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The Swirl Suite is a wine podcast led by 4 black women in the wine industry. Join Sarita, Tanisha, Leslie and Glynis as they highlight what is involved in working in the wine industry and living in wine. Whether you are a novice or expert, we invite you to come taste the wine life with us. The Swirl Suite has sipped with industry icons such as winemaker Andre Mack of Mouton Noir and wine importer, Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands. Some of The Swirl Suite topics include “Wine Fraud”, “Kosher Wines” and “Wine After Dark.” Follow us @SwirlSuite: Sarita @VineMeUp Tanisha @GirlMeetsGlass Glynis @Vino_Noire Leslie @Vino301Wine www.swirlsuite.com #Wine #WineEducation #WineNerds #BlackGirlMagic #WineBusiness #Spirits #Beer #Cocktails #Podcast #Video
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The Swirl Suite is a wine podcast led by 4 black women in the wine industry. Join Sarita, Tanisha, Leslie and Glynis as they highlight what is involved in working in the wine industry and living in wine. Whether you are a novice or expert, we invite you to come taste the wine life with us. The Swirl Suite has sipped with industry icons such as winemaker Andre Mack of Mouton Noir and wine importer, Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands. Some of The Swirl Suite topics include “Wine Fraud”, “Kosher Wines” and “Wine After Dark.” Follow us @SwirlSuite: Sarita @VineMeUp Tanisha @GirlMeetsGlass Glynis @Vino_Noire Leslie @Vino301Wine www.swirlsuite.com #Wine #WineEducation #WineNerds #BlackGirlMagic #WineBusiness #Spirits #Beer #Cocktails #Podcast #Video
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    Allison Wilson of Cliff Lede Vineyards

    Allison Wilson of Cliff Lede Vineyards

    As Director of Vineyard Operations at Napa Valley-based Cliff Lede Vineyards, Allison Wilson is responsible for overseeing all farming and redevelopment of the winery’s three estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros, and Calistoga AVAs. She works closely with the internal winemaking team to develop and implement the vineyard department’s farming protocols, while also managing all of Cliff Lede Vineyards’ external grower relations.
    A native of Contra Costa County, California, Allison’s introduction to grape growing was through harvest celebrations and weekend visits to her great uncle’s nearby Livermore Valley vineyard, cementing her interest in agriculture from a young age. After graduating California Polytechnic University as a Fruit Science major in 2012, Allison jump-started her career in Napa as assistant viticulturist at Renteria
    Vineyard Management, where she eventually worked her way up to become viticulturist in 2014. Eager to cultivate her career, owner Oscar Renteria encouraged Allison to join the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association to deepen her ties within Napa Valley. This opportunity with the Grapegrowers ultimately led her to meet the team at Cliff Lede Vineyards. In January of 2015, Allison was hired as viticulturist and, in 2018, she became director of vineyard operations.
    Allison is still involved with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and is currently the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. Additionally, Allison serves on the Cultural Practices Industry Review Committee for the American Vineyard Foundation and is a California Licensed Pest Control Advisor. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her dog and teaching yoga.
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    • 40 min
    Chef Lauren Cummings

    Chef Lauren Cummings

    Lauren Cummings began working in restaurants in the Washington, DC area at age 14. She was thrilled to meet Chef Rachael Ray during her senior year of high school, then to meet Chef Emeril Lagasse just after graduation. After earning her BA from The University of Maryland, College Park, Lauren moved to Lima, Peru, where she learned Spanish and worked as a bartender. Lauren returned to the USA to serve in social services; but soon realized her passion was still in the kitchen.
    In 2017 she began working with several personal chefs and top caterers in the Washington, DC area while studying Culinary Arts and Management at The Art Institute of Washington. As a first year student, Lauren won the inaugural Art Institute Grand Chef Challenge, a Chopped-style competition. 
    Lauren launched the Fiddlehead Chef in April 2018. Since then she has been privileged to:
    cook with Chef Daniel Boulud at a private eventprepare food for former President George W. Bush at a private eventbe featured on The Jealous Vegan Podcastpartner with the Dumbarton House museum for their Tea and Honey Tasting event, andcollaborate with Nourish Culinary Company to prepare meals for private clients
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    • 26 min
    Peter Molnar of Obsidian Wine

