Hi, I’m Arielle.
I’m a WSET Level 3 Sommelier and NYC native. Currently a resident of Brno, Czechia, I am on an exciting wine journey and I’m thrilled to share my expertise, advice and wine knowledge here in Europe.
My mission is to promote wine education in English while living in Eastern Europe: helping the customer to identify and select a wine, while perhaps discovering a new favorite. I am determined to enhance people’s understanding and familiarity with both local and international grape varietals, history, viticulture and production styles.
I have lived my life chasing wine, passion, adventure and travel. After graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a French degree, I packed my bags and spent two glorious years in the Rhône-Alpes. In 2004, during a group wine trip to Maison Brotte in Châteauneuf du Pape, we tasted a wine that sparked something in me. This tiny sip of red exploded with unknown, foreign flavors and pronounced, earthy aromas. Immediately, I realized that there was more to wine than simply the contents of a bottle.
After successfully passing both the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 Sommelier Certifications, I was motivated to one day educate the local wine community. Although my career as a corporate sales manager at a Times Square hotel was thriving, there was an unrelenting urge to continue on with a career in wine.
In 2015, after the culmination of 6 years in The Big Apple, I loaded up my car and headed to Raleigh. I refused to let wine become a secondary player in my life. Moving closer to family in North Carolina proved to be an excellent fit. A locally owned wine shop hired me as a sales assistant, where everything quickly fell into place. We held engaging monthly wine classes and tasted countless bottles with distributors and importers.
My husband and I now live as expats in Brno, Czechia. As the capital of south Moravia, Brno is the commercial hub of the country’s wine industry. I am grateful to have the opportunity here to share my stories and expertise in wine classes and seminars with the consumers. And I hope to explore these eastern European wines with you, the reader. Come pour yourself a glass and join me.
Advanced Level 3 WSET Sommelier
Three years as a wine educator in Raleigh, N.C., USA
Advanced Certificate in Event and Meeting Management from NYU
2019 Wine Judge at VINEX International Wine Competition in Valtice, CZ
2019 Wine Judge for Grand Prix Austerlitz in Brno, CZ
Sparkling: Jacquesson Champagne
White: R. Lopez de Heredia “Viña Gravonia” White Rioja
Rosé: Any and all Tavel
Red: Cru Beaujolais
Fortified: Bual Madeira. The older, the better.