Behind the Scenes at the Wine World’s Big Networking Event

Great entrepreneurs are well aware they don’t know everything and, as a result, they surround themselves with smarter people.

Well, if you are an entrepreneurial sommelier, volunteering to work the annual Wine Spectator Wine Experience at the Marriott Marquis in New York City will allow you to do exactly that.

Sommeliers from all over the country volunteer their time for the opportunity to not only taste some of the world’s greatest wines, but to network with the elite in their field.

Now, granted, you can’t just show up. You have to apply to Wine Spectator and be selected by the woman in charge, Andréa Fulton-Higgins, who currently is the sommelier at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon.

She selects around 25 of the best sommeliers to work the four-day event each year. 

Read on to find out who she picked and the amazing experiences then had.


And you know I would love to hear your thoughts on this, the wines you are drinking or anything else…so send a quick note!

Tracy Byrnes has what many might call a dream gig, matching a career as an experienced and well-respected business... More about Tracy Byrnes

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