Originally born in a dry county in Arkansas, Laura passed the Master Sommelier exam, "the world's toughest wine exam" as noted by Forbes Magazine, when barely a dozen women in the world had done so previously.
She later became Beverage Director and Chef Sommelier for a Michelin Three-Star, New York Times Four-Star Restaurant in NYC and remains one of the few women globally to have held a position of this stature within the restaurant industry.
She left her restaurant career to advise, speak, consult and teach wine lovers to expand their joy and become their best personal guide by exploring exotic grapes of remote areas to unlock their palate via the embrace of individual preference. Laura has shared her esteemed expertise through features on CBS, FOX, NBC, Forbes Magazine and Wine Spectator.
Turn your next dinner party into an entertaining event.
Let Laura customize your dinner by pairing unique wines with your preferred menu and teaching guests the art of pairing through interactive flow.
The group will learn as much as desired on basic techniques, as well as why some wines work better than others while simultaneously discovering unknown wines from around the world.
Let Laura help craft a fun, energetic group wine tasting with your preferred theme or one of her favorites and learn why wines elicit character from climate, grape profiles, serving temperatures and even glassware choice.
Only through visiting a wine’s origin can one grasp the true understanding of why particular wines possess a distinct taste profile. If you are ready to discover more, traveling to the source with Laura is one of the most rewarding ways to learn.
From Santorini to Tasmania or Tuscany to New Zealand, visiting vineyards and tasting with winemakers directly at their winery is the most fulfilling way to enjoy your favorite wines. Trips are built to balance both winery visits and exploration of historic landmarks and are limited to intimate groups.
Contact Laura to customize your itinerary or to learn more about future trips…
Have you wondered what messages your wine selections relay to colleagues throughout dinner business negotiations?
Are you confident in your strategy to select wines from the start of the meal to the end?
Can you comfortably select a differing glass for a colleague not enjoying the bottles ordered?
Do you have a firm grasp on simple but essential wine pairing techniques to ensure your choices harmonize throughout dinner?
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