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Vanessa Conlin MW

Vanessa Conlin MW

Became an MW 2020

Based in United States

Languages English


Vanessa resides in Napa Valley and is the Chief Wine Officer for Wine Access, a national direct to consumer e-commerce wine retailer in the US. Vanessa was previously the director of sales and marketing for several of Napa's wineries, including Arietta Wines and Dana Estates. Before moving to Napa Valley, she was the wine director for two wine shops and a wine bar in New York City. While studying for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma she received the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center. Vanessa worked as a professional opera singer, performing internationally and on Broadway, before falling in love with wine. She holds a master’s degree in music.

Current employer: Wine Access

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Buying, Broadcasting, Distribution, Events, Journalism, Market access, Marketing, Off trade, Performing arts, PR, Sales, Wine buying

Specialisms: Digital communications, Direct to consumer, Ecommerce, Education, Events, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Podcasts, Supplier/customer relationships, TV, Wine judging