ABOUT US

Second Glass helps people discover new wines, remember what they drink and share that info with their friends by bringing wineries and wine drinkers together through technology and in-person events. Second Glass develops online and mobile tools for both wine consumers and wine producers, creates a plethora of editorial content and hosts Wine Riot, a huge, innovative and interactive wine event in six cities across the US, all with the goal of getting people to drink more wine.

Want to read about some of the people that helped us get here?



Tyler Balliet

Founder, President

Tyler discovered wine while attending college in the Pacific Northwest. He learned the culture surrounding wine while living for a year in rural France, and then honed his skills working at a wine shop on Newbury Street in Boston. Second Glass was born out of Tyler’s desire to create a fun, entertaining atmosphere when learning about wine. The company began as an unpretentious wine print magazine but soon grew into an event company that ran on new media and technology. Tyler has been instrumental in the use and development of new technologies to create and distribute wine information. He conceived of and developed the mobile application used at Wine Riot and other third-party events and utilizes new social media techniques to make wine information more obtainable and useful to the average consumer. Tyler has been heralded as a new voice in the wine world. He was profiled as one of 2010’s most exciting young entrepreneurs in INC Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and again in 2013 in their “40 Under 40,” named a “Rising Star” by Wine Enthusiast, and crowned “the prince of Boston’s wine revolution” by Stuff Magazine. Tyler has written for Boston Magazine, held a column in the Weekly Dig and was a regular on the NECN Morning Show. He’s also appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and Boston Metro.


Morgan First

Co-Founder and CEO

Morgan is the networker, cheerleader, press liaison and steadfast innovator behind the expansion of Second Glass. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and headed to Boston for college where she earned her degree from Emerson College in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After graduating she ran 1st Publications Motion Affair Planner (MAP) BOSTON, a combination local city guide and planner that was sold successfully at Barnes and Noble locations across the city. She then switched gears to focus her dynamic vision and marketing prowess on all things wine and social media. Morgan was named INC Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs in 2010 and is regularly asked to speak on panels and share her skills with the world, including serving a formative member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. She has been recognized for her upbeat can-do attitude and success in various publications including The Boston Globe and MSNBC's Your Business. You can find Morgan tirelessly jetsetting across the US as Second Glass expands its empire.


Brenna Galvin

Operations Manager

Brenna is the lovely leader of operations for Second Glass. From internal operations, like company databases and invoicing, to coordinating with the exhibitors and sponsors of Wine Riot to make sure they have all they need logistically to attend, Brenna is the organizational brain behind Second Glass's systems that keeps the team running like a well-oiled machine. Her Wine Riot specialties include, making sure all the wine gets delivered and to the correct booths. And distributing the ice to chill the wine. And registering the winery reps to pour the wine. And coordinating the signage to point to where you should go to meet the winery reps to try the wines that may or may not be on ice.


Becca Blackelari

Events Manager

Going back as far as the first Boston Wine Riot, Becca has been a patron, a volunteer, a volunteer captain, a part timer and now the Events Manager for Second Glass. From booking all the food vendors to wrangling together the amazing teams of pourers and volunteers, Becca is in charge of the nitty gritty of Wine Riot functions. During the Riots you can find her at the front of the house coordinating the chaos or at the bubbly bar sipping her favorite sparkling rose.


Sara Argue

Senior Design & Illustrator

Sara is the illustrious illustrator behind Second Glass. She gets most of her work done before the party begins (sometimes minutes before)—designing, illustrating and scheming almost every visual element of the event, from the postcards and wristbands to the huge posters behind the Wine 101 booth. During showtime you can spot her putting finishing touches on all the decor or lending a hand at the temporary tattoo booth, proudly covering tipsy patrons with her wine-themed creations.


Jeannie Hannigan

Social Media & Online Content Manager

Jeannie of Front Burner Social is the Social Media & Online Content Manager for Second Glass. She’s no stranger to Second Glass, and has volunteered, poured wine, or been a part of the team for countless Wine Riots since 2010. Currently, Jeannie makes sure all of Second Glass' social media platforms are working to get guests excited for the next Riot, and helps out with Wine of the Weekend and other fun web content too. At Wine Riot, you can find her taking baller Instagram pics or lending a hand at the merch booth.


Andrew Dallas

Technology Manager

Andrew Dallas, or more commonly referred to as simply Dallas, is the Technology (Rockstar Genius) Manager for Second Glass. He spends most of his time making sure all technological aspects of Wine Riot are functioning properly and at maximum efficiency, which include the front of house ticket scanning systems and the video screens that display various information around the venue. During the Riot, you can often find Dallas helping to get attendees through the door and putting wristbands on people. When Dallas is not working with Second Glass, he is working as a Sound Engineer for The House of Blues and The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Or as a mechanic at a bowling alley, depends on the day.


Liz Demakos

Content Creator & Party Enforcer

As reigning Wine Riot veteran, Liz manages all aspects of the floor at the events and curates wine tours so you can easily navigate your way around the space. With eagle eyes for editing and a penchant for creativity, she hops aboard the content train to make sure every last bit of Wine Riot looks and sounds amazing. During the Riot she can be seen leading our volunteers to greatness, hauling ice with particular deftness, and enforcing the party wherever possible.


Upcoming Events

Wine Riot NYC 2015
Sep 18-19, 2015