Jenelle Engleson, City Winery, Nashville

Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated?
Merlot 

What kind of flavors inspire you most?
Anything that has an offbeat, savory umami flavor. I love wines that are herbaceous, mineral driven, and sometimes oxidized.

Choose a drink to match with pork – and why?
French 75. The lemon and the sparkling are perfect pairs with the fat in pork, and the sweetness would work great with a spicy addition as well.