01 Nov

Ray Sholes is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has a discerning palate and is a passionate wine lover. He is known not only for his incredible tasting abilities and vast knowledge, but also for his friendly, relaxed and professional approach to wine education. Growing up in Compton, California Ray admits, “I come from a world where an education in fine wines, sake, craft brews, and spirits did not exist.” His fascination for wine took off after graduation from Johnson & Wales University where he earned his Bachelors of Food Service Management. His thirst for wine has taken him across the globe to vineyards where he learned and improved his skills beyond textbooks. He has spent over 10 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry where he has wine list creation, dynamic staff training and restaurant management under his belt. When he isn’t hosting tasting events, he works as the Beverage Account Manager, in the wine division, of a Miami Distribution Company. 

Who he serves:

  • Prominent yet underserved markets including but not limited to B.I.P.O.C. 
  • Young Professionals 
  • Miami Sommeliers & Beverage Professionals 
  • Beverage professionals globally 
  • Ages: 25 - 50

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