Meet the Wine Team

GhermanSHARI GHERMAN

Shari Gherman has been involved in the wine business for over 25 years. Her experiences in virtually every part of marketing, distribution, supply and advertising have combined to form a unique background and the basis for The Gold Medal Wine Tour and The American Fine Wine Competition.

Most recently Gherman co-founded the American Fine Wine Competition. This is the only competition in the country that limits its entries to “premium level” American produced wines only. The media and winery buzz over this competition has garnered press from around the nation and interest from notables such as Robert Parker Jr.
The AFWC and its associated marketing arm, The Gold Medal Wine Tour, are based on Gherman’s passion for wine. The GMWT markets the Gold and Double Gold medal winners from the competition in exclusive dinner venues while benefiting local charities. Gherman has melded her love for wine with her drive to give back to the community. In the last two years, Gherman has raised over $250,000 for children’s charities through the marketing of these great wines and the associated charity dinners.

Earlier in her career, Gherman worked in the publishing industry, and with wineries, suppliers, and distributors. This experience helped her learn both the technical and logistic arm of the wine business. Working with wineries and suppliers developing marketing plans, reviewing budgets and market penetration goals exposed the “business” side of the industry. Working with the distributors rounded that education with knowledge of distribution and related concerns. It also gave her a first hand look at commercial customers, how they think and more importantly why they purchase certain brands over others.
Gherman has sat on wine judging panels, participated in hundreds of formal and informal industry tastings. She is a certified Sommelier and has traveled extensively throughout the USA to search out new wineries and products. She has also toured the wine regions of Italy, France and South Africa. Her palate “is one of the best I’ve ever seen” according to Fred Tasker, the wine writer for the Miami Herald.

However, what really makes Gherman different is her combination of advertising and promotional expertise that complements her wine knowledge. Gherman worked 15 years in advertising. Starting as a sales representative and moving up to the Advertising Director, her knowledge in that arena has been a great asset. Gherman was the brain child and developer of the wine section for the iconic Ocean Drive magazine. This section continues today more than 10 years after Shari’s departure.

Passion, expertise and drive separate Shari from the pack. Her skill set of wine and marketing knowledge have been the basis for her outstanding successes. It is this combination that will continue to help Gherman, and those associated with her, to move forward into the ever changing wine industry.

wendy2 closerWENDY ROSANO

Wendy Rosano has over 25 years in the restaurant business. From her roots in New York, she has owned and operated over half a dozen restaurants and was directly responsible for the wine list in each establishment. She has received honorable mention for her wine lists. Wendy also currently works as a consultant for the hospitality industry. She holds her intermediate certification in wine and spirits from WSET (The Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London) and has participated in hundreds of formal and informal industry tastings.

She is currently operating Terra Fiamma at the Delray Marketplace and is responsible for the wine program which currently offers more than 40 wines by the glass.

roberto_colombiROBERTO COLOMBI

Roberto grew up in northern Italy, where he studied Hotellerie School and started his career in the Wine & Restaurants industry. In 2002, he joined the staff at the 2 Michelin Star Ristorante Gualtiero Marchesi. Roberto moved to England in late 2003 to work for Gordon Ramsay at the Connaught Hotel in London. He completed the WSET Level 2 and started the Court of Master Sommelier in 2006. In 2007, Roberto moved to Florida as part of the opening team of Gordon Ramsay’s new venture, Cielo at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. In 2008, Roberto was awarded Rising Star Sommelier of South Florida by Starchefs.com. In 2010 he joined Michela Larson and from 2014 to 2020 Roberto had the role of General Manager of The Blue Restaurant. While under Michela Larson he completed the Certificate level of the Court of Master Sommelier, the WSET Level 3, the French Wine Scholar and the Spanish Wine Scholar with the Wine Scholar Guild. Today Roberto is working with his wife and Chef, Christie Tenaud on the opening of their first Restaurant “Union Kitchen & Bar”.

JEN SCHMITT

Jen has been working in the hospitality industry for many years now in various styles of service and positions.  She served as Wine Director/ Sommelier at Everest Restaurant in the Greater Chicago area from 2012 – 2016.  She is currently the Head Sommelier at Zuma in Miami, an international company with a Japanese focus. ZUMA is a benchmark in Miami and around the world for food, service, and beverage. The beverage program created by Jen is neither selfish nor stale, but a thoughtful layering of business relationships and passion for this craft.

MARCELLA CARNEIRO

Marcella Carneiro is a wine educator in Miami and a wine columnist for the Islander News, Key Biscayne’s local newspaper. She also works as a wine consultant for retail stores and restaurants. Among other internationally recognized credentials in the wine business, she holds a WSET L3 degree “with Distinction and Merit”, and has earned the French Wine Scholar certification issued by the Wine Scholar Guild. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and has passed the introductory level of the Court of Master Sommeliers program.

PAULA SINCLAIR

Paula Sinclair is a wine consultant in Miami. Has held classes of sensorial analysis at FWA Florida Wine Academy, participated as volunteer at the VinoSummit and at the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux tasting at Biltmore Miami. She holds a WSET L3 awards in wine, WSET L1 awards in spirits, earned UC Davis Sensory Techniques of wine analysis , and has completed Level 1 at United States Sommelier Association.