The Certified Wino

Wine. Hospitality. Food.

In an industry filled with so many passionate, talented professionals, it is a shame that we don't celebrate their stories more often. For me, their journey is far more interesting than the places they end up. Join me as I showcase an array of inspiring entrepreneurs, chefs, restaurant owners, and wine nerds (my people) & share my own passion for all things wine via "The Certified Wino". And maybe, just maybe, you'll understand what it means to be a hospitality professional!

Cheers~

 

Rhythm of Harvest

Harvest season, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, is ending folks! I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with a few different winemakers...

Wines of the Pacific-Northwest

Fall has had me in a choke hold and I don't want it to let go. Hues of brown, copper, and gold leaves dancing in the wind while I'm...

Burgers & Blues

Some folks like to get away on a holiday from the neighborhood.... others like to keep it chill and find a new beverage to pair with...

Wine Shop Tours: Chicago

Yes, this trip marks my third time in the Windy City in less than 7 months! Some might say that's crazy; some might say treat...

Are you gonna Rosé my way?

For whatever the reason may be, society loves to hate things. It’s truly a horrible quality. No need to act holier than thou behind the...

#IndustryTalks: Beverage Programs!

So you think managing a beverage program is super glamorous? Well, it is. Even with all the navigation one must do when curating for an...

Bottles of Gratitude

It's been a minute since I've done one of the "Wino Confessions", a collection of blog posts that are equal parts ramblings and...

The Controversy of NA Wines

Let's get into the controversial topic of Non-Alcoholic beverages. I know, cue the groans and gasps of disbelief. The topic of this...

Wake Up & Smell the Roses!

You know that awkward moment when you're at a wine tasting & suddenly you start to reminisce about that bouquet of roses you let die last...

Sweet as Molasses: A wine taboo

I don't know about you, but I've always had a sweet tooth. Friends & family will attest to that. From my obsession with chocolate to...

The Women of Wine

"I didn't realize there were women winemakers." I honestly was flabbergasted when a client made that confession to me years ago. I myself...

A little Heartbreak with Pinot Noir

If you're like me and enjoy a love-hate relationship with Valentine's Day, then this post will provide you the perfect reading material...

Saké to Me!

Step-up your take-out game with a fermented beverage poised to see a huge surge in popularity this year: Sake!

Not All Bubbles Go To Champagne

In last year's post about all things bubbly, we took a look into the region of Champagne & why not all sparkling wine can be called...

The Value of Mentorship

Sometimes when I'm writing, I feel as if I'm tapping into some greater power. As if the messages I pull are coming from an otherworldly...

The Glass & The Turkey

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday for me. I often wish to skip right over it and go right into celebrating Christmas (yes, I'm that...

#IndustryTalks with Lyle Railsback

What has inspired your winemaking journey---the greatest hits or highlights you just can't not talk about? LYLE: I feel blessed to have...

Introducing EBONY by CAMELLIAS ORGANICS!

Branding has become such a huge thing in 2021------from social media influencers endorsing a brand to a philanthropist throwing their...

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