Born in Europe, I was surrounded by wine since early age. I have been musician and singer, later published journalist, society magazine’s Editor in Chief, a restaurateur, art event’s production manager – I have done it all!
Destiny finally let me pursue a professional wine career when I moved to U.S.A. Over a last decade, I worked as a wine specialist for a fine wine merchant in CT, tasting, studying and presenting the best wines of the world. What a ride! My gained expertise and passion for wine led me to become a consultant to many restaurateurs and retailers. I enjoyed created wine lists, and hosting numerous wine dinners, presentations, wine classes and wine tastings. My favorite part of the job was to sit down with a great chef, taste wines and create menu around those wines for the joined wine dinner.
When my injury abruptly stopped what I loved to do (about 2 years ago), I had to look for different ways to share my wine passion. I now write wine reviews and wine blog about interesting winemakers of the world that I was fortunate enough to meet. I also consult on food and wine pairing for the Whole foods market and create my own recipes paired with wine. In the spring of 2012 we made our old wish come true, and moved to sunny Florida.
Check out what we are doing at my Vera Wine Club.
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And, what’s the newest adventure? Over the years, I have gained a reputation that I can cook. As a matter of fact, I was told that I should have my own restaurant (but no, thanks no, I have been there and it’s physically impossible now). Anybody who ran a restaurant knows what I am talking about.
Yet, I truly love cooking and creating something from high quality, fresh ingredients. So I became a Personal chef. Chef to hire – for busy families, busy professionals – anybody who cares about healthy and tasty meals and balanced diet for themselves and their family. And for those who love to entertain, I can create an entire wine dinner with expertly paired wines to accompany my food creations.
Sounds good? Maybe you can join some of my “tasting menu” evenings, hosted in the privacy of my house. For selected/invited group of people only. I would love to welcome those, who share the same passion about wine and food, and who are not afraid to experience some gourmet adventure. Menu is set by chef (some dietary needs might be addressed based on early notice), other than that – our guests just sit back, enjoy the company, the ambiance and friendly conversations. Are you interested? Send me an email and I will keep you posted about the next date of the “tasting menu”.
Wish me luck!
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