In this eleventh episode of our fourth season we had the pleasure of speaking with Jameelah Lewis of Uncorked DC and Uncorked Maryland! In our conversation we talked about:
- Not Sure = Pinot Noir
- Life Balance
- So much more!
Affectionately dubbed the “The Wine Lady” by her students, Jameelah Lewis, is a known and trusted wine enthusiast and educator. She obtained her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level III certification from Capital Wine School in Washington, DC. She is a proud alumna of The City College of New York where she obtained her BA in Jewish Studies and Political Science and will complete her PhD in Law and Public Policy in December of 2018.
In 2014, she launched Fruit of the Vine, LLC (FOTV) taking hundreds of wine novices and veterans on the journey of wine knowledge and appreciation. Jameelah envisions a world in which everyone has the confidence to explore, ask questions, and find the joy in challenging themselves in selecting wine. Dedicated to sharing her love and knowledge of wine, she loves moments when she can guide someone to fall in love with a different grape they would have not ever considered before. Jameelah’s spirited students shout her mantras, “Be kind to your wine”, and “Not sure…Pinot Noir” with vigor at FOTV’s sold out events.
Fruit of the Vine began as an all-inclusive wine tasting experience and excitement is brewing, as her dream becomes a reality, with the opening of the wine bar in DC in 2019.
The Last Five Sips:
- If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Sir Churchill by Pol Roger
- Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Oprah, Barack and Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou
- What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Washington Post, NY Times
- What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Drink More Wine, Work on Balance
- When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? No Music, Silence or Miles Davis and Nina Simone
How you can connect with Jameelah on Social Media:
Instagram: @the_wine_lady and @uncorked_dc