I was honored to be profiled this past June on Tara Nesbitt and Alex Roberts’ online blog, Black and White Gingham. I thought it was a very well written interview and I invite you to read the full transcript in the link below

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, ST. LOUIS HAS SEEN AN UPRISING OF YOUNG TALENT THAT IS DEDICATED TO THE PROFESSION, EDUCATION AND ART OF WINE. THESE INDIVIDUALS WORK WITHIN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY AS SOMMELIERS. THEY HAVE STUDIED COUNTLESS HOURS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATION AS A SOMMELIER AT EITHER THE CERTIFIED, ADVANCED OR MASTER LEVEL. ANDREY IVANOV, FORMER BEVERAGE DIRECTOR AT ELAIA AND OLIO IN THE SHAW NEIGHBORHOOD AND NOW BEVERAGE DIRECTOR AT THE UP AND COMING LATEST ADDITION TO THE MAPLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, REEDS AMERICAN TABLE, IS NOT ONLY MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF WITHIN THE WINE INDUSTRY BUT ALSO HELPING TO ELEVATE THE WINE SCENE IN ST. LOUIS. WHILE HE APPRECIATES WINES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, HE BELIEVES THAT MISSOURI DOES HAVE A LOT TO OFFER FOR WINE PRODUCTION AND IS CONTINUING TO MAKE GREAT STRIDES.

RECENTLY, WE SAT DOWN WITH ANDREY IN HIS TOWER GROVE BACKYARD WHILE ENJOYING A BOTTLE OF PERENNIAL ALES “HOPFENTEA” AND HE SHARED HOW HE GOT HIS START IN THE WINE INDUSTRY, WHAT HE IS MOST EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING TO REEDS AMERICAN TABLE AND WHAT KEEPS HIM IN ST. LOUIS AS A DECORATED SOMMELIER.

MAKERS SERIES WITH ADVANCED SOMMELIER ANDREY IVANOV