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!
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.
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 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.