Our Somms

A sommelier's high-level of wine knowledge and ability to remove personal taste when judging a wine, makes them a trusted expert in helping you uncover your palate. Our Somms come from diverse backgrounds, each with their own unique expertise, experience, and personality. We've brought together highly regarded and super-qualified sommeliers so that you can find someone that makes learning about wine more fun for you! 

Current Wine Experts

Elizabeth Schneider

Certified Sommelier

Best known for her award-winning podcast, Wine for Normal People, Elizabeth turns the often overwhelming world of wine into an easily understood (and amusing!) experience.  Elizabeth's podcast is “for people who like wine, but not the snobbery that goes with it”. Wine for Normal People has been recognized as one of Imbibe Magazine's "10 Great Podcasts For Imbibers" and iTunes "Best New Arts Podcast 2011"; as well as receiving the 2017 Taste Award for "Best Podcast". After working in high tech, getting her MBA (UNC-Chapel Hill), and working in marketing for a huge winery in California, Elizabeth abandoned the corporate world to follow her passion of helping normal people who like wine learn more about it through her podcast, live and online seminars, and her upcoming book, Wine For Normal People. With over 12 years of wine experience, the title of Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist of Wine, Elizabeth has the knowledge and passion to help you uncover your palate!    

Laura Maniec

Master Sommelier

Laura Maniec, owner and CEO of Corkbuzz Wine Studio,  has spent her entire career in wine.  Laura is one of only 32 women in the world to pass her Master Sommelier Exam (at the age of 29!!).  Since opening Corkbuzz, The Wall Street Journal has dubbed Laura the "It Girl" of the New York wine scene, Crain’s New York Business honored her as one of their “40 Under 40,” Food & Wine magazine named her one of 2013’s “Sommeliers of the Year” and Wine Enthusiast included her in their list of "Top 40 Tastemakers Under 40."  Laura’s goal of making wine approachable and fun, while keeping the spirit of always learning and exploring, makes her the perfect guide for your wine experience.