In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with Wanda Cole-Nicholson, Founder of VinBev. In this episode we speak to Wanda about:
Through her culinary experiences working as a Sommelier, Wanda Cole-Nicholson has been inspired to create pairings that showcase the complexities of different cuisine. She has crafted and implemented beverage list and wine and spirits training programs. Her education includes Advanced Sommelier Certification from The Court of Master Sommelier's and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri in Spanish. She plans to sit for the Master Sommelier exam in 2018.
She has been fortunate to have worked for many of Chicago’s world class establishments and institutions including ¡Salpicón!, Kendall College, Mercat a la Planxa, NaHa, and BR Guest Restaurants. In October of 2009 she created Vinterpretation offering wine consulting, education, and event planning. After several years of working multiple facets of the business with experience in tow, she was inspired to continue the next phase of her consulting career via the creation of Dallas-based VinBev. When not working, studying, or home making, she enjoys tasting wines from all over the world, as well as educating others on the joy of wine and spirits.
The Last Sip:
When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Pandora Stations – Incognito and Brand New Heavies, Roots
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Facebook: @wanda cole-nichloson
In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with Cha McCoy of Cha Squared Hospitality. In this episode we speak to Cha about:
Cha McCoy is the Chief Visionary Officer and Founder of CHA Squared Hospitality LLC, a lifestyle company with a focus on Tourism and Gastronomy. In 2012, she achieved her MBA in Italy; an opportunity which led her to drink and eat in close to 20 countries. As a former expat, she has fostered wine relations and created experiences in the following wine regions globally: Italy, France, USA (California and NY), Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and Hungary.
Her admiration for wine lead her to study as a wine professional, achieving Certified Sommelier Level with the Court of The Master Sommeliers, WSET Level 2 Wine & Spirits Award and WSET Level 3 Advanced Certification in Wine. She is a public speaker, curator and host for intimate wine experiences with a stellar track record of supporting and building with Small Business Owners in gastronomy which ignited her event THE COMMUNION. A pop up wine tasting and food pairing experience that led the invitation to prepare the wine menu for the James Beard's House, Thanksgiving Dinner of 2017.
As trained civil engineer, she developed her career as a Real Estate and Construction Project Manager. Her extensive portfolio includes but not limited to; Interior Renovations, New Construction and Green Building and clients include Luxury Fashion Brands, High End Residential and Museums. She is also co-founded The Culture Bazaar, a blog whose mission is to connect people through culture immerisve experiences. The Last Sip: When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Anderson Pak, HER and For the Turn-Up – Migos
For more information:
For Information and Tickets to Cha’s next Communion and to sign up for updates for her next Wine Club installment, please see the following link: https://www.chamccoy.com/events/
Social Media: Instagram: @cha-squared Facebook: @Chasquaredproject