“Let’s make wine fun and approachable!” says Marisa D’Vari, fine wine and travel journalist. In addition to writing for the world’s most authoritative fine wine and lifestyle publications, she is a judge at prestigious wine competitions including London’s International Wine Challenge and the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
D’Vari, currently a candidate in the Masters of Wine educational program. She holds three of the most important and rarest international wine designations: the Diploma of Wine and Spirits (WSET) from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, one of 373 individuals (as of August 2017) to earn the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) designation from the Society of Wine Educators, and the second-level ‘Certified Sommelier’ designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
She holds numerous diplomas from the American Sommelier Association and the Sommelier Society of America, and completed the OIV Wine Marketing Program from UC Davis in 2016. As of August 2017, she received her Italian Wine Professional designation from the Napa Valley Wine Academy, passing the rigorous examination with honors.
D’Vari is the first American to be invited to join the UK’s prestigious Association of Wine Educators, and is a member of high standing in the distinctive international organizations Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) and FIJEV (Federation Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains des Vins et Spiritueux). D’Vari is program co-chair for the Manhattan-based Wine Media Guild and an active member of the Guild of Sommeliers. In 2017, she will finish her 3 year winemaking program at UC Davis.
Holding the Fine and Rare Wine Specialist Diploma from Weinakademie Österreich at Palais Coburg, D’Vari has also received the DUGGAT – Diplôme Universitaire du Goût, de la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table from the University of Reims, France.
Marisa D’Vari’s articles about wine appear in London’s FT, World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Robb Report, Quarterly Review of Wine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Meininger’s, Sommelier Journal, Food Arts, Drinks Business, South China Morning Post, Sante, Palate Press, and many more. Her extensive journalist career and accolades earned her acceptance to the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the national organization of independent nonfiction writers who have met ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement.
Based in Manhattan, she is more typically found in wine regions of the world, exploring the terroir, meeting with vignerons, or at events such as En Primeur in Bordeaux and Burgundy for the Hospieces de Beaune. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram to see where she is right now.
In Boston, D’Vari had produced and hosted the television show A Taste of Luxury in which she interviewed the late Robert Mondavi and Julia Child, Daniel Boulud, Adam Tihany, Charlie Palmer, Todd English, and similar guests from 1995 to 2003. She is now a member of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), a global network of journalists who cover the wine and lifestyle fields.
A So Cal gal (and UCLA grad), D’Vari had previously been an executive at TriStar and MGM studios working with screenwriters to develop stories. “People love stories,” D’Vari says. “As a wine educator, I use very entertaining and dramatic stories about wine to help them learn.” While in Boston, D’Vari taught a diploma level course at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, served on the board of the Roger Saunders School of Hotel Management, and taught extension classes at Harvard and Emerson colleges while also teaching presentation skills to corporations such as Gillette on the topic of publicity.
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