Before, during, and after the top secrets were being revealed during this (thankfully) sit-down seminar, ten different wines were available to sample. Assisting with the wine pouring and information-giving was Manhattan Wine Seminars vice president of marketing, Dianne Berry and sommelier's Amy Kurlander and Vanessa Jacobs. Also available to help "soak up" all of that delicious wine was a variety of cheese, pate, breads and fruit presented by CulinArt executive chef, Robert Lerz, Jr., who not only is the chef for Thelen, Reid, & Priest but is the private chef for Howard Stern.
Some "students" in attendance included Hallmark Entertainment financial analyst Tara McKenna, Boytex, Inc. retail analyst Brian Kleinschmidt, UBS PaineWebber Inc. divisional vice president Loris Eminente and The Plaza's executive meetings manager Maria Pineda.
So, what are these super-duper secrets, you ask? Ah, you must wait and go to one of the seminars! However, I will divulge an interesting fact: women are better tasters of wine than men. This might explain why there were four women running the event! The number one piece of advice handed out by Marlene was, "Trust your taste buds!" Meaning if you like it, then it's okay. So with that, happy tasting!