WINE CONSULTANT | EDUCATOR

MEET SANDRA

Sandra's unofficial training as a wine expert began as a child thanks to her parents, two first-generation immigrants from Campania, Italy. Introduced to a biccherino di vino rosso by her parents, Sandra learned at an early age to enjoy half a glass of red wine at the dinner table while listening to Puccini play throughout the house, a family tradition that ignited her passion for wine and food. After a childhood full of culture and the arts, a career in the "finer things" seemed a natural step for Sandra. As a young woman in New York, Sandra trained with Kevin Zraly at his Windows on the World Wine School and studied at the American Sommelier Association, followed by a position as Director of Events for social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library in New Jersey. In 2015, Sandra helped to create and launch PerUs, one of Napa Valley's newest cult labels made by acclaimed winemaker and recipient of numerous 100-point scores, Russell Bevan. Sandra successfully completed the Introductory Examination into the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Italian Wine Specialist with the North American Sommelier Association. She is currently pursuing an Italian Wine Scholar Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild. "My love of wine is connected to my love of the arts," notes Sandra, who is also a gifted classical pianist having studied for three decades. Sandra fell in love with the concept of creating wine-centered events for those who want to learn, to have fun and live life to the fullest. She is available for various wine services in the tri-state area.

MEET SANDRA

Sandra's unofficial training as a wine expert began as a child thanks to her parents, two first-generation immigrants from Campania, Italy. Introduced to a biccherino di vino rosso by her parents, Sandra learned at an early age to enjoy half a glass of red wine at the dinner table while listening to Puccini play throughout the house, a family tradition that ignited her passion for wine and food. After a childhood full of culture and the arts, a career in the "finer things" seemed a natural step for Sandra. As a young woman in New York, Sandra trained with Kevin Zraly at his Windows on the World Wine School and studied at the American Sommelier Association, followed by a position as Director of Events for social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library in New Jersey. In 2015, Sandra helped to create and launch PerUs, one of Napa Valley's newest cult labels made by acclaimed winemaker and recipient of numerous 100-point scores, Russell Bevan. Sandra successfully completed the Introductory Examination into the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Italian Wine Specialist with the North American Sommelier Association. She is currently pursuing an Italian Wine Scholar Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild. "My love of wine is connected to my love of the arts," notes Sandra, who is also a gifted classical pianist having studied for three decades. Sandra fell in love with the concept of creating wine-centered events for those who want to learn, to have fun and live life to the fullest. She is available for various wine services in the tri-state area.

"Over the past eight years I have been incredibly fortunate to work with Sandra on several different projects. Regardless of the size and scope of our endeavor, she always brought the same qualities: energy, passion and an amazing attention to detail. Somehow, I have always found a way to make sure we could host a tasting or winemaker dinner together as she always finds a way to bring the right people together. Her combination of beauty and work ethic makes her one of the truly rare, special people in the wine industry."

-Russell Bevan, Winemaker, Bevan Cellars