RESUME
WINE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Director of Consumer Sales, Wine Club & Hospitality Coordinator
Winery - Sonoma County, CA
April 2019 - Present


Director of Consumer Sales & Hospitality
Burgess Cellars - Napa Valley, CA
February 2017 - April 2019


Board Member
Napa Valley Hospitality Forum
August 2018 - present
Serves on board of trade alliance of DTC and Hospitality managers. Manages member communications and procures expert speakers.

General Manager 

Vintology Wine & Spirits - Scarsdale, NY
2010-2017
Directed multi-year growth campaign that dramatically increased sales.  Increased brand awareness and customer engagement. Implemented operations systems, advertising and marketing programs, and produced various events.  Designed and maintained commercial website..
 
Wine Instructor, Associate Director
Westchester Wine School - Westchester County, NY
2015-1017
Taught the Certified Specialist of Wine educational program through the Society of Wine Educators. Created a promotion strategy utilizing digital, press releases and social media to market events and courses.

Founder
Go-Getter Girls & Grapes
2012-2017
Founded Go-Getter Girls & Grapes, a women's professional networking series and wine tasting.  Promotes each event with dynamic, multi-faceted marketing tools.  Procures and researches wines by female winemakers and owners.  Presents guided tasting of wine with education and entertainment.  Follows up with participants to foster real professional collaborations, cross promotion and increased business for professional women.
 
Publicity, Event Manager
Scarsdale Strings - Westchester County, NY
Created and designed the original www.scarsdalestringscares.com website.  Co-produced multiple networking and fundraising wine and music events, from inception to promotion and execution.  Produced original print publicity for all class offerings, concerts and networking events.
 
Wine Expert, Event Manager
Savor Your Senses - NY Metro Area
Produced, promoted and managed two Savor Your Senses fundraiser events at The Music Conservatory of Westchester and Guiding Eyes for the Blind headquarters.  Created and managed silent auctions to bolster funds raised from both events.  Presented as 'Wine Expert' and two Savor Your Senses concerts at Faust Harrison Piano Showroom and a private event.  Created and designed the original www.savoryoursenses.com website, which serves as the template for the current site.
 
Restaurant Floor Manager
Red Hat on the River - Irvington, NY
Managed staff and guest experience during service.  Responsible for wine recommendations, pairing and bottle service.  Participated in wine tasting with vendors and selection of new additions for wine list.
 
Restaurant Front of the House
Blue Hill at Stone Barns - Pocantico Hills, NY
Served as Private Dining Room Waiter, Cocktail Server, Food Runner, Back Waiter, and Hostess.  Made wine and cocktail recommendations.  Attended in-house wine and cocktail training.
 
 
CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Society of Wine Educators, 2011
 
Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
Society of Wine Educators, 2015
 
French Wine Scholar, Honors
French Wine Society, 2015
Blind Tasting
Viticulture & Vinification
Foundations Course
American Sommelier Association, 2009-16
 
Bartenders Course
National Bartenders School, 2009
 
Bachelor of Arts, English Major
Fordham University, 2001
 
Master of Science, Education
Long Island University, 2006
TESTIMONIALS
  1. Elizabeth has a very hands on, personable teaching style, always open for questions. She took a lot of the mystery and intimidation and arrogance out of wine education. I also really enjoyed the in depth tasting analysis and use in my day to day operations at work.
    Pete Schumer: Auction Specialist, Wally's Wine Auction
  2. Elizabeth Miller combines a solid theoretical knowledge with dynamism, precision, and wit. She brings a wealth of knowledge without preening and pretense. She will guide you with the skill of a master teacher, one that will make you glad to learn.
    Gawain de Leeuw: Director, Westchester Wine Enthusiasts
  3. I was fortunate to have Elizabeth as my instructor for the CSW Course. It was obvious the time and dedication she gave to the class, from the materials she gave out to the quality of the presentation she made. She is truly a professional and one would be lucky to have her as their instructor.
    Lee Justo: Sales Representative, La Ville Imports, Inc
  4. I had a fantastic experience studying under Elizabeth Miller in preparation for the CSW exam. Elizabeth created a classroom environment that was casual yet focused, and offered the right balance of instruction and discussion. She has a knack for keeping the class on track, and for zeroing in on what is to be expected from the exam. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for expert guidance in preparing for the CSW exam. Learning, laughing, and drinking wine? Sign me up!
    Dom Dorman: Former Student, Certified Specialist of Wine Course
  5. Elizabeth is a true wine professional with an electric personality. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about wine styles, grape varieties and wine regions, but she also possesses the rare ability to break down the complex world of wine into concise, relevant information for consumers. As an instructor with the Westchester Wine School, she doesn’t simply instruct, she shares her genuine passion for Wine & Spirits, always with a smile. Most importantly, Elizabeth takes the snobbery out of wine education, making learning about wine interesting, and enjoyable.
    Doug Kroll: Founder, Tolerant Taster Blog & Instructor, Westchester Wine School
  6. Elizabeth worked with me to build Scarsdale Strings and Scarsdale Strings Cares visibility from 2012 to 2014. Elizabeth’s expertise in marketing, advertising and website design is impeccable. She was able to interpret my vision and create either a logo or a marketing flyer that demonstrated who I was and what I wanted to achieve. Elizabeth is intelligent, hardworking and definitely understands how to engage the public in order to put a business on the map.
    Anna Stampfli: Founder, Scarsdale Strings
  7. I love working with Elizabeth. She is so passionate and indisputably well educated about the world of wine. Every conversation with her is like a mini wine class --- I always learn something new. She’s a great listener and always makes me feel comfortable asking questions. As a professional chef and avid home cook, it’s important to me that my dishes are paired properly with the right wine, and Elizabeth never disappoints. She has a great palette and culinary sensibility --- she’s definitely my “go-to” wine authority!
    Jennifer Rossano: Chef & Culinary Instructor
  8. Elizabeth has co-hosted the Fordham University Westchester alumni group for the last several years for our wine tasting event. She has done a great job pairing some fantastic wines with food and cheese for these events. The alumni have a great time and are very impressed by the wine knowledge from all over the world. She has also been very helpful personally recommending wines raining from champagne to dessert wines for my parties and family events.
    Marc Rosa: President, Fordham University Alumni Chapter of Westchester