Author, Big Macs & Burgundy // Operating Partner, Maverick's Montauk // Wine Writer, New York magazine, Grubstreet // Creative Director & Founder, The Vinum Collective
Born and raised in Kentucky, Vanessa Price first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education, PR and events for wine-focused client services, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in NYC restaurants, and as a distributor and importer, working with some of the most renowned restaurants and wineries in the world today. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine.
Today she is the Creative Director and Founder of The Vinum Collective, Vanessa is a graduate of and instructor for The Wine&Spirit Education Trust®. Her book Big Macs & Burgundy, was released with Abrams Publishing in October 2020 and is now a Washington Post Best-Seller. Price is partnering with Dan Abrams of ABC News on a winery project in the North Fork of Long Island. She is also developing a high-end restaurant concept called Maverick’s Montauk set to open in the Spring of 2022. Her mission is to help translate the complexities of wine to wine lovers the world over. Vanessa’s experience working in the wine industry is vast. She has worked for wineries, importers, distributors and buyers. She teaches (a very popular) wine class at Columbia University. She is a certified Level 4 Diploma of Wine and Spirits carrier. Most of all she has a passion for grape juice and all the people who make it, sell it, and live it. She also graduated from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC.
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