ANNIE SHAPERO | Founder
I moved to New York after nearly a decade in Italy, where I worked as a food and travel writer and consultant. Along the way I completed the rigorous training program at the Italian National Sommelier Association. While in Rome I launched my own wine column in the Rome publication of WHERE magazine, and continue to write about food, wine, and vineyards for a number of publications including Zagat, Insight Guides, Draft magazine, The American, and Haute Life Press.
My travels took me to tiny towns where local food and wine traditions have grown up together, and to vineyards where generations of winemakers have been producing wines not only in accordance with modern day standards, but in line with the explicit style and flavor of the region. I learned that while there are “rules” about what to drink and when, the spirit of wine goes far beyond its scent and flavor profile. Wine embodies place and time, an occasion, and even a feeling.
The owner of my favorite wine bar in Rome used to say that every bottle of wine has a soul inside, a story. Where did the grapes grow? Can you taste the sea breeze that rustles the leaves of the vines? When you open it, smell it, share it with others, engage with it you set it free.
The study of wine is truly multidisciplinary. It comprises history, culture, biology, geology, and chemistry, and in its own way, even composition and poetry. The olfactory sense is our most direct link to the world around us, biologically and emotionally.
When teaching, writing, and hosting events it is my goal to bring people closer to this understanding, and ultimately closer to one another.
DiVino | The Company
DiVino functions as a CREATIVE AGENCY focusing primarily on the promotion and communication of wine.
As an EDUCATOR it is our mission to provide approachable and engaging instruction at all levels for those interested in expanding their vocabulary and understanding of wine.
As a WRITER and TRANSLATOR, DiVino brings experience and artistry to copy on subjects including food, wine, travel, perfumery, fiction and more.
Annie and I formed a partnership in 2014 to create a revolutionary scent blog called Nez Bar. Annie’s evocative prose brings the experience of smelling (and tasting) to all of our readers. We could never have imagined the remarkable response from the perfume and spirits industry as well as non-professional who share our passion for beautiful scented things!
I met Annie first as a sales consultant for Omni Wines. She helped me to streamline my existing wine list with affordable wines of high quality as well as high-end reserve wines. She trained my staff with approachable expertise and also helped us with a few wine events in-house. Working with DiVino has been a pleasure and I would happily recommend her services!
Annie provides high quality food and wine writing for our series of custom publications created exclusively for high profile chefs including Michael White, Lidia Bastianich, Laurent Tourandel, and David Burke. She has a very effective way of combining her knowledge of wine and how to drink it with an engaging and entertaining voice.
We love Annie and DiVino! Our last event with Annie was one of our most innovative – an evening of fragrance and wine pairings for the launch of a new Eau d’Italie Fragrance. LAFCO can’t wait to host our next event in the spring of 2011!
I went to Annie for wine advice when planning my wedding reception in rural England. Annie was based in New York and I was in London, but my fiancée and I were in good hands. Within a few days of contacting her, Annie had selected delicious wines that fit our quite modest budget and designed a beautiful single-page homage to our relationship. Harmonie de Gascogne 2009, which Annie chose to reflect our relationship, was a true crowd pleaser and was the perfect companion to the braised pork. Thank you Annie! You really made our reception special.
Annie made the wine class fun as well as interesting & informative. Very in depth explanations but with a light-hearted manner!”
I attended Annie’s class at Sentieri in Chicago this November. I think that Annie’s presentation struck a perfect balance between being fun and being informative. She was very approachable and un-stuffy, so that no one was afraid to ask a question or make an observation. Just sip, learn and enjoy!
Birthday Wine Tasting Annie helped me plan probably the best party I’ve ever had! I was so happy with how everything came together. I wanted to plan a wine tasting for my birthday, where my girlfriends and I could learn about wine, but in a very accessible and fun way. Annie brought all the elements together to make it an unforgettable experience. She brought everything to the venue I had chosen, an intimate and lovely event space at Shag [ link – http://shop.weloveshag.com/] in Brooklyn, and immediately began working with the store’s owner to ensure my party was completely taken
I operate a creative agency as well as art promotion and curating services in New York City. Whenever I need wine advice, a sommelier for a special occasion, rental glassware, or simply an effervescent presence, DiVino is one of the first names on my list.
” Annie was the perfect solution for a recent launch party I hosted for a friend’s jewelry line. With very short notice, Annie conceived a full-scale wine experience. She handled glassware, wine selection, delivery, and presentation. She even prepared small samples of the scents unique to each wine to help bring out the flavors and was eager to help my guests learn about the wines they were drinking. I was thrilled to be able to offer my guests an alternative to the standard open bar that was fun, educational and, most of all, delicious! “
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