RESUME
"What wines people like are not always the wines people think are good."
WORK
Director of Winery Hospitality
Burgess Cellars - Napa Valley, CA
Manage and grow Direct to Consumer business for Burgess Cellars; Tasting Room, Guild of Mountaineers Wine Club, events, e-commerce, marketing and branding. Burgess Cellars is a family owned and operated winery since 1972. When Tom Burgess purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972 he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. At the time, there were only approximately 2 dozen wineries in operation in the whole of Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards. Today, under the direction of second generation Steven Burgess with winemaker Kelly Woods and vineyard manager James Burgess, Burgess Cellars is reaching new heights of mountain wine crafting in Napa Valley.

Founder
Go-Getter Girls & Grapes

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.

Manager 
Vintology Wine & Spirits - Scarsdale, NY
Directed multi-year business development resulting in dramatically increased gross sales as well as the reputation of Vintology in the wine community.  Created and manages operations systems including order management, inventory tracking and controls, and staff operations. Enacted and manages promotion and outreach including social media management, newsletters, advertising, press releases and radio appearances, and community engagement.  Conceived and manages, and promotes all events including organic dinners, wine classes and networking events.  Created, designed and manages www.vintology.com.
 
Wine Instructor, Associate Director
Westchester Wine School - Westchester County, NY
Serves as Instructor of the Certified Specialist of Wine educational program through the Society of Wine Educators.  Designed and manages effective social media promotion via Twitter.  Originated and wrote press releases for local community and wine press to promote ongoing events and courses offered by Westchester Wine School.  Managing digital promotion through various local and industry websites, calendars and media outlets.  Created targeted promotional newsletters to varying industry professionals to advertise professional certification courses.
 
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.
 
 
February 2017 - Present










2014-Present







2010-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 2015-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

2012-2015
 
 
 
 
  
 
2011-2013
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 2010-February 2011
 
 
 

 
November 2009-June 2010
CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Society of Wine Educators
 
Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
Society of Wine Educators
 
French Wine Scholar
French Wine Society
Blind Tasting
Viticulture & Vinification
Foundations Course
American Sommelier Association
 
Bartenders Course
National Bartenders School
 
Bachelor of Arts, English Major
Fordham University
 
Master of Science, Education
Long Island University
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Member
Women of the Vine & Spirits
Web
Webinar Presenter & Blogger
Society of Wine Educators
Web
Senator
The Wine Senate
Web
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