    Peter Molnar of Obsidian Wine

    Peter began his adventures in wine as a teenager, suckering and tying vines and driving irrigation tractors during summers in the vineyard where his father grew grapes for Napa Valley wineries. He moved to Budapest, Hungary in 1990, working in the World Bank and USAID programs to privatize the country’s wine industry after the fall of communism. In the four years before returning home to manage the family vineyard in 1994, Peter helped build a winery, started a négociant company, and began collaborating with Kádár Hungary, a cooperage located in the renowned Tokaj region, that the Molnars now own, in partnership with the de Pracomtal family of Taransaud Cooperage, in Cognac. In 1995, the Molnars teamed up with winemaker Michael Terrien to vinify their first Pinot Noir from Poseidon Vineyard, aged in Kádár barrels. They discovered an abandoned walnut orchard on the volcanic slopes of the high Mayacamas Mountains of Lake County, California in 1998; an ideal site, they believed, to grow mountain fruit. After planting in 1999 and 2000, they debuted their first Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon in 2002 and their first Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay the following year.
    When not in the vineyards or at the cooperage, Peter travels to winemaking regions around the world to collaborate with barrel customers. A lifelong sailor and open water swimmer, Peter is also a licensed Merchant Marine Captain and Master who applies his skills and experience to support and fund marine conservation, working with San Francisco Baykeeper, Point Blue’s Farallon Patrol, and the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. He resides in Berkeley with his wife, Jess, 15-year-old twins, Eszter and Gabriel, and dog, Jericho.
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    • 45 min
    Mermosa Wines w Desiree Noisette

    Mermosa Wines w Desiree Noisette

    Some might call Desiree Noisette a renaissance woman; others may refer to her as a real-life mermaid. Both are true. As the founder of Mermosa Wines, Florida’s first Black woman-owned wine company, she brings a unique blend of intelligence and creativity with a splash of mystery and magic to the brand. Desiree has always had a sharp mind for business and finance, so she pursued an undergraduate degree in accounting from University of Florida. She went on to study law at University of North Carolina and began her career as an attorney at a large commercial litigation firm in Tampa. Desiree loved the intellectual aspect of law, but after practicing law for several years, she decided she didn’t want to argue or think about arguing for a living. Instead, Desiree wanted to do something that made people, especially women, feel good about themselves. That dream became a reality in 2012, when she opened Cerulean Blu, a swim and resort wear boutique in St. Petersburg, Fla. While running her shop, she began creating her own resortwear designs that were sold to retailers across the country. Cerulean Blu had a loyal following of clientele who frequented the shop for its unique, flattering designs and personalized service that included a glass of wine. She enjoyed serving various wines in her boutique, but Desiree wanted a very specific flavor profile that she discovered wasn’t on the market. In 2017, Desiree’s entrepreneurial spirit and determination led her to create Mermosa Wines, a brand that honors her family legacy of sirens and celebrates everyone’s inner mermaid. The brand welcomes everyone to the party at the beach, on a boat, having brunch or getting together with friends and family. For more information, visit Mermosa.com.
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    • 43 min
    Margo Gabriel

    Margo Gabriel

    Margo Gabriel is a freelance writer from Boston, MA and is based in Lisbon, Portugal. Her writing has been published in Boston Art Review, Cuisine Noir, Edible Boston, Popsugar and Solstice Literary Magazine.
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    Dame Tonya Pitts

    Dame Tonya Pitts

    An industry changemaker and compassionate role model, Tonya Pitts is known globally as a multi-talented wine professional who catapults wineries, winemakers and brands into the mainstream. Equally important, she is a leader who champions diversity and inclusion in the hospitality, food and beverage industries. Tonya is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a by-invitation philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and
    hospitality. Her extensive career—which has been shaped primarily by women chefs and restaurant owners—spans multiple fine-dining establishments in San Francisco. Since 2012, her award-winning wine programs have received Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, which recognizes the breadth and depth of her 600-selection list along with her superior wine knowledge and presentation skills.
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