Woooh I have such an exciting announcement to share with you! I have partnered with Rachel Signer of Pipette Magazine and created something very special for you all! For 5-days, between June 10th - June 14th we will be traveling and exploring natural wines and wineries around Slovenia!

This retreat project was born out of our dream to create a place for people passionate about natural wines, who would like to travel, feel and experience the environment where these wines are produced, meet winemakers, taste wines at their origins and really dive deeper into the lifestyle and philosophy of production.

To learn more about this retreats simply follow this LINK

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Join us in Slovenia!

June 10th - June 14th 2019

Holiday Wine POP UP Series At the Plaid Apron


are now available and limited to only 10 spots so make sure you grab yours quickly!

The Holiday Season is here and there are loads of delicious wine classes coming your way Knoxville! Special wine POP UP series will be taking place at The Plaid Apron the whole month of December. I am beyond excited for this collaboration with chef Drew McDonald and his team! Wines for these classes will be provided by 100 Percent Italiano - a Nashville based distribution company focusing their portfolio on wines from small, family owned wineries from Europe, the US, and South America. Come celebrate happy December with these tasty treats and join me at The Plaid Apron.


Announcement of 5-week Introductory Wine Class Series

In line with Wine Forté's mission to bring high-quality wine education to a wider audience I prepared a new series of wine classes that will take place for five consecutive Sundays and Mondays at A Dopo Sourdough Pizza in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your understanding of wine, feel more confident picking out a wine the next time you are at a restaurant or wine store, or if you simply want to enjoy some delicious wines and share your passion with other like-minded wine enthusiasts we have a class for you.

To learn more about the classes, dates and pricing follow this LINK

I really look forward to share knowledge and some delicious wines with you all! 



During our second wine workshop at A Dopo Sourdough Pizza we'll be stepping away from the classic grape varieties and sinking our teeth into the world of lesser known grapes like Vitovska, Malvasia, or Blaufränkisch for example. Join us for a fun evening of wine theory and tasting paired with snacks prepared in wood-fired kitchen at A Dopo. I will be personally leading your through tasting some exciting wines from relatively unknown wine regions and “off-the-beaten-path grape varieties”. 


Event venue: A Dopo Sourdough Pizza

When: Monday, March 12th, 5:30-7:30pm 

Admission: $60/person 


See you at A Dopo! 



Art of pairing Wine and Cheese

Photo by: lisa farmer

Photo by: lisa farmer

New Wine&Cheese Pairing workshop announcement! 

Pairing wine and cheese is always fun, but if you have a mastery of the flavors, textures, and aromas, the combinations can be a culinary masterpiece. We will help you unravel the mysteries surrounding wine and cheese and move away from the grocery-store cheddar cubes. During this class we will explore what makes these two delicacies work so well together — you will experience and learn about the interaction between wines and cheeses, including how to pick which is the best cheese for each wine. We will explore the intricacies of the production of each wine and cheese so that you will be able to share your newfound knowledge and skills with your friends and family. Our workshop will consist of five different cheeses (either made in-house, local, or sourced from small dairy farms from around the world) paired with a delicious selection of artisanal wines. Boost your knowledge of wine and cheese to the next level and spend a fun and informative evening with us!

WHERE: A Dopo Pizza, 516 Williams St, Knoxville, TN 37917

WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2018  

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST