, Ray began her career in the restaurant business as a busser at the historic Besaw’s Café in Northwest Portland in 1997. Her love affair with wine began with a bottle of 2002 Didier Dagueneau Pur Sang. That wine evoked so much emotion from her Ray felt she must know more. She decided to enroll in classes with the International Sommelier Guild and received her pin in May of 2007. Ray has held the Sommelier position at several notable Portland restaurants including Wildwood, Mother’s Bistro, Lucier, Tabla, and ten 01. She has been an instructor for the International Sommelier Guild, leading the next generation of sommeliers and wine enthusiasts. Since 2008 she had coordinated the sommeliers and wine service professionals at ¡Salud! A Benefit for Tuality Healthcare, which provides healthcare to Oregon’s vineyard workers.