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Wednesday, April 14
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Society of Wine Educators, Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Institute of Masters of Wine: Experiencing FOBO when it comes to your wine education? With so many options how do you decide which school is right for you? Our guest, International Bordeaux Wine Educator, L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux Certified Tutor, Global Wine Specialist / DipWSET / Certified Wine Educator, Robin Kelley O’Connor will break it down on our next Live Chat.
As WOTVS is now an approved WSET Approved Program Provider (offering courses this summer!), and with scholarships awarded through our WOTVS Foundation, we are a huge supporter of women pursuing educational opportunities to further their careers. For more information about taking online WSET Level 1 or 2 qualifications for wines and spirits, contact email@example.com.
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The Wine Concierge is a minority owned and woman-owned business founded by Leslie Frelow, who previously worked several years in the public policy industry for public and non-for-profit organizations. Following her passion, Ms. Frelow’s beginnings with her wine focused business Vino 301 Wine Concierge started in January 2013 with regional wine tours and special events programs.
She holds a Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (WSET). Encouraged and inspired by her industry peers, she has had the honor of participating as a judge in regional wine competitions, which included the 2019 Maryland’s Governor’s Cup and Maryland’s Comptroller’s Cup.
Ms. Frelow has also discovered ways to celebrate minority owned winemakers, and connect with like-minded wine enthusiasts through the podcast, The Swirl Suite, hosted by Sarita Cheaves, Tanisha Townsend, Glynis Hill, and Ms.Frelow. The podcast (https://www.swirlsuite.com/),which features engaging interviews with wine professionals such as Melissa Schulte of Black Ankle Vineyards, Eric Turner of Hip Hop Juice Box, Burnie Williams of Chats Wine & Liquor, and wine makers at the Essence Wine Festival, serves as an inspiring resource for established and aspiring wine entrepreneurs.
The excitement revolving around Ms. Frelow’s wine tourism and education programs, aswell asherdedicationtosupportwinemakersofcolorandwomen-ownedwineries have inspired her to launch The Wine Concierge’s unique internet retailer business in the District of Columbia.
Rachel has spent the last 20 years in the wine industry building her family’s estate Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Virginia. She was on the founding team at Boxwood, starting her career as Executive Vice President. Rachel was responsible for all aspects of operations: grape growing, winemaking, packaging, bottling, distribution, marketing and tasting room sales. During her tenure at Boxwood, she spearheaded the effort to establish the Middleburg Virginia American Viticultural Area.
Oceano Wines, Rachel’s new project, was co-founded by her husband Kurt Deutsch in 2016. SIP certified Spanish Springs located on the extreme coast of San Luis Obispo County is the closest vineyard to the Pacific in California. Their award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are made in Napa by winemaker Marbue Marke.