Poll 30 people about their Thanksgiving wine preferences, and you might find yourself in a bit of an algorithmic pickle— you’ll likely get 30 distinct responses. I know because I’ve tried it, and I spent better than a decade in wine sales trying to unravel this gastronomic mystery, drawing dozens of well-justified conclusions, and attempting…

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Think about it: Being self-conscious and being engaged in a business discussion can’t happen simultaneously. On paper, the solution is simple….eliminate the second-guessing that causes you to be self-conscious. But in practice, this takes experience and knowhow, and for most of us, that means messing up a few times to discover the soft skills we’re…

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Six months ago, I had the honor of witnessing a panel of four successful women in hedge funds speak about their success. It was a dynamic discussion: serious at times, humorous at points, and philosophically fascinating in all aspects.  After a time, though, a strange common theme began to emerge….one that I couldn’t get my…

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What would a lesson in Wine List Navigation be without a sweet surrender to the temptation of sipping on a little vino and snacking on some strategic homemade munchies? That’s just what I encouraged at my March 26th workshop, as the ladies in attendance watched the corks pop, the juice flow, and the food flourish….Quinoa…

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At Deb’s March 26th Wine List Navigation: Earn Your Wings workshop for addressing the challenges of ordering wine in the NYC restaurant setting, the ladies in attendance were quite intuitive when it came to zeroing in on the “real dirt” and uncovering the information that gives sommeliers the edge. As a former member of the…

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At last Wednesday’s Wine List Navigation workshop, a dozen ladies “earned their wings” by understanding and troubleshooting the challenges of ordering wine in a restaurant. It comes as no surprise that even those of us with a moderate wine background can instantly feel a few feet shorter when presented with a comprehensive wine list, the…

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As a frequent business dining host, you will be taking part in the age-old honor of ordering a bottle of wine for the table. For some, the very thought of such a responsibility is intimidating, even panic-inducing, and rightly so; without a professional wine background, it is natural to feel at a loss when flipping…

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There is a theory that the most organized people are always buying books on organization. Last Thursday’s Dining Divas participants might have given this theory legs. These women have oodles of emotional intelligence and are rising stars in their fields, yet they came to learn how to best leverage an expected exercise in traditional professional…

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If you were one of the lucky participants of last Thursday’s Women’s Advancement Compact “All That Sparkles” wine event at Appellation Wine & Spirits in Chelsea, you would have walked away with not just a euphoric wine buzz and the flavor of my homemade olive tapenade on your palate; You would have also learned numerous…

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The well-traveled Deborah “Goldie” Goldstein has been through Europe countless times, but has somehow managed to disregard Spain. She, like I, typically think of Europe (or any place in the global viticultural belt, for that matter) in respect to the taste of their regional wines first. Our combined passion for enjoying Spanish juice, multiplied by…

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